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English Conversation – Sports

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 04:04 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about sports. Learn common slang and idioms that we use when discussing sports, find out how to use verbs and collocations in the context of sports and learn how to answer conversation questions relating to this topic. read more

English Conversation – Health

Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 08:04 PM
posted by Jo

healthThis is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about health, healthy living and health care.  There is a video containing a news report about strategies to improve people's health along with some questions to consider. There is also a list of commonly used idioms relating to health and conversation questions we might ask each other when discussing this subject. read more

English Conversation – Technology

Monday, March 28, 2011 @ 12:03 PM
posted by Jo

Technology

This is the preparation material for an English Conversation Lesson about Science and Technology. It raises important questions such as: has technology made our lives better? What are the dangers of technology? What changes will technological developments bring to our future? There is a video to watch, some common idioms we use when talking about technology and typical questions we might ask eachother when discussing this subject.

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English Conversation – Travel

Monday, March 28, 2011 @ 09:03 AM
posted by Jo

Travel

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about travel and vacations. There is an audio discussion about backpacking with some questions to consider, as well as some common idioms we use when talking about holidays and travel. There are also some conversation questions relating to this subject. read more

English Conversation – Jobs and Work

Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ 08:03 PM
posted by Jo

Jobs and Work

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about employment, work and jobs.  It contains common idioms we might use in the workplace with our boss or with our colleagues. It also includes conversation questions relating to one's job such as what a typical work day is like, what our positions is, what the company we work for is like, whether we enjoy our job and more. read more

English Lesson – Personality

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 10:03 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English Conversation lesson about personality traits. There are some common terms and idioms that we could use when discussing our own or other people's personalities, as well as a list of conversation questions that people might ask eachother when talking about this subject. read more

English Idiom of the Day – Cloud Nine

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

Cloud Nine

To be on 'cloud nine' means you are extremely happy or blissful.

Example: For a few days after I heard I'd got the job, I was on cloud nine.

Did you know...?  This idiom originates in the fact that weather experts classify cloud nine as a particular type of cloud that is white and fluffy and very high up in the sky. To be up high in the sky is likened to paradise or being happy.

Idiom with similar meaning: To be 'over the moon'

English Idiom of the Day – A black sheep

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo
A black sheep
Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is bad, odd or disgraces the group.
 
Example: My brother was the black sheep in the family - he ran away at 16 to become an actor.
  
Did you know...? The idiom originated from the occasional black sheep which is born into a herd of white sheep and the fact that black sheep are less desirable than white ones because it is more difficult to dye their wool different colours.
 
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