Top Language: Beach Slang 4


Sun-kissed (Photo credit: shaggyhill)


Summer always makes me realize how important recharging our batteries and disconnecting from work is. After just 2 days on vacation, my creative juices start flowing again. I get my most innovative ideas from the year when I am  at the beach. How about you?

Here are a few adjectives related to summer.

My beach neighbor has such clammy hands. Yucky!

  • unpleasantly wet

My daughter is very pale but she gets sun-kissed in the summer.

  • having an attractive color after being in the sun

It was a scorching today. I had to drink lots of water.

  • very hot

I was barefoot almost all summer.

  • without shoes

My mom always sits in shaded areas. She can’t stand the sun.

  • with no exposure to the sun


Summer Quote:

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god. – Napoleon Bonaparte



Cooking Counts: Stefano Faita’s Tiramisu

Stefano and I picked up this recipe many moons ago in St-Leonard Montreal of all places.
It was fine-tuned over the years and has since  become a signature dessert for him.
I decided to share it with you because I love chilled cup desserts for the summer time.


tiramisu (Photo credit: suziedepingu)


  •  500 ml mascarpone
  •  5 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 500 ml of espresso
  • 1 box of pavesini cookies
  • 150 ml of Sambuca
  • Cocoa


  1. Mix coffee and Sambuca and cool
  2. Beat the egg yolks and sugar (pale yellow)
  3. Add the mascarpone and mix well
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff
  5. Fold egg white into mascarpone mixture
  6. Dip pavesini in the cooled coffee mixture and cover the bottom of a baking pan 12 “x 10”
  7. Cover with half  of the mascarpone mixture
  8. Sprinkle with cocoa
  9. Put another layer of biscuits dipped in coffee and cover with the rest of the creamy mixture
  10. Sprinkle again with cocoa
  11. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours

Special Note: It is always fun to create single portions with mason jars or different glasses that you might have in the house. Moreover,the choice of pavesini and not savoiardi cookies lies in the quest for a smoother texture that is not so cake-like.

Vocabulary Boost:

  • a yolk:  the yellow-inside of an egg
  • pavesini: a lighter version of ladyfingers
  • beat: to stir or mix in a forceful way
  • fold: to add (a food ingredient) to a mixture by gently and repeatedly lifting one part over another
  • dip: to put (something) into a liquid and pull it out again quickly
  • sprinkle: to drop or spread small pieces or amounts of something over something

What’s your all-time favorite dessert?

Share and like if this got you hungry!


Top Language: Beach Slang 3

Beach Volley Pro Series

Beach Volley Pro Series (Photo credit: Alberto Ferrante)

I was thinking that sports and fitness are an important part of summer.

Here are a few phrasal verbs that  could help you.


I have been going to the gym since Easter. I wanted to bulk up for the summer time.

  • to gain weight and muscle mass

Maria wanted to learn how to body surf but gave up after 1 hour.

  • to surrender or quit

After my evening run on the beach, I cool down by doing some stretching activities.

  • to do movements after your main exercises to return your heart rate to normal gradually

I was watching a beach volley match when they suddenly asked me to join in. 

  • to take part in a sporting activity or match

I took up yoga this summer. There was an instructor that gave classes on the beach.

  • to start doing a new sport or activity

Summer Quote

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.  ~John Lubbock


Top Language: Beach Slang 2

summer love

summer love (Photo credit: [ Ben ])

Here are a few more cool expressions related to the beach, surfers and summer time!

Summer lovin’…rock on!


We got back to our hotel room and the a/c was not working.

  • air conditioning

We don’t have any air conditioning at the beach house but we do have a ceiling fan in the bedroom.

  • an electrical machine that has turning blades which makes the air move located on the inside top surface of a room

It has been so muggy this week. I feel all sticky!

  • unpleasantly warm and humid

I love orange flavored popsicles. I prefer them to ice cream when it is really hot.

  • flavored and colored water usually on a stick

There was a big thunderstorm last night. The temperature dropped a little after that.

  • an occurence of bad weather  where there is lots of rain and loud sounds coming from the sky.

Summer Quote

Every summer has a story. ♥ -Anonymous


Top Language: Beach Slang 1

Summer Beach

Summer Beach (Photo credit: libertygrace0)

I am at the beach and simply got inspired so here it goes..

In Context

Gero and Matt just won 3 games in a row at beach soccer. They are  amped.

  • excited and probably overdoing it. stems from the electrical unit

All the cool guys on the beach wear baggies.

  • over-sized boxer type swim trunks

I ate a maxi sundae with 6 different ice cream flavours. I am beached. 

  • very stuffed from over eating…like a beached whale

That is so bogus. I can’t believe she didn’t get plastic surgery!

  • false, ridiculous, unbelievable

it is overcast today. Bummer!

  • too bad, pity, it’s a drag


Summer Quote

Ah!, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it! –Russel Baker



Ask Task: A Singer

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Here is the long-awaited Ask Task featuring Anna Buckley who is the lead singer of Anna Buckley & The Spank Daddies.

Anna answers three questions for our audience.

  1. When did you first start singing?
  2. Who would you most like to open for?
  3. What do you think about when you are performing?

Listen to Anna’s Interview

Read the Transcript

Ask Task The Singer

Vocabulary Boost

  • Abroad : in a foreign country
  • Oh gosh! : interjection used to express surprise or difficult situation when you can’t find the right words
  • On repeat : to listen to a cd again and again
  • Bog down : used figuratively, it means that it is difficult to move forward because of too much work, thoughts, etc…
  • Overthink : to think too much
  • Natural organic feel : authentic and genuine atmosphere
  • Just go with the flow! : just go with whatever happens…live the moment

Conversation Builder

  1. Have you ever seen Anna Buckley in concert?
  2. What kind of music do you like?
  3. Do you have a good voice?
  4. Have you ever been in a band?

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Top Language: She is nocializing again!

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How often does it happen that you are at a party and your friends are not interacting with you but with their mobile devices instead?

This activity is called Nocializing.

Student texting during class

Student texting during class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)










Only spending time on a mobile device instead of with people around you when you are in a social setting.

In Context:

  • I went on a blind date and he was nocializing all through dinner.
  • Why did they invite me for drinks if they were planning to nocialize all evening.
  • My Dad hates Johanne. He thinks she is such a nocializer.

Conversation Builder:

  • What are your mobile habits?
  • Do you leave your mobile in your pocket or handbag when you eat out?
  • How many times do you check your phone a day?



Top Language: Are you a klutz?

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I woke up this morning and I spilled brown sugar all over my counter when I was making my coffee. I then dropped a stack of papers all over the floor that had been sorted in alphabetical order. My pen fell to the floor after I pushed it with my elbow. With all this said, we can safely confirm that I was a klutz today!


  • a clumsy person
  •  a person lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace


  • it comes from Yiddish (high middle german)

In Context

  • Sandy is such a klutz. She is always apologizing for her clumsy behaviour.
  • Mike spilled his beer all over the sofa. What a klutz!


  • My eldest son is all thumbs. Everything always happens to him!


Top Language: Let’s grab a bite!

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We are talking about the word ‘GRAB’ today.

I used it this morning when I was talking about having a coffee with a friend. I said: ‘ I am grabbing a coffee with Sonia this morning.’


  • To take hurriedly or quickly
  • To capture someone’s attention

As usual, I try to focus on the most important definitions. These two seem to be the most useful for learners.

In Context:

  • Let me grab my coat before we go.
  • I will grab a coffee on my way to work.
  • The speaker grabbed our attention.


‘Up for grabs’ is an expression that means available for someone to take or win.

  • That position is up for grabs.
  • A big chocolate Bunny is up for grabs!

Pronunciation Pill:

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Top Language: I am running on empty!

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Here is the sentence you’ve been looking for this month.

We feel tired. We lack energy. We are not motivated.

Summer Break is just around the corner for most of us.

We are running on empty!



This expression means that we lacking energy or enthusiasm.


It comes directly from the car that doesn’t have any more fuel.

In Context:

  • I have been running on empty for two weeks – I need a vaycation.
  • The website they built is not having much success. They are demotivated. They are starting to run on empty.
  • I haven’t had anything to eat today. I am running on empty.

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