Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Death is on my mind....

Hello and welcome back. I have had morbid thoughts all day. I think it's because Halloween is right around the corner. That in mind I would like to go over some idioms that have more of a macabre theme.

In today's podcast I go over a few dark idioms. Try them out the next time you have an English conversation. You can always leave me a comment on this blog or email me if you want to try some practice sentences.

deader than a door nail - to be deceased with no chance of coming back to life. Can refer to a person or also something inanimate. For example:
"Do you think the proposal can be pitched again?"
"No way, that proposal is as dead as a door nail."

dead set against something - to be completely, adamantly against. For example:
"I wanted to visit Saudi Arabia but my mother was dead set against it. She thought it was too dangerous."

dead on one's feet - to be extremely tired while still standing, walking around. For example:
"These double shifts are killing me. I'm dead on my feet and I still have three hours left before I can go home!"

over my dead body
- to not give permission to do something. For example:
"You can buy that sports car over my dead body! We can't afford that!"

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Monday, October 08, 2007

On Vacation in Maine

I took a week off of work to go visit my sister in Portland, ME. Please enjoy!


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Graffiti in Portland, ME

Dubya?, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

Graffiti to most people is a form of vandalism and not pretty at all. To some, it can be a form of art that should be studied and appreciated. What do you think? Do you see a lot of Graffiti in your part of the world? What do you think about it?