Chat like a pro (January 2017)

We have conversation in our telegram chat every day.
Some of them just a chit-chat talking about weather, local events, Trump and misogyny, but sometimes there are a lot of  English grammar, vocabulary and idioms.
Happily telegram provides us a way to “mark” our messages with hashtags.
For instance every time when T.Lee share his wisdom explaining some idiom to us, I send a message like “#idiom horse mouth” where the first word is a hash tag and the rest is a short description.
And everyone can do so too! It’s free, it works!
Afterwards we can search by typing #idiom in the search input box, look at the picture below:

idioms list

On the left side we have the list of recent messages with this tag, and by clicking on it we can read the conversation about it on the right side. It’s simple, it’s instant.
Some of them are provided with many examples and even with an example of pronunciation:

One American guy reads aloud

For now we have only a few hashtags : #idiom, #vocabulary , #grammar. Try it all, you will be surprised how profound our chat could be.
I’m going to grab a few idioms and post them here on FB regularly, for those who are frown upon chatting.
The list
hear (sth) through/on the grapevine to hear news from someone who heard the news from someone else
rings true If something someone says or writes rings true, it seems to be true
close a door to (on) someone to eliminate an opportunity for someone or something
school of hard knocks the school of life’s experiences, as opposed to a formal, classroom education.
save the day to do something that solves a serious problem, to produce a good result when a bad result was expected.
by the skin of my teeth barely. Often used to describe something that almost didn’t happen
quit cold turkey to stop doing something abruptly. The phrase is most often used to describe the sudden cessation of a drug
For more examples, questions and suggestions you would visit our chat.

Stay tuned!

4 comments

  1. Good explanation and sharing of tips with our members, Ivan.
    You have also mastered the “featured image” technique. Cool!

    Some grammar tips:

    1. Some of them just a chit-chat (missing verb) => Some of them ARE just chit-chat…
    (chit-chat is uncountable, so no article).
    2. every time when T.Lee share his wisdom => every time THAT T.Lee SHARES his wisdom…
    (Use a relative pronoun to introduce this kind of clause.)
    3. input box, look at => input box. Look at…
    (start a new sentence)
    4. It’s simple, it’s instant. => It’s simple; it’s instant.
    (two separate independent clauses; join by “and” or semi-colon or period and start a
    new sentence)
    5. Try it all, you will be => Try it all. You will be
    (two separate independent clauses; join by “and” or semi-colon or period and start a
    new sentence)
    6. for those who are frown upon => for those who frown upon
    (no “are”; active voice is needed; they frown upon something; they themselves are not frowned upon)
    7. For more examples, questions and suggestions you would visit our chat.
    For more examples, questions and suggestions you SHOULD visit our chat.
    (would = willingness; should = strong suggestion or opinion)
    —–
    Your writing is surprisingly good, Ivan. And I mean that in a good way. 🙂

  2. Ivan, you know what? I read the whole post and I thought that it was Teacher Lee’s, not yours. This means that your English has been improved successfully in a short time and with big effort and hard work. Congratulations indeed!
    You always save our days, so please don’t go anywhere.
    What do you mean by “pro”, Programmer/professional or something else?
    Thank you!

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