Vocabulary | Online English Lessons

Do you ever get confused by the differences between the English vocabulary used in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand? Generally speaking, it doesn’t really matter which of these varieties of English you learn and use because most of what you say will be understood by any group of English speakers – but there are some areas of difference e.g. vehicles and … [Read more…]

If a city or other place is cosmopolitan (adjective), people from many different cultures and countries live there. Examples: 1. London is a cosmopolitan city. 2. Paris is a very cosmopolitan place to live and work. 3. Because of immigration, many cities across the world are now very cosmopolitan. If a person is cosmopolitan (adjective), they have travelled a lot and … [Read more…]

A shopaholic is a person who loves shopping so much they are addicted to it: they can’t stop shopping. Informal English.   Examples of use: 1. I love shopping. I’m a shopaholic! 2. They wouldn’t have so many debts if his wife wasn’t a shopaholic. 3. Film title: Confessions of a Shopaholic. 4. News headline: Shopaholic housewife had secret hoard of … [Read more…]

To grin like a Cheshire cat means to smile very broadly, from ear to ear. Example of use: Mr McCloud was very happy when he passed his driving test: he had a grin like a Cheshire cat.   The phrase was made popular by the English Victorian humorist and children’s author, Lewis Carroll, in his book  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), with John … [Read more…]

To be as bright as a button means to be intelligent and lively. This idiom is usually used with reference to children. Examples of use: 1. My niece is interested in everything and always asking questions; she’s as bright as a button. 2. Their new baby is as bright as a button! In America people say as cute as a button.   Image by … [Read more…]