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English Idioms Part 6: Food

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peaspodLove Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 6, we will look at some food idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in example sentences. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.
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English Idioms Part 5: Time

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shutterstock_22546549Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 5, we will look at some time idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in example sentences. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.
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English Idioms Part 4: Colours

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Colourful-stripes-colors-29701480-1600-900Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 4, we will look at some colour idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in example sentences. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.
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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: Identity Thief

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TOEIC Top Tips 26

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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo you’re taking the TOEIC test, congratulations!

Love Speaking is here to give you some very helpful tips on how to successfully prepare yourself for the test every week. Read our top 2 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Try some online TOEIC practice

Many sites now offer free or paid online TOEIC practice which you can easily find with a Google search. Like using a CD ROM, it is also a nice break from using a book and pen. You can also locate which type of questions you are weak at and identify where you can make significant improvement.

 

Tip #2: Learn whole English phrases

Speed of understanding is very important in both the Listening and Reading sections of the TOEIC test, and one thing that can really slow you down is trying to understand an English sentence word by word. You can make your comprehension much faster by learning whole common sentences of English such as “I look forward to hearing from you soon” and “That’s a pity” rather than the expressions “look forward” and “pity”. One good way of doing this is to buy a travel phrase book with CD, which will have common phrases like “Do you want fries with that?” which you can practice responding quickly to. Some of them are produced especially for Business travellers, so might be especially useful. You could also try learning any English language notices and announcements in your town, for example on the subway or buses.

VIDEO: The Social Selfie Trend

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social-media-infographic--62c05d2cd0Watch the video below which is about the ‘selfie’ nation. A ‘selfie’ is a photo taken of you, by yourself and then uploaded onto social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram to share with your friends and the public. The video explains the craze and why so many people, including celebrities, frequently upload their photos for everyone to see. Leer más

English Idioms Part 3: Music

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Audio-Glow-Music-Visualizer-Various-themes-and-customisations-5Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 3, we will look at some music idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in example sentences. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.

 Step 1: Learn

And all that jazz - This idioms means everything related or similar is included

Blow your own trumpet – Boasting about your achievements and success

Change your tune – when someone suddenly changes their mind or thoughts

Face the music – when you have to accept some negative consequences

Music to my ears – when something said is exactly what you want to hear

Step 2: Practice with examples

  • When I worked as a banker, I had to learn about different types of accounts, exchange rates and all that jazz.
  • I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet but, I always come first in the athletics competition.
  • It sounds to me like you have changed your tune. Yesterday you weren’t interested in coming with me.
  • I really need to go to the shop but it is raining. I need to go outside and face the music.
  • Yes I am very happy to buy your car for $4,000. That price is like music to my ears!

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English Idioms Part 2: Around

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shutterstock_22298755The following idioms and expressions use the preposition ‘around’. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with ‘around’. Once you have studied these expressions, test your knowledge with our quiz at the end of the blog.

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Around the bend – crazy

Tom’s going round the bend with all the new responsibilities.
She’s a little around the bend if you ask me!

 

Clown around – joke, play games and have fun

Stop clowning around and get to work!
Let’s take a break and clown around a bit.

 

Mess around with someone or something – treat poorly

I think Tony is messing around with you.
Stop messing around with that expensive vase
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Kick around – consider

Let’s kick around the new proposals.
Do you have any ideas we can kick around?

 

Stick around – stay

Could you stick around after the show so we can talk?
I think I’ll stick around here for a while.



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TOEIC Top Tips 25

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TOEIC_Test_TipsSo you’re taking the TOEIC test, congratulations!

Love Speaking is here to give you some very helpful tips on how to successfully prepare yourself for the test every week. Read our top 2 tips for this week below.

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Tip #1: Join a General English TOEIC class

Although there are many tricks and tips to boost your TOEIC score in a short time, if you really want to gain more than 100 points in the long term there is no replacement for just improving your general level of English by finishing a class and going up to the next level. A General English conversation class can also be a good way of keeping you interested in English if you are getting bored with TOEIC exam practice.

 

Tip #2: Brainstorm functional language

Choose one of the typical situations for a TOEIC listening, e.g. in the airport, and brainstorm as many typical sentences people say in this situation as you can, e.g. “Did you pack this luggage yourself?” You can find this kind of language in a phrasebook for travellers or a Business English self-study book.

English Idioms Part 1: Sports

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shutterstock_52611118Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 1, we will look at some sports idioms and what they really mean before putting into use in an example conversation. Then recap what you have learned by completing the quiz at the end.

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 Step 1: Learn

strike out –  to fail

contender – with a good chance of success

going to play ball – to do business with

locker talk – gossip or rumours

game plan – a plan or strategy of action

two strikes - close to not succeeding

fumbled – made a serious mistake

Step 2: Practice with examples

Bob: Well, is Trevisos going to play ball (to do business with) or are we going to strike out (to fail) on this deal?

 

Pete: The latest locker talk (gossip, rumors) is that our game plan (plan of action) is a real contender (with a good chance of success) for the contract.

 

Bob: Yeah, the other team has two strikes against it (close to not succeeding) after they fumbled (make a serious mistake) last week.

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