“Sir, I’m going to have to rescan this.”

“Sir, I’m going to have to rescan this.”

English Lesson: Sir, I'm going to have to rescan this.

You’re going through the security checkpoint at the airport. Your bag has gone through the scanning machine, but there was something in it that the security officer couldn’t see well. He wants to do it again, so he says this.

Sir, I’m going to have to rescan this.

I’m going to have to (do something)


Use this phrase to talk about something that you need to do, but which might annoy your listener.

I’m going to have to charge you extra for that. Sorry!

A: We’re going out for a bite to eat. Why don’t you join us?

B: No, I’m going to have to take a rain check. 

This is similar to “going to need to“. “Going to have to” is friendlier-sounding, though.

There’s also another way to use “going to have to”, which is just to talk about things that you have to do in the future. Here’s an example:

Just a heads up – we’re going to have to meet soon.


re(do something)


The prefix “re-” means “again”. You can attach it to a lot of different words. For example:

  • resend
  • retype
  • redraw
  • rewrite
  • rethink

In all of these examples, adding “re” means to do the action again.


scan (something)


Checking something with a machine is “scanning” it. Here are some examples of “scanning”:

  • At a store, the cashier may scan the label of an item to find out how much it costs.
  • An X-ray machine scans your body or the inside of a piece of luggage.
  • The military uses technologies like radar to scan the air and water.


Sir, (sentence)


Employees who deal with the public, like cashiers, receptionists, security guards, hotel staff, etc. often call male customers “Sir”. It’s supposed to show respect. For example:

Sir, can I get you something to drink while you wait?

In the U.S., you can also call any adult man who you don’t know “Sir”.

On the other hand, it’s a little strange to call someone “sir” who you know well, like a coworker or friend. Unless someone has a clear position of authority over you (like a teacher), don’t call him “sir” if you’ve had friendly conversations with each other.

The equivalent title for women is “Ma’am“.


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Best ten cities to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit global ‘liveability’ study

London slips down list of best cities despite glorious Olympics

Australia may have been trounced by Britain at the Olympics but its dejected sports stars can take some comfort from the fact that their cities have been judged far better places to live.

London has fallen two places in an index of the best cities because of last year's riots

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London has fallen two places in an index of the best cities because of last year’s riots 

Melbourne is the best city in the world to live in while Sydney, Adelaide and Perth also make the top 10 and Brisbane comes in at number 20, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit global “liveability” study.

By contrast there is not a single British city in the top 50. London, basking in the afterglow of the hugely successful Games that saw Team GB reach third place in the medal table, is judged to be just the 55th most desirable place to live in the world and has fallen in the rankings after last summer’s riots.

Manchester remains Britain’s best city according to the study, which looks at crime levels, education, health care, culture and infrastructure, but it also dropped points to reach number 51 following the widespread looting and disorder that reached its shopping centres last August.

Jon Copestake, the survey’s editor, said: “UK cities have seen a slight downgrade in liveability due to the mass outbreaks of civil unrest that took place last year.

“Although hosting the Olympics has subsequently provided a definite boost for London’s profile, it was already among the world’s most vibrant cities, with plenty to see and do, so has had no impact on overall lifestyle.”

The EIU first began ranking cities to test whether or not companies should pay staff a hardship allowance if they make employees relocate to a different country.

Its researchers look at how “tolerable” it is to live in a particular place given its crime levels, threat of conflict, quality of medical care, levels of censorship, temperature, schools and transport links.

In the latest rankings for 2012, Melbourne came top having overtaken Vancouver in Canada.

Australia’s second city is famed for its sporting events, although is perhaps still best known in Britain as the setting for the soap operaNeighbours.

According to the EIU Melbourne came close to recording a “perfect score” with a liveability rating of 97.5 per cent, losing points only for climate, culture and petty crime.

Like most of the cities at the top of the league, it is much less crowded than the long-established metropolis of London.

“Australian cities continue to thrive in terms of liveability: Not only do they benefit from the natural advantages of low population density, but they have continued to improve with some high profile infrastructure investments,” said Mr Copestake.

The study said that mid-sized cities in wealthy countries can support “a range of recreational activities”, again suggesting that Australia under-performed at the Olympics.

Londoners need not lose heart however, as the report noted that “global business centres tend to be victims of their own success”.

“The ‘big city buzz’ they enjoy can overstretch infrastructure and cause higher crime rates.”

In total Australia – which finished 10th in the Olympics medal count, with just seven golds compared with Britain’s 29 – has four cities in the top 10.

Auckland, New Zealand, also makes the premier league along with three Canadian cities – Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary.

Just two European destinations make the cut – Vienna and Helsinki.

Unsurprisingly, unrest in the Middle East and North Africa has damaged the scores of cities such as Damascus in Syria, now ranked 130th out of the 140 surveyed.

Dhaka in Bangladesh props up the table, although the EIU does not include trouble spots such as Kabul, Baghdad or Mogadishu on the grounds that few companies are likely to send staff to live there.

Best ten cities to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit global ‘liveability’ study

Melbourne, Australia

Vienna, Austria

Vancouver, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Calgary, Canada

Adelaide, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Helsinki, Finland

Perth, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand

And the worst ten:

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Tehran, Iran

Douala, Cameroon

Tripoli, Libya

Karachi, Pakistan

Algiers, Algeria

Harare, Zimbabwe

Lagos, Nigeria

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Had a day off today so Mei dragged me off to the supermarket

Had a day off today so Mei dragged me off to the supermarket

Aug 14 2012, Written by : John Currin


Since I have been here in China the range of groceries has improved, just wish New Zealand would do more and sell their products to China but anyway an assortmant of goodies we bought today included Cheese from Australia, milk from New Zealand, biscuits from Spain and France, Weetabix from England (has now been bought by China), Cereal from Canada, Steak and lamb from Australia, beer from Holland, crispbread from Germany, soda water from Thailand, orange juice from the USA, peanut oil from China and some other bits and pieces such as Colgate toothpaste etc and all came to 608 Yuan or about NZ$120.00, a bit pricy because most of it was imported but I enjoy it and it keeps my large stomach happy.


“I’ve developed a rash of some kind on my upper back, between my shoulder blades.”

“I’ve developed a rash of some kind on my upper back, between my shoulder blades.”

English Lesson: I've developed a rash of some kind on my upper back, between my shoulder blades.

You have a problem with your skin. Part of your back is red and itchy. You’re describing the problem to a doctor.

I’ve developed a rash of some kind on my upper back, between my shoulder blades.

develop (a medical problem)


You can talk about a medical problem that starts slowly and spreads with the word “develop”:

She developed a brain tumor a few months later.

You may develop a fever.


(something) of some kind


“A ___ of some kind” just means “some kind of ___“, but it’s more formal. Here’s an example:

They were playing a stringed instrument of some kind. It sounded something like a cross between a banjo and a sitar.


a rash


A “rash” is a problem with your skin. When you have a rash, part of your skin turns red. It might be itchy and might get small bumps as well.


(someone’s) upper back


Your “upper back” is the part of your back between your shoulders. 

You also have a “lower back”, which is the part above your butt.


(someone’s) shoulder blades


Your “shoulder blades” are the two bones that stick out on your back.

There’s a technical name for a shoulder blade: it’s called a scapula. A doctor would probably call the bone a “scapula” to her colleages and staff, but call it a “shoulder blade” to her patients.


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Will and Going To

Will and Going To

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When talking about the future, we can use will…, going to…or the Present Continuous.

Use will to talk facts or things that we believe are true.
“I’m sure you will love learning English in Malta. It’s a great place.”

Going to is used with predictions.

When you are making a decision use will; use going to after the decision has been made. We sometimes also use the present continuous for planned events in the near future.

When we want to talk about future facts or things we believe to be true about the future, we usewill.

  • 1. “Where are you going on holiday?” I don’t know yet, maybe ___ to India.

    I will go
    I am going

  • 2. Are you watching the game? It’s 5 – 2, they ___ win the match!

    are going to

  • 3. I think you ___ like this movie.

    are going to 

  • 4. We ___ get married next year.

    are getting

  • 5. I can’t join you at the party, I ___ away for two weeks.
    am going to be
    will be

  • 6. You ___ Mr Thompson tomorrow at 10.00.
    are seeing
    will see

  • 7. Have you heard? Jean is pregnant – ___ have a baby.
    is going to
    she will

  • 8. This exercise looks really hard – I ___ help you.
    am going to 

  • 9. Don’t forget that we ___ out with Sue and Peter tonight!
    will go 
    are going

  • 10. Look at that beautiful sky! It most certainly ___ rain today.
    isn’t going to




Thanks, slowly beginning to use this valuable tool for learning the language. The topic are many and very interesting.

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4th question???

Can somebody explain the 4th question? If we use the correct answer “are getting”, the sentence sounds strange:
We are getting get married next year” We use “get” two times. However; “will” sounds better… Smile)I know why we use the second “get” but I don’t know the reason of first one. Hope somebody helps me. Wink

“There’s this nosy lady next door who’s always in our business.”

“There’s this nosy lady next door who’s always in our business.”

English Lesson: There's this nosy lady next door who's always in our business.

You have a neighbor who always wants to know about you. She often looks into your yard to see what you’re doing. You’re describing this situation to some people at a party. You say:

There’s this nosy lady next door who’s always in our business.

this (person/thing)


In casual conversation, you use “this” instead of “a” when you want to start telling astory about something. Using “this ___” suggests that you’re going to say something else about the subject.

For example:

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for two days!

If someone says this, they’re probably going to continue by saying the name of the song, or singing part of it.


(someone) is nosy


A “nosy” person is someone who wants to know private information about other people. It has a negative association, because “nosy” people are annoying.

People that are often “nosy” include neighbors and family members.


(someone) next door


A person who’s “next door” lives in the house or apartment right next to yours.

Have you met the guy next door?


(someone) is in (someone’s) business


Being “in someone’s business” means getting involved in their personal lives.

For example, if you’ve tried to learn or give advice about a person’s:

  • finances
  • love life
  • health issues

…then you’re “in their business”.

This is why, when someone is getting too personal, you say:

Get out of my business!


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