For the time being
We can use this phrase when we are talking about something that will likely change in the future.
For example, "The crisis in Fukushima seems to be under control for the time being, but who knows what will happen if there is another big earthquake or tsunami."
That's all for the time being.
Have a nice day!
Off the cuff
Have you ever been in a meeting of lesson when someone was totally unprepared and their answers were not particularly well thought out?
These kinds of answers are "off the cuff".
Do you do it too?
Enjoy your day.
Pulling my leg
Being stood up
Have you ever waited for someone at a cafe or restaurant only to have them call you to say they can't make it?
This is called "being stood up".
Strangely enough, being called a "stand-up guy" means you are reliable.
After all, English is a strange language.
Enjoy your day.
Recently there have been many exciting developments in our schools. As a result, we have been a bit "snowed under" with additional tasks and took a one month break from one point lessons.
We can use "snowed under" when we are overwhelmed by work....
Take care that you don't get snowed under too!
Spread the word
We use this phrase when we want to ask out friends and acquaintances to tell others about something exciting or new.
For example: We have a campaign running at the moment offering our morning business English course at a great rate for the first month, we would like to ask you to spread the word by sending the link below to your friends and acquaintances. Classes start at 8:00 am, however, for groups of three or more we can adjust the time, content and location for your convenience.
What's in it for me?
This is a useful phrase to use when someone asks you to do a favour and you want to know how you will benefit from helping them.
For example, your boss asks you to work back late and help cover the late shift. You are not really sure you want to do it so you want to see what they will offer to do in return.
Boss: Could you do me a favour and do the late shift tonight as we are short staffed?
You: I worked every evening last week. What's in it for me?
This way you can let your boss know they are in your debt.
No big deal
This is an expression we use to say "it was nothing" or "no problem".
For example, you are taking your bags downstairs to the car and your friend offers to carry one for you.
Afterwards, you say: "Thanks, you're a great help!"
They say: "No big deal. Anytime!"
Try it next time.....
Bear with me
"Bear with me" is a phrase that we can use to ask someone to give us time, i.e. "be patient".
For example: "Bear with me for a moment while I check my calendar, please."
Try and use it next time you want to say "Please wait"
"Get on" or "Get in"
It's easy to confuse using these phrases.
We can get on the train, an airplane, a bicycle, a horse, and so on.
We can get in a car, a taxi, a private airplane, etc.
So what are the rules?
If we sit on top of it (bicycle) or can walk inside it (airplane) we can use get on.
If it requires some effort or sitting position only (taxi) we use get in.
Hope this helps....