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Useful phrases for your covering letter

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Applying for a job takes time and thought. Your CV is a summary of your education, achievements and job history for prospective employers and so it should be carefully prepared. A CV is usually sent with a covering letter.

A covering letter is usually the first direct contact between a candidate and an employer, so it has to be well-written and presented.

Some useful vocabulary:

advertised
made known to people

Lifestyle Idioms

Average: 3.7 (6 votes)

Here are some idiomatic expressions you can use when talking about lifestyle or way of life. After you read the sentences, see if you can match each idiom with the definition.

1. Sally continued to keep up appearances even when she was broke and unemployed.

2. Most people in this city live from hand to mouth. They can't really afford to go on holiday.

3. Despite the increase in cost of living and having a part-time job, he is still living beyond his means.

Phrasal Verbs: CALL

Average: 3.1 (11 votes)

Today we're going to look at phrasal verbs with the word 'call'. Read these definitions and examples, and then try to complete the activity below.

Call someone back: Return a phonecall to someone who tried to phone you.

The Ten Stages Of Learning English As A Second Language

Average: 3.8 (9 votes)

If you are learning a second language, then you must be really familiar with the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, the challenges and the joys... of the journey to proficiency!

Take a look at this fantastic Buzzfeed article, which covers the 10 stages of learning English as a second language. It also features EC English! :)

We hope you'll enjoy reading it... We will be sharing more interesting articles for you to read in the near future!

It's Party Time!

Average: 4.2 (13 votes)
Friends, music, food and fun… these are the main ingredients of a good party! Today we’re going to ‘celebrate’ a few of the different types of parties you can enjoy.

Housewarming Party: When you move into a new house or apartment, you throw a housewarming party to celebrate your new home and show it to your friends.

Since and Because

Average: 3.2 (23 votes)

Using 'since' and 'because' can be confusing, so here's the main difference between the two.

'Since' refers to time and 'because' refers to causation.

e.g. Since I quit drinking, I'm feeling much healthier.

e.g. Because I quit drinking I no longer suffer from headaches in the morning.

Fill in the blanks by using either 'since' or 'because'.

In the News: Germany crowned World Cup Champions

Average: 4.2 (12 votes)
Yesterday, Germany became the first European country to win the World Cup in South America.

With neither team _1_ in the first 90 minutes, the match went into _2_ time and Mario Gotze scored a winning goal for his country just 7 minutes before the end of the match.

The Argentinian team seemed devastated after losing the game, with Lionel Messi looking _3_ as he collected his medal.

Many commented that Messi was not at his _4_ during this match, and missed many opportunities to score.

How to express positive emotions

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

Do you remember our lesson about how to express negative emotions? Let's talk about positive emotions today :)

Here is a mix of adjectives you could use with the verbs 'to feel' or 'to be', some examples, as well as their meanings:

- to be ecstatic/elated = to feel or express ecstasy; intense happiness; joyful excitement.

I was ectastic when my sister told me she was pregnant!

Show us your true colours! - Colour Idioms Part 2

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There are lots of colour idioms in English, and in a previous lesson we looked at 10 of them. Here are a few more for you to learn and practise.

Colour idioms and their definitions:

(to) catch red handed: To catch a person in the middle of doing something wrong, or committing a crime.

golden opportunity: An amazing opportunity that you only have once chance to take.

out of the blue: Something very unexpected.

Throwback Tuesdays: Hotel California - Life in 1970s Los Angeles

Average: 3.6 (7 votes)

Guess the missing lyrics!

The Eagles' classic "Hotel California" was released as a single in February 1977. The song won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Hotel California" at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978.

The song is the band's interpretation of the high life in 1970s Los Angeles, and the American dream.

Listen carefully and fill in the blanks to complete the lyrics of this all-time rock hit: