Last week at Loghaat was fun and exciting…The kids made mittens to protect their hands from the cold.They also decorated their woolly hats with wool to keep their ears warm.They drank some hot anise and touched the hot kettle. After that, they squeezed some lemon to prepare lemonade rich in vitamin C to keep the cold away… They felt and tasted the cold ice in the lemonade.On Thursday, kids watched a nice movie and ate some popcorn to celebrate the start of the week-end….
At Loghaat, learners follow a curriculum that lasts for a whole year.Every month, we work upon a different theme.For instance,during the month of January, children are learning about ” Winter”. Through this theme, they will build up their vocabulary with words related to winter such as “cold”, “rain” ,”umbrella”,etc. Everyday, and during circle time , children are taught to greet their teacher and friends ,name the day, tell how is the weather on that day,and all this through entertaining methods and approaches.They also learn numbers,shapes,colours,opposite and position words.They are also taught sounds of letters and encouraged to give words that start with these sounds.
After circle time ,they apply their knowledge by performing different kinds of activities such as painting, colouring,craft,etc.Many other entertaining activities are used to educate children such as puppet shows,reading books,puzzles,educational games,etc.
We look forward to share our experience with your kids……
Idiom: a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transmit some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society. These sayings are called “idioms” – or proverbs if they are longer. These combinations of words have (rarely complete sentences) a “figurative” meaning – they basically work with “pictures”.
This list of commonly used idioms and sayings (in everyday conversational English) can help you to speak English by learning English idiomatic expressions. This is a list, which contains exactly 66 of the most commonly used idioms and their meaning.
A hot potato
Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
A penny for your thoughts
A way of asking what someone is thinking
Actions speak louder than words
People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
Add insult to injury
To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
At the drop of a hat
Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
Back to the drawing board
When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over.
Ball is in your court
It is up to you to make the next decision or step
Barking up the wrong tree
Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
Be glad to see the back of
Be happy when a person leaves.
Beat around the bush
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
Best of both worlds
Meaning: All the advantages.
Best thing since sliced bread
A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
Bite off more than you can chew
To take on a task that is way to big.
Blessing in disguise
Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
Burn the midnight oil
To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
Can’t judge a book by its cover
Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
Caught between two stools
When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
Costs an arm and a leg
This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
Cross that bridge when you come to it
Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
Cry over spilt milk
When you complain about a loss from the past.
Curiosity killed the cat
Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
When something is done badly to save money.
Cut the mustard [possibly derived from “cut the muster”]
To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate
To present a counter argument
Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
This idiom is used to express “Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”.
Don’t give up the day job
You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
Drastic times call for drastic measures
When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
Elvis has left the building
The show has come to an end. It’s all over.
Every cloud has a silver lining
Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
Far cry from
Very different from.
Feel a bit under the weather
Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.
Give the benefit of the doubt
Believe someone’s statement, without proof.
Hear it on the grapevine
This idiom means ‘to hear rumors’ about something or someone.
Hit the nail on the head
Do or say something exactly right
Hit the sack / sheets / hay
To go to bed.
In the heat of the moment
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
It takes two to tango
Actions or communications need more than one person
Jump on the bandwagon
Join a popular trend or activity.
Keep something at bay
Keep something away.
Kill two birds with one stone
This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
The final problem in a series of problems.
Let sleeping dogs lie
Meaning – do not disturb a situation as it is – since it would result in trouble or complications.
Let the cat out of the bag
To share information that was previously concealed
Make a long story short
Come to the point – leave out details
Method to my madness
An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
Miss the boat
This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance
Not a spark of decency
Meaning: No manners
Not playing with a full deck
Someone who lacks intelligence.
Off one’s rocker
Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
On the ball
When someone understands the situation well.
Once in a blue moon
Meaning: Happens very rarely.
Picture paints a thousand words
A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
Piece of cake
A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
Put wool over other people’s eyes
This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.
See eye to eye
This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
Sit on the fence
This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
Speak of the devil!
This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
Steal someone’s thunder
To take the credit for something someone else did.
Take with a grain of salt
This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
Taste of your own medicine
Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else
To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth
To hear something from the authoritative source.
Whole nine yards
Everything. All of it.
Wouldn’t be caught dead
Would never like to do something
Your guess is as good as mine
To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question
To be an idiom, a word or phrase must be distinctive to a specific language and have a meaning that is not obvious from the common meaning of the words employed. For example: “You’re pulling my leg” is an English idiom for “teasing”, while “You’re winding my clock” is an English translation of a German idiom that means the same thing. Note that in both cases, the meaning is transferred by the culture, not the words themselves
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Living Abroad?
Having lived abroad in several countries I wanted to share my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of living abroad to give you a real picture of what it is like to move and live abroad and what does living abroad mean.
It is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of moving to another country very carefully to make sure that you’re making the right decision for you..
Living abroad is a wonderful experience but it does come with its challenges and has advantages and disadvantages
Here I will list some pros and cons of living abroad so that hopefully it will help you to make the right decision as to whether living in another country is right for you .
Pros of living abroad
It allows you to develop your career
Living abroad will enable you to go to overseas colleges or work in foreign companies. It exposes you to experiences you would not get if you were living and working at home. If you are living in developed countries, you get a chance to use equipment fitted with the latest technology. It increases your expertise and expands your skills.
Moving to another country can give your career big lift as it can open new opportunities and possibilities It also i gives you the opportunity to start over.
For example, I didn’t go to University to study to be a teacher as I had hoped ,but when I moved to Egypt and I saw the opportunities that teaching English as a foreign language could offer me as an English Native , and using my training in childcare health and social development I grabbed that opportunity to create a new career for me.
It was challenging in the beginning but has turned out to be very rewarding and gives me an income to live on ..
It enhances your communication skills
When you get a chance to live abroad, you get an opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds. It gives you the opportunity to learn a new language and enhances your communication skills and master a new language.
You will meet many interesting people both local and other foreigners living there ,This will not only be a wonderful experience and you will learn the language first hand in an international setting .
You will be able to immerse yourself into another culture
Depending on where you come from, there are stereotypes that you develop about people and their culture. But when you live abroad, you interact with the same people and begin to understand them. You start to realize that the things you heard about them were not correct. It gives insight into their culture and makes you know them even better.
To truly get to know another culture is something that is not easily achieved by just visiting that country.
You will experience the local way of life every day. This will give you such an amazing in-depth experience of the culture and the way of life of the people who live there .
You will be very motivated
You can only live abroad if you are a self-starter. Finding work and working in a foreign country confirms that you are a highly motivated person. It also shows that you are adaptable and mature. Employers like outgoing employees. When you get out of a comfort zone to live in a foreign country, it tells a lot about your character and attitude.
Living abroad will give you such great motivation because you are doing something you only dreamt about before You have achieved your goal! This in turn will give you more energy and determination that you need to live successfully abroad
Cons of living abroad
Challenges in adapting
The first challenge people who live abroad encounter is to adjust to the culture of their host country. It is difficult to get used to the host countries’ currency or driving on their roads. Also, it is a daunting task to adapt to their customs. Lastly, it may be difficult for you to adjust to the new cuisine and unfamiliar conventions.
Feeling homesick is a significant challenge for people who choose to live and work abroad. If your home is thousands of miles away, and your financial situation does not allow you to visit them frequently, it may take more time before you settle down.
New weather patterns
Unless you are moving to a neighboring country, you will have problems adjusting to the new weather in a foreign country. For instance, if you’re you are moving from Africa to Europe, you will get challenges adapting to the winter and summer periods. If you are not used to low temperatures, you must be prepared for them during the winter. Similarly, some countries experience very high temperatures during the summer. It may be a big challenge for some people.
Is living abroad worth it?
Let’s take a look at whether living in a foreign country is worth it or not.
It is important that you understand the pros and cons, so make sure that you also look at the benefits of living abroad as well as the reasons not to move abroad, because living in another country is not for everyone.
Living and moving abroad is upheaval and challenge in your life
You’re going to be faced with many different changes and you will need to be able to create everything from scratch. There will be so many decisions that you need to make on a daily basis
So make sure that you put your own personal pros and cons about moving abroad and living away from your home country.
During my time abroad I have had some wonderful experiences but also some difficult times and I have met so many people from all over the world that i would have otherwise never have met
It takes a certain kind of person to be successful at living overseas. You will need to have a lot of flexibility and patience.
You will be starting from the beginning again ,which is exciting for some people but very daunting for others.
What does it mean to live abroad?
They say that the journey is more exciting than the end result when you’re trying to reach a goal. I think the same goes for moving and living abroad…The whole experience from the planning stage until you actually make it to your chosen destination
How do you cope with living abroad?
Do not be afraid of failures. This is part of life , just try to learn from them and move on
Although living abroad takes you away from your comfort zone, it is rewarding and well worth it . If you can overcome the initial challenges, you are likely to live abroad successfully.
Before you decide look at the pros and cons of living abroad, If you decide to go ahead get ready for a new life and prepare yourself for some unforgettable experiences and memories