RECOMMENDATION FOR THE SUMMER

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Looking for ways to improve your English this summer? Here’s a website that will keep you busy for a few weeks. It contains real spontaneous English videos from beginner to advanced level plus ejercises for each video. CLICK ON THE LOGO BELOW:

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extr@ English…

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extr@ English…

promises language learning with laughter, in an authentic London setting. With 30 hilarious, half-hour sitcom programmes, the extra@ series is a delight for anyone learning English, especially young adults. The adventures of the four main characters in their London flat are stylish and funny.

The programmes feature lively, colloquial English dialogue. The characters speak naturally, but clearly with constant repetition and use of visual prompts (subtitles) that help learners without detracting from the storyline. The series follows a syllabus in line with the aims of modern EFL curricula, practicing functions and structures suitable for intermediate level learners.

The Episodes of extr@ English:  CLICK HERE

 

ORORO….

Have you tried ORORO TV?

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A fabulous website with dozens of online series and films with subtitles. FREE!!! NO WAITING!!!

And a great feature is that if you hold the mouse over any word you don’t understand, you’ll see the translation.

click on this image to go there…
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C1 EXPRESSIONS AND IDIOMS THAT RHYME … REDUPLICATION

Reduplication/Alliterative rhyming expressions

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TOPSY TURVY

DECIDE WHICH IS THECORRECT MEANING OF EACH RHYMING EXPRESSION AND WRITE YOUR OWN EXAMPLE SENTENCE (The first one has been done for you):

1. nitty-gritty      a.  annoying noises       b. difficult matters          c. practical details

The correct answer is (b)

Example: Now that a decision has been reached, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?

2. tittle-tattle      a.  gossip      b. merrymaking       c. laughter

3. fuddy-duddy       a. drunk          b. old-fashioned        c. hasty

4. higgledy-piggledy   a. disorderly      b.clustered     c. easygoing

5. dilly-dally          a. sing         b. dawdle (go slowly, lag behind)         c. hurry

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HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY

You will find the answers at the bottom of this post.

The coinage of new words and phrases into English has been greatly enhanced by the pleasure we get from playing with words. There are numerous alliterative and rhyming idioms, which are a significant feature of the language.  We start in the nursery with choo-choos, move on in adult life to hanky-panky and end up in the nursing home having a sing-song.

The repeating of parts of words to make new forms is called reduplication. There are various categories of this: rhyming, exact and ablaut (vowel substitution). Examples, are respectively, okey-dokeywee-wee and zig-zag. The impetus for the coining of these seems to be nothing more than the enjoyment of wordplay. The words that make up these reduplicated idioms often have little meaning in themselves and only appear as part of a pair. In other cases, one word will allude to some existing meaning and the other half of the pair is added for effect or emphasis.

New coinages have often appeared at times of national confidence, when an outgoing and playful nature is expressed in language; for example, during the 1920s, following the First World War, when many nonsense word pairs were coined – the bee’s kneesheebie-jeebies etc. That said, the introduction of such terms begin with Old English and continues today. Willy-nilly is over a thousand years old. Riff-raff dates from the 1400s and helter-skelter,  and hocus-pocus date from the 16th century. Coming up to date we have bling-blingboob-tube and hip-hop. . ‘Bieber Fever’ isperhaps an example of a 21st century expression!

YOU'RE THE BEES KNEES!

YOU’RE THE BEES KNEES!

The hard part is finding out which of them are common and so worth trying to learn!

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MORE HERE…         …AND HERE…      …TRY THIS TOO…

HERE ARE SOME WORTHWHILE ONLINE EXERCISES – much more helpful than lists!

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THERE’S EVEN A KID’S BOOK FULL OF THESE RHYMING EXPRESSIONS. Here’s the link if you want to buy it!  double_trouble

SOME OF YOU WILL LOVE THIS POEM WHICH USES A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF RHYMING AND ALLITERATIVE LANGUAGE AS WELL AS BINOMIALS  – ADVICE: DON’T TRY TO TRANSLATE IT!

Sweater WeatherA Love Song to LanguageSharon Bryan

Never better, mad as a hatter,
right as rain, might and main,
hanky panky, hot toddy,

hoity-toity, cold shoulder,
bowled over, rolling in clover,
low blow, no soap, hope

against hope, pay the piper,
liar liar pants on fire,
high and dry, shoo-fly pie,

fiddle-faddle, fit as a fiddle,
sultan of swat, muskrat
ramble, fat and sassy,

flimflam, happy as a clam,
cat’s pajamas, bee’s knees,
peas in a pod, pleased as punch,

pretty as a picture, nothing much,
lift the latch, double Dutch,
helter-skelter, hurdy-gurdy,

early bird, feathered friend,
dumb cluck, buck-up,
shilly-shally, willy-nilly,

roly-poly, holy moly,
loose lips sink ships,
spitting image, nip in the air,

hale and hearty, part and parcel,
upsy-dasiy, lazy days,
maybe baby, up to snuff,

flibbertigibbbet, honky-tonk,
spic and span, handyman,
cool as a cucumber, blue moon,

high as a kite, night and noon,
love me or leave, seventh heaven,
up and about, over and out.

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ANSWERS:       2a        3b         4a         5b

VOCABULARY.COM

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Why Vocabulary.com?

Learn useful words.

From a huge corpus, (books, periodicals, and other material that cumulatively contain over 1.6 billion words) the most essential English vocabulary words are taken; the words that you need to succeed in an academic or business environment. This list serves as the basis for this learning platform.

Learn only the words that you have trouble with.

Vocabulary.com uses a technology called Adaptive Vocabulary Instruction or AVI. Unlike traditional learning systems, it doesn’t rely on a series of time-consuming and boring assessments. Instead, everything you do on the site adds to the AVI model. It’s as if you have a personal trainer in the room, monitoring your work and suggesting new words and exercises to challenge you on your level. Because of this, you don’t waste your time learning words that are too easy or too hard.

You won’t forget.

Finally, your achievements are analyzed, and your skills are reinforced by reintroducing words at various times to make sure that you are retaining the words you originally learned.

Click on any image in this post to go to vocabulary.com

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WORDHIPPO

A GREAT ONLINE DICTIONARY. YOU CAN FIND SYNONYMS, ANTONYMS, TRANSLATIONS, EXAMPLE SENTENCES, RHYMING WORDS AND MUCH MORE – ALL ON THE SAME WEBSITE.

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