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آموزش زبان انگلیسی - اصلاحات انگلیسی
آموزش زبان انگلیسی
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Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Shoot Yourself in the Foot

A Class ActGet Under Someone’s Skin

As a Last Resort

Living Paycheck to Paycheck

If someone is “living paycheck to paycheck” it means they never save any money.

They keep spending all the money they earn. For example, if you earn $1000 USD per month and you spend $1000 USD per month, you are living paycheck to paycheck.

Living paycheck to paycheck” is a very common situation all over the world.

It’s a very common and useful phrase in spoken English as well.

If you are currently “living paycheck to paycheck” I would advise you to stop spending money on “useless things” and start investing money in yourself.

Maybe you need to improve your English so you can earn more money in your job by getting a raise. That is just one example. If you earn more money, you can improve your lifestyle AND start saving money!

Then you won’t need to live paycheck to paycheck any more!

Shoot Yourself in the Foot

This is an amazing phrase used in spoken English. If you “shoot yourself in the foot” it means that you accidentally do something that is negative for you.

To help you remember phrases, it’s very helpful to understand the original meaning of the phrase.

Imagine you owned a gun and you weren’t being careful with it. You might be playing around with the gun and you accidentally shoot yourself in the foot. Then you need to go to the hospital to fix your foot and you probably won’t be able to walk for about 6 months. (This would obviously be a stupid thing to do!)

Well… Now think about how this phrase might be applied (used) in real spoken English. If you “shoot yourself in the foot” it means you did something to yourself that will hurt you, not help you.

Here is a perfect example of shooting yourself in the foot: Imagine you have an important job interview tomorrow. Now imagine you went 15 minutes late to the interview and you also wore dirty clothes for no reason.

This would clearly make your chances of getting the job much lower and would be a very stupid thing to do to yourself. That would be called, “shooting yourself in the foot

Also… If you don’t learn English at a high level, you are also “shooting yourself in the foot” because you are limiting your opportunities at work and in many areas of life. You might not realize how negative this is, but people with better English have MUCH better lives. I hope this gives you some extra motivation to study now! Keep going!

 

A Class Act

A “class act” is a very good and quite a high level slang term to be able to use.

If someone is a “class act” it means they are very “classy”.  It’s actually a very positive term if someone is a real class act.  They are a great, wonderful, and classy person etc…

BUT… Here is how the phrase is ALMOST ALWAYS used.  It’s almost always a sarcastic one.  That means, people almost always use this phrase to describe someone who is NOT a class act.  They are instead the opposite of a class act.

So imagine someone who is loud, rude, and stupid.  Maybe they are overconfident at the same time.  That would be a terrible combination of character traits for someone to have, but I’m sure we all know people like this.

This loud, rude, and annoying person could be referred to as a “real class act“.   In this case, it means the person is TERRIBLE.

So, when someone says, “Wow, that guy is a real class act” they mean, that guy has a bunch of terrible characteristics.  As I mentioned, these characteristics are often rude, loud, overconfident etc.

It’s important to pay attention to when this term “class act” is used.  If the person is really great, then it’s a positive meaning.  Just remember that most of the time it’s used in a joking way to refer to someone with those negative qualities.

Ok… So that was a really high level and great term for you.  I hope you learned the basic meaning and will start to use it!

Get Under Someone’s Skin

This is another amazing term that is used all the time in spoken English.

If you “get under someone’s skin” it means you annoy or irritate them.  Whatever you are doing is somehow bothering them.  That’s what “getting under someone’s skin” means.  It could also mean to make someone angry quite easily.

Here are some examples:

“I’m not sure why, but that guy really get’s under my skin.”

That means, “I don’t know why but that guy really annoys me.”

Another one is:

“Please stop singing that song.  It really gets under my skin.”

So, “Please don’t sing that song because it’s very annoying for me”

It’s a great phrase and I hope you use it well!

As a Last Resort

This is a great phrase in English. It’s very commonly used as well.

If someone does something as “a last resort” it means they did it AFTER they considered all other options first.  This action was their last and least favourite option to choose.

Some examples will help clear this up for you…

Many countries say they hate war, but they will do it only as a last resort.

That means the countries hope to find a solution without war (a peaceful solution), but if they still can’t agree on a peaceful solution, they will go to war as a last resort.

Another example is this: Imagine a married couple who is going through some difficult times in their marriage. They don’t really love each other any more, but they have kids together and don’t want a divorce.

They might try many things to see if they can work things out and fall in love again, but if all of their efforts still fail, they may choose to get divorced as a last resort.

I think these example should help you guys with the true meaning. It’s a great phrase and I hope you use it. Pay close attention to what you hear on TV and see in the news. I’m sure you’ll start to notice this phrase more and more





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