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English usage - worry about (something)

The word about is sometimes used as a preposition that means - on the subject of somebody/something; in connection with somebody/something

We often use it with the verb worry. We worry ABOUT something.

Look at these examples:

"I'm worried about the weather, there are many dark clouds in the sky and I am planning a barbecue this afternoon."

"Parents often worry about their children, even after they become adults."

Many people are worried about North Korea.


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English expressions - on the side


~English expressions~

on the side =  extra, such as with a job or an additional order of food; not the main thing
"I work at the bank and I fix cars in my free time to make money on the side."

I can work anywhere!

"I'll have a steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus on the side."

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English Phrasal Verb - Plug In


English Phrasal Verb - Plug In

plug in - phrasal verb - to connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity or to another piece of electrical equipment
"Is the printer plugged in?"


electrical outlet 

We can also plug something in/into something.


"Plug the flash drive into the USB port on the side of your computer."


The opposite of plug in is unplug.

"Please unplug the hair dryer when you are done."

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English expressions - squeeze into something

📚English expression📚

squeeze into something

 This expression means to make room or time for someone or something in a small space or a tight schedule, 
often by exerting pressure

"The dentist can squeeze you into her schedule 
next week on the 21st."

(The dentist will make time for you in her busy schedule.)


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“It's hard to squeeze into my old jeans
Maybe I gained weight during the holidays! 😒”

(It takes effort to fit into my old jeans. They are very tight!)

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A family tries to squeeze into their car.

(That's too many people! The car is too small!)


Do you sometimes try to squeeze something into your schedule?
Do you squeeze into something? Tell me in the comments!




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English expressions - squeeze into something

📚English expression📚

squeeze into something

 This expression means to make room or time for someone or something in a small space or a tight schedule, 
often by exerting pressure

"The dentist can squeeze you into her schedule 
next week on the 21st."

(The dentist will make time for you in her busy schedule.)


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“It's hard to squeeze into my old jeans
Maybe I gained weight during the holidays! 😒”

(It takes effort to fit into my old jeans. They are very tight!)

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A family tries to squeeze into their car.

(That's too many people! The car is too small!)


Do you sometimes try to squeeze something into your schedule?
Do you squeeze into something? Tell me in the comments!




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English expression - rip the band-aid off

Rip the band aid off = Do something that will be uncomfortable or difficult very quickly so you don't prolong the pain. (make the pain longer)


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English expression - To be tight (with money) $$$

To be tight has 2 meanings-

1. If someone is tight it means that they don't like to spend money.

"Fred never spends money on anything. He is so tight! He should enjoy himself once in a while."

2. If money is tight it means that someone doesn't have much money.

"Money is tight this summer so I won't be able to go to Hawaii for my vacation."

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on its way - happening or ​arriving ​soon


 on its way - happening or ​arriving ​soon

"My wife emailed me asking when I will be home tonight. I told her I'm on my way."

~ I will arrive arrive home soon
"My parents sent me a package from Canada. They mailed it last week so it's on its way. I guess it will arrive next week."

~ The package will come soon

"The concert was supposed to start 20 minutes ago. The band's manager came on the stage and told us that the band is on their way, but they had a problem with the tour bus."
~ Don't worry! The band will arrive soon!

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English expressions ~ from the ground up


~English expressions~

from the ground up

 1. from the very beginning

“We must plan our sales campaign carefully from the ground up.”

2. build something new ~ you start at the bottom (the ground, with nothing)

"My father started this company when he was 23. He built it from the ground up."

Do you believe VS Can you believe - Student question (With video!)


Do you believe  ⧬  Can you believe

In today’s post I’ll answer a real question that one of my private students here in Japan asked me. It’s a good one and I thought other people studying English might have the same question. 

My student asked me "What's the difference between the phrases Do you believe and Can you believe? She heard one of these phrases in an English movie, and that made her think of this question.

The only difference is the first word of each sentence so I see how these are easy to confuse.


Do you believe / Can you believe

Let me explain the meaning of each:

Do you believe…?  Is asking... "Do you think something is true?" OR “...can be true?

Can you believe… is often used when we hear shocking or unexpected news. This is usually a rhetorical question, a rhetorical question is a question that we don’t need or want an answer to. *I'll explain that in more detail below...


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Here are some natural examples using 
Do you believe…?”

①"Jim said he shot 2 holes in one playing golf last weekend! Do you believe him?"
(This is hard to believe. I’m suspicious of his story. Do you think it’s true?)

hole in one, suspicious, do you believe?


②"Do you believe in ghosts?"
(Do you think ghosts are real?)

Do you think believe in ghossts?

③"The president says he is going to stop corruption in the government. Do you believe him? Politicians have a history of lying."
(Do you think what he said is true? Is he being honest?)


Do you believe him?

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Here are some natural examples using 
Can you believe…?”

①"Can you believe the boss said we can all leave early today! This is great!"

~ This is unexpected, but of course we are happy. Remember I said  at the beginning of this video that can you believe is usually a rhetorical question. Meaning we don’t need or want an answer.

I asked can you believe but I don't expect an answer. it's good news, it's unexpected, but it's a fact. It's a surprising fact so it's natural to say can you believe it, but I don't expect an answer. I'm just excited because we can go home early! 


Can you believe the boss said we can all leave early today!

②"George and Christina are getting a divorce. Can you believe it? They always seemed so happy!"

~ The fact that George and Christina are getting a divorce is a surprise to me. I thought they were happy so this news is a shock.

Let’s turn this example into a short conversation and you can see how we naturally respond to rhetorical questions in conversation. 



Andy: George and Christina are getting a divorce. Can you believe it? They always seemed so happy!
Bruce: Wow! I just saw them last week at the coffee shop and they looked fine.
Andy: I know right! Everyone I have talked to is shocked to hear this.

~ In this conversation Bruce responds by saying "Wow!" then he mentions that he saw the couple last week. He never answers the question “can you believe it,” he never say yes or no. An answer is not expected. Andy is using “can you believe it” to show his shock and surprise at the fact that George and Christina are getting a divorce. 


They are getting a divorce. Can you believe it?


③"Mike won the lottery! $700,000! Can you believe it? Lucky guy!"

Mike won the lottery! Can you believe it?



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