17th March 2021
Happy St Patrick’s Day – St Patrick being the patron saint of Ireland, a country famous for enjoying a drink … and then some ! In Chicago, which is a bustling, vibrant city in USA’s mid-west, the river is coloured green. However, too much
Guiness will give me a bad headache the following morning. I will definitely have a hangover. That means it’s time to stop drinking so much, I need to change my bad habits … which brings us to an idiom for my new class; it’s time to turn over a new leaf.
In this case, a four leaf clover for good luck.
So, we have a new class and they need to start learning language that will help them ace the IELTS test.
Let’s hit the ground running and recap the basic idioms you’ll be using every week, as well as the new vocabulary from last night. Are you ready … ?
First off the bat, some basic idioms:
it’s raining cats and dogs
it costs an arm and a leg
piece of cake
I’m burning the candle at both ends
once in a blue moon
pass with flying colours
turn over a new leaf
put your nose to the grindstone
These are the basic idioms I introduce, as they can be employed in many situations.
A good introductory blog, with IELTS tips and advise may be accessed here:
Let’s hit the ground running and put it to the test – what idioms would you use ?
Taxis in Sai Gon are very expensive, they _______
I want to get a high score, I want to ______
We can’t go out in the rainy season because it’s always ____________
You need to stop going out every night and missing school. You need to _____________
The test was so easy, it was a __________
She works all day, then studies all night; she’s _________________
I must be more serious about learning Vietnamese. I have to _______
Ms Liêu simply adores Champagne however, because it _____________ , she only drinks it __________________________________.
Last night’s class also generated some additional idioms, expressions and vocabulary, to wit:
bear with me – please wait a very short time
like a madhouse – a place or area that is crazy, too noisy, too busy etc
Kick the bucket – UK idiom, very informal, means to die
My hands are tied – I am obliged to do something, I have no choice
An expression – to kill two birds with one stone – to achieve two different results by doing one action:
“Hey, let’s meet at the coffee shop. We can meet up and work on the project at the same time.”
I also introduced you to borrowed words – vocabulary from other languages. Our first example derived from Italian – lingua franca (a common language)
I am studying English, which is incredibly important, because it is a lingua franca meaning it will enable me to communicate with people from all over the world.
Furthermore, we covered some adjectives to describe various neighbourhoods:
gritty / industrial
quite / safe / residential
boring / peaceful / suburban
bustling / vibrant / city centre
Extra advise – any time you hear a new word or expression:
Finally for Ms Dương, who expressed concerns over the amount of vocabulary one needs to learn, here’s the quote from the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (C6thBC) :
OK, onwards and upwards. Next lesson’s notes can be accessed here: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/11/06/ielts-be-industrious-hard-working-incredible-energetic-students/
See you next week
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