English expressions: back to back

English expressions: back to back

English expressions: back to back. Learning expressions in English is just as important as learning basic vocabulary. Maybe you won’t be using the expressions, but your native counterparts will! So, it’s important to know what they are referring to. This is a perfect example. This is how we say ‘seguido‘ in English.

BACK TO BACK

  • When things occur one after the other without any breaks or interruptions.
    • I have two exams on Monday back to back.
    • Baskonia has had back to back victories in the Euro League
    • I can’t meet you until late on Friday because I have to doctor appointments back to back and I don’t know what time I’ll finish.
  • The literal meaning of back to back is to be sitting close together with your backs touching and looking in opposite directions.
    • I asked the kids to sit back to back with their eyes close to start the game.
    • The sisters stood back to back to see who was taller.
    • Sometimes we do exercises in pairs at gym class and we either face one another or stand back to back and pass the medicine ball to each other.

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English Vocabulary: fun vs funny

English Vocabulary: fun vs funny

English Vocabulary: fun vs funny

Post bilingue. English Vocabulary: fun vs funny. One of the most common mistakes in English is the difference between fun and funny.

Uno de los errores más comunes en inglés es la diferencia entre fun y funny.

FUN / DIVERTIDO

adjective / adjetivo

  • Someone who is enjoyable to be with / Alguien con quien es agradable estar
I always have such a good time with him. He’s so fun. Siempre me lo paso muy bien con él. Es tan divertido.
Her friends are so fun and creative. Sus amigos son muy divertidos y creativos.
  • Something that gives enjoyment or pleasure / Algo que da disfrute o placer
We had such a fun time at the concert.Nos lo pasamos muy bien en el concierto.
There were lots of people there and really
fun music.
Había mucha gente y la música era muy divertida.

noun / sustantivo

  • An uncountable noun / Sustantivo incontable
  • Meaning enjoyment or pleasure / Que significa disfrute o placer
Have fun tonight!¡Diviértete esta noche!
She said it was fun.Ella dijo que fue divertido

FUNNY / GRACIA, GRACIOSO, DIVERTIDO, RARO

adjective / adjetivo

  • Someone who makes you laugh or makes jokes / Alguien que te hace reír o bromea
Kelly is so funny. She is always making jokes.Kelly es muy divertida. Siempre está haciendo bromas.
I know everyone like that comedian, but I just don’t find him funny. Sé que a todo el mundo le gusta ese cómico, pero a mí no me hace gracia.
  • Something that makes you laugh or is humorous / Algo que le haga reír o tenga humor
John always loves telling funny jokes.A John siempre le gusta contar chistes divertidos.
I don’t think it is funny when someone falls. No me hace gracia cuando alguien se cae.
  • funny can also mean something strange, surprising or uncomfortable. / divertido también puede significar algo extraño, sorprendente o incómodo.
Wasn’t is funny how he introduced himself 3 times? ¿No fue gracioso cómo se presentó 3 veces?
There’s something funny going on in that house. Algo raro pasa en esa casa.
We need a new oven. It’s making funny noises. Necesitamos un horno nuevo. Hace ruidos raros.
I feel a bit funny about taking money from him. It doesn’t seem right. Me siento un poco raro por aceptar dinero de él. No me parece bien.
  • to feel ill / sentirse mal o raro
I can’t go tonight. My throat is feeling a bit funny. No puedo ir esta noche. Me duele la garganta.
My stomach feels funny. I think it was something I ate. Mi estómago se siente raro. Creo que fue algo que comí.

COMMON MISTAKES WITH FUN AND FUNNY / ERRORES COMUNES CON FUN Y FUNNY

As you can see, funny and fun can both mean divertido in Spanish. This is where most mistakes are made. We do NOT use funny to say enjoyable. As you can see in the examples below, in Spanish the translation of the two sentences are the same, but the meaning in English is different. Remember, funny can sometimes mean strange and this is what it sounds like in English.

Como puedes ver, funny y fun pueden significar divertido en español. Aquí es donde se cometen más errores. NO usamos funny para decir agradable. Como puede ver en los ejemplos siguientes, en español la traducción de las dos frases es la misma, pero el significado en inglés es diferente. Recuerda que funny a veces puede significar strange y así es como suena en inglés.

wrong / mal:Thank you for such a funny time. Gracias por un rato tan divertido.
correct / correcto:Thank you for such a fun time. Gracias por un rato tan divertido.
wrong / mal:It was funny skiing this weekend.Fue divertido esquiar este fin de semana.
correct / correcto:It was funny skiing this weekend.Fue divertido esquiar este fin de semana.

Can something be fun and funny? / ¿Algo puede ser fun y funny?

It is true that sometimes something can be fun and funny. Maybe the something funny happened while skiing. In order to use funny properly in that sentence, we need to tell the funny story. For example: It was funny when I fell on top of that really attractive man while skiing this weekend. If not, the sentence ‘It was funny skiing this weekend’ sounds like it was strange, not ‘divertido’.

Es cierto que a veces algo puede ser divertido y gracioso. Puede que ese algo graciosa ocurriera mientras esquiábamos. Para utilizar funny correctamente en esa frase, tenemos que contar la historia divertida. Por ejemplo: Fue gracioso cuando me caí encima de ese hombre tan atractivo mientras esquiaba este fin de semana. Si no, la frase ‘It was funny skiing this weekend‘ suena como si fuera extraña, no divertida.

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English Expressions: Shed light on something

English Expressions: Shed light on something

English Expressions: Shed light on something. Are you going around in circles in a meeting or with your family on a whatsapp group because the person who has all the answers in not responding or is going to arrive late? Stop the needless conversation and simply say, let’s wait for Susan to arrive so she can shed some light on this situation (because we are currently in the dark!).

SHED LIGHT ON THE SITUATION

  • to clarify a situation by providing more information or explanation.
    • We have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow so hopefully she will shed some light on the treatment plan he will have to follow.
    • Now that Jim has shed some light on the situation, let’s start planning the event.
  • like most good expressions, changing your tone of voice can show if you are upset with someone and expecting an explanation for their actions.
    • Your teacher said that you didn’t go to school today. Do you want to maybe shed some light as to why you didn’t go?
    • Would you like to shed some light on the fact that you didn’t turn in the report on time?

THROW/CAST LIGHT ON THE SITUATION

  • Both cast and throw can be used in this expression in place of shed.
  • They both have the same meaning and there is no difference.
    • Thank you for casting some light on the matter. Now I understand.
    • The boss just threw some light on the reason for the change, however, I still don’t agree.

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B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Jeopardize

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Jeopardize

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Jeopardize. You may be familiar with the common game show, Jeopardy, but do you know what it means and how to use it?

Jeopardize (US) / Jeopardise (UK)

  • This is a difficult work to pronounce: /ˈdʒep.ə.daɪz/. Have a listen to the pronunciation here.
  • to put something at risk of being harmed or damaged
    • By not turning in the documents on time, he really jeopardized our chances of getting the grant.
    • She’s the one who jeopardized their relationship by not being honest.
    • Are you really willing to jeopardize everything that you worked for?

In jeopardy

  • To express that something is in a state of risk or harm, we use the phrase ‘In jeopardy’
    • Thousands of jobs are in jeopardy if the company decides to close.
    • If the animals are left outside in the cold they will be in jeopardy of dying.
    • They may be in jeopardy of losing their house if they can’t make the payments.

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B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call it a day

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call it a day

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call it a day. Are you done? Are you out of energy? Have you worked all day and can’t do more? Have you had enough? This is your expression.

Call it a day

  • To stop doing something because you feel you have done enough
    • Listen, I’ve done all I can. I’m going to call it a day.
    • My back is hurting and I am hungry so I’m calling it a day.
  • To quit doing something.
    • I need to call it a day. I’ve tried everything to make this work and it just isn’t going anywhere.
    • How is Lucy’s new job?
      • Well, she wasn’t very happy there and decided to call it a day. She has an interview tomorrow with a different company.

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B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Venture

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Venture

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Venture

B2 C1 C2 English Vocabulary: Venture. Are you planning on starting a new venture in 2023? Starting a new business is also risky, but when we talk about a venture, which is usually a business, we imply that there is a bit more risk than usual involved.

Venture

  • A new activity, almost always business related, that involves some level of risk.
    • How is your new venture taking off?
    • We are planning on starting the venture in April.
    • I feel both excited and nervous about our new venture.

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English Expression: tie up loose ends

English Expression: tie up loose ends

English Expression: tie up loose ends. I am running to go somewhere, but before I do that I need to TIE UP LOOSE ENDS.

Tie up loose ends

  • to finish any unresolved business
  • to quickly do some last minute things before leaving
  • making sure everything is in place before an event starts
    • I need to tie up loose ends before the concert tomorrow.
    • I have everything planned for Christmas. I just need to tie up some loose ends.
    • Before you turn in the final project, make sure you have tied up any loose ends.

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Expression Session: the shit hit the fan

English Expressions: Shit hit the fan

English Expressions: Shit hit the fan. OK, so this is one of my favorite expressions in English, I have to admit. It is so visual. The idea of $#!T actually hitting a fan and it spraying all over the place and leaving you with a huge mess. It’s awful and so delightful at the same time.

The shit hit the fan

  • when a situation suddenly becomes explosive or causes a lot of trouble.
  • something has suddenly become much worse
  • it is also really messy and going to take a lot to control
    • When I told him I was leaving him, the shit hit the fan.
    • Johnny told his parents he was quitting school and the shit hit the fan.
    • Julie told her sister that she wasn’t going to the wedding and then the shit really the fan.
    • If you really want to see the shit hit the fan, tell him you can’t finish the project by Friday.

NOTE TO REMEMBER

In English, the word shit is actually considered a ‘bad word’ by many people. This changes from culture to culture and among different people within the same culture, so, you may want to know your audience before you use this expression.

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used to, be used to, get used to explained

Used to, Be used to, Get used to

used to, be used to, get used to explained

Most people confuse used to, be used to, get used to. So, we try to make it as clear as possible for you below. If you want to see more about how to use these three expressions, check out our Grammar Video here.

how to use Used to + infinitive

Used to + infinitive

We use used to + infinitive to talk about past events. Usually it’s to indicate something you did or something that happened in the past that no longer happens.

  • They used to live in Chicago. (they no longer live there)
  • She used to play basketball. (she does not play basketball now)

how to use be used to + gerund/noun

Be used to + gerund/noun

Use this tense to talk about something you are accustomed to doing. Be used to can be followed by a gerund or a noun.

  • He’s used to sleeping on a hard bed.
  • I’m used to working long hours.
  • We are not used to loud noises.
  • Are you used to living in small spaces?

How to use get used to + gerund/noun

Get used to + gerund/noun

We use this tense to talk about something you are becoming accustomed to doing. This can also be followed by a gerund or a noun.

  • He moved here from a small town so he’s just getting used to living in a big city.
  • Are they getting used to eating at 2Pm?
  • I don’t think I will never get used to the time change.

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English Expression: out of sight, out of mind

English Expressions: out of sight, out of mind

English Expressions: out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, more and more today this expression is relevant. We all talk about a hot topic issue that is on the news, but once it is no longer on the front page, we forget about it all together.

Out of sight, out of mind

  • to quickly forget about something or someone once they are no longer in front of you or no longer present.
    • Once the news is off the front page, it’s out of sight, out of mind.
    • He seemed really upset about the but once he walked away it was out of sight, out of mind.
  • It can often to referred as denial of the truth
    • I try to not think about it – out of sight, out of mind.
    • She left the city to take a break from everything. Out of sight, out of mind kind of thing.

English Expressions

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English Collocations with Annual

English Collocations with Annual

English Collocations with Annual

English Collocations with Annual. Collocations are words that go together. Stop learning vocabulary on its own and start learning them in groups. Which nouns go with adjectives? Which prepositions go with verbs?

Collocations with Annual

Annual Assemble

  • When a group of people gather together on a yearly basis for a particular purpose.
    • The school hosts an Annual Assembly at the beginning of every year.

Annual Budget

  • A company’s projected income and expenses for a year.
    • The annual budget must be completed before the Annual Meeting.

Annual Celebration

  • A party that takes place every year to show that a particular event/day is important.
    • We need to decide on how much we will spend this year on the Annual Christmas Celebration.

Annual Conference

  • A meeting, often lasting a few days, that is organized on a particular subject
    • The Annual Conference is going to take place in India this year.

Annual Cost

  • The amount of money needed to buy, make, create and/or maintain something during one year.
    • The annual cost of this project does not fit into what we budgeted for this year.

Annual Meeting

  • A meeting that happens once a year where the company elects new leaders and discusses the past year’s activities
    • All the shareholders agreed to attend the Annual Meeting on December 12.

Annual Membership

  • The amount of money you pay to belong to a certain club or organization for one year.
    • The annual club membership must be paid in full by the end of this month.

Annual Report

  • A company’s yearly report to shareholders, documenting its activities/finances from the previous financial year.
    • According to their annual report, sales have dropped by 18% last year.

Annual Review

  • A meeting that happens once a year to review an employee’s performance.
    • I plan to negotiate a raise at my annual performance review.

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