Angela Boothroyd

Improve your English: euphemisms

A euphemism is a mild, indirect or evasive expression that takes the place of one that is taboo, offensive, unpleasant or embarrassing: especially words relating to death, sexual activity, bodily functions, and violence. euphemistic – adjective euphemistically – adverb   Here are some common euphemisms: ♦ terminate – kill We must terminate him before he […]

Twitter hashtags for English language learners

A hashtag is # added to a word, with no spaces. For example: #grammar People use hashtags in their Twitter messages (tweets) to mark keywords or topics and help them show up more easily in Twitter search. Hashtags are an excellent way to discover opportunities to join conversations with other people learning English and with […]

Improve your English: the full stop

This post is a short guide to some of the most common uses of the full stop in English. The full stop (.) is also known as the period (American English), and its main function is to mark the end of a sentence. Examples of sentences ending with a full stop I like learning English. […]

Phrasal verb: settle up

To settle up is to pay someone money that you owe them. This phrasal verb is often followed by ‘with’.   Examples of use: 1. Can I settle up when I get paid? 2. You go and wait for the taxi and I’ll settle up with the waiter. 3. He owes us £50 for the […]

7 ways to make time for learning English

Do you find it difficult to find the time for learning English? With a job, family, hobbies, and social life it’s very easy to feel we just don’t have any spare time for anything else. I know I feel like this sometimes. And I’m not going to pretend that I never waste time, because I […]

Improve your English: the possessive apostrophe

  The possessive apostrophe is a punctuation mark (‘) used to show possession: to show that something belongs to someone or something. Apostrophes were first used to mark possession in the late 16th century, but without clear guidelines they continued to be used inconsistently for centuries. We have clear rules for their use now but […]

List of useful language exchange websites

Many learners of English find it difficult to practise and improve their spoken English. Fortunately there are many free language exchange websites where you can find language partners – people who want to learn your language, and who are native or fluent English speakers. Find someone who you are comfortable with and you enjoy talking […]

What is independent language learning?

I love teaching English. I love almost everything about it, except for one big problem that affects many English teachers and learners… the price of good-quality English lessons. I want to help as many people as I can to learn English, and at the same time support my family and pay my bills, but many […]

Staying motivated when learning [Quotes]

It’s not unusual to have a bad week where you just don’t feel like studying English at all – even if you’re normally very enthusiastic about improving your English skills! So, what can you do to give your motivation a boost? Many people find that quotes can inspire them and help them through the bad […]

Idiom: crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are the lines or wrinkles which appear around the outer corner of a person’s eyes as they get older. They’re also known as laughter lines 🙂   Examples of use: 1. News headline: FDA approves botox for treating crow’s feet. 2. Crow’s feet are one of the first signs of ageing on the […]