Different Expressions for English Learners

The following expressions (phrasal verbs, idioms, and slang) are the ones I used to teach people who want to learn the English language. Before ending my conversation with someone who wants to learn English from me, I make it a point to give a new expression related to our topic. I’m still updating the page. I hope that I will be able to help English learners out there.

Agreeing

fine by me

suits me fine or it suits me fine 

Bank

float a loan – it means to make a loan.

Example:

I have to float a loan for the renovation of our house.

 

floating interest rate

Cooking

out of season

 

Drinking 

 

two or three sheets to the wind – drunk or intoxicated
Example: You are three sheets to the wind.

Family

black sheep

come of age 

Food

all-you-can-eat – it means the customers in a restaurant can eat all the food that they want to eat.
Example:
Let’s go to the newly opened all-you-can-eat restaurant in our town. I heard they serve various delectable dishes for only 2000 yen.

delectable – it means the food is delicious or tasty.

Example:
Oh, this spicy chicken that you said you cooked is so delectable.

Ordering food

Would you like a starter?

 

 

Giving Directions

go past – it means to pass by a certain place.

Example:

After going through the park, just go past the convenience store. Next to it is the building that you are looking for.

 

Hobbies

cup of tea  

downtime

 

pique – it means to provoke or awaken something such as the emotion of a person or the person’s curiosity.
Example:
It was the powerhouse band that piqued my interest in that program.

Home

 

up for grabs –  it means that something can still be taken because it is available.
Example: 
This work assignment is still up for grabs. Anyone?
move house

rip to shreds

 

 

Hotel

 

peak season  

 

 

fully booked – it means all the rooms are occupied and there is nothing left to be reserved.

Example:

I’m sorry, sir but we are fully booked on that date.

 

Losing Something

lost in the shuffle 

 

 

Nature

 

freak of nature – it means something is really different or not normal

Example: What? You can eat 20 red spicy peppers? You a real freak of nature.

 

Office/Work

 

from here on out 

 

give (or lend) a hand – it means to help or assist a person in doing something.
Example: 
It will be a big event. Can you send some people to give me a hand with

 

Slow day at work – This is the opposite of swamped. This is the season or time when you don’t do many things at work.

Example: 

Sure, I can listen to your presentation later because I am on a slow day at work.

 

 

swamped – it means you are busy.

Example:

Oh, I’m sorry I can’t go, I’m swamped with a lot of deadlines on my desk.

 

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Parenting

know best- it means you are the most knowledgeable about something.

Example:

I miss my mother’s chicken curry. Mom really knows best about everything.

Transportation

 

shove over – it means to move over and give space to other people.

Example: Could you shove over so that Lisa can sit down.

 

bustle around 

 

Payment

overdue – it means not doing the thing that you are supposed to do at the time it was expected for you to do it.

Example: Your electric bill is two months overdue.

 

Shopping

shop around – it means going from store to store to compare the price and quality of the item you are buying.

Example: I will shop around for a concert

 

It’s a steal – it means something is super cheap

Example: Definitely, I’ll buy that one. It’s a steal.

 

It’s a rip-off – it costs a lot that it is already unreasonable because it’s price is higher than it supposed to be.

Example: I am not buying a smartphone for 70 000 pesos. It’s a rip-off.

 

 

Teaching

teach (someone) a lesson

 

Telephone Conversation

Can I take a message? – it means you are asking the caller if she wants to leave a message for the person he/she is looking for.

Example:

I’m sorry but Ruby is not here. Can I take a message?

 

Travel

 

bump up – it means to move up to a much higher position which in travel means to be transferred to a more expensive seat.

Example:

Guess what? I was bumped up to the business class! Isn’t that amazing?

 

jet lag

Weather

 

muggy – it means the weather is humid.

Example: 

Summer is just around the corner. Prepare for muggy days again.

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