[Easy English Blog] New Year parties

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In Japan, many workplaces and groups have end of year parties. I usually miss these because I go back to the UK in mid-December. So when I come back to Japan, in January, I often attend New Year parties.

I went to a New Year party the other week. It was at my friend’s restaurant. My friends and I had a good time eating and drinking. We talked about our goals for the year. This seems to be a common topic at New Year parties. Everyone is enthusiastic and positive, and the atmosphere is good.

I like going to New Year parties. They give me energy and motivation. This year, at the party, we talked about fitness goals. Most of us want to exercise more. I feel like we say this every year. I want to run more, and exercise every morning before I start work. One of my friends is going to join a gym. Another friend wants to do yoga. I hope we can keep to our goals this year.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

 

As clear as mud

Do you know the English expression “to be as clear as mud“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Steph: What did you think of John’s presentation? Did you understand it?

Liam: It was as clear as mud. I don’t know why the boss always picks him to do presentations. He can’t make one that is easy to undertstand.

Does it mean:

a) very easy to understand

b) fairly easy to understand

c) very difficult to understand

d) very interesting

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: c) very difficult to understand

[Easy English Blog] First run of 2019

I went running a few days ago. It was my first run of 2019. It was very tiring! I ran my usual distance of 10km. I think I ate too much over Christmas and New Year, and I put on weight. That’s why I found the run tiring. Also I hadn’t run for about three weeks. I need to get back into the habit.

Luckily, the weather was beautiful. Even though it is winter, it was not too cold, and it was sunny. There was no wind. There were many people out enjoying the sunshine. Some were running, and some were walking. A few people were walking their dogs. I hope this mild weather continues. I want to go out running at least once a week. If it snows like it did last year, I won’t be able to.

This year, I hope to increase the distance I run. I always run 10km. I think it is time to try 15km and 20km. I’ll do my best! Here are some photos I took from my run the other day. Isn’t the weather nice?

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Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

By the book

Do you know the English expression “by the book?” Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Angela: I heard that Graham did the accounts. Do you think the accounts will be OK?

Nina: They’ll be fine. Don’t worry. Graham always does things by the book.

Does it mean:

a) according to the rules

b) lazily

c) while reading

d) next to a book

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) according to the rules

Hunted in Hong Kong – True/False Quiz

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This is a true/false quiz about the I Talk You Talk Press graded reader Hunted in Hong Kong. The pass mark is 80%. Click the green button to start the quiz. Good luck!

 

Hunted in Hong Kong – Comprehension Quiz

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This is a quiz for the I Talk You Talk Press graded reader Hunted in Hong Kong.

The pass mark is 80%. Click the green button to start the quiz! Good luck!

 

Thrilled to bits!

Do you know the English expression “to be thrilled to bits“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Cara: How did your husband react when you told him you were pregnant?

Hilary: He was thrilled to bits! He started calling everyone in his family to tell them the news.

Does it mean:

a) extremely pleased

b) extremely annoyed

c) extremely upset

d) extremely confused

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) extremely pleased