I’m shattered!

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

Toshi: Are you coming out for drinks tonight?

Mary: No, I’m shattered. I had a busy week and need an early night.

Does it mean:

a) very angry

b) very unfriendly

c) very annoyed

d) very tired

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) very tired

[Easy English Blog] Volcano

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A volcano erupted in New Zealand. It is a small volcanic island, a little more than 40km from the coast of the North Island.  It is called Whakaari or White Island.  It is a very popular place for sightseeing. People travel by boat or helicopter to the island.

It often has small eruptions, but yesterday it erupted when there about 50 tourists and tour guides on the island.

I watched the news all afternoon and all evening. The news was not good. The situation was dangerous. The rescue teams were very brave and did everything they could. But many people who were injured and it seems that 13 people died. Some were New Zealanders but others came from many different countries. They were on vacation.

I am sure all these people were excited to visit a volcano.

This makes me very sad.

It’s Christmas, but everyone in this country will be thinking about this terrible accident and about the families of the people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes life does not seem fair.

By Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

Pipe down!

Do you know the casual English expression “pipe down“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Trisha: Children! Can you pipe down? I’m on the phone!

Children: Sorry, mum!

Does it mean:

a) play with a pipe

b) put toys down

c) be quiet

d) stop playing with a pipe

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: c) be quiet

Grow apart

Do you know the English expression “to grow apart“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Bill: Why did you and your wife get divorced?

Gary: We grew apart over the last few years. We weren’t as close as we used to be.

Does it mean:

a) move to a different place

b) become less close as time passes

c) start to dislike each other

d) fight a lot

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) become less close as time passes

Look back on (something)

Do you know the English phrase “to look back on (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Mayumi: Why are we having a meeting at the end of December?

Ayako: We always have a meeting then to look back on the year.

Does it mean:

a) think about the past

b) talk about a problem

c) think about next year

d) turn around

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) think about the past