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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!

Step 3: Review



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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.

Step 3: Review



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Something for the weekend

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Movie of the week: Anna Karenina

kinopoisk.ruAnna Karenina is a theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Ms. Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to all around her.

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Album of the week: The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

justin-timberlake-suit-and-tieThis is the first album for Justin Timberlake after his music hiatus in 2006 and with his new music label. The album features his new singles ‘Suit & Tie’ and ‘Mirrors’. Justin was heavily praised for the style and quality of his new album by critics, which led to performances around the world, notably in the United Kingdom during the BRIT Awards. You can watch the video of his performance below.

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Amazing facts of the week: Movie facts!

Stages-of-Movie-ProductionThe Avengers movie was not filmed in 3-D, instead it was converted to 3-D in post-production for release in cinemas.

Arnold Schwarzeneggar received a total of $15 million for his role in The Terminator. In the whole movie he spoke around 700 words meaning he was paid $21,429 per word!

The distant shots of the submarines in The Abyss were all models filmed in smoky air instead of water.


Nuevo vocabulario

theatrical = dramatic performances given the actors and actresses

timeless = unaffected by time

to surge = to suddenly increase or a sudden onrush

post-production = the final stage of a movie’s production where sountracks and effects are added

abyss = a large, deep and unmeasureable space or cavity

VIDEO: Energy Drinks

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sodaWatch the video below which shows the story of a mother who has tried to prevent children from drinking energy drinks which are high in sugar and caffeine. One of the biggest market leaders has threatened to sue her if she does not retract her statement. Which side of the argument do you agree with? Perhaps the video will help to make your mind up.

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Nuevo vocabulario

make your mind up = to make a decision

caffeine = a mild chemical stimulant found in tea, coffee, energy drinks etc

to retract = to take back or withdraw

to sue = to appeal against something in court

beverage = a drink or refreshment

atrocious = extremely bad

TOEIC Top Tips 24

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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: Write an English diary

People who don’t need to write English in their work or studies often get stuck on what they can write if they don’t have a teacher helping them. Writing about what you did everyday means you will never run out of material. If you can also write out whole conversations you had during the day, that is exactly the kind of language that you will hear in the Listening part of the exam.

 

Tip #2: Read every part of your dictionary

As well as being a place you look up words you don’t know, many modern dictionaries also tell you how to write common business documents you will see in the exam like emails, which words are most common in English and therefore worth learning first, the differences between commonly confused words (often used in trick questions in the exam) etc.

TOEIC: English Gerund Part 4

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shutterstock_13659481This is part 4 of the TOEIC gerunds blogs, click here to read part 1 or click here to read part 2 or click here to read part 3.

Below you can read some of the rules and situations where the gerund is used, with some examples to help you understand it’s usage. Then test your knowledge with the quiz at the bottom by choosing the correct gerund verb to fill the blank space.

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Phrasal verbs and gerunds

Gerunds are used with phrasal verbs that end in prepositions. Phrasal verbs are verb phrases which are made up of two or more words, generally the verb plus one or two prepositions. Not all phrasal verbs combine with other verbs. Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs that do combine with other verbs in the gerund form:

bring about   –   call off   –   check into   –   cut out      -   figure out

get over   –   look into   –   put off   –   take over

Examples:

The coach called off practicing for the day.
Laura looked into finding a new job.
She took a long time to get over losing her dog.



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Something for the Weekend

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Movie of the week: I’m So Excited!

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A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants and the chief steward are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution.

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Album of the week: Every Kingdom by Ben Howard

mercury-prize-ben-howard-every-kingdom‘Every Kingdom’ is the debut album of British singer-songwriter Ben Howard. Ben began writing songs when he was around ten or eleven. In an interview he stated that when he was a kid he started playing guitar because he liked to put words together and make stuff up. In 2013, he won both of the categories he was nominated for at the BRIT awards: British breakthrough act and British solo male artist.

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Amazing facts of the week: English language

21st-century-flux-wordleOf all the words in the English language, the word ‘set’ has the most definitions.

“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.

“Almost” is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

More English speakers reside in the United States, with India coming in second place.


Nuevo vocabulario

failure = an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success

striving = to make a strong effort towards achieving a certain goal

atypical = not conforming to the typical steroptype

baroque = extravagant in character

devote = to give up or concentrate on a particular purpose or cause

nominated = proposed as an option for an award, honour etc.

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