Words for Spring

Do you have a spring in your step?

As the days get longer and brighter, we are reminded that we are in the season of SPRING? But what does SPRING actually mean?  What other words do we associate with this joyful season?

  • To spring literally means to come up or to jump.  We can trace the origin of the word to the idea of nature springing into life.  After the long winter, flowers and plants “spring up”.
  • Many machines contain springs.  This is a coil, usually made of metal, that will apply a force when you push it down. 
  • A spring is also where water originates or come to the surface.  Lost Springs, Wyoming or Alice Springs in Australia are example of towns named after springs.

    Remember that spring is an IRREGULAR VERB:  Spring, Sprung, Sprung.

    These are a few idioms that contain the word spring:


have a spring in your step

 

 

 

 

Do you have a spring in your step?  =  to walk in a happy, confident manner.

If your country is attacked will you spring into action? = Hurry to take action

The bath has sprung a leak = when a leak appears suddenly

I am no spring chicken = I am not as young as I used to be.

Other words we associate with this season include:

Bloom

The flowers are blooming!  = the flowers have come out!

Blossom  = similar to bloom, often used as a noun too.

Welcome to English Month by Month

Welcome to English Month by Month, the new blog by Language House!

In this first edition we look at 6 top tips for learning English in an ORIGINAL WAY!

1. Become a slave in an English Speaking Country!

Slavery has a long history going back to the Ancient Egyptians and beyond! Obviously we don't mean that literally, but you might consider going abroad and finding a job. Whilst it may not be easy to find the job of your dreams, you should be able to find a menial job that allows you to live in the country and hopefully pick up the language! Examples of "slave" jobs include: cleaner, aupair, care-worker, waiter dog-walker and many more

2. Be a couch potato!

Couch potatoA couch potato is defined as someone who spends all day on the couch (or sofa), watching rubbish on tv. Whilst this is generally considered to be a somewhat unproductive activity, if you watch your favourite series and films in English, you can make sure that your potato pursuits are put to good use! Having trouble understanding? Try watching with subtitles at first, or you can simply watch a film that you know already so as not to miss out on key plotlines.

3. Make your living-room a Hollywood set!

Do you spend melancholy hours on rainy afternoons wondering what to do? Put those days behind you and turn your home into a Hollywood film set. You will need: a family, a home and a cheap mobile phone with a camera.

Choose your favourite Hollywood blockbuster and assign roles to family members. Rehearse a scene from the film and when you are ready, just film yourself with a mobile phone camera. If you live on a boat you could try Titanic! Go crazy with your mum's old clothes and film a costume drama like "Gone with the wind"!

4. Subscribe to popular website TED TALKS and listen to an inspiring speech every day

Some are better than others but you can always learn something. Having trouble understanding? Try putting the subtitles on (in English, not Esperanto!). Other geat ways to practise listening include just typing "learn English" on Youtube. You will find a wealth of useful (albeit random!) things to watch.

5. Keep an English diary!

It's just like a normal diary but you write it in English. Update it every day with details of your thoughts and daily activities. You could also write reviews of movies you
have seen or comment on news headlines. Use a dictionary or even Google Translate to help you find the right expression.

6. Marry an English speaker.

Wedding with dogDoes your partner always accuse you of going out with him for his money? Not any more! Now you can go out with him just for his language! Finding an intelligent and good-looking partner is also advisable as you will want to spend more time with them. Too much of a commitment?

How about getting a dog and talking English to it? There are many English breeds of dog to choose from, but remember: English dogs say '"woof' not ·'guau"!

Were these tips helpful? Do you have any other ones?

No more excuses! Happy learning!

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