Archive | Idioms

HOTorNOT?

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The New and the Old

How can we talk about what’s old and what’s new in English? Let’s start with describing what’s old.    Traditional Arab dress, the thobe (or thawb) Traditional Japanese dress, the kimono We can use the adjective traditional.  This means something that has been done in the same way for a long time.  There are traditional business practices (top-down), traditional families (father’s the boss), […]

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Don't Give Up!

Don’t Give Up!

You don’t need me to tell you that studying a foreign language is difficult.  When we attempt to do something difficult, it’s easy to get discouraged and want to quit.  The vocabulary in this lesson focuses on how we talking about giving up and not giving up.   Let’s start with not giving up (because that is what I hope […]

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English Help From PELA

What to Do? What to Do? – On the Horns of a Dilemma

Sometimes we must make difficult choices.  We call such choices dilemmas because there are two options (“di”—as in divide, diverge, dissect—meaning “two”) that we must evaluate.  When we face a dilemma, we think carefully about the pros and cons—the benefits and disadvantages—of each option. This is a scale.  It’s a good image to have in […]

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