TED Talk vocabulary: Stress, health and psychology

As you probably already know TED Talks are a great way to improve any of your English skills: vocabulary, listening, pronunciation and reading. In this post, I collected some useful words and expressions from the TED Talk of psychologist Kelly McGonigal about our stress response. Recommendation: Watch (or read) the TED Talk and see what […]

Going Down the Rabbit Whole: Meaning and Examples

We all go down rabbit holes from time to time. If you don’t know the meaning of this expression, don’t worry, it’s not something to be ashamed of and it has nothing to do with poor rabbits. Although, literally rabbit hole is a hole that rabbits dig in the ground as their home. The expression […]

What Does POV Mean: Definitions and Examples

If you’ve ever wondered what POV means on TikTok or in text messages, you’ve come to the right place. POV stands for ‘point of view’. Initially a movie term, POV describes a shooting technique when a scene is viewed from the perspective of the camera or main protagonist. The classic example is Terminator where we […]

When to Use ‘On the Flip Side’: Meaning and Examples

‘On the flip side’ is one of those English expressions you like right away. At least it was like that for me. Once I heard it I was eager to find out more about it and start using it. So, what exactly does it mean? ‘On the flip side’ is a synonym for ‘on the […]

Malleable: Meaning and Synonyms

In this post, you’ll learn what the word malleable means. Here’s an audio with the pronunciation of malleable /mæliəbəl/ American version UK version Listen to the word and repeat it several times until you can pronounce it easily. Malleable is an adjective. We use it when we want to describe a material or a substance […]

Harness: Meaning and Usage in a Sentence

In this post, you’ll learn the word ‘harness’ and its meaning. A harness is a piece of equipment with straps and belts, used to control or hold in place a person, an animal, or an object. We can put a harness on a horse, on a dog and even on a cat. There is a […]

Carve Out: Meaning and Usage in a Sentence

In this post, you’ll learn the phrasal verb ‘carve out’ and its meaning. ‘Carve out’ is derived from ‘carve’. When you carve, you make objects or patterns by cutting away material from wood or stone. You can carve ‘from’ or ‘out of’ something. We can say “the statue was carved out of a single piece […]

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