2014 October

Ask Evil #10

Guest: Yumi  (Scroll down to listen to the podcast)   On this episode Yumi and I chat about Halloween and the following: How to use Mr. and Mrs What do the following mean?: “Sooner or Later” “Sooner Than Later” “Dang/ Dang it” “You’re dead to me”   If you’re interested in a private English lesson, […]

Back-to-Back

Back-to-Back   = consecutive, in succession, one after another, two in a row     Ex:  After losing all day, he picked “back-to-back” winners on the last two races. Ex:  After working every day this week, she had “back-to-back” days off.  

Sooner Than Later vs Sooner Or Later

Sooner Than Later vs Sooner Or Later   Although they look similar they have completely opposite meanings. Sooner Than Later   (short for “sooner rather than later.”) =  something should be done quickly     Ex: You should tell her husband “sooner than later,” = You should tell him quickly. Ex:  You should see the […]

Hush

Hush   = be quiet   Ex:  “Hush!”  I’m trying to speak.  No one else can talk. Ex:  “Hush!”  Students are not allowed to talk while taking a teast.  

Lollygag

Lollygag   = to spend time doing things that are not useful or serious   Ex:  Stop your “lollygagging,” and get back to work! Ex:  He was removed from the team for “lollygagging” during practice.  

See the Light

See the Light   = understand or realize something after thinking or doubting for a while   Ex: After a lot of thinking, he finally “saw the light,” and realized eating his boogers was gross. Ex: I used to doubt my friend’s ideas, but I finally “saw the light,” and realized he was correct.  

Make Ends Meet

Make Ends Meet   = to have enough money to pay for the things you need   Ex: My paycheck is so low that I had to get a second job just to “make ends meet.” Ex:  With the bad economy  these days, it is difficult to “make ends meet.”   <

Ask Evil #9

Guest: Yumi (Scroll down to listen to the podcast)   On this episode, Yumi and I talk about English and the following:   How to cheer for your favorite sports team in English. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton    What do the following mean: Scoot over Washed out Sucker Break out of a daze To […]

Up the Creek Without a Paddle

Up the Creek Without a Paddle   (Sometimes called “up the creek” “up shit creek”)   = to be hopeless, to be in trouble, stuck , trapped   * Based on the idea of being in a small boat, and not having a paddle to move it.     Ex:  After investing all my money […]

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line   = the main or essential point,  the final result or statement     Ex:  “The bottom line” is English is not easy, but with time you can become fluent. Ex:  You’re not going anywhere tonight, and that’s “the bottom line” because I said so.