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Common English conversation - "SHOULD"

Last week we practiced giving our opinion.  The word 'should' is common when we want to give our opinion or make a suggestion. We are saying that something is good or the right thing to do.

"It may rain this afternoon. You should take an umbrella."

"Wow it's already 1:00 am. I should go to bed."

If we ask someone's opinion or idea we will put 'should' at the beginning of the sentence to make it a question.

"There will be many people coming to our party. Should we buy more wine?"

* Remember should is only a suggestion, it is not as strong as must or have to.

"We have to buy more wine, I don't want to run out again like last time."
"You can never have too much wine!"

Common English vocabulary - Some phrasal verbs with 'UP'

Here are some phrasal verbs with UP

Take up space or time - use or occupy space or time.
"I bought a new couch. I like the color, but unfortunately it's too big. It takes up most of my living room."
"I was on the phone with customer service for 40 minutes this afternoon. The call took up more than half of my lunch break."
Show up - arrive or appear
"I can't believe Ken's ex girlfriend showed up at the party on Saturday. She wasn't even invited!"

"I was so surprised when she showed up!"

MORE English prepositions week 2 - Adjective + TO/FROM/THAN

More English adjectives + prepositions

Today - Adjective + to\from\than

We say similar to
"Japanese beer is similar to Canadian beer."
"Your music tastes are similar to mine. We both like jazz and 80's rock."
We say different from
"Leon is very sweet, he's quite different from his brother Jason. Jason is rude."
We also say different than
"You like punk rock and heavy metal? Your music tastes are different than mine."

"I like to try beer from around the world."

MORE English prepositions week 2 - Adjective + FOR

More English adjectives + prepositions

Today - Adjective + for

In English we say someplace or someone is famous for (something)
For example:
"Korean singer Psy is famous for his song 'Gangnam style.'"
"Venice is famous for it's canals."
We also say responsible for something
"Who is responsible for the mess in the kitchen?" - the kitchen is messy, who's fault is it?
"I work in the international sales department. I'm responsible for Australia and most of Asia."
"Venice is famous for canals."

MORE English prepositions week 2 - Adjective + AT

More English adjectives + prepositions

Today - Adjective + at

In English we use the adjectives good, bad, better with at + subject. Here are some examples:
"In not good at history, but I am good at math."
"Allen is better than me at history, but I am better at math."

"We are both bad at science, but we are studying hard to get better. (at science)

"I'm great at math! It's easy for me."

MORE English prepositions week 2 - Adjective + TO

More English adjectives + prepositions

Today - Adjective + to

In English we say married to
"Kim is married to an American doctor."
Brian got married to his high school sweetheart. How romantic!"
We also say engaged to
"Samantha is engaged to Kevin, they are really in love."
"Kim was engaged to her husband for 18 months."

Learn English - Idioms "Once in a blue moon."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms.
Once in a blue moon
Once in a blue moon means rarely, not often. * When we can see a full moon twice in one month it is called a blue moon. It happens very rarely. That is the reason we have this English expression.
A: "Do you go to the movie theater very often?"
B:  "I usually rent DVDs and watch movies from home. I only go to the theater once in a blue moon."
"At home there is no line up for the bathroom!"
"I don't often drink, but I'll have a beer once in a blue moon."
"It's cheaper to eat at home, but I like to eat at a nice restaurant
once in a blue moon."

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Learn English - Idioms - "Down the drain."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms.

Down the drain

Down the drain means wasted or lost.
"I wanted to go skiing in Vancouver, British Columbia during my trip to Canada but I twisted my ankle yesterday. My plans to ski are down the drain."
"I spent $800 on a nice guitar but I never have time to practice. It just sits in my closet. That's just money down the drain."
"I should have spent the money on a CD instead!
$800 down the drain."

Learn English - Idioms "Out of the woods."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms.
Out of the woods
Out of the woods means past a critical (very important or serious) stage. Out of the unknown. *We often use this idiom with "yet" at the end.
A: "How did Brian's surgery go?" = How was his surgery? How is Brian now?
B: "It went well but he has to stay in the hospital for one more week to do more tests. He's not out of the woods yet."
"Financially my company is doing better than 3 months ago, but I'm not out of the woods yet. I have to upgrade my computer systems this month."
"I can hear some cars, so we're close to the road, but we're not out of the woods yet.
I'm still not sure exactly where we are."

Learn English - Idioms "Save for a rainy day."

This week we are going to look at some common English idioms.

Save for a rainy day

Save for a rainy day means to save something, usually money, for a future time when you may need it.
"My car suddenly broke down on Sunday! I need a new car soon but I have been saving for a rainy day so I can afford it."

A: "Hey Jason, you have lots of money in the bank. Let's take a vacation to Hawaii!"
B: "That sounds fun, but I'm saving that money for a rainy day. You never when you'll have an emergency."
"Are you saving for a rainy day?"

English practice - Adjective + preposition V

Adjective + of
Other adjectives that use the proposition of.
Sure of - to be positive that something will happen.
"Andrew will be late again tomorrow, I'm sure of it."
"The clouds look very dark, the sky is almost black. It will rain soon, I'm sure of it."
"Better take an umbrella, the rain is coming. I'm sure of it."

Capable of - can do (something); is able to do (something)
"Eric gave a great speech yesterday! I didn't think he was capable of talking to such a big audience."
"People don't know what they're capable of until they are in a stressful situation."
"I'm always nervous right before I give a speech. I'm never sure of what will happen!"

English practice - Adjective + preposition IV

Adjective + of
Other adjectives that use the proposition of.
Sick/Tired of - to have too much of something, we don't want any more.
"We have spaghetti every night for dinner. Let's have pizza tonight, I'm tired of spaghetti." - Recently we've had too much spaghetti, I don't want any more.
"Andrew is always late. Our boss is getting tired of his behavior." - Andrew has been late too many times, our boss doesn't want him to be late any more.
"Andrew you're late again! I'm tired of waiting for you!"
Typical of - it's usual; it happens very often. * This is used with a negative meaning most of the time.
"Andrew is late again! That's typical of him to make us wait."

A: "Sorry Brad, your brother Derrick ate the last brownie at lunch."
B: "That's typical of Derrick, he's very selfish."

"Oh no! Not more spaghetti! I'm sick of spaghetti!"

English practice - Adjective + preposition III

Adjective + of
Other adjectives that use the proposition of.
Aware of - to know something, to have some information.
"The company president spent $50,000 on business lunches last year! Were you aware of that?" - Did you know that?
"$50,000?! I'm shocked! Are the company shareholders aware of that."
"Main street is becoming a one way street on Saturday! I wasn't aware of that." - I didn't have that information.
Full of - a large amount
"Oscar's homework was full of mistakes so the teacher asked him to do it again." - There were many mistakes.

"My neighbor's marriage was full of problems, I heard them fighting all the time. I'm not surprised they got a divorce." - They had a lot of problems.

English practice - Adjective + preposition II

Adjective + of
We often use adjectives of feelings with of.
Words like proud, fond, jealous, ashamed are used with of - then the subject. For example:
"My son just won his first karate tournament! I'm so proud of him!
"I'm proud of you son!"

"Robert's co-worker Henry always gets more interesting assignments than him. Robert is jealous of him."
"I ate 3 pieces of cake at lunch, I'm ashamed of myself now."
"Why did I eat so much! I'm not very proud of myself. Ugghhhh...."

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