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Idioms using nationalities and countries

Average: 4.6 (9 votes)

Olympics

It’s the first day of the Summer Olympic in Beijing and as the Olympics is a truly global event we thought we would give you some Idioms and natural English expressions which use the names of countries and nationalities. These expressions are mostly used in spoken English.

Wherever you come from, I hope your country does well! 

To go Dutch – to split the bill in a restaurant between everyone who ate together.

adverbs of time

Average: 3.8 (42 votes)

 

'It's been snowing since I got here.'

We use adverbs of time to tell us when an event happened. They are also used to tell us  how long an event lasted  and how often it happens.

For Example:

I rarely see my parents.

They have already left.

I've been working here since 2005.

In the travel agency: booking a package holiday Q&A

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

 

'What's included in this package?'

During the long hot summer, it’s always nice to take some time off and, if you can afford it, go on a trip somewhere.

Imagine that you are in a travel agency. A travel agency is the place where you go to book a holiday. They can help you with flights and hotels.

SMS English - Text Speak 'A-Z'

Average: 3 (82 votes)

 

'CU L8TR = See you later'

mixed prepositions quiz

Average: 4.3 (44 votes)

Today we are taking a look at some sentences which are all missing prepositions.

For example, prepositions include: on, in and at. You need to use more than these three examples.

Please complete the sentences below using a preposition and watch your spelling.

Good luck!

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threw vs through

Average: 3.9 (48 votes)

 

'We took a taxi through New York.'

Let's take a look at two words which have the same pronunciation but different spellings and meanings. Try to remember these when you are writing in English:

Jason's story - part 1: reading, grammar and vocab exercise

Average: 3.3 (29 votes)

'Jason'

Read the following introduction to a story and decide which words are missing.  Which is the correct word for each number? When you have finished check the links for any new words

In the shop: shopping English

Average: 3.8 (10 votes)

'No, thanks. I'm just looking.'

Take a look at the ten questions and statements below. All of these are useful expressions we use when we are shopping. Try and match the sentences to the situations.  When you answer, use numbers in the spaces below.

 

Do you speak 'British' English? Ten words you need to know!

Average: 4 (771 votes)

I’m sure you know there are many types of English. Each English speaking country has its own unique vocabulary, grammar structure and pronunciation.

Today we take a look at ten words which are used in natural British English, but are not really used in American English. All of these words are very common and are used in casual spoken-English. 

Bloke

(noun) synonym: man.

How to use 'understatement'

Average: 2.9 (22 votes)

 'She's not the most intelligent person in the world!'

What is 'understatement'?

Understatement is used when a speaker wants to  a make a situation seem less strong or important than it is.

For example, think about this situation:

You have taken ten exams in school and passed them all with a score of 100%. Someone asks you: