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!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English

!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English
Fernando Olivera: El rapto.- TEXT FROM THE NOVEL The goldfinch by Donna Tartt (...) One night we were in San Antonio, and I was having a bit of a melt-down, wanting my own room, you know, my dog, my own bed, and Daddy lifted me up on the fairgrounds and told me to look at the moon. When "you feel homesick", he said, just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go". So after he died, and I had to go to Aunt Bess -I mean, even now, in the city, when I see a full moon, it's like he's telling me not to look back or feel sad about things, that home is wherever I am. She kissed me on the nose. Or where you are, puppy. The center of my earth is you". The goldfinch Donna Tartt 4441 English edition

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Revising old posts: THE PENNY (HAS) DROPPED
The origin of the expression by clicking the link below:
(UK informal) If you say that the penny (has) dropped, you mean that you or someone else suddenly understands or becomes aware of something that you or they did not know about before.
She looked confused for a moment, then suddenly the penny dropped and she burst out laughing.

... "then the other shoe dropped" or "waiting for the other shoe to drop", as they are essentially American -- but as I understand it the first means "then what was bound to happen ...happened", the second corresponds to "waiting for the inevitable next event".

The image comes from hearing someone undressing in a room above. There is a "clunk" as the first discarded shoe hits the floor... the "audience" then waits for the second shoe to follow.

You can see this expression in context by clicking the link below:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Revising old posts: Money is a good servant, but a bad master
Possible interpretation:
 If you have money, it will serve you and work for you well. But if you owe money to other people, that money will control you in an unpleasant way.

Note: servant (noun) = a person who performs duties for other people | master (noun) = a person who controls other people
Quick Quiz:
If it's true that "money is a good servant, but a bad master", which of these would be preferable?
  1. money you own
  2. money you owe
  3. money the bank owns

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Revising old posts To be quits with someone

quits [kwɪts] ADJ to be quits with sb → estar en paz con algn
now we're quits! → ¡ahora estamos en paz!
to call it quits (= give up) → rendirse
let's call it quits (in argument) → hagamos las paces; (when settling bill) →digamos que quedamos en paz

Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005