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BBC LingoHack Video: March 1

B1 – Intermediate

Watch the video below to increase your vocabulary and practice your listening skills. Feel free to watch the video more than once. You may also take down notes of important details.

Lingohack: 1 March 2017

Discuss:

1. Define the word “upside” and use it in a sentence.
2. Why are the employees in Silicon Labs catching their breath?
3. Describe the Kung Fu Grandma.
4. What exercises do you enjoy doing during your free time?

BBC LingoHack Video: Feb 22

B1 – Intermediate

Watch the video below to increase your vocabulary and practice your listening skills. Feel free to watch the video more than once. You may also take down notes of important details.

Learn words from the news: visually impaired, engineered, heading out

Discuss:

1. What does it mean when someone is visually impaired? Use it in a sentence.
2. How is one company in India helping people who are blind? Why are the blind the best in this kind of job?
3. What is the definition of the word “engineered”? Use it in a sentence.
4. In the last story, where is the team going? Where will they live during their expedition?

Vocabulary: Killing time

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B1 – Intermediate

This activity is meant to practice your listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Listen to the podcast to understand the idiom “Killing Time” and how to use it.

Killing time

Discuss:

1. What does it mean when you kill time? How would you use it in a sentence?
2. When you have appointments, do you like being early then just kill time? Or do you prefer being on time?
3. What are things you like to do when killing time?

Vocabulary: Eat humble pie

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B1 – Intermediate

This activity is meant to practice your listening skills and increase your vocabulary. Listen to the podcast to understand the idiom “Eat Humble Pie” and how to use it.

Eat humble pie

Discuss:

1. What does it mean when you eat humble pie? How would you use it in a sentence?
2. In the podcast, why did Rob have to eat humble pie?
3. What is the history of the phrase “eat humble pie”?
4. Describe a time you were wrong and had to eat humble pie.

Vocabulary: ‘I am Dead Meat’

B1 – Intermediate

Watch the video below and learn how to use the expression “I’m dead meat”. Be ready to answer some discussion question as well.

Discuss:

1. Explain the expression “I am dead meat”.
2. Why did the character in the video say that he is “dead meat?”
3. What are other situations you can use the expression “I am dead meat”?
4. Describe a time you were in trouble or in a middle of a difficult situation.

English Idioms

B2 – Upper intermediate

The use of expressions, phrasal verbs and idioms are one of many ways to increase vocabulary.

The module below will serve as your study guide for expanding your vocabulary through idioms. Feel free to go through the module in sections or chapters and be ready to use them in sentences.

English Idioms

Discuss:
1. When was the last time you were under the weather and had to stay home?
2. Describe a time you were over the moon? What happened?
3. Do you sometimes get butterflies in your stomach?
4. Talk about a time you bought something that cost you an arm and a leg.

Increase your Vocabulary Through Idioms 2

B2 – Upper intermediate

Idioms are a very fun way to express certain situations. They put more color to your sentences and are a great way to increase your vocabulary.

Read the short articles and answer the questions that follow.

Idiom 1:The Economy is Tough

Idiom 2: Good Working Habits

Vocabulary: Hats Off to You!

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B2 – Upper intermediate

This article will help increase your vocabulary. It contains different idiomatic expressions which you can use on a daily basis.

Read the article and listen to the audio clip then be ready to use the expressions in sentences.

Hats Off to You!

Discuss:

1. What does it mean when something is tailor-made just for you?
2. Have you ever given the shirt off your back for a friend? Share your story.
3. Talk about the time that you had to roll up your sleeves at work.
4. Explain what it means to ride someone’s coattails.

Increase your Vocabulary Through Idioms 1

B2 – Upper intermediate

Idioms are a very fun way to express certain situations. They put more color to your sentences and are a great way to increase your vocabulary.

The topics below include dialogues which can help you practice your pronunciation and intonation. It also has a list of other idioms which you can add to their vocabulary bank. Feel free to answer the activities after the dialogues.

Idiom 1: Going out for Dinner – Idioms in Context

Idiom 2: Party On Dudes!

Video: Means of transport

B1 – Intermediate

Transportation is always a part of our lives. There are different kinds of transports all over the world and they have developed and modernized over the years.

Learn the different types of transportation in this video and answer the quiz after watching.

Means of transport

Discuss

1. What are the kinds of transportation that you take on a daily basis?
2. Does your city have a good public transport system?
3. What is your city doing to help reduce air pollution from cars in the street?
4. Do you enjoy taking the plane? When was the last time you travelled using a plane?