January 2020

It’s on everyone’s lips

It’s talked about. It’s a frequent topic of conversations.

“The Coronavirus is on everyone’s lips these days.”


Easier said than done

Quite self-explanatory. We use this phrase when we think that talking about something, or giving advice about it, is easier than actually doing it.

“I go on and on about how much vocabulary students would learn if they found some time to read in English everyday but considering their busy lives, I know it’s easier said than done.”


Familiarity breeds comtempt

A losss of respect that happens after having known someone for a long time, including their bad qualities.

“There is an African proverb that says that familiarity breeds comtempt and distance brings respect.”


Get on with your life

To overcome something bad that happened and go back to living a normal life again.

“Stop thinking about the past and get on with your life.”


Strike up a conversation

Start talking to somebody.

“Striking up a conversation with a stranger on the bus was never an issue for her.”


Wake up and smell the coffee

Don’t be naive.

“Stop pretending nothing is going on. She’s leaving. Wake up and smell the coffee.”


Go with the flow

Be relaxed and let things happen rather than trying to control what’s happening around you.

“We didn’t have a say in the planning so we just went with the flow.”


Have a say

To be able to give an opinion and have some influence.

“When students have a say, the learning process becomes more relevant for them.”


Have high standards

To have an expectation of excellence and good quality in what you do

“The literature programme “Página 2″ has high standards and never disappoints their loyal audience.”


Nip in the bud

If you nip something in the bud, you put a stop to something soon after it has started. For example, a bad habit or a problem. A bud is a young flower that has not blossomed yet.

“Doing overtime is what is expected of workers in this office since the arrival of the new manager. Let’s nip it in the bud before it becomes a habit.”


Be out of step

If people or things are out of step, they do not agree or move at the same rate

“It is said by some that Japan is quite out of step with other countries on transgender issues but the country currently has three transgender politicians in government who are campaigning for greater acceptance.”


Have your brain in gear

Thinking clearly and effectively.

“My brain is not in gear today. Going for a walk will help me think more clearly.”


Lighten the load

To help someone who is very busy, upset or overwhelmed

“Is there anything I can do to lighten the load while your mum is in hospital?.”


It takes two to tango

Used when two people are involved in a situation and both must take responsabitity for it.

“It takes two to tango. Don’t put all the blame on your partner. You both took the decision to set up the business.”


Get ahead of yourself

To act too early, before your are prepared.

“Give it more time until you know how to handle this situation properly. Don’t get ahead of yourself.”


A shock to the system

An unpleasant feeling you experience when there is a sudden change in your life.

“Coming back to the winter after a month of summer weather is inevitably a shock to the system.”