Continuing on from the lesson on used to, here's a great song to end your week with about Somebody I used to know. Download the lyrics with vocabulary explanation and questions.
These are quite confusing expressions and are ones that most of my students get wrong. So here is a clear explanation:
There's only one thing I can write about today and you all know what it is. I'm not American, but what happens in the USA affects us all. Waking up this morning for me was like waking up on June 24th this year, to hear that Britain had voted to leave the EU.
All I can say is, France, I'm counting on you now.
On a lighter note, there is some useful vocabulary in the cartoon above.
First of all I want you to guess the following words without looking in a dictionary:
scrap and ditch - can you guess what both of these mean?
How about ban?
And look at the election is rigged. If you've been following the US election campaigns, you'll have a good idea what rigged means.
This is a good exercise for you to see that if you have the context for new words, you can often guess (correctly) at their meanings. As your English gets better, you need to practise this more and more as it will help you understand the nuances of English.
America is about to elect its next president, and I think most of us outside (and inside the US) have been watching this election campaign first with curiosity and amusement and then horror. Most of you reading this are not eligible to vote in the US election, like me, but whatever the outcome, it's sure to affect us in some way or other. For me, Brexit was such a shock that now I feel like anything could happen...
Watch this video to learn about the very complicated voting system in the United States, so you can talk it about with your Anglophone colleagues around the coffee machine tomorrow:
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