THE WAY WE ARE
In unit 1, you learn how to …….
Use manner adverse and adjectives to talk about people’s behavior
Use adverbs like extremity to make adjectives and adverbs stringer.
Add prefixes to adjectives to make opposites.
Use always with a continuous verb to describes individual habits.
Use at least to point out the posited side of situation.
People in a hurry
Do you need to slow do
Take this quiz to find out.
1. When I walk down
a. I walk very fast
and the time to
2. When I go out to
a. I eat quickly so
that I can get
back to my work.
b. I enjoy the walk
3. When family ever
a. I often have
because I have.
b. I try play that I
b. I eat slowly, and I
and look at the
enjoy the food
4. If traffic is heavy
5. If I´m waiting at
and some people
the airport and
6. If play a game or
are driving a bit
find out that my
a. I honk my horn a
lot I get mad
a. I get impatient and
easily in bad
complain to the
b. I automatically
slow down and
people behind the
b. I wait patiently. I
try to drive
read something or
make a few phone
7. If I get an
assignment with a
a. I get much stressed
I hate it when I
don´t have time to
do a job prpperly.
b. I work hard to do
the best. I can in
the time I have.
a. I take the game
seriously, and I
feel very bad if I
b. I think it´s nicer to
win than lose, but
I don´t feel
strongly about it.
MANNER ADVERBS VS ADJECTIVES
Ver + manner adverb
Adjective + noun
Be, feel, get, etc.+
I wait patiently in lines.
I´m a patient person.
He doesn´t sing very
He´s not a good singer.
He drives very fast.
He´s a fast drive.
I´m voice sounds
He gets reckless
She´s a careful drive.
I feel safe with her.
She drives carefully.
*but: I feel strongly
Regular – ly adverb
Patient – patiently
Good – well
Careful – carefully
Late – late
Easy – easily
Fast – fast
Hard - hard
a. Complete the opinions about modern life. Use the correct form of
1. They are quiet students
It is a fast car
2. The building is nice
It is perfect.
3. They work quietly.
It moves fast.
4. She described it nicely
It is absolutely perfect.
He walks slowly.
Pedro drives dangerously.
He returned home quickly.
b. GROUP WORK: Discuss the opinion. Are they true your country or
I think young people dress properly here. I, men they often dress
casually, but that´s ok. The girl is very friendly and helpful.my city is
beautiful, every people enjoy her landscapes.
Personality and Character
1. Building vocabulary and grammar
a. Listen and read. Who do these people admire? Do you know any
people these qualities?
Who is someone you really admire?
“My English teacher. She´s incredibly talented
and creative. And she has a great sense of
humor. She´s pretty disorganized, though. She
forgets something almost every class, but her
classes are absolutely wonderful”
I really admire a guy in my karate class. He´s
extremely competitive, but when he wins, he´s
not arrogant like some of the other guys. He´s not
very outgoing, so some people think he´s
unfriendly, but I think he´s basically just shy.”
I think my dad´s a pretty
cool guy. We get along
really well. He´s fairly
easy going and laid –
earch, so he always gives
me good advice. Also,
he´s completely honest
with me. I can trust what
b. Which of the personality words or expressions above describe
Winning is very important to you. People can always count and you.
You handle everyday problems well. Justice
You give a lot of time or money to people. Solidarity
You tell the truth, and never cheat or steal. Honest
c. How many words can you find in the article that make adjective.
Make a list. Then compare with a partner.
Incredibly ; Justice; solidarity; honest; cool; arrogant.
Adverbs before adjectives and adverbs
Use incredibly, extremely, very,
She´s incredibly talented.
really, so, pretty, and fairly to
She´s extremely generous.
make some adjectives and
He´s a pretty cool guy.
We get along really well.
Use absolutely or really (but not
She´s absolutely wonderful.
very) with adjectives that are
He´s really fantastic.
already very strong.
The expression at all makes
She´s not selfish at all.
Complete and totally mean 100%
He´s completely honest.
She´s totally reliable.
Patient - Inpatient
Considerate - Inconsiderate
Friendly – Unfriendly
Reliable – Unreliable
Honest - Dishonest
Organized - Disorganized
a. Do you know people with these quality? Write a sentence for each
expression, and follow it with an example. Then compare sentences
with a partner.
Maritza is totality hones in the work.
Edgar is really competitive with her sister in
Mauricio is completely disorganized in her
Mabel is very impatient in the street.
Karla is incredibly generous with the people.
b. Pair work: ask and answer the question with a partner.
What´s your best friend like?
My best friend is Alexandra
She has a great sense of humor, and She has a great sense of humor, is
very demanding, respectful, she likes to study and help others.
He´s always working.
Conversation strategy. Describing individual habits. Read the sentence.
Who is describing a habit, Kate or Jenny?
Kate: My brother is always borrowing my car, and it´s so
Jenny: Sometimes my brother borrows my car, but that´s
Alexis: so, how´s your new roommate working out?
Jacob: well, I don´t see that much of him, really. I mean,
he´s always working, you know, at the library or sitting at
Alexis: well, at least he´s not always throwing wild parties
or playing music all night.
Jacob: yeah, and he´s pretty easygoing. I´m always borrowing his stuff, and he
Alexis: he sound better than my old roommate, she was so unpleasant.
Jacob: you´re right, she was pretty bad.
Strategy plus AT LEAST
You can use the expression AT LEAS to
point out the positive side of a situation.
Example: well, at least he´s not always
throwing wild parties.
At least is one of the top 500 words and
a. Find two place to and at least in each conversation. Then practice with
a. My girlfriend is always late for you dates, so she´s always apologizing to
me. It drives me crazy.
b. Yeah, but she apologizes. My girlfriend never says she´s sorry when
a. I know, and my girlfriend calls to say she´ll be late.
b. My friends is always boring my CDs and then giving them back weeks
a. Well, he returns them to you.
b. Yeah, and he never damages any of them.
a. My brother is always getting good grades.
b. It´s impossible to keep up with him.
Read the biographies. Which facts do you think is most interesting about
Five things you didn´t know about..
Pianist and singer – songwriter
1. Alicia Keys was born and
raised in New York City.
2. She started playing the piano
at the age of five. Her mother
was very supportive and
Actor and screenwriter
1. Actors can be demanding, but
not Matt Damon. He´s
extremely polite and
2. He´s really smart. He studied
always encouraged Alicia to
English literature at Harvard
University but left school to
become an actor.