Numbers Count

Numbers are one of the first things we learn in a foreign language. However, we don’t often consider how numbers figure into colloquial expressions.

Here are a number of idioms and expressions related to numbers to keep you in the loop.

  • TO HAVE TWO LEFT FEET: To be really bad at dancing

  • TO PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER: To draw a conclusion or understand something by combining multiple facts or observations.

“I put two and two together and realized that my coworker and my cousin briefly dated last year.”

  • TO BE A THIRD WHEEL: To be that single person that awkwardly hangs out with a couple. A person can also be a fifth wheel if they go out with two couples.

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For the Sleep Deprived English Learners

What do we all want but can’t seem to get enough of?



In this post we’ll be looking at vocabulary and phrases related to sleeping.

  • Nightmare: a bad dream; una pesadilla

“I had a terrible nightmare last night. I woke up feeling very stressed.”


  • To daydream: to indulge in pleasant thoughts and fantasies while awake; soñar despierto/a, pensar en las musarañas Continue reading

Hitting the Gym

Like many people, one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 is to get back in shape. I’ve always loved working out, but I’ve been slacking* these past few months. In order to help inspire others (and myself) to hit the gym more this year, here are some common slang words and expressions related to working out:



This expression does not literally mean to make a fist and punch the gym. That would hurt. To hit the gym means to go to the gym.

EXAMPLE: “I’m going to hit the gym in the morning because I’m too tired tonight.”

Study: Want a 9% Raise? Hit the Gym.

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Dating in English

I’ve been home in the States for a few weeks this summer and have, unfortunately, used too much of this time catching up on my favorite reality dating shows.

Watching these TV shows is a guilty pleasure of mine. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are both very addictive. In The Bachelor one man dates 25 beautiful women. Each week he eliminates some of these women in the hopes of finding his wife at the end of eight weeks. The Bachelorette is the same except there is one woman that dates 25 men.

To give you all a taste, here is JP’s proposal to Ashley from Season 7 of The Bachelorette. They are one of the few couples that is still together. Most of these couples do not end up staying married or even marrying at all.

The music, the beach, the flowers, the clothes, the airplane. It’s almost TOO cheesy, but I love it!


Now that I’ve potentially made you waste almost 9 minutes of your life, I’ll get to the point of this post and share with you some common idioms that are used in the English-speaking dating world. Continue reading