Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Commonly Misused British Expressions

Planning to migrate or take up a course below degree level in the UK? Then you must take the IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). It is a government recognized Secure Language English Test or SELT which can be used to prove one’s English language proficiency.

Then again, if things are too much for you to process, you may want to go to the nearest IELTS UKVI review centers. They can discuss with you everything you need to know about the IELTS exam and the visa that you need to apply for.


Aside from the documents you need to prepare, you must also ensure that your English language skills are at the intermediate or advanced level when you take the exam. One of the most effective things to do aside from enrolling in IELTS review centers is to engage in a self-study. Start with knowing how to use words accurately to describe something or a situation. How about idioms? Do you know how to properly use idioms? You see, some people acquire knowledge and information through listening. Sometimes they do not bother to verify whether what they heard is correct and proceed to use it. As a result, they are not able to convey their message effectively. Listening to British and Australian accents can be challenging especially for someone who is exposed to the American accent. Thus, as a test taker of the IELTS for UKVI, start familiarizing yourself with some common British expressions. After all, you will soon be mingling with the British when you have acquired several requirements.

Here are commonly misused British expressions:

1.  Correct: Pass muster
Incorrect: Pass mustard
Pass muster means to meet certain standards or to be acceptable. 
Example: The pizza and beer did not pass muster with the guests.

2.   Correct: Toe the line
Incorrect: Tow the line
Toe the line means to do what is expected of something/someone.
Example: The new general manager will surely make the employees toe the line.

3.   Correct: Nip in the bud
Incorrect: Nip in the butt
Nip in the bud means to stop or end something.
Example: The negotiators managed to nip the protesters in the bud.

4.   Correct: With bated breath
Incorrect: With baited breath
With bated breath means “while holding one’s breath.”
Example: The students listen with bated breath while the host announces this year’s quiz bee champion.

5.   Correct: Champing at the bit
Incorrect: Chomping at the bit
Champing at the bit means to become impatient to start or begin something.
Example: I am champing at the bit on the new Netflix series.

In taking the IELTS General Training for UKVI exam, or any IELTS exam for that matter, your main goal is to get your message across to the examiner. What better way to do this than to practice. Listen to dialogues or conversations and watch movies in various English accents. Jot down words and phrases that you have heard. Afterward, check if you got all words correctly. This way, you are not only able to enhance your listening skills but also your speaking skills as you learn how words are pronounced as well.

In IELTS UKVI review centers, students participate in listening and speaking activities, which instructors assess to gauge their skill level and areas of improvement. Then again, you are encouraged not to rely solely on these IELTS review centers. You must do your part in ensuring that you are well prepared (emotionally, mentally and physically) during the actual exam.

References:
"IELTS Tests for UK Visas and Immigration." IELTS™. Accessed December 11, 2016. https://www.ielts.org/what-is-ielts/ielts-for-migration/united-kingdom.

Corwin, Cassandra. "30 Commonly Misused Idioms." FCR. February 11, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. http://www.gofcr.com/30-commonly-misused-idioms/.

Jackson, Dominic. "25 Common Phrases That You’re Saying Wrong." Lifehack. Accessed December 11, 2016. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/25-common-phrases-that-youre-saying-wrong.html.

McAlpine, Fraser. "10 Commonly Misused Expressions From British English." BBC America. Accessed December 11, 2016. http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2013/02/ten-commonly-misused-expressions-from-british-english.



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