Hello. As usual, every month I have a little phrase to help you improve your English. Today I’d like to introduce two phrases with the word smart. You’re probably familiar with one meaning of this word, i.e. clever, intelligent. For example, Tim’s really smart or The smart kids get good grades and go off to college. However, ‘smart’ can also mean well-dressed, wearing neat attractive clothes, having a tidy appearance. For example, Tom looks really smart in his new grey suit or Do you like wearing smart clothes? You can make it into an adverb in combination with the adjective ‘dressed’ – e.g. smartly dressed. Next time, try using it yourself in an appropriate context.

Knit a sweater/jumper

Hello. I’ll stick with last month’s topic, i.e. clothing. Today’s collocation is knit a sweater/jumper. Knit is a verb. It means ‘make clothing out of wool using knitting needles‘. You can make other things with knitting needles: socks, scarves, etc. Your grandma probably used to knit those things for you when you were a kid.   And here’s a picture of knitting needles.

Hope you found it useful.

A wooly jumper

I’ve decided to start a monthly post series and put it up on the blog as a way of helping learners of English enrich their vocabulary. Today’s phrase is a wooly jumper. The adjective wooly means ‘made of wool’, while jumper is another word for ‘sweater’ used especially by British people. Thus ‘a wooly jumper’ = ‘a sweater made of wool’. And now for a joke: What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo? The answer is: a wooly jumper. It’s word play, of course. We know about kangaroos that they’re great jumpers. We also know that sheep give us wool.

Hope you liked the joke and found the information helpful.