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Δευτέρα, 30 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

LISTENING :Our Family Roots: Genealogy

Doing your genealogy or family history is an exciting way of learning about your past. Now, watch a short documentary of Randall's family roots. What details would you expect to hear about the life of Randall's grandmother, Ana Maria Cavazos? 
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More Slang

  

Hang on to your hats! or should I say? … Crowns! Here they come! More example of modern slang:

Sucker: A person who can be cheated easily. “He is such a sucker”.
Grass: To get someone into trouble by reporting their bad action. “You grassed me to the police.”
READ MORE:http://eng.cilacapedu.com/2013/09/30/communicative-english-more-about-slang/

GET : MEANINGS

Don't underestimate the little word Get. It's a hard-working verb that is very common in spoken English. There are many meanings and uses of this versatile verb, as you can see from the examples listed on this page.

Receive
Did you get a present from your colleagues for your birthday?

Receive TV/radio
You can't get the BBC player TV programmes in Germany.

Receive a mark/grade
Guess what! I got an A in my physics test!

Contract an illness
She got a cold on the flight back from Australia.

Earn
A friend of my daughter got $8 an hour when she was working in a supermarket last summer.

Pay for
Wait a second! I'll get these drinks.

Fetch/Pick up
I have to get the children from school at half past three.

To be given a prison sentence
The two men got eight years for armed robbery.

Persuade
We couldn't get her to come to the cinema with us.

Pay someone else to do something
I need to get my eyes tested.

Start
We got talking when we were at Heathrow, waiting for a plane that had been delayed.

Have an opportunity
It's a real shame that we never get to have a quiet evening at home together.

Arrive somewhere
By the time we got to the centre of London, the shops had all closed.

Reach a point
It was really disappointing to lose after getting so far in the competition.

Travel by train/bus/taxi
Shall we get a taxi to the airport, or shall we take the train?

Enter
I can get on the bus at Bruntsfield Avenue, can't I?

Make something/someone move
I need to get this desk into the other room. Can you help me?

Prepare a meal
I must go home and get dinner for the children.

Answer a call
There's someone at the door. Can you get it?

Hit and harm
Look at my arm! A wasp got me!

Become
You'll soon get bored with your new job.

Make somebody become ...
Don't get grandma confused!

Understand
He's always telling jokes, but I never get them.

Misunderstand
You got me wrong! I said I'd pick you up at 6.30, not 7.30.

Annoy
What really gets me is having to work on Saturday.

Draw attention to something
Get this! The capital of California is Sacramento, not Los Angeles or San Francisco.

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Either or Neither nor

 either … or
'Either … or' is used in sentences in a positive sense meaning "one or the other, this or that, he or she, etc." in other words it is used to offer a choice between two possibilities

Examples:

I’m not sure where Laura is from. She’s either German or Italian.

Would you like tea or coffee? - Either. I don’t mind.

There are two ways from here to the airport. You can go either way.

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neither … nor

'Neither … nor' is used in sentences in a negative sense meaning "not this one nor the other, not this nor that, not he nor she, none of them etc." - in other words it is used to deny both possibilities

Examples:

Is your friend British or American? - Neither. She’s Australian.

Neither of the restaurants I went to was (or were) expensive.

Neither Mike nor my other friends care about their future.



Either or Neither nor | ELTFamily - English Language Teaching Family 


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Κυριακή, 29 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

MAFALDA happy birthday!!

 Do you know  Mafalda  ? Mafalda is a 5 year old girl deeply concerned about humanity and world peace and rebels against the world as it is. Today it's her birthday!


A kid growing up in a Spanish speaking country in the 1970s and 80s was likely exposed to Mafalda, the comic creation of Argentinian Joaquín Salvador Lavado (also known as Quino). The comic ran in Argentinian papers between 1964 and 1973 and republished into little books that were widely read in Latin America. I loved reading it as a kid, but it wasn't until recently when I read, 10 Años con Mafalda (Tusquets Editores México, 2nd ed. 2009), that I truly appreciated its genius.

Mafalda is a precocious six-year old who worries about world peace and hates soup. She is surrounded by her quirky friends (Felipe, a smart kid who hates homework and tortures himself for his failings; Manolito, a capitalist kid always with a scheme; Susanita, a frivolous antifeminist; Miguelito, a dreamer and philosopher, and Libertad, a tiny kid named "Freedom") and family (her father who's bent on destroying the ants that eat his prized plants; Guille, her baby brother, fan of Bridgett Bardot; and her mother, a housewife).

The comic strip is a true original, but it has elements of early Peanuts (kids wise beyond their years contemplating existential conundrums), Calvin and Hobbes (smarty-pants kid with a huge imagination and skeptical of the world), and Doonesbury (biting social commentary). Quino managed to skewer politics and human nature in a funny and accessible way. 

Although the political references are dated (Argentina was under military junta and the Cold War was pretty hot), Mafalda's concerns about political freedom and social inequities are still relevant today and her relationship with her parents are timeless.
Some sample strips:


Mafalda comic strip with English translation on youthful idealism
Man: Change the world! Ha! Things of the youth.
Man: When I was young, I also had those ideas, and now see...
Mafalda: Let's make some noise, kids! It turns out that if you don't hurry to change the world, it's the world that changes you!



Mafalda comic with English translation on democracy
Mafalda reading the dictionary: DEMOCRACY (from the Greek, demos, people, and kratos, authority): government in which the people exercise sovereignty





Mafalda comic with English translation
Mafalda: But...why do I have to do it? Her mom: Because I order it. I'm your Mother!! Mafalda: If it's a question of titles, I'm your Daughter!!
Mafalda
: And we graduated on the same day! Or not?

Mafalda comic with English translation
Mafalda: Mom, was your first boyfriend this one, or who?
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book quiz


 A new report has claimed a third of British people do not know the author of Great Expectations. It's Charles Dickens, by the way.

But of course we all know that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, right? According to the report, one in six adults didn't realise that, either...

We've selected some classic novels - see if you can pick out the correct authors.:
Third of Brits don't know who wrote Great Expectations - can you name the authors of these classics? - IV Drip - Voices - The Independent:

Compound Adjectives

Compound Adjectives

Compound adjectives are adjectives that comprises more than one word. Usually, hyphens are used to link the words together to show that it is one adjective. They are two or more words that act as a single idea to modify a noun.

Examples:

She has completed her 9-page term paper.
Please order a six-foot table for the party.
I have a part-time job at the local animal shelter.
That is an all-too-common mistake.
This is truly a one-of-a-kind song.
Please push the high-speed button on the blender.

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AIRLINE / AIRPORT Vocabulary

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AIRPORT ANNOUNCEMENTS




MORE ABOUT AIRPORT  VOCABULARY AND ACTIVITIES 
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ANTONYMS A -F

ACTIONS

Σάββατο, 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

New York Tourist Attractions

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Common Mistakes in English

idioms about cooking

Παρασκευή, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

Gran's adventures

Gran's adventures | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council:

 Gran has been to Egypt. Has she eaten sushi? What adventures has Gran had in her life?
Instructions

Watch the video and practise using the present perfect for experiences. Can you use the present perfect correctly?


 by  English literature

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.

Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb. Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression, but Atticus is a prominent lawyer and the Finch family is reasonably well off in comparison to the rest of society. One summer, Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer, and the trio acts out stories together. Eventually, Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place. The house is owned by Mr. Nathan Radley, whose brother, Arthur (nicknamed Boo), has lived there for years without venturing outside.

Summary:

Scout goes to school for the first time that fall and detests it. She and Jem find gifts apparently left for them in a knothole of a tree on the Radley property. Dill returns the following summer, and he, Scout, and Jem begin to act out the story of Boo Radley. Atticus puts a stop to their antics, urging the children to try to see life from another person’s perspective before making judgments. But, on Dill’s last night in Maycomb for the summer, the three sneak onto the Radley property, where Nathan Radley shoots at them. Jem loses his pants in the ensuing escape. When he returns for them, he finds them mended and hung over the fence. The next winter, Jem and Scout find more presents in the tree, presumably left by the mysterious Boo. Nathan Radley eventually plugs the knothole with cement. Shortly thereafter, a fire breaks out in another neighbor’s house, and during the fire someone slips a blanket on Scout’s shoulders as she watches the blaze. Convinced that Boo did it, Jem tells Atticus about the mended pants and the presents.

To the consternation of Maycomb’s racist white community, Atticus agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman. Because of Atticus’s decision, Jem and Scout are subjected to abuse from other children, even when they celebrate Christmas at the family compound on Finch’s Landing. Calpurnia, the Finches’ black cook, takes them to the local black church, where the warm and close-knit community largely embraces the children.

Atticus’s sister, Alexandra, comes to live with the Finches the next summer. Dill, who is supposed to live with his “new father” in another town, runs away and comes to Maycomb. Tom Robinson’s trial begins, and when the accused man is placed in the local jail, a mob gathers to lynch him. Atticus faces the mob down the night before the trial. Jem and Scout, who have sneaked out of the house, soon join him. Scout recognizes one of the men, and her polite questioning about his son shames him into dispersing the mob.

At the trial itself, the children sit in the “colored balcony” with the town’s black citizens. Atticus provides clear evidence that the accusers, Mayella Ewell and her father, Bob, are lying: in fact, Mayella propositioned Tom Robinson, was caught by her father, and then accused Tom of rape to cover her shame and guilt. Atticus provides impressive evidence that the marks on Mayella’s face are from wounds that her father inflicted; upon discovering her with Tom, he called her a whore and beat her. Yet, despite the significant evidence pointing to Tom’s innocence, the all-white jury convicts him. The innocent Tom later tries to escape from prison and is shot to death. In the aftermath of the trial, Jem’s faith in justice is badly shaken, and he lapses into despondency and doubt.

Despite the verdict, Bob Ewell feels that Atticus and the judge have made a fool out of him, and he vows revenge. He menaces Tom Robinson’s widow, tries to break into the judge’s house, and finally attacks Jem and Scout as they walk home from a Halloween party. Boo Radley intervenes, however, saving the children and stabbing Ewell fatally during the struggle. Boo carries the wounded Jem back to Atticus’s house, where the sheriff, in order to protect Boo, insists that Ewell tripped over a tree root and fell on his own knife. After sitting with Scout for a while, Boo disappears once more into the Radley house.

Later, Scout feels as though she can finally imagine what life is like for Boo. He has become a human being to her at last. With this realization, Scout embraces her father’s advice to practice sympathy and understanding and demonstrates that her experiences with hatred and prejudice will not sully her faith in human goodness.

AUTUMN VOCABULARY

 


 
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Listen and Read Along Videos in VOA Special English

 Listen and Read Along Videos in VOA Special English 

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Everyday objects

Everyday objects | ESOL Nexus 


Try these vocabulary exercises to learn words for everyday objects.

Start with the image matching exercise and then do some of the other exercise types below.

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Πέμπτη, 26 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES ILLUSTRATED VOCABULARY

medical vocabulary

   


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Medical Device Vocabulary:(from http://www.englishbus.net/medical/device.html#.UksaRRCAlD1)

  • b ultrasound machine
    b ultrasound machine
  • Blood pressure monitor
    Blood pressure monitor
  • Syringe
    Syringe
  • Medical gloves
    Medical gloves
  • Medical mask
    Medical mask
  • Oxygen bottles
    Oxygen bottles
  • Medical mask
    Medical mask
  • hospital
    hospital
  • Acupuncture
    Acupuncture
  • Cupping
    Cupping
  • chinese Scraping
    Scraping
  • Gauze
    Gauze
  • Hearing aids
    Hearing aids
  • Wheelchair
    Wheelchair
  • Operating table
    Operating table
  • Scalpel
    Scalpel

Medical People

  • Doctor: A professional who has graduated from medical school and passed exams to become a physician. Doctors diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Physician: Another word for a doctor
  • Nurse: Nurses also provide care, but are not qualified to diagnose illness or disease. They provide supportive care to patients who are treated by doctors.
  • Surgeon: A type of doctor who performs surgery or operations

Medical Places

  • Hospital: A location where you go to get medical care.
  • Emergency Room: The part of the hospital where you go in the event of an emergency, or a condition that needs immediate medical attention
  • Intensive Care Unit: The part of the hospital where you are admitted to stay if you need continuous monitoring or continuous care.
  • Pharmacy: A place where you go to get prescriptions filled (also called a "Drug Store"

Medical Feelings

  • Pain: A feeling of intensive discomfort
  • Hurt: Similar to pain, hurts describes an unpleasant sensation

Medical Treatments

  • Prescription: A signed piece of paper from the doctor telling you (and the pharmacy) what drugs are appropriate for treatment
  • Shots: Doses of medicine or vaccines administered by a needle
  • Exam: A procedure in which the doctor evaluates your condition
  • Cast: Something you wear if you have a broken bone, which allows the bone to set
  • Diagnosis: Your doctor’s determination regarding your medical state

Medical Conditions

  • Headache: A sore head
  • Stomach Ache: A store stomach
  • Flu: A viral condition in which you may have an upset stomach or cold-like symptoms
  • Sore Throat: Pain in the throat
  • Bone Fracture: A situation in which one of your bones has broken
  • Disease: A type of illness
  • Illness: A type of sickness

    Medical People

  • Doctor: A professional who has graduated from medical school and passed exams to become a physician. Doctors diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Physician: Another word for a doctor
  • Nurse: Nurses also provide care, but are not qualified to diagnose illness or disease. They provide supportive care to patients who are treated by doctors.
  • Surgeon: A type of doctor who performs surgery or operations

Medical Places

  • Hospital: A location where you go to get medical care.
  • Emergency Room: The part of the hospital where you go in the event of an emergency, or a condition that needs immediate medical attention
  • Intensive Care Unit: The part of the hospital where you are admitted to stay if you need continuous monitoring or continuous care.
  • Pharmacy: A place where you go to get prescriptions filled (also called a "Drug Store"

Medical Feelings

  • Pain: A feeling of intensive discomfort
  • Hurt: Similar to pain, hurts describes an unpleasant sensation

Medical Treatments

  • Prescription: A signed piece of paper from the doctor telling you (and the pharmacy) what drugs are appropriate for treatment
  • Shots: Doses of medicine or vaccines administered by a needle
  • Exam: A procedure in which the doctor evaluates your condition
  • Cast: Something you wear if you have a broken bone, which allows the bone to set
  • Diagnosis: Your doctor’s determination regarding your medical state

Medical Conditions

  • Headache: A sore head
  • Stomach Ache: A store stomach
  • Flu: A viral condition in which you may have an upset stomach or cold-like symptoms
  • Sore Throat: Pain in the throat
  • Bone Fracture: A situation in which one of your bones has broken
  • Disease: A type of illness
  • Illness: A type of sickness      
from:http://esl.yourdictionary.com/lesson-plans/medical-vocabulary-for-esl.html

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