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How to decode text lingo

Chat or text lingo can be really difficult to understand for English learners. Here's why, plus common examples and strategies for decoding this language.

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Idiom: Up to one's eyeballs (meaning and examples)

The idiom "up to one's eyeballs" means to have a very large amount of something to do or be very busy with something. Here are some sentence examples...

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Idiom: You’re toast (meaning & examples)

The idiom "you’re toast" means you’re in trouble. These example sentences will make the meaning of this idiom clear and easy to remember.

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Get free learning English advice every Wednesday

Every Wednesday I dish out free learning English tips and advice. Got a question? Maybe I've got the perfect answer! Don't miss out...

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English Text Speak: Help for ESL Learners

English text speak can be difficult for those learning English because many of these shorthand terms are slang. Here's how to decode text speech.

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Learn English Listening Tips, Tricks & Exercises

Learn English listening practice exercises are available here to help you develop this very important skill. With these easy tips you'll have fun too!

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Learn English video featuring supermodel Gisele Bundchen

A cool learn English video featuring Brazilian babe Gisele Bundchen, who explains how she learned English on the streets of New York when she just arrived in the city at 16 years old.

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Idiom: Scare the pants off

The idiom "scare the pants off" means to frighten someone a lot. These example sentences will make the meaning of this idiom clear and easy to remember.

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Idiom: Sleep on it (meaning and examples)

The idiom 'sleep on it' means to wait until the next day, to think carefully before making an important decision. Here are some examples of this idiom...

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Idiom: Straight from the horse's mouth (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'straight from the horse's mouth' means hearing something directly from the person who knows the most about something. Here are some examples.

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Idiom: Tighten one's belt (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'tighten one's belt' means to spend less than usual in order to save money. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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To Score Something Idiom: Meaning and examples

Learn the meaning of the "to score something idiom" and other idiomatic expressions with fun pictures and lots of example sentences. It's fun and easy!

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Idiom: Take to someone / something (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'take to someone' means to start to like someone (or doing something). These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: Happy hour (meaning & examples)

The idiom "happy hour" means a period of time in the early evening when drinks are sold cheaply in a bar. Here are some sentence examples of this idiom...

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Idiom: In good hands (meaning & examples) idiom in good hands

The idiom "in good hands" means being taken care of or managed very carefully. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: See eye to eye (meaning and examples)

The idiom "see eye to eye" means to agree with someone about something. It's often used in the negative form. Here are several sentence examples...

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Idiom: Wear the pants (meaning & examples)

The idiom "wear the pants" means to be the dominant partner in a relationship. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: Wake up and smell the coffee

The idiom "wake up and smell the coffee" is used to tell someone to be more serious or realistic about a situation. Here are some sentence examples...

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Idiom: Unsung hero (meaning and examples)

Learn the meaning of "unsung hero" with lots of sentence examples to make the meaning of this idiom easy to understand. You'll find many other idioms here too.

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Idiom: Don’t judge a book by its cover (meaning & examples)

The idiom "don’t judge a book by its cover" suggests you shouldn't evaluate something by its outward appearance only. Here are some examples of this idiom...

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Idiom talk past each other: Meaning and sentence examples

Learn the meaning of the idiom talk past each other with lots of sentence examples a funny comic to help you easily remember the meaning. It's fun and free.

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Idiom: That ship has sailed (meaning & examples)

The idiom "that ship has sailed" means an opportunity has already passed and is no longer possible. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase.

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Useful information - Joe Smith's TED Talk

I have always used 2 paper towels, but after watching Joe Smith's technique I will definitely try to reduce that number. It is really simple to do, and

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Idiom: Wait and see (meaning & examples)

The idiom "wait and see" means to stay calm and delay making a decision or taking action until further information is available. Here are some sentence examples

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Idiom: On the wagon (meaning & examples)

The idiom "on the wagon" means stopping and not doing an undesirable habit. It's often used to talk about not drinking alcohol. Here are some sentence examples.

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Idiom: Off the wagon (meaning & examples)

The idiom "off the wagon" means to start doing an undesirable action again after having stopped for awhile. These examples will help you remember this idiom.

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Idiom: Wade through (meaning & examples)

The idiom "wade through"means to read through a large amount of information or to pass through a large group of people. Here are some sentence examples...

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English countries & nationalities vocabulary

Here's a list of countries, languages and nationalities vocabulary in English. Country flags help you find the country. What's your country and nationality?

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Idiom: Knuckle down (meaning & examples)

The idiom "knuckle down" means to work very hard or seriously on a task. Here are some sentence examples to help make the meaning clear...

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Idiom: Not know whether to laugh or cry (meaning & examples)

The idiom "not know whether to laugh or cry" means to be very upset and frustrated about something. Here are some sentence examples of this English phrase...

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Idiom: Not know where to turn (meaning & examples)

The idiom "not know where to turn" means to not know what to do in a situation. These sentence examples will make the meaning of this phrase clear...

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Idiom: Not know what hit you (meaning & examples)

The idiom "not know what hit you" to be shocked and confused about something surprising that happens to you. Here are some sentence examples of this phrase...

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Herbs and Spices Vocabulary

Practice this herbs and spices vocabulary by watching the video for the correct pronunciation and downloading the puzzles ebook.

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Family Vocabulary in Pictures

Learn family vocabulary by going through this family tree video. Pretend you're the dude with the beard and you'll learn how everyone is related to you.

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English Illnesses Vocabulary

This illnesses vocabulary reviews many common aches and pains in pictures and with a video that helps with English pronunciation. Then practice with puzzles.

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Cleaning Supplies Vocabulary

Learn cleaning supplies vocabulary with the help of pictures and a video so you can hear the correct pronunciation. Download the free puzzles ebook to practice.

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Idiom: Tie the knot (meaning & examples)

The idiom "tie the knot" means to get married. Read lots of examples of this idiom in sentences to learn how this common idiom is used in English.

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Learn English Fruit Vocabulary

This fruit vocabulary page has a video and pictures to help you learn and remember these sweet words. Grab your free vocabulary puzzles e-book here too.

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Shapes Vocabulary

This shapes vocabulary includes pictures and a video to help with correct pronunciation. Also get your free puzzles ebook to practice vocabulary on 25 topics.

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Household Appliances Vocabulary

This English household appliances vocabulary covers the essential electric appliances found in the home. The video aids with pronunciation. Let's get started!

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Personal Electronics Vocabulary

This personal electronics vocabulary covers basic appliances, especially those we use for grooming. You can also hear the vocabulary pronounced in the video.

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Education and School Vocabulary

This school vocabulary includes more than 40 useful words related to education. A video helps you with pronunciation practice. Grab your free puzzles eBook too!

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Learning English words is fun

Videos and pictures make learning English words much easier so that's the approach we take here. Learn words about the body plus 25 other essential topics.

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English Bathroom Vocabulary

Learn bathroom vocabulary through pictures and a video that let's you hear the words pronounced correctly.Let's get started.

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English Alphabet

Here's the English Alphabet illustrated with pictures plus a video recording to help you pronounce the letters correctly.

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English Clothing Vocabulary

Learn clothing vocabulary in English by looking at pictures and hearing the words pronounced in the video. Get your free puzzles ebook here too!

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Musical Instruments Vocaulary

Learn musical instruments vocabulary with pictures and a video to help with pronunciation. There are many other vocabulary sets here as well. Enjoy!

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Idiom: Know where you stand (meaning & examples)

The idiom "know where you stand" means to has a good understanding of a situation or what someone thinks of you. Here are some sentence examples...

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Idiom: Know better (meaning & examples)

The idiom "know better" means to know how to behave in an appropriate way or to know more about something than someone else. Here are some examples...

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