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English Idioms Part 7: People

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shutterstock_56510422Love Speaking is bringing you another series of blogs every week to help you improve and build your list of idioms. In part 7, we will look at some idioms related to types of people 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 6: Food

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English Idioms Part 5: Time

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English Idioms Part 4: Colours

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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.

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
.

 

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!

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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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TOEIC Top Tips 24

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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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