ESL Word of the Day – Obedient


(Adjective) – Always doing what you are told to do, or what the law, a rule etc says you must do.

Example:  The students in her class were very obedient;  The soldiers were trained to be disciplined and obedient.

Similar word: compliant


ESL Word of the Day – Rescue


(Verb) – to save someone or something from a situation of danger or harm.

Example: Survivors of the crash were rescued by a helicopter

(Noun) – when someone or something is rescued from danger.

Example: It was a dangerous rescue

ESL Word of the Day – Confused


Unable to understand or think clearly what someone is saying or what is happening.

Example:  I’m totally confused. Could you explain that again? 

ESL Word of the Day – Stubborn


Determined not to change your mind, even when people think you are being unreasonable;  a very strong and determined refusal.

Example: Why are you being so stubborn?   Paul is refusing to go to the dentist, he is being very stubborn.

ESL Word of the Day – Perspective


A way of thinking about something, especially one which is influenced by the type of person you are or by your experiences.

Example: His father’s death gave him a whole new perspective on life;  We have to look at everything from an international perspective.

Did you know…?  The word ‘perspective’ was in the Oxford Dictionary’s top 200 most-viewed words last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Apologise


To tell someone that you are sorry that you have done something wrong.

Spelling: Spelt apologise in the UK and Australia and apologize in the USA.

Example: I think you better apologise to John for what you said to him this morning;  I apologise for losing my temper.

Did you know…?  The word ‘apologize’ was in the Oxford Dictionary’s top 300 most-viewed words last year.

Australian Idiom of the Day – Up a Gum Tree

In recognition of Australia Day, which is held on 26th January every year, today’s English idiom of the day is an Australian expression.

Up a Gum tree

If you are ‘up a gum tree’ you are in trouble or in a very awkward position.

Example:  Tony: “My wife caught me buying a drink for my attractive secretary.”  John: “Oh mate, you are up a  gum tree!”

Did you know…?  The original version of this idiom was “like a possum up a gum tree”.  It relates to possums getting into difficulty and being chased up gum trees by dogs.

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