How many languages does your dog speak?

sad_dogI’d not really thought about animals learning languages before until I saw this article on the BBC news website about a dog that could understand Polish. I know lots of people like speaking to their pets so maybe speaking to a pet in English could be a fun way to practise.

There were some interesting words and expressions in his article, too. The first one I spotted was ‘brush up on‘ meaning to improve your skills in a certain area. We’ve seen ‘brush up‘ on the World of Words before in a slightly different context.

The next interesting piece of vocabulary I spotted was ‘having a chuckle‘. To ‘chuckle‘ means to laugh quietly and to ‘have a chuckle‘ means to have fun and enjoy something.

The last interesting expression in this article was ‘would-be adopters‘ meaning potential adopters.

Do you have any pets? What languages do they speak?

Today’s image is by Maja Lampe.

Give chase – Driving expressions

police lightMost guys have imagined what it would be like to be a secret agent at some point in their lives. The man in this article seems to have taken things a bit too far, though!

There were some interesting driving-related expressions in the article, too. The first is ‘raced past‘. This means to move past someone very quickly.

The next pieces of vocabulary to catch my eye were the phrasal verb pull over and the expression to run a red light, both of which we have already seen before on the World of Words.

It’s also mentioned that the police ‘gave chase‘. This is a nice, natural way of saying that they started to chase the vehicle.

There’s another interesting expression when the police refer to the speeding driver as a “would-be ‘Mr Bond'”, meaning that he is trying to be like James Bond.

The last word I would like to look at is ‘sortie‘. A ‘sortie‘ is an outing so when the author refers to the driver’s ‘nightime sortie’ he just means a trip somewhere at night.

Today’s image is by Elvis Santana.