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VOCABULARY

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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UNFORGETTABLE…. (1B2)

THIS SONG IS REALLY UNFORGETTABLE…..

CAN YOU THINK ABOUT AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE?

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SPEAKING ABOUT MEMORY….WHY NOT REVIEWING SOME IDIOMS RELATED TO MEMORY?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/episode171/languagepoint.shtml

AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING

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https://www.italki.com/question/99929?hl=es

ANIMALS & WILDLIFE (1B1)

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HOW MANY ANIMALS CAN YOU NAME IN ENGLISH? (have look at page 161 in your book)

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https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/vocabulary-games/animals-matching-game

THIS VIDEO IS VERY GOOD BUT MAYBE IT´S TOO MUCH FOR YOU…. JUST CHECK THE NAMES OF THE ANIMALS ON PAGE 1161. THIS IS ENOUGH!!

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DO IY YOURSELF (1B2)

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Ikea UK think that “everyone can improve their sleeping performance” with a little preparation, the right bed, and the right kit and this is why they have released a new advert, inviting you to “win at sleeping”.

The 60-second spot, part of the Wonderful Every night campaign, features several persons of all ages doing their bedtime routine and jumping into their beds just like athletes. “The moment has come. I can feel no hesitation. You’re gonna go do what you’re prepared to do. There will be those that try and stop you (a small dog is featured running towards the bed and two little boys looking inquisitive). Let them try. This is your home. Now take it. Because tonight you’re gonna fight until you can’t fight no more. To Win at Sleeping” – says the voiceover using a tone specific for battle speeches, as if he tried to motivate people to actually fight and win at sleeping.

The advert ends with the people falling asleep in their beds and with the voiceover saying the brand’s new campaign tagline, “The Wonderful Every night”.

  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO IKEA?
  • DID YOU BUY ANYTHING THERE? WHAT?
  • WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE?

TRY THE VOCABULARY FOR DIY AND REPAIRS (PAGE 160)

PARAPHRASING   :   DESCRIBING EVERYDAY OBJECTS

Saying you don’t know/ remember the name of something

  • I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten what it’s called
  • It´s on the tip of my tongue
  • I totally blanked
  • I´m really sorry but my mind went blank

 

  • I don’t know what it’s called in English
  • I can’t remember what they’re called
  • I’m sorry, I don’t know the word for them

Describing what something is used for

  • It’s a thing for makING…
  • It’s stuff for doING…
  • You use them to DO / for DOing something
  • You use it when you do something

 

Describing what something looks like

  • It’s a type of [liquid]
  • It’s some/a kind/ sort of… [material/substance…]
  • They are made of [metal/plastic/glass/…]
  • They’ve got…[a hole in the end/…)
  • They look like… [headphones/…]

 

 Checking something is the right thing

  • Is this what you are looking for?
  • Do you mean… [a blender/…]?
  • Oh, you mean… [stain remover/…]

SPECIAL EVENTS (1 B2)

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THE PHOTO ABOVE WAS IN THE NEWS AND IN MANY GLOSSY MAGAZINES SOME TIME AGO.  BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?

THIS MUSIC BELONGS TO THE SOUNDTRACK OF A VERY POPULAR FILM.

BRAINSTORM VOCABULARY FOR WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

YOU COULD DO SOME VOCABULARY WORK ON WEDDINGS ON PAGE 90 (exercise 4)

VOCABULARY ABOUT THE COUNTRY & THE PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS (1B2)

AS NEXT WEEK WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE COUNTRY AND RURAL LIFE I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING FOR YOU TO READ THIS ARTICLE PUBLISHED TODAY…

Europe feels pinch as Spain’s vegetable fields suffer

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Vegetable lovers across Europe have been making hard choices this winter after storms battered fields in southeast Spain, the continent’s main fruit and vegetable patch.
Courgette prices are soaring, but shoppers are also thinking twice before shelling out for pricier tomatoes, peppers and aubergines.

Some British supermarkets have even resorted to rationing sales of broccoli and lettuce in light of plummeting harvests.

The vast fields along Spain’s Mediterranean coast usually stay warm enough to produce year-round, even in winter.

But torrential rains hit the region late December, followed by shock snowfalls in January – areas near Murcia, in the heart of the farming zones, had not seen a snowflake in 34 years.

For most of the year, Spain supplies around 30 percent of the main fresh fruit and vegetables on European shelves. In winter, this proportion rises to half – and to a whopping 80 percent when it comes to lettuce.

After the bad weather hit, a Spanish federation of agricultural exporters reported a 30-percent drop in European shipments. The COAG farmers’ union says output has halved in the worst-hit regions.

Some farmers “have lost their entire crop“, said Andres Gongora, COAG’S Almeria director.

The province of Murcia, which exports two-thirds of Spanish lettuce, a trade worth €423 million ($450 million), has been particularly hit. Young lettuces, growing in open fields after sprouting from seeds in greenhouses, were destroyed. After the foul weather receded, a thick coat of thawed mud held up replanting in many places.

“We won’t be able to plant here this year,” said Javier Soto, manager of spinach and melon growers Agrar Systems near the town of Murcian town of Torre Pacheo, pointing to a field gouged out by a muddy torrent.

READ MORE…

“Vegetable lovers across Europe HAVE BEEN MAKING hard choices”

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  • WHAT TENSE IS THIS?  WHAT IS IT CALLED?
  • HOW DO WE BUILD IT?
  • HOW IS IT USED?

STREAM & NATURE VOCABULARY (1B2)

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BUT ORIGINALLY IT HAD A DIFFERENT MEANING….

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I´D LIKE YOU TO DO THE VOCABULARY ON THE COUNTRY ON PAGE 159.

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM? (1B1)

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM?

HOW DOES TI MAKE YOU FEEL?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF NOMOPHOBIA?

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I  HAVE A PHOBIA         OF…

I´M     AFRAID                 OF…

I´M     FRIGHTENED      OF…

I´M     SCARED                 OF…

I´M     TERRIFIED            OF …

ANNOYED OR ANNOYING?-ED or -ING ADJECTIVES (B1)

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CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE IN MEANING BETWEEN THESE ADJECTIVES?

IF YOU´RE HAVING PROBLEMS, LISTEN TO OUR BBC GRAMMAR EXPERT:

TRY THIS QUIZ

TRY THESE EXERCISES:http://www.better-english.com/grammar/adjing.htm

WORK (VOCABULARY REVISION) (1B2)

LISTEN TO THIS OLD SONG. WHAT DOES 9 TO 5 MEAN?

nine-to-five job (level: upper intermediate)
a typical 8-hour job
She found her nine-to-five job too monotonous and boring, so she is self-employed now.

TRY TO SEE IF YOU REMEMBER THIS VOCABULARY TO TALK ABOUT JOBS.

1. Do you have a job?
If so:
– What do you do in your current job?
– What kind of job is it?
– How did you get this job?  What does your job involve doing?
– Is your job competitive ?
– What opportunities does your job give?
– Do you like your job?
– Do you like your boss?
– Do you like your colleagues ?
– Do you like the atmosphere in your workplace?
– Is your job stressful?
– Would you like to change anything in your job?
– Do you have to work overtime ? How often? Does your boss pay you more for overtime work?
If not:
– What was your last job?
– What kind of job was it?
– How did you get this job?
– Was your job competitive?
– What opportunities did your job give?
– Did you like your job?
– Did you like your boss?
– Did you like your colleagues?
– Was your job stressful?
– Why don’t you work there anymore?
– Are you looking for a new job?

2. At what age do people (in your country) normally begin to work? At what age do they usually retire?
3. At what age would you like to retire? What would you like to do after the retirement?
4. What was your first job? Did you like it?
5. When you were a child, what was your dream job?
6. What is your dream job now?
7. What do you think is the worst job?
8. Do people usually get jobs related to their educational background? How about you?
9. Does a university degree guarantee success in the future career?
10. What is the most important in your job?
11. Would you like to run your own business?
12. Is it better to work for someone else or be self-employed?
13. Should women and men be paid the same?
14. Is/was your boss a man or a woman?
15. Who do you think make better bosses, men or women?

 

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