Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Speakout Advanced p 114. Keys and Vocabulary

Ex 1
1 impressive

2 compelling
compelling: very interesting or exciting, so you have to pay attention. E.g. Her latest book makes compelling reading. A compelling story. A compelling film.

well-received: accepted with enthusiasm. e.g. by critics. E.g. a well-received book/ play

3 poignant
poignant: /pɔɪnjənt/ making you feel sad or full of pity. E.g. a poignant image/ moment/ memory, etc. A poignant film.

subtle: not easy to notice or understand unless you pay careful attention. E.g. subtle colours.
There are subtle differences between the two versions. His language expresses rich and subtle meanings.

4 overrated
overrated: not as good or important as some people think or say. E.g. In my opinion, Hirst's work has been vastly overrated. A highly overrated film.

5 offbeat
offbeat: unusual and not what people normally expect, especially in an interesting way. Unconventional. E.g. offbeat humour. An offbeat approach to interviewing. She’s a little offbeat but she’s a wonderful actress.
bleak: without anything to make you feel happy or hopeful. E.g. a bleak outlook/ prospect. The future looks bleak for the fishing industry. The medical prognosis was bleak. They faced a financially bleak Christmas. A bleak landscape.

6 stylish
stylish: attractive in a fashionable way. Elegant and attractive. E.g. a stylish restaurant. It was a stylish performance by both artists.
thought-provoking: making people think seriously about a particular subject. E.g. a brilliant and thought-provoking play.

Ex 2A
It's high time art forms like opera were made accessible to the public;
feud: /fjuːd/ an angry and bitter argument between two people or groups of people that continues over a long period of time. E.g. a long-running feud between the two artists. A feud with the neighbours. A family feud (= within a family or between two families). A feud over money.

 ... and it's about time the public had a chance to enjoy them;

I'd sooner TV wasn't overtaken by sites like YouTube;

Finally, it's time school teachers thought outside the box;
think outside the box to find new ways of doing things, especially of solving problems. E.g.  Employees are encouraged to think outside the box and develop creative solutions.

Supposing kids had a chance to learn how to juggle ... ?
juggle: to throw a set of three or more objects such as balls into the air and catch and throw them again quickly, one at a time. E.g. My uncle taught me to juggle.

trapeze:  /trəˈpiːz/

I'm sure millions of kinaesthetic learners would rather they spent their days doing this ...

kinaesthetic /ˌkɪniːsˈθetɪk/ relating to the use of sense organs in your muscles and other body parts to feel the position and movements of your body. E.g.   kinaesthetic sensations

Ex 5A
1 amazing 

2 all-time 

3 ever 

4 thing 

5 luck

6 horrendous 

7 idyllic 

8 waste

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