Here to lend a hand…

There are an abundance (or a list as long as your arm) of English idioms related to body parts so let’s let our hair down and get the party started…

I hope you are all ears.  No, this isn’t some strange new disease, but an expression which means to pay avid attention.  Many people complain that these days we pay more attention to electronic devices than we do to real people.  These devices usually cost an arm and a leg; they are by no means cheap.  The age at which children should have a mobile phone is also a pexels-photo-349388bone of contention; a lot of people don’t see eye to eye over the issue.


What do you think? I hope it’s not the case that the cat’s got your tongue!

Learning to love conditionals unconditionally

So once we get into the advanced realms of the English language we get into the ring with the more complex of its many quirks, namely the use of inversion as a replacement for our trusted friend ‘if’.  For most, inversion itself shouldn’t be a new contender.  However,  you may have previously only come into contact with it in negatives.  Here is a link to a fantastic website  to practise that specific area.

The issue with inversion in conditionals is that it doesn’t follow exactly the same rules. Why not? Because it’s English. Continue reading

One for the books

Yesterday was World Book Day so it’s an opportune moment to take a look at some expressions related to the word ‘book’.  Whether you are a bookworm, who loves reading for pleasure, or whether you have to hit the books to revise for some exams, take a minute to check out the following expressions and you’ll be in my good books.




  • Never judge a book by its cover– Never judge on appearances.
  • Take a leaf out of —-‘s book– Try and behave like the person in question.

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“The two most powerful warriers are patience and time” – LeoTolstoy


After spending the weekend in Madrid and paying a visit to the Reina Sofia art gallery to see Guernica again, I thought some phrasal verbs/ expressions related to everyday conflict could be a good idea.


5 Phrasals:

  • To fall out with sb – When you have an argument/ you are no longer on speaking terms.  You can also make it into a noun, eg. we had a fall out/ a falling out.
  • To fight off – To defend yourself from an attacker, either a physical one or an illness eg. I’m fighting off a cold at the moment.
  • To gang up on sb – When people get together to attack an individual in a fight or a discussion.
  • To lay into sb – When sb attacks sb rather fiercely, with physical violence or their words.
  • To stand up to sb – To be confident in your position and to confront your opposition.

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I think you’re suffering from a lack of vitamin ME!

What with today being Valentine’s day and all, the language of love deserves a look in.  Back in the day when technology was limited and people had to pluck up the courage to talk to people they fancied, the cheesy chat up line was king.  Here are my top 5 faves:

  1. Did it hurt? (What?) Falling out of heaven.
  2. Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?
  3. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together.
  4. I lost my number. Can I have yours?
  5. You must be tired; you’ve been running through my mind all night.

I really hope that lot didn’t make you throw up!!

Why not take the opportunity to cosy up to some love-related phrasal verbs:

  • Ask sb out= To ask someone to go on a date
  • Chat sb up= To talk to sb for the first time who you fancy
  • Fall for sb= To fall in love with somebody
  • Get (back) together= To (re)start a relationship
  • Go out with sb= To go on a date/be dating sb
  • Make up= To reconcile after an argument

And for if things go sour:

  • Break up/ split up = To end a relationship
  • Break down= To be in an emotional crisis
  • Cheat on sb= To be unfaithful/have an affair
  • Drift apart= To lose closeness in a relationship
  • Put up with sb/sthg= To tolerate/ deal with


Ok, time to go.  It’s not you, it’s me. Honestly.



Tuesday’s child is full of grace.

So if you believe that all human beings can be divided into 7 groups depending on the day of the week on which they were born, and you were born on a Tuesday, you are the graceful swans among us.  Tuesday is a funny day; some people see it as another Monday in disguise, the weekend still a long way off, whereas others see it as a more productive day, that the week is now in full swing.  What often happens to poor Tuesday though, is that it gets mixed up with Thursday.

To celebrate Tuesday in its own right here is comedian Miranda Hart battling with an automated voice: truly one of the most frustrating things in the world!

And if you are interested in the other days of the week and what they say about you:

Monday’s child is fair of face,

Tuesday’s child is full of grace,

Wednesday’s child is full of woe,

Thursday’s child has far to go,

Friday’s child is loving and giving,

Saturday’s child works hard for his living,

And the child that is born on the Sabbath day,

is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.