Do you find it difficult to pick up  new phrasal verbs? I bet that most of you are sometimes pretty much confused when you use them. Well, cheer up  because in this post I am going to present you a few phrasal verbs with the particle “up”. pick up  to lift something or someone from a surface E.g. James was not afraid of spiders so he picked it up and looked…

a dark horse a person who does not tell other people about their ideas or skills and who surprises people by doing something they did not expect E.g. He is a dark horse. I didn’t know he had composed so many songs. a person who wins a race or a competition though no one expected them to win E.g. Everybody thought that George would win the elections but the independent candidate…

The verb “to do” is irregular. That means its past tense and past participle are not formed by adding “ed” at the end. They have a specific form: did for past simple and done for past participle. E.g. She did her best to persuade him. E.g. He did his best to win the match but he lost nevertheless. E.g. She has never done any volunteer work.   To do is an…

 snow- atmospheric water vapour frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.      snowman- a representation of a human figure created with compressed snow.      snowball- a ball of packed snow, especially one made for throwing at other people for fun. a cocktail containing advocaat and lemonade.    snowflake- a flake of snow, especially a feathery ice crystal, typically…

whisper– speak very softly; mumble– speak softly and unclearly; mention– bring up a topic; enquire– ask; reply– answer; yell– shout; stammer– speak nervously; stutter– speak nervously, repeating sounds; shout– speak loudly and angrily; whine– complain in a sad voice; explain– give details; inform-tell; elaborate– explain in details; howl– cry out in pain; murmur– speak softly and unclearly; pray– speak to God; sigh– breath heavily to show disappointment; report– explain something in…

Meaning the proverb: Not everything that looks expensive or precious actually is. The origins for the saying “all that glitters is not gold” can be traced as far back as the 12th century where French theologian Alain de Lille wrote a variant of the saying: “Do not hold everything gold that shines like gold.” After de Lille, other authors, poets and playwrights such as Chaucer, Cervantes, and Shakespeare have taken on…

Listing points: First of all; In the first place; Firstly; First and foremost; To start with; To begin with; Secondly; Thirdly; Finally; Last but not least; Lastly;   Listing advantages and disadvantages: One of the main advantages of; One advantage of; Another advantage of; One benefit of; A disadvantage of; The downside of; One drawback is that; The pros and cons of;   Adding more points: In addition; What is more…

  What time is it? / What’s the time? Could you tell me the time please? – more polite   Say the minutes first and then the hour. (Minutes + PAST/ TO+Hour) For minutes 1-30 we use PAST after the minutes. For minutes 31-59 we use TO after the minutes.   5:00 It’s five o’clock. 5:05 It’s five past five. 5:10 It’s ten past five. 5:15 It’s a quarter past five.…

A Romanian is not “surprised”… his “face has fallen off” (i-a picat fața). A Romanian didn’t just “do so much with so little”…he “made a whip out of shit” (face din rahat bici). A Romanian won’t “lose temper”…his “mustard will jump off” (îi sare muștarul). A Romanian hasn’t just “screwed up”…he “threw his boogers in the beans” (a dat cu mucii-n fasole). A Romanian won’t “try to fool you”…he’ll “throw vapours…

How is the weather? It’s windy. It’s freezing. What is it like outside? It doesn’t look very nice outside today. What is the temperature? It’s 20 degrees Celsius. How is the day? It is a lovely day. What is the weather going to be like? The weather forecast says it will be warm at the weekend. It is freezing outside! (it is very cold) It is a bit chilly. Wrap up…