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GRAMMAR PRACTICE

PHRASAL VERBS IN SONG LYRICS (1 B2)

WATCH THIS VIDEO. DO YOU KNOW THE SONG?

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW IF YOU´D LIKE TO DO AN ACTIVITY WITH THE SONG LYRICS.

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  • WHAT DOES SHAKE IT OFF MEAN?

To forget about someone or something, to let go, to get over it, to move on.

According to Taylor Swift  “The message in [‘Shake It Off’] is a problem we all deal with on a daily basis. We don’t live just in a celebrity takedown culture, we live in a takedown culture,” she explained about the insanely catchy track. “People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you — you have to have more fun than they do.”

PHRASAL VERBS ARE VERY COMMON IN SONGS. HAVE A LOOK AT THE WORDS BELOW AND TRY TO MATCH THE PRASAL VERBS IN THE SONG LYRICS TO THEIR MEANING AND SINGERS.

1. Breaking up is hard to do                                            A.  collect or gather

2. Hung up                                                                            B. don´t take off your clothes

3. I can´t get you out of  my head                                  C.  stop sleeping

4. I still haven´t found what I’m looking for               D. I’m crazy / mad about him

5. My heart will go on                                                        E. continue

6. Wake up                                                                           F. our relationship is over

7. You can leave your hat  on                                          G. remove something from your mind

8.  Pick me up                                                                      H. search for someone or something

  • IS IT CORRECT TO SAY SHAKE OFF IT? WHY WHY NOT?

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http://www.espressoenglish.net/phrasal-verbs-in-english/

PHRASAL VERBS

ACCORDING TO CRISTINA CABAL “This quiz below is a good example of that. According to Roy Norris, author of Ready for First, Ready for Advanced and Straightforward (advanced) among others, these are the 30 most common phrasal verbs in English.

Do you have any others to add to the list?

This is how SHE SUGGESTS you work with the quiz:

  • Do the quiz
  • Once you have finished doing it, try to remember which phrasal verbs were tested and write them down on a piece of paper together with their meaning.
  • Do the quiz once again and compare your written answers with the ones given in the quiz.
  • Write down the ones you didn’t know. Look them up in a good dictionary and read the example sentences to see how they are used in context.
  • Try the quiz again some other day to consolidate knowledge.

So, CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO START…

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THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE (1B2) (OPTIONAL)

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL ACTIVITY I DEVISED FOR YOU TO TRY DURING THE HOLIDAY OR AT ANY OTHER TIME…..

AS WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT “LIVE ENTERTAINMENT” LAST  WEDNESDAY……DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?

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HE´S A BRITISH CHART-TOPPING STAR CALLED ED SHEERAN. HE PERFORMED IN MADRID AND BARCELONA LAST WEEKEND AS PART OF A TOUR AROUND EUROPE. ALL THE TICKETS HAD BEEN SOLD OUT.

HIS LATEST HIT IS CALLED “SHAPE OF YOU” AND IT REMINDED ME OF THE “BIKINI” CHALLENGE, THAT IS TO SAY, THE TIME WHEN YOU WANT TO GET IN SHAPE BEFORE THE SUMMER BATHING SUIT SEASON STARTS…. MANY  PEOPLE GET OBSESSED WITH LOSING WEIGHT, START GOING TO THE GYM AND GO ON DIETS BACAUSE SUMMER IS ALMOST THERE AND THEY WANT TO LOOK GOOD IN THEIR BIKINIS.

WATCH THE VIDEO, WHICH STARTS IN A GYM…. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STORY IS ABOUT?

WATCH IT AGAIN. What equipment or exercises to keep fit can you spot?

EQUIPMENT

  • (USE) AN EXERCISE BIKE
  • (GO ON) A RUNNING MACHINE (TREADMILL)
  • (DO) (LIFT) WEIGHTS
  • (PUNCH) HEAVY BAGS)
  • (JUMP) THE ROPE
  • (USE) A CROSS-TRAINER
  • (USE) A YOGA MAT
  • (USE) BOXING GLOVES
  • (WEAR) HAND WRAPS

EXERCISES

  • DO SIT-UPS
  • DO PRESS-UPS = (PUSH-UPS)
  • DO PULL-UPS
  • STRETCH
  • DO AEROBICS
  • DO SPINNING
  • DO PILATES (OR YOGA)

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY ON “KEEPING FIT” (book page 163).  YOU COULD ALSO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW (EXERCISING AT THE GYM)

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LISTEN TO THE SONG AGAIN & DO THIS EXERCISE WITH THE LYRICS

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CHECK YOUR ANSWERS:

ED SHEERAN´S PERFORMANCES IN SPAIN  WERE SOLD OUT MONTHS AGO

SELL OUT= ALL BE SOLD  : THIS IS A PHRASAL VERB

IN YOUR BOOK THERE´S A REVISION  OF PHRASAL VERBS (page 144)

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WHICH TYPE IS “SELL OUT”? TYPE 1, TYPE 2 OR TYPE 3? WHY?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO THE ACTIVITY ON LYRICS TRAINING JUST FOR FUN?

I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE ACTIVITY

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EASTER HOMEWORK 1B2 (1B2)

  • STUDY VERB PATTERNS VERB PATTERNS (PÁG 145) + LIST (page164)  & GO OVER YOUR HOMEWORK WITH THE KEY

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  • DO EXTRA PRACTICE & GET READY FOR THE EXAM

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  • YOU CAN ALSO TEST YOURSELF WITH THE WHEEL OF VERB PATTERNS BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURE BELOW

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EASTER HOMEWORK 1B1 (1B1)

  • STUDY VERB PATTERNS PAGE 158

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  • HAVE A LOOK AT THIS SUMMARY

    TO INFINITIVE

    • AFTER SOME VERBS (page 158 PART 1)

    “I need to practise more”

    “I want to get married soon”, etc…

    • AFTER ADJECTIVES

    “This is difficult to remember”

    • TO EXPRESS PURPOSE (finalidad)

    “I study English to study abroad”

    • AFTER QUESTION WORDS: WHO, WHAT, HOW…..

    “I don´t know what to do”

    -ING (=GERUND)

    • AFTER CERTAIN VERBS (page 158 PART 2)

    “I hate ironing”

    • AFTER PREPOSITIONS

    “I very often dream of moving abroad”

    • AS THE SUBJECT

    “Speaking is the most difficult part of any foreign language”

    INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO

    • AFTER MODAL VERBS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF “OUGHT TO”

    “I  could swim when I was 5”

    “You must´t use your mobile phone in exams”

    • AFTER “MAKE,”LET” & “”HELP”

    “Peeling onions makes me cry”

    “My mum does´t let me go out at night”

    “Can you help me (to) do this exercise?”

  • EXTRA PRACTICE

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GERUND OR INFINITIVE? (B1)


LISTEN TO THIS GOLDEN OLDIE. WHAT´S IT CALLED?
WHAT DOES THE TITLE TELL YOU ABOUT THE USE OF THE INFINITIVE AND GERUND?

 

 

 

TO INFINITIVE

  • AFTER SOME VERBS (page 158 PART 1)

“I need to practise more”

“I want to get married soon”, etc…

  • AFTER ADJECTIVES

“This is difficult to remember”

  • TO EXPRESS PURPOSE (finalidad)

“I study English to study abroad”

  • AFTER QUESTION WORDS: WHO, WHAT, HOW…..

“I don´t know what to do”

-ING (=GERUND)

  • AFTER CERTAIN VERBS (page 158 PART 2)

“I hate ironing”

  • AFTER PREPOSITIONS

“I very often dream of moving abroad”

  • AS THE SUBJECT

“Speaking is the most difficult part of any foreign language”

INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO

  • AFTER MODAL VERBS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF “OUGHT TO”

“I  could swim when I was 5”

“You must´t use your mobile phone in exams”

  • AFTER “MAKE,”LET” & “”HELP”

“Peeling onions makes me cry”

“My mum does´t let me go out at night”

“Can you help me (to) do this exercise?”

 

YOU CAN TRY THE BASIC + INTERMEDIATE EXERCISES

GERUND & INFINITIVE QUIZ

SECOND CONDITIONAL (1B1)

LISTEN TO THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG BY ERIC CLAPTON

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HAVE A LOOK AT THIS BRIEF GRAMMAR PRESENTATION

NOW IT´S TIME TO FIND ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS

IT´S MY PARTY AND …..(B1)

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THESE WOMEN ARE  AS DIFFERENT AS CHALK AND CHEESE. CAN YOU IMAGINE THEM SINGING THE SAME SONG?

LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND READ THE LYRICS. IN EACH LINE OF THE 3 VERSES THERE IS AN EXTRA WORD. FIND THE WORD AND CROSS IT OUT.

CHORUS

It´s my party and I´ll cry if I want to

cry if Iwant to, cry if I want to,

you would cry too if it happened to you

VERSE 1

Nobody really knows where my Johny has gone

but Judy left at the same time.

Why was he still holding her hand

when he´s supposed to be all mine?

VERSE 2

Play all of my records, keep dancing all night,

But just leave me alone for a while

´Til Johny´s back dancing with me

I´ve got no more reason to smile.

CHORUS

VERSE 3

Judy and Johny just walked in through the door,

like a queen walking with her king.

Oh, what a birthday party surprise,

Judy´s wearing his  ear-ring!!

CHRORUS

(inside out intermediate)

WATCH THIS MODERN VERSION OF THIS SONG:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5go7Q2L0WgA

WHAT´S THE SONG ABOUT?

CAN YOU FIND EXAMPLES OF THE FIRST CONDITIONAL?

WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND CONDITIONAL?

REPORTED SPEECH (1B2)

THESE PEOPLE  AND THEIR FAMOUS QUOTES WILL ALSO BE REMEMBERED BY FUTURE GENERATIONS.

HOW DO WE USE REPORTED SPEECH IN ENGLISH?

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THIS IS ALL ABOUT REPORTING STATEMENTS BUT HOW DIFFERENT IT IS TO REPORT QUESTIONS AND / OR ORDERS AND COMMANDS?

 

MAY HAILS “HISTORIC BREXIT MOMENT” (1B2)

 

Britain’s departure from the European Union is an “historic moment from which there can be no turning back”, Theresa May has told MPs.

‘A historic event’ or ‘an historic event’?

THESE ARE SOME OF THE STATEMENTS MADE BY THERESA MAY TODAY.

“This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back”

“Britain is leaving the European Union”

“We are going to make out own decisions and our own laws”

HOW CAN YOU REPORT THEM? “Theresa May told MPs……..”

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HOW MUCH DO YOU REMEMBER OF “REPORTED SPEECH” IN ENGLISH?

YOU CAN REVIEW THE GRAMMAR ON  REPORTING STATEMENTS, QUESTIONS, ORDERS AND REQUESTS  ON PAGE 148

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GIVING ADVICE II (1B1)

What Should I Do - Thinking Person Asks in Thought Bubble

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PROBLEM: “I CAN´T SLEEP AT NIGHT”

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EXPRESSIONS TO GIVE ADVICE

  1. SHOULD …           I think you should…..drink less coffee

    SHOULDN´T…                  you shouldn´t…. drink coffee

  2. Why don’t you …? (drink less coffee?)

  3. I think it´s  a good idea to … (drink less coffee)

  4. I think it isn´t a good idea to… // I don´t think it´s a good idea to…

  5. IMPERATIVE FORMS   Drink less coffee! // Don´t drink  coffee!

  6. What about…  + -ING?

  7. How about… +-ING?

  8. You could ….

  9. Have you tried…+ -ING?

  10. If I was/ were you, I´d…

 

WHAT´S GOING ON IN THE CARTOON?

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF AN “AGONY AUNT”? WHERE CAN YOU FIND THEM?

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Q:My hair’s falling out

Hiyaa !

 My hair is growing really slowly and it keeps falling out a LOT more than usual lately. It’s really annoying… What can I do? I don’t think I’m under stress or have lost much weight lately. Please help, I’m worried, I want long beautiful hair
Mili, 15

Q:I have wrinkles

I’m 12 years old and I have frown lines above my eyebrows. HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM???!!! Please help Dr. Mel! I feel so inadequate!
Sara, 12

THINK OF SUITABLE ADVICE FOR THESE PEOPLE.

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LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

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