“All good things must come to an end.”
You can’t keep having good luck or fun forever; eventually it will stop.
“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
When you try to change someone’s behavior and it doesn’t work, you might have to change instead. For example, if you’re trying to get your classmates to focus on studying but they want to party, maybe you should just party with them.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Different people have different ideas about what’s valuable.
“There’s no time like the present.”
If you need to do something, don’t wait until later. Do it now.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Different people have different ideas about what’s beautiful.
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
When you’re really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
Save your money.
“Familiarity breeds contempt.”
When you’re around someone for too long, you get tired of them and annoyed by them.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.
“Good things come to those who wait.”
“You can’t always get what you want.”
Don’t whine and complain if you don’t get what you wanted.
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
“A watched pot never boils.”
If something takes time to finish, don’t watch it too closely because it will seem like it’s taking forever.
“Beggars can’t be choosers.”
If you’re asking for a favor from someone else, you have to take whatever they give you.
“Actions speak louder than words.”
Just saying that you’ll do something doesn’t mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Don’t try to improve something that already works fairly well. You’ll probably end up causing new problems.
“Practice makes perfect.”
You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.
“Too many cooks spoil the broth.”
When there are too many people trying to lead and give their opinions, it’s confusing and leads to bad results. Jobs and projects should have one or two strong leaders.
“Easy come, easy go.”
When you get money quickly, like by winning it, it’s easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.
“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
If someone’s paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.
One of the most common reasons to be studying English is for professional advancement. Learning English for your work can be a little frustrating due to the general nature of most English courses. However, more and more you can find English for specific purposes materials available on line. Here is a sampling of some of the resources on the site:
There are some mistakes that you might hear or read everyday. These mistakes are often referred to as “common mistakes” which are made by native speakers as well as learners.
|Conversations on the phone….|
|You’re so difficult to get through to!||GO|
|o||I kept getting a busy signal.||GO|
|o||Is your phone out of order?||GO|
|o||My telephone was disconnected.||GO|
|o||We seem to have a bad connection on this phone.||GO|
|o||Would you care to leave a message?||GO|
|o||He’s out to lunch? Would you like to leave a message?||GO|
|o||Let me get back to you in a few minutes.||GO|
|o||I’ve put him on hold.||GO|
|I’d like to get telephone service.||GO|
|o||I’d like to have a phone installed.||GO|
|o||I’d like to have my phone disconnected.||GO|
|o||Don’t beat about the bush!||GO|
“Birds of a feather flock together.”
People like to spend time with others who are similar to them.
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they’re planning.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations. That’s why PhraseMix has illustrations 🙂
“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”
Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.
“There’s no place like home.”
Your own home is the most comfortable place to be.
“Discretion is the greater part of valor.”
Sometimes it’s important to know when to give up and run away, instead of always acting brave and maybe getting hurt.
“The early bird catches the worm.”
You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.
“Never look a gift horse in the mouth.”
If someone offers you a gift, don’t question it.
“You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”
When you try to do something great, you’ll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don’t worry about those people; just focus on the good results.
“God helps those who help themselves.”
Don’t just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.
In this dialogue you will practice speaking about what’s going on at work around the present moment in time. Notice that the present simple is used to speak about daily routines, and thepresent continuous is used to speak about what is happening around the current moment in time. Practice the dialogue with your partner and then interview each other focusing on changing between a discussion of daily routines and what you are currently working on. Teachers can use this guide on how to teach the present continuous for further activities contrasting the present simple with the present continuous.
Work, Work, Work
(two friends working / studying)
Harry: What are you working on?
Susan: Oh, I’m just studying for history class.
Harry: I hate history.
Susan: I don’t. It’s interesting. I’m reading about the Romans.
Harry: Do you mean the people from Romania?
Susan: No, stupid. The Romans as in ‘Julius Cesar’. You know, people from ancient Rome.
Harry: Oh, those Romans…
Susan: You are hopeless. So, what are you doing?
Harry: I’m preparing for a meeting tomorrow.
Susan: When’s the meeting?
Harry: I’m driving into London tomorrow morning. The meeting is scheduled for 10 o’clock.
Susan: …and what are you preparing?
Harry: I’m giving a presentation on the new account.
Susan: Which new account?
Harry: Well, we’re working on a new account in Southern England this week.
Susan: Work, work, work. That’s all you ever do!
Harry: Come on, that’s not true. I like reading books, too.
Susan: Oh, really? Which book are you reading at the moment?
Harry: Well, as a matter of fact, I’m reading ‘Football in England: The Very Best’.
Susan: Football? That’s not reading!