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Idioms and Their Origin

B1 – Lower Intermediate

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An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. When used correctly, it can amplify messages in a way that draws readers and listeners in and helps awaken their senses.

Let us get to find out some of the most used idioms and their crazy origins.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/popular-idioms-with-crazy-origins

Discussion questions:

1. Tell some real-life situations when you have used or experienced these idioms.

2. Are you good at using idioms when speaking? How do you feel about people who are good at using idioms in a conversation?

3. Give an example of a Spanish idiom and explain its meaning and origin.

4. When is it necessary to use idioms? When is it not?

 

Alternative Ways to Say Good

B1 – Intermediate

It’s no wonder that the English language is so full of words that we can use to say that we may seldom repeat a word to express how we feel. Here are 10 great alternatives that you can replace the word “good” to improve your English vocabulary that are fine to use in formal settings, such as the workplace, or among people or more informal settings, or when you’re trying to be friendly and express more emotion of affection.

Let’s look into learning new vocabulary words in the article below:

http://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/improve-esl-english-vocabulary-good/

Discussion Questions:

1. What other words and phrases have you read or heard English speakers use when they say good?

2. Do you have any favorite alternative to saying good ? And Why?

3. How do you express yourself when you feel good about something?

 

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.