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How my English changed in 2020

It’s the end of the year and we usually reflect on it and try to see what worked and what didn’t. Here’s what I managed to do with my English this year. It boils down to 3 aspects of English. Pronunciation This year was very good for my pronunciation in general because I finally started […]

Take a stab: a different way to say try

Take a stab at something means to try doing something. Make an attempt. Basically, it’s a different way to say that you try to do something. Let’s look at some examples: She took a stab at solving the problem. I’d never tried snorkelling before but I had a stab at it while I was in […]

10 English idioms with Names

Does your language have many idioms with names in them? Mine, which is Russian, has some. Well, guess what, English has them too and their meaning is not always self-explanatory. Have a look at these 10 idioms and take a quiz to see if you get them right. 1. Jack of all trades, master of […]

Quiz: 10 English Idioms with Names

English has many idioms that contain names. Do you know what they mean and who were these people? Check yourself with this fun quiz. Good luck! Aren’t happy with your score? Have a look at the explanations in this post.   Want to take more quizzes? You can find them here.  

7 Useful Idioms about Time

Time is something we always talk about. Here’re some cool and practice idioms people use in English while they speak about time. I bet you know many of them. Let me know in the comments which are your favorite. And also check if you really understand them with this quiz. 1. Time flies how quickly […]

Quiz: 7 Useful Idioms about Time

We often talk about time. So why don’t use cool expressions to make your English speech more colorful? Here’s a quiz based on 7 Useful Idioms about Time post. You can read the post first and then take a quiz. Or visa versa. It’s totally up to you. Just don’t forget to share results with […]

Out of line: meaning and usage

The expression “out of line” can be used in its literal meaning when someone or something is not in line. For instance, one of those books on the shelf is out of line with the others. As an idiom “out of line” has two main meanings: inappropriate or different from what is expected. Merriam Webster […]

It’s been a while: meaning and usage

“It’s been a while” is not a very controversial sentence for us, non-native-speakers. It literally means “it’s been a long time since people saw each other.” When I hear this expression I picture a couple of former spouses or friends who suddenly bump up into each other and have this awkward conversation. This perception comes […]

Ten Brilliant Workplace Phrases | Practice Session

Last Friday we had a practice session called “10 brilliant workplace Phrases.” During the session, we learn 10 super useful phrases using Youglish. After it, we split into groups of two people and they prepared their own conversations trying to use as many of these expressions as possible. I should say that all participants did […]

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