07 10-2011 improving english on sunday


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English vocabulary, idioms, sayings and phrasal verbs for students of ESL.

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07 10-2011 improving english on sunday

  1. 1. 07-10-2011. Improving English on Sunday.
  2. 2. humming bird  [countable] <ul><li>humming bird [countable] </li></ul><ul><li>a very small brightly-coloured tropical bird whose wings move very quickly </li></ul>
  3. 3. floppy disk also floppy  [countable] <ul><li>a square piece of plastic that you can store computer information on, and which you can remove from and put into a computer [↪ hard disk] </li></ul>
  4. 4. hand‧stand  [countable] <ul><li>a movement in which you put your hands on the ground and your legs in the air </li></ul>
  5. 5. sun‧dae  [countable] <ul><li>a dish made from ice cream, fruit, sweet sauce, nuts etc: a chocolate sundaec </li></ul>
  6. 6. face to face <ul><li>If people meet face to face, they meet in person in the real world. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>We became friends after meeting online in a chat room, but we've never actually met face to face. </li></ul><ul><li>We always need to have a face-to-face interview with a job applicant before making a final decision. </li></ul><ul><li>Note:  This idiom is written with hyphens, as in &quot;face-to-face&quot;, if it's used as an adjective in front of a noun or a noun phrase. </li></ul>
  7. 7. face to face <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>Monica and Sam first met face to face </li></ul><ul><li>in an online chatroom </li></ul><ul><li>at a party in Paris </li></ul><ul><li>over the phone </li></ul><ul><li>Source: englishclub.com </li></ul><ul><li>Picture source: </li></ul><ul><li>blog.russellherder.com    </li></ul>
  8. 8. hot (2) <ul><li>  sexually attractive </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>All the girls in the cheer-leading squad are really hot, so the guys hang around after football practice to watch them train. </li></ul><ul><li>This new guy has started at our school, and he's so hot! The girls smile at him and then giggle with their friends, the gay guys have to stop themselves from staring, and the straight guys check him out to pick up style points. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hot (2) <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>All the guys agree that Rosie looks hot in her facebook photo. They think she looks </li></ul><ul><li>A.-a little feverish </li></ul><ul><li>B.-really sexy </li></ul><ul><li>C.-very intelligent </li></ul><ul><li>Source: englishclub.com </li></ul><ul><li>Picture source: </li></ul><ul><li>baloossexycartoons.blogspot.com    </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where there's muck there's brass <ul><li>Possible interpretation:  There is money to be made in dirt and dirty jobs. For example, many people have made fortunes by processing rubbish or waste materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Note:  muck (noun) = dirt; rubbish | brass (noun) = a metal made from copper and zinc; (British slang) money Origin:  This specific saying originated in Yorkshire, England in the 20th century. The slang term &quot;brass&quot; (for &quot;money&quot;) was and is typically used in Yorkshire. In the 19th-century, people said: &quot;Where there's muck there's money.&quot; And the 17th-century book &quot;A collection of English proverbs&quot; (Rev. John Ray) includes a similar idea: &quot;Muck and money go together.&quot; </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where there's muck there's brass <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Where there's muck there's brass&quot; suggests that rubbish can be used to create </li></ul><ul><li>A.-metal </li></ul><ul><li>B.-money </li></ul><ul><li>C.-methane gas </li></ul><ul><li>  picture source:  fubiz.net </li></ul><ul><li>READ MORE ABOUT THIS SNAP AND HIS AUTHOR: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.flickr.com / photos / nickwheeleroz /2296373892 / </li></ul>
  12. 12. Let down (2) <ul><li>Meaning:  to release the air from something like a tyre or a blow-up mattress </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>let down sth  Timothy was expelled from school for letting down the tyres on his teacher's car. </li></ul><ul><li>let sth down  After they'd played with their blow-up dolls, they let them down and packed them away. </li></ul><ul><li>Variety:  This phrasal verb is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too. </li></ul>
  13. 13. LET DOWN (2) <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>Letting the mattress down was much easier than </li></ul><ul><li>A.-getting it up </li></ul><ul><li>B.-letting it up </li></ul><ul><li>C.-blowing it up </li></ul><ul><li>PICTURE SOURCE: </li></ul><ul><li>bristolcars.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>http://madremiraqueluna.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.englishclub.com </li></ul><ul><li>Longman Dictionary for advanced learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures from the web sites written at the bottom of them. </li></ul>