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150 Really Useful English Phrases: Book 1.: 150 Really Useful English Phrases

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150 Really Useful English Phrases: Book 1.: 150 Really Useful English Phrases

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Jan 15, 2016


Do you want to become more fluent in English?

Do you want to understand everyday language and not just 'textbook' English?

I taught English  for many years and saw that many students get stuck at the high beginner/intermediate stage. They learn the basics and then can't move forward. This problem used to really frustrate me because I had lots of excellent students who were just stuck and eventually they would give up.
I thought for a long time about what was wrong and then decided that it wasn't that the student didn't have ability but that what they were studying and how they were studying was not effective.
I saw that even though they had good basic English they would read textbooks full of their native language (not English). I used to think 'why are they reading all this German/Japanese etc about English and not just reading English instead. I decided to see if I could fix this problem.
I started assigning students homework like 'watch this English drama with subtitles and then without' or 'read a  short article every night for a month'. I found the results were amazing. My students started becoming much more fluent and confident. This convinced me that the best way to become fluent was to read or watch real English that was interesting to the students. So I started writing short stories using easy to understand English mixed with idioms and phrasal verbs that native English speakers use all the time.
In this book I have added explanations in English so you don't mix up English and your native language in your mind. I have also included easy to understand examples which I recommend you note down in your notebook so you can remember them easily. 

In my opinion, learning idioms, phrasal verbs and useful phrases is the best way to move your English forward as you will be using the vocabulary that English speakers use every day.

If you would like to become more fluent and understand everyday English phrases then get stated today and press the button on the top right.

Jan 15, 2016

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The New Business

Part One

Years ago when I was still in my twenties and still working for a large company I decided to throw caution to the wind and start my own business. At the beginning it was by no means plain sailing and I had to get through a lot of bad times. At one point I had a close shave with bankruptcy but I was able to get a big sale just in the nick of time and my company was saved.


Throw caution to the wind: to take a risk.

Example: Even though he doesn’t have much experience, let’s throw caution to the wind and hire him.

By no means: this means ‘definitely not’.

Example: Of course you can run a marathon, but by no means is it going to be easy.

Plain Sailing: this is used when you want to say that something is easy and that the process was smooth.

Example: I studied very hard so the exams were basically plain sailing.

A close shave: a lucky escape from danger.

Example: That was a close shave. He almost caught me reading his private diary.

In the nick of time: just in time.

Example: I got paid just in the nick of time. I’d just run out of money.

Part Two

At one point I totally ran out of money and had to let go of a few staff members. This rough patch lasted for the best part of a year but I was able to ride it out and keep my company running long enough until business improved. In retrospect, while this was a difficult period for me, the upshot was that I was able to pick up a lot of new skills and became much more self-reliant.


To run out of (something): to use up all of your supplies of something.

Example:  We are about to run out of petrol/gas, so let’s stop at the next station.

To let go of staff: this is a nice way of saying ‘the staff member was fired or made redundant’. It is often used when it is not the employee’s fault, when the company can’t afford to employ them any longer etc.

Example: Because of the recession we have had to let half of our staff go.

Rough Patch: this means ‘a difficult period of time’.

Example: After I lost my job I went through a rough patch financially.

For the best part of a (time period): this is used to express the fact that something lasted for most of a certain time period.

Example 1: I was ill for the best part of last month.

Example 2: I’ll be in Indonesia for the best part of next

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    I really want to say "thank you" to you. This is a very interesting book and you are one of the best.

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