Idioms in Movies:Have a Sweet Tooth

Do you have a sweet tooth?

“Have a sweet tooth” means “to like to eat sweet food”.

Usage in a movie (“Iron Man 2”):
– Anything you want here, we got it. I like my dessert first. I had this flown in from San Francisco. It’s Italian though. Organic ice cream. I got a sweet tooth. Apparently you do too for Tony Stark.

6 Methods for Improving Your Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

So, you’re all by yourself. Forever alone. Okay, maybe you’re not forever alone, but right now you need to practice English alone. How can you practice speaking English without anybody else to help you? Writing, reading, listening—these skills can all be practiced alone. Easy. Well, you can already write beautiful sentences. You memorized hundreds of vocabulary words. But when you open your mouth to speak, nothing comes out! All the books, websites and apps in the world can’t help you learn how to speak English fluently.

To improve your spoken English, the best thing to do is to talk with a native speaker.Sometimes we don’t have that option though! What if you don’t know anyone who speaks English? What if you don’t have time? What if you simply don’t feel confident enough yet to practice with a native?Don’t worry. You can still improve your spoken English, even without a speaking partner.

We’re going to explain how. No speaking partner? No problem!

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Idioms in Movies: A Bird in the Hand

A bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush)” means “it is better to keep what you have than to risk losing it by trying to get something better”.

Usage in a movie (“Bruce Almighty”):
– Please don’t do that, honey. You know that everything happens for a reason.
– That I don’t need. That is a cliche. That is not helpful to me. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I have no bird. I have no bush. God has taken my bird and my bush.

Idioms in Movies: Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put your best foot forward” means “to do something as well as you can”.

Text in the clip from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”:
I expect each and every one of you to put your best foot forward. And I mean this literally, because the Yule Ball is, first and foremost, a dance.

Transition Words

As a “part of speech” transition words are used to link words, phrases or sentences. They help the reader to progress from one idea (expressed by the author) to the next idea. Thus, they help to build up coherent relationships within the text. This structured list of commonly used English transition words can be used by students to find the right expression.

Memrise: Learn a New Language with Games, Humorous Chatbots and Native Speaker Videos

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25 Phrases for Expressing Interruption

  1. Sorry to interrupt, but….
  2. Can I add something here….
  3. Is it OK if I jump in for a moment…. I
  4. f I might add something….
  5. If I may interrupt….
  6. Can I throw my two cents in….
  7. Do you mind if I add something….
  8. Umm, well not really….
  9. Excuse me, but in my opinion….
  10. Are you telling that….
  11. Excuse me for a second, but….
  12. Sorry, but I’m not done yet….
  13. Let me finish what I have to say first….
  14. May I say something here….
  15. Excuse me for interrupting, but….
  16. Sorry to cut you off, but….
  17. Well, that reminds me that….
  18. So, you’re telling me….
  19. I don’t mean to intrude, but….
  20. Well, if that is the case….
  21. Sorry, but can you let me finish….
  22. Wait a minute….
  23. Before you go on, I’d like to say something….
  24. Before you move on, I’d like to say something….
  25. Just a moment, I like to add something here….

A Shot in the Dark

Let’s learn an idiom in Psych series: a shot in the dark
Meaning: to take a somewhat random chance at something; a hopeful attempt

Transitional Devices

Transitional devices are words or phrases that help carry a thought from one sentence to another, from one idea to another, or from one paragraph to another. And finally, transitional devices link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so that there are no abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas. Stay tune to learn more about them 🙂 .