Do you know the English noun “fib“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Natalie: Why were you angry with your son the other day?

Barbara: Because he told a fib. He told me he was going to the library to study, but really he went shopping with his friends.

Does it mean:

a) a lie

b) the truth

c) a story

d) an excuse

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) a lie

Come rain or shine

Do you know the English expression “come rain or shine“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Robert: It is really important that you attend the meeting tomorrow.

David: Come rain or shine, I’ll be there! Don’t worry!

Does it mean:

a) if the weather is good

b) if the weather is bad

c) no matter what

d) depending on the conditions

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Answer: c) no matter what

Hard up

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

Makoto: Shall we go out on Saturday night? I heard a good band is playing in town.

Ivan: I can’t. I’m hard up at the moment. I had a lot of things to pay out this month.

Does it mean:

a) not interested

b) annoyed

c) have little money

d) stingy

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: c) have little money

Hang in there!

Do you know the English expression “hang in there“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Ben: I’m so tired of studying! I don’t want to do it anymore!

Yuko: Hang in there! It’s only a week until your exam!

Does it mean:

a) give up

b) don’t give up

c) hang on to something

d) hang out with someone

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) don’t give up

Go pear-shaped

Do you know the English expression “to go pear-shaped“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Lily: How was the meeting with the clients?

John: It was going well until they asked about money. Then it went pear-shaped because we couldn’t agree.

Does it mean:

a) go wrong

b) go right

c) have an argument

d) have a bad time

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: a) go wrong


Run into (somebody)

Do you know the English expression “to run into (somebody)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tracey: I ran into our old school teacher this morning.

Dean: How was she?

Tracey: She was well.

Does it mean:

a) hit someone

b) meet someone unexpectedly

c) push someone

d) have a race with someone

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) meet someone unexpectedly

[Short Story]Listen to your Heart

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Sandy is very worried. Sandy will graduate from high school. He can go to university. But Sandy has a problem. He wants to go to university, but he doesn’t know what he wants to study.

His high school has an advisor. He goes to talk to the advisor.

“I don’t know what to study at university,” he says.

The advisor asks, “What do you like? Do you like math, or science, or languages or reading books?”

Sandy says, “I like math, science, languages, and reading books. I like everything. I have good grades for everything.”

The advisor laughs. “You are lucky,” she says. “You can study anything.”

Sandy is angry. “But I have to choose one thing! I don’t know what to choose!”

The advisor says, “Listen to your heart. University costs a lot of money. University study is difficult. You must work very hard. You will only be happy at university if you study something you love. What does your heart tell you to do?”

Sandy stands up. “My heart is not talking to me!” he shouts.

He walks out of the advisor’s office. He walks down to a park near the high school.

He sits on the grass in the park. I must decide what to study at university. Do I want to be a scientist? Do I want to teach English? Do I want to work for a finance company? I don’t know.

 Sandy sits in the park for a long time. He is tired, and he is worried. He falls asleep.

When Sandy wakes up, he feels something strange. There is something small and warm next to him. He looks down. A very small dog is on the ground next to him. The dog is very young. The dog is licking his fingers.

“Where is your mother?” Sandy asks the dog. “Where is your owner?  You are too young and too small to be in the park alone.”

Sandy thinks the little dog needs food and water. He picks the little dog up. He walks back to his family home. He gives the dog food and water.

The little dog is very thirsty and very hungry. When the dog finishes eating and drinking, it falls asleep. Sandy finds a blanket. He puts the blanket in the kitchen. He takes the little dog to the kitchen and puts it on the blanket. Sandy goes to his room and plays computer games. When his mother comes home, she comes to Sandy’s room and says, “There is a very small dog in the kitchen. Did you bring this dog to our house?”

Sandy is sleepy but he says. “I found the dog in the park. I wanted to take care of it.”

His mother laughs. “Oh, Sandy,” she says. “You are an animal lover. That’s OK. Your heart tells you to be kind to animals. You are tired, so please sleep. I will look after the little dog.”

Sandy thinks, My mother knows my heart. I love animals. I must study to be an animal doctor. My heart knows more than my head.


Do you know the noun “introvert“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Emily: Are you looking forward to the party after the conference?

Valerie: No, I’m not. I don’t like parties because I have to talk to many people. I’m an introvert.

Does it mean:

a) a shy person

b) an outgoing person

c) a confident person

d) a rude person

The answer is below! ↓

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Answer: a) a shy person


Do you know the noun “extrovert“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Lisa: I heard your son is acting in the musical at school. Does he like it?

Dennis: He loves being on stage and singing in front of people. He’s an extrovert!

Does it mean:

a) a shy person

b) a confident, outgoing person

c) a clever person

d) a person who can sing well

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Answer: b) a confident, outgoing person

[Easy English Blog] Getting ready for winter

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Winter is coming quickly this year. I’m going to start preparing for it now. I have already bought some warm sweaters and warm socks. But the thing I am worried about is my car.

I need to change my car tires from normal tires so snow tires. I also need to buy a new spade to dig the snow. Lasy year, we had so much snow. It took a long time every morning to dig my car out of the snow. My spade is old, so I’m going to buy a new one. I have to buy one early  because they soon sell out. I’m also going to buy de-icer spray. I can spray this on my car windows to melt the ice.

I have snow boots. They are good for walking in the snow, but not so good for walking on ice. Last year I fell over walking down a small slope. The ground was hard and cold and I hurt myself! This year, I will try and avoid places like that, and stay on flat ground. I’m lucky in that I don’t have to go out very early in the mornings. A few years ago, I had to leave my house at 7:00am to get to work. So I had to start clearing snow at 6:00am. The roads were very slippery because it was still early in the morning. This winter, the earliest time I have to leave my house is 9:00am. This will give me more time to clear snow, and hopefully, the roads will be easier to drive on.

We had a very hot summer this year. I hope we have a mild winter.

Have you started preparing for winter?

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press