Learning a new language isn’t just about learning grammar rules and vocabulary. Knowing how to get your message across is already a great start, don’t get me wrong! But there is a way to go one step further and help you sound like a native English-speaking person: idioms.
An idiom is a phrase, an expression or a group of words used together, the meaning of which is not directly understandable from the meaning of the individual words. For example, in the sentence ‘This car cost me an arm and a leg’, I don’t really mean that I exchanged an actual arm and leg for my new car. Here, the phrase ‘an arm and a leg’ means ‘a very high price’. Every language in the world has its own idioms, which often can’t be translated literally to another language. They can be tricky to master but they will definitely help you sound like a native speaker!
Here is a list of 5 frequent idioms of the English language you should start using right now!
Speak of the devil
When you say speak of the devil, it means that the person you were just talking about enters the room you are in.
Person A: “Did you know that Patrick just got engaged?!”
Person B: “Speak of the devil! He just came in, let’s go congratulate him!”
Once in a blue moon
When you say that something only happens once in a blue moon, it means that it happens very rarely, almost never.
“Since she moved to London, I only see Jane once in a blue moon. She’s just so far away now.”
Add insult to injury
When you add insult to injury, you make a bad situation even worse.
“First, they took our free coffee and tea in the break room, and now they just reduced our break time from 15 to 10 minutes. That’s just adding insult to injury!”
When you say that something is a no-brainer, it means that this decision or choice is really easy to make and quite obvious.
Person A: “What should we do for Jane’s birthday?”
Person B: “Well, that’s a no-brainer! Let’s just bring a cake to work on Friday and surprise her!”
To be/sit on the fence
When you are on the fence about something, it means you can’t decide between two different options, you are indecisive.
Person A: “What are you having for lunch”
Person B: “I’m on the fence. I can’t decide between the chicken salad or the soup!”
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Our new term for evening courses will begin from 10th September 2018.
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- Classes in small groups (max 10 per class)
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- A lot of speaking practice
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- Classes suited to each ability (no mixed-level groups)
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Classes take place once per week from 18:30 to 20:00 for 90 minutes. The full cost is £180 per term (all course materials and refreshments included). Duration: 12 weeks with 5 to 10 students, 10 weeks with 4 students or 8 weeks with 3 students in the group
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Did you know that we offer exam preparation classes? Nowadays, it is not rare for universities or employers to require a certain test score proving your level of English. But which test should you take? What are the differences? Here’s a quick guide to help you understand the differences between the Cambridge exams and the IELTS.
Here at inlingua Edinburgh, you can prepare for the FCE, CAE, CPE or the IELTS. But what do these letters stand for?
- FCE = First Certificate in English, (aka Cambridge English: First)
- CAE = Certificate in Advanced English (aka Cambridge English: Advanced)
- CPE = Certificate of Proficiency in English (aka Cambridge English Proficiency)
- IELTS = International English Language Testing System.
While both the Cambridge exams and the IELTS test all four major English skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking, there are quite a few differences between them.
The main difference between the Cambridge tests and the IELTS is that while there is only one IELTS for every level, the Cambridge tests are level-oriented. FCE is for an upper-intermediate, B2 level qualification, the CAE is a C1 qualification exam and the CPE is for a C2 proficiency level.
Now let’s look at the ways in which they are assessed.
Despite their differences, one test is not more difficult than the other. You might find the Cambridge tests more interesting than the IELTS, which is a bit more academic, but it doesn’t mean that one is easier than the other.
Whether you need to do it to apply to the university of your choice, to get that job you have been after for a while or just because you want to boost your CV, book a class now at inlingua and pass that exam with flying colours!
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Due to very high demand we have decided to launch daytime language courses. The new term will start in March 2018. The lessons will take place once per week from 9:30 am to 11am for beginners. You will be able to choose from:
- Gaelic (Thursday)
- German (Wednesday)
- Italian (Friday)
- Japanese (Tuesday)
- Russian (Thursday)
- Spanish (Monday)
How much is it?
The full cost is £180 per term (£15 per lesson including all course materials (book and CD for beginners) and refreshments.
Why choose us?
Our language centre is centrally located in Edinburgh’s West End and has a relaxed yet professional atmosphere for an enjoyable learning experience. inlingua’s world-renowned teaching method was established in 1968 and has been proven to get results time and time again. We offer lessons in small groups (max. 10 per class). Our qualified teachers are all native speakers of the target language. We make sure you will have a lot of speaking practice. We offer classes for all abilities – no mixed-level groups
Book an English course taking place between now and the end of April and get 10% off with no booking fee!*
Brush up your English skills before the summer by signing up to one of our intensive English courses. Enjoy the best Edinburgh has to offer in low season and practise your English in small groups of no more than 10 students!
*To take advantage of this offer please quote “InlinguaApril10” when booking.
Terms & conditions:
- Offer valid on English Half Day Group and English Half Day Group + afternoon courses
- Courses must end before 30th April 2017
- Students may continue their course after 30th April 2017 and the usual tuition rate will apply
- Discount can not be applied in conjunction with any other offer
- Offer valid on tuition only (not accommodation)
- Offer not valid on courses already booked
- Our usual terms & conditions apply
This year the last day of lessons will be on 15th December. We’ll still be here until the 22nd (midday) but the school will close from 23rd December 2017 – 4th January 2018.