Take it with a pinch of salt

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Take it with a pinch of salt.” What does “Take it with a pinch of salt” mean? “Take it with a pinch of salt” means: Do not take it too seriously. Examples: Martha often exaggerates the achievements she’s had in her painting career, so I take everything she …

A blessing in disguise

Nicole H. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “A blessing in disguise.” What does “A blessing in disguise” mean? “A blessing in disguise” means: An event that seems wrong at first but results in something good happening later. Examples: She was upset when her boyfriend left her, but it was a blessing in disguise because she …

Bring to light

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at this expression: “Bring to light”. What does “bring to light” mean? “Bring to light” means: Reveal or disclose something previously hidden or secret Reveal something, often something inappropriate or illegal To cause something to be known Synonyms: Reveal, expose, disclose. Example: The facts that were uncovered in the investigation …

Let the cat out of the bag

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Let the cat out of the bag”. What does “let the cat out of the bag” mean? “Let the cat out of the bag” means to: to let a secret out in the open to reveal something either by accident or as a surprise Examples: He let …

Hit the Sack

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Hit the sack. What does “hit the sack” mean? Go to bed in order to sleep Example: I have to wake up early tomorrow, so I think I’ll hit the sack. Before you go, check out our English Learning tips articles! Immigrant Services Calgary offers online language assessment …

CELPIP Tests Availability Updates

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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.

Practice Listening Skills with VOA and BBC English Learning Resources

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In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s explore ways to practice English listening with online news radio resources! Listening to or watching the news is a good way to improve your English listening skills VOA (Voice of America) Learning English Choose the audio materials that best suit your English level: beginning, intermediate and advanced Choose the news based on your areas …

Ways to Expand Your English Vocabulary

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Learn about word roots, prefixes, suffixes of words and memorize words in groups! The root of a word carries the most significant content of the word’s meaning. Different words are formed by adding prefixes or suffixes to the root; Root: for example, “cred” means “believe” and from there we get “credible”, “credit”, “credence”, etc.; Prefix: for example, “cent(i)” means “hundred”. …

Understand the Four English Language Skills

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We are starting a new article series called “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”. In today’s article, let’s first take a look at the basic language skills. What are the basic English skills? Listening Speaking Reading Writing How do we group these four skills? Based on the direction of communication: Input (receptive) skills: Listening & Reading Output (productive) skills: Speaking & …