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Business English: Looking for a job

Average: 3.8 (26 votes)

Megan has been looking for a new job. She is trying to pursue a different career in the financial industry and has been to several interviews with some of the biggest financial firms in Cape Town. However, she is still having a difficult time landing her dream job. Remember if you are really interested in this subject, we have very good Business English courses available at our English schools.

Relationship and Dating Expressions

Average: 4 (22 votes)

Last month we had an English lesson on dating phrasal verbs. Today we continue the theme by looking at more English expressions used to talk about relationships.

Look at the context of each sentence and choose the correct definition. Good luck!

Learn British Idioms

Average: 3.3 (26 votes)

We recently had a lesson on American Idioms, now it's time to cross the Atlantic Ocean! If you are studying or living in the UK, it is a good idea to learn some idioms that are most commonly used there! Here are some British idioms for you to look through. Can you match each idiom to the sentence it belongs to? I’ve written the literal meanings of the idioms to help you. Good luck!

'Up' Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.2 (30 votes)

Do you find it easy to pick up (learn quickly) new phrasal verbs? Do you sometimes get confused and screw up (make a mistake) when you use them? Well, cheer up (become happier) because here are ten up phrasal verbs that will make your English sound more natural.

Learn American Idioms

Average: 3.8 (20 votes)

Here's a nice lesson for you if you are learning English in the USA or you are interested in American English. It is a good idea to learn some idioms that are most commonly used in the country you're staying in! Here are some American idioms for you to look through. Can you match each idiom to the sentence it belongs to?

I've written the literal meanings of the idioms to help you. Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

Education Vocabulary and Phrases

Average: 3.8 (30 votes)

As you probably know we are a chain of English language schools in top locations around the world. Attending a course in an English-speaking country is the best way to learn English. On your course you will hear and learn real English, the everyday English that native speakers really use. Here are three conversations which are related to schools and education, especially university education.

Dating Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.4 (25 votes)

Dating can be tricky, particularly when you're dating (in a relationship with) an English speaker and there are so many phrasal verbs!

Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs related to dating.

Read through the sentences and see if you can decide which phrasal verb belongs in the sentence. Can you think of any more phrasal verbs related to dating? Tell us about your own dating experiences using these verbs if you have the time!

Idiom of the Day: Drift apart

Average: 3.8 (23 votes)

What's the catch?

Let's take a look at the verb drift and the phrasal verb drift apart:

Drift (verb) - When something is carried by currents of water (or air) it drifts. The water moves it, usually slowly:
"Didn't you notice that the boat was starting to drift out to sea?"

Idiom of the Day: What's the catch?

Average: 3.9 (31 votes)

What's the catch?

Let's look at two uses of catch:

As a verb catch can mean to capture; not allow a person, animal or thing to escape:

"The fisherman caught a fish in his net."
"The police are still trying to catch the man who escaped from jail last night."

Phrasal Verbs with Look

Average: 3.5 (24 votes)

In the English language, a phrasal verb is a verb combined with a preposition or an adverb.

e.g. Look + up/ to/ for/ about/ into etc.

Let's practice! What words do you need to complete the sentences below?