The Strangest-Sounding English Foodie Phrases

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Cool as a cucumber, the big enchilada, earn your bread and butter… English speakers certainly “have a taste for” food-related idioms! Let’s take a look at some of the strangest sounding ones, and what they mean. Butter Someone Up This means to flatter someone in order to get them to do what you want. E.g. …

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The Essential House-Hunting Vocab Guide for English Learners

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Are you moving to an English-speaking country to work or study? If so, one of the first things you’ll need to do is find somewhere to live! Depending on which country you move to, you will come across slightly different words or phrases used to describe different types of housing and living arrangements. In this …

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Top Tips for Passing Your US Visa Interview

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If you are planning to travel to the US to study or simply to visit as a tourist, you may be asked to attend an interview in your home country first. The point of the interview is for American officials to make sure that you’re really coming to the country for the reasons you say …

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What to Say When You Need to Break Up with Someone (In English)

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Breaking up is hard to do – in any language. If you still care about the other person and don’t want to hurt them more than you have to, you need to get the right balance between being honest with them and seeming too blunt or cruel. If the other person is certain that they …

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Other Ways to Say “I Understand”

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There are many different reasons why you might need to tell someone that you understand what they are saying. Perhaps you want to make it clear that you understand the literal meaning of what they have said, for example, when you ask a teacher to explain what a new word means, or when you ask …

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How Long Does It Take to Learn a Language?

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People can be very impatient. For many of us, as soon as we start doing something new, we want to be great at it. If we don’t get there fast enough, we say to ourselves, “I guess I’m not very good at XYZ” … and then we give up! Learning a language is a great …

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You Can’t Spend Summer in Britain Without Experiencing These 9 Things

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The UK is famous for having terrible weather, so when the sun comes out – even for a few days – everyone gets very excited! If you’re currently living in the UK, or you’re visiting Britain this summer, here are nine traditions and habits that you are guaranteed to see for yourself. 1. Barbeques (BBQs) …

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A Quick Guide to Making Small Talk in English

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What is Small Talk? “Small talk” means conversation that you have about simple, basic topics. It’s something you do to be friendly or polite when you need to “break the ice” (find a way to start talking to someone), or when you don’t know someone well enough to ask more personal questions / tell which …

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3 Ways to Memorise Vocabulary

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There’s no way around it: vocabulary is something that you simply have to learn – and remember. However, while there’s no way to avoid this, there are all kinds of tricks you can use to help you get new words to stick in your head and recall them quickly when you need them. Choosing the …

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6 New Words in English – And How to Use Them

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English is a language that’s changing all the time. This happens for lots of reasons: people invent words and phrases to explain brand new ideas and technologies, the names of celebrities or characters in books and films turn into adjectives, and sometimes jokes, slang words, abbreviations or even brand names get used so often they …

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