Jump the Gun

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Updates

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Jump the Gun. What does “jump the gun” mean? To decide on something too early or too soon To start something before proper preparations are made To act with haste or prematurely What’s the origin of “jump the gun”? Originally, “jump the gun” is used in sports …

CELPIP Tests Availability Updates

Lisa C. Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

CELPIP tests is one of the language proficiency requirements accepted for citizenship applications. To contact CELPIP, visit their official website: https://www.celpip.ca/ . CELPIP has recently published some service availability updates on their social media account: *Information in this post is taken from CELPIP’s Facebook post on April 27, 2021.

Make the Cut

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Make the Cut. What does “make the cut” mean? Originally, “make the cut” is when a player in a tournamentor match reaches or exceeds a certain score, thus avoiding elimination from the game. A player who’s made the cut is allowed to continue playing in the game. …

Red Herring

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Red Herring. What does “red herring” mean? Herring (pronounced as “hair” + “-ing”) is a type of fish. Dried smoked herring is turned dark red and brown by the smoke. “Red herring” is something that distracts attention from a relevant matter or the real issue. How to …

Kick in the Pants

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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 🎁

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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

Michelle Mak Accessibility, Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Seniors, Volunteers

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 …