Word of the Day: mischievous

Everybody knows somebody who’s mischievous. You know, that person who loves to play tricks and and do silly things which often get him or her into trouble.

Being mischievous, however, is not the same as being mean or careless. A mischievous child is often frustrating for his or her parents, but they rarely do anything that really crosses a line.

You can also use this word as an adverb, to describe how someone did something. For example: Ala mischievously slipped some salt into my coffee!

Now you have a go at some example sentences!

Newsletter: week 12

Weekly English Fix

This week: Chocolate Chip and Banana Muffins

Photo by Taylor Grote

By Klaudyna Piatek March 22, 2021

Wonderful news everyone, we are now an official business and have received our temporary SIRET number! And, what better way to celebrate than by baking Chocolate Chip and Banana Muffins this Saturday, March 27th?! Join us for this week’s workshop and delight in the deliciousness of these scrumptious muffins! 

Also, don’t forget that you can now sign your children up for our online English lessons over the Easter holidays. We will play games, learn about music, talk about films and help them find their comfort zone in English. Each lesson is 45 minutes long, for elementary aged children we offer 1 lesson per day; for middle and high school, it is 2 lessons per day, Monday to Friday. 

Don’t miss them! 

THIS WEEK’S

TOP STORIES

Spread the love! 10 scrumptious Marmite recipes, from roast potatoes to spaghetti

Stuart Heritage

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/mar/22/10-scrumptious-marmite-recipes-roast-potatoes-spaghetti

Okay, Marmite is really not my thing, but I think that we should all be open to trying new foods and experiencing other cultures. So, have a go! Read about all the different ways that you can prepare Marmite, and who knows, maybe you’re one of the lovers?!


Arrests after 6,000 people gather for illegal ‘carnival’ in Marseille

https://www.thelocal.fr/20210322/arrests-after-6000-people-gather-for-illegal-carnival-in-marseille/

Want to read about French news in English? Try out The Local. Here’s an article to get you started about the recent “carnival” in Marseille! 

THIS WEEK’S

TOP TIPS

Long Term Improvement

I recently saw a post on Facebook advertising Yoga in English. I think that’s a great idea. Pick an activity that you enjoy, and do it in English, or in whatever language you are trying to learn! It’s important to find enjoyment in language learning and it doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you get to practice enough. 

Vocabulary

I have been learning lots of new words lately by reading books with my young son. Children’s books are great because they’re often written in a very rhythmic way, they rhyme, and we tend to read them aloud! Great practice! 

Grammar Spot

Since I mentioned reading in the vocabulary advice above, I’ll mention it here too. While I was learning French, reading books with lots of dialogue really helped me understand how to use the imparfait and pasé composé tenses. They helped because I could follow the conversation on my own time, and I didn’t have to worry about interrupting the people speaking to ask about a word. Dialogue-rich novels are fabulous! 

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Friday Idiom: break a leg

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This idiom is used in theatres; before an actor goes on stage, rather than saying “good luck”, which incidentally is supposed to bring bad luck, you say, “break a leg!”

I have always wondered why we say break a leg… it is a bit strange after all. Its origins, however, are uncertain, so we’ll just have to remember not to say “good luck” to anyone about to perform!

Word of the Day: wary

Word of the day: wary. Improve your English vocabulary with Groupetude!

Well, many of us are wary of a great number of things, particularly in these strange times. I think it’s important to be able to express these worries with the adequate vocabulary!

So here are some more examples of the word “wary” in use:

  • We wary of things that seem to good to be true, they often are!
  • That said, it’s also important not to be wary of everything and everyone, trust is important too.
  • Christine gave him a wary look from across the table.

So there we are, can you think of any other examples?

Word of the Day: belittle

Sometimes the things that we say or do can have a negative effect on others, it’s important to learn those negative words and feelings too.

Some example sentences:

“It is very belittling when you dismiss my job like that.”

“Never belittle a person’s culture.”

“I felt belittled and hurt when I heard her say my work served no purpose.”

Friday Idiom: half-baked

In honour of this week’s Brownie Bonanza workshop, let me intrduce today’s idiom: half-baked.

This is when an idea isn’t properly thought through. For example: “He came to us with a half-baked plan and expected us to back him up on it!”

or,

“This half-baked plan is going to get us into a lot of trouble!”

If you haven’t already heard about it, we’re organising a free online baking workshop entirely in English this Saturday, March 13th. To sign up, simply go to the link below and enter your information, we still have a few spots left!

Word of the Day: nauseous

For the American pronunciation: nah-tious.

For the British pronunciation: nah-zee-ous

I figure that this is a pretty useful word to know. After all, everyone feels sick at one point or another, and it may be a good idea to know how to describe your symptoms to a doctor or a friend.

Here are some more examples:

I often feel nauseous in the car, especially if the road twists and turns.

Just watching you eat that is making me nauseous.

Doctor: what are your symptoms?

Patient: I have a headache, a fever, and I feel nauseous.

Word of the Day: preposterous

Have you read The Book with No Pictures? It’s a children’s book by B.J. Novak and it’s brilliant. It really has no pictures and is quite hilarious. My son just loves it and rolls around on the floor in stitches (laughing very hard)! Well, the word preposterous is in it, so I thought I’d make it today’s word, because I like the sound of it!

Examples:

What a preposterous thing to say!

It is absolutely preposterous to think that I would do the dishes for you.

What a preposterous idea, I would never sky-dive in a bikini!

Friday Idiom: spill the beans

So how about a few examples?

“I worked so hard to plan the perfect birthday party for Tim, I can’t believe you spilled the beans and spoiled the surprise!”

“Okay, I did all the housework, but don’t spill the beans before we get home, I want dad to be surprised!”

“She spilled the beans before I could even begin to tell the whole story!”

So what’s the origin of this funny old idiom? Apparently, from ancient Greece. It is said that black and white beans were used to cast a vote, once you ‘spilled’ them, you found out the results of the election. Well, this is one myth of the origin story, if you’d like to find out more hypotheses, click on the link below!

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/spill-the-beans.html

This idiom is always incorporated into a sentence, like the examples above. Now you try it!

Word the Day: thorough

A quick note on pronunciation: /ˈθɜːrəʊ/ go to the link below to hear the word

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/thorough?q=thorough

Do you need some more examples? Here they are:

  • The supervisor made a very thorough evaluation of her staff.
  • The police carried out a thorough investigation into the Deewitter case.
  • André is very thorough when he cleans his teeth; he never has cavities.

Thorough is an adjective, but you can also turn it into an adverb: thoroughly. Here are some examples:

  • Please check the premises thoroughly.
  • He went through each drawer quite thoroughly.
  • It was a thoroughly tiering affair.