Do you laugh a lot every day?

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I recently went to an event hosted by the Harlem Globetrotters with my kids. As I was looking around, I noticed that people in the crowd reacted very differently to the comedic skits . Some people smiled, others smirked and others even belly laughed.

This got me thinking. How many verbs related to laughing can I come up with in 10 minutes?

Do you use these verbs?

  • laugh: express joy by making a sound, moving the face & body.                                               I laugh every time I watch an old episode of Three’s Company.
  • giggle: laugh quietly and repeatedly because you are nervous or embarrassed.
    The teenage girls giggled when they met their favorite singer.
  • snicker : laugh quietly & unkindly at something that is not really funny.                           The school kids snickered when the teacher slipped and fell on his bottom
  • burst into laughter: suddenly start laughing.                                                                         Everyone in the office burst into laughter when George walked in wearing a clown nose.
  • laugh your head off: (informal) laugh a lot and loudly.                                                             Sarah told us one funny story after another, and we laughed our heads off!
  • smile: make one’s mouth curve upwards, in order to be friendly or show happiness          As David left, he smiled at his girlfriend and blew her a kiss.
  • grin: smile widely.                                                                                                                              When Maria opened her present, she grinned with pleasure

Are these idioms part of your repertoire?

  • laugh all the way to the bank: make a lot of money without making much sacrifice .    
         Julia will be laughing all the way to the bank soon. She had such a great business idea.
  • laugh in somebody’s face: to behave in a way that shows no respect for others.                         I asked my supervisor for a pay raise and she just laughed in my face.
  • laugh something off: pretend something is less serious than it really is by laughing about it.   My kid me I was a terrible mom when I removed his TV rights for 1 week. I laughed it off.

How do you pronounce laugh?

This one is a little tricky. It reads L-A-U-G but you pronounce it L-A-F (US) or L-O-F (BE). Moreover, the past of laugh is pronounced L-A-F-D (US) or L-O-F-D (BE) so no syllabic change .

LEM…xo!

p.s. this post was written by Crissy….who wants to make the world a happier place.

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Do you say ‘out of office’ ?

 

These expressions came up about 5 times this week both in emails and in class.

We spend lots of time at the office. We had better know how to explain that correctly, right?

LEM…xo!

p.s. this video animation was created while sipping her Saturday morning coffee by Crissy!

 

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Less Chucking & More Recycling

Here is a short video that speaks about garbage & the importance of recycling.

Can you understand what they are saying? Answer the questions below.

1. How long did it take to accumulate the garbage in the video?

2. What is Oliver doing in the video?

3. Whose garbage is it?

4. What is Oliver’s resolution ?

5. Why did the Sphinx choose Oliver for this game?

What do the following expressions mean?

  • A pile : a group of things put one on top of the other
  • Stuff : used to describe things when you don’t need to explain exactly what they are.
  • Now you’re cooking! :  you are now doing what you should be doing.
  • What is left can be put in a bag:  what remains
  • A bozo : a stupid or foolish person (polite)

What is your take on recycling?

What do you recycle at home? Could you perform this activity better, how? Do people in your area have composters? Have you got any tricks or information to share about recycling?

You can like this post & share it with a friend if you feel it was useful!

Thanks for following…LEM..xo!

 

 

Malala Yousafzai Speaks Out

She is an advocate for girl’s access to education worldwide and is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala is an inspiration and brings hope to women everywhere.

Can you answer these questions after watching the video?

  1.  According to Malala, when do we really value what we have?
  2. Why are the terrorists afraid of education?
  3. Why did she decide to speak out against the conditions in which women were living in her country?
  4. What was Malala’s initial plan, in case a Talib showed to to her house to kill her?
  5. Why did she change it?
  6. What was her final plan?
  7. In the end, the interviewer makes a proposal to Malala and she giggles. What does he want to do?

What do the words in bold mean?

  • Until it is snatched from our hands : taken, seized
  • We were not allowed to go to school : permitted
  • Women’s rights were denied :  refuted rejected
  • And then suddenly : unexpectedly
  • The Talibans have theatened you : menaced , compromised
  • You sure are swell! : great, wonderful

In her shoes… What would you do?

If you had to choose between your life and your freedom?

If your teenage daughter decided to risk her life to fight for a cause? Would you support her or lock her in her room?

Tell LEM..xo!

 

What are the chances?

 

“Meet by chance”

We talk about ‘Chance’ when there is the possibility of something happening or “the occurrence of events in absence of any obvious intention or cause.”

Synonyms for ‘chance’ are: random, casual, haphazard…these adjectives apply to something determined by accident.

Chance stresses lack of premeditation…for example, ”a chance meeting with a friend”

We can ask “Is there any chance the project will be completed by Friday?” (chance= possibility).

So, “chance” is:

  • A favourable set of circumstances; an opportunity: “a chance to escape”.
  • A risk or hazard: “I took a chance that the ice would hold me.”; “Is there any chance of rain?”.
  • Something caused by chance is unexpected: “a chance encounter”; “they met by chance on a plane”
  • A chance result: “Chance will determine the outcome”
  • To take the risk or hazard of: “I’m willing to chance it”; “Chances are good that you will win”.

Practice Questions

  1. Do you take chances with the weather?
  2. How far do you take chances with your plans?
  3. Do you think you can meet people by chance?

 

“Bump into” …this is a phrasal verb;

  • this means ‘to collide violently with an obstacle’, for example “I bumped into the lamp post”.
  • A second meaning is metaphorical, for example when you meet someone by chance encounter or unexpectedly, you can say “I often bump into him at the supermarket”.

Practice Questions:

  1. Do you ever bump into friends when you are in town?
  2. Have you ever bumped into a hard object while walking down the street?

 

 “Come Across”this is a phrasal verb

There are several meanings for this phrasal verb, the first is similar to ‘chance’ and ‘bump into’:

  • To meet someone by chance: “I came across my old college roommate in town today”
  • To give an impression: “He comes across as a very sincere individual”; “I came across the wrong way”
  • to visit informally
  • To pay over money that is required: “He came across with the cheque”.

 Practice Questions:

  1. Do you ever wonder (ask yourself) “How do I come across?” in interviews or meetings?
  2. Have you recently come across an old friend?

Who write this post?

Sarah came up with this post & I think she did such a great and thorough job! She is our resident stats expert and researcher. Great lady & kindred spirit!

Lem…xo!

 

Sound Confident, Look Good, and Feel Great Speaking English!

 

The words “look”, “sound”, “seem” and “feel” are used to describe our feelings, impressions and reactions, but it can be a little tricky to understand how exactly to use them. So let’s have a look:

“look”, “sound”, “seem” & “feel” + adjective

1. You look great in that new dress! – We express our reaction to what we see

2. I haven’t seen her, but we spoke over the phone and she sounded nice and friendly. – We express our reaction to what we hear

3. I went for a massage yesterday, it felt really great. – We express how we feel

4. She seems really nice. – We want to covey our impression

 

“look”, “sound”, “seem” & “feel” + noun phrase  to express our reactions, feelings and impressions through a simile (a comparison)

1. She looked like a movie star.

2. A. My new boyfriend sent me some flowers and a very nice card !

B. Wow, he sounds like a very romantic guy!

3. The place was so cozy and warm it felt like home.

4.  I met her only a few times, but she seemed like a nice person.

 

Other uses of “feel like”

We can also use “feel like” to talk about what we are in the mood for (the things and actions that match the way we are feeling). Verbs following this expression are always in the gerund form.

feel like dancing tonight, let’s go out!

A: Would you like a drink?”

B. No thanks, I don’t feel like it.

Idiom

I feel like a million dollars. (i.e. in excellent health and spirits)

 

How about a little video clip?

Here’s a little video for you, I hope it sounds good, looks good and makes you feel good!

FEEL GOOD MUSIC CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you sitting too much?

Do you stay mobile at the office?Do you think your posture is good while sitting for 8, 9 or 10 hours ? Do you use an active chair? Have you got standing desks at the office?

Watch the video and learn more…

LEM…xo!

 

We need to table this decision!

Meeting room stencil graffiti

Meeting room stencil graffiti (Photo credit: clagnut)

 

On a conference call last week, someone said, “Let’s table the meeting” because someone that was important for the meeting hadn’t shown up . The attendees were Italian and American.
The chair was not sure if we could have the meeting without that person so we  considered postponing the meeting.

 

What I discovered in the meantime is that the meanings for Americans and Brits seem to be different.

 

US meaning -agreement to postpone any or any further discussion of that issue;

UK meaning – to put it to vote, or briefly express your opinion after which a decision will be made.

LEM…xo!

 

Seth Godin’s take on Nelson Mandela

6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give...
6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give a lecture at LSE on ‘Africa and Its Position in the World.’ Held at the Peacock Theatre. IMAGELIBRARY/575 Persistent URL: archives.lse.ac.uk/dserve.exe?dsqServer=lib-4.lse.ac.uk&a… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The internet has been inundated with posts on Nelson Mandela’s passing. I especially liked Seth Godin’s  so I have decided to share it with you. You can find the original link here.

 What did Seth Godin have to say?

A Legacy of Mandela by Seth Godin

Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.

For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:

You can.

You can make a difference.

You can stand up to insurmountable forces.

You can put up with far more than you think you can.

Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.

If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.

What do the following expressions mean?

  • A legacy: something received form someone who has died
  • To seek : to look for, search
  • To stand up to: refuse to receive bad treatment from someone
  • To put up with: to tolerate

How would you answer the following questions?

  1. How would you describe Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments to children?
  2. Who else has had such a positive impact on Humanity?
  3. What other humanitarian causes need to be adressed today?
  4. When thinking of your community, what can you do to make a change?

 

Great Man. Powerful Words. Big Love!

Lem..xo!