It’s a mad, mad world!

It’s a mad world means that it’s a crazy or absurd world.

Indeed, mad is an adjective that has several different meanings.

It can mean to be mentally ill:

The artist went mad in his old age.

or very foolish:

You must be mad to turn down such a good job.

Or very enthusiastic about something or someone:

He’s mad about football.

Or, like the girl in the photo, to be angry:

She was so mad with her sister that she refused to speak to her.





Money, money!

«Money makes the world go round» is just one of the many  English expressions related to money.

If you would like to learn more money idioms, you can listen to the podcast Money talks, or go to Module 8, Unit 2 or Module 10, Unit 2 in this app.


Commitment vs compromise

This is a well-known ‘false friend’ between English and Spanish.

A commitment (“un compromiso”) = dedication to a cause or activity

In That’s English! we have a commitment to providing quality education.

A commitment = a promise

The government has made a commitment to cut taxes.

However, engagement («compromiso») = a formal agreement to get married

The singer announced her engagement on Facebook.

Compromise (“acuerdo mutuo”) = mutual or negotiated agreement

The employers’ association and the trade unions have reached a compromise on salary increases.

You’ll find more ‘false friends’ in the podcast of the same name in this app.

Wait, expect and hope

The Spanish verb ‘esperar’ can be used to translate ‘wait for’, ‘expect’ and ‘hope’ but each verb is used for different situations.

Wait for = stay where one is or delay an action until a particular time or someone/something arrives.

This morning Sally had to wait for the bus for over half an hour as it arrived late because of the rain. 

Expect = believe that something is likely to happen or that something/someone will arrive soon

The government expects the economy will grow 2% next year. 

Hope = wish something to happen

I hope you feel better soon.

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