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Learn British Idioms

Average: 3.3 (35 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!

Newspaper Vocabulary

Average: 3.5 (40 votes)

It is likely that in your English classes you will read excerpts of newspapers. Hopefully, your teacher will also be encouraging you to read newspapers outside of class! Here is some of the most common vocabulary related to the news. Match each word to its definition.

How often do you read newspapers? Do you have a favourite journalist? Do you like tabloids or broadsheets? Let us know!

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Learn new nouns: Q to Z

Average: 3.9 (24 votes)

Here's the final lesson in our series of nouns to help you improve your vocabulary. Read through the sentences and try to decide which noun fits the gap. Can you think of any other nouns beginning with these letters? Which nouns were new vocabulary for you? Let us know!

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The Scorpion and the Frog

Average: 3.5 (22 votes)

Aesop was a Greek story-teller who lived around 600 BC. His stories or fables (simple stories used to teach us moral lessons) are still enjoyed today by people all over the world.

Perhaps you have heard this story in your own language?

Read the fable and then answer the comprehension questions that follow. Click 'Show Answers' at the bottom to see the answers.

Reserving a Hotel Room

Average: 3.5 (23 votes)

At some point, you may need to book a hotel in English, so it's a good idea to know what to expect when you do!

Here is a typical example of the 'booking confirmation email'. You will receive this once you have paid for a hotel online, but it contains much of the same language that you will be looking at during the booking process.

Read through the email and complete the gaps with the correct vocabulary. I hope you find this useful!

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'Up' Phrasal Verbs

Average: 3.8 (57 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: 3.9 (22 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!

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Will and Going To

Average: 4.7 (285 votes)

When talking about the future, we can use will..., going to...or the Present Continuous.

Use will to talk facts or things that we believe are true.
"I'm sure you will love learning English in Malta. It's a great place."

Going to is used with predictions.

Passives for Pre-Intermediate

Average: 3.9 (29 votes)

Passive sentences are used to focus on the object, or when the agent is unknown. The object of the active verb is the subject of the passive verb. Compare:

Active: The boy broke the cup.
Passive: The cup was broken (by the boy).

In passives, the subject does not perform the action in the sentence - the action is performed on it.

The Spirit of Sportsmanship

Average: 3.1 (23 votes)

Winning is important in sports, especially in the Olympics, but sometimes, good sportsmanship is more important. In the 1964 Winter Olympics, sportsmanship won the headlines in the two-man bobsled competition. The British team was in second place when members discovered their sled had a broken bolt. It was impossible for them to continue.