Idiom of the Week: “Best thing since sliced bread”


How can I start the week with food; it is a must. I am currently on a diet and I am missing bread (I have cut bread out *sad face*). I have found researching the idioms a challenge sometimes and it is interesting (and in some way exciting) to find out where, when and how these idioms came about. This week’s idiom is not exception. Best things since sliced bread is an idiom I have heard my mother use in the past; especially when I was in my teenage years. I heard her say it to my younger brother when it came to his computer games and the current trends. This is a humorous idiom

the best thing since sliced bread


if someone or something is described as the best thing since sliced bread, people think they are extremely good, often better than they really are Portable phones are marketed as the best thing since sliced bread, but to me they’re just another expensive gadget. The way he goes on about heryou’d think she was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Wordle Wednesday: Shapes

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I have noticed that I have not been doing a lot of other subjects within Wordle Wednesday and I feel that it is about time that I do! I have decided to start with Maths. This is why this week’s theme is “Shapes”

Shapes - 18th march

Word List:

  • circle
  • cone
  • cylinder
  • ellipse
  • hexagon
  • irregular shape
  • octagon
  • oval
  • parallelogram
  • pentagon
  • pyramid
  • rectangle
  • semicircle
  • sphere
  • square
  • star
  • trapezoid
  • triangle
  • wedge
  • whorl

Idiom of the Week: “Barking up the wrong tree”


It is the start of another week; which means only one thing…it is time of the idiom of the week. I absolutely love this idiom; I always have the mental image of a dog barking up a fake tree with a confused look upon his face. I, myself, have done this many a time – I know me; the perfect woman (only joking!). It is strange to hear people using this idiom as an everyday thing.

bark up the wrong tree

to make the wrong choice; to ask the wrong person; to follow the wrong course. (Alludes to a dog in pursuit of an animal, where the animal is in one tree and the dog is barking at another tree.)
If you think I’m the guilty person, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
The hitters blamed the team’s bad record on the pitchers, but they were barking up the wrong tree.

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I have some fantastic news! I have joined SkimaTalk as a teacher! I am very excited about joining the teachers there! I can work whatever hours I wish and whenever I want. I will have to get myself all sorted with lessons and resources! I am very excited about working there. I found the link via the Teaching Online Course at i-to-i. I had a chat with Ted; one of the staff, about becoming a teacher and he was very positive. I am looking forward to teaching some students. I am trying to organise a quiet place to conduct the lessons and get some students in. I will be teaching via Skype which is brilliant. It is a good Programme to use.


Stop Taking my Pencils!


I think that this is a fabulous idea! Just would I get away with it?! I wonder how they feel when the students are using them… I have also said “swap for a pencil”; but the current place I am working in frown upon asking a student for the show for a pencil. I have found that it has worked; but only if all the teachers use the system!

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I don’t know about you, but no matter what I have tried in the past, my pencils always seem to disappear! I have a special holder on my desk for ‘student pencils.’ I have previously asked them to leave a shoe in exchange for a pencil. I thought that if my students would hobble around my classroom with only one shoe, they would surely remember to give me my pencil back. But, sure enough, my pencils would slowly disappear! So, I recently came up with a new idea for keeping my pencils from getting “kidnapped” (napped by kids) and thought I would share it with you!

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Wordle Wednesday: Buildings & Places


Next week one of the buildings in the county town of Northampton will be demolished; I have been travelling in and out of this building since I was at least sixteen; when I was attending college. This building is the Greyfriars Bus Station. I thought that I would pay homage to this building; many local people felt that it was a horrid sight and needed to be re-built. Alas; this has happened. I have not been in this new bus station (nor the new train station). This is why this week’s theme for Wordle Wednesday is “Buildings & Places”.

Building & Places

Word List:

  • airport
  • apartment building
  • bank
  • barber shop
  • book store
  • bowling alley
  • bus stop
  • church
  • cinema
  • convenience store
  • department store
  • fire department
  • gas station
  • hospital
  • house
  • library
  • movie theatre
  • museum
  • office building
  • post office
  • restaurant
  • school
  • mall
  • shopping centre
  • supermarket
  • train station

Idiom of the Week: “Ball is in your court”


When I think of this week’s idiom; Tennis always come to mind. Personally, I never truly understood why. This is why I decided that this week’s idiom would be (the) ball is in your court. It originally came for the game of tennis; which is rather interesting right?

the ball is in someone’s court

to be someone else’s move, play, or turn. (From tennis.)
The ball’s in your court now.
You do something. I can’t do anything as long as the ball is in John’s court.

Wordle Wednesday: Adverbs of Time


I have always been interested in time; it is a concept that will always need to be learnt – no matter what age or level of English a person has. I have found that working with Deaf students for the last seven years that ‘time’ is a hard concept to grasp. I think that this is a shame; as the students are not given the information to broaden their vocabulary. This is why I thought that ‘time’ should be used for this week’s theme for Wordle Wednesday.



Word List:

  • after
  • always
  • before
  • during
  • lately
  • never
  • often
  • rarely
  • recently
  • sometimes
  • soon
  • today
  • tomorrow
  • usually
  • yesterday

Idiom of the Week: “At the drop of a hat”


Whenever I hear idioms; either on the television or on the radio, always make me laugh as I make a mental note and add them to the list here at My TEFL Adventures. I always try and use at least one idiom a day; sometimes it can be rather difficult and on other days I can have an entire conversation in idioms at the drop of a hat. That is what this week’s idiom is:

at the drop of a hat

immediately; instantly; on the slightest signal or urging. (Alludes to the dropping of a hat as a signal.)
John was always ready to go fishing at the drop of a hat.
If you need help, just call on me. I can come at the drop of a hat.