07 18-2011 daily advanced cae and proficiency idioms, phrasal


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07 18-2011 daily advanced cae and proficiency idioms, phrasal

  1. 1. Daily advanced cae and proficiency idioms, phrasal verbs, slang and sayings with pictures. BASIC VOCABULARY. 07-18-2011. BLOG WITH RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH. http://www.madremiraqueluna.blogspot.com
  2. 2. dumb‧bell [countable] <ul><li>1 two weights connected by a short bar, that you can lift to strengthen your arms and shoulders [= weights] </li></ul><ul><li>2 American English informal someone who is stupid </li></ul>
  3. 3. Suitcase. (Countable) <ul><li>a large case with a handle, used for carrying clothes and possessions when you travel </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tent [countable] 01. <ul><li>1 a shelter consisting of a sheet of cloth supported by poles and ropes, used especially for camping: We looked for a flat spot where we could pitchour tent (=put up our tent). </li></ul><ul><li>➔ oxygen tent </li></ul>
  5. 5. gladiolus  plural gladioli [countable]. <ul><li>a tall garden plant with long leaves and large brightly-coloured flowers </li></ul>
  6. 6.   (like) water off a duck's back 01. <ul><li>Meaning: You can say an insult or criticism is like water off a duck's back if it doesn't upset you. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>I asked Amy if she got upset when journalists wrote negative things about her, and she said she didn't care what they wrote - it was like water off a duck's back. </li></ul><ul><li>Terry said he was too sensitive about criticism and he wanted to be like one of those people for whom it's like water off a duck's back.  </li></ul><ul><li>Origin: Probably related to the fact that ducks have oily feathers and water can't get through them, so water runs off their backs. In the same way, criticism can either get through to someone and upset them, or not get through to them and not upset them, and be &quot;like water off a duck's back.&quot; </li></ul>
  7. 7. (like) water off a duck's back 02. <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>Many people claim that insults or negative comments are like water off a duck's back, but in reality, many of them are </li></ul><ul><li>pleased by such things </li></ul><ul><li>upset by such things </li></ul><ul><li>unaffected by such things </li></ul><ul><li>PICTURE SOURCE: </li></ul><ul><li>idiomsbykids.com </li></ul>
  8. 8. On the blink 01. <ul><li>  Meaning: out of order, not working </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>Our printer is on the blink, but someone's coming to fix it this afternoon. </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it so hot in here? Is the air conditioner on the blink? </li></ul>
  9. 9. On the blink 02. <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>Sally's computer is on the blink, so she </li></ul><ul><li>has to restart it </li></ul><ul><li>can't use it </li></ul><ul><li>is really happy with it </li></ul><ul><li>PICTURE SOURCE: englishhelponline.wordpress.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bail out (2) 01. <ul><li>  Meaning: to give money to a court so that an accused person doesn't have to stay in jail until their trial begins </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>bail sb out My son was arrested so I went to the police station to bail him out. </li></ul><ul><li>bail sb out How much will it cost to bail her out? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Bail out (2) 02. <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>If he isn't bailed out, he'll spend the next few months </li></ul><ul><li>at work </li></ul><ul><li>in jail </li></ul><ul><li>at home </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Source: trenchreynolds.me </li></ul>
  12. 12. All that glitters is not gold. 01. <ul><li>Possible interpretation: The attractive exterior of something is not a good indicator of its real nature. It may look valuable, but not be valuable. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: glitter (verb) = shine with reflected light | gold (noun) = a yellow precious metal </li></ul>
  13. 13. All that glitters is not gold. 02 . <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>The saying &quot;All that glitters is not gold&quot; reminds us that something glittering </li></ul><ul><li>is not gold </li></ul><ul><li>is gold </li></ul><ul><li>may not be gold </li></ul><ul><li>Picture source: escapefromamerica.com </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sources. <ul><li>http:// madremiraqueluna.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.englishclub.com </li></ul><ul><li>Longman Dictionary of contemporary English for advanced learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures from the web sites written at the bottom of them. </li></ul>