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 .
p.s. this post was written by Crissy….who wants to make the world a happier place.
As a parent, I am often faced with my boys who might not listen or situations in which they can act inappropriately . So, it got me thinking about whether always correcting them was better than just letting certain things go. Could simply encouraging them to do better next time be more productive than always highlighting the mistake? Does this hold true in an office setting as well?
What is the definition of encouragement?
Something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident
How do you pronounce it?
Can you answer the following questions in conversation with your trainer or a friend ?
What do you do to encourage yourself when going through hard times? Does it work?
Who do you talk to for encouragement and inspiration?
Which of your family members encourage you most? How?
What are some saying in your country that bring encouragement?
What’s the most encouraging book you’ve ever read?
Which is better a word of encouragement or a letter of encouragement? Why?
Should people just accept whatever comes there way?
What are some ways you feel you can make a difference in this world.
What song encourages you most?
What person has inspired you the most? How?
How can you make yourself believe more in yourself?
Can you write out the answer to the first and last question?
It might be difficult to give this answer. Think about it for a while. Write as many possible options as possible & remember them when you need a little pat on the back!
p.s. This post was written by Crissy F…proud mom of 2 little rascals!
In 2014, I’ve decided to write about the people that inspire me. I wrote about the Dalai Lama last week.
Thich Nhat Hanh is next.
His best selling book ‘Living Buddha Living Christ‘ is a must read. He is a peace activist, buddhist monk and renowned author. In this interview, Oprah asks him questions about his Childhood, Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Terrorism, Conflict & Mindfulness. He shares the 4 little mantras that can make us a little happier. They seem so simple. Why are they so tough to put into practice? Have you got the answer? I hope you become more mindfully present after watching this video clip.
Read the 10 questions below. Watch the clip & try to find the answers to the questions.
How old is he in this video?
How many books has he written?
Where does he live today?
How does he respond to stressful events?
Why were his parents reluctant about him becoming a monk?
How does he define the Beginner’s Mind?
Why couldn’t he go back to his country?
How do you perform Deep Listening?
Is there ever a place for anger?
What are the 4 little mantras that can make us happy?
How do you check your answer?
Share this video with a friend and try answering them together.
Set this as a homework activity for English class.
Post your answers here & we can correct them together.
Can you ask these questions to someone you know? Interview that person & then get interviewed in return.
Did you know Thich Nhat Hanh before today?
How did the interview make you feel?
What did you like most about what he said?
Did you dislike anything about the interview?
Would it be difficult for you to follow the 4 simple Mantras? Why?
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p.s. this post was a mix between English & Mindfulness training. I thought I’d try a double whammy!