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 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: 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.

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

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

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Expression Session: to get away with something
Expression Session: Actions speak louder than words

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Expression Session: to get away with something

Expressions in English: Get away with something

Expression Session: to 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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CAE Speaking tips: Speculation

CAE Speaking tips: Speculation

CAE Speaking tips: Speculation

CAE Speaking tips: Speculation is a large part of the speaking part 2 of the CAE exam. Remember that in part two you need to compare and contrast and often use speculation to say what or why someone is doing in the photos. To see more about how to compare and contrast click here.

On part 2 of the Speaking task it is quite possible that they will ask you something like: ‘Why do people chose to participate in these activities’ or ‘How do they feel about it?’ For both of these questions, you should use speculation since you do not know exactly why people chose these activities or how they are truly feeling. The following examples are ways to show speculation.

It seems like…

  • Always use a noun and verb following this phrase.
    • It seems like they might be trying to get someone’s attention.
    • Maybe there was some kind of misunderstanding since it seems like he is embarrassed.

It could be that…

  • this is show hypothesis
    • It could be that they are waiting for someone to arrive and that is why they are looking off into the distance.
    • Since she looks a bit older, it could be that she finds it very difficult to work a computer since she is older.

They might have…

  • Again this can be used to hypothesize
  • it is very similar than they could have…
    • They might have just received some bad news and that’s why they look so down.
    • They might have gotten lost and that’s why they are having an argument.

Perhaps…

  • this is used in the same way as maybe
    • Perhaps they are talking about how the child feels about school.
    • She looks quite excited, so perhaps she just won a contest or something similar.

It seems to me that…

  • this phrase is used to hypothesize but also shows a bit of an opinion.
    • It seems to me that they are enjoying themselves whereas in the second photo they might have been forced to participate.
    • Although they look like they could be family, it seems to me that they don’t feel comfortable together.

Maybe…

  • This used in a similar way as perhaps. It is the simple translation of tal vez.
    • Maybe they are talking about their plans for the summer or about vacation.
    • She seems to be really upset so maybe they are breaking up.

Common mistakes

Remember that in CAE Speaking tips: Speculation is really important for this part of the exam. Spanish students often misuse modal verbs or overuse ‘it’s possible that…’. For example:

It should be thatIt could be that.
Possibly, he is upset because he lost something. He is possibly upset because he lost something.

Now that you have seen CAE Speaking tips: Speculation, have a look at our other CAE tips:
CAE Speaking tips: agreeing
CAE Speaking tips: comparing

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Expression Session: Actions speak louder than words

B2 C1 English idioms: Actions speak louder than words

Expression Session: Actions speak louder than words

B2 C1 English idioms: Actions speak louder than words is a great idiom to use when you want to tell someone nicely that they don’t actually follow the same rules that they are insisting everyone else follow.

Actions speak louder than words

  • What you do is more important and shows more clearly what you think than what you say
  • This idiom is often used to gently tell someone that maybe they are not following the rules themselves or so say that you will believe what they say when they start actually doing it.
    • If you want everyone to show up on time, you also need to do it. Actions speak louder than words, you know.
    • He says that he would like everyone to be respectful, but actions speak louder than words.

Expression Session

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Expression Session: Call someone out
Expression Session: Have a ball

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CAE Tips Speaking Part 2

In CAE Tips Speaking Part 2, we talk about how to go about answering part 2 of the Speaking test. This is a complex part of the test since you need to do several things at one time and you only have a minute to do it. Today we are looking at comparing and contrasting and you have 6 ways to effectively do it. Choose the ones you feel comfortable using and start practicing around the house! Start comparing the table and the chair, the window and the wall, the bed and the dresser, your sister and your friend, etc.

Compare: Both pictures show…

  • 1. Both pictures show people who are enjoying diverse activities.
  • 2. Both pictures seem to be taken in the countryside

Contrasting: Whereas X, Y…

  • 1. Whereas the people are laughing in picture 1, they are seem to be quite sad in picture 2.
  • 2. Whereas in picture 1 they are in a big city, in picture 2 they seem to be in a small village.

Contrasting: In X…, whereas in Y…

  • 1. In the first picture it seems as though they are sharing a family meal, whereas in the second photo they appear to be having an intimate meal.
  • 2. In the first photo they are enjoying a day at the park, whereas in the second one they are relaxing at home.

While X…, Y…

  • 1. While we see a man who seems lonely and maybe worried in the first picture, we can see a man who is surrounded by family or friends in the second picture.
  • 2. While the people in the second photo are probably participating in a race because they have trained and worked hard to get there, the children in the first photo seem to be playing games organized for that day only.

Contrasting: Conversely, picture 2…

  • 1. The people in Picture one seem to b very worried about the situation. Conversely, in picture 2, they seem quite relaxed and actually enjoying their time together.
  • 2. In the first photo, they appear to be in some traditional and cultural event. Conversely, in the second photo they are in some kind of circus.

Contrasting: Unlike X, Y

  • Unlike the first photo, the second photo was probably taken professionally as it shows a couple getting married.
  • Unlike the people in the first photo, those in the second seem to be enjoying the job that they are doing.

So, remember, you can never prepare everything you are going to say for a speaking test, since you really don’t know what they are going to ask you, but you can be prepared to use certain tools to show that you have a C1 level. Using these easy ways to compare and contrast will definitely be taken into consideration when you are being evaluated.

Now that you have read CAE Tips Speaking Part 2, have a look at CAE Tips Speaking: Agreeing, which shows great tips to use in Part 3 of the CAE exam.

CAE Speaking Tips : Agreeing

When you are taking the CAE – C1 exam or the CPE C2 exam, you will want to remember these CAE Speaking Tips: Agreeing. It’s true that you cannot memorize things for the exam and you shouldn’t! BUT… start getting comfortable with these expressions. Stop saying ‘I agree’ to everything. As native speakers, we usually use different expressions to show that we agree and we say them quite exaggeratively too, because let’s face it – we like to exaggerate.

How to agree as a native speaker

We are not a syllable based language as Spanish is, so not every word gets treated the same when it comes to pronunciation. To show emphasis in the words below, I will put them in CAPITAL letters. These are the words that we say louder and slower than we do the other words.

Stressing the intensifier

  • In English we almost ALWAYS stress our intensifiers. This strengthens our comments.
  • Remember, to sound like a native, you can’t just say the words, you need to say them with the right intonation, speed, stress, etc. or else it doesn’t sound right.
    • That’s SO true
    • You’re SO right
    • I TOTALLY agree
    • You’re ABSOLUTELY right

Intonation tips for agreeing

  • Another important point is the intonation. If I change my intonation than the phrase can take on a whole new meaning. This is true in Spanish as well, you just might not even pay attention to it.

I never THOUGHT of it that way

  • By stressing thought and going up in my intonation at thought of it that way, I show that it was a good idea.
  • Another point – we usually link the three words Thought of it to make one word – thoughtofit.

I never thought of it THAT way

  • If I stress the word THAT in this phrase, what I am expressing is that I never thought it and probably won’t ever think of it that way. What a silly way to think about something.
  • You are not showing agreeing but disagreement and not in a friendly way.

I couldn’t agree more

  • I COULDN’T agree more is the standard way of pronouncing this phrase, stressing couldn’t.
  • Although it sounds negative, it is definitely positive.

Great minds think alike

  • This a common and funny expression to use which says you and the person you are talking too are clever and have ‘great minds’. So, make sure you smile when you say this to get the right effect and show that you are making a small joke.
  • The words are all stressed – GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE although the intonation goes up toward the end.

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B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call someone out

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call someone out

Take a look at B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Call someone out. This is a great expression that is used today in a world where people are concerned about being politically correct or simple standing up for yourself. Oh! that’s another good expression.

Call someone out

  • To criticize someone for their actions or something they have said and to challenge them to explain what they mean.
  • We almost always use this in the third person. They called her out. She called him out.
    • She called him out about his hypocrisy.
    • They called her out about coming in late every day.
    • We called them out for lying.

Other Expression Sessions

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Expression Session: to have a ball
Expression Session: to come to terms with something

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B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: have a ball

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: have a ball

This week: B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: have a ball. Stop saying it was good, fun, etc. and start using this more advanced expression!

Have a ball

  • To enjoy yourself a lot
  • To have a great time
    • We had a ball this weekend at the concert.
    • She had a ball on vacation just relaxing and reading a good book at the sea.
    • They had a ball in Paris this weekend.

Take a look at our other B2 C1 C2 Expression Session posts:
Expression Session: Come to terms with something
Expression Session: Make the most of it

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B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: come to terms with something

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Come to terms with something

Today we present B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Come to terms with something. This is an expression that can be used in various settings. You can use it at work, at home or with a friend.

Come to terms with something

  • To gradually accept and deal with a difficult or sad situation
  • Sometimes we use it as a suggestion or a comment about someone’s process of dealing with this difficult situation
    • My family needs to come to terms with the fact that I am moving to another country.
    • She seems to be coming to terms with the death of her husband.
    • The company needs to come to terms with the changing landscape.

Now that you have seen B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Come to terms with something, check out our other posts:
Expression Session: Make the most of it
Expression Session: Get your hopes up

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Expressions Session: Make the most of it

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Make the most of it

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Make the most of it: This is a common expression that you will hear quite often with native speakers.

Make the most of something

  • Take advantage of something
  • Try to use or enjoy something as much as you can
  • This is often used when you do not have the best circumstances to work with
    • We just have two days so let’s make the most of our time together.
    • I know you wanted Jenny to be here, but let’s just make the most of it.
    • This project is missing a lot of key points, but let’s try to make the most of it for the sake of our clients.

Now that you have learned this B2 C1 C2 English expressions: Make the most of it, have a look at our other posts:
Expression Session: Split the bill Foot the bill
Expression Session: Get your hopes up

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Expresiones en inglés: Get your hopes up

B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés: Get your hopes up

B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés: Get your hopes up. I have to admit, I’m getting my hopes up for taking my mask off!

Get your hopes up

  • to feel hopeful
  • often used in the negative as a warning
    • I know they said we will be able to get our masks off, but don’t get your hopes up until it’s official.
    • I really hope she wins the game because she’s really got her hopes up for it.
    • I know he said he would come tonight, but don’t get your hopes up. You know he often breaks promises.

Expression Session

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Expression Session: Foot the bill, Split the bill
Expression Session: Be on the same wavelength

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Expression session: foot the bill split the bill

B2 C1 C2 English Expressions: Foot the bill Split the bill

Expression session: foot the bill split the bill

Today in Expression Session, B2, C1, C2 English Expressions, we review the difference between split the bill and foot the bill.

Foot the bill

  • to pay for everything
    • You can order whatever you want. We are going to foot the bill.
    • We would like to invite you to give a presentation at our company and we will foot the bill for the hotel and lunch.

Split the bill

  • each person pays an equal percentage of the bill
    • Let’s just split the bill between the 4 of us.
    • I don’t feel comfortable with you paying the bill. Let’s split it.

Expression Session

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Expression Session: Be on the same wavelength
Expression Session: A piece of my mind, Peace of mind

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Expressions Session: Be on the same wavelength

B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés: Be on the same wavelength

Hoy en B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés: Be on the same wavelength. This is colloquial expression that can be used in all sorts of situations, if you are joking or in a serious business meeting.

Be on the same wavelength

  • to think in the same way
  • to understand each other well
    • It is important for all of us to be on the same wavelength tomorrow at the negotiation.
    • It’s much easier for parents if both people are on the same wavelength.
    • I’m glad you and I are on the same wavelength because it feels like everyone else has a completely different perspective.

Now that you have learned B2 C1 C2 Expresiones en inglés: Be on the same wavelength, look at other Expression Session posts:
Expression Session: A piece of my mind / Peace of mind
Expression Session: Up to scratch

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