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Idioms and phrases

An important part of learning English is to learn idioms and phrases on a daily basis.

This website is called PhraseMix.com because memorizing phrases is a really powerful tool to help you learn advanced English quickly. Phrases teach you how to use words and put them together. Here are some of the reasons:

# by virdi | 2018-02-19 16:57

Taking notes helps you remember

If you're studying English in a classroom you're going to have to make notes. They're useful ways of helping you to remember things and review what you've learnt – so it's important to do it right. Here's our top tips about taking notes.

Start making notes for every lecture on a new page and date and number each page too. That way it's easier to look back at them later and find what you want.

There's a lot to remember in a lesson so note taking is crucial but don't write everything down. Write down the important bits – your teacher may suggest parts of the lesson that need noting – but don't rely on this.

And write down things in your own words – unless it's a direct quote, then be accurate. Make sure you understand what you have written and that you're making notes of the important bits.

Use words, abbreviations, symbols or even pictures to summarie what your teacher says. If you miss something, leave a gap in your notes, and get the information from them later.

After the lesson, use your notes. Remember to read through them after the lecture. You could also rewrite or expand them too. And discuss them with another student. This will help you remember the content better.

Note taking is an important and useful way to help you remember and revise what you've learnt. Getting this right will make your learning journey easier. Good luck!

# by virdi | 2017-07-25 11:56

I met a mother recently who was quite fed up with her son’s behavior at home and in the school too. Rightly so because as a parent, she was concerned about her child's slipping grades and general welfare.

She called me over to her house to have a meeting with her son, who I found to be very

intelligent and smart but upon prodding further, I found out that he was a victim of a system of education in Singapore, where technology plays a major role.

He was studying in an International School where extensive usage of electronic devices was encouraged and the teachers were using iPads to teach in the classrooms. I was also

shocked by the fact that the teachers were encouraging him not to study during his school holidays. There was no push to read books and emphasize on the very basics of education, i.e. learn from home.

I always believe in the saying that “education begins at home” and parents have to create

an atmosphere of strict discipline at home first and only then the child will be able to learn

in the school. Most of the teachers here are caught in the “money making game”, with little or no emphasis on personal grooming of the child to achieve great heights in their careers

and become better citizens of the society.

My focus has always been to teach, groom and create an awareness among parents to

guide their children to go back to the very basics of learning, which is the old fashioned way, learn at home.

Most of the Japanese mothers stay at home and I would encourage them to play a major

part in the grooming of their children because they are the future of the society and play a major part in shaping it.

# by virdi | 2017-05-22 18:52 | AASPELからのお知らせ
Many of my present students had joined prestigious institutes like the British Council etc before and had spent a lot of money on the classes, they left the institute because they told me that the teacher was not able to give individual attention to each and every student.

Some of my students even tell me that people from different countries started making their own
groups in the class and did not mix with the other races.

They ended up making friends but were not happy with the way English was taught in a big class full
of students.

My advice is that you have to learn English, it should be on a one to one basis because a teacher
Like me can focus on your strengths and weaknesses.

My policy is to conduct classes in either my house or in the house of the student and more
Comfortable, less noisy and the concentration level is higher.

Also, I have been able to use the internet and give a lot of examples with a free cup of hot
Coffee, at my place.

So, please remember that by spending a lot of money does not neceserraly mean that you will speak
or write good English.

A good teacher and personal efforts is the key to learn.

# by virdi | 2017-02-09 13:19
From my teaching experience,I have realized that a lot of parents start comparing their children to others and pressurize them to perform even more.As a
result of which,the children are confused and don't know what is right or
wrong for them.

In a multi-ethnic society like Singapore,where many languages are spoken and where the English dialects vary from community to community,it becomes very difficult for a non-native speaker of English to know what is truly the correct
spoken form of English.

My advice is to listen to free online,audio channels of British Council or other
material available and create an atmosphere of good spoken English in the
Remember that good education begins at home and Japanese parents need to
speak to their children in English for at least half an hour or so,in order to
create an English-speaking environment.If you speak just Japanese at home,
you will definitely not get enough practice.

# by virdi | 2016-05-24 16:08

How bad is booze?

Do you enjoy a glass or two of wine? How about three or four? Is beer your favourite drink or do you go for gin? How good or bad alcohol is for you. What risk to your health regular drinking may have.

This week's question
What is the name of the main process involved in producing alcohol? Is it…
a) fermentation?
b) hydration?
c) purification?

Hangover, the headache and sickness you can feel after drinking too much alcohol
cure something, that makes you better
teetotaler, someone who doesn't drink alcohol
hair of the dog, the belief that drinking more alcohol when you already have a hangover will make you feel better
boozy, lots of alcohol
downside, disadvantages
tipple, alcoholic drink
skeptical, doubtful about whether something is true or not
fermentation, the process in which yeast or bacteria change sugar to alcohol

# by virdi | 2016-05-10 13:04


Leading scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, are giving their support to an ambitiousproject to send a spacecraft to another solar system. The ship would need to travel trillions of miles – much further than any before – and the plan is to develop a craft about the size of a microchip that could travel at exceptional speed.

Russia's been celebrating 55 years since Yuri Gagarin became the world's first spaceman. It was an historic moment and a triumph for the Soviet space programme at the height of the Cold War. Today astronauts are constantly in orbit on the International Space Station. Some of them did a live link-up with earth to mark the anniversary.

Take a look at how a baby wallaby is winning hearts across the internet. Here he is, popping his head out of his mother's pouch for the first time. The joey, from just south of Sydney, was born the size of a jellybean and spent six months inside his mother, Lily's, pouch. He has another three months until he emerges fully and becomes more independent.

Words and phrases and definitions:

(here) difficult to achieve

extreme; greater than normal

great achievement

the height of
a time when a situation is most active

winning hearts
getting the affection of people

# by virdi | 2016-04-18 23:47

Use technology to your advantage

Technology is being used in all aspects of our lives and everyone has access to smartphones or smart devices.
My teaching involves extensive usage of devices and apps which are accessible for free on the Apple or Android devices.

A personal favorite of mine is the Google translate App which helps me to translate from English to Japanese,instantly.

More apps like ,

I have seen a lot of my students using electronic dictionaries to check their spellings,I am not in favor of them since the vocabulary is not up to date in those devices.

Use the Apps and the web with the help of pictures to improve your English.

# by virdi | 2016-03-01 16:10 | English Tips

Creative Writing

I have a passion for creative writing and have written for
Readers Digest magazine in the UK, I own a website
http://www.recipesupermart.com/ where I write
on the blog section on a regular basis.

When children get Homework related to creative writing,
I encourage them to use their imagination and "create"
situations that don't exist in reality.
It takes me minutes to "cook" up a story and
the children love it.
They get immersed in the story to such an extent that
many a times,they want to start writing on their own.

One of my students was asked to write about
"A fancy chicken" and this is what I created in 10 mintues,
sit back and enjoy.

The Fancy Chicken

The Fancy Chicken
In a small town in Greenland, famous for its citizens eating
their poultry from breakfast to dinner, the chicken population
was so scared that as soon as a hen laid an egg,
everyone pounced on it and it was gone in a jiffy.
So scared were the chicken that one-day all the surviving
families of chicken decided to hold an emergency meeting.
Since there was danger everywhere the leader
Mr Brave heart decided to hold the secret meeting
above the empty space in the barn. As a decoy,
two hens made of rubber were placed in the hay below
to deceive the chicken hungry farmers.
At the stroke of midnight all the surviving chicken gathered
in the barn, secretly tip toeing with bated breaths,
since they knew that if the farmers found them out,
they would be cooked at the drop of a hat.
In the meeting, Mr Brave heart made a decision and
everyone agreed that one egg would be saved
from each family, in the hope that a miracle chick would
save the entire dying population of the chicken in Greenland.
As each day passed the hopes of the chicken were dying
because no matter how hard the chicken tried to save
the eggs, the farmers would find them out and have them
for breakfast. It was a hazy, cold morning and
the mother hen had been sitting on her brood of eggs
for a long time, when suddenly she felt a kick from below.
She jumped up and saw an overgrown chick stepping out
in style from its shell, confident and it had a certain attitude
to it. Suddenly, the chick said “Where am I and who are you?
The mother couldn’t believe her eyes and thought that
she was dreaming because the little chick was green in colour.
The mother decided to name him “The Fancy Chicken”
because there was nothing normal about him and in her heart
she knew that the saviour of the chicken kind was born.
In a couple of weeks the little chicken had already started
to prove its worth, he was fearless, confident, stylish,
walked with a swagger, and knew that he had a job in hand,
from playing the most naughtiest of pranks to bringing hope
to the chicken community, Mr Fancy Chicken was
the new hope of the chickens in Greenland.
The fearless chick who had now grown up as a handsome
adult knew that the chicken population was vanishing,
so he cooked up a secret recipe in the farmers kitchen,
while they were sleeping.
The recipe was passed onto all the chicken in Greenland.
The recipe kicked the daylights out of the farmers because
as soon as the chicken had the little pellets made
by Mr Fancy Chicken, they immediately developed
magical Karate skills.
Whenever any farmer tried to approach the chicken,
they jumped up in the air and kicked the daylights out of them.
Soon, the word spread that the chicken were experts
in marital arts and anyone who came near them,
would get beaten up thoroughly.
Day by day the chicken community grew in Greenland
and Mr Fancy Chicken was named the Mayor of the city.
The farmers, who loved eating eggs and chicken,
suddenly became vegetarian.

# by virdi | 2015-10-06 20:51
I always co-relate my work experience to
my teaching methods.

I had been working in the Hospitality Industry for over
25 years and with the sudden closure of the Five Star Hotel
that I was managing in Central London in 2008,
I decided to come back to Singapore to start teaching in
a University here.

A close friend of mine suggested that I should utilize
my spare time to teach English to the Japanese community
in the city.

Over the past couple of years I have built a solid reputation
with both young learners and Adults learners who have shown
keen interest to learn the Queens language.
Consequently, I have learnt a lot from the Japanese
community too.

I have used my rich work experience in the Service Industry
as the foundation to impart education to my students.
Teaching from the books can be very boring but
if a person can relate teaching to real life situations,
then the lessons become more interesting and practical.

Moreover, I teach my students in such a way that
they not only learn the language but also become better
human beings, so that they can use their language skills
in actual situations on a day to day basis.

# by virdi | 2015-10-06 20:30



Dear Mr. Virdi,

I have a good news to tell you.
I have passed Eiken Pre First Grade recently.
As you encouraged me to work hard, I could pass it.
I really appreciate what you have done for me.

I have been busy for my work but I will inform you,
when I get time and resume your lesson.




# by virdi | 2015-06-28 19:01 | 生徒さんの声

Business English

I have been getting requests for teaching
and helping my students in Business English.

I have helped a lady from Tokyo to plan, 
write and record a thesis in Hospitality
Management, a project which she was
very happy to see completed.

I do help my students with their Business English
but would like mention a couple of things,

・Please don't leave your project
 for the last minute completion,
 everything takes time and planning.
・Do not hesitate to contact me,
 since I have more than 25 years
 in dealing with executives at various
 levels of management in prestigious organizations.
・Try to write down what you would
 like to achieve in bullet points so that
 I can help you realize your goals.
・Please don't feel shy in making mistakes,
 everyone does.

I would like to invite more working professionals
to contact me for any presentation,
translation work that they need help with.
I teach across a very wide variety of age groups
and business English is one of my areas of expertise.

# by virdi | 2015-06-28 18:45 | English Tips

My teaching methods

I started teaching because I wanted to share my over twenty
five years of working experience in various countries, over a
very broad spectrum of life.

I genuinely believe in my students abilities and feel that
everyone has strengths which needs to be nursed and
made better.

I share the wealth of my experiences to make their individual
personalities shine and at times I have said no to certain
students because they wanted a "quick fix" on learning English,
there is NO QUICK FIX and it takes a lot of dedication,hard work and honesty in learning any language.

Once I see the willingness in a student,I give my 100% and
make sure that the person improves and shines in his or her

I always challenge my students to perform better and always
believe in themselves.

There are plenty of English teachers around but how many
teach from the heart and how many of them genuinely want to
see you grow in terms of your personality and learning the
Queens language in the comfort of your home.

# by virdi | 2015-04-18 18:17 | AASPELからのお知らせ
If you're like me ,a teacher you've probably been asked this
question by students. Now the obvious answer would
be to study. There's no magic pill you can take,
nor can you learn English through osmosis,
or by sleeping on their English book,
although I'm sure they'd like to.

Learning a language and achieving fluency is hard work.
Of course students don't want to hear that. They want you
to come up with fun, exciting, and innovative ways
to learn English. Here's a list I put together for my students.
I keep a couple copies with me and hand them out to
students who ask me how they can improve their English.
They probably already do a couple things on the list,
but try a couple new ones too. Now there are more ways
than ever to learn a foreign language.
Some people swear by on-line options
but I feel that the old fashioned is the

Here are my personal ways to Improve Your English
and of course a good teacher is the main ingredient ;)
Do extra practice activities or homework outside of class.
Only speak English during class.
Try to think in English.
Read English books, magazines, journals, and websites.
Listen to English music, radio, and pod-casts.
Watch English movies with English subtitles.
Watch CNN or BBC in English.
Meet with a native English speaker and speak English.
Meet with a non-native English speaker and speak English.
Get a keypal and email them in English.
Chat on-line in English.
Keep a diary in English.
Use new English words outside of class.
Give long answers in class.
Read aloud.
Try talking to your friend or a close one in English.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Read graded readers.
Learn 10 or less ,new English words a day.
Review the homework before a class.

# by virdi | 2015-03-13 13:34 | English Tips



なるか 「世界のEIKEN」
・・・TOEFL に負けじ










# by virdi | 2014-10-25 21:26 | AASPELからのお知らせ




シンガポール在住中、Mr. Virdi のレッスンを受け始め、





# by virdi | 2014-10-25 20:11 | AASPELからのお知らせ



# by virdi | 2014-09-22 13:08 | AASPELからのお知らせ

What should a Teacher Goals be?

Teachers are in a unique position to have a direct impact on their students. Teachers can see their work in action, see the changes they affect, and in so doing they witness firsthand their goals coming to fruition. An architect can hope to design affordable homes for people in need but may not necessarily meet every person who benefits from his noble intentions. But teachers have direct interactions with the people they’re helping, and whatever their goals may be, this allows them to see these goals realized.
In my teaching experience in Singapore I have also been educated in a way by the students.,there have been all sorts of candidates who have approached me for learning the language,some have been very committed and dedicated while others have made a mockery of the student-teacher relationship.
The ones who have stood by me over the years have benefited and improved tremendously in their schools and jobs while others who "wasted my time and theirs"gave education a bad name.I wouldn't blame them but the society in general which has deteriorated in general in morals and values.
I am inspired to write this,so that whosoever reads it,should know that I carry a wealth of experience behind me and with over 25 years in the Hospitality business I carry the weight of experience and wisdom to share my experiences with my students.My last job was as a General Manager of a Five Star hotel in Central London and when it closed down,I decided to teach and share my varied experiences through the medium of teaching.I would briefly list out some of the key factors that I have learnt over the years in nurturing a good student.

Inspire Students

Nothing pushes students to do their best work like a professor who takes pride not in his or her own accomplishments, but in helping others realize their potential.

Facilitate Mastery of a Field

The classroom is a training ground not only for future study in your field but also for many aspects of life. Great teachers help students master the fundamentals of their subject matter, which will pay off both for advanced study in their field and for students’ everyday understanding of the world.

Mentor Young Intellects

Long after individual facts and phrases are forgotten, your students will carry with them the intellectual skills you help them develop, from critical to creative thinking. Great teachers prepare students for lifelong learning.

Help Students Find Their Voice

Once you've helped students find something they want to say, you need to help them find a way to say it. Great teachers give students the skills to communicate effectively and the confidence to express what they think.

Help Students Articulate and Follow Their Values

One of the main goals of higher education is to help students figure out who they are and how they can be of service to their community. Great teachers help students understand the social responsibilities of their field and the social impact of their choices.

# by virdi | 2014-09-17 13:53 | English Tips
A Little Late

When you work for a company, there are times when you are late or you can't make it to a meeting. Sometimes you are sick, or sometimes you are stuck in traffic. We will study sentences you need to know to say why you are late or can't make it to work.


Some jobs require you to 'punch in' when you get to work. 'Punching in' keeps track of how long you worked. Many hourly jobs use this system. But if you are a salary person and do not have to 'punch in', then you have more flexibility. Let's say you are going to be five minutes late. If you have your own office, then nobody will know. But if you work in a setting where your boss sees you coming in, then you will need an excuse. We'll cover everything about being late here.

Five minutes late

If you are going to be just a little late, then you don't need to call in. However, you will need to tell them why you are late when you get in the office. Here are some examples.

"Sorry I'm late. Traffic was unusually bad today."
"I apologize for being late. I had to drop off my wife at work. It took longer than I thought."
"I had a dentist appointment this morning and it was longer than I expected."
"I'm sorry for being late. I got stuck in every light this morning."

If you are the boss, then you might want to ask why your employee is late. Let's see some of these sentences.

"Running late this morning?"
"What held you up this morning?"
"Do you have a reason for being late?"
"Why are you late?"

A boss or manager will not be too upset if you are late only once or very rarely. But if this is a constant habit, they might be a little more upset.

"You have been late three times in the last two weeks. Is this going to be a continual problem?"
"Your tardiness is getting out of hand. You had better start managing your morning time better."
"I expect you to be at your desk at eight o'clock. Do you have a problem with this?"

If you hear one of these statements, then you better say something that will calm the boss down. Also, you shouldn't let this happen again so tell him or her it won't happen again.

"I am terribly sorry. It won't happen again."
"I had a lot of recent changes at home, but it's all taken care of. I will not be late again."
"I'm really sorry. It's been one of those weeks. It won't happen again."

# by virdi | 2014-08-30 15:13 | AASPELからのお知らせ

Turn the page

To turn the page means to leave a difficult situation behind and move on to a new period in your life. It’s more commonly used in American English.


Joan cried a lot during her divorce. When it was over, she decided to turn the page and start partying again.

The president told the nation the war was over and asked them to turn the page and work for the reconstruction of the country.

Take note

Don't confuse this expression with to be on the same page. That phrase means 'to think in a similar way'.


The team leader organised a meeting as soon as he started in the new post. He wanted to make sure everybody was on the same page.

# by virdi | 2014-08-01 13:01 | English Tips

With bare hands

Today's Phrase
If someone says they've done something with their bare hands, it means that they have done it without using any kind of tool or weapon.
I didn't have a fishing rod, so I caught the fish with my bare hands.
The policeman was shocked when he realised that the murderer had killed the victim with his bare hands.
Take note
If you say you've managed to do something successfully with one hand tied behind your back or with both hands tied behind your back, you mean that you've done it very easily.
Janette doesn't find the work difficult. She can do most tasks with one hand tied behind her back.

# by virdi | 2014-05-27 13:56 | English Tips
レッスンの変更 または キャンセルをご希望の場合は

後日 ご請求させていただきます

# by virdi | 2014-05-19 10:59
In my teaching experience in Singapore I have realized that the focus of the educational institutions or tutors here is to make a "quick buck" and not to help the student in the total development of his or her personality.In some cases I have seen students joining premier institutions where a group of twenty odd students are placed and expected to "learn a language" over a period of time.
A "Holistic Approach" is required where the lesson should be tailored to the individuals needs and demands,whereby the strengths and the weaknesses should be assessed and the lesson delivered accordingly.
It has been my constant endeavour to devise the lessons in such a manner that they are delivered in a simple,clear,easily understood format,with lots of real life examples and most importantly,listening to the needs of the students rather than just delivering a lecture.

# by virdi | 2014-05-16 11:36 | AASPELからのお知らせ

Today's phrase.

If someone says the writing is on the wall about something, they mean it looks likely that it will soon go wrong or come to an end altogether.


Now that air fares have come down so much, the writing is on the wall for the overnight train service.

The writing is on the wall for my local football team; they've lost their last five games, so it looks likely they'll go down to the second division!

Take note

If something is wall to wall, it is completely filling a space or time.


Oxford Street is wall to wall with shoppers looking for something in the sales.

# by virdi | 2014-05-16 11:17 | English Tips

生徒さんの宿題 Part 1

今日は 生徒さんのお一人
現在 Geade 4 で
10才の男の子の書いた 詩 を


これは 学校のではなく独自の宿題で
レッスンで学び 同時に

一度目は ノートにわずか5行の詩
と再度促し 完成したのが 下の詩です
ちゃんと 韻も踏んでいて
よく読み取れる詩 です
微笑ましく また なかなかの完成度ですよね

これからも 生徒さんの努力する過程 を

My Mom (原文のまま)

My mom is really caring
And she likes rehersing
She is the only one I have
And hates to nab my things
She likes pop music
And sings to every song
She sometimes gets angry with me
And sometimes calls me he
She never frowns for a day
And she is alergic to hay
She is awesome to play
And she makes me clay
She is kind as a butterfly
And she likes butter

She is principled and responsible
And likes to nible
She is friendly and big hearted
And is heated up
She is good at photography
And likes geometry
She loves travelling
And she likes eating
She likes the sea
And also likes peas
She spends time with me
And she likes using the word she
She can be a great cook
And she likes to look
She has lots of friends
And like to watch the tv show "Friends"

She is very helpful
And is very kindful
She likes taking photos
And she has a motto
She is healthy
And she likes kelp
She is very knowledgeble
And likes vegetables
She is good at japanese
And is good at chinese
She loves books
And loves building nooks
She is my mom and .....
She is the mom who is caring and most difficult to find

Aくんのお母様に 許可をいただき

# by virdi | 2014-05-08 09:40 | AASPELからのお知らせ

Tighten your belt

Tighten your belt If you tighten your belt, you try to spend less money because you haven't got as much to spend as you did before.


Since I started working part-time I've had to tighten my belt.

Celebrating Christmas is going to cost us a lot of money, so we're all going to have to tighten our belts.
Being tight is used to describe people who do not like to spend their money.


My brother is so tight; all he bought me for my birthday was a cheap pair of socks!
A 'fasten your seatbelt' sign on an aeroplane

# by virdi | 2014-05-07 15:15 | English Tips

と ブログをお読みいただいた方より

というのが現状で また

最初のレッスンで 生徒さんまたは保護者様とお話をし
現在のレベルを把握 また同時に
生徒様ご本人 また生徒さんの保護者様に伺います
その上で なぜ今英語のレッスンが必要なのか(ゴール)を伺って

たとえば これまでそして今現在も


とは 一概には申し上げられません

レッスンは ebooks(無料)を中心に iPad やパソコンを使って
そして 正確な発音・話し方を学び
これは 生徒さんにも努力をしていただければ


また 今回のようにブログに関するご感想もお待ちしております
フィードバックしていただき ありがとうございました

追伸 先日 インターナショナルスクール・G4に通う女の子の
   二人でいっしょに取り組み レッスン時間内(1時間)に
   楽しみながら取り組み 学び 満足できるものができ 
   このように 英語以外の科目の宿題に関しても
   ただし いい加減な指導はできませんので
   まずはご相談 ということになります
   そして あくまで「生徒さんといっしょに」が原則です 

Cさんに写真を撮らせていただき 掲載させていただきました

# by virdi | 2014-05-03 13:04 | AASPELからのお知らせ

On the right track

If you are on the right track, you are doing or thinking something in a way which could lead to a good outcome.


Our research shows we're on the right track. Our profits are healthy and our customers are happy.

The team lost a few early games. But then the manager made some changes and now they're on the right track

# by virdi | 2014-04-23 14:38 | English Tips

Busy bee

A very simple phrase today. Bees look like very busy animals, so if you say you are as busy as a bee, or call yourself a busy bee it means you're very busy!


I've been a really busy bee this morning. I've been to the shops, paid my bills, had a haircut and even been for a run.

Frank is such a busy bee. He's always doing about five projects at once! He needs to take it easy.

Take note

If you have a bee in your bonnet about something, it means you are obsessed by that thing - you can't stop thinking about it.


He's got a bee in his bonnet about fast cars. He talks about them all day long!

# by virdi | 2014-04-19 14:47 | English Tips


いまでは ペンがすらすらと進み 
クラスの担任の先生から すでに何度も
と とてもうれしく思っています


# by virdi | 2014-04-11 18:21 | AASPELからのお知らせ