[Easy English Blog]Goal setting

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I have set some language learning goals. I study better when I have a goal. There are so many languages I want to learn. However, I want to reach a high level in each language, so I need to focus.

These are my goals:

2020: Pass levels 3 and 4 on the Chinese HSK test, and the Korean TOPIK elementary level.

2021: Pass level 5 on the Chinese HSK test, and the Korean TOPIK intermediate level

2022: Pass level 6 on the Chinese HSK test, and the Korean TOPIK advanced level

2023 – 2024 Pass levels 3,2,1 on the French test (仏検)

I want to learn many other languages, so I think I will learn the basics of a few on Duolingo in my spare time. Russian and Arabic look interesting.

Having goals really helps me to focus. How about you?

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Have a soft spot for (someone)

Do you know the English expression “to have a soft spot for (someone)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Martin: I think Dave is happy that he is working with Faye on the next project.

Sue: Yes, he is. He has a soft spot for Faye. She is like a daughter to him.

Does it mean:

a) dislike someone

b) like someone very much

c) be soft

d) be kind

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) like someone very much

Foot the bill

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

Peter: What’s wrong? You don’t look happy.

Roger: The air conditioner in my house broke, but my landlord won’t pay to get it fixed. I have to foot the bill.

Does it mean:

a) kick a bill

b) get angry

c) pay for something

d) ask someone to pay for something

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: c) pay for something

[Easy English Blog]Finding more study time

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I love studying languages, so I am trying to find more time to study. I want to study every day. I also want to exercise every day. So, I decided to combine the two, and exercise and study at the same time.

I have an exercise bike in my house. This is an indoor bike. (It is not the bike in the photo!) I try to use it for 30 minutes every day. While I am on the exercise bike, I read one of my textbooks. I learn new words or grammar. While I am studying, the time seems to pass really quickly.

I tried studying when I go running. I tried to listen to the audio for my textbooks instead of listening to music, but this didn’t work. I need music when I run. I am learning Chinese, so I should look for some Chinese music to listen to while I run.

There are many times in the day when I can study while doing something else. When I clean, I listen to the audio of my textbook or listening practice on YouTube. When I drive, I listen to the audio of my vocabulary book.

There is always more time to study. Studying and exercising together is a good combination for me. I feel healthy and I learn some new things!

By Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

At the drop of a hat

Do you know the English expression “at the drop of a hat“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Keiko: Are you going to buy a new car?

Marie: I’d buy one at the drop of a hat if I could, but we can’t afford it.

Does it mean:

a) immediately

b) when someone drops their hat

c) much later

d) next week

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: a) immediately

Hand in (one’s) notice

Do you know the English expression “to hand in (one’s) notice? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the answer?

Kate: I heard that Hiroko handed in her notice today.

Mari: No way! She didn’t tell anyone she was leaving!

Does it mean:

a) tell your boss you are going to quit

b) leave a job straight away

c) walk out of the office

d) be fired

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) tell your boss you are going to quit