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October 2013

English Expressions

[English Expression] being taken for a ride

You may have heard this American English expression before: “being taken for a ride”.

Of course it does not mean that some nice person is offering to take you for a ride in their nice car. It is actually a more negative comment meaning that someone is taking advantage of you – that someone is doing something that is not fair or is not the right way to treat you. For example, if you paid a company to do some repairs on your house, and they keep making the bill higher and higher from what they first said the total cost would be, then you could say: “I am being taken for a ride by that company!”.

being taken for a ride

Is this a ride? 🙂

Or let’s say you are getting divorced and your wife is “taking you to the cleaners” (Ha I always do that – slipping in another expression – this one means that someone is taking all your money – more for another day). For this divorce case, where your wife is going to be taking most of your paycheck after the divorce,  you could actually say: “She is really taking me for a ride.” If you wanted to be very smart you could even combine the two expressions: “She is really taking me for a ride. She’s taking me to the cleaners! Ahhhhhh!”.

That’s all for now,

Oliver Meissener, LiveEnglishClass Teaching Director.

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English Expression: Put it to Bed

“Put it to Bed!” is a common way to say, perhaps not too politely, that it is time to leave that subject behind, to not worry about something anymore.

Sometimes, for example, someone may get annoyed that his friend keeps talking about what happened the other day. If he just won’t stop talking about it he may tell his friend, “Please, just put it to bed.” Interestingly, one would never usually say that you would “put it to bed” for any other English speaking situation – you would say, for example, “I will put the baby to bed” or “I will put her to bed” – but not that you would “put it to bed.”

There is a very similar expression which also has to do with sleeping and that is “Give it a rest!”. You can use “give it a rest” just the same as  you would “put it to bed.”

put it to bed

You don’t need to care about how your bed looks when you use this expression. 🙂

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English Vocabulary: How to improve your English vocabulary

We have talked about English vocabulary you need to learn for several weeks. (See our posts about English vocabulary by clicking here: Now, it’s time to learn how to improve your English vocabulary.

Expanding your English vocabulary can sometimes be boring. Some people try to memorize English words using vocabulary books.  The problem is, you may easily forget the words you tried to memorize. Don’t blame your memory. From the perspective of your brain, it does not need to memorize those words in your memory which you do not use often in your life.

We suggest you accept that everyone has some memory limitations, and remember several principles when you try to memorize English words. First, try to memorize essential words English native speakers use in their everyday life, instead of difficult words you might not have a chance to use in your life. Second, study how the words you memorize is used in a daily life. You may not know delicate different nuances of the words having similar meaning. ‘Ridiculous’ has the meaning of foolish and ‘laughable’ can mean to be stupid about an idea or suggestion. ‘Funny’ is used to express that something is amusing or makes one smile. All those words, however, can be used to say that something is amusing in a particular situation. Third, you need to repeat to memorize English words. The reason native speakers have such a wide vocabulary is because they repeat them frequently in their daily lives.


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Expanding your English vocabulary may wipe your English blindness off.


Is there a way to memorize English words efficiently to satisfy the above three principles? We think the best way is to read English aloud repeatedly and practice them with your English teachers (See our post about why reading is important). While you are reading and practicing English with your English teachers, you repeat the words you try to memorize and learn in each situation you need to use the words. Since you memorize those words while speaking aloud, your mouth and ears become familiarized with those words again.

Let’s do it now!


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