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This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about unexplained things such as ghosts, psychic abilities, superstitions, witches, magic and other mysteries. Listen to an audio discussion where you will hear people discuss their views about ghosts. Learn useful vocabulary and idioms relating to this subject and discover the most common conversation questions that people ask each other about this fascinating subject.
When you admire someone, especially because of their personal qualities, knowledge, or skills.
When you regard something or someone as important and are careful not to harm them or treat them rudely.
Example Usage: I have the greatest respect for my teacher; The boys showed a complete lack of respect for authority.
Did you know...? The word 'respect' was the Oxford Dictionary's 97th most-viewed word last year.
A final try at doing something; the last possible attempt.
Example Usage: I made one last-ditch effort to get her to stay but it was no use; We are making a last-ditch effort to finish our work in time for the deadline.
Did you know...? The expression 'a last-ditch effort' has its origins in military terminology. The 'last ditch' was, in military terms, the last line of defence.
Break the Ice
To establish a relaxed atmosphere in socially awkward situations; to break down a tense or unduly formal atmosphere.
Example Usage: It was an awkward situation until Mary came along and broke the ice.
Alternative wording: Ice-breaker - The teacher introduced a fun activity as an ice-breaker.
Did you know..? The idiom ‘break the ice’ originated from the use of old ships, known as ice-breakers, which were used to break through ice in polar regions to become aquainted with new areas. It was later applied to social initiatives which were intended to get strangers aquainted with one another.
To think carefully about something, usually before making a decision; To think about something that one might do, accept, buy etc.
Example Usage: I need to consider all my options before I sign the contract; I am going to consider buying that pair of shoes I saw yesterday.
Did you know….? ‘Consider’ was in the top 200 most-viewed words at oxforddictionaries.com last year.