strong as an ox (horse)
wise as an owl
an eager beaver
busy as a bee
horse sense – common sense, to be sensible
gentle as a lamb
innocent as a lamb
the cat’s meow – something good, wonderful
the bee’s knees – something good, wonderful
the cat’s pajamas – something good, wonderful
cute as a bug’s ear
an early bird – Someone who gets to work early. The full saying is a proverb: “the early bird gets the worm”
talk turkey - to negotiate seriously, offering something of value. Turkey is good to eat, and enough food for a whole family. If you are offering someone a turkey, then, or something like a turkey, you are making a serious offer.
Early bird getting worm.
A fun way to practice vocabulary from the US Declaration of Independence.
In general, it is not a compliment in English to compare someone to an animal. To be like an animal is not a good thing.
Can you think of any exceptions?
Spoiler alert: you don't want to read this post until you have read the two earlier posts immediately below.
The game is called "checkers" in the US. In England it is "draughts."
The error in the Monash University poster: "then" should be "than."
1066 - William of Normandy invaded and conquered England. This why so many English words are from French.
1492 - Columbus "discovered" America. Schoolchildren learn a rhyme:
"In fourteen hundred and ninety-two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue."
1776 - US declares independence from Britain, This is what Americans celebrate every year on July 4th, their national day.
1861-1865 - The American Civil War, or "War between the States," North against South.
1914-1918 - The First World War. The US entered in 1917.
1939-1945 - The Second World War. The US entered in 1941.
Every American schoolchild knows an important event that happened in each of the following years. Native speakers, and English texts, may refer to them without explaining. So, to read fluently, you need to know too.
What happened in each of these years?
Answers in a day or two.
Remember, one trick to learning a new word is to link it to an image that has something unusual about it.
This picture might help you remember the meaning of "driveway."
Use the same picture to practice conversation or writing by trying to put into English words what is wrong with this picture... because there really is something wrong with it.
When describing a picture, use the present tense and the phrases "There is..." or "There are..."
And what can you not do on this driveway?