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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 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 1: Sports

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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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We have the following colours to choose from

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Colours /Colores:

black = negro

white = blanco

blue = azul

red = rojo

green = verde

brown = marrón

orange = naranja

pink = rosa

purple = púrpura

yellow = amarillo

Read the conversation below / Lee la conversación de abajo:

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Janet: Hi guys, thank you for coming. I need to tell management the colours of the new car we are announcing next week, and I only have one day left to confirm. Now, Peter, which colours do we already have in our range?

Peter: Yes, first, we have red, blue, green, white and black already. However we can have a few new colours for people to choose from.

Linda: Yellow and pink for example may be colours that customers will not want.

Janet: Good. I agree, I think pink is bad. I would not like to drive a car that was pink. The fact is that yellow and gold together are the eighth most popular colours of car in the world this year.

Linda: Interesting. So, we have the following colours to choose from: silver, grey, brown and green, yellow and pink.

Peter: Green might be good for people in spring and who like the environment. I think that grey and silver are the same.

Janet: The new car is big. With a large car, a darker colour is better, like brown.

Linda: Our company doesn’t use darker colours, there is no way that management would like that.

Peter: Yes, the thing is, we need to stay with the brand image.

Janet: OK, so no dark colours. Grey and brown are out.

Linda: I think yellow is a good colour to use, if it is popular in the world. Also silver is very popular too – and it is pleasing to the eye.

Janet: Thank you very much with your help, I think now I have more information to help me choose!

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TOEIC Top Tips 22

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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: Train your memory

Many people have memory problems when taking the TOEIC test like remembering what you heard in the text until you hear the questions. Even brain training for this that is not connected to language can be useful, e.g. playing memory games, completing logic puzzles or simply learning a new skill such as playing the piano.

 

Tip #2: Brainstorm vocabulary

There are several common situations in TOEIC that you need lots of vocabulary about, e.g. in the office, in restaurants, on the telephone, in a workshop or lab, in the street, in shops and on public transport. Taking one of those situations and brainstorming, for example, all the office furniture and equipment you can think of, using your dictionary to help you once you get stuck, can be really useful and motivating. Doing this as a spider diagram, linking together similar or connected words, can also help you think of more words and remember it better. Make sure you revise any new vocabulary in the week after brainstorming, then brainstorm again and see if you have missed any out or have thought of any new ones. Also make sure you learn the pronunciation of the words.

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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TOEIC: Possessive ‘s

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shutterstock_24057424This week in the TOEIC practice blog, we are focusing on the possessive ‘s, used to show possession of objects of singular and plural nouns.  Take a look at the rules below and see if you can complete the quiz at the end of the blog to test your knowledge of this topic.

When we want to show that something belongs to somebody or something, we usually add ‘s to a singular noun and an apostrophe ‘ to a plural noun, for example:

  • the boy’s ball (one boy)
  • the boys’ ball (two or more boys)

Notice that the number of balls does not matter. The structure is influenced by the possessor and not the possessed.  Some other examples include:

  • my brother’s favourite movie (one brother)
  • my brothers’ favourite movie (two or more brothers)

You can also use ‘s after more than one name or noun like in the example below:

  • Kathryn and Adam’s wedding (not “Kathryn’s and Adam’s wedding”)

However, we normally do not ‘s for objects and ideas:

  • the name of the movie (not “the movie’s name”)
  • the beginning of the week (not “the week’s beginning”)



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Cuantos portatiles tenemos? = How many laptops do we have?

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KEY PHRASES OF THE WEEK / FRASES CLAVE DE LA SEMANA

Quite small – bastante pequeño

Over there – (por) allí

Colleague – compañero de trabajo

What about you? – ¿Y tú?

How many _____ do you need? - ¿Cuántos _____ necesitas?

OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND FURNITURE / EQUIPAMIENTO DE OFICINA Y MUEBLES

Laptop – portátil

Chair – silla

Door – puerta

File – archivo, archivador

Printer – impresora

Keyboard – teclado

Computer mouse – ratón

Loudspeakers – altavoces

To reserve – reservar

Conference room – sala de conferencias

Read the conversation / Lee la conversacion:

A: How many laptops have we got?

B: Three. They’re all in that big box near the door.

A: And where is the new printer?

B: It’s in that box, over there, near the window.

A: What do you need for your office?

B: We need three more chairs, five keyboards and lots of files.

A: All right. You can take them.

B: Can we have these computer mice, too?

A: No, sorry. We need them for these computers.

B: And what about those loudspeakers? Can we have them in our office?

A: No, sorry. They’re for the conference room.

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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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TOEIC: That’s not a verb!

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shutterstock_57325921For today’s TOEIC Tuesday blog, we are looking at some nouns which can also be used in sentences as verbs. Below you will find a list of some nouns with their meanings as a noun, but also  as a verb to help you decide which to select when completing the quiz at the bottom of this blog post.

Vocabulary list

PICTURE: 

  • (noun.): a visual representation of something
  • (verb.): to form a mental picture of or to imagine something

HAND:

  • (noun.): the body part consisting of the fingers and thumb
  • (verb.): to deliver or pass on with your hands

RADIO:

  • (noun.): technology used to send or receive radio communications
  • (verb.): to transmit a message via radio

CLOCK:

  • (noun.): an instrument for measuring and recording time
  • (verb.): to time, test or determine by means of a clock or watch

 Quiz time!



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