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July 18, 2014

Phrase of the week: Busy as usual


Definition: This expression is used by a person who is actively or fully engaged in activity, as work.

Synonyms: occupied, not available, active, swamped, overloaded.

Examples:
-Irina and Marcus were busy as usual with preparations for their wedding.
"-Tom: I can't go with you. I'm busy as usual.
-Jane: Yeah. You're as busy as a hibernating bear!??"

Sources:
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/busy
http://thesaurus.com/browse/busy
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/busy
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 4:05 PM BST | Comments (0)

July 3, 2014

Phrase of the week: I am hopeless at fixing things


Definition:
Used in a situation where someone cannot help you, even if he/she comes with the best intention. His/her help will be not enough to fix your troubles.

Synonyms:
Incapable of doing something, unable to do something, unhelpful.

Examples:
I'm sorry to see you so sick. But I'm not a doctor, so I'm hopeless at fixing things.

Links:
The Freedictionnary.com : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hopeless
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 4:28 PM BST | Comments (0)

May 12, 2014

Phrase of the week: I like my own space


Definition: means that someone feels better when he/she is in a place, which belongs to him/her. Commonly used when someone needs to be alone, to take some time for thinking about something or just to have a rest.

Synonyms: Home Sweet Home, private space, a space of my own, living on my own

Examples:
- How can I have my own space while being married?
- I love my family and my friends. But sometimes I need my own space

Links:
- The Thesaurus.com : http://thesaurus.com/browse/own
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 11:06 AM BST | Comments (0)

May 8, 2014

Phrase of the week: I am pretty annoyed


Definition: means that someone feels a slight irritation by troublesome, often created by repeated acts.

Synonyms: irritated, miffed, nettled, peeved, pissed, pissed off, roiled, stung, steamed

Examples:
- I was pretty annoyed at being woken up so early.
- I am pretty annoyed by the results of my exams.

Links:
- The Free Dictionnary.com : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/annoyed
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 11:05 AM BST | Comments (0)

April 10, 2014

Phrase of the week: Better safe than (to be) sorry


Definition:
When someone thinks you should be cautious, that is not to take risks even when the situation seems boring or too easy to be careful; so that you will not have problems later.

Examples:
- I'll hold the ladder while you climb up. Better safe than sorry.
- It may be time-consuming to check the oil in your car every time you buy gasoline, but better safe than sorry.

Resources:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Better+safe+than+sorry
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/better-safe-than-sorry
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 10:44 AM BST | Comments (0)

April 1, 2014

Phrase of the week: I like to chill out


I like to chill out:

Definition:
To chill out means to relax completely, or not allow things to upset you.
But, if you say, "Chill out!" to someone who is angry or agitated about something, you're telling them to calm down.

Synonyms:
To relax, Take things easy, Take a break.

Examples sentences:
I'm just chilling out in front of the TV.
I like to chill out with my friends and listen to music.

Resources:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/chill-out
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/chill+out
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 10:40 AM BST | Comments (0)

March 21, 2014

Phrase of the week


Definition:
- To make one's mind up: to decide what to choose
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- When a person can't make one's mind up: When he/she can't make a decision because he/she is facing with a number of alternatives.

Synonyms:
Make one's mind up:
- To choose, to decide, to pick out, to select

Example sentences:
- I have to decide which job I want, the one in London or the one in Paris, but I can't make my mind up.
- I can't make my mind up whether to go or not.

Resources:
- http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/make+up+mind
- http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/make-up-your-mind
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 1:21 PM GMT | Comments (0)

March 13, 2014

- Phrase of the week -


- Fingers Crossed -

Definition:
A written or spoken phrase associated with the gesture that means a good luck charm and also a security symbol.
Keep one's fingers crossed (for someone or something) and cross one's fingers to wish for luck for someone or something, sometimes by actually crossing one's fingers.

Synonym:
Good luck
Hoping the best

Example sentence:
Hope you win the race Saturday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Resources:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/keep+fingers+crossed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossed_fingers
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 9:02 AM GMT | Comments (0)

January 16, 2014

Phrase of the week


- Look on the bright side -

Definition:
Idiom. Means try to consider the positive aspects of a negative situation, to see something good in a bad situation.

Synonyme:
Look on the bright side. Things could have been much worse than they are.

Resources:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/look+on+the+bright+side
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 3:54 PM GMT | Comments (0)

November 27, 2013

Phrase of the Week


- Fair Enough -

Definition:
What you say when you initially disagree with another's opinion or behaviour, but after hearing their explanation you can now see their point of view. Something that you say in order to show that you understand why someone has said or done something. In conclusion, it is not a nasty thing said to close a conversation but another way to say ok.

Second meaning: to express something that is acceptable, admissible.

Synonym:
Okay; that's reasonable; I agree; I understand.

Example sentences:
Well, if you want to go on your own that's fair enough.

I totally can't get over how wild you are......fair enough

Resources:
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/fair+enough
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fair%20enough
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 12:36 PM GMT | Comments (0)

November 19, 2013

Phrase of the Week


- You're kidding? -

Definition:
Asking someone if he/ she is joking or if he/ she is not serious.
When you are kidding, you are just joking around with somebody; you say something that has not to be taken seriously. Teasing or speaking for fun, to be facetious.

Synonyms:
You're joking? You're teasing? You're laughing?

Synonym of kidding: funning; teasing; jesting; joking; rallying

Example sentences:
You're kidding yourself if you think you're going to teach them anything else.
Are you going to the end of the year party in jeans? You are kidding?

Resources:
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=just%20kidding
http://dictionary.babylon.com/you're_kidding/
http://www.reference.com/example-sentences/kidding
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 1:16 PM GMT | Comments (0)

November 15, 2013

Phrase of the week


- You'll get over it -

DEFINITION
Used for telling someone to stop worrying, complaining, or being upset about something.

EXAMPLE SENTENCES
Don't worry, you'll get over your exam.
Her finance broke up with her but she'll get over it with time!

A. Oh, no..I feel air-sick!
B. Don't worry you'll get over it when the plane lands!

SYNONYMS
You'll do it. You'll overcome it. You'll pass it.

RESOURCES
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/get-over
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=I'll%20get%20over%20it
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/phrasal-verb-get-over
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 4:27 PM GMT | Comments (0)

November 6, 2013

Phrase of the week


- We have a lot in common -

Definition:

Describing people with the same/ similar qualities, interest, etc. To share interests, experiences, or other characteristics with someone.

Synonyms:

Share something with
Belong to an idea with

Example sentences:

We don't really have much in common.
I like to spend my time with you because we have a lot in common.

Resources:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/common_5?q=have+in+common
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/have+in+common
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 1:14 PM GMT | Comments (0)

October 31, 2013

Phrase of the week


- Can I have a word with you? -

Definition:

Have a word with someone = to have a conversation with someone, usually about something serious or important.

Synonyms:

Speak with, discuss a problem with

Example sentences:

- May I have a word with you about your son's behavior?
- He had a word with James to explain the problem to him.

Resources:

http://www.idiomquest.com/learn/idiom/have-a-word/
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/have+a+word+with
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 12:47 PM GMT | Comments (0)

October 24, 2013

Phrase of the week


- I'll be in touch -

Definition:
If you get in touch with someone, you contact them by writing to them or telephoning them. If you are, keep, or stay in touch with them, you write, phone, or visit each other regularly.
If you are in touch with a subject or situation, or if someone keeps you in touch with it, you know the latest news or information about it. If you are out of touch with it, you do not know the latest news or information about it.

Example sentences:
Send me an e-mail = Please keep in touch !
I will have to see other candidates, but don‚??t worry we‚??ll be in touch.
I have stayed in touch with my childhood friends.

Synonyms:
I‚??ll keep in touch, stay in touch

Resources:
http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-cobuild/i%20'll%20be%20in%20touch%20with%20you
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 11:38 AM BST | Comments (0)

October 18, 2013

Phrase of the week


- Calm down -

Definition:
Become quiet. To stop feeling upset, excited or angry.

Example sentences:
*I was angry at first but later I calmed down.
*She was crying but after a few minutes she calmed down.
*The men in the street were fighting but when the police came they calmed down.

Synonyms:
To relax, to take it easy, to keep cool

Sources:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/calm-sb-down
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/calm+down
Posted by      LEEDS LANGUAGE COLLEGE LTD at 1:46 PM BST | Comments (0)




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