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In the news: natural disasters

Average: 3.7 (35 votes)

Mother nature can be a bit scary at times. When she is angry she can use her amazing powers to create destruction and chaos on our little planet. These days there seem to be more and more occurrences of natural disasters happening around the world.

Let's take a look at the names of the natural disasters that we can see on the news:

Avalanche

Business English: Buying and Selling Vocab

Average: 3.9 (13 votes)

Here we take a look at some of the specific English used in buying and selling. These are terms that are important to both customers and sellers:

cash on delivery

Cash on delivery (British) or 'collect on delivery' (American) means that you pay for something when it is delivered to you.

American versus British English

Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

Winston Churchill said that England and America were 'two nations divided by a common language'. Today we look at some basic differences in vocabulary between British and American English.

Correct sentence?

We frequently use the word 'deny' and 'refuse' to mean the same thing. Do they carry same meaning!

In the news: talking about the environment

Average: 3.9 (20 votes)

'Think globally, act locally.'

How 'green' are you? Are you interested in the environment are you worried about it?

There is no escape from it: pick up a newspaper or switch on the news and you will see countless stories about the environment.

Adjectives to describe the tastes of foods

Average: 3.9 (42 votes)

'How does it taste?'

How well do you know food adjectives? Take a look at the following list of adjectives which we use to describe food. Try and match the correct adjectives to the correct sentences. As this is a quiz, there is no explanation of the adjectives' meanings.

 

bitter

sour

sweet

What is the different between "related to" and "relevant"?

When we said: "Why do you tell me that? there's nothing related to me." or "There's nothing relevant to me?" Confused
What is the different and when should we use "related to" and "relevant"?

What are 'connotations'?

Average: 3 (24 votes)

'I'm not cheap, I'm thrifty.'

Connotations are a feeling or idea that is suggested by a particular word. They give us the emotional connection with words.

Words can be split into 'negative','positive' and 'neutral' connotations.

Let's take a look at some words that appear to be similar, but have connotational differences.

"Make a mess" and "make a mess of..."

Hi, dear friends!
Studing Make Collocation i understand that the meaning of these two combination of words is not the same. The first one is connected to the state of disoderliness and the second one means any damage. For the second case i know that there is an idiom. But i don't understand has "make a mess of" its idiomatic meaning right along? If yes, then is "of" any sign of this idiom? Or may be, as usual there is a lot of exceptions and contexts in any language. Could anybody explain me? Thanks. Tatyana

Upper Int : What are euphemisms?

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

'She was happy to hear that there would be no lay offs at her company.'

A euphemism is a word or phrase that we use instead of a more direct, unpleasant word. Euphemisms are used when we talk about difficult subject matters like death, for example.