An American vampire HAS A BELLYFUL


Ah, the belly again, but this time in the expression TO HAVE A BELLYFUL. Let’s say you’re on holiday with a friend and he (or she) is always complaining – the weather’s too hot or too cold, the food is not the same as at home, the pillow is too soft or too hard, … After a few days of this negativity you will have every right to tell your friend (soon to be ex-friend), “Shut up, I’ve had a bellyful of your moaning!”

Another situation might be at your workplace, where you’re very unhappy with the conditions or colleagues or the job itself. At some point you’re going to tell yourself that you’ve had a bellyful and finally write that resignation letter.

Use the language

This is your chance to write in about a time when you had a bellyful. I’m sure there was.

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An American vampire’s deal FALLS THROUGH


When a business deal FALLS THROUGH, does it succeed or fail?

In politics, when two parties are trying to form a coalition government but the talks fall through, do the parties form a government or not?

Use the language

Have you had an important plan that fell through? What was it and how disappointed were you?

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Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach

Sharing 3 interesting words with you. These come from the book  “Guilt” by Ferdinand von Schirach

Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach

Here they are:


Before I became a teacher, I had a career in insurance and had been heading for a third promotion in 10 years. The corporate ladder was there for me to climb. It is therefore understandable that quite a few people tried to dissuade me from changing career. “Dissuade” is the word to use when you try to convince someone not to do something. It’s the opposite of “persuade”, when you convince someone to do something.

    • PAUNCH

If you follow this website regularly, you might remember reading about the belly. Well, paunch is yet another word for it. Haven’t read all about the belly yet? Then click the link below.


Some people never give up, no matter how difficult the situation is. Think Nelson Mandela, who spent decades trying to obtain equal rights for the black people of his county. Even after many years in prison, he still remained as tenacious as ever in his aims. In fact, he eventually became president of an apartheid-free South Africa.

Use the language

Know someone who is tenacious? A family member or friend perhaps? Why do you think he/she is tenacious? Write and send in a few sentences giving your reasons.

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noisome / noisy 

I guess many of you are familiar with the word noisy: neighbours keeping their TV at fill volume; or hotel guests next to your room get into a loud argument; or the continuous heavy traffic on the street outside your house.

However, do you know the word noisome? The first 4 letters are the same as noisy and they share a similar concept – something which is displeasing. While noisy refers specifically to sound, noisome refers to something or someone extremely unpleasant. A rude or filthy neighbour could be described as noisome. Politicians who open secret bank accounts in Panama to hide money stolen from the people are noisome (and some other adjectives besides!)

So there you are. Here’s wishing you never have to meet someone who is both noisy and noisome.

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Clock / Watch

If you wear it on your hand, wrist or arm, it’s a WATCH.

These sports watches are all mine. Yet, I seldom wear a watch in everyday life.

My sports watches

If it’s on the bedside table, hanging on a wall or even part of the microwave oven,  it’s a CLOCK.

This is the clock on my microwave oven.


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Stuck on postcards

Recently I have written a couple of posts about postcards: Postcard expressions and Send a postcard. Today I will carry on with this theme in order to introduce some useful vocabulary.

First of all, after choosing and buying a postcard, you’ll probably start by writing a message. Click here for some useful sentences: Postcard expressions. Once done, you need to write down the addressee – the name and address of the person you are sending the postcard to. Make sure to include the postcode – usually a combination of numbers and letters (or only numbers) which we put at the end of the address to help the post office sort the mail. Next, we need a stamp – a small pretty picture which we buy and stick in the top right corner of the postcard. If the card is special in any way or what you write is too personal, you might prefer putting it in an envelope – a type of paper cover usually used for sending letters. Finally, look for a letterbox – the place where you put the postcard for a mail employee to collect.

Countries and nationalities

Look at the flags. Can you name the country and the nationality (what we call the people from that country)?


Country – Malta
Nationality – Maltese

Send in your answers using the form below. And if your country flag isn’t here, tell me so that I can include it!






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