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This section is called “DID YOU KNOW?” and it’s updated weekly, so you can learn new and interesting things!!!

This week:

PHRASAL VERBS:

*Bank on = Depend on: He may come tomorrow but don’t bank on it.

*Blow over = Stop and be forgotten: Their disagreement about where to spend their holidays soon stopped and blew over.

*Brush up = Improve: I must brush up on my Italian before I go to Rome.

IDIOMS / FIXED PHRASES:

By and large: On the whole; Generally speaking.

Full of beans: Very lively, with lots of energy.

A brainwave: A sudden clever idea.

Out of the blue: Suddenly and unexpectedly.

Cost a bomb: Be very expensive. (Also :cost an arm and a leg.)

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At the hotel – Complete conversation with words from the box:

 

Enjoy –  extra   –    tonight    –           access  –  suite –  number       – reservation

 

Front Desk: Welcome to Abbey Sea Hotel, how may I help you?

Guest: I have a reservation for ___________.

Front Desk: Is it just for you?

Guest: No, we are two.

Front Desk: Please, tell me your name, so I can find your __________.

Guest: Sandra Nichols.

Front Desk: Here it is, you booked a __________ with view to the sea for tonight.

Guest: That´s right.

Front Desk: Ok. Your room ________ is 303. How will you be paying?

Guest: Cash.

Front Desk: Ok. That would be 80 dollars the night, per room.

Guest: Here you are. Could you tell me the services included in the price?

Front Desk: Sure! You have __________ to the gym and swimming pool, breakfast is included, as well as room service, linen and laundry.

Guest: What about lunch and city tours?

Front Desk: Lunch at the hotel has an _______ cost, 15 dollars per person, and city tours cost 40 dollars per person, and the van leaves everyday at 4 pm.

Guest: Great! I will contact you in case we decide.

Front Desk: Here are your keys, __________ your stay.

Guest: Thanks!

 

At the restaurant:

Follow                       table               today               order               special

salad               drink               check

 

Waiter: Welcome to Royal Restaurant, would you like a ________ for two?

Customer: Yes, please.

Waiter: Smoking or non-smoking?

Customer: Non-smoking is fine.

Waiter: _______ me….

Customer: Thank you.

Waiter: Here are your menus, the special for _________ is salmon with vegetables. I will be back in a minute to take your order.

Waiter: Are you ready to _____?

Customer: Yes, please. I’d like some chicken soup as a starter, and today’s _______ as main dish. She would like a vegetable _______ to start, and the main dish would be chicken and potatoes.

Waiter: What would you like to _______?

Customer: We’d like orange juice.

Waiter: Here you have your orders, enjoy the meal.

Customer: Excuse me, could you bring me the _______?

Waiter: Here it is. This would be 120 dollars.

Customer: Here you are, thank you!

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Here you’ll find out plenty of idioms to express your happiness in a more sophisticated way!!!!

Hope you enjoy this post!

On cloud nine A person who is on cloud nine is very happy because
something wonderful has happened.
“When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine!” Like a dog with two tails If somebody is like a dog with two tails, they are extremely happy.
“When Paul won the first prize, he was like a dog with two tails.” Down in the dumps Someone who is down in the dumps is depressed or feeling gloomy.

“Alex has been down in the dumps since he failed his exam.”  Down in the mouth When someone is down in the mouth, they look unhappy, discouraged
or depressed.
“You look a bit down in the mouth. What’s the matter?”  Face like a wet weekend If someone has a face like a wet weekend, they are wearing
a sad expression and look miserable.
“What’s wrong with Pete? He’s got a face like a wet weekend.” Fool’s paradise If someone is living in a fool’s paradise, they are in a state of
contentment that will not last because their happiness is based on
illusion or false hope.
“Lisa is living in a fool’s paradise if she thinks her boss is going to

marry her.” Full of the joys of spring If you are full of the joys of spring, you are  happy, enthusiastic
and full of energy.
“Barbara is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has she got a new

boyfriend?” Grin from ear to ear If somebody is grinning from ear to ear, they look very satisfied
and happy.
“When we saw Paul grinning from ear to ear, we knew he had passed

the exam.”  Happy camper To refer to someone as a ‘happy camper’ means that they are
generally content or satisfied with what is happening in their lives
and have no cause for complaint.
“With his new job and his new car, Andy is one happy camper!”  Happy as a flea in a doghouse If someone is (as) happy as a flea in a doghouse, they are very
happy and contented.
“Since she moved to a smaller apartment, my mother is (as) happy

as a flea in a doghouse.” (As) happy as Larry If you are (as) happy as Larry, you are very happy indeed.
“My dad’s as happy as Larry at the week-end when we all arrive home. Happy-go-lucky If you are a happy-go-lucky person, you are cheerful and carefree all
the time.
“He’s a happy-go-lucky sort of guy – always in good humour.”   Your heart sinks If your heart sinks, you feel very unhappy and despondent
“My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me.”  Jump for joy When people jump for joy, they express their happiness through
excited movements and gestures.
“The player jumped for joy when he scored the winning goal.” Life is just a bowl of cherries! This expression means that life is pleasant and uncomplicated.

“Now that he’s retired, my grandfather often says
life is just a bowl of cherries“.  A lump in your throat If you have a lump in your throat, you have a tight feeling in your
throat because of a strong emotion such as sadness or gratitude.
“The speech was so touching that I had a lump in my throat.” Music to your ears To say that something is music to your ears, means that the
information you receive makes you feel very happy. Never looked back If you say that you have never looked back, you mean that after an
event which changed your life for the better, you continue to be happy
with the situation.
“Since the day she decided to work from home, she has never looked back.” Over the moon If you are over the moon, you are absolutely delighted.
“We were all over the moon when we heard the good news.” Go overboard To go overboard means to be too excited or enthusiastic about something. Paint the town red If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars,
night-clubs, etc.
“To celebrate the victory, the team’s supporters painted the town red.” As pleased (or as proud) as punch Someone who is as pleased (or as proud) as punch is delighted
or feels very satisfied about something.
“Danny was as proud as punch when he won the tennis match.” In raptures If you are in raptures about something, you are delighted or very
enthusiastic.
“Julie is in raptures about her new apartment.” Snug as a bug in a rug. This is a humorous way of saying that you are warm and comfortable.

“Wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa, she looked as snug as a bug
in a rug.” Stars in one’s eyes If someone has stars in their eyes, they are looking extremely happy.
“She had stars in her eyes when she saw the car she had won.”
In stitches When people are in stitches, they are laughing a lot.
“The story was so funny, everyone was in stitches.” Thrilled to bits If someone is thrilled to bits, they are extremely pleased about something.
“Julie was thrilled to bits when her project was selected.”
Tickled pink. If you say you are tickled pink, you are very pleased about something. Time of your life If you have the time of your life, you enjoy yourself very much.
“The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland.” Walk on air When you are happy and excited because of a pleasant event that
makes you feel as if you are floating, you are walking on air.
“Sophie has been walking on air since her painting won the first
prize.” Whatever floats your boat This expression means that although you don’t quite agree with
the other person, it’s their choice and you think they should do
whatever makes them happy.
“You’re going to spend your honeymoon in Alaska? Well, whatever
floats your boat!”

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In this exercise, your students will find it easy to practice conversation and to review jobs and occupations as well.

1)Match occupations with the activities (e.g.: mechanic – fix cars).

2) Read the sample conversation.

3)Practice changing the words in brackets with words from a new occupation.

4) Role-play conversation.

5) Choose another occupation and do it again.

Match the occupation with the daily activity.

Occupation 

1.Mechanic

2.Teacher

3.Dentist

4.Doctor/Nurse

5.Journalist

6.Fisherman

7.Gardener

8.Chef/Cook

9.Fire fighter

10.Photographer

 

Activity 

  1. catch fish
  2. take pictures
  3. fix cars
  4. cook meals
  5. pull teeth
  6. plant flowers
  7. put out fires
  8. take care of patients
  9. teach classes
  10. write news stories

Sample conversation:

A: What do you do for a living?

A: What is your occupation?

B: I’m a____(mechanic)___________.

A: A____(mechanic)_____________? That must be a lot of work.

B: It is. Every day I ___(fix)_____ (cars)______.

A: How interesting. How many___(cars)_____ do you __(fix)____?

B: I ___(fix)_____ about __(8)____ __(cars)____ every day.

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REASONS FOR HAVING A PARTY: 

  • Celebrate someone’s birthday.
  • Have an engagement party.
  • Celebrate that a new baby is coming. Baby shower.
  • Say goodbye to someone that is traveling abroad.

 HOW TO ORGANISE A PARTY: 

  • One person is in charge of the music.
  • One person is in charge of the food.
  • One person is in charge of the drinks.
  • One person is in charge of making invitations.

 EXPRESSIONS: 

  • Did you know Marissa is getting married?
  • Let’s throw them an engagement party!
  • Why don´t we organize a surprise party for Julie’s birthday?
  • Did you know Jess is moving to Toronto?
  • We should throw her a party, so she can see us before leaving.
  • Mary is pregnant! We should plan a baby shower!

 TASKS: 

  • I can make the invitations
  • We should buy a big cake.
  • I could bring my camera and take photos in the party.
  • Maybe you can buy the drinks, and I buy the food.
  • We might buy a bottle of champagne to have a toast.
  • Do you mind bringing a couple of cd´s?
  • I’ll bring snacks and a salad.
  • Well, I can prepare some pizzas.
  • I´ll buy (a/some) present (s) for her/the baby.

 

PARTY

EXPRESSIONS

TASKS

ENGAGEMENT PARTY

A – Did you know Marissa is getting married??B – Let´s throw them an engagement party!! 
  • Make a cake.
  • Buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
  • Bring a camera to take pictures.
  • Bring cd’s.

BIRTHDAY PARTY

A – Next Saturday is Julie’s birthday.B – Why don’t we organize a surprise party for Julie’s birthday? 
  • Make a cake.
  • Make invitations.
  • Buy drinks.
  • Buy snacks.
  • Bring cd’s.
  • Cook pizza.

BABY SHOWER

A – Mary is pregnant!B – Really? We should plan a baby shower! 
  • Buy present for the baby.
  • Buy snacks.
  • Bring drinks.
  • Make a cake.
  • Make invitations.

GOODBYE PARTY

A – Did you know Jess is moving to Toronto?B – We should throw her a goodbye party. 
  • Buy a present for her/him.
  • Buy beer and drinks.
  • Take pictures.
  • Bring cd’s.
  • Make a cake.

SAMPLE CONVERSATION – PLANNING A PARTY.

 Peter: Hi!

Mary: How are you Peter?

 Peter: I’m fine and you?

 Mary: I’m fine too, thanks. Next Saturday is Helen’s birthday, did you know that?

 Peter: Oh, really? Why don’t we throw her a surprise party?

 Mary: That would be an excellent idea! Let’s do it!

 Peter: Great! I can make the invitations. I can call her friends at work, and I can get in contact with old friends from school.

 Mary: That´s sounds like fun! I´d like to make a big chocolate cake for her. Do you want me to bring the drinks, too?

 Peter: That would be fine, and I can buy some snacks.

 Mary: Fantastic! Why don´t we do it at my place? I have a spacious living room.

 Peter: Ok, Shall I bring some cd’s?

 Mary: Yes, please!

 Peter: Ok, I see you at your place this Saturday. 5. 30 is OK?

 Mary: It’s perfect.

 Mary: Excellent, see you then.

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AGENCY NAME

TIME DEPARTURE FROM ORIGIN

TIME DEPARTURE FROM DESTINATION

TOTAL PRICE

HOTEL INFORMATION Y/N

 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

TRAVELER

 NAME

TIME DEPARTURE FROM ORIGIN

PLACE DEPARTURE 

PLACE DESTINATION

TIME DEPARTURE FROM DESTINATION

 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

 

SAMPLE CONVERSATION: AT THE TRAVEL AGENCY 

A – Welcome to Happy Tours, How may I help you?

C – I´d like to make a reservation for a ticket to Miami.

A – Ok, When would you like to leave?

C – I´d like to leave from Montevideo the second of July.

A – Let me see. We have three options: You can leave at 4 am, 7 am or 5 pm.

C – Which is the cheapest flight?

A – The cheapest flight is the 5 pm flight. Would you like to make a reservation for that flight?

C – Yes, please.

A – Would you like a one – way ticket or a round – trip ticket?

C – I´d like a round – trip ticket.

A – Ok. When would you like to return?

C – I´d like to return on the seventh of July.

A – That´s right. The cheapest flight to return from Miami would be the 4 am flight.

C – That´s fine for me.

A – Great. So, that would be 800 dollars for one round – trip ticket, leaving from Montevideo to Miami the second of July at 5 pm, and returning from Miami to Montevideo the seventh at 4 am. Could you tell me your name?

C – Mary Johnson. Would you have any information on places to stay?

A – Yes, here you have some brochures on hotels in Miami.

C – Thanks.

 

 

 

 

WORK WITH A PARTNER/FRIEND.

USE DIFFERENT SHEETS, IN ODER TO ACT AS A TRAVEL AGENT OR AS A TRAVELER.

TRY FINDING FLIGHT SCHEDULES AT THE AIRPORT WEBSITE, TO MAKE THE SITUATION MORE REAL!!

 

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