Truthfully, I don’t understand any of the following idioms. So, if you would like to explain some of them to me, please feel free to drop me a comment. Finally, the only English words you need to know in this context are: What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine also.
An intercambio is a system for practising your speaking and listening skills. If you have time, it’s a brilliant system to practise English; learn new things about different countries and cultures, and, obviously to get to know more people. Listed below are some organisations that might be useful.
- Pachange Málaga
- Language Exchnage Málaga
- Conversation Exchange Málaga
- Language Meetup
- Language for Exchange Málaga
In fact, when I first came to Spain I did loads of intercambios and I advertised through: Mundioanuncio. I met some wonderful people and learnt a lot about Spain and Andalucia. However, if you decide to arrange your own intercambio, please be careful and use common sense as there are some complete nutjobs out there: stay safe; meet in public and during the day; tell friends where you are going and who you are meeting.
LISTENING: I Make Animal Sounds!?!
Truth be told, I’m really keen on bizarre people. My favourite participant on the reality TV show, Big Brother, was a Welsh woman who said her favourite hobby was ‘blinking’. I mean – BLINKING, BLINKING, it’s a biological impossibility not to blink, how can that be a hobby?
And then, in Vietnam I met a British guy who told me his favourite pastime was to make animal sounds, so he spent the next 3 hours entertaining me with a lot of woof woofs, cluck, clucks, eeaw eeaws, and a cock a doodle do or two. It was hilarious, but not as hilarious as the next night when I hooked up with him and some other people from different nationalities and I found out that animals don’t make the same noises in different countries. OMG – I kid you not!
Don’t believe me? Well, check out this video
People who know the bare minimum about sport understand that despite Great Britain being relatively economically rich; we invest in sport; we hire, by far, the best coaches and mentors, and we know how to throw an Olympic event, we do invariably lose. For instance, we were recently booted out of the Rugby World Cup, and we are usually booted out of the Football World Cup in a penalty situation. I think this happens because we don’t have the mental strength required to be winners.
So Andy Murray, after 79 years of failure, I am on bended knee, today you are my person!! That’s right: Great Britain win the Tennis Davis Cup in 2015!! Rock on GB, I’m in love!
- Selective blindness: when shopping you must ignore all signs, products and slogans which suggest that Christmas is coming.
- Selective deafness: tune out all songs, sounds and melodies which suggest that Father Christmas is as busy as beaver.
- Reduction in cognitive skills: respond to all gift or present requests with the following words: ‘’I’m sorry, what you are saying is not computing with my brain cells; please come back in 24 days!’’
Admittedly, the aforementioned skills are difficult to perfect, but if you try to keep your alcohol levels topped up, it’s much easier to achieve!
It is said that one of the most effective ways to get over a cold is to drink some hot lemon and overdose on oranges.
I say, forget that ‘health-freak’ method and make an Irish coffee. It’s the perfect remedy because all you really need is some good quality whiskey. Furthermore, if you have run out of coffee, brown sugar and whipped cream, don’t panic, just add more whiskey and perhaps some Baileys Irish Cream! Finally, if you don’t know how to make an Irish coffee, check out this recipe video and learn about the origins of this winter cocktail at the same time.
To get on like a house on fire! – Subirse como una casa en el fuego
What does this idiom mean? ‘To have a great relationship with someone, i.e. you get on really well with them.
My best friend and I are like chalk and cheese. He’s from Australia and I’m from the UK. He’s a fashion victim and into positive thinking. I’m a fashion killer and I’m into drinking wine and taking medication! However, we get on like a house on fire.