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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Easy Money

Example 1: I thought my new job would be easy money, but I was wrong! I was working many hours and had to do a lot of hard work!

Example 2: I received an email from someone I didn't know. They offered to pay me $5,000 to help them transfer money into the United States from an overseas account. This was really easy money, so I didn't think I could trust it. I marked the email as spam and ignored it.

Explanation: Easy money is money you earn without doing much work, usually in large amounts. Often, easy money is too good to be true or doesn't actually exist.

This idiom is from LSI's  "Reading Transitions," which is used in the Level 4 Reading classes. For more information, please visithttp://www.languagesystems.com/

Open-minded

Example 1: Before David lived overseas, he believed that Americans had the best ideas; now he has become more open-minded and listens to people from different countries.

Example 2: These days, people are more open-minded about things like tattoos, gay marriage, and mental illness than they were in the past. Before, people didn't like to talk about them. Nowadays, more people are willing to discuss these topics.

Explanation: when a person is open-minded, they are able to accept different ideas. The opposite is true for closed-minded people, they don't like to learn about and accept new ideas.

This idiom is from LSI's Reading Transistions, which is used in the Level 4 Reading classes. For more information, please visit http://www.languagesystems.com/