Category Archives: Collocations

Focus on: Dead

  Hello! Halloween is just around the corner, so why don’t we make the most of the theme and take a closer look at the adjective dead? Dead, as you know, refers to something having lost alive or that’s not … Continue reading

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Focus on: like

We very often sound redundant by sticking to same old words and expressions. Especially when it comes to a foreign language – after all, why should I do it differently, as long as such words and expressions have proved themselves effective … Continue reading

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Listening: Ira Glass on Storytelling

This video is aimed at writers and people who do creative work, but the first time I’ve seen it I was so inspired by it that I thought it could easily apply to other contexts, other professionals and to people … Continue reading

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Collocations: landing

“I’ve been in airplanes that have aborted both takeoffs and landings. They aren’t fun. I’ve seen a lot of things happen on flights that you wouldn’t believe. But until you experience it, you really never see flight attendants in action. … Continue reading

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Focus on: house X home

Broadly speaking, a house is a building or structure that people live in (“She lives in a very old house in Brighton”) , whereas home refers to the place or rather the environment where people live (“Ill be home tomorrow”, … Continue reading

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