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 […]

Quiz | 10 Brilliant Workplace Phrases

There are two ways of taking this quiz: Take a quiz and if you got some answers wrong, go here and read/watch more about these 10 sentences. Go here, learn the sentence and then go back to the quiz. Good luck!   Once you done share your score in the comments or in your Facebook. […]

“Fill the void”: meaning and usage

I think I encountered the word “void” before. But I really wanted to know its meaning when I heard it in the sentence “fill that void” it Shallow, a hit performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Tell me something, boy Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void? Or do you need more? Ain’t […]

Want to get things done? Join our FB Accountability Group

I came up with the idea of creating an accountability group after our meeting about “how to get things done”. During the session, participants were so excited to finally move in the right direction and start doing things, not just talk about them. At the same time, there was a lack of clarity and support. […]

Pumped: definition and usage

When you’re pumped /pʌmpt/ that means that you’re excited or thrilled about something that’s going to happen or already happened. Let’s look at examples: I was so pumped before Adel’s concert.  “… and so I’m so pumped for you guys to hear from my dad on Friday.” “… people standing everywhere. Ok, maybe there were […]

Steer clear: meaning and usage

“Steer clear” is one of these expressions when it’s hard to get the meaning simply by guessing. I think I first encountered it in the Friends TV Series and didn’t get the meaning even out of the context. It was in the scene when Ross advises Rachel “not to look too terrific” at her meeting […]

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