Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 65. Keys and Vocabulary

Ex 5A
The website wants the reader to write a list of seven personal secrets. The winner will get a book.

world-shattering: extremely surprising and important, often changing the way you think about something. E.g. world-shattering news. World-shattering monumental events. Not much in the way of world-shattering news.

quirky: having or characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects. E.g. her sense of humour was decidedly quirky. 

Ex 5C
She uses all of the phrases except: Something I’ve never told anyone is that … 

Ex 6B
Ask questions like:
When did that happen? 
How did it make you feel?
Why … ? How … ?

Ex 7A
Shaolin monk

party your life away: e.g. he went out every night and partied his life away

peanuts: a very small amount of money. E.g. I won't work for peanuts. He gets paid peanuts for doing that job. 

idyllic: Br: /ɪˈdɪlɪk/, Am: /aɪˈdɪlɪk/ peaceful and beautiful; perfect, without problems. E.g. a house set in idyllic surroundings. To lead an idyllic existence. The cottage sounds idyllic.

get-together: an informal meeting; a party. E.g. a family get-together at Christmas.

cityscapes: the appearance of a city or urban area, especially in a picture; a picture of a city. E.g. shades of red brick which once coloured the cityscape. His subject matter ranges from portraits to cityscapes.

arty: seeming or wanting to be very artistic or interested in the arts. E.g. She hangs out with the arty types she met at drama school. Why do you pretend you like those boring, arty films?

snatch somebody/something (from somebody/something) to take somebody/ something away from a person or place, especially by force; to steal something. E.g. The baby was snatched from its parents' car.

mahjong: /mɑːˈdʒɒŋ/ a Chinese game played with small pieces of wood with symbols on them.

sore loser: one who complains or blames others for his loss. 

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