British Food: various exercises, various levels.

27th September 2020

A lesson to suit all palates (to suit all tastes). Let’s kick off with a brief overview of some UK food.

Young learners can look at the pictures and see food from the UK, and adults can talk about which food they would like to try.

IELTS students require something more challenging, so this can be utilised as an exercise in building complex sentences.

And now, without further ado …

UK food

Toad in the hole

Sunday roast

Full English breakfast 

Fish and chips

These are cooked by different methods:

which is which ?

frying

baking

deep frying

roasting

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The answers:

Toad in the hole is sausage in batter, baked in the oven.

Traditional Sunday roast lunch is, of course, roasted in the oven.

Full English breakfast in mainly fried.

Fish and chips is deep fried … and delicious.

IELTS questions:

Part 1: Have you ever tried British food ?

Try to speak for at least 30 seconds

Part 2: What problems would you have with the food if you lived in the UK ?

You should say what UK food you know, if you have ever tried it, if you have ever seen it and if you think you would enjoy it … and why (or why not). Try to speak for the full 2 minutes.

Part 3: Do you think that western people eat very unhealthy food ?

Use your language skills to tackle this question. Give a great introduction, then explain how it is a very general question, so you will only answer based on YOUR experiences or opinions.

(if you need to review Part 3 skills, I have some blogs: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/09/15/ielts-speaking-test-part-3-how-to-nail-it/)

Try to speak for a minute, focusing on intonation and stress, as well as fluency. Check that you are not repeating yourself, or leaving too many pauses.

TIPS

What L-FWs or idioms could you use ?

Food can be:

mouth-watering / nutritious / filling / spicy / bland

Spice up your answer with adverbs.

Idioms – think about the cost of food in the UK, especially in a big cities such as London, Edinburgh or Manchester:

prices can be sky-high / cost an arm and a leg / astronomical

I’ll give sample answers in the next blog – stay tuned !

A longer blog, with various activities, dialogues and new vocabulary can be accessed here: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/01/22/adult-speaking-class-level-3-theme-food/

Adult Speaking Class, Level 1: How often do you … ?

16th August 2020

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Asian ladies ALWAYS take selfies … true ?

Adverbs of frequency

0% / 20% / 50% / 70 – 90% / 100 %

never / hardly ever / sometimes / often or usually /always

Ask each other: How often do you

drink coffee / drink beer / drink champagne ?

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eat fast food / eat salad / eat western food ?

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play sports / go to the gym / go swimming ?

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take a taxi / catch a bus / ride an elephant

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Time Expressions

every day / twice a week / at the moment / now / this week

EXAMPLE:

The students eats noddles and pork every day.

He is sleeping at the moment.

She goes to visit her family twice a week.

Now … Your turn

1 I am learning English … OR I learn English …

2 He plays tennis …

3 She goes to a restaurant …

4 We watch TV …

5 They are playing video games …

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Adult Speaking Class, level 1: Where were you and what were you doing ?

16th August 2020

Past simple/ past continuous

Look at the house map – say where you were last night and what you were doing ?

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EXAMPLE:

Last night, I was on the porch watering my plants

Last night (time), I was (past tense) on the porch watering (verb + ing – past continuous) my plants.

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Watering plants on the porch

Last night, I was in the dining room, eating dinner

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I was Eating in the dining room with my family

NOTICE – ON the porch / ON the deck but IN the room

To help you, match the rooms with the activities:

kitchen / dining room / great room or living room / bedroom / laundry room / bathroom / deck

watching TV / washing clothes / sleeping / cooking / studying English / sunbathing / reading / online / ironing clothes / taking a shower

Extended exercise – say who was with you

Example: I was in the bedroom reading a story to my daughter

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Adult Speaking Class, Level 1 / Young learners level 5: Around the world (in 80 minutes)

26th July 2020

Working in pairs or small groups, gather information about these countries, then make a presentation. Add something about yourself ;would you like to visit these countries ? Why ? What would you do there ? What would you eat and buy ?

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Capital cities

Brasilia (Brasil) Seoul (South Korea)

Ottawa (Canada) Egypt (Cairo)

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Seoul, South Korea

Population

Brasil 183 888 841 // South Korea 51 047 000

Canada 37 000 000 // Egypt 97 055 000

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Brasilia

Language

Brasil – Portuguese // South Korea – Korean

Canada – English & French // Egypt – Arabic (Egyptian Arabic)

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Ottawa, Canada

Famous for

Brasil – Amazon River & football

South Korea – K-pop, films and Samsung

Canada – Most educated country. Friendly

Egypt – Pyramids and Nile River

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Cairo, Egypt

Weather

Brasil – hot and dry, humid

Canada – very cold winter, cool summer

South Korea – 4 seasons, cold winters

Egypt – very hot summer, very cold winter

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Adult Speaking Class, Level 1: Sentence building

27th June 2020

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How was your day ?

Today, I was very successful at work because I got my salary as well as a bonus (extra money).

When do you get your salary ? When do you get paid ?

Salary = career, professional job – usually once a month

Paid – for a job, can be daily, weekly, monthly – low-income job

Building longer sentences:

I teach at public school which can be extremely tiring because there are many students who, I feel, do not want to learn. Having said that, there are also many wonderfully gifted students who make me feel happy.

Relative pronouns– who (person), which (thing), where (place). 

Adverbs– add information – extremely, wonderfully

Opinions– I feel, I believe, in my opinion, from my point of view. 

Turn and link – although, despite, however …

VOCABULARY

gifted – talented, skilled- natural talent 

You have a gift for …. music, laughter (laugh – larf), accounting, singing

Noun there was laughter NOT there was laugh

For example – we had karaoke – there were many people singing; some were extraordinarily gifted while others were … not so talented ! There was a laugh of smiling and laughter.

Extraordinarily – very special

Now … Your Turn

Tell your neighbour or the class about your job

  1. Where you work
  2. The good things
  3. Anything bad
  4. How do you feel
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I went to the office where I work and I had a very busy day. However I think it’s good because I can finish my task. I was really excited and happy because today is the last day of the month so I got my salary and holiday bonus. I want to spend my salary for traveling or on clothes. 

GRAMMAR

I can finish subject + modal verb (can, could, might) + main verb

I got my salary I was paid so we use past tense ‘got’.

I want to spent subject + helping verb (want, like, need) + infinite (to + verb)

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Today, I went to my company where I met everyone in the office. After, I worked with my customer, who is very pleasant, and we spoke about payment. Later, I went to the bank where I withdrew a little money from the company account. It was an ordinary day but interesting because today is payday !

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This Korean lady does NOT have an ordinary job !

Adult Speaking Class, level 1: What do they like ?

22nd June 2020

An exercise for lower-intermediates. Help to use basic verbs, and to build long sentences.

We can see five people:

Andrew, Fiona, Helen, Mark and Tina

We see what they eat (dinner), their job (occupation), what they do in their free time (hobby) and what that do on Saturday and Sunday (the weekend).

For example, Andrew likes to drink beer, Tina like to do karate

What do they do ?

Name // dinner // occupation // hobby // weekend 

Andrewsteak and chips
spaghetti
brewerfootball & beersports & cinema DOESN’T like shopping
Fionatuna salad
soups
accountantreading
driving
visits family & shopping DOESN’T like sports
Helensushi
Korean BBQ
marketingyoga & keep fit
craft beer 
exercises & cinema DOESN’T like loud clubs
Markfish and chips
kebabs
civil servantcars and bikes
sports
fixing cars & drinking beer DOESN’T like loud clubs
Tinapasta
pizza
dentistkaraoke
clubs
shopping and meeting friends DOESN’T like beer or sport.
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Fiona is an accountant
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Helen likes to eat sushi
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Mark likes to ride a bicycle
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Tina likes to do karate

Make sentences

Use so does with positives, neither does with negatives.

EXAMPLE:

Mark eats chips and so does Andrew. 

Helen doesn’t drink beer neither does Tina.

Tina likes shopping …

Mark doesn’t like loud clubs …

Make questions

EXAMPLE:

Who likes beer ? Who eats Italian food (pizza, pasta, spaghetti) ?

Adult Speaking Class level 1: Corrections

22nd May 2020

Correct the mistakes

I’m happy lady

You’re a good

I feel little sleepy

I good !

Sorry I late, I were sticked in traffic

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Answers:

I’m a happy lady = need article ‘a/an or the’ with a noun

You’re a good man / lady / boy etc = need a noun OR no ‘a’.

I feel a little sleepy = need ‘a’ before this adjective ‘little’.

I‘m good ! = need the verb ‘am’ I am or I’m before adjective.

Sorry I’m late, I was stuck in traffic.

Part Two:

Would you like neither tea or coffee ?

I have 2 sibling

Mary wants to married a doctor

I am a little ill, I am over the weather under the weather

I am from Vietnam, so I am Asia

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Answers:

Would you like either tea or coffee ? [Either = + neither = -] either/or neither/nor (we have neither Pepsi nor Coke)

I have 2 siblings (plural)

Mary wants to marry a doctor [to +infinite verb, not past tense]

I am a little ill, I am under the weather.

I am from Vietnam, so I am Asian

Part Three:

I likes to singing song

She hates to watching sad films

He a man good

People from French and German are Europe

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Answers:

I like to sing songs OR I like singing songs

She hates watching sad films (use continuous, no ‘to’)

He is a good man = adjective + noun

People from France or Germany are European

New Vocabulary

celebrate (v) celebration (noun)

festival / festivities 

costumes / masks

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Adult Speaking Class, Level 1: What do you need … ?

21st May 2020

What do you need …. ?

What do you need to make pho ? (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

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I need: onions, lemons, meat, noodles, vegetables, chili and stock (water with flavour)

What do you need to ride a motorbike ? Is riding a motorbike fun ?

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It is very dangerous. It is very stressful

Firstly, I need a motorbike. The motorbike needs petrol

(petrol = British English, gas = USA)

GRAMMAR NOTE: I need / you need / he, she, it, name needs

What else do I need ?

I need a helmet, a face mask, gloves, glasses or goggles 

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Helmets with a ponytail slot – ingenious !

What do you need for a party ?

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We need people, wine, food … what else ?

Also, plates and glasses. Of course, we need music !

Non-alcoholic drinks – for example orange juice … we call them ‘soft drinks’.

bread and flowers. We also need decorations for a birthday, Christmas, or Tet.

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What animals do you need for a zoo ?

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We need elephants, monkeys, tigers, birds (parrots)

crocodile or alligator

Lions, camels and hippos. Also, rhino and giraffes. Lastly, zebras.

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What do you need to do before you go out ?

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Adult Speaking Class, Level 1: What will you do … ?

24th April 2020

What will you do after work ?

This blog will teach you how to talk about plans – what you will do later in the day.

The grammar will be future tense, and I’ll show you standard English and some everyday expressions.

I will … after work OR After work, I will … (standard English)

Example: I will play football after work OR After work, I will play football

Try these:

watch a movie // cook for my family // go shopping // play computer games

When I finish work, I’ll (I + will = I’ll) … a contraction

Later, when I knock off work … (knock off = finish) a UK expression / phrasal verb

Practice:

Make sentences, using these phrases. I give you an example:

I’m going to // I will (I’ll) // I plan to // I intend to // I’m thinking of …

After work, I’m going to a restaurant

Try to extend the sentence by giving more information:

After work, I’m going to take my family to a restaurant.

When I knock off, my family and I will go to a fast food restaurant because my son loves fried chicken and chips.

Now your turn:

What will you do after work ? See how long you can make your answer.

Tell me what you see in the photos.

I have some answers at the end of the blog.

Sample answers:

After work, I plan to drink beer. // I intend to drink beer after work with my two best friends.

When I knock off, I’m going to stay home // After I knock off, I’m going to play computer games and eat junk food. // After work, I plan to watch TV and eat crisps, chocolate and cake.

Tonight, I’m thinking of singing karaoke. // Later, I’m thinking of meeting my friends and going to sing karaoke because it’s a lot of fun.

After work, I will take my girlfriend to a restaurant. // Tonight is special because I will take my girlfriend to a romantic restaurant. // This will be a special night because I intend to ask my girlfriend to marry me so I’m going to take her to an expensive romantic restaurant.

Adult Speaking Class, Level 1: Reading and asking for information

16th April 2020

Today we shall focus on reading adverts, posters and internet posts to find basic information.

Additionally, you will learn how to ask and answer questions in order to give or receive information.

Let’s start with a poster for the rock band REM, who were formed in the 1980s

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Seeing a band perform live is very exciting.

There is a great atmosphere.

Hundreds or thousands of people are singing and clapping.

It is a unique experience.

When a band goes on tour, they advertise. They can advertise online, in newspapers or by using posters.

This poster is for a REM tour from 1989. The band had a new CD called ‘Green’. They perform live to promote the CD, to encourage people to buy their CD.

Read the poster carefully and answer the questions:

Where is it ? (The name of the concert hall)

What time does it kick off (start) ?

When is it ? (The date)

How can we buy tickets ? (There are different ways to buy tickets – how ?)

They were touring in support of their new LP ‘Green’ 

What do you associate with the colour green?

How about:

blue

red

yellow

white

black ?

Here is some information. What questions would you need to ask ?

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Visitor Information

Address:

137 Seobinggo-ro, Seobinggo-dong, Yongsan-gu

Nearest train station:

Ichon (National Museum of KoreaStation is a station in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Seoul Subway Line 4 and Gyeongui–Jungang Line.

Hours:

  • Opening times:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday : 10:00 ~ 18:00
  • Wednesday & Saturday : 10:00 ~ 21:00
  • Sunday & Holidays : 10:00 ~ 19:00
  • Closed days: January 1stSeollal (Jan. 25, 2020), Chuseok (Oct. 1, 2020)

Admission

  • Admission is free to the Main Exhibition Hall and the Children’s Museum.
  • There is a separate charge for the special exhibition in the Special Exhibition Gallery.

Further information:

http://www.museum.go.kr/site/main/content/tour_guidance

How would you ask question for:

The address

Opening times

The cost (admission fee)

Nearest train station

More online information

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Las Vegas, USA

We want to stay 4 nights at a hotel. What information can you find in this image?

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Look for the cheapest hotel. What information can you see ?

Look for somewhere that is very expensive

Is there any extra money to pay ?

Where is this information from ?