B1 · B2 · Vocabulary

Money idiom: To pay peanuts

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Picture from Wikipedia

You can pay in cash, or by credit card. You can pay a high price, a bill, a fine, a dept, a ransom or even with your life.  You may have paid an arm and a leg or good money for something and if you’re fortunate enough to be the one who pays the piper, you will call the tune. But, what if you pay peanuts for something? How much do you pay? How do you pay?  Make a guess on the click button below.

B1 · Listening · phonetics · songs

Friday I’m in Love

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This great song by the British band The Cure really puts one in a happy mood and I must say, that it doesn’t matter how old the song is or how many times you hear it, it’s always smashing.  Apparently the song was written in response to press criticism  accusing the group of being incapable of writing anything cheerful (if you want to know what  the press meant by this,  look for their song ‘Lullaby’, even though I don’t agree).  The meaning of the song is not clear. Some say it’s about love, some say it’s about enjoying Friday more than being in love with a person they probably meet on  this day, and some people even go a bit further in their interpretation (there may be minors reading this post, so I’ll leave this to your own imagination). Whatever conclusion you arrive at, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it anyway. In this Learning English with songs, you can learn a couple of colour idioms and other expressions related to feelings as well as doing some phonetics.

A2 · Listening

A2 Listening activity “Sport in Britain”

Here’s a listening activity for pre-intermediat students. The video is from Long Nguyen’s Youtube channel and has been adapted for education purposes.