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Archive for March, 2014

Idiom of the week – Roll back

Posted by englishlessons on March 31, 2014

Definition:

reduce

Examples:

The company rolled back prices for their anniversary sale.

The legislature agreed to roll back taxes to encourage economic growth.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “roll back” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English. Look for the the “TOEFL® phrasal verbs” graphic that highlights the phrasal verbs in the Idioms in English programs.

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Idiom of the week – Clamp down

Posted by englishlessons on March 24, 2014

Definition:

take steps to limit or control a particular activity

Examples:

After she received a poor grade in her math class, her parents clamped down on her outside activities so she would have more time to study.

The government instituted a curfew to clamp down on social unrest in the country.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “clamp down” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English. Look for the the “TOEFL® phrasal verbs” graphic which highlights the phrasal verbs in the Idioms in English programs.

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Idiom of the week – Fall out

Posted by englishlessons on March 11, 2014

Definition:

have an argument

Examples:

Those two boys were good friends until they fell out over a girl.

We fell out over a silly disagreement, and I haven’t talked to her in years.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “fall out” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English. Look for the the “TOEFL® phrasal verbs” graphic which highlights the phrasal verbs in the Idioms in English programs.

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Animal Tales with TOEFL® Vocabulary Practice

Posted by englishlessons on March 5, 2014

Rhyme and Reason

Research has shown that rhymes are very effective for language acquisition. They make it easier for learners to remember the words, and they reinforce the vowel sounds in English. They also help English language learners with the challenging fact that in English different vowels can make the same vowel sound. For example, two of the rhyming words in “The Bottlenose Dolphin” in Volume One of Animal Tales are the words “prey” and “day.” Using these programs will improve your listening comprehension, vocabulary, and pronunciation in English.

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Idiom of the week – Turn off

Posted by englishlessons on March 5, 2014

Definition:

to offend*

Examples:

They want to be careful not to turn off consumers with their new advertising campaign.

The change in programming turned off the network’s older audience.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “turn off” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English. Look for the the “TOEFL® phrasal verbs” graphic which highlights the phrasal verbs in the Idioms in English programs.

*This phrasal verb also means to shut off the power.

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