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.

English Idiom of the Day – Where on Earth

Where on Earth

Adding ‘on earth’ is an idiomatic way of intensifying the word ‘where’.  For example, ‘Where are my keys?’ is a simple request for information. But ‘Where on earth are my keys’ implies that the person is frustrated and has been unable to find their keys and wonders where in the whole world they could be.

Example: Where on earth did you get that ridiculous hat?  Where on earth are my keys?

Similar expressions:  ‘What on earth…?’, ‘Where in the world….?’, ‘Why on earth…?’, ‘How on earth…?’ .  The words ‘on earth’ or ‘in the world’ can be added to what, where, who, why or how to add emphasis.

ESL Word of the Day – Influence


(noun) – the power to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks without using direct force or orders.  Example: The Council had influence over many government decisions / Gayle’s mother said I was a bad influence on her daughter.

(verb) – to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, thinks etc without directly forcing or ordering them. Example: Several factors are likely to influence this decision.

Did you know…? The word ‘influence’ was in the Oxford Dictionary’s top 150 most-viewed words last year.

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