5 Useful Conversational Idioms

5 Useful Conversational Idioms

Hi guys!

Today we are going to be taking a look at 5 colloquial phrases, all of them great for spicing up your conversational vocabulary!

To be Stuck in a rut

To be trapped without any new ideas or motivation. This phrase is thought to have come from the early 1800s when wagons would commonly get stuck in a rut or a worn in groove in the path.

  • I need to get a new job, I’ve been here for 20 years and I’m stuck in a rut.

Follow in the Footsteps

To do the same thing as somebody else.

  • He started his own business, following in his father’s footsteps.

It Turns out That….

The result is/was

  • I always thought that I preferred English food however as it turns out, I think that I actually prefer Spanish food.

To do Something From Scratch.

To do something from the beginning. Originally the scratch referred to the starting line of a race, so somebody running a race would start from the scratch.

  • He started his own business from scratch.

To Give it a Shot

To attempt or try something

  • Q: Do you mind if I try out your new car?
  • A: Yeah sure, give it a shot!

 

Now let’s see if you can use them in context!

 

  1. So rather surprisingly____________ that he was stealing money from his friend all along!
  2. Normally I don’t like Chinese food but I’ll ______________ though!
  3. He is very influenced by everything John does, in many ways he is ___________________.
  4. I need some creative inspiration, I’m ____________!
  5. I’ve always wanted to make pasta starting ____________.

 

Teachify Case Studies – Twitter

Teachify Case Studies - Twitter

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In today’s Teachify case study we are going to be having a look at Twitter. At the time of writing Twitter is the 4th most valuable social media website in the world, valued at an estimated $13 billion!

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey first had the idea of Twitter whilst he was working at Odeo, a podcasting company. Unfortunately the domain name Twitter.com was already taken, so the project began life as twttr, however the domain name Twitter.com was eventually bought after 6 months. Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet on March 21st 2006.

The prototype of Twitter remained an exclusive internal service for Odeo employees until July 15th when the full version was released. Later in the year Dorsey acquired Odeo along with Twitter.com, though Twitter would become its own company in 2007.

After the South by Southwest conference Twitter saw a huge increase in popularity, going from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000 tweets per day. Between 2007 and 2010 Twitter would continue to grow rapidly. By June 2010 there were around 750 tweets being sent per second!

At the beginning of the new decade Twitter revamped it’s homepage, introducing ‘New Twitter.’ This revamp allowed users to view images and videos without the need to navigate away from Twitter. By late 2012 Twitter had 200 million active monthly users.

Initially Twitter had primarily attracted older professional users, however the app became more mainstream once celebrities such as Britney Spears and Shaquille O’ Neal began using the app.  As the app allows you to share what is on your mind at any given point during the day, Twitter usually sees an increase in use around the times of big international events, for example the FIFA world cup, high profile deaths and elections. For this reason Twitter is often a source for ‘breaking news’ updates from around the world.

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From 2015 Twitter began to see a decline in popularity with the rise of other social media platforms such as Instagram. That said, the app has remained culturally relevant due to its association with  social movements such as Black Lives Matter and the #Metoo.

Another reason for the continued relevance of Twitter is its use by US president Donald Trump throughout his election campaign and presidency. The controversial president often uses Twitter to share ideas and communicate with his fanbase.

Similar to other social media websites like Facebook, Twitter has also received a lot of criticism regarding its role in spreading misinformation. Earlier this year Twitter announced that it would be flagging tweets that may contain misleading information. In May Twitter marked a tweet criticizing mail in ballots by US President Donald Trump as potentially misleading. Trump responded by signing an executive order ‘preventing online censorship.’

Despite the app’s slight decrease in popularity, Twitter remains one of the most influential websites in the world, alongside Google, Facebook and Instagram.

Let's see What you Remember from the text!

  1. What was the original name of the Twitter website.
  2. When did Jack Dorsey send his very first twet?
  3. What was new Twitter?
  4. Why did Donald Trump sign an executive order preventing online censorship?

Useful Vocabulary

Prototype – Original version

Revamped – Changed

Mainstream – Popular

Breaking News – Newly received information.

Misinformation – False Information

Flagging – Marking

 

An Introduction to Cockney Rhyming Slang

An Introduction to Cockney Rhyming Slang

Hello Teachifyers!

Today we are going to be taking  a look at cockney rhyming slang, a form of slang which initially originated from East London, however has since grown in popularity throughout the UK and even to parts of Australia and the USA!

In cockney rhyming slang, the speaker will replace a word with a phrase that rhymes. So for example instead of saying: he’s up the stairs you would say he’s up the apples and pears. Most of these rhyming phrases contain just two or three words, however it is the final word that must rhyme with the word that you want to replace.

To make things even more difficult, in most cases the phrases are shortened to just the first word which does not rhyme with the targeted word. So for example the phrase I want to take a look at Jim’s new house would be I want to take a butcher’s at Jim’s new house. As you can see butcher’s has replaced look however it does not rhyme. This is because the full phrase would be butcher’s hook which does rhyme with look.

To see a good example of how Cockney Rhyming Slang sounds in practice, here is a great clip from the film Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels which is helpfully subtitled into regular English.

It is widely believed that cockney rhyming slang emerged out of the need for a ‘code’ for criminals in the east end of London so the police wouldn’t understand what they were saying. Many examples  of cockney rhyming slang have found their way into common English in the UK so it is useful to get to know a few of the basics.

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Here are some of the most common examples of Cockney Rhyming Slang

Bees & Honey – Money

Can you lend me £10, I’ve run out of bees and honey.

In regular English: Can you lend me £10, I’ve run out of money.

 

Dog & Bone – Phone

I’ll call you on the dog & bone later on

In regular English: I’ll call you on the phone later on.

 

China Plate – Mate

Alright, me old China!

In regular English: Alright mate,  (or Hello, my good friend.)

 

Trouble & Strife – Wife

Sorry I can’t have another drink, I’ve got the trouble and strife waiting for me at home.

In regular English: Sorry I can’t have another drink, I’ve got the wife waiting for me at home.

 

Barnet Fair – Hair

I need to get my barnet cut, it’s all over the place!

In regular English: I need to get my hair cut, it’s all over the place!

 

Hank Marivn – Starvin

I need to get something to eat, I’m proper hank at the moment.

In regular English: I need to get something to eat, I’m really hungry at the moment.

 

Jack Jones-  Own

I’m on my Jack Jones so I’m feeling a bit bored.

In Regular English: I’m on my own so I’m feeling a bit bored.

 

North & South – Mouth

Shut your north!

Shut your mouth! (or shut up!)

 

Pete Tong – Wrong

It’s all gone Pete Tong.

In regular English: It’s all gone wrong.

 

Rub-a-dub – Pub

Fancy a pint down the rub-a-dub.

In regular English: Do you want a beer at the pub?

 

Scooby Doo – Clue

I haven’t got a scooby where you are.

In regular English: I don’t know where you are.

5 Work Related Idioms

5 Work Related Idioms

Hello Fantastic Teachyers!

I hope that you are all doing well and studying hard. In today’s post we are going to go over some more useful work related idioms. These idioms are perfect if you want to impress your international colleagues or if you just want to improve your conversational English.

 

Pull your weight

To do your percentage of assigned work.

  • You’ve got to start pulling your weight or we will find someone else who can!

To Take Someone Under Your Wing

To Look after someone until they settle in.

  • As you are new to the company, I will be taking you under my wing for your first few months here.

Keep Tabs on Someone

To watch someone or something carefully to see what they are doing.

  • We need to keep tabs on the stock market.

Do Your Fair Share

To do your percentage of assigned work. (synonym of Pull your weight.)

  • We may need to fire him, he never does his fair share around here.

To be at Somebody’s Beck and Call

To be ready to do what somebody wants.

  • As my new assistant you will be at my constant beck and call.

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Ofertas!

Now let’s see if you can use them in context!

 

  1. He never____________________ at work.
  2. The new employee is great! He definitely _________________ around here.
  3. The new interns were at my _______________.
  4. The new manager has been________________ the new sales team at the moment as they haven’t been hitting their targets recently.
  5. My supervisor___________________ for my first month at the company.

15 Useful Business Terms

15 Useful Business Terms

Hello Everybody!

 

Today we are going to be taking a look at some useful business terms in English. This post will be particularly useful those of you who need to use English in a professional setting. So let’s take a look!

  1. Assets

Cash, Equipment or Land

  • At the time of his death, his total assets amounted to over £1,000,000!
  1. Liability

Debt

  • The company had to declare bankruptcy as their liabilities were so high.

 

  1. Net Loss

When money out exceeds money in.

  • The company made a net loss last year so we will need to cut expenses.
  1. Net Profit

When Money in exceeds money out.

  • Thanks to all of our hard work, the company made a net profit this year for the first time ever!
  1. B2B/B2C

Business to Business/ Business to Customer

  • Our company specializes in B2B sales rather than B2C
  1. Cash Flow

The movement of money in and out of a company.

  • We’ve been making a lot of sales recently so we should have a good cash flow.
  1. Profit Margin

Money made from sales that an individual or company keeps.

  • We are offering our services too cheaply, we need to increase our profit margins.
  1. Accounts Payable

Money you owe.

  • We need to closely monitor our accounts payable to make sure we aren’t spending too much money.
  1. Accounts Receivable

Money that you are owed.

  • The Accounts Receivable department is responsible for receiving all the money that we are owed.
  1. Balance Sheet

A document which shows a company’s key financial information.

  • I’ve been going over the figures on our balance sheet and the results are very worrying.
  1. Accounting

Recording of Finance

  • Our accounting team is the most important department in the company.
  1. Expenses

Money spent.

  • To save money we must reduce our monthly expenses.
  1. Owner’s Equity

% of assets for the owner.

  • There has been a change in the owner’s equity during the last quarter.
  1. Revenue

Income

  • We need to find a way to increase our revenue.

 

  1. Return on Investment

The amount of profit you will receive compared to the investment you have made.

  • I’m sorry but we will need to see a much better return on investment if we are going to put any more money into your company.

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Now let’s see if you can use them in context!

 

  1. __________ involves the systematic recording and reporting of business financial transactions.
  2. ______ refers to your business’ cumulative financial holdings. These are usually classified as ‘current’ or ‘fixed.’
  3. We have a lot of ________ every month relating to equipment and inventory.
  4. If your total expenses exceed your overall revenues, you have a _______. The risk of a _______ is one of many good reasons to keep company costs under control.
  5. Your _________________, or ROI, shows how much you gained or lost on a business investment relative to how much you spent on it.
  6. If the purpose of your business is to supply goods and services to other businesses then you are a ___ organization. On the other hand if your business primarily supplies goods and services to customers then you operate a ___ company.
  7. ________ is the movement of money in and out of your business.
  8. Usually measured as a percentage _____________ usually refers to the owner’s part of a business.
  9. A _____________ is a key financial document that shows a snapshot of business assets, liabilities and owner’s equity.
  10. _________________ is the amount of money your customers or clients owe your business.
  11. _______________ is the amount of money that you owe others for goods or services provided to you.
  12. You need to pay any ___________ owed to other businesses.
  13. _______ refers to the amount of income your business receives.
  14. ____________ refers to how much profit you keep on your total sales.
  15. __________ represents total revenue minus total expenses.