Thursday, 9 January 2014

Speakout Advanced p 101. Keys and Vocabulary

Ex 6A
turning point (in something) the time when an important change takes place, usually with the result that a situation improves. E.g. The promotion marked a turning point in her career.

a. to go to theatre school

b. to leave theatre school and go to a normal school and get an education

c. to have children

2. Not really, although she wonders what might have happened had she made different decisions.

3. Her sister had a more successful career from an earlier stage.

EX 6B 
1 go to a specialised theatrical school

2 no pressure either way....

3 go to a theatre school

4. it's panned out 
pan out: (informal) (of events or a situation) to develop in a particular way. Sp. resultar, salir. E.g. I'm happy with the way things have panned out. We must wait and see how it pans out.

turn out: to happen in a particular way; to develop or end in a particular way. Sp. resultar, salir. E.g. Despite our worries everything turned out well. You never know how your children will turn out. + adj. If the day turns out wet, we may have to change our plans.

5. another decision

6. have children or not

7. what would have happened if... 

Ex 8A
Forum entry:  something you write to share with a group of people with a common interest on the internet. E.g. I wrote a forum entry about my trip to Thailand.

pivotal: /ˈpɪvətl/ of great importance because other things depend on it. E.g. a pivotal role in European affairs. A pivotal moment.

blood is thicker than water: family relationships are stronger than any others. E.g. I know there are people out there who believe that blood is thicker than water and that family is the most important thing in the world, but I have to say - I just don't feel it. He believes in honour and trust between friends, loyalty between lovers, and that blood is thicker than water between family members, but he discovers all these notions have fallen apart.

guiding principle: an ​idea that ​influences you very much when making a ​decision or ​considering a ​matter. E.g. Equality of ​opportunity has been the government's ​guiding ​principle in ​its ​education ​reforms. I think your guiding principle should be that blood is thicker than water, and it's usually best to put your family first.

Ex 8B
Ideas for a topic to write about:

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