English Phrases

Easy Phrases To Make Criticisms In English

It’s difficult to make a comment about a past action or situation in English, as often you need to use complex grammar. By the time you remember the structure and the rule, and then think about your reply, the conversation has moved on. But there is an easier way. Here are some “fixed phrases” that… Read More

How To Persuade People In English

English speakers aren’t always direct. For example, we don’t just say what we want and hope that people will agree. Instead, we often use an introductory phrase to get people to agree with an idea or feeling first – before asking for what we want. In this post, I’ve got two native-speaker phrases for you… Read More

Advanced English: Swearing And ‘Bad Words’

English has a range of swear words. Some are unlikely to offend other people, while others are much stronger and more likely to upset people. If you spend any time at all in an English-speaking country, or if you watch English films, etc; you’re going to hear swear words. In this blog post, I’ve got… Read More

Expressions With Get

You can use “get” + adjective to describe a type of change. When you use it this way, it can mean “become”. Use “get” + adjective instead of using a reflexive pronoun. For example, say “get involved” rather than “involve myself”. This will make you sound more natural when you speak English. Here are some… Read More

English Expressions With In

Prepositions cause a lot of problems for learners of English. It’s not always obvious which preposition you should use in an expression – and very often the preposition you’d use in your language is NOT the same in English. So in this blog post, I’ve divided some common English phrases with “in” into categories to… Read More

English Phrases With Mad

Often, we use the word “mad” not to mean mentally ill, but when we think something (or someone) is a little unbalanced. We also use it to comment on things that we don’t understand or which seem illogical to us. “Mad” is often used informally and in spoken English. barking (barking mad) Dogs bark at… Read More

English Phrases With Half

English is full of little phrases that you hear a lot when people speak- but, these phrases aren’t usually taught in textbooks. Here are a few with “Half”. When you use them, you’ll sound more natural and more like a native speaker. half-way there If you are “half-way there” it means that you are on… Read More