Out of the blue

Do you know the English expression “out of the blue“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Helen: Did you hear the news? Sally and Paul had a baby!

Felicity: Well, that was out of the blue! I didn’t even know Sally was pregnant!

Does it mean:

a) bad news

b) good news

c) sudden and unexpected

d) expected

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Answer: c) sudden and unexpected

Have (one’s) hands full

Do you know the English expression “to have (one’s) hands full“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jack: Are you going to the party tomorrow?

Emma: I’m afraid I can’t. I have my hands full at work at the moment.

Does it mean:

a) to carry many things

b) to hold something

c) to have big hands

d) to be very busy

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) to be very busy

[Easy English Blog] Christmas music

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Do you like Christmas music? Traditional Christmas songs are called Christmas carols. When I was a child, we had Christmas concerts at school. We sang Christmas songs and our parents came to listen.

I was also in a brass band. We were very busy at Christmas because we had many Christmas concerts. We had concerts every weekend in December. We played in concert halls, churches and even supermarkets!

I remember when I was very young, carol singers used to walk around the streets in the evening singing carols. They sometimes knocked on the door and sang to us. I can’t remember very well, but I think we gave them cakes or perhaps a small amount of money. I haven’t seen carol singers around the streets for many years. Maybe they don’t do it anymore.

Since December, shops have started to play Christmas music. This always reminds me of my childhood and I start looking forward to Christmas. It also makes me think of Christmas presents. Every time I hear Christmas music I remember “I must do my Christmas shopping!”

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press


[Easy English Blog] Birds

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I have lived in many different places. Sometimes I have lived in cities and sometimes I have lived in the country. I have lived in apartments in the middle of big cities. There were no birds. Now I live 3km from a small city. Our garden has many trees. Some of the trees have berries that birds like to eat. We always have birds in our garden. Some of them are English birds – sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, starlings. We have New Zealand birds too – tui and kereru. Tuis are very interesting. They are fighters. They chase other birds away. Their song is difficult because they copy the song of other birds.

We also have kereru in our garden. I love these birds. They are a kind of pigeon. They have big bodies and small heads. I think their brain is small. They are very crazy birds. They cannot fly well. They sit in small trees. The trees are not strong. The kereru fall off the trees. Then they have trouble flying. They do not have a song. The only sound we hear from kereru is the sound of their wings, and sometimes a bang because they fly against windows and walls.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] Christmas presents

What are the best Christmas presents? When I was not so busy, I used to make most of my Christmas presents. I made clothes and toys for children. I made cookies and jam for adults. I collected small jars and filled them with jam or marmalade. I decorated the jars. They looked very pretty.

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One year I made French mustard. This was fun to make and very popular.

I love to give the special people in my life small gifts, especially at Christmas. It very sad because these days, I mostly buy presents. I wish I had more time and energy, because I think the presents we make ourselves are more special.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press