Thursday, 6 December 2012
An idiom is a regularly used form of words, particular in some way - either to an individual or a group. it can form a style of communication.
A proverb is a saying that makes a truth or piece of wisdom easier to remember e.g. a stitch in time saves nine (minor preventative action is less trouble than disaster-recovery) or 'many a true word spoken in jest' (take care as to what you say, it can reveal more than you may wish).
Idiom - a group of words whose meaning cannot be predicted from the meanings of the constituen words, as for example (It was raining) cats and dogs.Learn English idioms to speak more confidently and understand real English conversations.
have nothing/anything to do with
1. to prefer not to associate or be associated with someone or something.
I don't like Mike so I won't have anything to do with the books he writes.
2. to not involve someone or something
Bob will have nothing to do with Mary since she quit her job.
in the picture
Please, keep me fully in the picture.
2. aware of what is going on
John found out about the plan. He's in the picture, so take care.
1. to decline a serving of food or drink
Waiter: Would you care for dessert?
Bob: Nothing for me, thanks.
2. do not want any of what was offered
Bob: We have beer and wine. Which would you like?
Mary: Nothing for me, thanks.
1. to change from being acceptable to being unacceptable
I thought the jokes crossed the line and were basically embarrassing.
2. to do something wrong
If you steal someone's idea, you have absolutely crossed the line.
You can't judge a book by its cover.
1. something that you say which means you cannot judge the quality or character of
someone or something just by looking at them
She doesn't look very intelligent, but you can't judge a book by its cover.
an arm and a leg
1. a lot of money
Everything the restaurant offers tastes good, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
Usage notes: usually used with the verbs cost, pay, and charge
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Proverb - a short, memorable, and often highly condensed saying embodying, especially with bold imagery, some commonplace fact or experience.
Actions speak louder than words
Children usually learn more from the examples set by their elders than from what they are told ; a person's character is judged by the thing she does and not by what he says; actions give evidence or proof of.
Fortune knocks once at every man's door -- Everyone gets at least one good opportunity in his lifetime; everyone has the opportunity to be successful in life.
Give the devil his due -- Be just and fair-minded , even to the one who does not deserve much or who is unfriendly or unfair; we should punish a person according to his wrongdoings.
God helps those who help themselves -- God only helps those people who work hard and make an honest effort.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good -- A bad or evil occurrence.
Great minds think alike -- Wise people will normally think and behave alike in certain situations.
Habit is second nature -- An act done repeatedly and often enough will sooner or later become a habit or second nature.
He laughs best who laughs last -- A person who does his best is the one who will get the greatest satisfaction in the end.
Never do things by halves -- One should not do an incomplete or imperfect job - certain tasks must not be left half done; they must be done away with immediately.Great haste makes great waste -- If one does things hastily he will make a lot of mistakes - he will need to spend a lot of time correcting those mistakes later.
It's never too late to mend -- It is never too late to correct one's mistakes or faults.
It's no use crying over spilt milk -- It is pointless to feel remorseful over a thing lost that can never be found or a mistake done that can never be corrected or rectified.
Still waters run deep -- One who is usually silent and goes about his business quietly may be a very wise person.
Jack of all trades and master of none -- Is a person who can do almost anything, but he rarely excels in any of them.
Let bygones by bygones -- One should consider forgiving one's and forget all the bad deeds done by others.
Let not the pot call the kettle black -- A person who has a fault should not point out the same fault in another; do not criticize another person as you may have the same weakness.
Let sleeping dogs lie -- One should preferably avoid discussing issues that are likely to create trouble.
No news is good newsWhen there is no news, it is likely that everything is all right.
Look before you leap -- Avoid acting hastily, without considering the possible consequences.
Necessity is the mother of invention -- When a person is in great need of something, he will find a way of getting it.
Honesty is the best policy -- Being honest is believed to be the best route to take.
One man's meat is another man's poison -- No two persons are alike - every one has his own preferences, likes and dislikes.
Once bitten twice shy -- If a person has been tricked once he will more be careful and alert the next time.
Like father, like son, like mother, like daughter -- ( used to describe a child's behavior when he or she acts like the father or mother )
Practice makes perfect -- It is believed that if one practices a certain skill often, he will excel in it
Prevention is better than cure -- It is better to be careful beforehand than to try to solve a problem after it has arisen.
Rome was not built in a day -- Any great plan or big dream cannot be achieved overnight or easily.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul -- ( this is quoted when one takes another loan to pay off an earlier loan ) taking from one to give another.
Spare the rod and spoil the child -- A child who is not punished and showed the error of his ways will become unruly.
Speech is silver, silence is golden -- Talk may be beneficial, but sometimes acquiescence may be the best option to take.
It takes two to make a quarrel -- Both parties in a quarrel should share the blame or take responsibility for it; no one can start a quarrel all by himself.Strike while the iron is hot -- Seize a good opportunity as quickly as possible.
There's no smoke without fire -- Rumors do not spread unless there is some element of truth in them.
Time and tide wait for no one -- Time is precious, once it is past no one can go back and claim it thus everyone should be mindful of how his time is spent.
To err is human, to forgive divine -- It is only normal for man to make mistakes and do wrong, but for one to forgive another for his wrong is indeed great and gracious act.
What's done can't be undone -- In life there are some things once done or decisions once made cannot be changed; malicious words once uttered or harmful actions once done cannot be taken back.
Two heads are better than one -- It is always better to get the view of another than to rely entirely on one's own judgment.
When in Rome do as the Romans do -- When one is in a new place, country or situation he must adapt himself to the new manners and customs.
When the cat is away the mice will play -- When law enforcers are not present, certain public members will take the opportunity to break the lawAbsence makes the heart grow fonder -- One usually desires another more when he or she is far away.
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
How to play
Read and listen to the instructions. Click on a colour to select it and then click on the object to colour it.
Please click the link to start the game: learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/word-games/paint-it/insects
Monday, 3 December 2012
|1.||accept, except. Accept is a verb : except is a preposition|
|They accepted my invitation.|
| Everyone attended the meeting except the
|2.||advice, advise. Advice is a noun; advise is a verb.|
|His advice was useful.|
| I was advised to purchase a more economical car.|
|3.||affect, effect. Affect is a verb; it means " to influence." Effect may be a verb or a noun. The verb effect means " to cause to happen "; the noun effect means " the result."|
|Pollution affects everyone.|
|Your tears do not affect me.|
|Your tears have no effect upon me.|
|Doctors have effected a cure for polio.|
| The effect of drugs is well known.|
almost, most. Most is used to form the superlative; it is used to modify nouns. Almost is an adverb.
Most people are honest.
He is the most unusual person I have ever met.
Almost everyone has a desire to succeed.
Almost all of the food was eaten.
already, all ready. Already means " before the time specified. " All ready means " completely prepared."
The movie had already begun by the time we arrived.
The members were all ready to hear the report.
altogether, all together. Altogether means " thoroughly." All together means " in a group."
The thought of a third world war is altogether frightening.
The children were all together on the bus.
amount, number. Use amount to refer to thing sin bulk or mass; number refers to the countable.
I was amazed by the amount of people present.
I was amazed by the number of people present.
The amount of money needed was soon collect.
and which, which
|Wrong||:||I found a lost dog and which needs a good home.|
|Right||:||I found a lost dog which needs a good home.|
|Wrong||:||My father is a good man and whom we all love deeply.|
|Right||:||My father is a good man whom we all love deeply and whom we admire.|
anywheres, anywhere Anywheres is very informal
We can talk anywheres.
We can talk anywhere.
|Wrong||:||He arrived around ten o'clock.|
|Right||:||He arrived about ten o'clock.|