7 ways to “Avoid answering the Questions”

How is personal life going?

Where are you planning to go this weekend?

What amount of money did you make last year?

Well… don’t worry, I am not asking you any of the personal or sensitive questions like a few above.

But I can tell you for sure you will be in situations somewhere down the line where you will want to avoid answering questions which are personal or may be sensitive.

Hey everyone out there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I hope you have enough grasp of the idea what we are going to learn in today’s blog. You know what it is?

Yes, you are right.

Today we will learn about 7 different phrases you can use to avoid answering questions.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the business:


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7 ways to avoid answering a question

 


7 ways to avoid answering a question


1: Can we talk about something else?

Explanation: I would rather use it in an informal situation such as friends, girlfriend or someone you are really close to. This expression in itself conveys to change the topic of discussion, so you expect the listener to be wise enough to understand and stop talking about the present topic or question as it might be hurting you or you might be hesitant talking about it.

Example:
A: So how long have you been together? I still can’t believe you both are breaking up.
B: Can we talk about something else?

2: It’s none of your business.

Explanation: You may use it in situations when the person is continuously bothering you by asking questions about your life that you are not comfortable to reveal. It is quite rude, so I would suggest you never use it in formal situations.

Example:
A: How much did you make last month from your investments?
B: It’s none of your business.

3: No comment!

Explanation: You would have surely heard this phrase being used by celebrities in TV interviews and press conferences many a time. It is simply a way to avoid answering in public as it can cause a controversy. People also use this when you can say something critical or negative, but you don’t wanna say it directly.

Example:
A: What’s your opinion about the present government?
B: No comment!

4: Sorry, but that’s personal.

Explanation: It’s a self-explanatory phrase which I think needs no explanation for its meaning. Using this you directly convey the one who is asking the question that you are not comfortable revealing the personal things to them.

Example:
A: What did happen yesterday? You seemed quite upset at the party.
B: Sorry, but that’s personal. By the way, everything is good now.

5: Let’s wait and see.

Explanation: You can use this when you want the other person to wait and see the answer personally rather than asking for your answer to the question.

Example:
John: Are you coming to his birthday party tonight?
Michelle: Let’s wait and see.

6: Sorry, but that’s confidential.

Explanation: There are certain business situations where you don’t have the permission to reveal the information to someone else. It is that situation where you can use this phrase to avoid answering their question.

Example:
A: Can you tell me with who is your team partnering in this contract?
B: I am sorry, but that’s confidential.

7: I am not at liberty to say anything.

Explanation: It has the same meaning as the above phrase. It is a polite way of not answering the question when you don’t have the freedom or authority to give out any information.

Example:
Will: How much are you thinking of investing in this project?
John: Sorry Will, but I am not at liberty to say anything.

 

How many of them do you use while speaking?

One?

Two?

Or more?

Lemme know in the comments section below about your views and suggestions or email me at [email protected]

Hurrah! We learned seven different phrases to avoid answering a question, so at least you won’t be avoiding regular boring phrases like “I don’t wanna tell” or anything else.

Please go through this article once again and learn all the idiomatic expressions off by heart so it becomes a part of your active vocabulary.

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Improve Your Vocabulary- 14 ways to walk

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14 ways of walking- Improve Your Vocabulary


1: Swagger- to walking with a proud strut

Example: He looked the crowd for a while and swaggered along the corridor.

2: Waddle- walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion.

Example: He waddled down the hallway.

3: Totter- move in a feeble or unsteady way.

Example: The little baby tottered within the room.

4: Strut- to walk in a proud way trying to look important.

Example: Robin strutted around the hall to get every girls’ attention.

5: Stroll- walk in a leisurely way.

Example: I love to stroll along the beach after the sunset.

6: Stride- to walk in long steps.

Example: He strode across the road.

7: Stalk- to walk in an angry or proud way.

Example: She stalked out of the room after we questioned her.

8: Stagger- Walk or move unsteadily, as if about to fall.

Example: He entered staggering into the room.

9: Ramble- walk for pleasure in the countryside.

Example: They planned to ramble after finishing their study session.

10: Parade- a large number of people walking or in vehicles, all going in the same direction, usually as part of a public celebration of something.

Example: The students paraded through the streets during the Independence day.

11: Limp- to walk slowly and with difficulty because of having an injured or painful leg or foot.

Example: The football player limped off the ground after the serious injury in his leg.

12: Amble- to go at a slow, easy pace.

Example: We ambled around the town after a hectic day.

13: Mooch- walk or do things slowly and without much purpose.

Example: It’s better you stop mooching and do something productive.

14: Trudge- to walk, especially laboriously or wearily.

Example: We trudged through the deserted road.

Did you swagger or strut?

Or maybe you ambled someday?

Whatever may be the case, you will at least have enough vocabulary in your arsenal to differentiate what it is.

Make sure you learn these all off by heart and go through this chapter once again so it becomes a part of your active vocabulary.

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How to improve spoken English in 30 day?

How to improve spoken English in 30 day?

Hey everyone out there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I receive many emails everyday where people ask me if I can help them improve their spoken English and take their English fluency to an advanced level.

The same happened yesterday while I was reading all the messages and emails, one user (who I think was new to our website) asked me if I could help him improve his spoken English in 30 days or even less.

So I am gonna be quite straightforward with my answer- It depends.

Yeah, it depends.

It depends on your present level.

Are you a beginner or on advanced level?

How much time do you spend on spoken English?

Do you even practice?

And many more.

Considering all the above points, it can be determined how much time you require to speak fluent English.

Should you go for an English course?

Well, I won’t stop you in case if you have made up your mind to opt for any English course, but I can tell you for sure form my personal experience that in case you are just beginning, you won’t improve as much you expect.

English learning is a process that requires time, effort and consistent practice. For someone who is quite new to English language and concepts, I would suggest you start with simple English learning blogs or watch videos so you have at least enough grasp of knowledge about the basic concepts of language and you don’t have to start from zero.

You should spend some time on listening for better understanding, reading for natural fluency, and spoken English for confidence while speaking.
And when you are done with all these for at least a few months, you can definitely go for any course which you like. Although you can also learn it from here, in case if you really wanna go for any course, I won’t stop you.

So you see, it depends on person to person how much time it will take for you speak fluent English. As I say, there are no shortcuts in life and the same applies while learning English, you will have to give your time and hard work for making things happen.

And it is for this reason, I try to bring quality content for you all without beating around the bush so even a learner on a basic level can get scale up their knowledge, improve, and take their spoken English to a next level.

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10 Slang words you should start using- Part 2

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Slangs cover almost 20 to 30 percent of native informal conversations. It is for this reason they should never be ignored in English learning process as they might void an important aspect of your informal conversation. In case you don’t know what they are and how to use them, make sure you check out the first part of this article where I talked about slangs in detail and when to use them- 10 slangs you should know.

Since they are so important, it kind of struck my mind to write the second part of it.

After all, they are so important.

So without further ado, let get down to the business and see some of the more commonly used slang in spoken English:


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slang words


10 Slang words you should start using- Part 2

Slang- Blatant

Meaning: Something bad that is really obvious and intentional.

Examples:

  • The workers were suffering from a blatant discrimination of wages.
  • Everything he says is a blatant lie.

Slang- Smashing

Meaning: It is just another way of saying terrific or brilliant.

Examples:

  • We had a smashing day at Water Park today.
  • Everyone had a smashing time on his birthday party, it was so much fun!

Slang- faff around

Meaning: to spend time doing things that are not important instead of the thing that you should be doing.

Examples:

  • It’s better if you stop faffing around and so something productive.
  • If you faff around like this, you will fail again.

Slang- grub

Meaning: it is just another slang word for food.

Example:

  • I think we should get some grub before we start off the next project.
  • I am staving, let’s get some grub.

Slang- splash out

Meaning: It means to spend money freely on things that are not so necessary.

Example:

  • He splashed out $50000 on his birthday party.
  • They splashed out more than 70 thousand bucks for a little renovation of their room.

Slang- Mate

Meaning- Another term for friend, pal or buddy.

Examples:

  • I called up all my mates for a surprise party.
  • We all mates had a blast at the theater today.

Slang- cheerio

Meaning- used as an expression of good wishes on parting; goodbye.

Examples:

  • I gotta go now, see you tomorrow. Cheerio!
  • Cheerio! Have a nice weekend!

Slang- Zonked

Meaning- To be extremely tired or exhausted.

Examples:

  • All were completely zonked after the party.
  • We were all zonked after the annual fest.

Slang- Feel blue

Meaning: To feel sad or depressed.

Examples:

  • He was feeling blue after the fight.
  • You seem that are feeling blue. Is everything all right?

Slang- hang out

Meaning: To casually gather together or spend time with someone in a social manner.

Examples:

  • My brother stopped me from hanging out with those boys.
  • How about we all friends hang out this weekend?

 


How many of them were new to you?

A few?

Or all?

I hope you would have liked the second part of this slang series.

Make sure you go through this article once again and take the quiz to analyse how far you have reached in improving your informal vocabulary. I will keep updating them from time to time in case you want more, but make sure you learn these all off by heart so they become your second nature.

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Let’s practice once again!

Since you learnt some new slang words today, let's test your knowledge of these slangs through this quiz.

Choose the most appropriate phrase among the given options and submit to check how far you have reached in improving your English vocabulary. Enjoy!

30 common Homophone words you should know

List of 30 most common homophone words

I eight five packets of biscuit yesterday.

Yeah, I did.

Or is it?

I ‘ate’ five packets of biscuit.

English pronunciations are quite weird sometimes, isn’t it?

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What are homophones?

Homophones are the words that have exactly the same pronunciation but different meaning. The root of the word ‘Homo’ means ‘same’, while ‘phone’ means sound. Be it a non-native or native, people get confused with these homophones because of the same pronunciation; so you see, you are not alone. There is no doubt ‘practice makes a man perfect’, and the same goes with learning homophones. They are not that easy, but with a regular practice and proper learning, it will be a piece of cake for you.

Homophones vs Homonyms?

 

I completely get it when a non-native can’t differentiate between homophones and homonyms. The fact is, even natives make mistake and think homophones and homonyms are same. Breaking down the word ‘homonym’, we get ‘homo’ that means ‘same’, and ‘nym’ that means ‘name’.

So basically, Homonyms are the words that have the same spelling but different meanings.

Let’s see some of the examples of homonyms for a better understanding:

  • Pole (meaning 1): either of the two locations at the opposite ends of the earth’s axis.
  • Pole (meaning 2): a long, thin rounded piece of wood or metal, used as a support
  • Bark (meaning 1): the sharp, sudden cry of a dog, fox, or seal
  • Bark (meaning 2): the tough protective outer covering of the trunk.

30 Most Common Homophone Words With Sentences

There are hundreds like them and it may be possible you know a few of them, or almost all of them. I tried to cover the most common homophones so that even a beginner can understand. Make sure you practice them off by heart and sooner they will become your active vocabulary. So without a further ado, let’s get down to the business:

Accept/ Except

Accept (verb): consent to receive or undertake.

Example: I accepted his proposal for the meeting this weekend.

Except (Preposition): not including, other than.

Example: Everyone came to my birthday party, except Ben.

Advice/ Advise

Advice (noun): guidance or recommendation about what someone should do.

Example: You should always follow his advice if you want to improve in your game.

Advise (verb): recommend that someone should do something.

Example: He advised his brother not to be in the bad company of rogues.

Ate/ Eight

Ate (verb): The past form of ‘eat’.

Example: I ate my lunch after I came from school.

Eight (noun): The number between seven and nine.

Example: There are eight rooms in our house.

bear/ bare

Bare (adjective):  not clothed or covered.

Example: He bared his chest to show his scar.

Bear (noun): a large, heavy mammal with thick fur and very soft tail.

Example: I saw a black bear in the zoo yesterday.

desert/ dessert

Desert (noun): a waterless area of land with little or no vegetation typically covered with sand.

Example: Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world.

Dessert (noun): the sweet course eaten at the end of the meal.

Example: I don’t think a meal is complete without a dessert.

deer/ dear

Deer (noun): a hoofed animal, the male of which usually has antlers.

Example: I saw a deer on a roadside while dropping Joe to school.

Dear (Adjective): regarded with deep affection

Example: “God bless you my dear son”, said the church father.

die/ dye

Die (verb): to stop living.

Example: His uncle died in a car accident.

Dye (noun): natural or synthetic substance used to color something.

Example: He bought a dye for just 50 cents.

band/ banned

Band (noun): a flat, thin strip or loop of material used as a fastener or as decoration.

Example: John gave Emma a friendship band on her birthday.

Banned (verb): past form of the ban.

Example: Alcohol has been banned for some days in some of the cities due to the increasing number of accidents.

by/ buy

By (preposition): indicating the person or thing performing an action or the means of achieving something.

Example: He came to my house by bus.

Buy (verb): obtain something in exchange for payment.

Example: I will buy a car this month because I am exhausted with my old bike.

fair/ fare

Fair (adjective): treating people equally.

Example: That was definitely not a fair competition to give an extra chance to his brother.

Fare (noun): the money a passenger on public transport has to pay.

Example: The fare for this concert is too high to afford.

haul/ hall

Haul (verb): To pull or drag something with effort.

Example: He hauled his bike out of the shed.

Hall (noun): the room or space just inside the front entrance of a house.

Example: The students were ordered to assemble in the hall so that admit cards could be distributed.

higher/ hire

Higher (adjective): the comparative degree of high.

Example: The prices of these products go higher every day.

Hire (verb): pay to be allowed to use something for an agreed period.

Example: He is hired for a year as an accountant in a multi-national company.

its/ it’s

Its (possessive determiner): belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

Example: The Company has doubled its profits and sales in the previous six months.

It’s (contraction): it is or it has.

Example: It’s my choice whether I take up his offer or not.

know/ no

Know (verb): be aware of something through observation, inquiry or information.

Example: I don’t know if he will accept your proposal or not.

No (noun): The opposite of ‘yes’.

Example: This will be a no from the judges on the panel.

won/ one

Won (verb): past and past participle of win.

Example: Though it was a tough competition, we won the match.

One (noun): The lowest cardinal number.

Example: I have only one piece of the suit now.

 

How many of them were new to you?

A Few? Or almost all?

We will keep adding more of them somewhere in the future so that you never get confused about their meaning and usage. Make sure you stick around and improve your English vocabulary by learning these homophones off by heart so that you never make any mistake down the line.

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Don’t bite off more you can chew

Hey everyone out there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

First and foremost, I will let you in on some updates why I am not able to post on scheduled days. I was extremely busy for two weeks because I am working on a series of articles which I will publish in the month of February. It basically is a series of seven chapters which I will publish regularly for seven days that cover different topics and areas (You will know when I publish them). The matter of the fact is, due to that and some of my personal work, I only posted twice a week which was more before. It may happen sometimes that I don’t post on a scheduled day, but trust me guys I work day in and out just for helping guys like you and other non-native English speaker to speak confidently like a native.

I hope you understand for not posting on scheduled days recently, so please keep supporting like you have been doing till now.

I receive emails where people sometimes complain that they can’t remember all the vocabulary and whatever they learn. All I can say is, don’t bite more than you can chew.

Improving English is not an overnight process and it definitely takes time and practices, so no matter how many courses you do or eBooks you read, the fact is, you achieve fluency only after a good amount of time you spend on speaking and vocabulary when you keep practicing.

It is for this fact that I would recommend you keep patience because no matter how many specialized courses or eBooks you go for, it will definitely require time.

Where the most people miss out?

More often than not, when people realize that idioms and phrasal verbs are the main parts of spoken English, they just Google the list of idioms and phrasal verbs and try mugging them up, so they become fluent the next day. But scouring every single page on Google won’t help you achieve your maximum fluency. It is a fact that if you learn the whole list, that too without context and practice quiz, you are more likely to forget 90% of them and I am saying this from my personal experience. Though I don’t doubt your mind, you may be one of the wisest guys in your social circle, but what I said is what facts say.

The bottom line is, stick to a few blogs that seems the best to you and follow the advice and content for noticing an improvement. And please keep patience, it never happens overnight.

It was not a normal blog, so I just casually wrote the content in one go what I really think was needed to convey my message and tell you about recent updates and how much you mean to me.

So please stick around; the upcoming articles will be full of informative content and I am sure you will love them.

Keep learning and improving.

Take care, and till then?

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P.S: Bite off more you can chew- means to take more responsibility or commitment than what you can manage.

19 Kitchen Vocabulary with pictures

19 Kitchen Vocabulary with pictures

Hey everyone out there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot with their English skills and wants to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

I received an email yesterday which said-

Hello sir,
 I love your articles and the way you teach us. Idioms and phrases are no doubt an important part of learning English but I think many non-natives don’t know the daily used vocabulary. Can you please tell how to strengthen that? It will be great if you explain to me how to do it.
 Please reply.
 Regards,
 (Ms…………)

I was almost finished writing the reply when it struck my mind- may be many of the non-natives face this problem.

Back in earlier days, I was one of these non-natives who lacked daily used vocabulary words, so I thought better to address this issue today because somewhere down the line people face this issue sooner or later.

So I am here with a new category section of our blog that will focus on the vocabulary of items that are around us, or from which we all are surrounded in one or the other way. I may or may not include all the vocabulary considering the length of the blog, but I will try to include the most important ones from each area of our life.

I was confused what to start from, so I just picked a random topic from the list I created yesterday.

So let’s start with the kitchen vocabulary – the place where we cook our food to get the energy from. I am gonna keep it simple and straight to the point without beating around the bush (Click here!), so here we go-

Kitchen Vocabulary

Saucepan

kitchen vocabulary

It is a small round cooking pot for making a variety of sauces, gravies, and glazes. 


Cup & Saucer

kitchen vocabulary

A shallow dish, typically having a circular indentation in the centre, on which a cup is placed.


Bowl

kitchen vocabulary

A bowl is a round, open-top container used in many cultures to serve hot and cold food.


Skimmer

kitchen vocabulary

A skimmer is a flat, sieve-like scoop or spoon used for skimming cooking liquids or lifting ripened cream from milk.


Spatula

kitchen vocabulary

A spatula is a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift material.


Knife and Fork

kitchen vocabulary


Vegetable Peeler

kitchen vocabulary

A peeler is a kitchen tool consisting of a slotted metal blade attached to a handle that is used to remove the outer skin or peel of certain vegetables, often potatoes and carrots, and fruits such as apples, pears, etc.


A Grater

kitchen vocabulary

A grater is a kitchen utensil used to grate foods into fine pieces.


Stove

kitchen vocabulary


Kettle

kitchen vocabulary

A kettle is a type of pot, typically metal, specialized for boiling water, with a lid, spout, and handle.


Pressure Cooker

kitchen vocabulary


Frying Pan

kitchen vocabulary


Mixer

kitchen vocabulary


Whisk

kitchen vocabulary

A whisk is a cooking utensil which can be used to blend ingredients smooth or to incorporate air into a mixture.


SIEVE/ Strainer

kitchen vocabulary

A device having holes punched in it or made of crossed wires for separating solid matter from a liquid.


Tongs

kitchen vocabulary

Tongs are a type of tool used to grip and lift objects instead of holding them directly with hands.


Ladle

kitchen vocabulary

A deep-bowled, long-handled spoon used especially for dipping up and conveying liquids.


I hope you would have found our article useful and learned some ‘Kitchen Vocabulary’ that you should add to your active vocabulary.

Let me know about your views in the comment section below or email us at: [email protected]

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Bye-bye.

P.S: I didn’t explain a few of the above vocabulary because they were self-understandable, hopefully, you will understand all by pictures itself. Then too, if you feel any problem, email us at: [email protected]

10 common Idiomatic Expressions with meaning and examples

10 common Idiomatic Expression with meaning and examples

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Context

Entrepreneurship has been scaling up(Click here!) in everyone’s mind since the internet found its existence in this universe, especially during these days when social media is on its heights.

Seeing entrepreneurs in the lap of luxury lifestyle and of course, supercars and models looks like an icing on the cake, but the sad part is, people ignore the amount of work they have to put in, in order to get their names in top entrepreneurs of their country. People are under an impression, usually because of those videos and photos depicting luxurious lifestyle, cars and jets, that entrepreneurship is so comforting and lavishing, though quite the inverse is true.

More often than not, people usually say what they want and it seems funnier when they follow a motivational page that often quotes something like ‘never give up’ or ‘I will be win…blah blah’ and whatsoever. The matter of the fact is, people post them as their stories and kick back, wondering they would also earn millions one day.

I understand every person doesn’t have the same beliefs and thoughts, and many people would be like “Knock it off” as it is a bitter truth.

But if you start working for your goal day in and day out, there are hands down(Click here!) no chances that you would be kicking yourself for a wrong decision that you opted just for the sake of those luxurious supercars, models, and jets.

Now I am not trying to be a know-it-all, playing safe is certainly not that I believe in, but if your dreams are big enough, you will have to put in your heart and soul day in, day out.

I want you all to be happy and thriving in your life and reach your aspirations.

And there is only one way to do this, and that is to work each day of your life till the time you reach your final destination. Of course, you don’t have to post a story on social media this time, about your thoughts, and how motivated you are, but work until you achieve something and let the world see your actions rather than hearing your thoughts.


10 Idiomatic Expressions with meaning and examples

Idiomatic Expression

In the lap of luxury – Having luxurious and comfortable life due to the abundance of money and fame.

Idiomatic Expression in the lap of luxury

Examples-
  • After winning a lottery of $10 million, he is in the lap of luxury now.
  • John is never given the deserved credit for his talent because he was born in the lap of luxury.

Idiomatic Expression

An icing on the cake – An additional benefit or positive aspect of something that is already considered positive or beneficial.

Idiomatic Expression icing on the cake

Examples-
  • I was so happy that all my friends came to my party. The decorations and gifts were like an ice on the cake.
  • I got $5000 as a bonus from the company. Moreover, the free trip for a week was the icing on the cake.

Idiomatic Expression

Under a wrong impression – to misinterpret something.

Idiomatic Expression under the wrong impression

Examples-
  • I was under the impression that Joe is your real brother.
  • John is under the impression that Emma likes him.

Idiomatic Expression

More often than not – most of the time, usually.

Idiomatic Expression more often than not

Examples-
  • More often than not I drink coffee in the morning, but I can drink tea if you don’t have any coffee left.
  • He is in gym more often than not, and you can clearly notice how much he has changed.

Idiomatic Expression

kick back – to relax.

Idiomatic Expression kick back

Examples:
  • We have been working for the whole day, it’s time now to kick back and have some drink.
  • I am going to kick back when I am done writing this post.

Idiomatic Expression

Knock it off – to stop it.

Idiomatic Expression knock it off

Examples
  • You are shouting too loud, knock it off!
  • It’s time you should knock this loud music off, else you will be yelled by your parents.

Idiomatic Expression

Day in and day out – every day, we usually use this to refer to something we have been working on for a long period of time.

Idiomatic Expression Day in and day out

Examples:
  • I have been working on this website day in and day out, and now it’s finally ready.
  • You have to work day in and day out in order to succeed in this project.

Idiomatic Expression

Kick yourself – to regret a wrong decision or choice.

Idiomatic Expression kick yourself

Examples:
  • He invested in a wrong company, now he has nothing but to kick himself for that.
  • You should work hard at this age; else you will kick yourself in the future.

Idiomatic Expression

Know-it-all – a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.

Idiomatic Expression know-it-all

Examples:
  • Pushkar always keeps bothering me with his tips while I play, he thinks he knows it all.
  • Joe has always something to say in between, he is such a know-it-all.

Idiomatic Expression

Play it safe – It means to not take any unwarranted risks or dangers; to act with caution and prudence.

Idiomatic Expression play it safe

Examples:
  • You have two options in life; either you play it safe or go for your dreams without fear.
  • Playing safe won’t get you bigger and life of your dreams.

I am sure you would have learned a lot from today’s idiomatic expressions article, and added some of them to your active English vocabulary. Make sure you complete our idioms exercise or idioms quiz down at the bottom of this page to practice these idiomatic expressions.

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10 Slang words you should start using

10 Slang words you should start using

Hey there,

Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

How are you doing?

What!

What did you say?

Awesome!

It’s great then and I am so happy for you that you are doing great, but did you know that you used slang?

Yeah, I am talking about ‘Awesome’.

I have observed that most of the non natives don’t know what slang are, and a few who know its meaning try to avoid using it. There is a common misconception that using slang makes you bad and people often associate ‘slangs’ with ‘vulgar slangs’. Vulgar slangs are definitely something that you should hardly use but when it comes to slangs, I don’t agree when people don’t wanna use them.

There is no doubt you are a gentlemen and don’t like using bad words, so before you permanent this perception in your mind, make sure you read this article thoroughly and then assess if you were correct or not.

What are slangs?

Slang is vocabulary that is used between people who belong to the same social group and who know each other well. Slang is very informal language. It can be offending if you use them in formal situations. People often use slangs to sound less formal and be friendlier in the conversation.

When not to use slang words?

You need to extra cautious while using them in your conversation for they can be offensive, depending on the situation and person to person. You won’t say to your boss something like ‘Hey dude!’ or ‘Chill out’ for the fact your boss is not your friend. You can definitely use them with your friends but not on people like your boss, teachers or principal. So I am leaving it on you now to use them carefully in informal situations only.

Why to use slang words?

Would you like talking to your friends the way you wrote a formal application to your principal?

Or would you say something like this-

Please let know about your views and decisions at your earliest convenience. I would really grateful to you.

I will be anxiously waiting for your reply sir.

Regards,

Your name”

The answer is a big fat ‘NO’.

I guess 99.9% of you don’t speak to your friends in such a formal language.

And if you are among that 0.1%, sorry to say this article ends here for them, see you in next blog.

I guess you must be clear now with the concepts and use of slang and their meaning, so without further ado let’s see some of the most common English spoken slangs:

10 Slang words you should start using

Slang 1

Kudos – when I first heard this slang on internet, I kinda got baffled about its meaning and use. I immediately googled it and found that it is used for showing respect. It means ‘congrats’ and if I am not wrong, this slang originated from North America.

Examples

  • Kudos to all the team members for winning the trophy.
  • Kudos Ron! You beat the fastest runner of our collage.
Slang 2

Dig – Here the slang doesn’t mean to make a hole. It is used for something you really like. Frankly speaking, I love using this slang because it sounds so cool.

Examples

  •  Hey Emma, I really dig your black leather jacket.
  •  I think you would dig the quiz down at the bottom of this article.
Slang 3

Cool- Did you notice I used it above? I know you are smart and read everything so thoroughly. Though I don’t think so that there would be a single person who doesn’t know what it means, but in case if you don’t, it means ‘great’ or ‘fantastic’.

Examples

  • I think the latest song from this pop singer was quite cool.
  • You always look so cool when you wear all denim.
Slang 4

Tight- It is used when the competitors are quite close and there is just a minor difference.

Examples

  • It was tight competition, both fighters fought till end.
  •  The competition was quite tight, nobody knew who will win the race.
Slang 5

Creep – an unpleasant person. It is a bit offensive, make sure you use it wisely.

Examples

  •  John always talks bad behind your back. He is such a creep.
  •  Robin often crosses the line when hitting on girls and comes off as a creep.
Slang 6

Buck – another term for dollar.

Examples

  • I don’t have even a buck in my pocket right now.
  •  Do you remember you have to pay me $1000 which you borrowed a week ago?
Slang 7

Beat – The word beat has many meaning in dictionary. You hear ‘a team beats the other’ which means they won, or it is used when someone hits someone like in this example -‘My uncle was beating his dog’, and in some cases it means ‘shit’. But when it comes to slang world, the meaning completely changes. It is used to say when you are ‘completely exhausted’.

Examples

  • A: Are you coming at party tonight?

B: I am beat. I don’t think so.

  •  He looks beat. He has been working out for an hour.
Slang 8

Crikey – It is used as an exclamation of surprise.

Examples

  • A: I invested all saving in that business.

B: Crikey! Did you not leave even a single buck?

Slang 9

Cram – it means to study hard and learn all in a short period of time.

Examples

  • Students often cram the entire notes just before few days from exam.
  •  He kept ignoring his studies till now, he now has to cram the entire course within a month.
Slang 10

Amped – it means you are super excited about something.

Examples

I am amped for the season finale today.

Josh was so amped for his first international match.


How many of them did you already know?

Three?

Four?

Or more?

I am sure you would have learnt a lot from today’s article and added some of these slang words to your English vocabulary. Make sure you complete today’s exercise or quiz down at the bottom of this page so as to revise the entire chapter.

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Choose the most appropriate phrase among the given options and submit to check how far you have reached in improving your English vocabulary. Enjoy!

Common mistakes non-natives make while speaking English (Updated!)

 

Common mistakes while English speaking

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Welcome back to your home ‘Your English Vocabulary’- The place for every English learner who has struggled a lot in their English skills and want to improve their spoken English and vocabulary.

First and foremost, a very Happy New Year to all my dear readers.
“A New Year has tiptoed in.
Let’s go forward to meet it.
Let’s welcome the 365 days it brings.
Let’s live well with love in our hearts towards God and all people.
Let’s walk through its corridors with praise songs on our lips”

I know you had a blast (Click here!) partying on 31st.

And some are even partying today as well.

I am okay with whatever you are doing. After all, partying isn’t bad at all.

Have fun.

Have loads of fun but this time I would request you all to help some poor people around you or at least those who are in need. Trust me it will make your whole year full of joy and happiness and you will definitely have a skyrocketing (Click here!) career down the line.

I won’t take much of your time, so here is today’s post.

We all make mistakes and fail, it’s a part of learning process, be while speaking English or the first time you drove a bike. There is no problem if you make mistakes, the bottom line is to improve down the line (Click here!), so we never make those mistakes again.

So without further ado, let’s see some of the most common mistakes non-natives make while speaking and learn:

Collocations in Use

  •  “My grandparents grew me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.
  • “My grandparents raised me, I cannot even imagine a day without seeing them”, said Josh.

 

  • “They are not real brothers; he is a long relative of Joseph.”
  •  “They are not real brothers; he is a distant relative of Joseph.”

 

  •  “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust with life surrounded by millions of fans.”
  • “Since he is an international cricketer now, he has to adjust to life surrounded by millions fans.”

 

  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved off in the final football trials”
  • “I don’t think Ben will be approved of in the final football trials”

 

  •  Emma arrived in my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.
  • Emma arrived at my house with her mom to invite my family for the wedding ceremony.

Note: We use ‘arrive at’ for a particular place. On the other hand we could have used ‘arrive in’, had it been a bigger place like country or city.

  •   “My little daughter is so afraid with these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.
  • “My little daughter is so afraid of these household lizards that she doesn’t even go to room alone”, said Susan.

 

  •  John is very dedicated with his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.
  • John is very dedicated to his football career, that he doesn’t even miss a single practice session.

 

  •  The head coach consented with the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.
  • The head coach consented to the team’s proposal of conducting extra practice sessions on weekends.

Collocations in use (Updated part!)

  • As the population will increase, the unemployment will also increase.
  • Unemployment goes hand in hand with the growing population.

 

  • Before you give your final reaction I would like to tell you that it was not my mistake.
  • Before you jump to any conclusion, I would like to let you know that it wasn’t my fault.

 

  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was not at all accurate.
  • The rumor about his affair with his co-worker was wildly inaccurate.

 

  • I would like to give some suggestions to your brother so he can scale up his growth in his business.
  • I would like to make some suggestions to your brother so that he can scale up (Click here!) his growth in his business.

 

  • Thank you so much for setting up this event and doing these all arrangements.
  • Thank you so much for setting up (Click here!) this event and making these all arrangements.

 

  • I don’t think Joe will say any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.
  • I don’t think Joe will give any reason for his brother’s reaction to his boss.

 

  • The workers of his company made a strike due to less payment and no bonus.
  • The workers of his company went on a strike due to less payment and no bonus.

 

  • Though Ron earns money with which he can live, he always looks for new options to earn more.
  • Though Ron gets a living wage, he always looks for new options to earn more.

 

The sentences in red are either grammatically wrong or unnatural to say, while the sentences in green are correct and natural way to talk about a particular situation. So make sure you correct these mistakes if you are making any of them.

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