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Happy: glad, cheerful, pleased

Sad: mopey, miserable, gloomy

Good: brilliant, marvelous, wonderful

Bad: awful, poor, terrible

Angry: mad, cross, furious

Interesting: fascinating, engaging, thrilling

Attractive: pretty, beautiful, appealing

Shocked: stunned, speechless, astonished

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Things To Do Before You Die

Kick the bucket’ is a very old English expression, which means to die. A ‘bucket list‘ is a list of things that you want to do before you die. It’s now a common English expression, but it’s very new.

In 2007, the movie Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, popularized the idiom. It’s about two older men who are dying and go on a road trip to do all the things on their bucket list. Their list included sky diving, visiting the Taj Mahal, and riding motorcycles along the Great Wall of China. The movie got mixed reviews, but the expression struck a chord with people. Even people who have never seen the movie now know and use this idiom.

Bucketlist.org is a website where real people share and track their bucket lists. According to the site, some of the most popular bucket list items are swimming with dolphins, learning another language, and seeing the Aurora Borealis.

102-year-old Edie Simms’ unusual bucket list goal of getting arrested is probably not on this site. Edie enjoys sewing, playing bingo and doing community service, so it’s unclear how getting nabbed by the cops became one of her life long goals. Nevertheless, the local Missouri police department was happy to help. She was recently handcuffed and put in the back of a police car, but she didn’t do hard time. Instead, they released her at a local senior center where she was donating clothes and bags that she had made by hand.

Similar to the movie, ninety-one-year-old Norma Jean Bauerschmidt went on a real life bucket list adventure after being diagnosed with cancer last year. Her doctors told her surgery, chemotherapy and radiation were her options, and her chances didn’t look good. She said, “I’m 90-years-old, I’m hitting the road.” Over the next 12 months, Norma and her family drove over 13,000 miles around the country in an RV. In that time she crossed off as many bucket list items as she could. She rode a horse, flew in a hot air balloon and did little things like trying fried green tomatoes for the first time.

While Norma Jean’s bucket list allowed her to enjoy every moment of her final days, bucket lists aren’t just for the terminally ill. It’s never too early to start doing the things you’ve always wanted to do. What’s on your bucket list?

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CHICKEN OUT idiom meaning

to decide not to do something because you are too frightened.

  • My brother and I were going to go bungee jumping, but at the last minuted I got scared and I chickened out.

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20 Most Common Math Terms and Symbols in English

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Below is a summary of the common mathematical symbols discussed below, along with the words in English used to describe them.

+ Plus sign Addition …plus…
Minus sign Subtraction …minus…
± Plus-minus sign N/A …plus or minus…
× ⋅ ∗ Multiplication sign Multiplication …times…
…multiplied by…
÷ / Division sign Division …divided by…
= Equals sign Equation …equals…
Not-equals sign N/A …is not equal to…
Almost-equals sign Approximation …equals…
> Greater-than sign Inequality …is greater than…
< Less-than sign Inequality …is less than…
Greater-than-or-equal-to sign Inequality …is greater than or equal to…
Less-than-or-equal-to sign Inequality …is less than or equal to…
% Percent sign Percentage …percent
xy Exponent Exponentiation …to the power of…
…squared, cubed, etc.
…to the…
x√ Radical sign Root The square root of…
The cube root of…
log Log Logarithm Log base…of…
ln Natural log Natural logarithm The natural log of…
! Factorial Factorial …factorial…
  1. Addition
  2. Equation
  3. Not-equals sign
  4. Subtraction
  5. Plus-minus sign
  6. Multiplication
  7. Division
  8. Inequality
  9. Decimal
  10. Approximation
  11. Ratio
  12. Improper fraction
  13. Percentage
  14. Exponential
  15. Square root
  16. Imaginary number
  17. Logarithm
  18. Per
  19. Infinity
  20. Factorial
  21. Equation of those number

Math can be frustrating enough in your own language. But when learning a new language, you may find that you’ll need to relearn not just numbers, but many of the terms used in the world of math.

For example, it might be difficult for you to calculate a tip at a restaurant out loud for your English-speaking friend, but something like that can definitely come in handy. To help, here are a bunch of terms (and example equations) that English speakers use when rattling their brains with numbers and equations.


6 + 4 = 12
Six plus four equals twelve.

This type of calculation is called addition, which is when you add two or more numbers together. When saying the equation out loud, we use the word “plus,” and the “+” symbol is called a plus sign. The result of an addition equation is called a sum.


Usually, we say that one expression equals another, and the “=” symbol is fittingly called an equals sign. Though it is fairly common in English to say the word “equals,” it is also fine to use the singular “is.” For example, two plus three is five. Any mathematical statement involving an equals sign is called an equation.

Not-equals sign

6 + 4 ≠ 13
Six plus four is not equal to thirteen.

The “≠” symbol is called a not-equals sign, and we say that one expression is not equal to another.


15 – 8 = 7
Fifteen minus eight equals seven.

This type of calculation is called subtraction, which is when you subtract one number from the other to get a difference. When saying the equation out loud, we use the word “minus,” and the “-” symbol is called—you guessed it—a minus sign. However, the word “minus” is not used when describing negative numbers (as opposed to positive numbers). For example, three minus four is not “minus one,” but “negative one.”

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Plus-minus sign

4 ± 3 = 1 or 7
Four plus or minus three equals one or seven.

The “±” symbol is called the plus-minus sign, and when used in an equation, we say that one number plus or minus another results in two possible sums.


5 × 2  = 10
Five times two equals ten.
Five multiplied by two equals ten.

Now we’ve gotten to multiplication, and there are two ways to recite such a calculation. One way is to say that one number times another results in a product. The other way is to use the logical term “multiplied by.” The “×” symbol is considered to be the multiplication sign, although you can also use a dot (⋅) or an asterisk (∗).


21 ÷ 7 = 3
Twenty-one divided by seven equals three.

When dealing with division, we say that one number is divided by another number to get a quotient. We call the “÷” symbol a division sign, but it is also common to use a slash (/), a symbol also used for fractions. If an answer contains a remainder, then you simply say “remainder” where the “r” is. For example, 22 ÷ 7 = 3r1 would be “twenty-two divided by seven equals three remainder one.”


18.5 > 18
Eighteen point five is greater than eighteen.

This type of equation is called an inequality, and it is usually read from left to right. So logically, the “>” symbol is called a “greater-than sign” and the “<” symbol is called a “less-than sign.” You can also use the “≥” or “≤” symbols if a number, usually a variable, may be greater than or equal to another number, or less than or equal to it.

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three point one four one

18.5 is considered a decimal, and the period used to write this number is called a decimal point.

When said out loud, we usually use the word “point,” followed by a string of individual numbers. For example, 3.141 would be pronounced “three point one four one.” However, with simpler numbers, it is common to use a fraction like “five-tenths.” Don’t worry, this will be covered next.

Money tends to be recited a little differently. For example, if something costs $5.75, you wouldn’t say “five point seven five dollars.” Instead you would say “five dollars and seventy-five cents” or simply “five seventy-five.”

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π ≈ 3.14
Pi is approximately equal to 3.14

This type of equation is called an approximation, where one value is approximately equal to another value. The “≈” symbol is called an almost-equals sign.

The fields of math and science tend to borrow a lot of letters from the Greek alphabet as commonplace symbols, and English tends to put a twist on the pronunciation of these letters. For example, the letter π is not pronounced /pi/ as it normally would be, but rather as /paj/, like the word “pie.”

Be careful about pronouncing Greek letters in English because oftentimes, it won’t be the same.

Ratio (numerator, denominator)

1 ÷ 3 = ⅓
One divided by three equals a third.

In a fraction, the top number is called the numerator and the bottom number is called the denominator. When saying fractions out loud, we usually treat the denominator like an ordinal number. That means ⅓ is pronounced “a third,” ¼ is pronounced “a fourth,” etc. One exception is ½, which is usually called “a half,” not “a second.” Similarly, ¼ can be called “a quarter,” as well as a fourth, but those are the only irregularities.

With all of these fractions, it’s acceptable to use the word “one” instead of “a,” so ½ can be called “one half” as well as “a half.” And if the numerator is a number greater than one, simply say that number out loud. ¾ would be “three-fourths,” ⅖ would be “two-fifths,” etc. Notice the use of a hyphen when writing out the fraction.

With any fraction, it is also possible to simply say that one number is “over” another. While ⅖ can be pronounced “two-fifths,” it is also perfectly fine to say “two over five.” In fact, when dealing with variables (letters that represent numbers), it is actually the only convenient way to say it. For example, x/y would be said as “x over y,” while nobody would ever say “x-yth.”

Improper fraction

2 ÷ 3 = 1½
Two divided by three equals one and a half.

An improper fraction is a combination of a whole number (integer) and a fraction and involves the use of the word “and.” So 1½ would be one and a half, 2¾ would be two and three-fourths, etc. As stated before, decimals can occasionally be stated as an improper fraction. While it is normal to pronounce 0.7 as “zero point seven” or “point seven,” it can also be said as “seven-tenths,” since it is technically equal to 7/10. Similarly, 0.75 can be said as “seventy-five hundredths.”

However, this method of reading decimals can become clunky and confusing, and so it is much more common and convenient to stick with the “point” method.

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20 × 40% = 8
Twenty times forty percent equals eight.
Forty percent of twenty is eight.

The percent sign (%) is used to indicate a percentage. When reading a percentage, you simply say the number and the word “percent” after it, so 50% would be read as “fifty percent.” When calculating something that involves a percentage, you can simply pronounce it as a standard multiplication equation, or you can say that a certain percent of another number results in a product.

In computer science, the percent sign tends to have a different function and is actually used as the modulo operator, which acts as a division calculation but outputs only the remainder. Where the percent sign is, you would say “modulo” or “mod” for short. For example, 15 % 6 == 3 would be “fifteen mod six equals three” (a double percent sign is usually used in computer languages, but it is read the same).


33 = 27
Three cubed equals twenty-seven.
Three to the third equals twenty-seven.
Three to the power of three equals twenty-seven.

An exponent is when you take a number and multiply it by itself a certain number of times, an operation called exponentiation. In other words, you take one number to the power of another number. This is the easiest way to read an exponent out loud, since it works easily with decimals and fractions (“four to the seven point five,” “three to the four-fifths,” etc.).

However, it is also common to use an ordinal number when reading aloud an exponent. For example, x3 reads “x to the third,” x4 reads “x to the fourth,” etc. Note that this is different from saying “x-thirds” or “x-fourths,” which would turn the number into a fraction.

It is not common to say x2 as “x to the second.” Instead, the convention is to say “x squared,” which relates to concepts of geometry. Similarly, it is common to say x3 as “x cubed.”

However, there is no equivalent for x4 and numbers beyond that. “Squared” and “cubed” are also used when talking about units of length in two or three dimensions. For example, 5 ft2 would be read as “five feet squared,” and 50 km3 would be read as “fifty kilometers cubed.

Square root

√16 = 4
The square root of sixteen is four.

The result of this equation is called a square root, and the “√” symbol is called a radical sign (“radical” literally means “root”). It is typical to state that the square root of one number equals another number.

A square root is essentially a number to the power of a half. In other words, √16 is the same as 16½. However, if the number is to the power of a different fraction, say ⅓, then the root becomes a cube root, written as 3√16.

For this, you can say “the cube root of sixteen,” but you can also say “sixteen root three.” Similarly, 4√16 would be “sixteen root four,” etc.

Imaginary number

√(–4) = 2i
The square root of negative four is two i.

An imaginary number is the result of taking the square root of a negative number. When reading an imaginary number aloud, simply pronounce the letter “i” as it is. 2i is pronounced “two i,” 3i is “three i,” etc.

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log28 = 3
Log base two of eight equals three.

A logarithm is basically an inverse of an exponential equation, and though it seems complicated, reading one may actually be easier and more consistent.

In the case of log28, since the “2” is considered to be the base of the logarithm, you would say that log base two of eight equals three. An expression containing “ln” is called a natural log. For example, lnx would be stated as “the natural log of x.”


12m / 4s = 3m/s
Twelve meters divided by four seconds equals three meters per second.

When dealing with rates, we use the word per between units. This applies to even mundane rates that don’t require the use of scientific units. For example:

  • This class will meet five times per (Five times a week)
  • I usually assist ten customers per (Ten customers every shift)

The word “per” also appears in the abbreviation “mph,” which stands for “miles per hour.” Instead of using a slash like most scientific rates, this abbreviation shortens the word “per” with the letter “p.”

  • I usually go 80mph on the highway.

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0 < x < ∞
X is greater than zero and less than infinity.

Infinity (∞) is an abstraction of the largest number imaginable, the opposite of which is negative infinity (–∞). The “∞” symbol is called the infinity symbol, sometimes called a lemniscate because of its figure-eight shape. Notice that it’s different from the word “infinite,” which is an adjective that describes something that is endless or limitless.


5! = 120
Five factorial equals 120.

A factorial is represented by an exclamation point, and you simply say the word “factorial” after the number. Things don’t get much easier…

Equation of those number

5 x (4 + 3) = 35
Five times the quantity of four plus three equals thirty-five.

Saying equations out loud can get a bit tricky when there are parentheses involved.

One method is to take short pauses before saying numbers grouped in parentheses. But a more effective way would be to call them the quantity of those numbers, almost as if you’re making a calculation within a calculation, which is essentially what you’re doing.

This phrase also comes in handy when you’re dealing with complex fractions. For example, an easy way to say x / (y + z) would be “x over the quantity of y plus z.”

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Asking Giving Opinions – Agreeing and Disagreeing in English

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1. Giving Opinions:

  • As far as I’m concerned …
  • In my opinion … In my view …
  • From my point of view …
  • The way I see it is (that) …
  • To my mind …
  • Well, I reckon (that) …
  • I (strongly) believe (that) …
  • I (honestly) think (that) …
  • I (really) feel (that) …
  • Personally speaking, I believe …
  • As for me, I reckon …

2. Asking Opinions:

  • What do you think/reckon?
  • do you see what I’m getting at?
  • Do you know/see what I mean?
  • Do you agree with me?
  • Would you go along with that?
  • Would you agree with me that … ?
  • What are your thoughts on that?
  • Don’t you think (that) … ?

3. Agreeing:

  • I (totally) agree with you / that.
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • I’d go along with that.
  • I feel the same.
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely / Definitely / Exactly.
  • No doubt about it.
  • That’s a good point. / I see your point.
  • I see where you’re coming from.

4. Disagreeing:

  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I don’t agree with you / that.
  • I’d be inclined to disagree.
  • That’s not the way I see it.
  • I don’t think so. / I don’t feel the same.

5. Partly agreeing:

  • I see your point but …
  • I kind of agree with you / that.
  • I agree with you to an extent, however, …
  • You make a good point, but …

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Burning Through Money

No one could spend money like Michael Jackson. His mansion in California had a personal zoo and amusement park that cost him $5 million a year just for maintenance and staff. Over the course of his life, he made 1.1 billion dollars, but he spent it all and then some. He died being hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

While Jackson was famous for burning through money, some people have been known to actually burn money. Cocaine kingpin, Pablo Escobar, was at one time the 7th richest man in the world and was making 420 million dollars a week. Like Jackson, he was also a big spender with lavish houses and his own personal zoo. The final year of his life was spent on the run from police after escaping from prison. During this time he once burned 2 million dollars in cash to make a fire to warm his daughter.

At about the same time in the early 90s, British pop stars Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty of KLM also burned money.  KLM was a hit band in the late 1980s and 1990s. While they couldn’t hold a candle to Jackson in earning power, they made good money.

After four years, Bill and Jimmy retired from the music business to become artists. They had 1 million pounds left from their career as musicians. Their first work of art was taking that 1 million pounds and nailing it to a frame. The art world was unimpressed, so they decided to burn the money. In July of 1993, they went to Scotland, and one by one, they burned 1 million pounds worth of 50-pound notes. They actually burned about 900,000 pounds, while about 100,000 pounds blew up and out of the chimney. Villagers found partially burned notes around the island.

In an interview in 2004, Bill says that some days he thinks back and regrets it, but other days he doesn’t.

The reason why they did it is still unclear.  Bill says, “It was more for other people to take from it whatever they wanted, whether it be ‘they obviously didn’t do it’ or ‘it’s a terrible thing’ or whatever. It’s for other people to explore.”

While most people probably think they were crazy, they did have their admirers. One newspaper writer said they “may not have changed or challenged much, but they have certainly provoked thousands to question and analyze the power of money and the responsibilities of those who possess it. And what could be more artistic than that?”

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