Learn English Phrases Everyday [audio]

1. Add insult to injury 
The phrase “add insult to injury” is a common English idiom. It means to make a bad situation worse. This phrase is usually used as part of a sentence.
Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“They told me I didn’t have enough experience, and to add insult to injury, they hired my friend who had similar qualifications as me. “
“First, he missed his bus, and to add insult to injury, it started pouring. “
“Only five people came to his party, and to add insult to injury, some left before it was over.”

2. Once in a blue moon
Another English phrase is “once in a blue moon.” It is often used as part of a sentence. This phrase is used as another way to say rarely.
Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“She gets drunk once in a blue moon.”
“A chance like this comes once in a blue moon!”
“You find a rare item like this once in a blue moon.”

Talk: Dealing With Stress

adult, alone, black and white

男底色.png You don’t look so well. Is something wrong?

女底色.png I’ve been feeling quite stressed lately.

男底色.png I see. Is there anything I can help with?

女底色.pngActually, I wanted to ask you how you normally deal with stress. You always seem so calm in nerve-racking situations.

男底色.pngThere are many ways I deal with stress. I usually try to keep a clear mind so I can properly prioritize. Then I get started with what needs to get done. 

女底色.png So you try to keep your emotions at bay first?

男底色.png Yes, getting too emotional will only cause more problems, and it will also stress you out more.

女底色.png Yes, I agree. I have a bad habit of getting too emotional during stressful situations. 

男底色.pngIt does take time.  I hope everything goes well with whatever you’re dealing with.

女底色.png Thank you.

 

Learn English Phrases Everyday [audio]

1. Foot in the door
The phrase “foot in the door” is used in a figurative sense. It is used to describe a way in where progress will be made later. Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“You could take on an easier job to get your foot in the door.”
“I didn’t have the qualifications for the job I wanted, so I took this one to get my foot in the door.”
“New graduates are always looking to get their foot in the door with large companies.”

2. A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Another English phrase is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It is used to describe someone with immoral or malicious intentions disguised by kindness. In other words, it is used as cautionary advice to describe someone who necessarily cannot be trusted. Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
“In the end, she was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
“He was trusted until they realized that he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Talk: Coming In Late

adult, Analogue, break

女底色.png You’re late again.

男底色.png I’m sorry. It won’t happen next week.

女底色.png You’ve been tardy for the past two weeks. It’s not only affecting your work performance but also your credibility. 

男底色.png Yes, I’m sorry. I promise to not be late on Monday. 

女底色.png Is there something I should be concerned about?

男底色.png My car is in for repairs. So, I have been biking to work from the train station. Over the last week, I’ve been testing new routes to see which gets to the office faster.

女底色.png There is a new bus route opening near the office over the weekend. I heard it is supposed to be more convenient than the last one. Let me look it up for you during the lunch break. 

男底色.png I heard of that one too and have already looked up the route yesterday. While it stops right behind the office, I have to do a lot of bus transfers from my home. It also doesn’t stop near the train station.

女底色.png I see. This is a rather difficult situation you’re in.

男底色.png I apologize again for being late this past week. I will be more diligent next week for sure.

女底色.png I hope you find a convenient commuting route over the weekend. 

男底色.png Yes, thank you.