Monday, 16 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 77. Keys and Vocabulary

Ex 6A
KEY
She talks about the 1990s
 
Historical events:
Nelson Mandela released from prison
Mad Cow disease - UK problem. but caused panic in rest of Europe.
Mother Teresa died - she was affected by this



Mobile phones / technology:
Internet took off - first heard about companies like Yahoo and EBay, she received her first email and bought first mobile phone (with changeable faces yellow and with a strawberry)




Economics:
Mostly a prosperous decade where people were earning good money and enjoying themselves.




 

Music / clubbing:
big bands like Take That and The Spice Girls were popular. She went to a Take That concert in '93 and it was the best night of her life - dance music and clubbing were also very popular.



Fashion:
looking back on it makes her cringe, shell-suits were in fashion. They were all the rage. She had a purple one which she wore all the time, also flashing trainers/ light-up trainers were popular - people thought they were cool.

cringe: to feel very embarrassed and uncomfortable about something. E.g. I cringe when I think of the poems I wrote then. She felt herself cringe with embarrassment at the memory. Looking back on it makes her cringe. Thinking about fashion back then makes me cringe.

shell suit: a loose pair of trousers/ pants and matching jacket worn as informal clothes. Shell suits are made of a light, slightly shiny, material and are often brightly coloured. Shell suits were all the rage in the 90s.


be all the rage: (informal) to be very popular and fashionable. E.g. Fax machines in cars are all the rage in California.

Light-up trainers / Flashing trainers: when you walk the lights start flashing.



cool: used to show that you admire or approve of something because it is fashionable, attractive and often different. E.g. You look pretty cool with that new haircut. It's a cool movie. 

Ex 6B
KEY 

1 took off
go downhill to get worse in quality, health, etc. Deteriorate. E.g. Their marriage went downhill after the first child was born. He's been going slowly downhill since he came out of hospital.



2 prosperous 



3 memorable /ˈmemərəbl/ 



4 going 



5 big  
big: popular with the public; successful. E.g. Orange is the big colour this year. The band's very big in Japan.

cool: used to show that you admire or approve of something because it is fashionable, attractive and often different. E.g. You look pretty cool with that new haircut. It's a cool movie. 



6 fashion 
cringe: to feel very embarrassed and uncomfortable about something. E.g. I cringe when I think of the poems I wrote then. She felt herself cringe with embarrassment at the memory. Looking back on it makes her cringe. Thinking about fashion back then makes me cringe.



7 be a teenager in 

Ex 8A
Vocabulary
Ugg boot: /ʌg buːt/ trademark. A type of soft sheepskin boot.





profusion:  /prəˈfjuːʒn/ a very large quantity of something. Abundance. E.g. a profusion of colours. A rich profusion of flowers. Roses grew in profusion against the old wall. There is a profusion of reality TV shows.

drive something 
to influence something or cause it to make progress. E.g. This is the main factor driving investment in the area.
compel (someone) to act in a particular way, especially one that is considered undesirable or inappropriate. E.g. he was driven by ambition.

household name: a name that has become very well known. E.g. She became a household name in the 1960s.

move to/away from something a change in ideas, attitudes or behaviour. E.g. There has been a move away from nuclear energy. The effects of the move back to written examinations are not known.

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