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English Expression #7: I Smell a Rat

Have you smelled a rat? I hope you haven’t because it’s disgusting to do it literally. Today’s expression is not actually about rats or rodents at all but something that misleads people such as scams.

In the English language, people say this expression when we mean we’re suspicious of someone. There’s something wrong in a situation. (BBC Learning English)

You’ve probably…


Added by Robbie on June 7, 2017 at 15:51 — 23 Comments

English Expression #6: Feeling Chuffed

How are you feeling today? Are you happy and excited about something? I hope you’re feeling chuffed!

Here’s a British English expression that means you’re pleased, glad or delighted over something especially in life. It could be about your work, studies, hobbies and things that would make you cheerful. It could also mean something you’ve successfully accomplished.…


Added by Robbie on May 17, 2017 at 15:00 — 6 Comments

Are You a Murderer?

Before you react sarcastically, let me remind you that we are dealing with plants here. So have you killed your plants unintentionally but you felt guilty towards them? If your answer is yes, then you’re not alone.

Most gardeners especially the new ones have committed this crime plenty of times. Even expert horticulturists have admitted themselves feeling abashed by this dilemma. But the good news is that there…


Added by Robbie on April 14, 2017 at 17:30 — 10 Comments

Pray for Egypt

Last Sunday, two Coptic churches in Egypt were attacked by terrorists killing more than 40 people who were attending the mass. Most of the victims were Christians participating for the Palm Sunday - the beginning of Lent. It’s an important…


Added by Robbie on April 11, 2017 at 12:28 — 8 Comments

English Expression #5: Funnily Enough

What comes to your mind when you hear this phrase? I initially thought of it as something hilarious or comical, or when someone is joking. I keep hearing this term often in podcasts and it wouldn’t a waste of time sharing this on MyEC.

Mcmillan Dictionary defines it here. So, we should remember to use this phrase if we…


Added by Robbie on March 24, 2017 at 14:01 — 8 Comments

Writing Challenge: Lexical Set – The Continents of the World

Our world has seven continents. Each continent is unique and distinct on its own. Do you know which continent you belong to?  Well… I, Robbie, of legal age, belong to the Asian continent. Mabuhay! I’m from the Philippines and my country is located in South-East Asia. Risty is a Filipina and works in the United Arab Emirates. I’m glad I have Asian friends. Onee is one of them and she’s from Indonesia. Kal is a thoughtful…


Added by Robbie on February 9, 2017 at 12:30 — 4 Comments

Writing Challenge: Lexical Sets

Hello, MyEC members! How’s your 2017 so far? I hope everything is fantastic and you’re still fond of Englishclub.  For this month, I would like to introduce to all of you our new writing challenge about ‘lexical sets’. Are you familiar with this vocabulary term? If not, let’s learn this topic together shall we?

A lexical set is a group of words which are all about the same topic and which all belong to the same…


Added by Robbie on February 8, 2017 at 4:30 — 6 Comments

Writing Challenge: #Gardening Goals (My Messy Garden)

Do you like pretty things? How about a scenic view in the comfort of your own home? Who doesn’t like nature- the plants, trees, as well as its fresh scent they bring to our surrounding?

One of my goals for 2017 is to improve my garden. I’d…


Added by Robbie on December 20, 2016 at 22:00 — 14 Comments

Writing Challenge: My Garden

Let’s go green! Welcome back for another writing challenge. This month I’d like you to write something about a blissful place. No, I’m not talking about your travel or recent vacation, but it’s much appealing than you think – a garden! Do you have one? Mine is a bit disorganized that’s why I’d like to challenge you to share about your garden or plants that you’ve been taking care of recently. We could find some inspiration and new ideas that’d be useful to…


Added by Robbie on December 20, 2016 at 11:00 — 20 Comments

English Expression #4: Got Trolled

If you get trolled, it means you fail to recognize a troll and responds to it with anger or annoyance (Urban

Some of you have probably experienced dealing with a troll – an online…


Added by Robbie on November 30, 2016 at 12:30 — 19 Comments

My Philippine Version of Bábovka

Ahoj! Here’s a blog about my first attempt of trying Miss Czech Republic’s ‘Babovka’ recipe. Please bear with the delay. I…


Added by Robbie on November 22, 2016 at 16:30 — 22 Comments

Thank You for Sharing Your Dishes!

Squash and Shrimp Cooked in Coconut Milk (Ginataang Kalabasa)

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. -Voltaire

I’m full of the joys of…


Added by Robbie on November 20, 2016 at 6:30 — 21 Comments

Writing Challenge: A Philippine Dish

Chicken Stew with Coconut Milk

One of the popular traditional dishes in my country is the Chicken Stew or ‘Ginataang Manok’ in my local language. It’s basically chicken which is chopped in small pieces, and sauted in garlic, onions and ginger then boiled in water. It’s added with…


Added by Robbie on November 13, 2016 at 7:00 — 39 Comments

Writing Challenge: A Traditional Dish

Welcome to my first ever writing challenge! I’ve been a fan of this activity since the day I became a member of our club as well as joined to countless of its versions. Many members have shown their initiative by coming up different topics to join with and improve our writing skills in a fun and engaging ways. It would be unfair as your video moderator if I’m not going to share a slice of my cake with you.

If my memory serves me right, we had this type of challenge before, but…


Added by Robbie on November 13, 2016 at 5:00 — 19 Comments

Are You Guilty of These Writing Pet Peeves?

Hello, MyEC Learners!

Here's an infographic that you'll find useful in your writing. I came across this page while I was browsing on Facebook and couldn't resist sharing it. Are you guilty as charged to the following writing mistakes especially on social media? Tell us in the comment section below which one of these writing mistakes you usually (or sometimes) commit. I'm guilty of number 18!

Happy writing!…


Added by Robbie on November 12, 2016 at 6:30 — 3 Comments

English Expression #3: Back to Basics

Have you ever missed doing something as if it’s the first time? Okay, I’m not insinuating to talk naughty here. :P What I meant is the idea of performing an activity in its simplest, basic form particularly in learning a language such as English.…


Added by Robbie on November 12, 2016 at 2:09 — 6 Comments

English Expression #2: Are You in Good Nick?

Have you heard about Nick lately? ‘Who’s Nick?’ you might ask. Well, did you know that ‘nick’ is not just a name of a person or a pet? This word is actually used in English phrases and expressions.

I’ve heard this term occasionally…


Added by Robbie on November 7, 2016 at 4:27 — 7 Comments

English Expression #1: Are You a Blue-Sky Thinker?

Do you like learning English expressions?  They are everywhere! Some of you might have noticed that I incorporated some expressions and idioms on my blogs, photos and discussions as part of vocabulary learning practice. Being aware to using them would make our English sound…


Added by Robbie on November 4, 2016 at 3:30 — 24 Comments

Luci's Writing Challenge: A Message Written with my Own Hand

I would like to thank you wholeheartedly my EC friends for all your encouragement and support. Special thanks to Luci for inviting me to take part here. I'm very pleased to participate to this 'real' writing challenge where a lot of members showed their authentic…


Added by Robbie on October 26, 2016 at 6:00 — 29 Comments

Don't Get Weary with /ɪə/

Welcome to our third pronunciation lesson! In my previous blogs we discussed about the monophthongs - the single vowel sounds. In case you haven’t learned them yet, I posted a couple of blogs, merely about the…


Added by Robbie on October 23, 2016 at 5:30 — 6 Comments

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