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English Functions and Phrases

English Functions  and Phrases

When dividing most common English phrases into topics, it is wise to know how important it is to learn what a “language function” is. Namely, functions in English are phrases used to express a specific purpose. They are different from phrases based on a topic, because they are much more general, and can be used in any situation (e.g. phrases for tourists). Let me give you the  list of most commonly used English functions : Asking for and … Read entire article »

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Most Common English Expressions

Most Common English Expressions

While searching for the most common expressions in English with pronunciation, I came across this superb video with both: slow pronunciation normal speed pronunciation You can find more great videos on English Quickly with David Where are you from? I’m from Golden, Colorado, USA. Hello, how are you? What’s up?  Hey!  What’s going on?  Good to see you how are you? What have you been up to? Where’s the bathroom? It’s down the hall on your left. What time is it? It’s 10:00. Can I get a drink? I … Read entire article »

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American Slang Words – Part 1

American Slang Words – Part 1

I’m sure you will enjoy watching the new series on History channel called America’s Secret Slang. Here comes the first episode where you can hear the etymology of the following American slang expressions: Pork barrel project Slush fund Lame duck Dark horse Stump speech Straw poll Throw a hat into the ring Teddy bear Bully pulpit Rehire, indoors, administration Belittle, breadstuff, indecipherable Bloviator, hospitalization Evil empire Misunderestimate, embetterment Watergate, to wiretap, to bug, smoking gun, expletive deleted, cover … Read entire article »

Talking Against a Proposal

Talking Against a Proposal

Now that we’ve discussed how to suggest a plan or make a proposal and how to express that you are in favour of it, it’s time to learn a few phrases to express that you are against it. I’ll start with very formal ones (F), towards semi-formal (SF) and informal (I) phrases: I see no valid reason for supporting the proposal … Read entire article »

Talking in Favour of a Proposal

Talking in Favour of a Proposal

While in the previous post you learnt a few commonly used phrases to make a proposal or suggest a plan, today’s post is all about accepting and talking in favour of a proposal: Formal phrases: I’m completely behind the proposal to … I thoroughly approve of …   Semi-formal phrases: I agree with you on … The proposal to do… has my full support.   Informal phrases: I’d like to … Read entire article »

Useful English Phrases for Making Proposals

Useful English Phrases for Making Proposals

If you’d like to put forward plans and proposals decide on one formal (F), one semi-formal (SF) and one informal (I) phrase to use in three different situations* FORMAL (F) I would like to put forward a proposal that … I would like to propose that…   SEMI-FORMAL (SF) What I suggest is to … There’s only one way to …   INFORMAL (I) I’ve got an idea ! If… … Read entire article »

Giving Short Answers in English

Giving Short Answers in English

Which of these two videos taught you more about giving short answers in English ? Video 1: Video 2: I hope you had a good laugh watching both videos For the list of some other useful phrases in English, check this page and don’t forget to do some extra work on how to give short responses in English: Practice 1 Loads of exercises … Read entire article »

Checking into a Hotel English Phrases

Checking into a Hotel English Phrases

If you are never sure which phrases to use when you are checking into a hotel, here comes an excellent video by LinguaTV Youtube channel: These are the phrases which are often used when checking in. Which ones have you heard while watching the video ? My name is… I have a reservation for a single / double room for three nights. How … Read entire article »

Making Comparisons in English

Making Comparisons in English

As the examination time is approaching, it’s important to practise sets of very important phrases to make your speaking more fluent and dynamic. If you are presented with two photographs to compare, like in the FCE exam, or a set of questions where you’ll need to make comparisons, here comes a list of phrases to help you: (F*) X differs from … Read entire article »

How to Apologize in English ?

How to Apologize in English ?

Everybody needs to apologize from time to time, right ? That’s why it’s important to prepare for this situation – just in case ! (F) Please accept my apologies ! (F) I apologize (for that) ! (SF) Sorry, (that’s) my fault ! (SF) I am ( very / so / terribly ) sorry ! (I)     Sorry ! With this video you can practise a fun … Read entire article »

Phrasal Verbs with Money

Phrasal Verbs with Money

The post about useful phrases about money by Mr Duncan was very popular, and recently I’ve come across this new Youtube channel which I want to share with you. It’s called Skype-lessons and here’s the video about the following phrasal verbs: To take something out = to withdraw  - e.g. I took out $500 from the bank To take something back = to … Read entire article »

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