Category Archives: WORDS, DON´T COME EASY! (VOCABULARY)
- Mums-to-be could be in for a big discount at IKEA- but they have to pee on an ad first to reveal the promotional code
- The Swedish furniture giant has launched a new offer in its latest advert to attract soon-to-be parents.
- All mums need to do to unlock the code to get a discount code for a new crib is pee on it.
- WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE ADVERT?
- 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/…]
THE PHOTOS ABOVE WERE IN THE NEWS AND IN MANY GLOSSY MAGAZINES IN THE UK AND WORLDWIDE LAST YEAR. 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)
TODAY WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT “STREAM TV” IN CLASS
BUT ORIGINALLY IT HAD A DIFFERENT MEANING….
I´D LIKE YOU TO DO THE VOCABULARY ON THE COUNTRY ON PAGE 159.
AS NEXT THURSDAY 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 A YEAR AGO…
Europe feels pinch as Spain’s vegetable fields suffer
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.
“Vegetable lovers across Europe HAVE BEEN MAKING hard choices”
- WHAT TENSE IS THIS? WHAT IS IT CALLED?
- HOW DO WE BUILD IT?
- HOW IS IT USED?
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FILM?
HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?
HAVE YOU HEARD OF NOMOPHOBIA?
I HAVE A PHOBIA OF…
I´M AFRAID OF…
I´M FRIGHTENED OF…
I´M SCARED OF…
I´M TERRIFIED OF …
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
“Sálvame”, rating leader in its time slot, on TELE 5, “El Hormiguero” on Antena 3 OR…“Operacion Triunfo”, on TVE.. which is the latest teenager mass phenomenon… but WHY? WHAT MAKES THESE PROGRAMMES SO SUCCESSFUL?
WHAT KIND OF PROGRAMMES ARE THESE?
WHAT OTHER KINDS OF PROGRAMMES DO YOU KNOW?
REMEMBER TO DO THE VOCABULARY ON TELEVISION IN YOUR BOOK ON PAGE 158
CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE
WHY IS THERE SUCH A LOAD OF CRAP ON TV THESE DAYS?
IF IT´S SO, WHY DON´T YOU SWITCH IT OFF?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO SAY “SWITCH OFF IT” IN ENGLISH? WHY? WHY NOT?
HOW MANY DIFFERENT JOBS ARE MENTIONED?
WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT? CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO GO OVER SOME WORK AND EMPLOYMENT VOCABULARY
- Men & women: equality in the job market
- The job market: compare past and present
- Unemployment: your country in comparison with others
- Being self employed/ working for others
- Most important aspects for job satisfaction
What do you normally do when you are talking to a person in English and you don’t know the word? I guess you don’t tell the person ” OK, right, hold on! I am going to look it up on my mobile phone”. You might be tempted to do it, but know that the person you are talking to might lose interest in what you are saying.
So, the thing to do would be Paraphrasing.
How do we paraphrase?? There are some expressions you can use
It’s A KIND OF house
It’s THE OPPOSITE OF lazy
It’s LIKE cleaning but… trying to explain what you want to say but using other words you know.
It’s SIMILAR TO book but..
FOR EXAMPLE, you do this when
It’s A SYNONYM OF..
It’s A PERSON/SOMEBODY WHO…
It’s a THING/SOMETHING WHICH…
It’s SOMEWHERE/A PLACE WHERE
It can also help to say “ It’s a noun, or an adjective…. “ If it’s an expression, you can also say “ It’s an expression and there are three words in it”
Right, now we are ready to play the game. It’s called WHAT’S THE WORD?
How we play the game:
- Divide the class into two teams
- Ask a member of Team A to sit on chair with his back to the whiteboard.
- Display the first word on the screen
- The members of the team have two minutes to describe the word but they cannot use any parts of the words on the screen. For example if it is “teacher” they cannot use the word “teach”.The aim is for the student to guess as many words as possible in one minute.
- Every word in black scores one point , the ones in red score two points.
- Then, it is the other team’s turn to choose someone to take the hot seat.
- Needless to say, you keep the score on the board for everybody to see. Have fun!!!
THANKS TO CRISTINA CABAL FOR SHARING…..