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  • 2018-01-31 10:08 Language

    8 cake idioms that will help you sound like a native


    Learning some English idioms is strongly recommended as this really helps to give the impression of fluency and superior language skills. Here are some handy cake related idioms which can be used in a wide range of business and social situations. We hope you find them helpful.

    1. A piece of cake

    Meaning: To be easy.
    Example: No problem, it should be a piece of cake.

    2. A share/slice of the cake
    Meaning: A portion of the money or profits that are being shared by everyone involved in generating them.
    Example: Winning the account was a team effort and all the team members should get a slice of the cake.

    3. Cakewalk
    Meaning: To be easy or effortless to achieve.
    Example: This competition should be a cakewalk. We’re bound to win.

    4. To go/sell like hot cakes

    Meaning: Easy to sell.
    Example: Our recently launched products are selling like hot cakes.

    5. To have your/one’s cake and eat it
    Meaning: More easily understood as “You can't have your cake and eat it too” i.e. Used for expressing the impossibility of having something both ways, if those two ways conflict.
    Example: The huge challenges that Brexit negotiations have presented have been a clear lesson to supporters of the leave campaign that you can’t have your cake and eat it.

    6. Nutty as a fruitcake
    Meaning: Insane or completely mad.
    Example: I wouldn’t employ him because he’s nutty as a fruitcake.

    7. That takes the cake/biscuit!
    Meaning: An outrageous example of something bad. Alternatively: That is too much; That does it!
    Example: Stealing your own child's Halloween sweets really takes the cake!

    8. The cherry/icing on the cake
    Meaning: Something that makes a good situation even better i.e. An attractive but inessential addition or enhancement.
    Example: I was delighted to be promoted but to get a company car too was just the icing on the cake.

    Hungry for more?


    If these idioms have given you an appetite for learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us at The London School of English. Our quality English language training is a guaranteed recipe for success in achieving your goals quickly and effectively.

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2018-01-24 09:46 Language, Grammar

    7 common English mistakes made by Swedes with capital letters


    The rules for the use of capital letters in English (Swedish: Versaler) differ quite significantly from the rules in Swedish. We’ve put together a list of the most important areas you should watch out for. These also happen to be some of the most common basic mistakes made by Swedes in English. A date on a CV or application letter where the month is spelt without a capital letter, for example, looks strikingly wrong to an English speaker. This also gets your application off to a bad beginning if business level English is required, even if your English level is very good.

    Capital letters should always be used for the following in English


    1. Months
    Example: I have a new resolution every January.

    2. Days of the week
    Example: Jane has dance lessons on Mondays.

    3. Languages
    Example: John speaks Swedish and English.

    4. Nationality
    Example: We are all Swedish citizens.

    5. Organisations
    Example: The students studying politics will spend one term at Stockholm University followed by a week at the Houses of Parliament.

    6. Titles of books and films
    Note: All large words in the titles of movies, books, and other publications should be capitalized, while all small words (a, an, the, but, and, if, as, or, nor, to name a few) should not be capitalized unless they are the first or last words in the title.
    Example: My favourite books are Pride and Prejudice and War of the Worlds.

    7. Words related to people
    Example: People who like Shakespeare can be called Shakespearean fans and those who follow the teachings of Buddha are Buddhists and believe in Buddhism.

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  • 2018-01-16 12:33 Grammar, Language

    What’s the difference between “affect” and “effect” and when should they be used?

    These two words are often confused as they look and sound very similar. However, there is a simple explanation to help you remember the difference.

    The simple rule

    • Affect is a verb – “to affect” – meaning to influence or have an impact on something.
    • Effect is the noun – “an effect (a positive or a negative effect) is the result of being affected by something.

    Warning
    There is also a verb “to effect”, which means to bring something about – “to effect a change”. However, this is not very commonly used.

    Examples of “affect”
    -Several of my colleagues have been directly affected by the re-organisation
    -High levels of stress can affect performance
    -The storm knocked down power lines, affecting thousands of people

    Examples of “effect”
    -My doctor said it would take a few hours for the medicine to take effect
    -Wet weather often has a bad effect on your mood.
    -We are still unsure what sort of effect the new regulations will have

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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