Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time Flies...






I can't believe we're half-way through the semester already!

This week our idioms are:

  • give it a go
  • give it a shot
  • go to bat for someone
  • fill me in
  • cheer up!
  • on the other hand
Do you know what they mean?

You can practice the other vocabulary we learned here.

And here are 5 tongue twisters: (Remember these are silly sayings that work on your pronunciation.  They don't make any sense!)




1.     Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?



2.    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair, Fuzzy  
      Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?




3.    How many cookies could a good cook cook if a good cook could cook cookies? A good cook could cook as much cookies as a good cook who could cook cookies.




4.    How many cans can a cannibal nibble, if a cannibal can nibble cans? As many cans as a cannibal can nibble if a cannibal can nibble cans.




5.      I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you.




6.     Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,  Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


Click here so you can hear me say them:  https://soundcloud.com/alemany-teach/more-pronunciation-october-19







Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Blue Angels are Here

I don't like the noise and I'm always afraid they're going to crash, but they are really amazing to see.  Just in case you missed it -- or you're not in SF -- here's a video I found from 2012.  It's almost 20 minutes so you don't need to watch the whole thing, but do see some of their amazing stunts.

Back to class, last week we studied these idioms & expressions:

  • to hit the ceiling
  • off track
  • times up
  • to hang in there
  • to fall/fell down on the job
  • to call the shots
  • to make a good impression
  • to get on ___ nerves
  • to make a good impression
  • a picture's worth a thousand words
And here's the link to this week's other vocabulary.

Finally, for some reason, the word chimney came up in class.

The thing where the smoke comes out is the chimney

That reminded me song about chimneys from Mary Poppins.  Here it is: