Expresiones en inglés: can't put a finger on it

Expresiones en inglés: can’t put a finger on it

Expresiones en inglés: can’t put a finger on it. Have you ever had that feeling like something was wrong but you are not sure why you feel like that? We have the perfect expression for that feeling in English: I can’t put my finger on it. It can also be a useful expression if you do know what is wrong but maybe you do not want to say it out loud to everyone.

I can’t put my finger on it

  • Feeling like something is wrong without understanding why
    • I feel like something is wrong, but I can’t put my finger on it.
    • There’s something I don’t trust about her, but I can’t put my finger on it.
  • We also can replace ‘it’ with what it is.
    • I knew I did a poor job on the assignment, but I couldn’t put my eye on what the problem was.
    • Jenny thought he was lying, but she couldn’t put a finger on what he was lying about.

Expresiones en inglés

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Expression Session: to be on track
Expression Session: brush up on something

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Expresiones en inglés: to be on track

Expresiones en inglés: to be on track

Expresiones en inglés: to be on track. If you are on track, then you are doing what you should be doing. In Spanish you may say we are on el buen camino. It’s a phrase that can be used casually among friends or family or at work. That means this is a very useful phrase to use!

To be on track

  • doing what is needed to achieve what is required.
    • She’s on track to get her C1 in English this year.
    • We are on track to meet the deadline next week.

To be off track/to get off track

  • This means that you are not going to achieve what is required.
    • Everything was going fine but now we are off track and will not meet the deadline.
    • We are really getting off track now, so let’s try to refocus.
  • This can also refer to someone’s behavior or attitude
    • He was such a nice kid when he was young. I don’t know when things got so off track.
    • She was doing so well with her recovery, but has really gotten off track lately.

Expresiones en inglés

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Expression Session: Brush up on something
Expression Session: Get back to the salt mines

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Vocabulario en inglés: Beat vs Win

Vocabulario en inglés: Beat vs Win

Vocabulario en inglés: Beat vs Win. Congratulations Spain on winning your fourth EuroBasket title!!! It was an exciting match and has inspired me to talk to you about these two words that can be very confusing.

Vocabulario Inglés: Beat

  • Beat means to defeat someone
  • We must say who we have beaten
    • Spain beat France in the basketball championship.
    • Slovenia didn’t beat Poland in the quarter finals.
    • She beats me every time we play chess.
    • Have you ever beaten the computer at this game?

Vocabulario Inglés: win

Win as a verb

  • to have the most amount of points.
  • We do NOT follow win with someone.
    • Spain won the EuroBasket title.
    • Germany didn’t win the the semi-finals, but they won third place.
    • Who won the game last night?
    • She’s an excellent tennis player. She always wins!
  • To earn a prize
    • He won the lottery!
    • What prize did you win?
    • I didn’t win anything – I just got all the right answers.

Win as a noun

  • an event where someone wins something
    • Spain beat France for the Eurobasket win.
    • They’ve had only four wins since the beginning of the season.
    • How many wins have they had so far this year?
    • They haven’t had any wins yet.

Vocabulario Inglés con Vocab Rehab

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Vocab Rehab: icon
Vocab Rehab: procrastinate

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B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: icon

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: Icon

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: icon. Icon is used much more frequently than in Spanish. It can be a person, such as the Queen or how Michael Jordan is a sports icon, but it can also be a thing. The Starry Night painting by Van Gogh can be an icon of post-impressionism.

Icon

  • A famous person or thing that represents a way of life
  • Someone or something that is adored by all.
    • Michael Jackson was a music icon for the world.
    • Many people say that Queen Elizabeth was not just a British icon, but a global one as well.

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en Inglés

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Vocab Rehab: Procrastinate
Vocab Rehab: Cove

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B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés: Brush up on something

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulario en inglés. Expressions in any language are a key part of expressing oneself. Not just that, but using expressions can really up your score on an exam. So, start using these expressions today and you will improve your English, your test score and impress your boss.

Brush up on something

  • To improve or get better at something
    • I really need to brush up on my English before that meeting next week.
    • I need to brush up on my computer skills.
  • A lot of times we use this expression to say that you need to refresh your skills. For example, you may have been a fluent French speaker three years ago, but since you haven’t used it in a while, you need to brush up on it.
    • I used to have a C1 in French but since I haven’t used it in so long, I really need to brush up on it.
    • I need to brush up on my presentation skills. It’s been so long since I’ve used them.

Vocabulario en inglés: Expression Session

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Expression Session: back to the salt mines
Expression Session: swim in the deep end

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B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Procrastinate

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Procrastinate

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Procrastinate. At University, I was a procrastinator. I had a 10-page paper due the next morning and I started writing it at 10pm. As I got older I procrastinated less and less. Now, procrastination is a thing of the past.

Procrastinate

  • Verb
  • To wait a long time to do something that you know needs to be done.
  • Usually it is something unpleasant so you are avoiding doing it.
    • I know I need to talk to them at some point – I’m procrastinating.
    • She procrastinates all the time when she has to clean the bathroom. She hates doing it.

Procrastinator

  • Noun
  • The person who procrastinates
    • He’s such a procrastinator because he’s always leaving everything for the last minute.
    • I could never be a procrastinator because I like to get things done as soon as possible.

Procrastination

  • Noun
  • The act of delaying something that needs to be done
  • Usually because it is something you don’t like or is boring
    • We don’t have any time left for procrastination because they need a decision now.
    • Some people say that procrastination can lead to creativity.

B2 C1 C2 Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: Cove/Inlay
Vocab Rehab: False Friends, suburbs vs slum

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B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: back to the salt mines

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: back to the salt mines

Learn B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: back to the salt mines. So, if you know an English speaker, you know that we like to exaggerate just a bit in English. Usually it’s our way of being funny or sarcastic. So, in this expression, we are doing just that. Salt mines are places where there is difficult work to be done, maybe even unsafe conditions. So, we are not REALLY going back to the salt mines. Maybe we have a desk job or a teacher, but we say, ‘it’s time to go to the salt mines’ to lightheartedly say we need to go do work that we may not be excited to do.

Get back to the salt mines

  • to return to work after a long or short break
  • usually to do work that we don’t like or something that is difficult
  • usually said in as a joke
    • Well, this summer has been great, but it’s time to get back to the salt mines.
    • It’s been nice talking to you, but I’d better be getting back to the salt mines.
    • We have a three day weekend and then it’s back to the salt mines.

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Expression Session

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Expression Session: swim in the deep end
Expression Session: hotter than hell

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: swim in the deep end

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions. Swim in the deep end or thrown in the deep end are the focus of this week’s Expression Session. Deep end refers to the side of the pool that is so deep that you can’t stand so you have to swim. If you are in the deep end and don’t know how to swim, this could be life threatening.

Swim in the deep end

  • to be in a situation without enough experience or expertise.
  • to be in a risky situation
    • I started a new job and I feel like I’m swimming in the deep end.
    • If you decide to go, you will be swimming in the deep end. Are prepared for that?

Thrown into the deep end

  • To be put into a situation where you don’t have enough experience or expertise.
    • They didn’t give me any training at my new job and just threw me into the deep end.
    • My parents never worried much about things. They were the type of parents who would just throw you into the deep end.

B2 C1 C2 Expression Sessions

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Expression Session: hotter than hell
Expression Session: get away with something

Vocab Rehab: Cove

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Cove

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Cove. This summer you may have visited a Cala and thought, what do you call this is English. A cove or an inlay is that smaller, more intimate place to escape from tourists and enjoy the sea.

English Vocabulary: Cove

  • A place on the coast that curves in, usually between rocks or cliffs.
    • We went to a small cove to get away from all the tourists.
    • We had to take a small bus to the cove because it was too far to walk with our umbrella and chairs.

Vocab Rehab

Now that you have learned B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Cove, check out our other Vocab Rehab posts:
Vocab Rehab: False Friends, slums
Vocab Rehab: Say, tell, speak, talk

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Expression Session: Hotter than hell

B2 C1 English Expressions: Hotter than hell

B2 C1 English Expressions: Hotter than hell. Today in Expression Session we are bringing you some expressions to talk about the heatwave we are having.

Hotter than hell

  • To say that it is really hot out
    • I can’t handle this heat. It’s hotter than hell out there today.
    • There’s no way I’m turning the oven on today. It’s hotter than hell in here.

You can cook an egg on the sidewalk

  • It is so hot outside that I could cook an egg on the sidewalk instead of on the stove.
    • I’m not going outside. You can cook an egg on the sidewalk with this heat.
    • It’s so hot out you can cook an egg on the sidewalk.

I’m on fire

  • An expression to day that I am really hot.
    • I’m on fire. I need a cold drink
    • Lucy wants to go swimming. She’s on fire.

It’s an oven

  • It’s really hot
    • This house is so hot it’s like an oven in here.
    • It’s an oven out there today. Make sure you use sun screen.

English Expressions

Now that you have learned B2 C1 English Expressions: Hotter than hell, take a look at our other Expression Session posts:
Expression Session: to get away with something
Expression Session: Actions speak louder than words

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False Friends: Suburbs Slum

False Friends: suburbs vs slum

False Friends: suburbs vs slum

False Friends: Suburbs vs slum. Interestingly enough, in Spain, (not in México or other Spanish Speaking countries) people often get confused by the word ‘suburbs’ in English. This is because the word suburbio in Spain has a very different meaning.

Suburb

  • an area where people live that is outside of the city center.
  • In Spain, they would refer to this as ‘las afueras‘.
    • Would you rather live in the city center or in the suburbs?
    • In the city center you are closer to everything, but in the suburbs you are usually able to have a bigger home for better value.

Slum / Shantytown

  • A poor and crowded area of a city that is usually in poor condition and run-down.
  • It is also referred to a neighborhood that may have poorly built homes along the outskirts of a city.
  • Every culture has their own words for referring to these types of areas. In the US they may say slum or ghetto. In England, they may use shantytown.
    • She went on a controversial tour of the Brazilian slums while on vacation.
    • Mexico City continues to grow, but it is mainly expanded by shantytowns being set up along the outskirts.

False Friends

Now that you have read about False Friends: suburbs vs slum, have a look at our other False Friends posts.
Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Sensible vs Sensitive
Vocab Rehab: False Friends: Comprehensive vs Understanding

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Expression Session: to get away with something

Expressions in English: Get away with something

Expressions in English: Get away with something

Expressions in English: Get away with something. Expressions are an essential part of learning a language and passing exams. This expression is particularly useful.

To get away with something

  • To succeed at doing something wrong while avoiding punishment or getting caught.
    • She got away with paying less taxes.
    • He got away with coming home late since his parents feel asleep and didn’t hear him come in.
    • Technically we are supposed to turn in our time sheets on Friday, but since no one is around today, we will get away with turning them in on Monday.

Expression Sessions

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Expression Session: Actions speak louder than words
Expression Session: Call someone out

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English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk

English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk

English Vocabulary: Say Tell Speak Talk. We use these words in almost every conversation, so let’s learn to use them correctly.

SAY

  • To speak words
    • She said she was coming.
    • I know he’s upset because he said so.
  • To tell someone about something
    • The officer refused to say what had happened.
    • Did they say where the party is at?
  • Collocations with say
    • 1. Say something
    • 2. Say nothing
    • 3. Say anything
    • 4. Say you are sorry
    • 5. Say hello/goodbye
    • 6. Say please/thank you
    • 7. Say yes/no

TELL

  • To say something to someone
    • She told us that the test will be next week.
    • They told everyone to go home because the concert was cancelled.
  • To order someone to do something
    • I told you to clean your room.
    • She keeps telling us to call Joe, but he’s not picking up.
  • To give someone information
    • My grandpa always tell us stories about when he was younger.
    • I told them all about what happened last night.
  • Collocations with tell
    • 1. tell a lie.
    • 2. tell a story.
    • 3. tell a secret.
    • 4. tell a joke.
    • 5. tell the truth.
    • 6. tell the difference.
    • 7. tell the time.
    • 8. tell somebody the way.

TALK

  • To say something to someone
    • It was really nice talking to you today.
    • We were just talking about our plans for the summer.
  • To discuss something in order to find a solution
    • We have agreed to talk.
    • They need to talk and come to a solution asap.
  • To discuss a particular subject
    • I really would rather not talk business during lunch.
    • We don’t talk politics with my family.
  • Collocations with talk
    • 1. Talk to a friend
    • 2. talk with your sister
    • 3. talk loudly
    • 4. talk properly
    • 5. talk about the war
    • 6. talk about the weather
    • 7. What are you talking about?

SPEAK

  • To say something using your voice
    • Could you speak more quietly please?
    • Nobody spoke a word when she came out.
  • to speak about/of something
    • She refused to speak about the merger.
    • At the seminar he spoke about his accident.
  • to be able to communicate in a certain language
    • She speaks English really well.
    • I spoke German for many years, but I’ve lost a lot of the vocabulary in the last 5 years.
  • Collocations with speak
    • 1. speak directly, indirectly, plainly, clearly
    • 2. speak in public
    • 3. speak at a meeting, ceremony, event
    • 4. speak with an accent
    • 5. speak like a native
    • 6. speak your mind
    • 7. speak the truth

Vocabulary

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Vocab Rehab: False Friends – sensible and sensitive
Vocab Rehab: Intensifiers

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