English Expressions Plus Two Linking Words



Hola chicos y chicas, today we are going to learn a few expressions using the preposition On: To Be On A Diet, or To Go On A Diet, On Purpose, On Sale. We also learn two linking words/phrases: On the other hand and On the Contrary. Enjoy :)


Hello boys and girls, chicos y chicas, you are listening to the English Made Simple show, this is episode number 97, numero noventa y siete.

Welcome to the short and sweet segment of the English Made Simple show, where we have a chance to learn some common English expressions. The expressions we learn here are usually related to the content from the previous episode.

In every short and sweet episode, I try my best to teach you about English expressions that are normally used by native speakers on a daily basis, and I also use them myself.

Hello again, my name is Milena from www.englishmadesimple.net. Hope you are doing well, hope you are fine and dandy. Alive and kicking!

Now what was I on about in my last episode? Oh that’s right. I started talking about the Dutch language in my introduction, I went completely off topic.

What is off topic? Off topic – it’s an expression, two words – Off Topic – means that I talked about something that wasn’t relevant to the topic I was going to discuss in that episode.

To go off-topic.

Well, now thanks to my blunder you’ve learnt a new expression. Off topic. I will try to stay on-topic now.

Alright guys, are you ready?

Let’s start learning some expressions, shall we, enough gibberish Milena. Let’s get a move on, there is no more time to waste.

Expression numero uno:

The first expression goes like this.

On purpose – it means to do something intentionally, when you do something on purpose, you do it intentionally, because you wanted to do it. In Spanish this would be a proposito.

I’ll give you a personal example.

For example, my husband placed Nutella jar on the top shelf in the kitchen, he did this on purpose so that I can’t reach for it, I can’t get it because I am so short. I can’t reach the top shelf. He didn’t do it by accident he did it on purpose. He wanted to punish me. Haha

The next expression, guys:

On sale – What does on-sale mean? When something is on-sale it means that it’s discounted or that it’s selling at a reduced price. In Spanish this would be, comprar cosas en oferta o con descuento.

Ok, I’ll give you an example.

For example, Last time I went shopping, I bought the Start Wars movie on DVD which was on sale. It was only $5 (bucks or dollars). O m g! Awesome! I got a sweet deal man!

The next expression that I have for you today is:

To be on a diet or to go on a diet – If someone goes on a diet, it means that they are watching what they eat, they are being careful about what they eat, either because they want to lose weight, they want to look good or they are training for a particular event or a competition or they might follow a special diet for whatever reason. Maybe they want to impress somebody. Who know…

For example: The tennis player from Serbia, Novak Djokovic he is on a gluten free diet. Apparently it helps him with his performance on court.

Another example, my husband put the Nutella jar on the top shelf in the kitchen, because I am supposed to be on a diet. If I wanted to lose weight, then I shouldn’t really indulge in Nutella. I shouldn’t go nuts and crazy with Nutella.

But what my husband doesn’t know is that I can still climb onto the chair and reach the top shelf hahhaha and get my sweet little jar of nutella.

So he doesn’t know I can climb onto the chair. ha!

So here I used another phrase which we can use as an example, I said: to climb onto – subirse a in Spanish – For example: me subí a una silla. I climbed onto a chair.

New word for you guys: CLIMB.

By the way, the verb CLIMB has a silent B. it’s spelt as C L I M B, B for Bob. We simply pronounce it as (kl-aim) CLIMB, not CLIM-B

And now muchachos…

How many of you are writing essays or preparing for English exams?

The following two expressions are perfect for people who are preparing their IELTS or TOEFL exams and need to write essays. We love them, we love those essays, don’t we?

The following two linking words are useful when you want to present two points of view, either to support or oppose an argument.

This is also useful for people who are not doing the exams, you can still use the following two phrases, that I am going to share with you today, when you are having a conversation with someone, with some native speakers. You can still use these phrases, ok?

The first expression is:

On the other hand, Por otro lado, in Spanish.

Here’s an example, here’s a simple example for you guys:

It can get really hot in Melbourne in the summer. In the winter, on the other hand, it gets really cold.

Easy, simple example!

The second and the last expression that I wanted to share with you today is:

On the contrary, al contrario o por el contrario.

A simple example: My husband thinks that I don’t like vanilla flavoured ice-cream, but on the contrary, I love it.

I hope that makes sense amigos!

I hope you enjoyed today’s show, if you found it useful please share it with your friends, don’t be shellfish. Don’t be selfish, help a friend out. Ok?

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And we have now reached the end of the show, you have been an outstanding audience as always.

You have been jamming with Milena Nutella from English Made Simple, I will catch you next time. Hasta la proxima!

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