Penniless

Do you know the adjective “penniless“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Lauren: Have you found a new job yet?

Jane: No. But if I don’t find one soon, I’ll be penniless.

Does it mean:

a) unsuccessful

b) have no money

c) bored

d) scared

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) have no money

Despise

Do you know the verb “to despise“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Katrina: I despise people who hurt animals.

Natalie: So do I. If I see someone treating an animal badly, I get really angry.

Does it mean:

a) like

b) hate

c) watch

d) admire

The answer is below!

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Answer: b) hate

[Easy English Blog] Starting I Talk You Talk Press

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I started I Talk You Talk Press five years ago with two friends. We have all taught English for many years in Japan. We always told our students to read English, because we believe reading is a very important part of English learning. Some of our students listened to our advice and read graded readers. Other students didn’t. They said they didn’t have time, or graded readers were too difficult.

So, we started writing original stories for those students. We knew our students’ English levels, so we wrote stories they could understand. The students were happy that we wrote stories for them. Sometimes, they recommended the stories to other students too. We were also happy that our students enjoyed our stories and were reading in English.

One day, we thought, “if our students enjoy our stories, maybe other English learners will enjoy our stories too.” So we decided to publish our stories as graded readers. Before we started, we spend a year researching publishing and graded reader levels. Then, we started publishing our stories in 2013. We published them on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Apple. Now, people all over the world are reading our stories. This makes us very happy. Our students are also very happy. We ask them what kind of stories they want to read, and they give us feedback about our stories. They feel special, because we write the stories for them!

Now, I Talk You Talk Press has 60 graded readers. We plan to publish a new one every month. This keeps up busy, but we enjoy it. 🙂

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

Gabble

Do you know the English verb “to gabble“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Terry: Did you understand George’s presentation?

David: No. He was so nervous, he was gabbling. I couldn’t understand anything he said!

Does it mean:

a) speak slowly

b) speak clearly

c) speak quickly and not clearly

d) speak quickly and loudly

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: c) speak quickly and not clearly

I’m famished!

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

Eri: I’m famished! I haven’t eaten since 6am this morning.

Fiona: Same here. Let’s take a break and get something to eat.

Does it mean:

a) to be full

b) to be tired

c) to feel dizzy

d) to be very hungry

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Answer: d) to be very hungry

Put forward

Do you know the English expression “put forward?” Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

June: What do you think about the plan Sasha put forward at the meeting?

Gill: I thought it was intersting. But Max also put forward a good idea. I think I prefer that.

Does it mean:

a) demand

b) suggest

c) criticize

d) force

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) suggest

Put (something) out

Do you know the English expression “to put (something) out“?  Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Tom: Have the firefighters put the fire out yet?

Jess: Yes, they have.

Tom: How did the fire start?

Jess: John didn’t put his cigarette out properly.

Does it mean:

a) extinguish

b) ignite

c) burn

d) light up

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) extinguish