30th June 2020
New vocabulary for ‘great’
outstanding / magnificent / marvellous fantastic / brilliant / excellent
top marks / top of the class / first class / A1
I’m under the weather not feeling well
I’m down in the dumps unhappy, depressed
I’m over the Moon extremely happy
Turn over a new leaf to start again, try to be better
cook the books – cheating with accounts ! Making false numbers
The schwa / ə /
most common sound
important words, nouns, adjectives, adverbs are stressed
linking words, pronouns, articles, prepositions, auxiliaries not stressed
unstressed words tend to be quicker and lower in volume. Vowel sound often ‘swallowed’
Example: How much is that laptop ? How muchis that laptop?
English can be described as soft and hard – a soft syllable followed by hard or vice versa.
To sound like a native-speaker, use your face, body and voice. With questions, your voice goes up on the last word.
Read following sentences:
Do you have a brother ? Do you havea brother ?
How often do you play badminton ?
What kind of music do you like ?
What time do you wake up?
Try saying these sentences:
When is your birthday ? // Today was so hot ! // I don’t like beer but I love wine.
I’m learning English in order to get a better job and have a brilliant future.
Main clause / infinite verb / subordinate clause
‘in order to’ links a main clause to a subordinate clause.
Verb will always be base form / infinite …
In the mornings, I drink coffee in order to wake up.
I don’t dance after 10 pm in order not to annoy my neighbour downstairs.
NOW … YOUR TURN:
Why do you keep fit ? Play computer games ? Drink beer ? hang out with friends ? Buy your wife/husband presents ?
Why don’t you smoke ? Sing Karaoke ? Talk on your phone when riding your motorbike ?