Sep 28, 2013

Gambit: Intensifying Expressions - Indeed x At All (Adverbs)

 This is one of the funniest scenes on this blog. I also loved the movie and Firth's performance is awesome. I hope you enjoy it, just  like my students did.





 





Indeed - really or certainly, often used to emphasize something:

Indeed, it could be the worst environmental disaster in Western Europe this century.

Evidence suggests that errors may indeed be occurring. We live in strange times indeed.

Mainly UK - Many people are very poor indeed.



At All -  (used to make negatives and questions stronger) in any way or of any type:  

He's had no food at all. 

I haven't been at all well recently.  

I'm afraid I've got nothing at all to say. 

Is there any uncertainty at all about the way she died?  

Why bother getting up at all when you don't have a job to go to?



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I. Watch the segment and complete the sentences with at all or indeed.

1. He wasn't expecting to be locked inside the storage room __________________.

2. He thought that going out the window was very scary _________________.

3. When she saw him on the Savoy Hotel wall, she could not understand what was going on __________________.

4. The vase he stole was _________________ very valuable .

5. The guest lady had no idea that there was a stranger in her room ________________.
Answer key:

He wasn't expecting to be locked inside the storage room at all.

He though that going out the window was scary indeed.

When she saw him on the Savoy Hotel wall, she could not understand what was going on at all.

The vase he stole was indeed very valuable.

The guest lady had no idea that  there was a stranger in her room at all.

Sep 21, 2013

Wanderlust: Idioms




This is a nice comedy with several really funny scenes. I used it to introduce and have students practice idioms and idiomatic expressions.

I. Match the idioms and their definitions.


1. No matter

2. Twist someone's arm

3. To be looking for a fight

4. It's the luck of the drawn

5. Just someone's luck

6. It's the same  old story


(   ) This is typical of someone's misfortune

(   ) It makes no difference how

(   ) To persuade someone strongly to do something

(   ) The usual bad or unpleasant situation that is happening now has happened before or in other places.

(   ) You must take things as they come

(   ) To behave in such a way that may provoke an offensive or violent response


II. Watch the segment and complete the blanks with the correct idioms/idiomatic expressions. Make sure you use their correct forms to make them logical.


1. The couple were really ___________________, especially when they decided to talk about how much money they make in a year.

2. It is ______________________________ to have a husband that snores. All her previous boyfriends snored too.

3. It is _________________________. Her husband always farts in the car every time they drive long distances. 

4. ________________________ what they talk about, they always end up fighting.

5. She was so tired that she __________________________ to stop the car and find a place to spend the night.

6. They will spend the night in a hotel they have never heard of.  The will have to stay there anyway, since it is too late to look for another hotel. _____________________.

III. Talk to a partner:

1. What should they have done to stop arguing?

2. What made them happy and what made them angry?

3. Have you ever traveled long distances with someone by car? Does the length of trip make you impatient and fight with the other traveling partners?

4. What could they have done in order not to fight so much?

KEY:


I.

No matter - It makes no difference how

Twist someone's arm - To persuade someone strongly to do something

Be looking for a fight - To behave in such a way that may provoke an offensive or violent response

It's the luck of the drawn - You must take things as they come

Just someone's luck - this is typical of my misfortune

It's the same old story - the usual bad or unpleasant situation that is happening now has happened before or in other places



II. The couple were really looking for a fight, especially when they decided to talk about how much money they make in a year.

It is just her luck to have a husband that snores. All her previous boyfriends snored too.

It is the same old story. Her husband always farts in the car every time they drive long distances. 

No matter what they talk about, they always end up fighting.

She was so tired that she twisted his arm to stop the car and find a place to spend the night.

They will spend the night in a hotel they have never heard of.  The will have to stay there anyway, since it is too late to look for another hotel. It's the luck of the drawn. 


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ANSWER KEY:

No matter - It makes no difference how
Twist someone's arm - To persuade someone strongly to do something
Be looking for a fight - To behave in such a way that may provoke an offensive or violent response
It's the luck of the drawn - You must take things as they come
Just my luck - this is typical of my misfortune
It's the same old story - the usual bad or unpleasant situation that is happening now has happened before or in other places.


The couple were really looking for a fight, especially when they decided to talk about how much money they make in a year.

It is just her luck to have a husband that snores. All her previous boyfriends snored too.

It is the same old story. Her husband always farts in the car every time they drive long distances. 

No matter what they talk about, they always end up fighting.

She was so tired that she twisted his arm to stop the car and find a place to spend the night.

They will spend the night in a hotel they have never heard of.  The will have to stay there anyway, since it is too late to look for another hotel. It's the luck of the drawn. 

Sep 14, 2013

Death Becomes Her: Idioms


This is a classic movie that makes people reflect upon important life dilemmas, such as aging, plastic surgeries, living forever, among others. This is the second post about idiomatic expressions. More is yet to come in the future.




I. Discuss the questions with a partner:




1. Would you like to live forever? Why (not)?

2. Would you like to drink a magic potion that would make you look young for the rest of your life? Why (not)?

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of living forever?

4. If you could live forever, would you get married, knowing that all your lovers would age and die, whereas you would still be and look young? Explain it.


II. Match the idioms and the definitions:

1. In the blink of an eye

2. To no avail

3. To be alive and kicking

4. To be no bed of roses

5. To give someone the benefit of the doubt.


( ) When someone tries to do something but does not get the desired result.

( ) When someone is  in a strong and healthy condition.

( ) When something happens very quickly

( ) When someone means that it is difficult or not always pleasant.

( ) When someone accepts that what they say is true, even though there is no evidence to support it. 



III. Watch the movie segment and complete the sentences with the idioms in exercise II.

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1. The mysterious lady offered Dr. Menville a magic potion to _________. He decided not to drink it.


2. Dr. Menville believes that not aging is _______________. There are many disadvantages to living forever.

3. The magic potion reversed the effects of aging _________________. It was amazing how fast it worked.


4. The magic potion would make anyone be ___________________, because they would never grow old.
 
5. Dr. Menville decided not __________________________ and drink the magic potion. He didn't believe her promises would work for his own good.

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Answer key:

II. 2, 3, 1, 4, 5.

III.

1.The mysterious lady offered Dr. Menville a magic potion to no avail. He decided not to drink it.

2. Dr. Menville believes that not aging is no bed of roses. There are many disadvantages to living forever.

3. The magic potion reversed the effects of aging in the blink of an eye. It was amazing how fast it worked.


4. The magic potion would make anyone be alive and kicking, because they would never grow old.

5. Dr. Menville decided not to give her the benefit of the doubt and drink the magic potion. He didn't believe her promises would work for his own good.

Sep 7, 2013

Oz The Great and the Powerful: Idioms


This is the first of three posts that will make students learn/practice the use of idioms and idiomatic expressions. This one is based on a movie which special effects fascinated me.  I think it is crucial to have students learn idiomatic expressions to enrich their vocabulary range.

I. Match the idioms and their definition:

1. up in the air

2. catch someone by surprise

3. be in deep water

4. be in the land of the living

5. oceans of

6. under the sun



( ) In existence

( ) be awake or to be alive

( ) surprising someone without a warning

( ) to be in serious trouble.

( ) uncertain

( ) a large amount of something.




II. Fill in the blanks with the correct idiom after watching the segment.



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1. Oscar Diggs's future in Oz is still ________________________. Nobody knows what his future will be like.

2.Oz is probably the most beautiful place ____________________ .

3. When the balloon landed on the river, it was evident that Diggs was _____________. He almost died there.

4. There were ________________ beautiful pink butterflies on the trees of Oz.

5. Diggs was _______________ when he saw Theodora. It was totally unexpected for him.

6. When Diggs finally found himself safe, He seemed to be the only person _________________. There was nobody around.



Discuss the questions:


1. Describe the scene.


2. Think about the most beautiful place you have ever been too. It must not be a CITY. Tell your friend about it. Then compare both of your places to OZ. In which of them would you rather live?


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Answer key:

I.
6, 4, 2, 3, 1, 5

II.
1. up in the air
2. under the sun
3. in deep water
4. oceans of
5. caught by surprise
6. in the land of the living