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Business English: What does Strike Mean?

Average: 3.3 (16 votes)

Have you ever been about to go on holiday and ended up stuck at the airport because your airline has gone on strike? Strikes can be incredibly frustrating for the general public and can make big news. Here’s a short article about strikes. Read through the article and complete the gaps with the missing vocabulary listed below. Have you ever gone on strike with your company, or have you recently been affected by one? Let us know.

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 (41 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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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: 3.9 (59 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 (23 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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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.

Word of the Day: Funny

Average: 3.8 (24 votes)

funny

When something is funny it makes us laugh. For example, a comedy movie is funny or a joke is funny.

Funny is also used to describe something that is strange or unusual.

Education Vocabulary and Phrases

Average: 3.8 (31 votes)

As you probably know we are a chain of English language schools in top locations around the world. Attending a course in an English-speaking country is the best way to learn English. On your course you will hear and learn real English, the everyday English that native speakers really use. Here are three conversations which are related to schools and education, especially university education.