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Are you physical, creative, or practical?

3 Dec

 Interview your partner and complete the survey.

e.g.        ‘Can you play a sport?’

                ‘Yes, I can play football.’

                ‘How well?’

                ‘Quite well.’

  creative             

Look at your partner’s answers. Is she / he physical, creative, or practical?

 

 

 

 

Physical

 

Play a sport

Do exercise

Swim

Drive

Dance

Run

Ride a bicycle

 

 

Yes / no Very well

Quite well

Not well

Creative

 

Take photos

Draw

Cook

Play a musical instrument

Sing

Write a poem

Play dominoes

 

   
Practical

 

Follow instructions

Read a map

Programme a video

Use a computer

Speak a foreign language  apart from English

Repair  a bicycle

Paint a room

 

 

   

 

 

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Proverbs

7 Nov

proverb

´´The pen is mightier than the sword.´´

Trying to convince people with ideas and words is more effective than trying to force people to do what you want.

´´When in Rome, do as the Romans.´´

Act the way that the people around you are acting. This phrase might come in handy when you’re traveling abroad notice that people do things differently than you’re used to.

´´When the going gets tough, the tough get going.´´

Strong people don’t give up when they come across challenges. They just work harder.

´´No man is an island.´´

You can’t live completely independently. Everyone needs help from other people.

´´Fortune favors the bold.´´

People who bravely go after what they want are more successful than people who try to live safely.

´´People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.´´

Don’t criticize other people if you’re not perfect yourself.

´´Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.´´

This seems pretty clear.

´´Better late than never.”

This one’s clear, too.

´´Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.´´

If you have an enemy, pretend to be friends with them instead of openly fighting with them. That way you can watch them carefully and figure out what they’re planning.

 ´´A picture is worth a thousand words.´´

Pictures convey emotions and messages better than written or spoken explanations.

´´There’s no such thing as a free lunch.´´

Things that are offered for free always have a hidden cost.

´´There’s no place like home.´´

Your own homeis the most comforatble place to be.

´´The early bird catches the worm.´´

You should wake up and start work early if you want to succeed.

 ´´Never look a gift horse in the mouth´´

If someone offers you a gift, don’t question it.

 ´´You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.´´

When you try to do something great, you’ll probably make a few people annoyed or angry. Don’t worry about those people; just focus on the good results.

 ´´God helps those who help themselves.´´

Don’t just wait for good things to happen to you. Work hard to achieve your goals.

´´Cleanliness is next to godliness.´

Be clean.

 ´´A watched pot never boils.´´

If something takes time to finish, don’t watch it too closely because it will seem like it’s taking forever.

´´Actions speak louder than words.´´

Just saying that you’ll do something doesn’t mean much. Actually doing it is harder and more meaningful.

´´Practice makes perfect.´´

You have to practice a skill a lot to become good at it.

 ´´Easy come, easy go.´´

When you get money quickly, e.g. by winning it, it’s easy to spend it or lose it quickly as well.

 ´´Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.´´

If someone’s paying you or helping you out, you have to be careful not to make them angry or say bad things about them.

 ´´If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.´´

When you try to change someone’s behavior and it doesn’t work, you might have to change instead.

 ´´One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.´´

Different people have different ideas about what’s valuable.

´´Necessity is the mother of invention.´´

When you’re really in need, you think of creative solutions to your problems.

 ´´You can’t judge a book by its cover.´´

Things sometimes look different than they really are. A restaurant that looks old and small might have amazing food, for example.

 ´´Good things come to those who wait.´´

Be patient.

 ´´A penny saved is a penny earned.´´

Save your money.

´´Two heads are better than one.´´

When two people cooperate with each other, they come up with better ideas.

 ´´The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill.´´

People tend to want whatever they don’t have.

 ´´Honesty is the best policy.´´

Don’t lie.

´´You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.´´

If you try to help someone, but they don’t take your advice or offers, give up. You can’t force someone to accept your help.

 ´´Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.´´

Your plans might not work out, so don’t start thinking about what you’ll do after you succeed. Wait until you’ve already succeeded, and then you can think about what to do next.

 ´´If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.´´

Don’t trust other people to do important things for you. You have to do things yourself to control the quality of the results.

Dates and times survey

7 Nov

time

Answer the questions in the first column.

Ask the questions to a partner and write their answers in the second column. 

When is your birthday?

What time do you usually get up?

When do you have a shower?

What time do you usually have breakfast?

What time do you go to school / work?

What time do you usually have lunch?

What time do you finish work / school?

What time do you usually have dinner?

When do you usually go shopping?

When do you go to English class?

When do you do your homework?

When do you usually read?

When do you usually listen to music?

What’s your favorite time to watch TV?

When do you usually do sport or exercise?

When do you usually see your friends?

What’s your favorite day of the week?

 

Questions

22 Oct

handstand

Ask these questions in your group.

  1. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
  2. Can you keep a secret?
  3. Do you bite your nails?
  4. D o you know any tongue-twister?
  5. Do you think that horseshoes bring good luck?
  6. Are you ever tongue-tied?
  7. Can you do a handstand?
  8. Do you know someone who is a wet blanket?
  9. Have you ever built a sandcastle?
  10. Do you have green fingers?
  11. Do you eat wholemeal bread?
  12. Ho w much do you know about your family tree?
  13. What did you do the day before yesterday?
  14. What are you going to do the day after tomorrow?
  15. Are you a back seat driver?
  16. Do you ever buy things on the black market?
  17. How do you feel when you are sitting in a traffic jam?
  18. What do you say if someone hangs up on you?

Thanksgiving Questionnaire

7 Oct

thanksgiving 1

Read the following statements and in group decide whether they are True (T) or False (F).

1. Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.

2. One of America’s Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.

3. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving.

4. Macy’s was the first American department store to sponsor a parade in celebration of Thanksgiving.

5. Turkeys are slow-moving birds that lack the ability to fly.

6. Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes.

7. The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance

8. On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World.

9. Turkey contains an amino acid that makes you sleepy.

10. The tradition of playing or watching football on Thanksgiving started with the first National Football League game on the holiday in 1934.

 

 Answer

 

1. Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.

False.  In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. However, in 1939, after a request from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, President Franklin Roosevelt decreed that the holiday should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month (and never the occasional fifth, as occurred in 1939) in order to extend the holiday shopping season by a week. The decision sparked great controversy, and was still unresolved two years later, when the House of Representatives passed a resolution making the last Thursday in November a legal national holiday. The Senate amended the resolution, setting the date as the fourth Thursday, and the House eventually agreed.

2. One of America’s Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.

True.  In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle (which had earlier been chosen by the Continental Congress). He argued that the turkey was “a much more respectable Bird,” “a true original Native of America,” and “though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage.”

3. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving.

False.  George Washington, John Adams and James Madison all issued proclamations urging Americans to observe days of thanksgiving, both for general good fortune and for particularly momentous events (the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, in Washington’s case; the end of the War of 1812, in Madison’s).

4. Macy’s was the first American department store to sponsor a parade in celebration of Thanksgiving.

False. The Philadelphia department store Gimbel’s had sponsored a parade in 1920, but the Macy’s parade, launched four years later, soon became a Thanksgiving tradition and the standard kickoff to the holiday shopping season. The parade became ever more well-known after it featured prominently in the hit film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), which shows actual footage of the 1946 parade. In addition to its famous giant balloons and floats, the Macy’s parade features live music and other performances, including by the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes and cast members of well-known Broadway shows.

5. Turkeys are slow-moving birds that lack the ability to fly.

False(kind of). Domesticated turkeys (the type eaten on Thanksgiving) cannot fly, and their pace is limited to a slow walk. Female domestic turkeys, which are typically smaller and lighter than males, can move somewhat faster. Wild turkeys, on the other hand, are much smaller and more agile. They can reach speeds of up to 20-25 miles per hour on the ground and fly for short distances at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour. They also have better eyesight and hearing than their domestic counterparts.

6. Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes.

True. According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, one of the country’s oldest farmers’ organizations, Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, including “pemmican” (a nourishing, high-protein combination of crushed berries, dried deer meat and melted fat). They also used it as a medicine to treat arrow punctures and other wounds and as a dye for fabric. The Pilgrims adopted these uses for the fruit and gave it a name—”craneberry”—because its drooping pink blossoms in the spring reminded them of a crane.

7. The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance.

True. The turkey trot, modeled on that bird’s characteristic short, jerky steps, was one of a number of popular dance styles that emerged during the late 19th and early 20th century in the United States. The two-step, a simple dance that required little to no instruction, was quickly followed by such dances as the one-step, the turkey trot, the fox trot and the bunny hug, which could all be performed to the ragtime and jazz music popular at the time. The popularity of such dances spread like wildfire, helped along by the teachings and performances of exhibition dancers like the famous husband-and-wife team Vernon and Irene Castle.

8. On Thanksgiving Day in 2007, two turkeys earned a trip to Disney World.

True. On November 20, 2007, President George W. Bush granted a “pardon” to two turkeys, named May and Flower, at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held in the Rose Garden at the White House. The two turkeys were flown to Orlando, Florida, where they served as honorary grand marshals for the Disney World Thanksgiving Parade. The current tradition of presidential turkey pardons began in 1947, under Harry Truman, but the practice is said to have informally begun with Abraham Lincoln, who granted a pardon to his son Tad’s pet turkey.

9. Turkey contains an amino acid that makes you sleepy.

True. Turkey does contain the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do a lot of other foods, including chicken, beef, pork, beans and cheese. Though many people believe turkey’s tryptophan content is what makes many people feel sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal, it is more likely the combination of fats and carbohydrates most people eat with the turkey, as well as the large amount of food (not to mention alcohol, in some cases) consumed, that makes most people feel like following their meal up with a nap.

10. The tradition of playing or watching football on Thanksgiving started with the first National Football League game on the holiday in 1934.

False. The American tradition of college football on Thanksgiving is pretty much as old as the sport itself. The newly formed American Intercollegiate Football Association held its first championship game on Thanksgiving Day in 1876. At the time, the sport resembled something between rugby and what we think of as football today. By the 1890s, more than 5,000 club, college and high school football games were taking place on Thanksgiving, and championship match-ups between schools like Princeton and Yale could draw up to 40,000 fans. The NFL took up the tradition in 1934, when the Detroit Lions (recently arrived in the city and renamed) played the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium in front of 26,000 fans. Since then, the Lions game on Thanksgiving has become an annual event, taking place every year except during the World War II years (1939–1944).

 

 

 

 

 

Questionnaire Extreme Adjectives

5 Oct

Complete the following sentences using extreme adjectives where it is possible.

  1. Have you ever been somewhere which was really ……………………?
  2. When was the last time you were absolutely ……………………?
  3. What is the most …………………… book you’ve ever read?
  4. What was the last film you saw that was really ……………………?
  5. Have you ever been extremely ……………………?
  6. Have you seen anything really …………………… on TV this week?
  7. Have you got any clothes that look absolutely…………………… on you?
  8.  Has anything really ……………………happened to you in the last months?
  9. Have you ever had any …………………… experience?

Work in pairs and ask your partner your questions.

Who am I?

5 Oct

like and dislike

Complete the following sentences using gerund and prepositions where necessary.

I absolutely love …………………………………………. , and I really enjoy …………………………………………. .

I’m quite good …………………………………………. , but I’m not very good …………………………………………. .

I really hate ………………………………………….  and I’m not interested …………………………………………. at all.

I spend a lot of time …………………………………………. and I know a lot …………………………………………… .