Egg-cellent Idioms

Easter is just around the corner so why not learn 4 egg-cellent idioms.

How should you use the video?

  • Watch the video.
  • Jot down the idioms.
  • Write a personalized sentence related to that idiom.
  • Record yourself reading out that sentence.
  • Listen to yourself.
  • Record yourself saying the idiom but this time by heart…without reading it.
  • Eat a chocolate Easter egg because you deserve it.

How can you practice them in conversation?

Answer these questions in writing and then out load.

  1. What makes a good listener? How can one become a good listener? Do you have a friend who is all ears ?
  2. Give examples of moments when people have  put all their eggs in one basket?
  3. Give adjectives to describe the expressions ‘I am walking on egg shells‘? What kind of person makes you feel that way?
  4. Where does the idiom ‘to pull a rabbit out of a hat’ come from?

 

Happy Easter Everyone…from all of us at LEM

p.s. this post was created by Crissy…who will eat as many Lindor Balls & Noccior as possible  on Easter!

It’s a Matter of Petrol

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Where is the mistake in this sentence?

If you spot it, share the answer with us please.

My Way

What this song is about:

This song is told from the point of view of an old man who is reflecting on his life. He speaks generally of the experiences he has had and how he has approached them; in his own way.  The message is that it is important to live your life for yourself, do what you feel is right and not live for others or by other people’s expectations.

The singer accepts that his life has not been perfect but at least it has been through his own decisions. He has been true to himself and he is sure that this is how to get the most out of life. The music is melancholic in parts which depict the reflective tone of the singer. There are also parts of the song where the music crescendos to parallel the pride in the singer’s words regarding his approach to his life.

Why I like this song:

I was having a discussion with a student recently about standing up for what you believe in and not living by other people’s standards and this song immediately came to mind. I have always loved My Way because of the strength and self-belief it preaches. In fact, I truly wish to live up to the ideals spoken about and would love to have this song play at my funeral (which hopefully is a long, long time away).

Useful vocabulary we can learn from this post:

  • Point of view: A particular attitude or way of considering a matter
  • Reflect on: To remember or think about someone or something
  • Get the most out of: To extract the maximum output of someone or something
  • Depict: To portray, represent or show
  • Crescendos: A progressive increase in intensity or loudness
  • Standing up for: To take the side or defend someone or something
  • Came to mind: [A thought or idea] to enter into your consciousness or to be remembered

LEM… xo
Ps. This post was created by Marco, an Aussie from the canals of Venice.

“Happy” by Pharrell

What this song is about:

Happy is about (you guessed it) being happy. The singer says he is on such a high that he could float into space. He has and air about him that is carefree. He then invites us to join in with him by clapping along if we are also very happy. The song also tells us not to let anything negative interfere with our positivity. The singer is so certain of his happiness that he claims nothing can bring him down.

The music itself gives off a positive vibe which accentuates the message of the song. It is difficult not to get swept up in the cheerfulness it conveys. Everything about this song all points to one things: happiness!


Why I like this song:

I like this song because it is very simple. Its only purpose is to make people feel good and it does it very well. It makes smile, want to dance and succeeds in making me happy.  It reminds me that life doesn’t always need to be so complicated. It also reminds me of the importance of being happy and not getting caught up on the negatives.

Useful vocabulary we can learn from this post:

  • To be on a high: to be feeling very good
  • To have an air about: to display an aura
  • Bring sb down: to make someone less happy
  • Vibe: energy
  • Accentuates: amplifies
  • Get swept up in: to become involved in
  • Get caught up: to become stuck

What do you do when you are happy?

Tell LEM… xo

Ps. This post was created by Marco, an Aussie from the canals of Venice.

Like vs As

We generally use LIKE and AS to make comparisons.

LIKE

Like means “same form, appearance, kind, character” and is followed by a noun or noun phrase. The verb is often static, such as be, seems, looks, acts.

  • The structure of the sentence is usually: VERB + LIKE + NOUN / PRONOUN.

- He speaks like a native speaker.
- She looks like a supermodel.

  • It is also used before a Gerund (NON-FINITE CLAUSE)

- Talking with him is like talking to myself.

AS

As means “in the manner” and is usually followed by a clause (subj + verb).

  •  The structure of the sentence is usually: AS + SUBJECT + VERB.

- Nobody sings as she does.
- We behave as though we were two comedians.
- He acts more as a brother would (act).

  • Another use of AS is to say what the role/function of a person/thing is.

- He started work as a carpenter.
- She used the tapestry as a decoration in her living room.

  • It can also be used to compare 2 elements: AS + MODIFIER + AS

- He is as smart as a fox


LIKE instead of  AS

  •  Similar meanings: It is common in American English to use LIKE instead of AS. However, it is generally considered informal to use it in this way.

- We play football like champions do.

  • Different meanings: Be careful, in similar sentences that use LIKE and AS, the meanings of each sentence are very different.

- As your boss, I must warn you to be careful. (I am your boss.)
- Like your boss, I must warn you to be careful. (I am not your boss, but he/she and I have similar attitudes.)

What comparisons could you use to describe yourself?

  • Do you look like a super model or speak English like a native speaker?
  • Are you as smart as a fox, as tall as a giraffe or as wise as an owl?

Tell LEM…xo!

p.s. This post was created by Sarah La Pietra… a very wise EASI trainer.

 

How NOT to schedule a meeting

This post was inspired by a true event. Does it sound familiar?

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From: Italo Rossi
Sent: 24 March 2014
To: Brittany Smith

Hi Brit,

I’ll be busy  on Thursday for the next two weeks (March 27th and 3rd April). Can we postpone our weekly review to Friday afternoon at around  4 pm?

Thanks,
Italo

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From: Brittany Smith
Sent: 24 March 2014
To: Italo Rossi

Hi Italo,

Next Friday at 4 is ok, but this week I can’t because I have a another meeting.
When else are you free ?

Brit

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Hi Brit,  

I’ll see you next Friday at 4pm for the next review and we can fix the second one then.

Thanks,
Italo

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Hi Italo,

No, I’m afraid our next review can’t wait till next Friday. We need to have one every week.
Are you free this Friday morning?

Brit

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Hi Brit,

I’m sorry, I’m not following…  it seemed to me that you confirmed next Friday, then said Friday was too late, and then suggested Friday again…
Could you please clarify that for me?

Thanks,
Italo

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Hi Italo,

I confirm next Friday 4th April at 4pm for next week’s review.
We need to have a meeting this week too. So, I suggest Friday 28th in the morning around 9, if you are free.

Please confirm,
Brit

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Thanks Brit,

Now I get it!

In Italian, “venerdì prossimo”, which I was translating as “next Friday”, is the one coming: March 28thBut you call that “this Friday”.

So,  Friday 4th at 4pm is confirmed.
Unfortunately, I’m busy on Friday 28th at 9am. How about Wednesday?

I apologise for the misunderstanding !
Italo

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In real life, the emails went back and forth until they set an appointment for what would be Thursday 27th at 11 am… which they both missed!!

Have you ever had a similar experience?

Tell Lem…xo!

p.s. This post was created by Ines… who really likes numbers.

Spring Fever

A blast from the past to make you get up from your chair and twist away with the King.

Lyrics

A little bird, he told me so, he said come on, get on the go
Open your eyes the sky is full of butterflies
The blossoms on the trees stir up the honey bees
Spring makes my fever right

Spring fever, Spring is here at last
Spring fever, my heart’s beating fast
Get up, get out spring is everywhere

Well if you feel the wanderlust, just grab a car or hop a bus
In every town there’s excitement to be found
So much is happening, don’t miss the joy of spring
The world’s in love just look around

Spring fever comes to everyone
Spring fever, it’s time for fun
Get up, get out spring is everywhere

Spring vocabulary can we learn from this video clip:

  • get on the go: start moving, be active
  • blossom: flower, to flourish
  • stir up: to stimulate
  • to make something right: to correct, solve, fix or cure something
  • at last: finally
  • wanderlust: a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
  • grab: to take or grasp suddenly
  • hop: to jump, to make a quick trip

Idioms about Spring:

- to be full of the joys of spring:  to be very happy
When he got his promotion, he was full of the joys of spring.

- to be no spring chicken: not young any more
Antonio Banderas is no spring chicken, but he is still very attractive.

Lem…xo!
p.s. This post was created by Ines, who’s no spring chicken, but is full of the joys of spring now that the sun’s out.

The Monuments Men

Today’s video clip is from a recent interview on the BBC chat show of Graham Norton with the stars of the new movie release “The Monuments Men”.

Read the 5 questions below, listen to the audio clip and try to find the answers:

  • What true story is the movie inspired by?
  • What had the Nazis stolen?
  • Who on the couch doesn’t have an agent?
  • Who do they say drinks all the time?
  • What were George Clooney and Bill Murray doing with wheelchairs in Venice?

How to check your answers:

  • Share this video clip with a friend and check them together
  • Set this as a homework activity for your team
  • Post your answers here and we can correct them together

What useful vocabulary can we learn from this video clip:

-curators: a keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection
-stiffs: People who are not moving/behaving easily or freely
-bang on: with absolute accuracy
-fess up: to confess to having done something
-a bite to eat: A small meal

Lem…xo!
p.s. This video was created by Anna, whose mp3 English audio collection is unbeatable.

Thanks vs Tanks

I read many learner emails & I sometimes come across ‘Tanks!’ as a sign off.

I often wonder whether it is a genuine typo (i.e. oops…I typed it wrong) or a true blue spelling mistake (i.e. omg…is thank you written with a ‘H’?)

This video should help if the latter is the case!

Typos can be avoided by using your spell check.

Happy Day to You!

Lem…xo!
p.s. This video was created by Crissy…a passionate EASI Networker.