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Idiom of the Day: Smell a Rat

Average: 2.3 (235 votes)

Have you ever felt that someone is telling you something that is not true? Perhaps they are trying to lie to you. In that case, you smell a rat!

When we feel that something someone or something is not honest, we smell a rat.

"I smell a rat. If John was off from work all week because he was sick, why has he got a suntan?"

How to give your opinion

Average: 4.3 (36 votes)

How do you give your opinion on something? Is by starting a sentnce with "I think..."? This expression is fine but let's build your vocabulary by looking at other expressions we also use when we want to share our views.

Talking about relationships

Average: 1.8 (200 votes)

What type of person do you go for (what kind of person are you attracted to)? If you hit it off with someone then you immediately like and become friendly with them. When you talk in a way that shows them that you are attracted to them and you try to make them attracted to you, you chat up that person. You pair off with someone when you start a relationship with them.

Learn Food Idioms

Average: 3.9 (50 votes)

"Jemima is a tough cookie, she doesn't give up easily." When we describe someone as a tough cookie, we are saying they are a strong person.

8 Food Idioms

Here are eight idioms which include a type of food.

Expressions we use when leaving a place

Average: 4.4 (26 votes)

Today we look at some informal expressions we can use when we are leaving a place. These expressions let the people you are with know that it's time for you to go.

When we are with friends or people we know well it is ok to use informal English. It is also ok to leave a place without giving too much of an explanation when you are talking to friends. You can leave suddenly using one of these simple phrases. 

Gotta go! See you tomorrow!


Idiom of the Day: Crossing the Rubicon

Average: 3.5 (27 votes)


When we made a difficult decision from where there is no way back, we say we cross the Rubicon. Basically crossing the Rubicon means the point of no return.

Stages of Life Phrasal Verbs

Average: 5 (16 votes)

Time Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.3 (216 votes)

Time is like money, we never seem to have enough of it! Do you think you manage your time wisely? Are you good at getting things done on time? Today we look at 14 phrasal verbs that are related to how we use time.

Would You Ever?

Average: 3.3 (35 votes)

I love asking my friends would you ever questions and finding out things I didn't know about them! Here are some answers from my friend Dan, all you need to do is match his answers to the questions I asked him. When you have completed the task, why don't you practise your speaking and ask your friends the same questions...or do you have any better 'would you ever' questions...Let us know!

Would you ever questions are asked about future actions. Have you ever questions ask about someone's past experiences.

Idiom of the Month: Spread it

Average: 3.6 (17 votes)


This month we take a look at two meanings of the verb spread.

Spread: to move a soft substance across a surface so that it covers it:

"Spread butter on the bread"

"He spread a thin layer of glue on the paper."