A guide to the (non-idiotic) use of the expression “just saying”

You may have heard the expression just sayin’ (= just saying). Let’s see what it exactly means and how it is used. Just saying is sometimes used when you are making a criticism or complaint but don’t want to offend… Continue reading →

The Mousetrap

A mousetrap is a small tool for catching and killing mice. It consists of five main pieces: the base or platform, the catch, the spring, the hammer and the holding bar. Of course, to attract mice, you also need a… Continue reading →

A puzzle you can’t unsee…

This is one of those things that you will perhaps not see at the beginning, but can’t unsee once you have seen it! A simple question: how many circles are there in the following image?

Question: What is the ideal age gap between children?

A gap is a space or opening in the middle of something or between things, for example you may notice that someone has a small gap between their front teeth, or when you want to cross a busy street, you… Continue reading →

How to use the expression ‘but still’

You use the expression but still when you want to say that something remains true despite what has just been said or done. Let me explain with the help of a couple of scenarios. Here is the first one: You… Continue reading →

Understanding “I wasn’t expecting that!”

Here is a romantic song that you may like. Let’s listen to it once just to enjoy it, and a second time, more carefully, to try and understand it better. You can then test your listening comprehension with the interactive… Continue reading →

Question: What are the best social hacks you have learnt in your life?

A hack is a clever solution, strategy or technique for managing your time better, or doing some activities more efficiently, or getting better results. Social hacks are techniques that allow us to be more successful in a social context, communicate… Continue reading →

A fast and easy personality test

This is another post in the Russian Dolls format. In this post, we’re going to find out what sort of personality we have by answering a simple question…

“What if North Korea isn’t crazy?” asks CNN’s Fareed Zakaria

Watch this interesting video about the geopolitical stalemate in North Korea and whether the conventional views about North Korea are correct. Mr Zakaria speaks with a clear and easily understandable accent, but if there are parts of the video that… Continue reading →

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