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Word of the Day: Bottle

Average: 3.7 (12 votes)


In British slang the word bottle means courage or bravery. So if you have bottle you are brave and are willing to take risks and do dangerous things. Check out these example sentences:

How to give advice

Average: 3.5 (15 votes)

An Agony Aunt is a newspaper writer who answers questions and offers advice on personal problems to people who write in. Take a look at this example letter and then write your own advice. There's also a vocabulary exercise to do.
(Lesson by David, EC London English School)

Agony Aunt Letter:

Dear Abby,

Top Ten Tips for IELTS Reading

Average: 2.2 (318 votes)

EC's successful IELTS course is taught by friendly and experienced teachers. Today EC London English School teacher, Chris Tang, shares these essential tips.

Illness Idioms

Average: 2.6 (22 votes)

I woke up this morning with a terrible head cold. I’m now writing this lesson in bed surrounded by tissues and orange juice and I’m feeling very sorry for myself! So, why not write a lesson based on illness idioms, I thought...that will make me feel better! In the following idioms, which do you think is the correct missing word?
Lesson by Caroline

London City Foxes

Average: 3 (7 votes)

City foxes (Intermediate and above)

Reading - read the text and then match the words in bold with the definitions underneath.
Lesson by Jimi, EC London English school.

Future Continuous and Future Perfect

Average: 1.7 (158 votes)

A lesson about the Future Continuous and Future Perfect Verb Tenses:

Look at the itinerary of an organised trip in Cape Town centre this weekend.

Do you play the lottery?

Average: 3.2 (5 votes)
Danny Danny's been teaching English at EC Malta for over 10 years.

Twenty minutes ago, I bought my first

Give someone a lift

Average: 3.5 (84 votes)


Today we take a look at two meanings of the expression, give someone a lift:

Give someone a lift: to provide transportation for someone e.g. take someone somewhere in your car. Give someone a 'ride' is also used:

Are you a pessimist or an optimist?

Average: 3.4 (17 votes)

Is this glass half empty or half full?

If you said “half empty” you are a pessimist.
If you said “half full” you are an optimist.

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? What do other people say about you? Do they agree with you?

Advanced Level Reading: Law, Finance and Business

Average: 2.5 (12 votes)

This lesson is about the infamous Bernard Madoff. He is known for one of the worst investment frauds in history. If you are interested in finance, economics, investment or any related area of business, then this lesson is perfect for you!