Nope!

Do you know the word “nope“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Olivia: Did you go to the gym yesterday?

Sue: Nope. I didn’t have time.

Does it mean:

a) yes

b) maybe

c) no

d) I wanted to

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) no (Please note that “nope” is an informal, casual and spoken word for no.)

 

Wei’s Part-Time Job – Comprehension Quiz

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This is a comprehension quiz about the I Talk You Talk Press graded reader Wei’s Part-Time Job.

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Wei’s Part-Time Job True/False Quiz

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[Easy English Blog]Sleep

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Recently, I have seen newspapers articles about sleep. They say that many people are sleep-deprived. (This means people don’t sleep enough.) The newspaper articles say that we should sleep 7-9 hours every night.

How many hours a night do you sleep? I try to sleep 8 hours a night. If I sleep less than that, I feel sleepy during the day. Sometimes, if I’m busy at work, I sleep less, but even then, I usually sleep for 7 hours.

Most nights, it is easy for me to fall asleep. I read for about half an hour, and then I start to feel sleepy. Sometimes though, if I am reading a good book, I don’t want to stop!

If I have trouble falling asleep, I burn lavender aroma oil. The scent of lavendar is relaxing, and I soon fall asleep.

Some people say that sleeping for 8 hours every night is too much. Someone once told me I was lazy. But I don’t agree. I am much more productive during the day if I sleep well for 8 hours every night.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Stumbling block

Do you know the English expression “stumbling block“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Emma: I heard you started your own business. Was it difficult?

Julie: There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but it wasn’t so difficult.

Does it mean:

a) a large block on the road

b) an obstacle preventing progress

c) fall over

d) a person who tries to stop you

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) an obstacle preventing progress

[Easy English Blog] Running longer distances

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When I go for a run, I usually run around 10 or 11km. I have been running this distance for a few years. This year, I have decided to increase the distance I can run.

Last week, I ran 15km. It took me an hour and a half. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel so tired when I stopped. I could have run a few more kilometres, but it was getting late, and I had reached my target, so I stopped.

I hope to run 20km some time this month. Over the year, I want to increase the distance I run. I’m not so concerned about my running time. I just want to enjoy running. Maybe in the future I will enter a half marathon, or a full marathon, and think about my time. At the moment, I’m just happy to get outside and do some exercise in the fresh air.

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

Fond of (something/someone)

Do you know the English expression “to be fond of (something/someone)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Terry: I heard that Jane will join our department next month.

Michael: Oh good. I’m fond of Jane. She’s such a lovely person.

Does it mean:

a) have affection for someone/something

b) hate someone/something

c) fall in love with someone/something

d) enjoy working with someone/something

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) have affection for someone/something