What’s your favorite thing
about English lessons?
When you study a language, there are many fields to be covered
ranging from technicalities like grammar or syntax, to social
and cultural related topics. When taking
English lessons Vancouver visitors explain what their
favorite topics about the English language are.
#3 Phrasal Verbs
phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and an adverb, a
verb or a preposition or a verb with both an adverb and a
preposition that and make a complete semantic unit. Among the
most common phrasal verbs we find ask someone out (invite
someone on a date), check something out (have a look at
something), find something out (to discover), hang out (spend
time relaxing), look for something or someone (try to find
something or someone), put something off (to postpone), etc.
Phrasal verbs can be found in Spanish too, as in contar con
(literally ‘to count with’, meaning the same as to count on
someone), llegar a ser (literally ‘to get to be’, meaning to
Idioms are phrases or expressions that have a figurative meaning
understood in regard to a common and traditional use of that
expression that is separate from the literal definition or
meaning of the words that makes it up. Idioms are fun since they
typically portray funny images when viewed out of context. For
instance, if it’s raining cats and dogs, it’s raining very hard.
A barking dog never bites is something we say referring to a
person who makes threats all the time and never carries out the
threats. When taking
Spanish classes Toronto students learn the Spanish
expression for that idiom: “perro que ladra no muerde”.
What we know as slang is made up by informal words and
expressions that are not considered standard in a certain
language or dialect, but socially accepted. According to
linguists, slang often refers to transient terms used by a
certain social group (teenagers, prisoners, soldiers, etc.). In
English, “to hammer” means to take or do something in excess.
“Booze” means an alcoholic drink, thus, it makes sense that
“boozer” means a bar or an alcoholic person, and “booze-up” a