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07 11-2011

  1. 1. 07-11-2011. Improving English on monday.
  2. 2. paint the town red <ul><li>Meaning:  If you paint the town red, you visit bars, nightclubs and other nightspots to have a good time. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>It's Ian's birthday so he's going out with some friends tonight to paint the town red. </li></ul><ul><li>Going out and painting the town red is great fun, but you can't do it every night.  </li></ul>
  3. 3. paint the town red <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>We're heading out to paint the town red tonight, so don't forget to </li></ul><ul><li>A.-bring plenty of cash </li></ul><ul><li>B.-bring your paint brushes </li></ul><ul><li>C.-bring your laptop </li></ul><ul><li>studio-gino.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. hang | hang out <ul><li>Meaning:  to spend time with </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>I'm goin' down the park to hang with my friends. Hey, you girls. Why don't you hang out with me and the guys for a while? </li></ul>
  5. 5. hang | hang out <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>In their free time, most teenagers like to hang with </li></ul><ul><li>their parents </li></ul><ul><li>their friends </li></ul><ul><li>their computers </li></ul><ul><li>chicklogger.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  6. 6. come around <ul><li>  to visit somebody, usually at their home </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>come around  Why don’t you come around after work and have a swim in my pool?  </li></ul><ul><li>come around  Every Tuesday night some friends come around and we play  Word Up . </li></ul><ul><li>Note:  &quot;Come round&quot; means the same thing in British English. </li></ul>
  7. 7. come around <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>Some friends are coming around </li></ul><ul><li>A.-to the beach with us </li></ul><ul><li>B.-to see my new kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>C.-to our new website </li></ul>
  8. 8. When the going gets tough, the tough get going <ul><li>Possible interpretation:  When a situation is difficult or dangerous, strong people work harder to resolve the problem. This saying relies on a difficult play on words; it could be rephrased word-for-word as: &quot;When the situation becomes hard, strong people start working.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Note:  the going (noun): the situation; the ground; the environment | tough (adj.): difficult, hard | the tough (noun): tough people; hard, strong people | to get going (verb): start; go Origin:  This saying is attributed both to Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969), father of the USA President John F. Kennedy, and to Norwegian-born American football player and coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931). Variety:  This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too. </li></ul>
  9. 9. When the going gets tough, the tough get going <ul><li>Quick Quiz: </li></ul><ul><li>In the saying &quot;When the going gets tough, the tough get going&quot;, which word is used as a verb only? </li></ul><ul><li>tough </li></ul><ul><li>get </li></ul><ul><li>going </li></ul>
  10. 10. gravy boat <ul><li>gravy boat  [countable] </li></ul><ul><li>a long jug that you pour gravy from </li></ul>
  11. 11. gull  [countable] <ul><li>a large common black and white sea bird that lives near the sea [= seagull] </li></ul>
  12. 12. mal‧let  [countable] <ul><li>1 a wooden hammer with a large end </li></ul><ul><li>2 a wooden hammer with a long handle that you use for playing croquet or polo </li></ul>
  13. 13. screw‧driv‧er  [countable] <ul><li>1 a tool with a narrow blade at one end that you use for turning screws </li></ul><ul><li>2 an alcoholic drink made from vodka and orange juice </li></ul>
  14. 14. http:// madremiraqueluna.blogspot.com www.englishclub.com Longman Dictionary for advanced learners. Pictures from the web sites written at the bottom of them.