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keep going • failing that • opportunities
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  1. The biggest for college is the chance to get a good job.
  2. If you fail at first, you just need to at it.
  3. There are many for promotion at that company .
  4. You should eat a diet.
  5. To lose weight you should eat less. you should exercise more.
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Mixer 120 Best Way To Learn English

Six native speakers of English share the best way to learn their language.

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failing that

Failing that, you just have to put in a lot a time

The phrase "failing that" means "if that does not work". Notice the following:

  1. If the coke machine does not give you change back, pull the handle. Failing that, kick it.
  2. Try to choose the best answer. Failing that, guess!

keep going

I would talk to people in English and just keep going at it and keep going at it.

When you keep going at something, that means you continue to do it. Notice the following:

  1. He kept going at the puzzle but he could not solve it.
  2. Don't stop. Keep going. Keep going.


They don't have a lot of opportunities to practice.

An opportunity is a chance to do something. Notice the following:

  1. We do not have many opportunities to relax at work.
  2. When you travel you have many opportunities to speak English.

balanced approach

Try to combine the different methods and get a balanced approach.

A balanced approach means more than one method is used to achieve something. Notice the following:

  1. Raising a child takes a balanced approach to discipline.
  2. Good teachers have a balanced approach to teaching content.


You also have an incentive to learn more.

An incentive is a reward to do something. Notice the following:

  1. My incentive to losing weight is to look good at the beach.
  2. What is your incentive to learning English?



brought up to

my culture were brought up to think that that's really bad.

In this case, "brought up" means to be raised from childhood.

  1. I was brought up to believe it is impolite to eat with your elbows on the table.
  2. Many boys are brought up to believe they should hide their feelings.

on your record

If you do anything wrong then it's on your record.

"Record" in this case means a criminal history or some other official record of your behaviour.

  1. If you are late for work more than 3 times, it will be noted on your record with the Personnel section.
  2. Many countries will not issue a visa if you have a criminal conviction on your record.

pull over

The policeman asked me to pull over.

In this case, "pulling over" is an action taken when you are driving a car and it means
to move your car to the side of the road and stop.

  1. Thanks for giving me a lift home. You can pull over at this corner and let me off.
  2. In Japan, you should pull over to the left and wait if you hear an ambulance coming.


The policeman in Dubai was very straight and honest.

When we are talking about people, "straight" means to be honest and not evasive nor to hide

  1. It is important to have people who are straight working in positions of authority, so that their power is not abused.
  2. When my sister had an accident, my father was completely straight with me about her condition and didn't try to protect me from the difficult truth.

turned me down

He turned me down, it is really bad in the Arab culture.

To be "turned down" is to be denied something.

  1. I asked Jack if he would go out for coffee with me, but he turned me down. I was so disappointed.
  2. When I asked my mum if I could get a motor bike, she turned me down because it was too dangerous.