A few words about the books

The Everyday English Advanced Vocabulary Series


The method used for teaching advanced vocabulary in these books is very simple:

The meanings of words, phrasal verbs and idioms are explained in clear, precise English.

This is then followed by at least two examples, which contain words which have been taught in previous lessons and chapters.

For example, in Practical Everyday English: book 1, chapter six, we have the phrasal verb:

To wind up.

One of the meanings is:

To end up, to finish in a certain situation - often one which was not expected

The examples given are:

  • If you don’t cut out smoking, you could wind up having to undergo heart surgery.
  • After all that hassle, I was the one who wound up paying the bill they had run up.

To cut out and to undergo in the first example and hassle and to run up in the second example have all been taught previously in the book.

Practical Everyday English: Book 1

In Advanced Everyday English: book 2, chapter seven, we have the expression:

To give someone a taste of their own medicine.

Which means:

To do to someone what they often do to others - a negative expression, but not always very serious

The examples given are:

  • She usually gets a kick out of being nasty to people. This time, I’ve given her a taste of her own medicine.
  • He knows I’m squeamish because I nearly passed out when he showed me that horrible picture. It’s time to give him a taste of his own medicine. He doesn’t know what he has let himself in for.

To get a kick out of doing something in the first example and squeamish, to pass out and to let oneself in for something have all been taught previously in the book.

Advanced Everyday English: Book 2

This simple but highly effective method of learning advanced vocabulary
is used throughout all four books.

Each book is divided into nine chapters apart from Book 4 Fluent Everyday English, which has eight.
Within each chapter there are three separate lessons and at the end of each chapter there is dialogue and exercises to practise and test you on what you have studied in that chapter.

When you have finished studying all four books, you will have been taught over 1,000 advanced vocabulary words, phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions.

Your English will have reached new heights beyond your dreams.


Steve Collins

I live in London with my family and enjoy going to art galleries and restaurants, reading Victorian novels, watching football (Arsenal!) and listening to jazz, soul and classical music.

I am the writer and publisher of the Everyday English series of books for advanced students of English.

My books are self-study books designed for people who already have a good level of English, but wish to take their speaking and comprehension to new heights.

There is a special focus on phrasal verbs and idioms in everyday conversational use, but my books also contain more formal and academic vocabulary.

I am a Cambridge University graduate and qualified lawyer, but decided my heart was in teaching and writing books.

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