American Football Idioms

If you’re not a fan of sports – or at least American sports – some common American idioms might confuse you! And so, in honor of yesterday’s Super Bowl, check out these idioms related to American football. “kick off” The kick off is the beginning of the game, and as you might guess, to “kickContinue reading “American Football Idioms”

“Used to” vs. “Am used to”

I used to live in San Francisco. I am used to living in San Francisco. Take a look at the two sentences above. They are very similar, but have very different meanings! What’s the difference? First: Notice how the two sentences are different. Sentence 1 says  “used to live,” while sentence 2 says “am used toContinue reading ““Used to” vs. “Am used to””

Laughing at vs. laughing with

Maybe you’ve heard the expression: Are you laughing *at* me, or *with* me? Considering that prepositions can be challenging (to say the least!), this phrase might be extra confusing for English learners. Here’s a quick look into what this means. to laugh at laughter directed toward a person or action; sometimes, laughing at someone canContinue reading “Laughing at vs. laughing with”

Idiom: “The Writing on the Wall”

The boss became increasingly frustrated with her employee’s laziness. Even though the employee was reprimanded, he ignored the writing on the wall and was soon fired. Other ways you might hear or read this idiom:*the handwriting on the wall  <-used as a noun phrase*The (hand)writing is/was on the wall.  <– used as a complete sentenceContinue reading “Idiom: “The Writing on the Wall””