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!



A Thought for Thursday

In this week’s Thought for Thursday post we would like to talk about the word ‘like’.

Although this word is currently most ubiquitous as a stand alone phenomena that appears at the bottom of many a social media pages or posts such as this one, today we are going to focus on 4 of its uses within a sentence.

  1. A formal way to say ‘want’ or ‘desire’ (would+like)
  2. To express that we find something agreeable enjoyable or satisfactory (like+gerund or noun)
  3. To connect a verb and a noun and express the idea ‘in the manner of’ (action verb+like+noun).
  4. To express similarity in appearance or characteristics (look/sound/smell/taste+like+noun)

To help you remember these, below is a short poem, courtesy of our neighbour Gregory, who last week composed a tune to accompany his creation and has been singing it very loudly (and slightly out of tune might we add) ever since.

See if you can spot the different ways he’s used ‘like’, as well as the one he hasn’t used but can be found elsewhere in this post.

I do like exploring the streets of Milwaukee*
On the back of my horse** which I ride like a jockey
And be certain my horse doesn’t look like pig
It’s not round and short, it’s majestic and big.

gregory and horse

Portraits in Gregory’s study

*for all of you in Milwaukee reading this and about to run out to the street to see if you can catch a glimpse of Gregory, sorry to shatter your illusions but Gregory has never been to Milwaukee.

**neither does he have a horse.

A Thought for Thursday

A little something to think about when using English

birdIn English we work on a project and focus on something.

I’m trying to focus on writing this post, but it’s hard to concentrate with Gregory singing next door.

What are you working on at the moment?
What do you need to focus on?
Tell us about it and practise your English!