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Archive for June, 2012

Idiom of the week- Tight-fisted

Posted by englishlessons on June 25, 2012

Definition:

not generous with money

Examples:

They often argue about money because she’s tight-fisted, while he loves to spend.

We’ve been able to save quite a bit of money by being tight-fisted.

Picture it:

When your fist is closed tight, you are not letting go of your money.

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Idiom of the week- In the driver’s seat

Posted by englishlessons on June 19, 2012

Definition:

in control; in charge of things

Examples:

Harriet is looking forward to being in the driver’s seat and making changes at the company.
He likes being in the driver’s seat and making the decisions

Picture it:

When you are in the driver’s seat, you control the vehicle.

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Idiom of the week – Hit the ground running

Posted by englishlessons on June 12, 2012

Definition:

begin something with great energy

Examples:

They wanted an experienced salesperson who could hit the ground running and get results immediately.

I need to be ready to hit the ground running on this new job as expectations are high.

Picture it:

When you start out running, not walking, it implies lots of energy.

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AmEnglish.com and LittleELL.com have just released “Animal Tales”

Posted by englishlessons on June 9, 2012

Animal Tales

AmEnglish.com® and LittleELL.com have just released Animal Tales. This online, interactive program is designed for young English language learners at the high beginning level and above. It is appropriate for ELL students in fourth grade through middle school. It will help improve listening comprehension, pronunciation, and vocabulary in English.

Animal Tales features nine poems* about nine animals with:

1. Audio and text for each poem

2. Audio and text for facts about each animal and its environment

3. Scored dictation practices to check listening comprehension

4. Scored review quizzes to check reading comprehension

5. A scored final review with “fill in the blank,” “multiple choice,” “dictation” and “word scrambles”

*The poems are written in anapestic tetrameter – 4 rhythmic units each composed of 2 weak and one strong syllable, xxX xxX xxX xxX. (Note: it is possible to omit the first weak syllable or add an additional weak syllable at the end.) Other well-known examples of poetry for children using anapestic tetrameter are Twas the Night Before Christmas and many poems by Dr. Seuss

Click to view a 2 minute slideshow:
Animal Tales Slideshow

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Idiom of the week- In the dark

Posted by englishlessons on June 7, 2012

Definition:

in ignorance

Examples:

I had no idea that the company was going to be sold. I was in the dark about it.

The manager talked to some employees about the merger, but the others were left in the dark.

Picture it:

When you are in the dark, you can’t see what’s going on.

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