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#IOTW: Idioms with ‘party’

Hello, fellas! What are you doing in the last days of 2018? New Year will be coming soon! It’s a good time to look at idioms on party and celebration. Here we go!

  1. After-party. Meaning: a relaxed time in which people sit and talk after they have been at a party.
    • Example:
      • “When the New Year celebration finished, they had an after-party in the rooftop.”
  2. Party animal. Meaning: someone who loves going to parties.
    • Example:
      • “Jon is a real party animal. He’s rarely at home.”
  3. Party pooper. Meaning: a person who refuses to join in the fun of a party.
    • Example:
      • “It’s better not to invite my cousin. She’s a party pooper who always leaves first.”
  4. Party hearty. Meaning: to celebrate.
    • Example:
      • “Our basketball team won the competition, so we decided to party hearty!”
  5. Crash the party. Meaning: to attend a party without being invited.
    • Example:
      • “He crashed the party and ended up causing trouble.”
  6. Piss on (one’s) party. Meaning: to ruin or underestimate someone’s efforts, plans, or ideas.
    • Example:
      • “Sorry to piss on your party, but there’s no way we’ll finish the report in one night.”
  7. Party foul. Meaning: a term of behavior that is inappropriate or unacceptable at a party.
    • Example:
      • “You spilled wine on the carpet! That’s a party foul.”
  8. Party piece. Meaning: some ways (trick, song, poem) that someone often do to entertain people at parties.
    • Example:
      • “Her party piece has always been impersonating celebrity’s voices.”
  9. The life and soul of the party. Meaning: someone who’s at the center of all parties.
    • Example:
      • “The party isn’t complete without Dan. He’s truly the life and soul of the party!”
  10. Be a party to something. Meaning: take part in a (secret) plan or agreement.
    • Example:
      • “I don’t know that they held the surprise celebration. Were you a party to this, Nat?”

That wraps up our session, fellas! Have a great time in New Year! Good bye!
Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 30, 2017.



#EngQuote: Elon Musk

Elon Musk is a 21st century engineer and industrialist. He has always been a thinker and a creator. Musk manages companies that specialize in self-driving cars (Tesla Motors) and private space exploration & Mars colonization (SpaceX). Previously, Elon Musk co-founded and sold PayPal, the world’s leading Internet payment system. Musk was the real life inspiration for Robert Downey, Jr.’s character, Tony Stark, in the Iron Man franchise. He was a cameo in Iron Man 2.

Here are several quotes from Elon Musk.

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Compiled and written by @anhtiss in @EnglishTips4U. Saturday, October 7, 2017.


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#EngVocab: Other ways to say ‘little’

Hello, fellas! What are you doing? Do you know that there are some other words to express ‘little?’

  1. Tiny (adj). Meaning: extremely small
    • Example:
      • “The glass shattered into a thousand tiny pieces.”
  1. Teeny (adj). Meaning: informal expression of tiny.
    • Example:
      • “Just a teeny slice of cake for me, please.”
  1. Diminutive (adj). Meaning: notably small.
    • Example:
      • “Ant-man is such a diminutive figure, less than two feet tall.”
  1. Microscopic (adj).:Meaning very small and only able to be seen with a microscope.
    • Example:
      • “He photographed every aspect of the object in microscopic detail.”
  1. Petite (adj). Meaning: small in size.
    • Example:
      • “She was small and petite with long blonde hair.”
  1. Slight (adj). Meaning: small in amount
    • Example:
      • “There’s a slight chance of rain.”
  1. Wee (adj).:Meaning: small, little (informal word use by mainly Scottish people)
    • Example:
      • “The wizard reached out, caught the wee creature in his hand”
  1. Minuscule (adj).. Meaning: rather less, rather small.
    • Example:
      • “The new chemical substance is harmless in such minuscule amounts.”

That’s all for today, fellas! See you on another session!

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, September 23, 2017.



#EngTrivia: Confusing singular/plural word

English plurals are usually easy to form. We can add -s to the end of the singular word, e.g.: chair (singular) or two chairs (plural). But, like almost all of the rules in English grammar, there are exceptions for the plural form of some nouns. Here is a list of the confusing singular/plural words.

  1. Criterion (singular) – criteria (plural). Meaning: a rule or principal used in evaluation.
    • Example:
      • “One criterion for grading this essay will be announced.”
      • “What were the criteria used to choose the winner?”
  2. Phenomenon (singular) – phenomena (plural). Meaning: an observable fact or event.
    • Example:
      • “Star Wars eventually became a cultural phenomenon.”
      • “Lightning and earthquakes are natural phenomena.”
  3. Datum (singular) – Data (plural). Meaning: a single piece of information
    • Example:
      • “The datum shows little without the rest of the statistics.”
      • “The data were collected over a period of three months.”
  4. Stratum (singular) – strata (plural). Meaning: a level or class to which people are assigned according to their social status, education, or income.
    • Example:
      • “Discrimination exist in every stratum of society.”
      • “Different social strata are most likely crashing into each other.”
  5. Bacterium (singular) – bacteria (plural). Meaning: a type of unicellular microorganism that are important to human because of their chemical activities but some of its type often cause disease.
    • Example:
      • “Every bacterium is prokaryotic.”
      • “Tetanus is a serious illness caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria.”

plural singular


  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.



#EngQuote: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally. Haruki has received several noted awards for his fiction and non-fiction works. He was also referred to as one of the world’s greatest living novelist by The Guardian.

1Q84, Norwegian Wood, On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl, Underground etc are some of Murakami’s works. He is known mostly for his humorous work focusing on the loneliness of Japan’s work dominated generation. Here are several quotes from the author, Haruki Murakami.


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, August 12, 2017.


#EngVocab: Academic word list

Hello, fellas! How are you?


The Academic Word List (AWL) is a list of words that are commonly found in academic text. These words also occur in newspapers but not as often as they do in textbooks. Academic vocabulary is important for students who are studying at an English-speaking university, particularly for reading and writing. Here are some words of academic vocabulary.

  1. Adequate (adj). Meaning: sufficient for a specific need or requirement (cukup, memadai).
    • Example:
      • “The machine does an adequate job.”
  2. Behalf (n). Meaning: as a representative of someone/something (atas nama).
    • Example:
      • “On behalf of the school, Mr. Jo congratulates the graduated student.”
  3. Consent (v). Meaning: to give assent or approval (menyetujui).
    • Example:
      • “The man charged with vandalism consented to detainment.”
  4. Denote (v). Meaning: to serve as an indication of (merupakan, menunjukkan).
    • Example:
      • “The term ‘earth’ was used to denote the non-metallic substance which were insoluble in water.”
  5. Emphasis (n). Meaning: force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to something.
    • Example:
      • “The school had an emphasis on collaborative learning.”
  6. Framework (n). Meaning: a basic conceptional structure.
    • Example:
      • “The book provides a general framework for understanding the evolution.”
  7. Generate (v). Meaning: to bring into existence (menghasilkan, membangkitkan).
    • Example:
      • “Windmills are used to generate a lot of revenue.”
  8. Hypothesis (n). Meaning: an assumption made for the sake of argument.
    • Example:
      • “The result of the experiment did not support his hypothesis.”
  9. Integrate (v). Meaning: to form into a functioning or unified whole; unite with something else.
    • Example:
      • “She integrates elements of jazz and rock in her music.”
  10. Justify (v). Meaning: to prove or show to be reasonable. (membenarkan)
    • Example:
      • “He tried to justify his behavior by saying that he was being pressured.”

That wraps up our session, fellas! Thank you. Good night!

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 29, 2017.




#IOTW: Idioms in K-pop Song Titles

Hello, fellas! How familiar are you with K-pop songs?

I’ve noticed a trend where a lot of K-pop songs are using English titles or sometimes a Korean title with a different English title in parenthesis (e.g.: ‘서원을 말해봐 (Genie)’ by SNSD). The sentence 서원을 말해봐 (read: seo-won-eul mal-hae-bwa) which means ‘tell me your wish’ has a different title in English called ‘Genie.’

This might happens because K-pop are trying to expand into the international market, thus, having song title in English is more effective to garner the attention of overseas people. Another reason is because most of overseas listeners of K-pop can’t type the Korean alphabet, so with the English title, people can easily find the song and the music video.

Not only an English title, but some of popular K-pop song are using idiomatic expression in English too. Here are some idiom in K-pop song titles.

  1. One of a kind. (Song by GD, 2012)
  • Meaning: the only item of a particular type.
    • E.g.: “Kwon Jiyoung is a leader of popular boy-group who has produced more than 160 songs. He’s absolutely one of a kind.”
  1. Blood, sweat & tears. (Song by BTS, 2016)
  • Meaning: a lot of effort and suffering.
    • E.g.: “Namjoon produces the songs with blood, sweat, and tears to make it well known internationally.”
  1. Born with a silver spoon. (Inspired from Silver Spoon by BTS, 2015)
  • Meaning: to be in a high social class or be rich from birth.
    • E.g.: “Taehyung wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He earned his success through hard work.”
  1. Spine breaker. (Song by BTS, 2014)
  • Meaning: someone who demands the parents to always buy fancy things so he/she could keep up with expensive trends.
    • E.g.: “Jin is such a spine breaker. He wears a limited edition shoes after begging her mom to buying them for him.”
  1. Home run. (Song by GOT7, 2016)
  • Meaning: a highly successful achievement.
    • E.g.: “After starring a drama called Dream High 2, Jaebum & Jinyoung scored a home run. They debuted as a duo and later in a popular boy-group.”


  1. Mental breakdown. (Inspired from MTBD by CL, 2014)
  • Meaning: the state of being overwhelmed by a situation that one’s can’t handle.
    • E.g.: “Chaelin almost had a mental breakdown because she thought that she had lost the shoes given by Rihanna.”


  1. Lionhearted. (Inspired from Lion Heart by SNSD, 2015)
  • Meaning: exceptionally corageous or brave.
    • E.g.: “Hyoyeon is lionhearted. She usually dances with a cute concept in a group, but she dares to perform a ballroom dance all alone.”


  1. Play with fire. (Song by BLACKPINK, 2016)
  • Meaning: to do something that could cause a great trouble later.
    • E.g.: “Jennie is playing with fire because she doesn’t wear a helmet while driving the motorcycle.”


  1. Play Russian roulette. (Inspired from Russian Roullete by Red Velvet, 2016)

Russian roulette is a dangerous game of chance in which the player holds a gun containing one bullet to your head and shoot, the player wins if the bullet does not come out.

  • Meaning: to take big risks, in a way which is very dangerous.
    • E.g.: “Yeri is playing Russian roulette by pursuing her career in the entertainment industry since 12 years old.”
  1. Lovey-dovey. (Song by T-ara, 2011)
  • Meaning: to express affection in an extravagantly sentimental way.
    • E.g.: “There’s a lovey-dovey couple at Kirin-art School. They are Jiyeon and Jaebum whom are always holding hands together.”

– Cambridge Idioms Dictionary.
– McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.

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Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

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#EngTips: Ways to Apologize without Saying “I’m Sorry”

Happy Idul Fitri for moslem fellas! For many Indonesian moslems, Idul Fitri is the appropriate time for asking and giving forgiveness to each other. There is a popular phrase saying “Selamat Idul Fitri. Mohon maaf lahir dan batin,” which means “Happy Idul Fitri. Forgive me for my physical and emotional wrongdoings.”

There are several ways to apologize without saying “I’m Sorry.” Here are the phrases that can be used to ask for an apology in a formal situation.

  1. I apologize for … / I’d like to apologize for …

E.g.: “I’d like to apologize for how I reacted before.”


  1. Will you please forgive my …

E.g: “I skipped my class yesterday. Will you please forgive my behaviour, Dad?”


  1. I am completely at fault here, and I apologize …

E.g.: “Mr. Jo, I am completely at fault here, and I apologize for smashed your window with soccer ball.”


  1. I was wrong on that.

 E.g.: “I forgot to inform you that our meeting has been cancelled. I was wrong on that.”


  1. Please accept my sincere apologies.

E.g.: “Please accept my sincere apologies for the misunderstanding. We will correct the mistake.”


  1. I take full responsibility …

E.g.: “I take full responsibility for any problems I may have caused.”


That’s all for today, fellas! Have a good night!


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 1, 2017.


#EngQuote: Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman is a novel by Harper Lee published on July 14, 2015. The story is set 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman narrates the homecoming of Scout (Jean Louise Finch) to Maycomb, as she faced a community rife with racial tension, and found out that her father was no longer seemed as perfect as she once believed him to be.

Here are several quotes from Go Set a Watchman.












Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, June 16, 2017.

#IOTW: Idioms related to Science & Technology

Hey, fellas! How’s life? We’re going to share idioms related to science and technology.
1. On the same wavelength. Meaning: to have the same ideas or opinions as another person.

  • Example:
    • “We’re on the same wavelength. We see football in the same way.”

2. Light years ahead. Meaning: much more advanced than someone or something in terms of development or success.

  • Example:
    • “The new operation system puts this hand phone light-years ahead of its competitors.”

3. Hit the airwaves. Meaning: to be broadcasted on radio or TV for the first time.

  • Example:
    • “If you want to become famous, you have to hit the airwaves to promote your band.”


4. Hold the wire. Meaning: used when we want someone not to hang up during the phone call.

  • Example:
    • Hold the wire, please. I’ll pull you through.” 

5. Get your wires crossed. Meaning: If people get their wires crossed, they have a different understanding.

  • Example:
    • “We got our wires crossed about what time we were supposed to meet.”


6. Fire on all cylinders. Meaning: working at full strength; making every possible effort.

  • Example:
    • “The factory is firing on all cylinders to finish the orders on time.”


7. Cog in the machine. Meaning: a person who does an unimportant job in a large company or organization.

  • Example:
    • “I decided to set up my own online business because I was tired of being a cog in the machine.”

8. Well-oiled machine. Meaning: something that works very well; company that operates without problems.

  • Example:
    • “Willy-wonka factory runs like a well-oiled machine.”

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. I hope it could be useful for you.
Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, May 19, 2017.




#EngTrivia: ‘Hence’ & ‘thus’

Hey, fellas! It’s good to see you again. How are you today?

Today’s session discusses the use of ‘hence’ and ‘thus.’ Both ‘hence’ and ‘thus’ are conjunctive adverbs. In Bahasa Indonesia, ‘hence’ means ‘oleh sebab itu,’ while ‘thus’ means ‘dengan demikian.

‘Hence’ and ‘thus’ have the same basic meaning. However, there is a slight difference among them. Let’s take a look at each definition and how it used in the sentence.

Hence (adv)

This word means:

  • as a consequence, for this reason.
  • in the future (used after period of time).
  • from here.

‘Hence’ usually refers to the future.

  • Example:
    • “The situation is getting complicated. Hence, we will have to proceed with caution.”

Thus (adv)

There are some meanings of this words, which includes:

  • in this or that manner.
  • to this degree or extent.
  • because of this or that.
  • as an example.

‘Thus’ refers to the past and is often used to indicate a conclusion. ‘Thus’ is often used after a period (.).

  • Example:
    • “She didn’t listen to the news. Thus, she was unaware of the storm.”

‘Thus’ is often used after a semicolon (;).

  • Example:
    • “He was starving; thus, he was desperate enough to scavenge for crumbs.”

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, June 3, 2017.






#EngKnowledge: Star Wars Day

Hello again, fellas! Anyone here is a fan of Star Wars? May the 4th be with you.


Today is May 4, and the fans of Star Wars proclaims it as Star Wars Day. It’s jokingly said “May the 4th be with you” based on the popular catchphrase “May the Force be with you” from the movie. Although the day was not actually declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world choose this day to celebrate it. The following day, May 5, called “Revenge of the Fifth” based on the title Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.


The month of May has always been important as Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of Star Wars debuted in May. It was the Original Trilogy (Episode IV, V, VI) and the Prequel Trilogy (Episode I, II, and III) which were released in May. Episode IV – A New Hope (May 25, 1977), Episode V – The Empire Strike Back (May 21, 1980), Episode VI – Return of Jedi (May 25, 1983), Episode I – The Phantom Menace (May 19, 1999), Episode II – Attack of the Clones (May 16, 2002), and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (May 19, 2005). In addition, the month of May included George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944). George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars.


Fans have been celebrating Star Wars Day in many ways. A longtime fan of the franchise might attend the Star Wars events such as an exhibition & costume contest on which they would put some make up on and dress as one of the characters in Star Wars. The fans also organized Star Wars Day party at home. Movie marathon with friends, Star Wars trivia games and they even provide Star Wars themed snacks. The snacks have a unique name that are derived from each character in the movies. There are beverages named R2-Decaf (the name come from a decaffeinate coffe and R2-D2 character), Chai Tea-3PO (the name come from a chai tea and C-3PO character), Yoda soda. A snack called Han-burgers (the name come from a hamburger and Han Solo character), Jabba Jiggle, Wookie cookies, etc. On 2015, a group of astronauts celebrated a Star Wars Day to a whole new level. They watched the series inside the ISS (International Space Station). They watched Star Wars from the habitable satellite which orbits 250 miles away above Earth.


Star Wars has gained popularity over time. The ways of celebrating this special day maybe endless, so choose one and have fun. That’s a wrap, fellas! Have a good night, and may the force be with you!


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, May 4, 2017.

#EngQuiz: Phrasal Verbs with ‘Stand’

Hey, fellas! We meet again. How was your day?


On the last week session, we discussed phrasal verbs with ‘stand.’  Let’s follow it up with some exercises! #EngQuiz


Complete the following sentence the aforementioned phrasal verb and fill in the blanks with the appropriate adverbs or particles, such as: by, around, aside, back, down, for, in, out, up, up for, up to.


Here we go!


  1. Stand ___ straight and take your hands out of your pockets!
  2. What does the FBI stand ___?
  3. The crowd quickly stood ___ to let the parade passed.
  4. You’ve got to stand ___ what you believe in.
  5. We have to stand ___ from the fire as it is getting too hot.
  6. Sam’s yellow car stood ___ from all the rest.
  7. Hannah alone was brave enough to stand ___ to Clay.
  8. The stuntman stood ___ for Chris Pratt’s dangerous scenes in the movies.
  9. He decided to stand ___ after 11 years working as a managing director.
  10. Cabin crew, please stand ___ for take-off.




  1. up
  2. for
  3. aside
  4. up for
  5. back
  6. out
  7. up to
  8. in
  9. down
  10. by


How many questions did you answer correctly, fellas?

That’s a wrap, fellas! Thank you for your participation. I hope you had fun on this #EngQuiz session.


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.


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#EngVocab: Phrasal verbs with ‘stand’

Hey, fellas! How do you do? It’s time to stand by for #EngVocab session.

Were you aware that the sentence above contains a phrasal verb. Phrasal verb is a phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both. The meaning of phrasal verb is different from the original verb. The phrasal verb ‘stand’ is used in many ways. Below is the list of the phrasal verb with ‘stand’ to enrich your vocabulary.

  1. Stand by. Meaning:
    1. be ready and waiting for something.
      • Example:
        • “The police were standing by in case of emergencies.”
    2. to support to someone or something.
      • Example:
        • “I’ll stand by you and I won’t let somebody hurt you.”
  2. Stand about/around. Meaning: to spend time by waiting or doing nothing.
    • Example:
      • “Dad stood around waiting for the showroom to open.”
  3. Stand aside. Meaning: a move to one side to let someone/something pass; to leave a job/position and let someone take over.
    • Example:
      • “It’s time for Obama to stand aside and let the new president rule the nation.”
  4. Stand back. Meaning:
    1. keep a distance from something.
      • Example:
        • “Our car had to stand back a little from the ambulance.
    2. to understand something by thinking another situation.
      • Example:
        • “We need to stand back and look at the problem differently.”
  5. Stand down, Meaning: to give up the job/position.
    • Example:
      • “After two years of being criticized for his tedious work-pace, he decided to stand down as governor of the city.”
  6. Stand for. Meaning:
    1. to represent the words by certain initials.
      • Example:
        • “USA stands for United State of America.”
    2. to accept or to tolerate behaviour.
      • Example:
        • “I’m not going to stand for any rude behaviour in my class.”
  7. Stand in. Meaning: a replacement of someone or something.
    • Example:
      • “Phil Harvey stood in for Chris Martin in the concert rehearsal.”
  8. Stand up. Meaning: to get up.
    • Example:
      • “Everybody stood up when the bride and the groom walked down the aisle.”
  9. Stand up for. Meaning: to defend or to support.
    • Example:
      • “Mom is the first person who will always stand up for her child.”
  10. Stand up to. Meaning: to defend oneself against someone/something powerful.
    • Example:
      • “She’s not afraid to stand up to the senior.”
  11. Stand out. Meaning: to be extraordinary or different.
    • Example:
      • “Lady Gaga’s outfit always makes her stand out.”

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.



#EngQuote: Quotes from Female Scientist

Kartini Day (April 21) is a special day to commemorate the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women. Nowadays, women may still face enormous obstacles in many fields and have struggled for recognition of their academic achievements. Here are some inspiring words from women who have faced struggle, yet they made incredible contribution to scientific discoveries.

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Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 21, 2017.


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#EngTrivia: ‘On one’s mind’ vs. ‘in one’s mind’

What do you have in mind, fellas? You’ve been on my mind lately and I hope you all are doing well. There are two different phrases in the previous sentence. Can you spot the difference? Yup! It’s ‘on one’s mind’ and ‘in one’s mind.’

On one’s mind

This phrase indicates worry or preoccupation. It may imply: thinking a lot.


  • “You’ve been on my mind lately.”
    • Meaning: I’ve been thinking about you.
  • “You look worried. What’s on your mind?
    • Meaning: What is bothering you?

In one’s mind

This phrase is used to mean: in your imagination.

  • Example:
    • A: Dad! I just saw an UFO passing by on the sky.
    • B: Oh, boy. It’s just in your mind.

The meaning of ‘in your imagination’ doesn’t apply in all cases. ‘In one’s mind’ can be used to convey our thoughts.

  • Example:
    • In my mind, Civil War is better than Age of Ultron.”

In mind

There is another phrase: ‘in mind.’

We can use ‘in mind’ when asking for someone’s opinion or what they’re thinking of doing.

  • Example:
    • A: Want to go out and watching movie?
    • B: Sure. Do you have anything in mind?
    • A: Let’s watch Split.

Now, let’s take a look at this following sentence:

  • Example:
    • “Bear in mind that I don’t eat meat because I’m a vegetarian.”

In the previous sentence, ‘in mind’ or precisely ‘bear in mind’ means: to remember an information.

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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#ENGVOCAB: ‘Refuse’ vs ‘Deny’

The words ‘refuse’ and ‘deny’ are often confusing, so learners often have problem to distinguish them.


Refuse (verb). Meaning: to not do something.

  • Example:
    • The child refused to take the medicine.
    • She’s a vegetarian and refuses to eat any meat and fish.


Refuse (verb). Meaning: to not accept something.

  • Example:
    • I offered him a snack but he politely refused
    • They invited me to party but I refused


Deny (verb). Meaning: to say something is not true.

  • Example:
    • Emma Stone has consistently denied the dating rumours.
    • There is a group of people who denies climate change.


Deny (verb). Meaning: to not admit our knowledge, responsibility, feelings, etc.

  • Example:
    • She denied that she had acted irresponsibly.
    • He has denied his family.


In bahasa Indonesia, ‘refuse’ means ‘menolak’ while ‘deny’ means ‘menyangkal.’


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, April 5, 2017


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#IOTW: Idioms on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”

1. Worth a shot. Meaning: something that is worth trying as there is a chance of success.

  • Example:
    • “I’ve been clicking the site many times just to get the tickets for Star Wars premiere. Well, it’s worth a shot.”


2. Cut to the chase. Meaning: get to the point and saying what is important without delay.

  • Example:
    • “What are you talking about? I didn’t get your point. Cut to the chase, Sheldon!”


3. Pull out all the stops. Meaning: to do every effort to achieve the best result.

  • Example:
    • “I’m happy that you give me a huge bouquet of roses. Leonard, you really pull out all the stops.”


4. Apples to oranges. Meaning: to describe or compare two totally different things.

  • Example:
    • “I’m a remarkable physicist while Wolowitz is just an engineer. It’s like comparing apples to oranges, Amy.”


5. Snake in the grass. Meaning: someone who’s feign friendship with the intent to deceive.

  • Example:
    • “Penny is sweet but she is gossiping about us in the back. She is the snake in the grass.”

6. Way to make lemonade. Meaning: make the best out of bad situation.

  • Example:
    • “Rajesh wants to be a businessman after his scientific career comes to an end. What a way to make lemonade.”


7. Eat heart out. Meaning: to suffer from envy or jealousy.

  • Example:
    • “The whole Engineering Department was eating their hearts out when Leslie took me to check out the CERN Supercollider.”


8. Mum’s the word. Meaning: a pledge to keep the secret.

  • Example:
    • “Sshhh! Mum’s the word, Bernie. A luminous fish which glows in the dark is my billion dollar idea.”


Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, March 29, 2017


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