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Phrases for the week

Quiz Questions from this week's lessons

1. Do you remember one word that means "a little fat" and a word that means "thin and muscular"?
“My mom is ___ like me, but my dad is tall and ___.”

2. This phrase is for a person who you test something on:
“Would you mind being my ___ ___?”

3. Do you know a word that goes with "career" and means "try to get" or "try to start"?
“I came this close to packing up and moving out to Hollywood to ___ an acting career.”

4. This is how doctors talk about surgery that isn't very dangerous or difficult:
“It's a ___ ___.”

Phrases for the week

Quiz Questions from this week's lessons

1. A word that means "many" but more formal:
“She is also the recipient of ___ awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.”

2. This is a phrase for talking about something that you don't think is true:
“I ___ it ___ ___ ___ that you're really going to need all that luggage for just 3 days.”

3. What noise do people make when they see something cute?
“___, look at the baby holding her stuffed bunny!”

4. This phrase means to hope for something that probably isn't going to happen:

Phrases for the week

Quiz Questions from this week's phrases

1. This is a word that makes a description sound more negative:
“No thanks. Sunscreen makes my skin feel ___ oily.”
2.This means to continue to work hard on something for a long time:
“You have to keep ___ ___, you know?”
3. A word that means to start burning:
“You can hear the gas coming out when you turn the knob, but it doesn't ___.”
4. When you want someone to tell you something, use this polite expression:
“Skim over it and ___ ___ ___ if you have any questions.”
5. An way to describe something that gr

Pronunciation Practice; b and p

Minimal Pairs /b/ and /p/

buy and pie

Below are lists of words that vary only by one having the sound /b/ and the other the sound /p/. You can use this to practise the sounds or as a list of words to be careful to pronounce properly.

The main difference between /b/ and /p/ is that /b/ is a voiced sound, whereas /p/ is just produced by the puff of air. Also, /b/ is pronounced with less air released than /p/, and this can sometimes be a more useful distinction as it is difficult to feel the vocal cords vibrating when making the /b/ sound.

bar Pa
bay* pay
be P

Are you smarter than a 4-year old?

The following is a test of your logic. Try to scroll so that only the questions are visible, the answers are underneath them. The questions are not that difficult.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Opposites build your vocabulary

Building your English vocabulary can be a tedious task. But, when you discover a new word, its opposite meaning can instantly double your list. Of course, opposites are associated with adjectives, adverbs, verbs ans prepositions. Rarely do you find opposites in other parts of speech.

Look at these new words and try to guess their opposites (answers at the end):

1. modest
2. float
3. tolerant
4. stingy
5. temperamental
6. supportive
7. egotistical
8. sociable
9. easy going
10. sweet


1. vain
2. sink
3. intolerant
4. generous
5. easy going

Present, past and modals

Subject: The Hotel Bill

A married couple is traveling by car from Victoria to Prince George . Being Seniors, after almost eleven hours on the road, they were too tired to continue, and decided to take a room at a hotel. But, they only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road.
When they checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed them a bill for $350.00.

"Ben" and "been" - the short "i" and long "e"

Americans pronounce these two words the same way, making the short "e" vowel sound. "Ben", of course in the nickname for Benjamin, while "been" is the past participle of the irregular verb "to be." The American "been" has the same sound as the words: bet, let, get and sweat and, of course, the nickname Ben. The British "been" rhymes with: seen, teen, queen and bean.

Many Russian students get confused over the sound of the short "i" vowel sound and the long "e" vowel sound. Words like - it, bit. kit and difficult sound like - eet, beet, keet and deef-fee-kult.

The Prehistoric Thesaurus

Have you ever see a Thesaurus? You won't find one in a museum of natural history. Nor, will you encounter one in a wax museum or on the pages of a history book. You may be astonished to discover that the Thesaurus is not yet extinct. It has survived the ages. In fact, it's a book!

Yes, it's a book - a rather interesting book at that, and a wonderful resourse to increase your vocabulary and reading comprehension.

If you are not familiar with a Thesaurus, bear with me. A Thesaurus is a book of like words. I like to call it a book of "almost synonymes."

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