Category Idioms/Phrasal verbs

Quiz card #002

Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4 has a program called Desert Island Discs. A famous guest (sports, music, science, etc.) chooses eight music tracks, a book and a luxury to take with them on a desert island. During the interview, we get to know why these are important to them. At the same time, we learn more about […]

Cold turkey

‘Don’t go cold turkey‘ to quit smoking E-cigarettes remain the nation’s favourite stop smoking aid – with an estimated 3.2 million users, most of whom are former smokers. One of those is TV presenter Jeremy Kyle, who has given up after 35 years of smoking, using e-cigarettes. “I was a 20-a-day smoker for most of […]

SWEAT LIKE A PIG

“A scorching hot afternoon; even in the shade I was sweating like a pig.” Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell While the island is experiencing another heatwave, with temperatures hitting 37° and with water pouring out of our skin, I think it’s appropriate to remind you of the expression SWEATING LIKE A PIG. The advice being […]

TO GET ON LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE

Sometimes I prefer not listening to the news as often there is more bad than good. Crime, political scandals, natural disasters, collapsing tower blocks and houses on fire – a flood of negativity which brainwashes us into thinking that no good is left in the world. If that is what I think, then why am […]

TO LOSE THE THREAD

It’s happened again. My students were working with a partner or in teams of three, discussing whether tomatoes can protect the body from certain diseases. Matteo, in one group, was busy giving his opinion when Bakir, working in another team, interrupted with a funny remark. This was enough to make Matteo forget what he was […]

AS DEAD AS A DODO

It must have happened to you some time that you forgot to put your phone on charge during the night. To make matters worse, the following morning you went to work or university without the charger. I bet that by noon the screen went blank as the phone powered down. It might have been the […]