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Still, already and yet

1: Have you really tidied your room already? That was very quick. You've only been in there for five minutes! Somehow I don't quite believe you.

2: It's almost midnight and she's still at the office. She works far too hard. Doesn't she know there's more life than work?

3: Do you walk to work every day?

4: Do you want to go to the cinema? I know you've already seen the new James Bond film, so we could go and see something else instead.

5: I've been waiting here for ages but the bus still hasn't come.

6: Haven't you finished your homework yet? Hurry up! As soon as you finish it we can go out and play tennis.
by scummy | 2009-07-18 23:23 | BBC


1. Teenagers have to learn how to juggle school studies with spending time with their friends.

2. If two people instantly like each other and become friends, you can say they hit it off.

3. A teenager about her best friend and herself: 'The fact that we have occasional tiffs shows how close we are to each other - we're like sisters'.

4. Jeans and T-shirts can be worn by both boys and girls. Ther are unisex clothes.

5. Teenagers often talk about things that are bugging them - in other words, irritating them.

6. A common colloquil word for someone whois modern, stylish and always stays calm is cool.
by scummy | 2009-01-17 07:41 | BBC

Colour expressions

1: "I feel sick." "Really? Well you do look a bit green."

If someone looks green, they look ill.

2: When that car cut in front of me I just saw red and swore at the driver.

To 'see red' means to become very angry.

3: "You can't put up my rent. Look at the contract, it's there in black and white."

'Black and white' means it has been written doen in an official document.

4: I tripped over in the street yeaterday and today I'm black and blue.

'Black and blue' means you have a lot of bruises.

5: I said his new haircut made him look good. He spent so much on it that I had to tell a little white lie. It really looks awful.

A white lie is a small lie that you tell so you don't hurt someone's feeling.

6: It's a very formal event. The dress code is strictly black tie.

This is the expression for when a very formal standard of dress is required.
by scummy | 2008-04-20 02:39 | BBC


1. The money you pay for transport. fare

2. Someone who pays to use a form of transport. passenger

3. The tracks laong which a train travels. line

4. An incident during which a train leaves its track. derailment

5. A journey that can be completed without changing trains. direct

6. A train that is travelling east. eastbound

7. A ticket for one journey only. single

8. A station or place where people get on or off a train. stop

9. Someone who travels from home to work and back, repeating the same journey every day. commuter

10. Very fast trains. highspeed
by scummy | 2008-04-08 22:51 | BBC

Feeling worried

1. With so much to do and so little time to do it all I'm feeling pretty stressed-out right now.

2. His heavy drinking is beginning to give us cause for concern.

3. Her mother was worried sick when she didn't come home after school.

4. Three nights ago I had a terrible nightmare and it's been preying on my mind ever since.

5. I wasn't sure, but I had a niggling suspicion she wasn't telling us everything she knew.

6. Petra has a big hang-up about the way she looks and also lacks self-confidence in many other ways.
by scummy | 2008-03-17 00:45 | BBC

Stopping work

1. At the age of 55 he took early retirement and moved to the country.

2. The contract sates that an employee must give 90 days notice of their intention to leave the company.

3. Partners at the law firm may take a 3 month sabbatical after 10 years of service.

4. I was made redundant last year when the company I was working for went bankrupt.

5. A woman can choose to start her maternity leave any time after the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth.

6. He hasn't had a job since he was sacked for stealing money from the office.
by scummy | 2008-03-08 13:16 | BBC


1. My wallet must be somewhere. It can't have just vanished into thin air.

2. Many young people go missing each year, but the majority return home safely within 24 hours.

3. That morning the fog was thick, but by the afternoon it had cleared up and we were able to set off up the mountain.

4. After the operation, the effects of the anaesthetic will take some time to wear off.

5. It's important that you stay out of sight so as not to scare the animals away.

6. Certain animals, such as panda and tigers, are thought to be in danger of dying out.
by scummy | 2008-02-28 18:01 | BBC

Talking about problems

1: Like most married couples, we've had our ups and downs over the years.
If you say that something has had its ups and downs, you mean that it has been involved in positive experiences and negative experiences.

2: The main stumbling block in the negotiations has been the lack of trust on both sides.
A stumbling block is an obstacle that prevents progress from being made.

3: We had some teething problems with the new server but it seems to be fine now.
Teething problems are the small problems something can have at the beginning.

4: I realised too late that my question about the plans for their wedding was likely to open a can of worms - I'd already been told they couldn't agree on anything.
A can of worms is an informal expression that means a very problematic situation.

5: A technical hitch has delayed the launch of the space shuttle.

6: The vicious circle of drug and crime destroys families and ruins lives.
by scummy | 2008-02-16 02:59 | BBC

Dealing with problems

1: New Orleans is a city still grappling with the task of rebuilding itself.

2: She's recently experienced a number of personal problems but seems to be taking it all in her stride and shows the same enthusiasm for life as ever.

3: I have no idea how they will react to the news, so we'll just have to play it by ear.

4: They were finally forced to face up to the truth. Their marrige was a failure.

5: Many governments are now taking steps to reduce smoking in public places.

6: Here are some tips on the best way to handle problem employees.
by scummy | 2008-02-16 02:58 | BBC

Talking about food and drink

1: He was so hungry he wolfed down his bowl of pasta in minutes.

2: I want to lose weight so I've decided to cut out cakes and biscuits.

3: He wasn't at all hungry and just sat there picking at his food.

4: I'm not good at dieting - I eat sensibly all week but then pig out on fast food at the weekend.

5: I was so thirsty I knocked back three glasses of water one after the other.

6: Eat up darling or you'll be late for school.
by scummy | 2008-02-16 02:41 | BBC


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