English everyday – go on then

Christmas is coming, the adverts are getting fat, please put some money in Tesco’s hat. What I’m interested in is the last scene where the daughter asks: Daughter: Dad, d’you wanna turkey sandwich? Dad: Oh go on then.   So what does ‘go on then’ mean? Does the Dad want a turkey sandwich? Or not?Continue reading “English everyday – go on then”

English everyday – racist words

Did you know it’s offensive to use the word Jap to refer to Japanese people? It might seem like a useful shorter word but actually it’s now considered offensive. There is a long list of ‘ethnic slurs’ on Wikipedia that shows many words that are offensive about people’s nationality or ethnicity or race. So theseContinue reading “English everyday – racist words”

English everyday – Talking about disabilities

This post is going to address how to talk about people with disabilities. A simple rule to follow is ‘person first’. So it’s good to say: A person with autism. A person who has Down’s Syndrome. A person with depression. A person who has epilepsy.  A person with a mental health illness. Don’t say: anContinue reading “English everyday – Talking about disabilities”

English everyday – menopause

There’s another important time in women’s lives, that when periods stop forever. It’s known as the menopause. It’s got lots of nicknames too, the change of life, The Change, the Big M, second spring. The process of periods stopping is called perimenopause. At this time periods start to change, flow maybe heavier and longer, andContinue reading “English everyday – menopause”

English everyday – on my period

This is a little phrase book for people who have periods.  Every month women menstruate. We usually call this a ‘period’, but there are thousands of nicknames for this time – Time of the month, Aunty Flo, monthlies, having the painters in, on the blob. You can say these nicknames with friends and family butContinue reading “English everyday – on my period”