Monkey idioms

Monkey idioms

There are lots of idioms and slang expressions about monkeys. Unfortunately most have negative meanings. Perhaps the monkey is not a very popular animal! All of the expressions are informal. The idioms with ‘slang’ next to them are very informal and usually only used with close friends.

Monkey around (This is used as a phrasal verb)

= to be silly & waste time.

‘Stop monkeying around we need to finish cleaning the house in time for the party.’

‘Every time he goes to the toy shop he monkeys around, playing with all the toys and riding the scooters. And his children are just as bad!’

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14 Cat Idioms & sayings: Intermediate-advanced level

Idioms are a part of everyday language: Here are 14 cat idioms and sayings!

Fight like cat and dog

 = Argue aggressively

‘The two brothers fought like cat and dog when they were small. Now they are the best of friends.’

Grinning like a Cheshire cat

= Smiling a really wide smile like the Cheshire cat from the book Alice in Wonderland.

‘Have you had some good news. You’re grinning like a Cheshire cat!’

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Learn English Grammar: Present Perfect

This post looks at the present perfect and when to use it. We ask the questions:

How do we form the present perfect?

The present perfect is the verb ‘have’

and the past participle, for example:


Subject       has/have     past participle

I                       have               worked

You                 have                worked

He/she/it         has                  worked

We/they          have                worked


Some examples of regular verbs:

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Tips for learning online

Welcome to this blog post which looks at tips for learning online. (Words with an * are explained at the end of the post under ‘Vocabulary Check’)

  1. Little and often.

It is better to study* for 10 minutes a day, every day than to study for 70 minutes one day a week.  Studying once a week will help a little but studying everyday will help you remember much more.  We can forget up to 80 % of new words only 24 hours after learning them! 

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Learn English Grammar: The past continuous

This post looks at the past continuous and asks;

What is the past continuous?

When is the past continuous used?

At the end are 5 advanced-level uses of the past continuous for more confident learners.

 The past continuous uses the past of the verb ‘be’ and the infinitive + ‘ing’

 Subject         was/were     infinitive + ‘ing’  

I                       was                 playing           tennis

You                 were                playing           tennis

He/she/it         was                 playing           tennis

We/they         were                playing           tennis

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What is the BBC?

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The BBC is the British Broadcasting Company.   The BBC is ‘public service’ television and radio network.   If you have a television in the UK and watch televisions programmes you must buy a television licence.  The money from the licence pays for BBC programmes on television and radio.  Most of the money for the BBC comes from UK households.  There are no commercial advertisements* on BBC channels. 

When did the BBC start?

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Learn English vocabulary: Spring is in the air!

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Spring is in the air! But what does that mean?



In the UK spring starts in March and continues through April and May. 

There is an expression that says

‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’.

 (words with * are explained at the end)

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Learn English grammar: The past simple


This article looks at the past simple. We use the past simple to talk about actions that have finished.

What does the past simple look like?
When do we use the past simple?


When I was twelve my family moved to a new house.

 This sentence contains two past simple tense verbs.

 Was – the past of the verb ‘to be’. This is an irregular verb. It does not follow rules.

Moved – the past of the verb ‘to move’. This is a regular verb. It follows the same rules as other regular verbs.

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