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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Giving Advice with Could, Should, Ought to, and Had Better

  • Should and Ought can be used interchangeably, they have a close meaning.
  • You might hear some people use "You better" instead of "You had better."
    • Use "You had better" it is the correct form.
  • Ought to and had better are not used in questions

Statistics and Style Trends Vocabulary

almost(ADV) very nearly but not completely

average(N) the result that you get when you add two or more numbers together and divide the total by the number of numbers you added together

drop(V) quickly becomes less

half(N) one of two equal parts that together make up the whole

one half(N) one of two equal parts that together make up the whole

over(PREP) more than

percent(N) a fraction of an amount expressed as a particular number of hundredths

quarter(N) one of four equal parts of something

rise(N) an increase

thousands(QUAN) if you refer to thousands of things or people, you are emphasizing that there are very many of them

trend(N) a change or development toward something different

twice(ADV) when something happens two times

Style Trends
baggy(ADJ) when a piece of clothing hangs loosely on your body
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casual(ADJ) casual clothes are ones that you normally wear at home or on vacation, and not on formal occasions

conservative(ADJ) traditional, or liking the old ways

dramatic makeup(N) lipstick, eye shadow, and powder which some women put on their faces

in style(ADJ) popular or trendy

look(N) have a particular appearance or expression

piercing(N) jewelry that penetrates the flesh

pointy shoes(N) footwear that has parts that stick out sharply
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retro(ADJ) based on the styles of the past

ripped jeans(N) denim pants that have holes in them and are designed to look very worn intentionally
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skinny jeans(N) denim pants that are very narrow in the leg

sloppy(ADJ) something that has been done in a careless and lazy way

sporty(ADJ) someone who is sporty likes playing sports

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Going to and Will

Student Life Vocabulary

Vocabulary Games
Concentration Game

admit (V) allow to enter it or join something
apply to (V) write a letter or fill out a form in order to ask formally for a job or membership of an organization
get accepted to (V) allow a person to join an organization or group
graduate (V) complete their studies successfully and leave their school or university
after graduation (PHRASE) the period of time that occurs after one graduates from school or university
recommendation (N) something that tells how highly another thinks of him or her
competition (N) a situation in which two or more people or groups are trying to get something which not everyone can have
decide (V) choose to do something, usually after you have thought carefully about other possibilities
in a few days (PHRASE) a phrase indicating that something will occur two or three days from the present
in the near future (PHRASE) a phrase indicating that something will occur very soon from the present time
in two hours (PHRASE) a phrase indicating that something will occur in two hours from the present time
next week (PHRASE) a phrase indicating that something will occur sometime during the week that follows the present one
one of these days (PHRASE) a phrase indicating that something will occur eventually, most likely sooner than later
someday (ADV) at some future time
soon (ADV) will happen after a short time
sooner or later (ADV) at some uncertain future time
the day after tomorrow (ADV) If something is going to happen the day after tomorrow, it will happen in two days
this summer (ADV) the summer that is approaching

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Polite Requests

Making polite requests with Modal Verbs and mind

Chores and Errands Vocabulary



Exercices for Making Appointments

DO THE CHORES(V) completing unpleasant but necessary tasks

do the dishes(V) cleaning your plates, bowls, glasses, and silverware

do the laundry(V) cleaning your clothes

make dinner(V) to prepare the last meal of the day, which is usually served in the evening

sweep(V) if you sweep an area of floor or ground, you push dirt or garbage off it using a brush with a long handle

vacuum(V) to use a suction device to clean your floor or rug

RUN AN ERRAND(V) to take a short trip that you make in order to do a job

go grocery shopping(V) to purchase foods that you buy at a grocery or at a supermarket

take the dog for a walk(V) to bring your dog outside and walk it around for exercise

drop off(V) take something to a place and leave it there

pick up(v) gather or collect

mail(V) when you send something to someone by mail

make a reservation(N) when you arrange for something such as a table in a restaurant or a room in a hotel to be kept for you

make an appointment(v) arrange to see someone at a particular time

on time(V) to arrive at a destination at a predetermined time

running late(V) to arrive at a destination later than a predetermined time


a long time(V) a period of time that feels distant from the present day which is relative to each individual

spend time(V) if you spend time or energy doing something, you use your time or effort doing it

pass (the) time (doing something)(V) spend it in that way

take a break(V) rest or change from what you are doing for a short period


catch a cab(V) when you get in a taxi in order to travel somewhere

commute(V) when you travel a long distance to work every day

ride a bike(V) when you ride a bicycle or a motorcycle, you sit on it, control it, and travel along on it

stuck in traffic(PHRASE) to be caught in a area stopped with lots of cars while you are driving

subway(N) an underground railroad

take (someone) to (a place)(V) to transport someone or something to a place for a specific reason

travel by bike(V) to go from one place to another while riding a bike

travel by bus(V) to go from one place to another while riding in a bus

travel by car(V) to go from one place to another while riding in a car

travel by plane(V) to go from one place to another while riding in a plane

travel by subway(V) to go from one place to another while riding in a subway car

travel by taxi(V) to go from one place to another while riding in a taxi

travel by train (V) to go from one place to another while riding in a train

travel on foot (V) to go from one place to another while walking