Idiom: Break the ice

Meaning and Use To break the ice means to do something to create a more relaxed and comfortable social situation. It is common when meeting people for the first time. Many people are […]

English Listening: Deal With It Using Music

Deal with: handle, cope with, manage Improve English Listening with Music Do you have a hard time understanding native speakers? Songs are a great way to deal with the task of learning English […]

Think in English Using Short Animated Films

Stop Translating and Start Thinking In English Despite memorizing long lists of vocabulary words and studying grammar for years, many of my students struggle to speak in English. They spend a lot of […]

Spoken English Reduction Guide

Start Understanding Native Speakers Is it difficult for you to understand spoken English? Can you understand your English teacher but not understand most native speakers? Teachers usually speak more slowly and clearly to […]

cracked up sign

Idiom: Not all it’s cracked up to be

Meaning and Use If something is not all it’s cracked up to be it is not as good as expected. It is common to use not all it’s cracked up to be when […]

Confusing English Phrase: What’s What

English can be VERY confusing! Idioms, phrasal verbs, slang, and other expressions used by native speakers can be difficult to understand. Today I want to talk about the expression Let me tell you […]

Collocations: Natural Word Combinations

Let’s face it: English is difficult. One word can have many different meanings, but limited collocations. You can play squash, you can eat squash, or you can squash a bug. Someone might bug […]

Internet Slang Abbreviations with Audio

Internet and Text Slang When it comes to slang and texting, less is more. Text abbreviations like OMG are a type of shorthand used to save time and space when we communicate online. […]

Construction worker sawing wood

Idiom: Blood, sweat, and tears is hard work.

Blood, sweat, and tears 피 땀 눈물 Meaning and Use Blood, sweat, and tears means a lot of effort and hard work. We use it to talk about things that are very difficult […]