The Friday Phrase

Fabulous idioms for Friday Afternoon

Today’s idiom is ‘off the beaten track‘.

Somewhere that’s off the beaten track is in a remote location.

So if like Chloe and her aunt and uncle Ned and Sheila, you are going somewhere off the beaten track this weekend, enjoy yourself and tell us all about it when you return!

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A Thought for Thursday

In English you can be on holiday or off somewhere nice.

Chloe, for example is off to Galicia tomorrow to visit her uncle Ned and aunt Sheila.

And what about you? Any plans?
Tell us about it and practise your English!

The Weekly Wish

Happy Monday everyone!

This week, the start of a new month, I wish you a jolly and juicy June.

You can practise your English by sharing a jolly moment you have had recently or perhaps some juicy gossip 😉

And remember: if you don’t know the adjectives of the week you can look them up on www.dictionary.com and then use them here or in your next class!

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The Friday Phrase

Fabulous Idioms for Friday Afternoon 🙂

Today’s idiom is ‘just around the corner‘ (despite being here already,in fact).

If something is just around the corner, then it is expected to happen very soon.

So have a great weekend everyone and enjoy every moment because Monday morning is just around the corner and once it’s here there’ll be no looking back…

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The Friday Phrase

Fabulous idioms for Friday afternoon

Today’s idiom is backseat driver.

A backseat driver is a person who (annoyingly) is fond of giving you advice while you are performing a task or doing something, especially when the advice is wrong, unwelcome or both.

So have a good weekend everyone and if you find yourself in the back of the proverbial car, instead of being a backseat driver why not just sit back and enjoy the views 🙂

back seatClick here for back seat driving at its best!

A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is the adverb flat out meaning either in a direct manner or at top speed and with maximum effort.

Our friend B. Bascal of legendary Bascal Productions has been working flat out this week in preparation for an upcoming event. However, when we spoke to him, he denied flat out that he was overdoing it.
Judging by this photo sent in by one of his assistants though, we are not fully convinced….

B. Bascal

A Word for Wednesday

Today’s word is penchant a noun meaning strong inclination, taste, or liking for something.

Our friend Sebastian, for example, has a real penchant for fast cars so you can always catch him by the circuit at Formula One races.

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What do you have a penchant for?
Tell us about it and practise your English!

Note: All photos are taken / created by the English Gardener (who doesn’t have, or know how to use photoshop)

The Weekly Wish

Happy Monday everyone.

ideaThis week I wish you an informal yet innovative week.

To practise your English tell us about something innovative you have come up with or heard about recently, or an informal event you have attended.

And remember: if you don’t know the adjectives of the week you can look them up on www.dictionary.com and then use them here or in your next class.

A Thought for Thursday

A little something to think about when using English 🙂

In English, when we want to reach someone by phone we call them.
Sometimes we even call two people, but we never call to people.

Chloe, for example leaves a subtle sign as a way of making it known to the rest of us here at The English Garden that she is waiting for an important call and we should therefore avoid using the phone.

We do try to accommodate this somewhat unreasonable behaviour (hard not to when she keeps an eye out to ensure no-one comes near the thing) but always wonder why she does not simply give out her mobile number.

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Do you like making calls or do you prefer texting?
Do you remember life before mobiles?
Tell us about it and practise your English!