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#WOTD: Incongruous

So fellas, have you heard of the word incongruous?

@diningtyas99: haven’t but now i know the meaning” what is it then? :) #WOTD

@diningtyas99: tidak layak/pantas” yep, itu salah satu artinya, ada yang mau sharing lagi? Mungkin sinonim bahasa Inggrisnya? #WOTD

@diningtyas99: unsuitable mungkin min:/” yea that can be one, anyone else?

Incongruous is a very hard word indeed, but somehow becomes one of the words to explain another word

On the English dictionaries of course

The main meaning of “incongruous ” is “it is not in harmony” or “it’s not harmonious”

So it could mean “tidak layak”, “tidak pantas”, “unsuitable”, “inappropriate” and so on

So what do you think of this #WOTD? Would you replace “inappropriate” or “unsuitable” with ” incongruous” on your writings?

@ChristinaJeje: yes i’ll replace it Xoxo.”

@mayaaa_ym: even i have no idea how to pronunce it” how to pronounce incongruous is [in-kong-groo-uhs]

@syarifahay: the cooler the vocabs, the more amazing the writings. Haha.” <- true but you have to make sure it is not incongruous :D

@syarifahay: agree! Haha :D”

That’s it for today’s #WOTD session :) I hope it has been useful for you :D

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on June 28, 2014




#EngVocab: Love – Book Of Words (2)

So today is a short session of #EngVocab the word “Love”

Yet, its meaning that I will discuss here is not from an ordinary dictionary…

It is from the Book of Words by Ivon Brown :)



“English has softened this simple and inclusive word which covers all yearning from strongest passion to tenderest affection, and then wanders off to mean a game of cards or ’no score’ at lawn-tennis. It is sometimes claimed that the Tudor poets, who so enchantingly used it, pronounced it as north-country folk do still, luv. Either way, it does well.”

“To fall in love is a fair phrase, as simple as the actual process and as pleasant”


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on May 31, 2014



#EngVocab: Wedding

How’s your Thursday, fellas? It’s raining cats and dogs here. Did you do something good today? Well, it’s so good to know that most of you had a great Thursday. And for you who had a bad day, hope today’s topic’ll brighten your day.

Today admin wants to share some #EngVocabs related to… ehem.. wedding. Anyone knows some words related to wedding? Okay admin will start to tweet some words related to wedding for you. Enjoy!

  1. Bride: a woman who is about to get married or has just got married. e.g. Meta is going to be a bride next Saturday.
  2. Groom: a man who is about to get married or has just got married. e.g. The groom can’t hide his happiness when the bride comes.
  3. The maid of honor: a woman selected by the bride to assist her in wedding ceremony. Usually the maid of honor is bride’s best friend or closest family member. e.g. Jules asked Kendra to be her maid of honor.
  4. The best man: a man selected by the groom to assist in the wedding ceremony. e.g. Ted’s going to be his brother’s best man.
  5. Bridesmaids: the women who stand up at a wedding in support of the bride.e.g. The bride’s dress is usually prettier than the bridesmaids’
  6. Groomsmen: the men who stand up at a wedding in support of the groom. e.g. The groomsmen looked great in their tuxedos
  7. Wedding ring: a ring, worn by a person to show that they’re married.e.g. You’re so clumsy! How could you lost your wedding ring?
  8. Wedding reception: a party to celebrate the marriage ceremony of two people. e.g. Did you come to Ollie’s wedding? It was huge!
  9. Flower girl: young female child who carries the flowers. e.g. Look at the flower girl. She’s so adorable.
  10. Ring bearer: young male child who carries the wedding rings. e.g. Don’t let the ring bearer lost the wedding rings.
  11. Veil: a white piece of material that some brides wear on their head. e.g. Lily’s looks stunning with her veil. It’s her day.
  12. Boutonniere: a single flower worn by the groom, best man, the male relatives of the bride and groom, on the left lapel of their jackets.
  13. Silver wedding: the date exactly 25 years after the date of a marriage. e.g. My parents will celebrate their silver wedding next year.
  14. Ruby wedding: the date exactly 40 years after someone’s wedding.
  15. Golden wedding: the day exactly 50 years after a marriage, often celebrated with a party.

That’s a wrap, fellas! Hope those #EngVocabs could brighten your gloomy Thursday. Have a good rest and prepare yourself for tomorrow :)

Compiled by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on June 13, 2013

#EngVocab: Relationship

Tonight admin wants to share some English Phrasal Verbs about relationship. Are you interested? I do hope so . Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Hope those will be useful for you :)

  1. Look up to: to respect and admire someone. e.g. Mita’s always looked up to her sister. She wants to be like her.
  2. Put up with: to tolerate, to accept an unpleasant situation. e.g. Please put up with his behavior. He’ll change soon.
  3. Get along: to have a good relationship. e.g. Don’t ask Luke about his father. He doesn’t get along with his father.
  4. Make up: to become friends with someone after a fight or argument. e.g. Han, go and see Kyle. You should make it up soon.
  5. Fall for: to suddenly have strong romantic feelings about someone. e.g. She always falls for a man with sunglasses. I don’t get it.
  6. Fall out: to argue with someone and stop being friendly with them. e.g. Tia’d fallen out with my brother since last year.
  7. Ask out: to invite someone to come with you, especially as a way of starting a romantic relationship. e.g. I’ll ask him out tonight.
  8. Hit it off: to like someone and become friendly immediately. e.g. Mel and Darren hit it off immediately.
  9. Go out: to have a romantic relationship with someone. e.g. How long have you been going out with my cousin, Kate?
  10. Break up: to end a romantic relationship. e.g. She can’t stop crying. Yuki asked her to break up with him.

I have tweeted some Phrasal Verbs about relationship. Are those interesting? Which one that you’d be likely to use?

Thanks for your attention, fellas. Hope those Phrasal Verbs will be useful for you. Have a good rest inside your blankets! It’s so cold now

Compiled by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on July 4, 2013

#EngVocab: Internet

Hello fellas! How’s your Thursday? How’s your fasting?

Have you heard the words like cyberloaf, netpicker or web rage? No? Yes? Well, today admin wants to share some #EngVocab related to internet

  1. Cyberloaf: spend time on the internet at work doing personal things.
  2. Netpicker: a person who surfs the internet, looking for information in order to impress others with their knowledge of current events.
  3. Blook: a book written by a blogger. It’s a blending of ‘blog’ and ‘book’.
  4. Web rage: anger or frustation as a result of difficulties when using the internet.
  5. E-stalk: to stalk (follow) someone by using internet to find the information about someone.
  6. Tweeps: twitter users who follow us on twitter. Tweeps: twitter users who follow us on twitter. It is a combination of ‘twitter’ and ‘peeps’
  7. Cyberchondriac: a person who imagines that he/she is suffering from an illness after reading about the symptoms on the internet.
  8. Password fatigue: being tired of having to remember a large number of passwords for different social networks.
  9. Notspot: an area where there’s a slow internet access or no internet connection at all.

That’s a wrap, fellas! Hope those #EngVocab will be useful for you. Have a good rest. Good night!

Compiled by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on July 18, 2013

#EngVocab: Photography

Hey fellas, I hope your Saturday has been well :) who is up for an #EngVocab session today? :D

As I promised I will be discussing about the word “photography” in continuing last week’s session

So does anyone know what “photography” actually means? Is it the same as “photograph”?

Ada yang tahu apa arti “photography” sebenarnya? Apakah berbeda atau sama dengan “photograph” yang kita bahas minggu lalu?

Would you like to say what you know @pyj2690? :)

@pyj2690: some people take a picture for an object :D #EngVocab” hmm…anyone would like to add more?

@ardinashofy: Photograph can be as a noun and a verb. Photography is a noun. Am I right?” Yes you are right :)

What actually @pyj2690 said was quite right yet somehow “photography” is more about the art, what do fellas think about that?

Even though “photography” is a noun, it seems like a verb right? Or not?

Yep.. “@citrakhaerani: It’s about how we create pictures using lights.”

Why don’t you think so @Baronazz ?

Yes through lens indeed “@mikailkatma: photography is about what a moment that we can share to other people by our eyes (lens)”

@pyj2690: Right “@EnglishTips4U Even though “photography” is a noun, it seems like a verb right? Or not?

Want to add more about it? “@BellaPDA: i think.. yes :|”

So “photography” is a photograph created in a certain way, with ideas and concepts, is it?

@asrainov: photography is the art to picturize a story of moments.

@din_dinii: Exactly :)”@EnglishTips4U: So “photography” is a photograph created in a certain way, with ideas and concepts, is it? “

So what do fellas think about “photography” as a word? Do you see the difference now with “photograph”?

I hope today’s session has been useful for you all, fellas :) thank you to those who have participated!


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on March 8, 2014



#EngVocab: Other ways of saying ‘hold’

Tonight admin wants to share some #EngVocabs about the other ways of saying hold. Get ready, fellas :))

Hold means to take and keep something in your hand or arm.

  • Example:
    • “He was holding his girlfriend’s bag when we met yesterday.”
  1. Clasp. Meaning: to hold someone or something in your arms or hands.
    • Example:
      • “Mia clasped her nephew in her arms.”
  2. Grip. Meaning: to hold very tightly.
    • Example:
      • “My niece gripped my finger with her tiny hand.”
  3. Clutch. Meaning: to take hold of something tightly, usually in fear, worry or pain.
    • Example:
      • “Peter’s clutching the money to his chest, he feels like someone’s watching him.”
  4. Cling. Meaning: hold something and doesn’t want to let go.
    • Example:
      • “Ollie’s daughter is clinging to her new doll. She got it from her grandma.”
  5. Hang on. Meaning: to hold or continue holding onto something.
    • Examole:
      • “Hang on tight, this will be a bumpy ride. Michael is an amateur.”
  6. Cradle. Meaning: hold something or someone gently, especially by supporting them in your arms.
    • “Leo is cradling his puppy.”
  7. Grasp. Meaning: to quickly take something in your hands and hold it firmly.
    • Example:
      • “Pia suddenly grasped my hand. Her crush was there.”
  8. Grab. Meaning: to take hold of something or someone suddenly and roughly.
    • Example:
      • “A beggar grabbed Yessie’s handbag yesterday.”

That’s a wrap, fellas. Hope those #EngVocabs will be useful for you. Have a good rest. And wish tomorrow’d a great day for us!

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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#EngTalk: The importance of improving your vocabulary

Hi, fellas! Previously I’ve shared some tips on to build English vocabulary (#EngTips: How to enlarge vocabulary and reading skill). In this occassion, I want to share to you why building your vocabulary is important.

First of all, it gives you the ability to say what you mean.  Have you ever faced a difficulty to express something because you didn’t know how to say it?

Or, have you overused a word to describe a wide range of seemingly unrelated things?  A nimble working vocabulary gives you the ability to make finer distinctions between things.

Second, it helps you understand other people. A diverse vocabulary allows you to talk with a wide range of people from different background.

Third, it helps you understand what you read. The more you read, the more you understand words. Words you were unfamilar with become words you can easily understand.

Fourth, it allows you to communicate effectively. Once you know a diverse vocabulary, you will have the ability to choose the rights ones to express an idea.

Fifth, it helps you make a good impression on others. Face it, people will judge you based on your vocabulary (not only English, but also Indonesian and others).

The good thing is anybody can build vocabulary. An improved vocabulary will open up new opportunities for you, which will boost your confidence as well. People will recognize you as an intelligent and capable person.

There is no shortcut to master English, but surely all roads lead to Rome, fellas!




Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, September 19, 2013

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#GrammarTrivia: Grammar mistakes people need to stop making

Hi, fellas! We have told you many times that grammar is very important. Good grammar ensures that what you write is correctly comprehended and enjoyable to read. Who wants to read a page full of grammar errors, anyway? It doesn’t look so professional, right?

Today I’m going to tell you six other grammar mistakes that you need to stop making. Let’s see!

  1. “All of the sudden”. The correct phrase is “all of a sudden” and it is an expression. Why don’t we use “the” instead of “a”? Because there is not particular sudden, so it has to be “a” sudden.
  2. “Try and (do something)”. When you say “try and run”, you are implying two different actions – trying and running. If you want to combine the two into one action, it’s “try to run”.
  3. Misused quotation marks. Quotation marks are not meant to be used for emphasis. If you tell people that your melons are ‘fresh’, chances are that they wouldn’t buy it.
  4. Cut back on the unnecessary capitalization. Capitalization (for the most part) should be reserved for proper nouns. Capitalizing a word in the middle of a sentence doesn’t make the word more important.
  5. Mistakes in apostrophe usage. Apostrophes are used to show possession. You do not use an apostrophe after a possessive pronoun such as my, mine, our, ours, his, hers, its, their, or theirs.
  6. Using “toward” and “towards” interchangeably. Both words are correct, but the latter is British and the former is American. Which you choose depends on your audience, and please be consistent.

Grammar can be complicated and overwhelming, but if you use it correctly you will make good impression on other people.  Keep learning, fellas!


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, September 13, 2013




#EngVocab: Vocabularies with ‘-phobia’ as the suffix

Today I’m going to share some vocabularies which have ‘-phobia’ as the suffix. Are you excited for this, fellas? :D

Then, let’s start this today’s session! :D

1. Achluophobia

Meaning: fear of darkness.

2. Acrophobia

Meaning: fear of heights.

3. Arachnophobia

Meaning: fear of spiders.

4. Catoptrophobia

Meaning: fear of mirrors.

5. Dendrophobia

Meaning: fear of trees.

6. Frigophobia

Meaning: fear of becoming too cold or cold things.

7. Gephyrophobia

Meaning: fear of bridges.

8. Heliophobia

Meaning: fear of the sun.

9. Ichthyophobia

Meaning: fear of fish, including fear of eating fish, or fear of dead fish.

10. Leukophobia

Meaning: fear of the color white.

11. Papyrophobia

Meaning: fear of paper.

12. Xanthophobia

Meaning: fear of the colour yellow.

Note: If you’re afraid of something, it doesn’t mean that you have the phobia. Phobia means an extreme or irrational fear of something. So, don’t judge yourself too early about having the phobia, fellas. :)

That’s all for tonight. Cheerio! :)

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on November 03 , 2013

#EngTalk #EngVocab: China Town Places Descriptions

Hi there fellas, how’s your Saturday? It’s so gloomy in London now… how’s Indonesia? I bet it’s much warmer :)

So I am in China Town and it has all these shops and restaurants.

But what I am particularly interested is the descriptions under the restaurant names.

Try answer what these next words or phrases mean :)


Q1. Oriental Groceries

Q2. Chinese Restaurant

Q3. (Under a restaurant it stated) Japanese spices

Q4. Authentic foods from Indonesia

Q5. Modern Oriental Dining

What do you think each of them means? Just guess it with your own language in English of course hehehe :)



I am gonna post some answers now… I don’t think everyone of them is answered yet but will go it through soon


A1. “@alyamaudina: Asian market” <- It can be said as a market but it is more on a shop form. So in here most likely you will find your needs on Asian vegetables, spices and more.

A2. “@nguyendieu283: A place where you can get and eat some chinese dishes”

A3. “@fathurrohmenn: using spices from Japan maybe?” <- Yep :)

A4. “@Gcalvaristhy: foods that are originally made from Indonesia or firstly found in Indonesia ;)”

A5. “@Gcalvaristhy : a modern setting or placement of interior but still it’s in chinese restaurant perhaps :D ” <- Hmm it is not necessarily only Chinese I think, for sure it has dishes from Asia as it stated itself to be “Oriental” :)

Okay I will end the session here :) Thank you for your participation!

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on October 19, 2013


#EngVocab: Words Related to Bathroom

  1. Faucet: A device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled. #EngVocab #EngPic¦C¦L
  2. Toilet: A large bowl for urinating or defecating into. #EngVocab #EngPictoilet-llqq-001
  3. Shower: A place in which a person bathes under a spray of water. #EngVocab #EngPicPicture 234
  4. Shower head: A perforated nozzle for spraying water on a bather taking a shower. #EngVocab #EngPiceco_flow 002
  5. Shower valve: The part of the shower that controls water flow and temperature. #EngVocab #EngPicconcealed-shower-valve-a2302
  6. Plunger: A device used to clear blocked pipes by means of water pressure. #EngVocab #EngPicUNS03008_1_1.tif
  7. Bath mat: A mat for someone to stand on after getting out of a bathtub. #EngVocab #EngPicbath-mat
  8. Toilet paper holder: An item that holds a roll of toilet paper. #EngVocab #EngPic091508_toilet

Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on September 26, 2013

#EngTalk: 15 English Words and Their Origins

Hi, fellas! Are you aware that some of the words you are using now have deeper meanings in the past? Today I’m going to write those words down here so you can find out more! Let’s get started!

  1. Sinister: jahat, seram. Sinister comes from the Latin word ‘sinistra’ meaning ‘left’. This word is so attached to such a sinister meaning because centuries ago, being left-handed is considered bad by many people. They attributed the left-handedness to the works of evil. It makes me remember that when I was a kid, my teachers taught me to shake hand using my right hand.
  2. Awkward: actually this word is supposed to be a direction! It is in its basic sense it means ‘in the wrong direction’. Awkward!
  3. Nostalgia: from the Greek word ‘nostos’ meaning ‘home coming’ and ‘algos’ meaning ‘pain’ or ‘suffering’. No wonder looking back to old memories is very painful sometimes.
  4. Window: jendela. Actually this word comes from the Norse words ‘vina’ and ‘auga’ which means ‘the wind’s eye’.
  5. Cereal: it is derived from the Roman goddess Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and crops. So, be sure to thank Ceres the next time you eat your cereal for breakfast!
  6. Goodbye: selamat tinggal. This word is a contraction of the phrase ‘God be with you’.
  7. Checkmate: from the Persian term ‘shah mat’ which means ‘the King is dead’.
  8. Fortnight: 2 minggu. Fortnight is a contraction of the phrase ‘fourteen nights’.
  9. Other contracted words like ‘fortnight’ are ‘beyond’ from ‘be yonder’ and ‘breakfast’ from ‘break your fast’.

So, have you ever heard the origin of those words I previously mentioned, fellas?


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on June 21, 2013

#EngVocab: Indonesian Independence Day Games

Hey there fellas! Happy Independence Day!!! :D

Did you go to your school’s or workplace’s flag ceremony this morning? Did you join any competition? :)

Did you know that Indonesian all over the world celebrates Indonesian Independence Day as well?

Yes, usually our representative office such as General Consulate or Embassy would hold a flag ceremony in the morning..

Of course based on their local time, then there will be entertainment such as…

Performances of traditional dances, music, and most of all the never forgotten Independence Day games!

Ever wondered what these games are called in English? Well admin found some common ones around the web :)

Here is our special #EngVocab for today! Check it out!

Palm (or pole) climbing = panjat pinang –> usually two groups of four people climb a palm trunk, originally areca nut trunk (sometimes a pole instead) which had prizes hanged on its top usually clothing, electronic devices, cash and more. Of course it is not made easy, therefore the trunk has oil on it to make it slippery. Sometimes even water and mud are thrown to competitors.


Tug-of-war = tarik tambang –> involving two teams, one on each side of a rope. Both teams have to pull it until one team falls on the middle point settled. That middle point sometimes has mud prepared on it.


Sack race = balap karung –> each participant gets a sack (usually an old rice sack) and has to go inside it up to the hip. Then, they have to get their laps done by jumping with it like kangaroos.


Cracker eating = makan kerupuk ->  such a classic game for Indonesian Independence Day. Cracker or kerupuk has been known as one of Indonesian’s favourite food. The competition involves it being hanged high above on a plastic rope, then participant has to eat it without any hands help.

rsbp.org-makan kerupuk

Marble race = balap kelereng -> each participant gets a spoon and a marble will be placed on the spoon. This spoon has to be held by the teeth and mouth with no hands allowed to support it or held by only one hand.  Who finished their laps first, wins.


Bakiak racing = lomba bakiak -> bakiak is a traditional wooden sandals which had rubber straps on them with capacity for 2-3 people. This was used together by walking it to get to the finish line.


Inserting a pencil/nail into a bottle = masukkan pensil/paku ke botol -> one participant would get their waist wrapped with a plastic rope which one of its end has a nail or pencil hanging under their rare. This pencil/nail has to go in a glass bottle which is located just behind the participant. It takes a lot of patience to get this done.


That’s it for today fellas! I hope this #EngVocab has been useful :)

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http://www.thecheers.org/Entertainment/article_2468_Celebration-of-The-Independence-Day-LETS-HAVE-FUN.html Celebration of The Independence Day by Yeni Salma Barinti

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/39590/Independence-Day-Games-2 Independence Day Games by Jakarta Travel Blog

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on August 17, 2013

#IOTW: Idiom related to sports

Are you planing to play basketball or other sports? I’m going to share some idioms related to sports!

  1. Neck and neck. Arti: hampir bersamaan.
    • Contoh:
      • “Mira and Sari finished the race neck and neck.”
  2. To jump the gun. Arti: terlalu cepat melakukan sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
      • “When we took the final test, someone in my class jumped the gun and started early.”
  3. Get your skates on. Arti: ekspresi untuk meminta seseorang melakukan sesuatu dengan cepat.
    • Contoh:
      • Get your skates on! We’re going to miss the movie!”
  4. To throw in the towel. Arti: mengakhiri sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
      • “When my brother can’t stand no more of dad’s temper, he threw in the towel and left.”
  5. To kick something off. Arti: memulai sesuatu.
    • Contoh:
      • “They kick off the party with two toasts.”
  6. Skate on thin ice. Arti: mengambil risiko besar.
    • Contoh:
      • “You are skating on thin ice when you open the door!”
  7. Keep your eye on the ball. Arti: memperhatikan baik-baik.
    • Contoh:
      • “You would do better in class if you keep your eye on the ball.”
  8. To be below the belt. Arti: kejam dan tidak adil.
    • Contoh:
      • “It was below the belt to mock him in front of everybody.”
  9. Down to the wire. Arti: hasilnya baru terlihat di detik terakhir.
    • Contoh:
      • “I think this game will go down to the wire.”
  10. Move the goalposts. Arti: mengubah peraturan untuk menyusahkan seseorang.
    • Contoh:
      • “I almost got the written agreement when some guys moved the goalposts and said they need more money.”


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, May 24, 2013

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#EngGrammar: Linking Words

Hi, fellas! Have you ever heard about linking words?

Linking words indicate how one topic is connected to another topic. Some are very informal and others are quite formal.

There are many linking words that can be used in conversation. These are some of the examples.

Mind you/still

‘Mind you’ is an informal linking word used in spoken English.  Mind you’ points out what you are going to say as an afterthought contradicts what has already been said.  ‘Still’ can be used in a similar way.

  • Ex: Scientists in this country work for long hours in very difficult conditions. ‘Mind you’, they’re well paid for the work they do.
  • Ex: The exam was very difficult even for smart students. ‘Still’, the teacher gave the minimum score of B- for their hard work.

By the way/incidentally

Both can be used to introduce afterthoughts, but don’t contradict what has already been said. ‘By the way’ and ‘incidentally’ are used in informal and semi-formal spoken English.

  • Ex: I’ll be having dinner with my dad. ‘By the way’, I still want to eat your homemade dessert when I get home.
  • Ex: The party was awesome last night. ‘Incidentally’, I met my brother’s girlfriend at the party.

However /nevertheless

Both are used to introduce a contrast with what has been said before.

  • Ex: He told me not to do it because it was very dangerous.’ However’, I did it anyway.
  • Ex: I was so tired during a date yesterday, but I had fun ‘nevertheless’.

Note that ‘mind you’ and ‘still’ are used in informal spoken English, while ‘by the way’ and ‘incidentally’ are used in informal & semi-formal spoken English.

Meanwhile, ‘however’ and ‘nevertheless’ are much more characteristic of written English.


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on May 10, 2013

#UKSlang: UK slang (7)

  1. Do. Meaning: party.
    • Example:
      • “Let’s go to a do!”
  2. Jimmy riddle (or just ‘jimyy’ for short). Meaning: take a pee.
    • Example:
      • “Excuse me, I so need a jimmy riddle!”
  3. Taking the piss. Meaning: making fun of someone.
    • Example:
      • “No, you’re not fat. I was just taking the piss.”
  4. Bespoke. Meaning: custom made, just for you.
    • Example:
      • “You can go to the shop over there for bespoke clothing.”
  5. Bung. Meaning: throw it.
    • Example:
      • “Hey, bung me my keys, please.”
  6. Chinwag. Meaning: a sit-down conversation between close friends.
    • Example:
      • “I’m going to have a bit of chinwag with my friends.”
  7. Nosh. Meaning: snack or light meal.
    • Example:
      • “I’m hungry. Let’s go and find some nosh.”
  8. Up the duff. Meaning: pregnant.
    • Example:
      • “After 3 years of marriage, finally my sister is up the duff.”
  9. Full monty. Meaning: the whole thing.
    • Example:
      • “The dinner was magnificent, with a champagne, four-course dinner, and a band – the full monty.”
  10. Flog. Meaning: sell.
    • Example:
      • “I want to flog my mobile phone. Are you interested?”

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, May 3, 2013

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#BusEng: Telephone language

Hi, fellas! Did you receive a phone call from overseas today?

Many people find it difficult to make phone calls in a foreign language. I do. Do you? During a phone call, you can’t see the person you are talking to, or the voice might be unclear. And you have to think fast enough to choose the right words to say, especially when it is a business phone call.

Today, I’m going to give you some words and phrases that you can use when you make a phone call.

  • If you want to improve your telephone skills, try to learn some of the multi-word verbs that are commonly used. You can use ‘hold on’ or ‘hang on’ if you want the speaker to wait. Example: “Please hang on a second…”
  • If you are talking to a secretary, he/she may say “I’m going to ‘put you through’ to my boss.” It means to connect your call to another telephone. He/she then may say “I can’t get you through him.” It means the person you want to talk to is not available.
  • If it happens, you can ask the secretary to tell the boss to ‘call you back’, or return your phone call.
  • Formality is also important when you talk to a person on the telephone. First of all, you have to know the title of the person you want to talk to. If you are too formal, people might find not comfortable to talk to you, but if you are too informal, people might think you are impolite.
  • In business, you should use ‘could’, ‘can’, ‘may’, or ‘would’ when you make a request. Example: “Could I speak to Robert Downey, please?” or “Would tomorrow be okay?”
  • Don’t forget to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you (very much)’ whenever you ask for help or information.
  • Some informal English such as ‘okay’ and ‘bye’ are okay to end the conversation. Ex: “Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow. Bye!”
  • Now, what if you don’t understand or can’t hear what the speaker is saying to you? Actually, it’s better to ask for clarification rather than to pretend you understand something that you didn’t. You can use phrases like ‘I’m sorry, could you repeat that, please?’ or ‘Could you speak a little slowly, please?’
  • And if you still can’t understand, you could say “I’m sorry, the line is very bad today. Could you text me.” Or maybe you can try to call the speaker back later.

That’s a wrap for today, fellas! Don’t forget to practice words, phrases, and vocabulary before you make the call.

Compiled by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on April 26, 2013