English Idiom “Rip-off” from Happy English NY

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Today we are going to look at the idiom rip-off, which can be used as a noun or a verb. This  expression means stealing or cheating. We often use rip-off when we feel we have been overcharged for something. In this case, we say that something is/was a rip-off:      -They charge $9 for a beer at the baseball stadium. What …

Happy English is Looking for #ESL Teachers who blog

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So, here is the story. I am not selling anything, but looking to build a community of ESL teachers via an online newspapter called paper.li. If you have never see paper.li, basically it updates every 12 hours and picks up twitter posts that have links and arranges those links in an online newspapter format. Here is mine: Happy English New …

English Idiom Lesson “Like” From Happy English NY

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In this English idiom lesson, we are going to look at the word like. I am sure you know how to use like as a verb meaning fondness or enjoyment. For example, I like pizza! But the word like has some very interesting uses in colloquial, everyday SPOKEN English. Here are a few examples of how like is used these …

English Idiom Lesson “Get with the Program” Happy English NY

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“Get with the program” or “get with it” has few possible meanings and uses. Let’s look at this popular English expression! The first meaning we will look at is “pay attention to what’s happening now” in the news or pop culture. If you know someone who is a little behind the times, they need to get with the program or …