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.
fine by me
suits me fine or it suits me fine
float a loan – it means to make a loan.
I have to float a loan for the renovation of our house.
floating interest rate
out of season
come of age
delectable – it means the food is delicious or tasty.
Would you like a starter?
go past – it means to pass by a certain place.
After going through the park, just go past the convenience store. Next to it is the building that you are looking for.
cup of tea
rip to shreds
fully booked – it means all the rooms are occupied and there is nothing left to be reserved.
I’m sorry, sir but we are fully booked on that date.
lost in the shuffle
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.
from here on out
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.
Sure, I can listen to your presentation later because I am on a slow day at work.
swamped – it means you are busy.
Oh, I’m sorry I can’t go, I’m swamped with a lot of deadlines on my desk.
know best- it means you are the most knowledgeable about something.
I miss my mother’s chicken curry. Mom really knows best about everything.
shove over – it means to move over and give space to other people.
Example: Could you shove over so that Lisa can sit down.
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.
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.
teach (someone) a lesson
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.
I’m sorry but Ruby is not here. Can I take a message?
bump up – it means to move up to a much higher position which in travel means to be transferred to a more expensive seat.
Guess what? I was bumped up to the business class! Isn’t that amazing?
muggy – it means the weather is humid.
Summer is just around the corner. Prepare for muggy days again.