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So far, you have studied
body parts, and
This week, I have created an mp4 file to introduce you to 101 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. You will learn the following categories:
Now you are probably saying to yourself, "I can't possibly learn 101 new words in one week!" (You didn't think I heard you saying that, did you?)
But that's why I made this video. I think that if you watch this file once or twice every day, you will painlessly learn most of these words. I'm sure there are some that you already know, so you won't actually be learning 101 words.
Are you willing to try it? I would really like to know if you succeed! PLEASE send me an email to let me know how it works for you!
Here is the link to the file: 101 Household Objects
NOTE: This video has no sound - it is a silent movie, so you won't need any speakers, and you won't have to worry about it bothering anyone when you watch it.
For listening practice this week, this is a video about How to Cut Your Ironing Time in Half. Wouldn't that be great? Try it and let me know if it works!
The Adventures of
Arthur: Amy, can you help me iron out a problem back here?
Amy: Back where? Where are you?
Arthur: I'm in the back room. I'm trying to fit a couple more things in this box, but it's just not working.
Amy: Good grief, Arthur, you have everything but the kitchen sink in here! No wonder nothing else will fit!
Arthur: Ah, it's the way I feel about my entire life these days, Amy! I just have too much on my plate!
to smooth out a problem
everything but the kitchen sink
almost everything in the house
have too much on one's plate
have too many activities or responsibilities in one's life
|Can you write a short scenario of a situation involving these idioms?
That would be a good writing submission!
More Fun with Amy and Arthur
ELE Members: Listen to actual recordings of the dialogues of Amy and Arthur.
Then take a quiz to see how many of the idioms you can remember!
Collocation: a grouping together of things in a certain order, as of the words in a sentence
*around the house I had a lot to do around the house, so I couldn't go to the beach.
*take a shower/bath Some people prefer to take a shower, and others would rather take a bath.
Please be sure the kids are in bed before 9 o'clock tonight.
(We call them Famous Couples, because that's more fun!)
ELE Members: Famous Couples
Homonyms are words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but have different meanings. Some of this week's household items fit this description.
She served the food on her prettiest plate.
The baseball star ran to home plate.
It works best to eat cereal from a bowl.
Even though it was her first time to go bowling, she hoped to bowl a good game.
Please fill the blue pitcher with water before dinner.
The baseball team was excited about their new pitcher from Japan.
There are several more! How many can you find?
1. Writing prompt
Which household item have you had the longest? Can you remember where you got it?
2. Story Pieces
These are just some fun ways to start the ideas running through your mind.
Setting: in the kitchen
Opening: "Have you seen..."
Vocabulary: Try to include the following words in your story: light bulb, mirror, pen and salt shaker.
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