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Word of the day: Spick and Span

Average: 2.7 (26 votes)

Adjective: spick and span (also spick-and-span, spic and span)

Environment Vocabulary - Saving our Planet

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Are you environmentally aware? Do you want to become an activist and try to change people's consumer habits?  Do you recycle and compost whenever possible? 

How many buzzwords connected to environmentalism do you recognize? 

Let's see how good you are.

This lesson was created by Evelyn Ono Vineberg, EC San Diego English School

Confusing Word Pairs

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AWL Academic Word List: 'B's and 'C's

Average: 3.3 (8 votes)

Here are ten more words on the AWL from the 'B' and 'C' list. BTW (=by the way), in the future, I'll start at the beginning of the alphabet again to pick up words not yet covered. Remember that there are 570 words altogether on the AWL, so it will take several weeks to cover them all.

Word of the day: Shambles

Average: 3.2 (18 votes)

English in the Kitchen

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Hey, guys.  What's cooking?

How good are you in the kitchen? Are you the kind of person who burns salad?!

Let's put your knowledge of kitchen vocabulary to the test.

Link: Vocabulary Lesson - Things you find in an office

Link: English in the station

Invent, Discover and Establish

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

Let's take a look at three verbs which English learners often find confusing. They are useful for talking about people and organisations in history.


(Verb) To design and/or create something which has never been made before.
"Karl Benz invented the car in 1885."
Noun: Invention

English Vocab Challenge! Can you get 10/10?

Average: 3.3 (8 votes)

It seems that you users of our site like taking vocabulary exercises that test your general knowledge. Here's another quiz that looks at common words and expressions that you'll find English speakers frequently using. You might not see all these words in traditional English textbooks, but I promise you they are useful.

There are 10 questions all featuring words that are sometimes confused by English learners.

Take the quiz and tell us how many you got correct. Can anyone get 10/10? Be honest - no cheating.

10 Common Phrasal Verbs

Average: 3.3 (100 votes)

As you know there are many, many phrasal verbs. Here are ten basic ones that you should know. Today  there are no explanations; you must decide which one feels right. You have probably heard many of these before, so this will be a good review. Remember, the best way to learn phrasal verbs is through practice. The more of them you see, the easier it becomes to understand the meaning of new ones.

Choose the correct preposition to complete each phrasal verb:

Adjective Word Order

Average: 3.5 (192 votes)