Does it FIT/SUIT me?

You’re at Zara, Bershka or some other high street boutique trying on a new pair of jeans or blouse. There are usually 2 things you need to know before deciding whether to buy it or not.

First, of course, is the size. Too big, too small or just right? In other words, does it FIT you?

Next is whether it looks good on you, such as the colour and style (both important factors). What you want to know is whether the garment SUITS you.

I know, there is a third factor, which is the price. That’s something you must discuss with your credit card though!

Use the language

Here’s a fun activity. Take your partner out shopping and ask for his/her opinion on whether the clothes you are trying fit or suit you. Really, ask these questions in English. Remember folks, what you don’t use, you lose.

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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.


Use the language

Send in a photo of your favourite watch or clock, saying what makes it special to you.

From midnight to 4am

Let’s look at a couple of interesting ways of talking about the time.

Midnight, for example, can be described as THE WITCHING HOUR. Yesterday evening I drank so much water that I woke up at the witching hour to pee. Yes, I use real-life situations as examples!

Or you go to a party and get home at 1am ( … 2 … 3 in the morning). Then IN THE WEE HOURS is a delightful way of expressing it. On my holiday last year, I arrived at Dubai airport in the wee hours – at 0115hrs to be exact. THE SMALL HOURS has the same meaning.

Use the language

Write in about a witching hour you will never forget.

Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach

When I finish reading a book, I’ll share 3 interesting words with you.

Today’s book  is “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.

Once, twice, …

I bet you said “three times” just as most people, including native speakers, say. Surprise, surprise, there is another word you can use. True, some think that it’s old fashioned and yet it still appears in books and articles. Therefore there’s no harm in learning “THRICE”, which follows on nicely from “once” and “twice”.

Probably you now expect me to give you something for “4 times”. Sorry but my bag of surprises is empty for today. Instead, I will show you 2 common mistakes:

  • I’ve been to an English language course thrice times.
  • She phoned me twice times last night.

These are correct:

  • I’ve been to an English language course thrice.
  • She phoned me twice last night.

Use the language

Your imagination is needed to create words for “4 times” and “5 times”. Let’s have them!


ALRIGHT, I’m ALWAYS repeating myself about this but please don’t forget that:

alright – one “L”. When writing formally, it is better to use the full form, “all right”

always – same rule, one “L”. But no, it’s not short for “all ways”

Other common “AL” words with one “L” are:


Use the language

All these words – always, alright, although, altogether, almost – in one sentence. Can you do it?