Nope!

Do you know the word “nope“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Olivia: Did you go to the gym yesterday?

Sue: Nope. I didn’t have time.

Does it mean:

a) yes

b) maybe

c) no

d) I wanted to

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) no (Please note that “nope” is an informal, casual and spoken word for no.)

 

Stumbling block

Do you know the English expression “stumbling block“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Emma: I heard you started your own business. Was it difficult?

Julie: There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but it wasn’t so difficult.

Does it mean:

a) a large block on the road

b) an obstacle preventing progress

c) fall over

d) a person who tries to stop you

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) an obstacle preventing progress

[Easy English Blog] Running longer distances

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When I go for a run, I usually run around 10 or 11km. I have been running this distance for a few years. This year, I have decided to increase the distance I can run.

Last week, I ran 15km. It took me an hour and a half. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel so tired when I stopped. I could have run a few more kilometres, but it was getting late, and I had reached my target, so I stopped.

I hope to run 20km some time this month. Over the year, I want to increase the distance I run. I’m not so concerned about my running time. I just want to enjoy running. Maybe in the future I will enter a half marathon, or a full marathon, and think about my time. At the moment, I’m just happy to get outside and do some exercise in the fresh air.

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

Fond of (something/someone)

Do you know the English expression “to be fond of (something/someone)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Terry: I heard that Jane will join our department next month.

Michael: Oh good. I’m fond of Jane. She’s such a lovely person.

Does it mean:

a) have affection for someone/something

b) hate someone/something

c) fall in love with someone/something

d) enjoy working with someone/something

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) have affection for someone/something

[Easy English Blog] A present

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I received a present from a friend the other day. It is an ornament of a boar. 2019 is the Year of the Boar or Year of the Pig according to the twelve animals of the zodiac. The boar ornament I received has an aroma bag inside. I’m not sure what the scent is, but it smells like incense. I like the smell. It makes my room feel calm and peaceful.

Last year, my friend sent me an ornament of a dog, because it was the Year of the Dog. That ornament also had a nice aroma. I don’t want to throw it away, so I keep it in a box in my closet. If my friend buys me one every year, maybe I will have a large collection of ornaments in my closet!

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

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