In today’s episode, you will learn new English vocabulary words and expressions related to the topic of challenges. You will also hear tons of real-life stories that will help you understand the words and expressions more. This episode will give you the vocabulary and expressions you need to speak fluently in English about this topic.
TODAY’S ENGLISH RESOURCE
TODAY’S ENGLISH VOCABULARY
Meaning: A strong difference of opinion on a particular subject, especially about an official suggestion or plan or a popular belief.
- Sentence 1: Almost all of the judges agreed, however, one conservative dissented.
- Sentence 2: When the time came to approve the proposal, there were one or two voices of dissent.
- Sentence 3: There was very little room for dissent or different points of view.
Meaning: to complain to someone or about something
- Sentence 1: If he attempted to remonstrate with Sheila he probably received a rude or angry reply!
- Sentence 2: I went to the boss to remonstrate against the new rules.
- Sentence 3: The editor remonstrated with Kevin about the inaccuracies in the story.
TODAY’S ENGLISH EXPRESSIONS
Meaning: the only option left
- Sentence 1: I really wanted to attend the conference but ended up missing my flight which was my last resort.
- Sentence 2: Experts say warning labels are the last resort when a hazard can’t be designed out of a product.
- Sentence 3: As a last resort, teachers could always open an online classroom with their internet provider or school.
Back against the wall
Meaning: To have very serious problems that limit the ways in which you can act.
- Sentence 1: He owes money to everyone – he really has his back against the wall now.
- Sentence 2: We knew that with so little time and money left to finish the project we had our backs against the wall.
- Sentence 3: With her back against the wall, Sharon quickly answered the frantic phone call.