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English Conversation – The Unexplained

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 08:09 PM
posted by Jo

Audio discussion

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about unexplained things such as ghosts, psychic abilities, superstitions, witches, magic and other mysteries.  Listen to an audio discussion where you will hear people discuss their views about ghosts. Learn useful vocabulary and idioms relating to this subject and discover the most common conversation questions that people ask each other about this fascinating subject.

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ESL Word of the Day – Respect

Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

Respect

When you admire someone, especially because of their personal qualities, knowledge, or skills.

When you regard something or someone as important and are careful not to harm them or treat them rudely.

Example Usage:  I have the greatest respect for my teacher; The boys showed a complete lack of respect for authority.

Did you know...?  The word 'respect' was the Oxford Dictionary's 97th most-viewed word last year.

Idiom of the Day – A Last-Ditch Effort

Friday, January 7, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by English with Jo

Last-Ditch Effort

A final try at doing something; the last possible attempt.

Example Usage:  I made one last-ditch effort to get her to stay but it was no use;  We are making a last-ditch effort to finish our work in time for the deadline.

Did you know...?  The expression 'a last-ditch effort' has its origins in military terminology.  The 'last ditch' was, in military terms, the last line of defence.

Top 25 Nouns and Their Meaning

Thursday, January 6, 2011 @ 07:01 PM
posted by Jo

Top 25 Nouns

A noun is a word used to name a person, animal, place, thing or concept.   Over half the words in the English language are nouns.  Here is a list of the top 25 nouns from the Oxford English Dictionary.

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ESL Word of the Day – Communication

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

Communication

The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.

Example Usage: In order to be a good teacher, I must develop good communication skills.

 Did you know... ? Communication was Oxford Dictionary's 14th most-viewed word last year.

Idiom of the Day – Break the Ice

Monday, January 3, 2011 @ 09:01 PM
posted by Jo

Break the Ice

To establish a relaxed atmosphere in socially awkward situations; to break down a tense or unduly formal atmosphere.

Example Usage: It was an awkward situation until Mary came along and broke the ice.

Alternative wording: Ice-breaker - The teacher introduced a fun activity as an ice-breaker.

Did you know..?  The idiom ‘break the ice’ originated from the use of old ships, known as ice-breakers, which were used to break through ice in polar regions to become aquainted with new areas.  It was later applied to social initiatives which were intended to get strangers aquainted with one another.

Idiom of the Day – A Piece of Cake

Monday, January 3, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by Jo

A Piece of Cake

A task that can be accomplished very easily.

Example usage: Fixing my bicycle was a piece of cake.

Where did it come from?  It is thought the expression originated from the fact that for most people, eating a piece of cake is an easy thing to do!

ESL Word of the Day – Consider

Monday, January 3, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by Jo

Consider

To think carefully about something, usually before making a decision; To think about something that one might do, accept, buy etc.

Example Usage: I need to consider all my options before I sign the contract; I am going to consider buying that pair of shoes I saw yesterday.

Did you know….?   ‘Consider’ was in the top 200 most-viewed words at oxforddictionaries.com last year.

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