CONFESSIONS OF AN IDIOM

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Well, now school’s out for summer you’ll all be dying for some extra work over the long, hot months! How about taking a look at this video – see how many idioms you catch. Try learning  some of the ones that you find most interesting or useful; ones that you feel you are most likely to use. Try them out during the holidays with your friends and family (or even any tourists you meet)!

Note: You’ll find a list of all the idioms at the end of the video. But it’s up to you to find out their meaning and use. Just “google” each one and start using some of these fun and colourful expressions. Don’t forget, you can leave a comment below – try to use an idiom in a suitable context (you might try to tell an anecdote, for example) and I’ll let you know if I think you’ve used it appropriately!

 

 

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KITCHEN UTENSILS VOCABULARY

Go on… have a go at this little exercise I’ve prepared for you!

Need to see the answers again? See below.

 

 

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.

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C1 – Two-part Expressions/Idiomatic Pairs/Binomials

Idiomatic Pairs – You can download some notes from DropBox and try some of the exercise links in TAB “C-1”


Binomials/Idiomatic pairs/Two-part expressions

Many students have difficulty recognizing and remembering idioms. Here’s a tip for you:

When you are learning a new idiom, say it out loud a few times. Then, say it in several different sentences – push yourself to keep trying new ways of using it. The more you say it, the easier it is to remember. This is how many salespeople and politicians learn people’s names – don’t say it in your head, say it out loud!

Another tip is to try and visualise the idiom in pictures. For example:

Sink or swim

Bread and butter

Try out your new skill with these special idiomatic pairs!
Some idiomatic pairs are used as nouns and some are used as adjectives, regardless of what kind of words are paired together.

Some pairs that are used like NOUNS:

Odds and Ends
Pins and Needles
Wear and Tear

Some pairs that are used like ADJECTIVES:

Cut and Dried
Free and Easy
Touch and Go

Let’s practice learning “touch and go.” You might notice that although this idiom is used as an adjective, it is formed from two verbs, which makes it particularly tricky. “Touch and go” means precarious, uncertain, maybe even dangerous, and it is used to describe situations in which one must be very careful.

Let’s use it in a few sentences:
It has been touch and go ever since my mother’s operation.
The president announced that the negotiations between the warring factions have been touch and go.
Touch and go situations often arise when approaching an unfamiliar dog.

Look for the meaning of the other idiomatic pairs given and do the same: think of a few sentences for each one. Say them all aloud. It doesn’t take long to learn new idioms in this way, and it ensures that they stick with you.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXPLANATION

Sick and tired? WATCH THE ANASTACIA VIDEO of “Sick and Tired”.

HERE ARE SOME MORE BINOMIALS IN SONGS FOUND BY STUDENTS FROM A PREVIOUS YEAR:

MORE HERE

JUST FOR FUN…ANA BOTELLA

What on earth does J.M. Aznar mean when he says, “The sky, the heaven with the fingers”?

haha gifI received the following Whatsapp message a few weeks ago. Can you recognise the English versions of Spanish expressions?

Are any of them correct in English?

Find an adequate equivalent of some of them (to help you, try choosing up to 7 expressions that you are likely to use in Spanish). These websites may help you: SpanishIdiomDictionary and Tomísimo   SpanishDict

Now use those equivalent English expressions in brief conversations.

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GENDER BIAS IN LANGUAGE – READ ABOUT IT

Penmanship” is now ‘handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes

(Reuters) – Washington state’s governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as “fisherman” and “freshman” with “fisher” and “first-year student.”

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NB-1 VOCABULARY – ROOMS

CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO GO TO THE GAMES

1. BEDROOM VOCABULARY

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2. BATHROOM VOCABULARY BATHROOM VOCAB

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