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English Idioms Part 4: Colours

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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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How do you spend your weekends?

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WEEKENDS / FINES DE SEMANA

have a cold beer = tomar una cerveza fría

to go bowling = ir a la bolera

to go out for dinner = salir a cenar

to go for a walk = ir de paseo

to go dancing = ir a bailar

to go to concerts = ir a conciertos

I can’t wait to go home = No puedo esperar a llegar a casa

watch a movie = ver una película

nothing at all = nada en absoluto

get bored = aburrirse

to spend a weekend = pasar un fin de semana

I have to work this weekend = tengo que trabajar este fin de semana

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: Would you like a cup of coffee?

B: No, thanks. I don’t like coffee. I’ll have a cup of tea.

A: Milk, sugar?

B: Milk please. I don’t take sugar.

A: So, Ellen, how do you and Peter spend your weekends?

B: That depends on the season. In winter we go skiing or ice-skating every other weekend. We also go to the theater and to concerts.

A: And in summer?

B: In summer we go hiking in the mountains or we just go for long walks in the city.

A: Do your children spend the weekends with you?

B: No, they don’t. They go skateboarding or swimming with their friends. What about you? Do you and John do any sports?

A: Just one. We play volleyball. And we go dancing—every weekend.

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Te gusta tu trabajo? = Do you like your work?

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DAILY ROUTINE / RUTINAS DIARIAS

call clients - llamar a los clientes

answer the phone - contestar el telefono

start work - entrar en el trabajo

finish work - terminar el trabajo

catch a train - coger el tren

check documents – comprobar documentos

have breakfast – desayunar

go out for lunch – salir para comer

take a shower – ducharse

read the news – leer las noticias

drive – conducir

think – pensar, creer

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: Uncle Jack, I’m writing an article about business people today for our school magazine. Could I ask you a few questions?

B: Of course you can, Lucy. What do you want to know?

A:  Do you like your job, uncle?

B: Yes, I do. I like it very much.

A: What exactly do you do?

B: I’m in charge of the IT department. I manage IT systems and supervise the work of our IT technicians.

A: IT technicians? What do they do?

B: They install software programs and configure applications, but first of all they solve any technical problems related to software and hardware.

A: Do you do the same things every day?

B: No, every day is different. As a manager I also have to meet with our clients and suppliers, give presentations and make lots and lots of phone calls. I work very long hours.

A: What time do you start and finish work?

B: I start at 6:30 a.m. and finish at 9:00 p.m. every day.

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TOEIC: That’s not a noun!

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shutterstock_57325921Carrying on from last Tuesday’s TOEIC blog ‘That’s not a verb!’, today we bring you ‘That’s not a noun!’ Incredibly all of these  verbs below can also be used as nouns. Read the meanings of each of these words as a noun and as a verb and complete the quiz below to see if you can select the correct verb or noun to fill in the blank spaces.

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Vocabulary List

STAND:

  • (verb): To rise to an upright position on the feet
  • (noun): A booth, stall, or counter for the display of goods for sale.

FLY:

  • (verb): To travel through the air
  • (noun): A flying insect

SWIM:

  • (verb): movement through water
  • (noun): the act of swimming

DROP:

  • (verb): to fall from a high point to a lower point
  • (noun): a small quantity of liquid

PLAY:

  • (verb): to occupy yourself in amusement
  • (noun): a literary work written for performance on stage

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Cuales son los pros y los contras?

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pros and cons

In an argument, do you normally take one side or the other, or do you like to present both sides of the debate? Do you find it easy or difficult to disagree with people in a debate? These are some good discussion questions about our blog topic for today: discussing advantages and disadvantages.

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Useful phrases

 Advantages

  • The benefit of…
  • The upside of…
  • The good thing about that is (that)…
  • The advantages of doing that are (that)…
  • The plus side of…

Disadvantages

  • The problem with that is…
  • The downside is (that)…
  • The bad thing about that is…
  • The negatives points are…
  • The disadvantages are…

Example phrases

  • The good thing about Facebook is that it allows you to connect with your friends and family
  • The downside of Facebook is that it encourages people to spend more time online
  • The benefit of finding a job is that you get to earn money
  • The negative point of finding a job is that you have to work long hours 

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