It’s your call… – Phrasal Verbs for the Phone

phoneFar from going the way of the telegraph, the telephone – thanks to the iPhone and other smartphones – has become our constant digital companion. Even though some of its functions are duplicated by online messaging and on social networks, the telephone remains vital – and so, too, does the vocabulary related to it. Here to help are some common phone-related phrasal verbs:

Call … Up / – to call someone (by surprise/who is not expecting the call)

  • I’m planning to call my high school friend up while I’m in town for the holiday weekend.

Call … Back/ – to return a call

  • Ms. Saunders isn’t available right now. Can she call you back when she gets out of the meeting?

Note: This phrasal verb has an alternate meaning with the same structure. Continue reading “It’s your call… – Phrasal Verbs for the Phone”


ESL Education Lacking in New South Wales

kids in classroomSince listening and reading are main components in learning, going to school when one does not know English can be a tremendous barrier in the learning journey. Students in many of the public schools in New South Wales (NSW), Australia are trying to overcome this barrier, with little success.

Only 20 ESL teachers have been employed since 1993, and between 1992 and 2014, the number of students who needed English language teaching support each year grew from 104,173 to 138,487, according to a March 2015 Sydney Morning Herald article. This 33 percent increase in students needing ESL focus creates a gap that the public schools do not think will be funded. Continue reading “ESL Education Lacking in New South Wales”


Business Idioms: An A For Effort

eleventh hourAs mentioned in our overview of Business Idioms, each industry has its own patterns, its own rhythms, of speech. That means that even common words and phrases can take on entirely new meanings in a business context. Thus it is a prudent executive – or executive-in-the-making – that studies up on these distinct phrases.

Here are a few common expressions used in the boardroom. Continue reading “Business Idioms: An A For Effort”


Phrasal Verb Series: We’ve Got Your Back!

back up carAs the English idiom says, sometimes when it rains it pours. Though this expression comes from weather, its meaning – that you can never predict how much of something you will receive – is equally applicable to the language itself. Take the subject of our second installment on phrasal verbs: back. From this one verb more than half a dozen phrasal verbs can be derived. Here are a few of the most popular: Continue reading “Phrasal Verb Series: We’ve Got Your Back!”


6 Tips to Beat the TOEFL Exam

ThinkstockPhotos-455627033Before you enter into the world of grueling exams, there is one that you must pass to unlock the gate of education in the U.S. International students who do not have English as their first language and would like to be accepted to a U.S. college or university must take the TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language exam. This demanding four and a half hour exam will determine your English proficiency and is highly important when seeking admission to a U.S. college or university. Although the test can seem intimidating, there are always steps you can take to make the test less of a struggle. Below are 6 tips from U.S. News Education that you can implement to help raise your TOEFL scores and get into the school of your dreams. Continue reading “6 Tips to Beat the TOEFL Exam”