Cut to the Chase

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cut to the Chase. What does “cut to the chase” mean? to get to the point without wasting time on unimportant details to discuss or address important parts of a subject How to use it? “Cut to the chase” is an informal expression popular in North America. …

Kick in the Pants

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Kick in the Pants”. What does “kick in the pants” mean? a forceful message to motivate someone a scolding that makes a person improve his/her behavior How to use it? Note that “kick in the pants” is usually delivered with good intentions. Use “kick” as a noun: …

🎄 Christmas Came Early 🎁

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We are back for another article of “English Idioms for Newcomers“. Today let’s take a look at this idiom: “Christmas Came Early”. Christmas is December 25, how can it possibly come early? “Christmas came early” is used when something pleasant and surprising happens, such as hearing unexpected good news receiving gifts, presents, bonus, etc. How to use it? Use this …

Pen Pal Program

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Link-ages has a Pen Pal program that invites people of all ages to join. This program helps connect individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing is encouraged. This program allows people of all ages, ethnicities, identities and abilities to connect through handwritten mail. The Pen Pal Program is unique because Link-ages will be using organization hubs to receive and …

When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Simple Past VS Present Perfect

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In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …