All the rage

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

Jayne: What do you think of the jeans young people are wearing nowadays?

Sue: I like them. They were all the rage when I was a teenager.

Does it mean:

a) very angry

b) unfashionable

c) not popular

d) very popular

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) very popular

Drink like a fish

Do you know the English expression “to drink like a fish“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Nathan: Does Janet go out much?

Kevin: No, she doesn’t, but when she does go out, she drinks like a fish. She can drink twice as much as I can.

Does it mean:

a) drink alcohol heavily

b) drink a little

c) look like a fish when drinking

d) drink water only

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) drink alcohol heavily

Go the extra mile

Do you know the English expression “to go the extra mile“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Harry: I’m not surprised John got promoted at work.

Steve: Neither am I. No matter what the boss asks him to do, he always goes the extra mile.

Does it mean:

a) run an extra mile

b) make an extra effort

c) cheat

d) do something you don’t want to do

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) make an extra effort

[Easy English Blog]Travel

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How often do you travel? I don’t travel very often. I go home every Christmas, and spend a few nights in a European city, but that’s about it. I travel within Japan maybe once or twice a year.

Every year, I say that I will travel within Japan more, but the weeks and months pass by so quickly! It gets to the end of the year and I realise I haven’t left the prefecture all year! Last year, I went to Tokyo, Okayama and Hiroshima. The year before, I didn’t leave the prefecture at all.

This year, I hope to go to an event in Kobe. I also want to drive down to Hiroshima to go shopping and to enjoy a day in a big city! It takes about two and a half hours to drive there from my home. It is not so far, but finding the time to go is difficult for me. I usually work every day. But maybe I will take a day off in spring and enjoy a road trip down to Hiroshima. It’s good to travel and see new things and meet new people.

Next year, my friend and I are planning to visit Russia. That means I will have two trips abroad next year. I can’t wait!

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Twist (someone’s) arm

Do you know the English expression “to twist (someone’s) arm“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Angela: I thought you didn’t want to go to the opera the other night. Why did you go?

Robert: My girlfriend twisted my arm. Actually, I’m glad she did because I quite enjoyed it.

Does it mean:

a) persuade someone to do something they don’t want to do

b) force someone to do something they don’t want to do

c) twist someone’s arm physically

d) hurt someone until they agree with you

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) persuade someone to do something they don’t want to do

[Easy English Blog]Supplements

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Do you take any supplements? I take iron supplements and a multi-vitamin supplement once a day. Some people say there are no benefits to taking supplements. Others say they are good for your health.

I’m not sure if they are good or not. However, I think the iron supplement is good for me. I feel a lot better when I take it. When I don’t take it, I get tired very quickly and have little energy. I have low iron levels in my blood, so a doctor recommended I take an iron supplement.

The multi-vitamin I take contains eleven kinds of vitamins. Is this supplement good for me? Or is it a waste of money? I’m not sure, but I take it anyway. It contains a lot of vitamin D. I don’t think I get enough vitamin D because I spend a lot of my time inside, and the area where I live is often dark and gloomy, especially in winter.

There are many kinds of health products available these days. I prefer to eat well and get nutrients from food, but this isn’t always possible. Also, there are some kinds of food which I don’t eat. I’ll continue taking my supplements, even though I’m not completely convinced that they are effective!

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Blow off steam

Do you know the English expression “to blow off steam“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Theresa: Why was your wife screaming at you the other day?

Jose: Oh, she was just blowing off steam. She had had a bad day at work and was really stressed.

Does it mean:

a) become stressed

b) scream at someone

c) blow steam on someone

d) get rid of stress

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) get rid of stress