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Personality & Character Idioms

Added by Tomasz H. 28 January 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

couch potato

a lazy person who spends a lot of time sitting down, watching TV or playing video games

e.g. Stop being a couch potato – turn off the TV and do some exercise!


a person who worries constantly and excessively

e.g. My mother's such a worrywart that I have to call her everyday.


social butterfly

an extroverted person who loves to socialize

e.g. I'm more reserved, but my brother is a social butterfly.


stickler for the rules

a person who strongly insists on that quality or behavior, and wants or expects other people to ...

Interview with the Irish polyglot - Benny Lewis

Added by Tomasz H. 22 January 2015 in category: English, General tips, Learning tips

Let's check our interview with Benny Lewis, "a fun-loving Irish guy, a full-time globe trotter and international bestselling author".

He become a fluent speaker of six foreign languages and is able to have conversations in many others.

Benny helps people to be confident in speaking foreign languages and his mission is "giving people permission to make mistakes", because "the more mistakes you make, the faster you become a confident language learner".

Benny is available on his language blogTwitter and Facebook.

How many languages do you speak fluently?

If fluently means B2-C2 level on the CEFRL scale, then it ...

When Should We Use 'Shall'?

Added by Tomasz H. 20 January 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

The modal verb Shall is not used so much. You can still find it in formal speech or some legal documents.

Usually you use Shall in questions thah suggest or offer.

Shall we...?

Shall I...?


Suggestions -> Shall I get a sushi for dinner tonight? (can be replaced by should)

Instructions -> What shall I do with your parcel when it arrives? (can be replaced by should)

Offers/Volunteering -> Shall I carry that bag for you? (can be replaced by can/could)

Confirmation -> I shall meet him at 3 p.m. (can be replaced by will)

Promises -> You shall be the ...

Might or May?

Added by Tomasz H. 16 January 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Might & May can usually be interchanged without a significant difference in meaning.

However, might implies a smaller chance of happening, when you express the possibility.

It may rain -> ca. 70% chance

It might rain -> ca. 40% chance

Remember, when you express wishes or give permission - use only may.



Possibility -> It might rain in the afternoon, so take an umbrella.

Give permission -> You may have another beer if you like.

Ask for permission -> May I borrow your book?

Express wishes -> May the Christmas bring you happiness?

Mustn't vs. Don't have to

Added by Tomasz H. 13 January 2015 in category: English, Lexicon



It is prohibited, it is not allowed. It is important that you do not do something.


You mustn't drink that = It is forbidden to drink that

You mustn't tell him = Do not tell him, you are not allowed to tell him


Don't have to


There is no obligation, you are not required to do something (if you don't want it).


You don't have to drink that = You can drink that if you want, but it' not obligatory

You don't have to tell him = You can tell him, but ...

Common Rules for Capital Letter Usage

Added by Tomasz H. 8 January 2015 in category: English, Learning tips

Days, Months and Holidays

Always capitalize holidays, events, months and days of the week.

DON'T capitalize seasons.

Quotes & Titles

The first letter of the quote should always be capitalized (when you form direct quotes placed inside formal quotations marks).

Proper Nouns

Capitalize: languages, countries, organizations, places, names, organizations.



Capitalize the directions to designate a geographic area.

DON'T capitalize cardinal directions (east, west, north, south)


Family Names & Titles

Capitalize title before name and name (e.g. Presidant Obama).

DON'T capitalize title after the name.


Abbreviations & Specific Names

Capitalize acronyms & abbreviations based on propoer nouns.

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