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10 English Idioms in 10 Minutes!

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Because English idioms don't have to be dull...!

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Important Announcement about EnglishBanana.com!

Oct 21, 2016 00:15:26

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Join Matt Purland as he shares an important announcement about EnglishBanana.com with all of his podcast listeners.

10 English Idioms : Brexit

Jun 23, 2016 00:21:45

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Learn 10 new English idioms on the topic of Brexit. Idioms discussed in this podcast: 1. Brexit = British exit (from the European Union). 2. to keep the status quo = to keep things as they are. 3. it's the end of the world as we know it = our lives will change completely and dramatically. 4. to torpedo something = to ruin, sabotage, or destroy something, especially somebody's plans. 5. to take a leap in the dark = to take a foolish risk by taking action when you don't know what the result will be. 6. it's a one way street = when a relationship is unequal, with one side giving and the other only taking. 7. pound slides to fresh low = the value of the pound on the stock market is significantly lower. 8. a once in a lifetime opportunity = an opportunity that happens only very rarely. 9. it's make or break time = it's time to make an important decision. 10. to weigh up the benefits = to consider the advantages of something. You can contact Matt here: http://englishbanana.com/contact-us/ Free image courtesy:...

10 English Idioms : New Top Gear

Jun 7, 2016 00:21:11

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Idioms discussed in this podcast: 1. Car-crash television = a programme that is so bad that you have to watch it to see how bad it is; 2. A hard act to follow = somebody who was very popular in a previous role; 3. A square peg in a round hole = somebody who is unsuitable in a certain position; 4. Pride comes before a fall = if you behave arrogantly you can expect to fail; 5. Calm down = don't be stressed; 6. Viewers are switching off in droves = many people have stopped watching; 7. Canned laughter = recorded laughter added to the soundtrack of a TV programme; 8. "The way Top Gear is being viewed is repositioning the way television is consumed." (Chris Evans) = our ratings show that it is becoming more popular to watch TV programmes at different times and on different platforms; 9. Knock it on the head = stop doing something; 10. Get used to something = become accustomed to something and gradually accept it.

10 English Idioms : Having an Argument

May 17, 2016 00:22:27

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Idioms discussed in this podcast: 1. to lose your temper with sby = to get angry with sby; 2. to work your fingers to the bone = to do a lot of manual work; 3. that's the pot calling the kettle black = you are a hypocrite; 4. to act out of character = to behave differently to how you normally do; 5. to have a go at sby = to attach sby; to provoke sby into a fight; 6. to bring out the worst in sby = to make sby show their worst behaviour; 7. to be in a minority of one = to have no support for your argument; 8. to rub salt in the wounds = to make a bad situation worse; 9. to rub sby's nose in sth = to boast; to brag; to make people confront their failure; 10. to kiss and make up = to apologise in an affectionate way.

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Hotel : Part 2

May 8, 2016 00:21:36

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Learn 10 new English idioms on the topic of Hotel. Download the free pdf material for this podcast here: http://englishbanana.com/free-podcasts/ Listen to the new EnglishBanana Radio station here: http://englishbanana.com/englishbanana-radio/ Now streaming podcasts and free live English classes!

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Hotel : Part 1

Apr 26, 2016 00:21:58

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Learn 10 new English idioms on the topic of Hotel: 1. to wine and dine somebody. 2. to cost an arm and a leg. 3. to welcome somebody with open arms. 4. at [time] sharp. 5. to paint the town red. 6. to be absolutely stuffed. 7. "There's no place like home!" 8. "The customer is always right." 9. to be taken for a ride. 10. to wait for an eternity.

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Getting a Job : Part 2

Mar 25, 2016 00:21:45

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Learn 10 new English idioms on the topic of Getting a Job. Download the free material for this podcast: http://www.englishbanana.com/talk-a-lot-intermediate-book-1/getting-a-job-20-common-english-idioms.pdf

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Getting a Job : Part 1

Mar 1, 2016 00:20:57

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Learn 10 new English idioms on the topic of Getting a Job. With Matt Purland. You can download the free printable material for this podcast: http://www.englishbanana.com/talk-a-lot-intermediate-book-1/getting-a-job-20-common-english-idioms.pdf

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Media : Part 2

Feb 27, 2014 00:21:15

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The idioms that we study in this programme are: to put the cat among the pigeons; to be in sby's pocket; to break new ground; to drive sby up the wall; the best thing since sliced bread; to get to the heart of the matter; to take ages; I'd love to be a fly on the wall; to scrape the bottom of the barrel; to be about as much use as a chocolate teapot. (Note: sby = somebody.) Level: pre-intermediate - intermediate. Matt Purland runs the popular English language resource website http://www.englishbanana.com/ He is the author of the Talk a Lot Free Spoken English course, which is a free download available from http://www.englishbanana.com/talkalot/ Material discussed during this lesson (.pdf): http://www.englishbanana.com/media-20-common-english-idioms.pdf

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Media : Part 1

Sep 25, 2010 00:20:30

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The idioms that we study in this programme are: to get in touch with sby; to have sth on in the background; to be glued to sth; you can't win 'em all; to wash your dirty linen in public; to take advantage of sby; to be economical with the truth; to get square eyes; to be all the rage; from the sublime to the ridiculous. (Note: sby = somebody, and sth = something.) Level: pre-intermediate - intermediate. Matt Purland runs the popular English language resource website http://www.englishbanana.com/ He is the author of the Talk a Lot Free Spoken English course, which is a free download available from http://www.englishbanana.com/talkalot/ Material discussed during this lesson (.pdf): http://www.englishbanana.com/media-20-common-english-idioms.pdf Want to join Matt online for his next free English lesson on WIZIQ? Just visit: http://www.wiziq.com/mattpurland/ to register for free!

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Problems : Part 2

Jul 16, 2010 00:20:38

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The idioms that we study in this programme are: to spend money like it's going out of fashion; to follow the crowd; to give sby a second chance; to be worth your while [to do sth]; to bore sby to tears; to pin your hopes on sby / sth; to have too much time on your hands; against all [the] odds; on your own; It's your own time you're wasting, not mine! (Note: sby = somebody, and sth = something.) Level: pre-intermediate - intermediate. Matt Purland runs the popular English language resource website http://www.englishbanana.com/ He is the author of the Talk a Lot Free Spoken English course, which is a free download available from http://www.englishbanana.com/talkalot/ Material discussed during this lesson (.pdf): http://www.englishbanana.com/problems-20-common-english-idioms.pdf Want to join Matt online for his next free English lesson on WIZIQ? Just visit: http://www.wiziq.com/mattpurland/ to register for free!

Talk a Lot : English Idioms : Problems : Part 1

Jun 13, 2010 00:20:18

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The idioms that we study in this programme are: to have nothing to do with sby / sth; to play the property market; to struggle to make [both] ends meet; share and share alike; to pay through the nose; to pile on the pounds; neither a borrower nor a lender be; to give sby the boot; to get / be up the duff; to be up to your eyes in debt. (Note: sby = somebody, and sth = something.) Level: pre-intermediate - intermediate. Matt Purland runs the popular English language resource website http://www.englishbanana.com/ He is the author of the Talk a Lot Free Spoken English course, which is a free download available from http://www.englishbanana.com/talkalot/ Material discussed during this lesson (.pdf): http://www.englishbanana.com/problems-20-common-english-idioms.pdf Want to join Matt online for his next free English lesson on WIZIQ? Just visit: http://www.wiziq.com/mattpurland/ to register for free!