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#IOTW: Idioms from name of place

Here are some idioms from the name of place, fellas.
1) Coals to Newcastle: doing something that is completely unnecessary.

To give Mr. Kim money is like carrying coals to Newcastle because he is already so rich he doesn’t need any more money.

2) Crossing the Rubicon: to pass a point of no return
Abigail will have crossed the Rubicon when she sends the college application.

3) Rome was not built in a day: great things cannot be done instantly, they take time and patience.
A: ‘It feels like he’s spent all of his live writing the book.’
B: ‘well, Rome wasn’t built in a day.’

4) New York minute: something that happened in very short time
She gets all the jobs done in a New York minute, what a fast learner she is!

5) Cut the Gordian knot: to solve a very complex problem in a simple way
She cut the Gordian knot off the difficult equation.

6) Himalayan blunder: a very serious mistake or error.
He got a warned for his Himalayan blunder.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, March 18, 2017

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#IOTW: Idioms to express tiredness

Here are some idioms to express tiredness. Shall I start now or just get some sleep a little more? LOL, just kidding. Check these out, fellas!

1. Dead tired. Meaning: Totally exhausted or fatigued.


  • I was dead tired after running my first 5000 marathon.

2. Dead on one’s feet. Meaning: to be extremely tired.


  • My sister was doing her room all day and was dead on her feet.

3. Dog-tired. Meaning: to be extremely tired.


  • He usually got home around midnight, dog-tired after a long day at work.

4. Ready to drop. Meaning: to be so tired and nearly too exhausted to stay standing.


  • I’ve been shopping all day with Mom. I’m ready to drop!

5. Out like a light. Meaning: to be so tired that you fall asleep very quickly.


  • As soon as his head touched the pillow, he was out like a light.

@fikaa328: In Korean language, you can say gae phigon, which means dog-tired too.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, November 12, 2016


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#IOTW: Idioms on human body

Here are 10 idioms from head to toe.

  1. Head start. Meaning: to start something earlier than others.

    • “I got a head start on the race because I was the youngest.”
  2. Head over heels. Meaning: to be deeply in love with someone.

    • “Everybody knows that Ted is head over heels for Robin.”
  3. See eye to eye. Meaning: to completely agree or view something the same way with someone.

    • “My best friend and I see eye to eye on a lot of things.”
  4. Let one’s hair down. Meaning: to relax and enjoy yourself.

    • “I need to go to a silent place and let my hair down this weekend.”
  5. Neck of the woods. Meaning: a nearby location; a neighborhood.

    • “Tom is the wealthiest man in my neck of the woods.”
  6. Learn by heart. Meaning: to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without thinking; to memorize.

    • “I have to learn The Civil Code by heart for my closed-book examination.”
  7. Old hand. Meaning: someone who is very experienced at something.

    • “The maid is an old hand at cleaning the house.”
  8. Pat on the back. Meaning: to praise someone for something.

    • “The teacher patted all the students on the back for their good work.”
  9. Pull one’s leg. Meaning: to tease someone.

    • “Calm down, buddy. I was just pulling your leg.”
  10. Rule of thumb. Meaning: basic rule.

    • “The rule of thumb is that the students wear black pants and white shirts.”

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR for @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, December 10, 2016



#WOTD: Cloudburst

Have you ever heard of ‘Cloudburst’? Do you know what the word means? Here are some fellas’ guesses about the word.

Awan badai –

Cloud means awan, and burst means ledakan. So cloudburst means awan puting beliung? – 
Yes, all the answers above are correct.
According to Merriam-Webster, ‘cloudburst’ is a noun which means a sudden and very heavy downpour.
The word ‘cloudburst’ was first used in the early 1800s. It may be the translation of a German noun, Wolkenbruch. Here are some synonyms of it: deluge, downpour, storm, and torrent.
Here are some examples of cloudburst in a sentence:
  1. “The weatherman warned of possible cloudbursts in the afternoon.”
  2. “On September 6, 2014, there was a cloudburst in Kashmir valley killing more than 200 people.”
Here are some other examples from our fellas:
  1. “The cloudburst on Korea two weeks ago was very terrifying.” – 
  2. “I am not able to go somewhere due to cloudburst comes at the moment.” – 
Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, November 20, 2016

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#EngQuote: Tolerance (2)

There’s been a lot of cases of intolerance lately. Don’t you feel sad (and sick) about them? Too many intolerant people are getting too many spotlights which they don’t deserve.

Here are some quotes to remind us to be more tolerant.

1. “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or presecution of others.” – John F. Kennedy



2. “Intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas trully profound education breeds humility.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


3. “The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller
4. “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
5. “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority; the test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” – Ralph W. Sockman


6. “The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.” – George Eliot
7. “Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.” – Timothy Keller
8. “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy
9. “Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.” – Ray A. Davis


10. “Don’t get so tolerant that you tolerate intolerance.” – Bill Maher








Which one is your favorite? My personal favorite is the one from John F. Kennedy who said that we have to make the world safe for diversity since we can’t make it all the same (and we don’t need to). May these quotes enhance our tolerance towards others.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, December 17, 2016


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#IOTW: Christmas idioms

1) ‘Tis the season to be jolly.
The phrase is taken from a Christmas carol.It serves as a reminder to put on a happy face over the festive period.

2) Christmas comes but once a year.
The phrase is usually used as an excuse for overindulgence, whether on food or on gifts.

3) Deck the halls.
an old tradition of decorating the hall with branches from a holly tree. (also a name of a Christmas Carol).

4) Trim the tree.
an old expression means to decorate a pine tree with ornaments, lights, and other glittery bits.

5) Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.
an expression means not to get stressed out trying to make Christmas perfect.

6) Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
an expression means to be grateful of a present even if it isn’t exactly what you wanted.



Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, December 25, 2016


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#EngVocab: Filler Words


A filler word, also known as a pause filler or hesitation form, is a word or phrase we use to fill silence when we speak. So, the function of a filler word is to give you a break while you think, without an awkward, silent pause. Using the right amount of filler words will even make you sound like native English speaker.

1) Well…
I guess we’re all pretty familiar with this word. It’s probably the most common word anyone would say to hesitate.

A: How much are those shoes?
B: It’s $129, Ma’am.
A: WELL..,(thinking why are they so expensive) What about those one?

2) You know…
It’s usually added onto the end of a sentence to make sure that the listener just understands what you mean.

Example 1:
A: Where do we stay tonight?
B: We stay at that hotel, YOU KNOW, the one down the street from Times Square.

Example 2:
A : Shopping has always been Lily’s way of dealing with problems, you know?
B : Uh huh.

3) I guess / I suppose …
They’re usually used to hesitate when you’re not really sure about what you’re saying.

A: I suppose (or guess) it’s going to rain today.
B: Oh, I don’t know. Maybe so, maybe not.

4) At the end of the day…
It is a phrase that means “in the end” or “in conclusion.”

You don’t have to study hard, but at the end of the day, it will be you who will have bear the consequences.
5) I mean…
It is used to clarify or emphasize how you feel about something.
A: What do you think about him? He’s great, isn’t he?
B: I mean, he’s a great guy, I’m just not sure if he’s good for me.
6) You see…
It’s usually used when you explained something that you assume the listener doesn’t know.
A: My computer keeps lagging all day long.
B: So you see, rebooting the computer fixed the entire problem

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, December 3, 2016


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