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English Idiom & Phrasal Verb Challenge: 1

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13 Lessons (1h 49m)
    • 1. Course intro

    • 2. Course structure

    • 3. What are phrasal verbs and idioms

    • 4. Don't bite off more than you can chew!

    • 5. It really was a blessing in disguise

    • 6. Two birds with one stone

    • 7. and to make matters worse...

    • 8. It's raining cats and dogs

    • 9. You're barking up the wrong tree!

    • 10. Breaking the ice

    • 11. Let's go the extra mile!

    • 12. Once in a blue moon

    • 13. You can't judge a book by its cover

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Learn over 180 idioms and phrasal verbs in just 30 days with this challenging yet enjoyable English language challenge. This class covers the first 10 days (part 1) of this challenge. 

Welcome to the 30 day English idiom and phrasal verb challenge. My name is Rhyes and I am a TEFL qualified professional English teacher with thousands of hours experience as an international exam and conversation specialist. I have a passion for helping people learn real English. The English we use every single day with our friends, family and colleagues. This is exactly why idioms and phrasal verbs are so important. You can not cheat when learning a language, however with the phrases in this course you’ll find your English conversations will start to flow more naturally as you explore new sides to English language and culture.

Note: This course is aimed towards intermediate (B2) to advanced (C2) students and can also function as native speed/level listening practice.

The course requires around 30 minutes per day for 30 days. I am always available and quick to respond to any questions you have and/or to help clarify/simplify a specific phrasal verb or idiom.

If you're ready sign up and begin your journey of becoming a more natural sounding English speaker go ahead and join!

Good luck and all the best, Rhyes.

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Rhyes Douglas

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Language teacher: TEFL qualified professional English teacher with over 5000 hours of experience teaching English online. My main areas of expertise include casual conversation, confidence building and presenting skills. I use a non-typical approach to get my students out there and meeting people as soon as possible. 

Youtuber: Culture/Travel Vlogger - English Language Youtuber - 30,000+ Subscribers.


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1. Course intro: So you are an intermediate or an advanced learner of the English language. You understand the grammar. You can make conversation. However, whenever you do have a conversation with an individual, you feel like you're missing something. You feel like there's something in your native language. You do not have access to an English. Well, for well, my experience as a professional English teacher, I have found that one of those issues may just be your lack of idiomatic phrases and phrasal verbs, idioms and phrases. Now, over the years, I have developed a passion for spreading the real English that we speak every single day. I'm not going to teach you English that you could pick up in a simple textbook. I'm not going to teach you vocabulary that you will find in a overly expensive English course in your city. Actually, what I'm going to teach you is the language that we use with our friends, family, and colleagues every single day. Again, aliens phrases, they make up a huge percentage of conversation. So why don't we learn them? Okay, So my aim with you, if you're willing, will be to spend 30 days perfecting over 180 phrasal verbs and idioms. Now, you'll be given a truckload of phrases, idioms, homework, okay, challenges, and most importantly, examples from me. Okay? Now, I want to let you guys know this course is not for the faint-hearted. It's for people who want that English to really take off and improve. This course is rather intense because we're working in groups have free. Every single day, for 30 days, you're going to learn three idioms, free phrases get three examples. And not just that, you're going to have to produce three examples. I know it sounds quite intense, but in reality, you can probably complete this course with just 30 minutes invested every single day. Over the course of 30 days. I like to number three and my light, the number 30, What can I say? I say, guys, I'm not going to waste anymore time. If you feel that this course may help you. If you feel like you're missing something with your English, then block the course and let's start progressing. Let's start improving. 2. Course structure: Hello everyone. Welcome to the first day. I'm really happy that you've joined me on this course. I'm really been buzzing. I'm both in better phrase. Puzzling means excited to begin and to introduce some of the real English that would use every day. Okay, Now, before we do that, I just want to let you guys know that this is a course that is rather intense at times. Port, take it at your own pace. Okay, don't stress out. Enjoy yourself. Have fun with the vocabulary. Make some hilarious examples. Create some pictures in your mind. If you can do that. Let me explain the course structure, okay, so this course will take 30 days. And like I said, 30 minutes every day, I will give you three new phrasal verbs and free new idiomatic phrases or idioms. Okay? Now, I will also provide three examples of each idiom and phrase, okay? Three examples of each. So you're going to get a whole bunch of examples that you can use the K. Now, what I need you to do every day, very simply, watch that, say they want they tend whatever day you run. Watch the example. Watch me introduce these to you. Look at the examples, Okay, pour them if you need to. And then every day I need you to create your own examples of each of these idioms. Now, I would recommend doing free examples of each idiom, Just like myself. However, if you don't have that much time, you can do one or two, Okay? But the whole rule of free is that three things to be the magic number when it comes to remembering content. Okay? So you're going to learn six mu parts of vocabulary. Free phrasal verbs, phrasal verbs, and free idioms. Now if you can make three examples of each of those, each one of those, what you'll find is that you will remember almost everything with very little revision. Maybe once a week, perhaps on a Sunday, you will just need to go back and go over the huge list that you have built a vocabulary that you know. But in reality, by practicing them three times, you should understand and be able to use them in daily speech. You're interested price, okay, I'm really excited because I know for a fact that so many of you are done with again, tons of value from this course. And I know that in 1930 days you got to turn around and say, Wow, I learned over a 180 phrases. So that's the structure. Let me just summarize one more time because I am speaking quite quickly, although I know you are advanced speakers. Okay? So you're going to have three idioms and free phrases every single day. I'm going to give you three examples of each phrase idiom, okay? And then I would like you as part of your homework to create free examples of each EDM and phrase. Now, if you have bought this course, remember, this will be in the homework section. I would love if you can share your idioms and phrasal verbs with me, share with me, share your examples with me to the, I can correct them and I can guide you on the right path. Does that make sense now gov, perfect. Let's begin. Let's not waste anymore time. 3. What are phrasal verbs and idioms: So what is a phrasal verb? Very simply put, a phrasal verb is a phrase that includes actions. Okay? I'm, I'm going to strip it down to its simplest form. For example, cool off. Okay, the words to get the word individually do not mean anything, but when we put them together, they start to make sense. Cool off. This means to cancel, okay. For example, I'm I apologize. However, I need to call up our meeting for tomorrow. She cooled off the date. Would you like to call off your reservation? Would you like to cancel? Would you like to stop again? So a phrasal verb is a phrase with an action. Okay? Now, moving on from now, what if an idiom? Well, idioms are quite deeply ingrained or built into our culture. They simulative phrasal verbs are a bunch of words that on their own, would it make sense? Usually they are metaphorical. Sometimes they have poetic value. Or idioms are just, let's say ideas, sentences put together sometimes grammatically correct, sometimes grammatically incorrect. But what they do is they tell us, move story, okay, they give you a bit of cultural information. Again, I'll give you a quick example. Raining cats and dogs. Okay, now, in British English, raining cats and dogs means very simply that it's raining very heavily. Okay. Wow, I'm sorry, I'm late for work but it was raining cats and dogs and there was loads of traffic. Okay. The reason we say raining cats and dogs is because many, many years ago when it was raining. Okay. Katz used to climb onto the straw roofs are very ancient homes and when it would rain too heavily, they fall down, they fall off the roof. So they'd be there trying to keep warm, but they fall off again. So that fecal sample and raining cats and dogs is kind of a very common idiom in England because obviously it's always raining. So now that we know what phrasal verbs and what idioms are, let's get to it. Let's actually start day one and start progressing with your vocabulary. 4. Don't bite off more than you can chew! : Now the first phrasal verb we're going to look at today is add up. Now add up. It has multiple meanings. One of them is to put two things together. For example, I'm going to add up 55 and make 10. However, the, let's say frayed the true phrasal verb, the tree cultural youth of adult means to understand something or to make sense. Let me give you an example. Okay? Whom? Something is wrong with these numbers? It just doesn't add up. Okay? Or you could say, I think she's lying to me. Story does not add up. Or whenever I'm late for work, my boss tells me my excuse doesn't add up. K doesn't make sense. You don't understand it. Okay. So let me finish or confirm this for you. Okay. Add up simply means to make sense or to understand something. Okay. For again, one more time. Okay. Whenever I'm ready for work, my boss tells me, my excuse doesn't add up. I think she's lying to me. Something doesn't add up. Hum, something is wrong. It doesn't add up. K doesn't come together and make the right outcome. Moving on from that, let's go to our next phrasal verb. The next one we're going to look at is branch out. Okay? Now, I like branch out because it means to try new things or to grow. Now, a branch in English is the wood that grows on the side of a tree. Okay? So you have the trunk which is the middle of the tree, trunk, and then growing from it, you have branches. To broncho means to split in a new direction to grow. Here are some examples, okay? I am branching out and learning a new language. Okay? Amazon is branching out and investing in new technology. Okay. She didn't want to branch out because she was comfortable with her current job. Okay. Do you see how this idiom site, these phrasal verb works, branch out, simply means to grow and to try new things. I'm branching out and trying to learn a new language. Amazon branched out and introduced a new technology. She doesn't want to branch out because she's happy. Okay, to try new things, branch out. Now, the next phrasal verb we're going to learn, the final one for today will be to weigh up. Now two-way simply means to measure how heavy something is, okay if I step on the scales and it says, I'm 80 KG, let's say, Well, I'm weighing myself. Subtle way up. Imagine we have the old school scales. When you weigh something, cope, you find out which of the two options is heavier. And we can exist as a phrasal verb to talk about choosing an option, okay, to find out which option is best or to make a decision. Okay. Let me give you an example. I am weighing up the five job offers I received. Okay. You're weighing up is it better to two? This is a better way to do that. Again, you could also say she weighed up whether or not she wanted to go on a date with him. Maybe she liked how he looked. He personality is not right or maybe he's personally, if not right. If I think that she liked how he looks, very harsh, she would be weighing up, and he's Q unearth if knife or not. So cute, but he's very nice. She'd weighing up the options. Okay. Or you could say something like, I am weighing up which cryptocurrency I'd like to invest in. Okay. I'm weighing up which cryptocurrency I want to invest in. I invest in Bitcoin, would I invest in Dogecoin? Would I invest in a theory and nobody knows leverage of cryptocurrencies, but I'm weighing up the options, okay. I'm deciding which would be best for me. Hope that makes sense for you guys. Let's go to some idioms, okay? Okay, so day one of the EDM, their case. So the first idea, who I love this one, I get to be I'm sorry if I get too excited and I apologize if this doesn't seem terribly professional, but I want you to have fun and I want to have fun when I'm teaching you guys, okay? I am a professional English teacher, but I'd like to say about professional English teacher with a difference. Okay. I'm not going to sit there with a roulette pointing and shouting at you, okay, become to have some fun. And if course. So I really liked this idiom because it's so useful, it's so versatile. Okay, versatile means versatile that it can be used in many different situations. So the first one, bite off more than you can chew to bite off more than you can chew to bite us. More than you can chew to chew. Okay. It's like when you, when you're eating, you eat something and then you chew, the mouth movement is called chewing. Okay? So to bite off more than you can chew, simply means to try too much to do something that is too difficult for you. The story behind this idiom is very simple. Okay? Let's say I have a sandwich, okay? I like sandwiches that they have a sandwich, right? And I tried to eat it, my favorite sandwich. So it say, oh, it's subway, Okay. It's a meatball sub way with hello, Pino and extra achieve the case. So picture this. Okay, hello, hello Peano people thought with extra cheese. And what's happening is, I tried to eat it all in one go, which is very bad idea. And I choke. I'm biting off more than I can chew. I can't do it. Simply plot. Okay, So to bite off more than you can chew, simply put, as I said, just means to try something that's too difficult. Let's go to some examples. Okay. I think I'm biting off more than I can chew trying to learn 20 idioms a day, which was true. If you try land 28 in the day, you won't be able to manage it properly, but you can do around free to six. For example, could be. Okay. Be careful. Don't bite off more than you can chew when working. Okay, Take it easy. Don't stress yourself out. Don't bite off more than you can chew while working. Okay? Unless you're a part of this business, this go to a past tense example, okay? He had bit of more than he can chew and was unable to finish the project. Okay. Or he had bitten off more than he can chew and was unable to finish the project. Okay. I hope that makes sense. The case that the bite off more than you can chew just means that try it too much when something is too difficult. Now, let's continue progressing. Okay, so the next one I want to introduce to you is to call it a day, to call it a day to call it a day. What does that mean? Well, to call it a day, simply put. Just means to, let's say Finish, to end something, get it finished and not just for the day, but it could be over and long span of time. Let me give you an example. You'll understand once I explain it. Okay? You're tired of studying, receive idiom. I'm going to call it a day. Okay? Hopefully don't do that on the first day, bought that tire, the dominant learning more, I'm going to call it a day. Or you could be at work. Okay, Great job guys. We've finished the project. We can finally call it a day. Okay, preach up. We finished and we can now call it a day or an Uber example. I maybe I call you. I say, Hey, what time are you going to call it a day. Okay. And you could replay. I'm going to call it a day in about one hour and a half. Okay. So you are going to cancel and about one hour and hour for council book does finish to stop. Okay. Now, let's keep it moving. On day one of the idiom adventure. Idiom adventure, that's very cringe. Okay, I might remove that idiom adventure. Adventure. I'm indicate the final one for today will be under the weather. Now, under the weather simply means to feel tired, ill, or sick. So you might call it a day if you are under the weather. This idiom comes from obviously Britain and British life because it's always raining. Raining, you were wounded the wherever and you feel bad if you're very crappy. Okay. So I'll give you an example. I think I've bitten off more than I can chew at work. And now I'm really tired and under the wherever using 2D and we're mixing them up. And then, for example, could be she called in to work. She couldn't know. She she said, Sorry, I can't come to work. She called into work because she was under the whatever the k or you could say, sorry, reefs, I can't study anymore. I need to call it a day because I'm on to the Wherever. You see how we're connecting with idioms together. And you see how beautiful they come together. He know, I'm sorry, I'm under the wherever I'll have to call it a day. I think I'm biting off more than I can chew. And honestly, this career choice doesn't adopt for me while so even threw in a phrasal verb. Okay, so you notice how you can string all of these idioms or phrases together to sound completely native and fluent. So now it's your turn, guys. I'd like you for your day one homework to create three examples of each phrasal verb and each idiom. Let me know how you get along the k speech you tomorrow. 5. It really was a blessing in disguise : Hey, Welcome Back Bay to you made it. Okay. Did you do Did you do all of the examples or the EV with it with a difficult let me know, let me know, send me a message and then give me some feedback again. So today we're going to get straight into it. Okay, So the first phrasal verb we're going to look at is break into, okay, to break or break something into. This means to enter something with forth, okay? Now there are two waves that we primarily use break into. The first one is for a crime. Okay. You may have seen this in a Crime Report. The thief broke into the home. He broke into my car and install my my son disk memory adapter proteins. My car was told my memory card. Okay. You could also use it to enter an area with a lot of force or energy, okay, but unlike a fief, you could use if a business, google are trying to break into the self-driving car market, okay? And she wanted to break into a new industry. Okay. The singer, maybe she's a singer, OK. And she wants to break into a new area of the music industry or maybe even the market. Maybe she's a singer from Germany, but she wants to break into the American market, the case she's breaking into sheets, forcing it. Okay. So to break into means to enter something of a lot of force or energy, effort, etc. Now the next phrasal verb, very simple. Carry on, K2, carried on to carry on. Really easy. It means to continue something, okay. You should definitely carry on with this course. Okay. How long are you going to carry on for? Well, in our context, 29 days, my friend. Okay. Or I wonder whether I'm tired and I can't carry on anymore. Okay. So that's like complaining. You can't continue it anymore. Maybe you can't continue work. Maybe you can't continue studying. Maybe you just can't continue a relationship. Okay. Or maybe you can. I'd like to carry on this relationship. Okay. Does that make sense to you? Really simple, right. Just means to continue. It's a bit better than saying, I want to continue doing this. It sounds boring stuff. Our body say I'd like to carry on if loans better. Okay. Now, moving on to the next one. The next one we've got is to come up with I've got my little list there if you haven't noticed. Okay, so to come up with means to have an idea, okay? To come up with means to create the idea for something, let's say. So for example, Google came or the authentic Google came up with the idea for YouTube. Just like Zuckerburg came up with the idea for Facebook. Okay, What have you come up with today? What idioms and phrasal verbs will you come up with today? Oh, will even say, what examples would you come up with after I teach you? Some of them, okay, What examples we come up with to think of something, to have an idea for something. Okay, so we blasted through the blast for me to be very quick. We blasted through those phrasal verbs for day 2. So let's try and keep the same pace and energy into the idioms, okay? First idiom today will be a blessing in disguise, a blessing in disguise. Now I need to let some of the vocabulary. Perhaps a blessing is a very good thing, and it comes from old religious speech. A blessing would be like a gift from God. Okay? He would give you something, he would bless you, okay? A blessing. In disguise. A disguise is like an an outfit that hides you or to wear something that concealed who you are. You wear something that changes who you are. Think about Halloween, everybody where their Halloween, the sky, It's a disk drive on Halloween. Okay. Maybe you wear a mask as at the skies and k. So a blessing in disguise Is a, in vocabulary terms, maybe a gift from God that was hidden. Okay, so a blessing in disguise in modern, let's say vocabulary would be something good that was hidden. Or we could even interpreted as a bad thing that was good. Something that was hidden. For example, losing my job was a blessing in disguise because I was able to find a better one. We can say when she broke up with me, I was under the weather. I felt terrible. I didn't know if I could carry on anymore. However, I was able to realize it with a blessing in disguise and met someone. It was perfect for me who are very romantic, what it is a wrong government. And probably to finish off the next one, okay? You could always say, never be two-phased or too upset when bad things happen in life, everything can be a blessing in disguise. And that's the philosophy that I have in my own life. Everything. No matter how negative can be positive. You can learn, you lose a job, you get the better one, someone hurts you. Or you'd learn a lesson about how to deal with people. So everything can be a blessing in disguise. And I think that's why I've really enjoyed using this idiom. Okay, let's move on. Now. The next one will be to get out of hand, the k to get out of hand. Now, to get out of hand, very simply put means to, let's say B out of your control or to lose control. And it can be positive or negative. For example, Wow, my investments are going really well. These profits are getting out of hand. That's a positive way. Or in a negative way. You could say the politicians were getting out of hand with the measures they were imposing on people. Let's say that I don't know what, you know in this COVID situation is lock-down situation. You could say somebody who would say, wow, this is getting out of hand. A novel example could be, calm down. Don't rush when you're learning. You don't want things to get out of hand. You want to become seems to be steady. Okay? So to get out of hand, simply means to lose control in both a positive and a negative fashion, okay, to get out of hand. So for example, the cool got out of hand when everyone started talking. As a bonus example. Okay, Now moving on from the father one to hit the fact, very simple. Hid the fact means to go to bed, Cato tired that you hit the fact the sack, people use a stack is like a big bag again. And I guess many years ago people would sleep in, right? Leave big bags, you know, these big sheets and wrap-up. So you hit the sack, you lie down, you hit the bed, okay. For example. I'm so exhausted. I think I'm going to hit the sack. Or what time or call you up maybe. Because I'm waiting and I say, Hey, what, Tommy back from work because I want to hit this hack. Or you could say, What time will you hit the sack? That's a very easy one. Okay, Hit the SAP. You can make any, for example with that. But the one that I would really recommend you do exam, you make it conquered foreign and keep it in your head. Blessing in disguise, really, really good idiom to use a blessing in disguise no matter how bad something, if it can always be good or to see the bad in civic good in something bad. Okay, So blessing in disguise and hit the sack. We've also got, get out of hand, which is also very common to lose control. There you go. That was it for part 2. Well, date you anyway. If you aren't sure about the waste we need idioms can be used. Just rewind, go back, re-listen, to, re-watch the examples. And I think what you'll find is that it all starts to make sense and it all starts to come together. Bonus, come together means just to work, to come together. For example, finally, our business is starting to come together or Wow, this is the English idioms are starting to come together and make sense to me. Even though it was difficult. First, it was a blessing in disguise, you know, and I'm happy that I carried on. So there you go, a few more examples again. The wind, watch it again. And you'll find that they'll make sense to you. I'll see you guys tomorrow for day 3 of the 30-day idiom and phrasal verb challenge. 6. Two birds with one stone : Okay. 31st phrasal verb for day 3 will be to beef up. Yes, you're right to beef or pork? Beef, cow, the meat of the cowl. Okay. So it's a beef, something oh, all to be for something, you can use it both ways. Means to make something stronger or more effective or bigger, okay? And as you can imagine, you know, when you think of a cow, you think of a big, strong, majestic animal. So to biv, something up means make it bigger, better, or more exploitative, even, okay? For example, Google has started to beef up that self-driving car department, okay, they started to P50, expanding, grow it. Okay. You could also say if someone had been going to the gym and then they became so muscles, you can say, wow, dude, you've beefed up. That's one of the very common usages of it. While you beefed up, you look huge, okay, How you could say and I need to beef up my finances. I need to be for my finances, I need to be for my income. Maybe you need a nova income. Maybe you need a side job. Or if we say in casual English, a side hustle, okay, maybe you need a side hustle to beef up your finances. Okay? So if you go to the gym, you can be for Google are beefing up their self-driving car department CAN before make something bigger and better. And this phrasal verb does have a very, I'd say masculine field to it. Okay. So you wouldn't use it for things like gardener, I've I've beefed up my my mic, my makeup. What do they coud make up supply or whatnot? They're cool, makeup box. Subscribed to this course. You could educate me on what we call the things that he still make. Makeup bag. You wouldn't even say that again, it's a very aggressive phrasal verb. Okay, Now, moving on to the next phrasal verbs are afraid of up to the day from a cross. Okay, now, come across is a very, very, very common phrasal verb in the English language. And it literally means to find a K, to find something or to meet someone or something, okay? For example, this is so common and you need to learn if one, okay? For example, I came across a very interesting article today. Again, you want to check it out? I came across a very interesting news article today. Would you like to check it out? Or we could also say, I came across David today as I was walking to the gym to before. Okay. So I came across David day as I was walking to the gym, I came across. That means you met him, you came across. Come across simply means to go to meet something and you can also use it to find, okay? Or you could say, have you come across anything interesting recently? Have you maybe somewhat researching? Have you come across anything interesting? Okay. So let me finalize that one. Okay, to come across means to find something interesting. To find something interesting, or to find something, okay, or to meet someone. You can also use it. I should add actually in a negative context. For example, I came across Sarah earlier, so boring. I came across Sarah Nelson negative. Okay, Have you come across any problems? We're working on the project. They go again, you know, it's, it's kind of neutral in that context and you could So have you come across any problems we're working on the project? No. Actually, I haven't come across anything. You see how it's used. And I know sometimes I'm giving you more examples and I'm overloading you with examples. But I really want all of you to understand these phrasal verbs. So if it's too slow, a bit boring, just speed it up, go to the next one. Okay? But I do recommend you listen to everything, even crazy chatting, okay? Because by listening to this, you're also absorbing the natural flow of English. Okay, now I'm going to check out the next one. I have a little list, so I I'd like to confirm I'm on the right track. Does an idiom and bonus idiom. Okay, on the right track, remember we have train tracks, the keyframes go along the track. So if you are on the right track, you are going in the right direction, you're doing the right thing. So I said. I want to check my phrasal verb list to make sure I'm on the right track, to make sure I'm doing the right thing. Are you on the right track? I think you definitely are on the right track because you're learning for me. That was a bit egotistical. But anyway, the next one to take on another column 1, all the comments you should learn them all McCain to take on actually means to let, let me, let me, let me really articulate articulate mean to explain. Let me articulate this properly for you. Okay. So to take on means to let say deal with or let's say starts something or work with something. Let me explain. Okay. I would like to take on more work because I need more money. I would like to take on more work because I need more money. Or you could say, how much work have you taken on this month? How much work have you taken on this month? Be careful not to bite off more than you can chew and stay on the right, track, the gate and take continue to work. Okay. Now, we're going to move over, stay on the right track and look at the idiom for day free. Oh, I love this one for the next one. Go down the drain. Now, to go down the drain means to waste something. Let me explain what age rain is. Okay. A drain is like a hole where water goes. Okay. When you have a shower okay. The water goes down the drain. You understand outside it when it rains, water goes down the drain, the drain of the little hole. I'll leave a picture so you understand exactly what it is. So to go down the drain needs to weigh something like water. This is a great idiom to be used with time, energy, money, okay, for example, all of my time went down the drain working on my project. Well, it definitely wasn't on the right track. Okay. The next one for go down the drain would be something like all my money has gone down the drain, investing in Dogecoin backed crypto. You can already tell that I love crypto. Okay, guys. Yeah. Oh, my body went down the drain investing in bad things. Again, your money with wasted it went down like water down the drain. Okay. Be careful when you're working. You don't want to waste time and you don't want your energy to go down the drain. Okay. Be careful. We don't want your energy to go down the drain. Be careful with it. Don't waste your time. Make sure you use your daily energy in a very productive fashion or productive way. We can use a fashion like way in this context, okay? In a fashion, in a way. Okay. I know you're learning a lot of vocabulary. I hope you have a pen, paper, or you're on your laptop and your writing, all of these bonus vocabulary down to, okay, next one, okay? By the book, again is one. The government loves this one, the k by the both communities to follow the rules, the laws, or regulations, okay? Because the book, the rule book, right? For example, say okay, one of my favorite entrepreneurs, if Elon Musk, right? He doesn't do things by the book. In a Tesla isn't a vehicle that goes by the book. It's an electric self-driving, some almost becoming a self-driving car. It's not buy the book because it's not standard. It's not following the new rules. Okay? So you could say even mosque doesn't do things by the book. Or you could say, during the COVID crisis, we needed people to do things by the book. You know, we needed people to protect, protect each other. Now I won't go into the politics of COVID, but we buy the book would work in that context. Okay, Now, moving on from that, probably one more idiom or expression for by the book could be. I don't like the way that he works. He's always doing things by the book and it's very boring. Okay. Maybe you have someone in your office. You very straight. Okay. They're straight as an arrow. An arrow if what you shoot this little pink as an arrow. Okay. 50 Australia, that arrow you do things perfectly. Okay. So he was just things straight as an arrow even goes by the book. What a boring guy. Again, there you go. There's the loft example. Now, let's continue to the final one. The final one. Again, I'll keep checking if I wanted to make sure it's the right one that we're on the right track. But this one is to kill two birds. With one stone. Now, to kill two birds with one stone, it's very self-explanatory. Self-explanatory means easy to understand, it explains itself. Self-explanatory. Most cultures have a version might this, I know that Slavic cultures often use to kill two rabbits with one shocks of the gun. And in British culture we say to kill two birds with one stone. Okay, so what does that mean? Well, it means to do two things at one time or sorry, to do two things at once, or to do two things with one action. Okay? Birth, imagine I'm hunting and there's two burden I first owning it goes along a balance, even take off both the birds. I'm eating good tonight in a given double the birds with one stone. So let me explain how this idiom we work. Okay? So when you learn a language by traveling, definitely killing two birds with one stone. Because you're able to practice speaking and listening. But you're also exploring a new co-chair, the culture that you've never explored before, okay? In addition to that, you could say exercising is via killing, killing two birds with one stone. So y of exercising like killing two birds with one stone. Well, for most people, you become healthier, but you also start to feel better, okay? So you don't need your just look better, maybe a little bit at exercise, but you feel better because of it. Okay, See you're working on health and aesthetics and also mental health. Killing many birds with one stone by maybe going for a walk or run or lifting from weights. And again, so to kill two birds with one stone. Now give you one more example of this and we will use it together, okay? By learning English with me, you're killing two birds with one stone because you're gaining the ability not only to travel to many different countries that speak English, but you're also gaining the ability to absorb information better in English, okay? So you can travel and you can learn other skills like if you want to study programming, well, you might need English, graphic design. You'll need English for the best courses. So to kill two birds with one stone. Okay guys, that was a very fast, somewhat intense day three, complete. I hope you've enjoyed the evidenced from the days when my favorites like two birds with one stone do things by the book. I really liked the video and Zach, Pretty cool. Okay. And go down the drain through for the COO. So I hope you enjoyed that little presentation and our speech you guys tomorrow. Okay. Have a wonderful day. Take care. 7. and to make matters worse... : What does that even mean? I don't know, guys, I always do these really cringe intro of, you know, but anyway, I hope you're doing well today. Hope you're having a beautiful, wonderful high vibration day. And let's get straight into it. Okay, day four of the phrasal verb and give him a challenge. Okay, so let's get straight to the phrasal verbs for today. The first one to call off, okay, to cool off something very, very common. To cool off means to cancel. Okay. For example. Sorry, may I need to cool off our meeting tomorrow okay. Or she caught off our date. Okay. Damn. I wasn't really happy when they cooled off my interview and okay. To cool off, just means to cancel. Okay. Sorry. I don't have time. I need to call it off. It's very simple when you can just instantly start using that. Instead of saying to cancel, you can say to cool off, to sound a little more natural. Okay, that rind. Instead of Cancel. Use cool off to sound more natural. Oh, wow. Well there you go, guys. I'm clapping myself. Okay, That was magical against. Now, let's go to the next one. The next one is chair up. And we all need this sometimes to chair or just means to become happier, makes someone happier. Okay? Tia is like, it's a feeling like a really poverty of a happy feeling to be cheerful, okay, So if I say chair up, It's just needs to be happier. So the UK, me, John ago, fulsome food and maybe, maybe they'll cheer you up. Or you could say, she needs to chair up. I know she's the boss. She does everything by the book and it's very boring. You know, you could say, nothing will help me chair up, okay, nothing will happen. Cheer up. Very simple. We just mean happy, be happy. Okay. Moving on to the next one. Deal with, this is a very important one to use okay, to, to deal with, to deal with means, to work on something, okay, to solve a problem. Okay, let me give you an example. I need to deal with my laziness, okay, I, let's say I'm lazy, I sleep too much. I need to deal with my laziness. I need to get up and work in order to beef up my energy. So to deal with, you could also say, Google is trying to deal with that privacy problems. Okay, Let's say that right now with the EU and Google, they have a lot of issues with GDPR and privacy in general. So Google is trying to deal with regulation and privacy problems. Okay? You can also use it in a very casual context. And you can say, Sorry, book, I don't have time to deal with it today. Let me repeat. Sorry. I don't have time to deal with it or to deal with you today. I can't deal with him. That means you don't want to be around up of macaque, deal with them. I can't handle the problem. Do you understand let me let me really explain that one again. Provide some of my real life students, they do struggle with this. Okay? So to deal with you have a problem, you deal with a problem, you have a situation, you deal with situations. You have a passage and you deal with a passive or hope that makes sense if it doesn't send me a message and as a wave, I will reply to you very, very rapidly. Okay, let's go to the next one, which will be an idiom. Okay? Now, this idiom is to get bent out of shape or to be bent out of shape. And what does that mean? Well, to bend, this is the bending right? When solving bends, when something bends, it changes its shape. Okay? That's bending would be like basalt of movement is depend, okay. For example, I have my mama electro paths. I'm bending it but to bend, Okay. So to be bent out of shape means to be forced into a position you don't want to be. Now this can be abstract. It doesn't have to be in literally like this is bent shapes, but we can use it as a metaphor. Okay? For example, my boss was really bent out of shape when I didn't finish the project. My boss was really bent out of shape when I didn't finish the project. Or I could say to someone, hey, chair, ope, while you bent out of shape. Hey, cero, while you bent out of shape. Okay. You could also say she always gets bent out of shape. When I mentioned him, gets bent out of shape when I mentioned him, shrink gets annoyed, angry, she's not have natural position okay. To bend out. So bent out of shape means uncomfortable, unhappy, not in a good position. Okay, goes. Now, moving on from that. To make matters worse. To make matters worse now, a matter would be a situation. A, a matter would be like a situation or a happening. So to make matters worse, very simply put, means to make something worth than it already is. Okay. I lost my job and to make matters worse, my wife left me all about the bad day. That's a bad table. I love my job and to make matters worse, my wife left me. Let's use a slightly less extreme example, okay. To find my keys. I was late to work and to make matters worse, I forgot my lunch okay. At that as a pretty bad day, but not the end of the world for gay. Love. Jockey them, forgot your lunch. You lost your keys. To make matters worse. You still got your lunch to make even make things worse. Narrative. Ah, okay. Okay guys, So let's now use an example of make matters worse in a business sort of context. Okay? So Google has been struggling with releasing their products on time. And to make matters worse, regulators are forcing them to do things by the book. Google has been struggling to do things on time and to make matters worse, regulative are forcing them to work by the book to identify change the vocabulary in both the examples. It's not really important to have the exact same vocabulary every time. What's more important is that the context is correct and you understand it. Okay. For to make matters worse, to make a bad situation worse than it already is. Ok. Now, let's go to the next one and chair up just a little bit. Okay. The next one is to wrap your head around. Something. To wrap means to my cover yourself with something. Or you can write wrap something around your head. You can wrap a scarf around your neck. To wrap your head around something literally means not literally or figuratively means to understand something. Okay, to understand something. Imagine you have a list of the vodka, very difficult. Facebook, it's literally not. Well, let's say is okay. If I'm really struggling to understand the equation here, I need to work and focused to be able to wrap my head around it. And I can say to you, these equations is so hard, I am struggling to wrap my head around it. Okay? You understand? Great. Okay. For example, could be when I was in school, everyone else could wrap their head around the, the homework while I really struggled with it again. So another school, but I really had problems wrapping my head around some of the work. Let's go to when the volume. We can also use it to be confused. Okay. Put confusing a different way. Confused, not an educational way. We're confused, kind of inlining What are they thinking way? For example, Oh my gosh, cannot wrap my head around. Instagram influences. It seems like such a crazy job. They go home. If any of you who are influencers on Instagram, I'm sorry, I'm not taking shots that you have just given you that example because I can't wrap my head around. It seems like such an awesome but also strange job to have. Okay. So I hope that makes sense to you and that my friends is the end of day four. I'll see you tomorrow. Have a wonderful day. And I'll speak to you. Favorite scene. 8. It's raining cats and dogs : Okay guys, Welcome back. We're now on day 5. I hope you're doing well. I hope you're learning a lot in gaining a lot of value. And let's get straight into it, okay? Okay, so the first phrasal verb for today we'll be bringing up. Bring up simply means to mention, to talk about something or to remind someone of something to bring up a topic. Okay. What was that topic you wanted to bring up in the meeting today? Or what topic you wanted to bring go in the meeting today? My wife keeps bringing up that I don't tie the end of forgave. My wife keeps bringing up the fact that I don't tidy enough. Or you could say, okay, you you never bring up the problems, but you always complain. You never bring the specific problems, but you always complain or in the past tense or give you an extra one. Okay. What was the name of that restaurant you brought up last week? What was the name of that restaurant you brought up last week? Okay, to mention to talk about, Let's move to the second phrasal verb. To fall apart. Now to fall apart is negative 1. Okay? To fall apart means to completely fail to be in a very, very bad situation. Just imagine if something falls and breaks apart. Yeah, it's falling apart. Okay, no longer works. And we can use this in an example such as ever since COVID, my life has been falling apart. I hope that's not the case. We've used both for some people, unfortunately, no coffee, it really affected them. You could say ever since this situation, my life with fallen apart. All my life has been falling apart. If it's continuing. Okay. Or you could say, this car is terrible. It's always falling apart. This, imagine you buy a cheap used car, okay? You could say, it's caused terrible, It's wave bloody falling apart. And in English, we are in British English. We use a bloody to kind of emphasize something. I really fell apart. It's kind of a replacement for the f-word. Okay, Now, let's move on to the next one. Now on a slightly more positive note, we have to take off. Now takeoff comedian, a number of things. The most common probably version of it that you know what you've probably heard or seen in a, mentioned in a movie would be to take off a hat takeoff for T-Shirt. Take off your clothes. Okay. But I'm not going to teach you this one today. In fact, I'm going to teach probably my favorite version of takeoff, which means to improve very quickly, to grow rapidly, okay, now, or to go off simply to go up. For example, what does a plane to? A plane has, goes for takeoff, it takes off the thrive, a rocket takes off. But we can use it in almost like a metaphorical sense. Okay, For example, Ever since I changed my promotion plan, my business has really taken off. Wow, your business has taken off. What did you do so that your business could take off? Or you can say, he social media has started to take off. It started to grow very rapidly. Okay? These ideas are taking off nowadays. So very, very simple. Rages means to go off, to improve, okay? Amazon's latest product has started to take off or is taking off, okay, it just means it's going go pick becoming popular, okay? We need to work harder if we want this idea to take off. I hope that makes sense to you. Okay, dot's moving on. Let's go to the idioms for day 5. Now the first one is to cut corners. Okay, to cut corners. Now, what did the court in a corner? This is a corner, right. Okay. According you go round the corner. Now, if I could the corner. Okay. Let's say I have to walk around. This is the best view. Walk around like this, yeah. Or like this. If I cut it, I teach, I cheat. I go, I take a shortcut, right? Shortcut. So I could the corner. So to cut corners, literally and figuratively means okay, to cheat or to do something badly. To save time or money. Very, very common in many areas. Again, people are always trying to cut corners when it comes to making money in overcoming reach, you know, people might think the lottery, that's a way to cook core nerve or maybe a criminal steel That's a way to cut corners. An example I would use for you guys when it comes to learning English. Unfortunately, you can't cut corners. You know, there's no way to do it quickly or easily. Well, in the real world, you could say the construction workers cook corners with materials. Okay. Maybe they're trying to save money for the construction corners, cut corners to save money. Okay. I hope that makes sense for you guys. Now let's jump over to the next Idiom. Okay? So the next Idiom is raining cats and dogs. Okay, to raining cats and dogs. And very British one. Now, to rain cats and dogs simply means to rain a lot. Okay. The history, the historical context was that cats would hide in rooms when it was raining because the roofs in medieval old times were very warm compared to, let's say, being out on the street. And when it rained too much, they would fall. Okay. So it would rain cats and dogs. And dogs just got added to, I guess for flavor. Now let's jump to the next Idiom. Okay, the last straw. Okay? The last drawer simply means the final problem in a list of problems, okay? Or a, let's say a was a group of problems and it's usually the problem that causes a very big reaction, okay? So you have a load of little problems and they equal the last straw. Let me give you an example of that. Okay. Everything's been going very poorly lately. And honestly, the bad weather, raining cats and dogs was the last straw. It just made me go crazy. For many of you in winter, just find me. The cold weather is the last straw in okay. Yeah. It's maybe it's windy, maybe it's a little bit cold, but when he starts raining cats and dogs, for me, that's the last term. I'm like, I want spring I once so much. Okay? And a novel example could be, let's say, James unfortunately has lost his job. Our boss for the turning in late for the fifth time with simply the last row. Okay. He lost his job because being late was the last straw. Okay. It was the last astroid, a very little thing, right? Straw, if I come, it's not dried grass is the easiest way to explain it. It's dry grass from the floor. Right. And if you if you had a collection of straws, Let's say on your back or on an animal's back. So in English we say the straw that broke the camel's back, or the last straw. You put this dried grass onto an animal's back to carry it for you. Now, it's okay up until the final little baby straw and then it's too heavy and the animal foods over. So that's where the last straw control. I hope that makes sense to you guys. Okay. Okay. So that was day 5. I hope you wrote those examples down. I hope you're going to practice them and I'll see you tomorrow for day 6. 9. You're barking up the wrong tree! : Hello everyone. Welcome to Day Fix of phrasal verb idiom city, afraid of haben idiom challenge. Okay, we're going to get straight into it today. Keep this one short and sweet so you guys can practice. Okay, So the first phrasal verb for today to break up. Many of you will already know this one because it's very, it's mentioned all the time in media. Okay. To break hope means to split something again, to split it apart, or to take it from a hole into different parts, okay? For example, let's say regulators or governments want to break up Google, Mainly Google if getting too big as a company, they want to break it into smaller, easier to manage companies. Or probably the most common version of break-up would be relationships. She broke up with him. Okay. Hebrew cope with her. Their relationship wasn't working so they broke up. Okay. If you don't fit, are you breaking up with me? He know if you can get them and leaving you. Are you thinking about breaking up with me know. And I'll probably give you one more example of breakup. Okay? You could say the company struggled to get investment and had to break up, break into little parts that were easier to be successful with. Let's say, let's go to the next phrasal verb. Now the next one is related, sought after break hope or it sounds like it is okay to break down. Okay. Now it's the breakdown is another very common one. So remember breakup, split apart, break it down is opposite. This is why I want to introduce them today. Okay? Break down simply means to destroy, okay? Or to split into many, many parts in a more destructive way. Okay? For example, you can talk about something that's broken, like a car. My car keeps breaking down. I should have spent more money on. It, hits a load of junk, doesn't work properly. It breaks down every time I drive. You could also say, Okay, I'm so tired. Wow, I've been working so much. I feel like my body is breaking down. Now. Your body can't break up. It costs split into many parts, but it can break down because breakdown would mean to destroy itself or to not work anymore, okay? Or you could also use it in the context of, let's say, let's say explaining information UK. So RE slow down. Can you break down this idiom? So can I destroy, destroy the idiom and explain it really, really simply to break down, you break that down for me. Can you make that easier for me to understand? So you can have a positive and a negative version of it. Pretty much finished up breakdown doesn't work in amanda work anymore. It's broken down. Okay. The car doesn't work. It's broken down in the shop now with the mechanic or you could have to simplify it. Okay. Can you break that down for me, please? I don't understand. Can you break it down? Now? They work differently as I've mentioned, but they actually, let's say they actually, they're actually very related to each other because it just simply means to split something up into many parts or to destroy it and then maybe political game. Okay? I hope that made sense. If you are unsure about the differences between breakup and break down, please leave me a message. Okay, I do try my best to explain these phrasal verbs, idioms, but I understand that it can be quite difficult to time. So send me a message for any idiom that you don't quite understand, okay? Now, the next phrasal verb we have, okay, is to fill someone in, okay, or, or to fill in for someone. Again. Now, the reason I want to mention both of these, to fill some money in and fill in for someone. It's because they sound almost exactly the same. So you're getting a lot of phrasal verbs today, but they're slightly different. Okay. He felt someone in means to give them some information they were missing because the phile means is they have a glass. A glass. I fill the glass with water. Okay. Fill it with water. Okay. So to fill from one image to give them information that missing. Okay. Can you fill me in on what happened last week? And I didn't I missed the meeting on sorry, I had to call it either cool for KM. Can you feel me on on what I missed? Or we could also say, can you break down the information and then fill me in on what I've missed. Okay. She never filled mean and what's going on? Now? That's two in a film from 1 n. Now to fit in force a month, very different to fill in fourth month. So we have fill someone in with information and to fill in for someone to fill in for someone. Now filling for someone simply means to do something for someone to kind of replace them because they can't do what they need to do. So your boss might say to you at work, hey, Sarah can't come in today. Can you fill in for her? Can you fill in for her? Can you work for her? Okay. Oh, we need someone to fill in for David. He's running late again. Running late means to be late. Again, he's going to be late and you fill in for him. Okay. Let's say Microsoft needed a new programmer to fill in for that position. Okay, maybe that someone can, we, maybe they've lost a lot of programmers to a competitor, so they would need to find programmers to fill in for them. Okay, So it means to do some think. But I'd say that's a step into a position that is missing. Okay. To go into a position that is missing. Okay. Can you fill in for me? Okay. Soil. Remember the different hair if four. Okay. Let's go back to to fill someone in. There's no For felt someone in means to give them information, fill in for someone means to say replace him at work or to do something for them. Okay. I understand that. That's quite confusing again. Okay. So today I just honestly you have to go over these difficult ones every now and again. Not all of the phrasal verbs and idioms are super easy, super easy to understand. So I thought I'd put some of the difficult ones together so you can spend some time on it and see how you do. Okay, let's go to idioms now and remember, if you are struggling to keep up, slow down, send me a message and I'll help you out. Now. A very common idiom, okay, to add insult to injury. Now, to add insult to injury. First of all, what is an insult? Well, an insult if when you say something, mean to someone. Okay. Are you an idea that would be an insult to injury if when you hurt yourself, if you break your arm, if you break your arm, open injury, if you fall over and you'd have a cut injury, k, If you hit your head, you may be injured. Okay. So if we add insult to injury, what we do is we make a situation worth a bad situation worse. Okay. Imagine add insult to injury. So we're injured. I hurt my hand. Okay. I heard my hand. I was playing sport, how I had it. And someone constantly idea when you're adding insult to injury, you're making it even worse. Okay. I'll give you an example. I lost my job and to add insult to injury, my wife left me. Whoo, that's a bad day. I lost my job at the add insult to injury. My wife left me. It's always negative tray much. Okay. You could also say we have enough fertile lockdown and to add insult to injury. Okay. Everything's becoming more expensive. Okay. Really not a lot the other and add insult injury, everything becoming more expensive. Okay. In the final example, to add insult to injury, okay. I lost my keys and to add insult to injury, I have to wait to get into my house. I have to replace the door. Okay. I've lost my keys down. It feels bad when you've lost your keys, but the attitude injury, you have no way to get in you having a one-off with keys. So you have to take the door out and replace the older locks are in, replace it. Okay. To add insult to injury, make something worth. Let's go to the next one. Now. The next one is to be barking up the wrong tree, okay? Now, if we're barking up the wrong tree, we are looking in the wrong place or blaming the wrong person to blame is to kind of say someone did something to blame. Okay. I'm blaming you. Stole my money. So if you're barking up the wrong tree, you are blaming the wrong person or looking in the wrong place. Okay. Let me explain this, okay. For you guys. So well, let me break it down firstly, bottom of the wrong tree comes from cats and dogs. For some reason, cats and dogs are very popular in idioms. Okay? Cats sometimes giving trees, dogs bark, but the way barking is to make the noise. Dogs make a diagnosis because barking, again, excuse my terrible dark impression, animal impressionist. So if the dog is barking up the wrong tree, There's no cutting the tree, it's looking in the wrong place. Does that makes sense? Now, for example, may I didn't take your money, you're barking up the wrong tree. Okay. Let's say your friend, if I account for my money, did you take it? Bro, you're barking up the wrong tree once I do that. Okay. Or I can say to you, I don't know. Let's say I'm a very mean boss. Again, I could say, you're barking up the wrong tree. If you think you're getting a promotion, you've been very late and not working well lately. Mca is double lately he recently. Okay. Though, your button of the room tree, if you think you're getting a promotion, you need to work a lot harder, okay. Oh, in a very heartbreaking situation. Okay. He was barking up the wrong tree if he fought sheet date him. Okay. He was barking up the wrong tree thinking sheet, date him. Very painful. Okay. Now, I hope that makes sense to look in the wrong place. Let's continue. One that I like to use actually cross that bridge when you come to it, to cross that bridge, when you come across the bridge, when you come to it, what does that mean? So a bridge, as you know, you have like a river or some water, a bridge goes over the water so that people can travel across it. That's called crossing the bridge. Now, let's say mean you are walking down the street together. And I start saying to you all know that a bridge in one kilometer do you think is going to be busy? Can we cross it? You wouldn't worry about it. You'd say, Hey, red's cross that bridge when we come to it, right? Why would we think about that now? Now let me give you an example, okay, to cross that bridge. When you come to it, just means to think about the now. Don't worry about problems in the future. Deal with things when they come, okay, deal with problems as they come. For example, you need to start stressing about your exam, okay? Study hard and cross that bridge when you come to it. Okay, when it happens, it happens. Or you could say, many people who are worrying about, let's say, a war Situation haven't happened, let's say to politicians for arguing and you're worried that two countries might go to war, but they haven't yet. Well then you need to cross that bridge when we come to it, you can't really do anything. You just have to wait and see what happens and hope it doesn't. Because obviously we don't want a world of peace that's very rational. Okay, Moving on from that, let's, let's do one more example. Okay, so I was all, I used to always stress about life actually is a true story. When I was younger, I used to stress quite a lot about my future. To worry what I do, what subjects I'd need to study whenever I make enough money. But at some point, I, when I started to mature, I realized way you can cross that bridge when you come to it. Don't worry about being older. Worry about enjoying your time now and just do your best now. And if a problem happens, you can cross that bridge when you come to it. Okay. So deal with problems when they happen. Not before. Okay? Okay. Got Sabbath Day 6. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you are making progress and I'll see you tomorrow for day 7, the completion of your first week. Really good job. Good job. 10. Breaking the ice : Hello everyone and welcome to day 7 of the idiom challenge, the final day of your first week. I hope it's going well. I hope you're having a wonderful day and yeah, let's get straight to it. Take k Remember you, what you want to do probably at the end of today is go over all of the phrasal verbs and idioms you have learned so far. And I know you've credit, for example, the beach, so don't overthink it. Put try and create maybe one example for your favorite ones, you know, just to keep refreshing, you don't want to learn them and then forget them. Actually, the way that you can remember all of these phrasal verb an EDM, this just yet, repeating them every now and again, you're keeping up with the practice. Okay. If you just do them once and then don't look at them again, obviously you won't be able to use them. If at the end of each week you go through all of your phrasal verbs and idioms. They'll stay in your mind forever and you will have a far richer vocabulary and a lot more confidence when speaking. So let's get straight to the phrasal verbs, okay? The first phrasal verb for today is to drop in, okay, to drop in. Now, to drop in simply means to enter somewhere only for a short time, or to visit somewhere or someone for a very short time. Okay. For example. And as she dropped into the meeting for ten minutes. Okay. She dropped into the meeting for ten minutes. Okay. Do you have time to drop in at the store and buy some milk for later? Do you have time to drop in at the store and buy some milk for later. Okay. What time do you think you can drop in? I only need you for a second. What time do you think you can drop in? Only need you for a second, or I'll give you one more bonus. Okay. And in the reverb on negative fashion, and he never stays for long. He always seems to just drop in and then dropout, dropout me believe. Okay. For he dropped in to visit and he drops out very quickly. Let's go to the next flavor for the next one. Wonderful phrasal verb to look up too, okay? To look up to just means if you look up, it means to really respect the person, okay? Or maybe a business and to admire them, okay? Admire it again to respect like a role model, okay, For example, I really look up to my dad, he has done a bunch of great things. Okay. Or someone could say Christiania renounce. It is a real role model for me. I look up to his work rate. Okay? I look up to with work rate, okay? Or you could say, most young tech companies look to the larger ones and trying to inspiration from them. Okay, So to look up to me, to admire, to one, to follow, to respect. Okay, let's move on. Now. The next one is to put down. Now we have two ways we can use put down, very simple, put down for placement. I put the pen down, put that down. You'll often hear police in movies say, put down the gun, where my holding the fact that gun put down the god, it very terrible American accent. Obviously, County one will earn get to put something down, okay, move to drop it. Okay. To put it on the small or on the table. There's enough aversion that we can, you know, of a way in which we can use it. Okay. And that means to insult someone, okay? If you put someone down, not something, but you put someone down, you are insulting them. Okay. Wow, He keeps calling me names. He keeps putting me down. Don't put me down. I'm trying to focus or she during the during the during the argument. She put him down about many things. Yeah. Okay. Why do you keep putting me down? Why do you keep insulting me? Okay. Very simple. I think it's a put down placement. And to put someone down to insult. Let's go into the easier the first idiom, to break the ice. Okay, to break the ice. Now to break the ice, imagine you have ice and IQ. You breaking, you start to get to the water. Okay? To break the ice literally mean literally figuratively means okay. To start a conversation, to stop or witness, to introduce yourself, okay. To make the first steps to get to the water, okay. For example, I'm always very bad when I meet people, I struggled to break the ice. And that's true actually for my personality. Although I'm quite confident when I know someone before I've broken ice, I feel quite awkward, quite shy, and like many people, okay. We also have activity that company is called icebreakers, okay. Where people try to break the ice, they get to know each other. Maybe you've experienced this when you're in a new group of people, people stand up, hey, I'm John, I'm 20, I do this. That's an ice breaker. Okay. You're you're getting to know people you're breaking the ice. Let's move on to the next one is comparing apples to oranges. Okay? Now, comparing apples to oranges, you commonly do that and Apple is a very different fruit to an orange, right? So comparing apples to, apples to oranges means to try and compare two things that simply cannot be compared to be making a, an, an irrelevant comparison, okay? For example, I don't know why people keep comparing Amazon and Google. It's like comparing apples to oranges. You know, Amazon is a retail company and Google is a search engine. Very different business plans. So I don't know why people talk about them as if they are the same. I keep using these tech companies because it's very easy to use, but let's use a different one, okay. Okay. So I'm sorry. I'm stumbling upon my words. To stumble on your words means to forget what you're going to say, Okay, so you're stumbling, you're making a mistake with your words. Let me do again a case. So let's say you have two people and you want to compare them. Okay. So honestly, I don't know why David thinks he has the same sorts of, let's say, skill level as Sarah. It's like comparing apples to oranges. Sarah is much more experienced. And David, there is like comparing apples to oranges. Okay. Let's say cooking. I love to cook. So let's say I cook a very beautiful dish, hockey unknown, Let's say rosaries stake with rotary potatoes. Okay, I may even OK. And let's say my friend, he, he tries to cook the same thing, but it's not very good. Okay, well, the flavors comparing the flavors would be like apples and oranges, wouldn't it? Because it just wouldn't work. They're very different. Okay. So you can use it when two things are very different and they can't be compared. You know, you do not need an argument. Identify you why you're arguing about this. It's like apples and oranges. My experience is very different to yours. Now let's move to the next one. Okay, don't count your chickens before your eggs have hatched. Or we can shorten it and say, don't count your chickens again. So what this means is to, let's say, to not believe you have completed something before you completed it, or to not think too far ahead in the future. Let me give you an example, okay, If you have the lyse the chicken example, I have 50 eggs per k, the IM raving to be chickens. Yeah. Now, maybe only free survive and two of the eggs are not good, okay, that no chicken grows. Okay? So I can't count my chickens until I see three of them are free of them. Okay. I cannot say to you, I've got five chickens for sale. If I only if I have five eggs because I might only have fried chicken for sale, would say once they hatch, once they're born. Okay? So for example, if I think this course is going to be the most popular English course in the whole world. Well, you could say to me, reads, don't count your chickens before your eggs have hatched. It hasn't been released yet. Okay. Don't go ahead too far. You don't get ahead of yourself. Get ahead of yourself is the same. Okay. To get ahead of your felt is the same as don't count your chickens before your eggs have hatched. Okay? 11 or two more examples actually, okay. Although our company have scaffold some investment money, we shouldn't count our chickens early because we don't know if our product will be super successful. Okay, you're thinking ahead in your planning, maybe too far ahead into the future. I hope that made sense to you guys. Great job on a, let's say, a very, very successful week if you made it this far. And you remember a lot of the videos and phrase, if you've done a great job and I'm very happy that you're still with me. So, you know, refresh the rest of them, get some rest and I'll see you bright and early, hopefully. 38. 11. Let's go the extra mile! : Okay guys, Welcome to day. It's okay to start a week 2. I hope you're feeling refreshed. I hope you are ready to learn a bunch more or again. The first phrasal verb for today will be to get on with, get on with. Okay, now, there are two ways that we can use this phrasal verb. Okay? So the first one is to be friendly with someone. Okay. I get on with James. We don't get on me and my boss, we don't get on. Okay. Do you get home with her? That means to be friends, you know, to have a good relationship or you can say to get home with, to finish, to work through something. Okay. I need to work harder and get on with my course. Okay. Can you stop wasting time and just get on with it? Get home with it, finish it. Okay. The two ways. First one to be friendly, I get on with him. The second way to work hard. Okay. What harder and get home with it. I can't get on with it. It's too much. Okay. Let's go to the next one. The next one is quite a satellite in it gets grow apart. Okay? Now, to grow apart means to, let's say, grow away from someone, to move away from someone in a relationship context, okay? For example. Unfortunately, me and my wife, we just grew apart over the years. We started to like, different thing. Okay. So if you broke, break up with someone, you might grow apart. Okay. You could also just say, let's say we have a company, okay? The company was struggling to sell its product because, well, it's product with growing apart from the current climate. Okay. It was growing apart from the current situation. You have a product, let's say you sell, let's say Chile. Chile flavored cherry flavored mayonnaise. You know, many native Chilean case. Let's say it's popular for a short time. But then people start to 1, lead, say, natural flavored mayonnaise. Well, you can grow, you and your customer base can grow apart and your product condyle. However, caution of a tricky way, too easy, the best way to use grew apart is just when you have different ideas to someone, okay? The people in, everybody on the team started to grow apart as a product developed. They had different visions for what they wanted okay, to, to move away, to break away from a relationship, to grow differently. Okay, So the next phrasal verb is tying up now to Turner. Well, there's two ways we can use here. The first one is to party. Okay. Wow, Last night we took me turned out last night. Okay. But that's not the one. The Virgin we're learning today. To turn up simply means to arrive. Ok. To actually be somewhere. Okay. What time do you think you can turn up to the meeting? Okay. What time do you think you can turn to the meeting or we can also use it to arrive and do well. David really turned up when things got difficult. That means he really arrived and work hard. He really turned off when things got difficult. Okay. Or you could say, Where are you? You're always lay you never turned up on time. You never turn up on time. You never arrive on time. Okay, to arrive. Now, let's go to the first idiom for aid. Every cloud has a silver lining. Every cloud has a silver mining. Now, the lining of something lining is the inside of a piece of clothing. Okay? Now, silver is quite valuable. And if your Cloud with life of silver, maybe it would rain money, it would rain silver, right? So if we say every cloud has a silver lining, it means even if something, something bad is happening, maybe something good will come from it. Or every bad situation has perverted. Every cloud has a silver lining. Every negative clouds rain has silver in it, for example. Okay. I lost my job, but honestly every cloud has a silver lining because I needed a break. Okay. Or she broke up with me but every cloud has a silver lining because well, I am happy I found someone better. Okay? Or you could say, and don't stress about the bad things that will happen to you in life, because honestly, every cloud has a silver lining. It's a very nice one, isn't it? Every cloud has a silver lining. Even if bad things happen, they can be good for you. The next one to go the extra mile. Okay. Very nice one to go the extra mile. To go the extra mile just means to do more than expected to go further for someone. Imagine I'm running here and I'm running five kilometers or five miles. Iraqis comments. So he running five kilometers by feel really good today I go in I O I'm running five miles, sorry. And I go the extra mile. Okay. I go a bit further. Okay. So instead of running five miles, I run six miles, I go the extra mile. I have done more than expected. I do more than originally expected. Okay. For example, Let's get it. Let's talk about companies. Okay? I really liked this restaurant because they go the extra mile for their customers. Maybe they give you free water in a free glass of wine when you go in, then they go the extra mile to make you feel good, right? You could also say, mom, for me and my girlfriend, if drained shear wave goes the extra mile and treats me, she maybe she buys me my favorite let's say food or maybe she cooked my favorite meal. She'd be going the extra mile to make me happy. Okay. Or maybe we have above relationship. He never goes the extra mile, which means he never makes an effort. He never toes. Good thing for you. It never goes the extra mile. So go the extra mile to do more than expected. Okay. To do more than people think you would do. Okay. He's a really good employee because the wave goes the extra mile and worked harder than everyone else. And the final idiom for today to have bigger fish to fry, okay, now to have bigger fish to fry, if we fry were cooking, right? So if you have bigger fish to fry, again, you're not worrying about the little fish that you're cooking because they're not so important, you want to worry about the bigger fish, okay? So if you have bigger fish to fry, in this sort of context, you have bigger problems to deal with. For example, I don't really care if it rains cats and dogs today. I've got Sheet Project and bigger fish to fry. K. I don't care if it's raining. I don't care if it's a bad day because I have so much work to do. I have bigger fish to fry. Okay? You shouldn't stress about the little things in life, especially if you have bigger fish to fry. Think about your future. Okay? Another example could be he didn't care, but he'd lost his job because he had far bigger fish to fry here. A lot of health problems and honestly, yeah, losing his job. Maybe you had a silver lining. Okay. He had bigger fish to fry. He had bigger problems. Okay. Okay. So just to confirm, to have bigger fish to fry simply means to have bigger problems and perhaps the smooth ones that you're looking at right now. Okay. Thank you very much for watching day 8 of the phrasal verb, an idiom challenge. Remember to create three examples, and I'll see you very soon. Okay, Have a wonderful day. Take care. 12. Once in a blue moon : Hello everyone. Welcome to Day 9. Are you still going? And he's still managing to create free examples of each phrase of urban idiom. I hope so. It's definitely one of the most efficient ways to gain new vocabulary. Okay, So if a Day 9, we're going to cover a few very interesting and also very commonly used phrasal verbs and idioms. So let's get to it, okay, to look up or to look something up. What this means is to search for something, okay? Usually use it with regards to the internet, okay? For example, I am going to look up a new technique to cook my favorite Pastor. Okay, I'm going to look up a new way to cook my favorite Pastor. Did you look him up? We need him for the project. Let's say you have a company or you're wetland project and you needed graphic designer, then you could say to your secretary, DG lookup the person we needed or did you look him up? We needed for the project. Okay. So it's a little bit different to look up to someone which we had a few days ago. If you look up to someone you admire and respect them. If you look up someone, you search for them and actually went back in the day when people used classical phone books that had the numbers of people and companies, you would look up someone in the book. Okay, let's move on to the next one. Okay, so the next phrasal verb we have is warm up too, okay? To warm up to something. Now we know what warm that means, right to, you know, to stop being so cold and the warm up. But you can use warm up in a different context. If you walk up to someone or you do something, you start to get used to it, you start to enjoy it and you start to like it. Okay? For example, I didn't really like my dog at first it was a very messy dog or I've definitely warmed up to it. Okay. I've definitely warmed up to it. Okay. But for me, when I was younger, I really didn't like Pastor. I know it's criminal, right? I didn't like pasta with tomato sauce, but it definitely definitely warmed up to it. Okay. I definitely warmed up to it. When I was around 15, 16, my taste buds, taste started changing and I started to warm up to it. Okay. You could also say she didn't like him at first, she wasn't attracted to him, but she I think she's warming up to him. Okay. She wasn't attracted to him at first, but I think she's warming up to him. Okay. That would mean she's now starting to like him. Again. I hope that makes sense. Let's continue. Now we have a phrasal verb of two meetings, work out or to work something out. Okay. Workout pool, you know, you're in the gym working out. Okay. We all know that one, that's the first meaning. But the second meaning is to work something out, not to work something out. Essentially solving a problem or fixing something, okay? For example, guys, we need to work out the issue with our graphics on our website. We need to work out the or they grabbed me to work out the graphical issue on our website. Okay. Or you can say, I know, I mean, you we haven't been great friends over the past or in the past. Okay. Bye. I'd really love to work something out. I'd love to work things out with you. I'd love we could work something out or I'd like to work things out with you. Okay. Or you could say, we have to break up. We just couldn't work it out. We just couldn't work it out. The relationship. Okay. So in this context, to work out means to make something work or to fix something that's broken. You work on something you work from encountered. Okay, let's go to the idioms for today. Now, the first idiom is a little bit rude, may be cheeky and Katie. And it is, it takes one to know one. Okay. Now what does it takes one to know one actually mean? Well, it takes one to know. One means if you, if someone is saying something about someone or something, okay, They can only say that if they do it themselves. And it's kind of a response to an insult. Okay, let me give you an example. Okay, so we learned the good, the bad, and the ugly idioms here. For example, someone comes to you and they say, Hey, you're an idiot. And you could reply, hey, it takes one to know one. Okay. But that would be like admitting you're an idiot. Yeah. You get that one. You're talking to your friend about your boss and money, your friends codes look even a little bit rude sometimes and then your friend could joke for you. Let's be honest. Takes one to know one. And that would be like your friend joking with you and saying your route. Okay. It take one to know. One just means it takes someone who does the same thing to say that that is what's happening. Okay, Now let's move on next one is a very, very good one, very common to be on thin ice, to be on thin ice or to be skating on thin ice. Ice, frozen water in there when you're skating on it. If you are on this on a, on a lake, it's not very safe riding. It can break. So you are close to danger. You are close to being in trouble, okay? For example, he had been laid many times this week. He really is on thin ice. He may lose his job. Okay. He'd been laid many times this week and now he's on finance because he may lose his job. Okay? After five arguments in today's, their relationship is really on thin ice. Okay? It's about the brain. It's not gonna work. Okay? Another example could be we really want to make sure we get enough investment before we launch our app. Otherwise will be on thin ice. Okay, you want to have enough money of a wave, you'll be on thin ice. You could break down, you could break, your company could fall apart. Remember that one? Very easily. So you're on thin ice. Okay, let's continue now. The final one today is a really cool one. Once in a blue moon. Now, once in a blue moon just means very rarely. Okay. So it's something that happens extremely rarely. How often do you see a blue moon? Well, you never see a blue moon really. So it's not very often. Okay? For example, I stood, I studied a little bit of Spanish. However, nowadays, I wouldn't know. I study it once every once in a blue moon. And never example could be when football, I love football. So my favorite football team is asked in the villa. Okay. Honestly ask them villa, I'm not a good team. They could be better again. So I could say Aston Villa when trophies, once in a blue moon and cave Bay very rarely. So as you can see, once in a blue moon is just used when something kids very rare. It's not very often. Okay. How often do you study English? Do you study English when it's in a blue moon? I mean, if you're on day nine of this course, you definitely studying every day. So you're studying it a lot more again, so you're not studying it once in a blue moon, however, before you may have awesome guys, so that's it for Day 9. I'll see you tomorrow for day 10. 13. You can't judge a book by its cover : Hello everyone and welcome to day 10 of the phrasal verb and idiom challenge, okay, today or phrasal verbs are all going to use the word take. So you've got three. We take. Okay, so let's begin. Okay, So the phrase we're going to be using is take out. Now the probably the simplest version of this can be to take someone else. Okay. I took her out on a date. When you go into take me out for dinner. Okay. Is due to friends or relationships or did it take you out somewhere nice. Okay. Just to take someone out to lead and to bring someone with you. Okay. The next one to take something out on somebody or some thing to take something out on someone. Let me give you an example and then I'll explain it. Okay. Wow, he is a very frustrated person. He took out all of the lander onto me and he took heat anger out on me. He taught his anger on the theory, took out his anger on me. Okay. If someone shouts at you some of the very aggressive, they may be taking their anger out on you. Okay. So to take your anger out on someone, to take it out on someone, let's say my boss is very frustrated and he's calling me from very, very unfriendly names or or crew names. Okay. Maybe he's taking his frustration out on me. He's taking it out on me again. So you can take the people will, will, will, don't, don't be mean to me, Don't take it out on me. So instead take anger or frustration and is usually used in a negative context. Okay. And the final one, the final version of take out or take we can use for today is to take something out of something. Okay. Too. For example, if I open my drawer, you can hear it. You can't see it by given here. If i I will take out let's say my post-it notes, either called post-it notes. I take them out of the drawer era. This is called a drawer and I take it out of the drawer app. Okay. Another thing. Okay. I could take my pen out of my pen holder. Okay. So when you take something out, you take, for example, can you take the meat out of the fridge? Can you take the milk out of the fridge? Can you take the broccoli out of the fridge? Can you take some food out of the freezer? Okay. So you take something out of something else. So let's go over them again. You can take someone out like a date, okay. You can take something out on someone which is being me, being harsh, being cruel to them. Or you can take something out. For example. I have some binoculars because I like animal watching, so I can take them out of their case. Okay. I hope that makes sense. Let's go to the idioms. Okay guys, the first video with a very famous and popular one. It's simply, you can't judge a book by its cover. Now to judge means to make a decision or a function, or to think a certain way about something. So if we say you can't judge a book by its cover, while the cover of a book is the, let's say the front part yet. So I'll give you an example. Okay, I have a great book here. Okay, Let's focus cold can't hurt me. By David Goggins. Okay. Now, you can't judge what's inside the book? Yeah. Without actually reading the book. Okay. You have to read the inside of the content. You can't just look at this and say, Oh, this is a book about animals. This is a book about some bold dude. You don't know what it's about. Can't judge. And by the way, this book is my my camera holder. I've got a bunch of books for work is my my extended tripod. I can very easily. But if you can't judge a book by its cover, what that actually means is you cannot judge someone too early. You can't judge something before getting to know it or knowing more about what it does though, how it functions, okay? You cannot judge a book by its cover. For example, let's say I'm wearing very casual clothes. You're actually the first English teacher. This d, this is just a simple Polo. It's not very formal. It's not like a typical teach you would wear, right? Can't judge a book by its cover. I think I'm a very good teacher. Excuse ego. I think I'm okay, I'm a good teacher. So you can't judge me before you meet me. You can't judge a book by its cover. Let's say you are looking for a new employee. Okay. And someone converted and they have some tattoos. Maybe in the past, we would judge a book by its cover and say that tattoos mean that that person might not be a good worker. But nowadays, many modes, most people aptitudes and that includes scientists, doctors, lawyers, prefer professors, everybody you know. So you can't judge a book by its cover. It. You can't go outside without looking at the inside. I hope that makes sense to you. I think that's quite a logical explanation of it. Okay. So don't look at something before you examine it more. Okay. We're not making it to make an opinion about something before you examine it more. Sorry. Let's move on to the next video. The next one is a very cool one, very versatile, useful one. To keep something at bay or to keep someone at bay. Now, what is a bay? Bay is where ships wait. Okay. Universe ship on the water. It will wait at bay okay. Before it can go in to the city or the front of the city next, next to the city. So to keep something at bay, essentially in the past would mean to keep the ship away, keep the ship away, keep it at a safe distance. So if we keep something at bay, in the idiom sense, it means to keep something away from you, okay? For example, look, my last relationship with toxic, so I'm going to keep that person Bay on white actually wasn't either what I mean. Okay. So you're you're keeping someone or something at bay. Okay. You're keeping them away from you? Okay. For example, don't please don't smoke around me. Can you keep your cigarettes a bay because I'm trying to quit. Okay. If you're trying to quit, you want to keep the cigarettes obey. We also use it with, let's say, energy or vibes, you know, keep your bad vibes at bay in a warm feeling good, I don't need your anger. Okay. Or the most common version would be good, would be to leave something or someone to pay. Okay. Um, I'm leaving them at bay because I just can't deal with it right now. Okay. So to leave something out bay means to keep it away. Okay. Maybe, you know, if you're maybe you keep checking your phone while learning, learning with me or studying with me. Well, you should definitely keep your phone at bay, keep it away, and focus on the lesson, okay? Not telling you what to do, but I am telling you. Let it go to the final idiom for today guys. Okay, so the final idiom is to take something with a grain of salt. Now, what do I mean a grain of salt? While a grain is a very small measurement of something, okay, It's a very small amount, usually relate to rise, but we can also use it with salt. Okay? So a grain of salt is pretty much an individual piece of salt. Again, a tiny, tiny individual piece of salt. So if you take something with a grain of salt, let's say you only take some information or an opinion or a fourth with a little bit of trust. Okay. You do not follow it without thinking. Okay. Let me explain that with a little bit more context. Okay? So let's say I suddenly, I tell you guys, okay, to become the best English speaker you want to become, you have to start running ten miles every day. Well, you would take the information with a grain of salt because you don't really see any evidence that shows that, correct. Okay. You could also say, although she produces some great videos on health, you should take her advice of a grain of salt because she has been wrong on some things. Okay. To take something with a grain of salt means to take some advice, some information, some news. You know, without going all the way into it, without believing it 100%, because you're not sure if it could be true or not. Okay? So it takes something with a grain of salt is to think carefully about what information or advice you take. Nowadays, fake news is very, very common, okay, So we need to take the news with a grain of salt and do our research because we're not sure what's true or what isn't true anymore. Okay. Now, wow, Don't go over K Day 10 out of the way. I will see you tomorrow.