Love idioms

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.


The must-follow offical English exam sites:

Cambridge EOI Ingles ExamenesThe following websites will help you prepare for official Cambridge Exams.

  1. Cambridge Exams B1, B2, C1, C2: Subscribe for weekly updates and quick language testing exercises.
  2. Cambridge CAE: C1: CAE Online Resource Directory:CAE Online Resource Directory
  3. Cambridge Internet TV
  4. La Junta Andalucia: EOI Exams

Improve your speaking skills with intercambios:

intercambio-malagaAn 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.

  1. Pachange Málaga
  2. Language Exchnage Málaga
  3. Conversation Exchange Málaga 
  4. Language Meetup
  5. 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.

I make animal sounds!

LISTENING: I Make Animal Sounds!?!
Animal soundsTruth 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

August: The 3 Must-Dos

Rio Olympics 2016August is the perfect month to chill out and recharge your batteries.  However, so as not to allow your English level to get rusty, I would recommend that you:

  1. Follow and feel the passion and heartache of the Rio Olympics 2016
  2. Check out the 50 reasons why you should love the world and do. everything you can to work less and explore the world more.
  3. Feed the film buff in you, crack out the popcorn, and watch the top August cinema releases of 2016.

Nothing feels as good as winning: Fantástico Andy Murray!

Winning Feels GoodPeople 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 deafness, selective blindness, reduced mental capacity!

It's not christmas yetIt’s the last week in November and it’s time to start practising selective blindness, selective deafness coupled with a dramatic reduction in cognitive skills.

  1. Selective blindness: when shopping you must ignore all signs, products and slogans which suggest that Christmas is coming.
  2. Selective deafness: tune out all songs, sounds and melodies which suggest that Father Christmas is as busy as beaver.
  3. 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!

Get over a cold with an Irish coffee!

irishcoffeeIt 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

To get on like a house on fire!  –  Subirse como una casa en el fuego

Janette drinking wineWhat 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.