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Listening comprehension-The island of misfit toys (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one that has been played on national TV since my mother was a child. It is on every single year.

In this clip, we hear the story of the Island of Misfit toys. It’s 3:19. Watch the clip then answer the questions below.

Welcome to your Island of Misfit Toys

What happened to the boat?
What does 'misfit' mean?
What is the name of the Jack in the box?
Where are they?

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Listening comprehension-Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer clip

This movie is one that has been played on national TV since my mother was a child. It is on every single year. Watch the video clip (it’s only 1 minute) and then take the short 2 question quiz after.

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Welcome to your rudolph the red nosed reindeer

At the beginning of the clip, Rudolph says "she said I'm cute!". What does that mean?

 
What does the expression "for crying out loud" mean?

 

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What am I?

Go to the link below to my quizlet page. Read the clues and try to figure out what it is!

What am I flashcards

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To, too and two! Do you know which one is which?

So these are called heterographs. That means they have a different spelling and meaning but the same pronunciation.

  • To is used with verbs to make the infinitive form. To walk, to run, to sleep. It is also a synonym of towards. I’m walking to (towards) the store.
  • Too is a synonym of “also” or “as well”. I like strawberry ice cream too (also) (as well)! Too is less formal than the other two.
  • Two is the number 2. I want two ice cream cones. I want 2 pieces/slices of pizza.

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Adjective word order

Adjective word order can be confusing. But thankfully, there are very specific rules to help you.

The noun is the very last word, so allllll of the adjectives would go before the noun but we would never use more than a few adjectives at a time. There is an order but maybe you don’t have an opinion on something or you don’t know the age or material or you don’t know what the pattern is called…so all of those you would omit.

The order is as follows:

  1. opinion-ugly, beautiful, lovely, hideous, etc.
  2. size-small, large, etc
  3. shape- thin, long, wide, etc
  4. condition-dirty, clean, wrinkled, stained, etc
  5. age-old, ancient, etc.
  6. color-red, yellow, blue, etc
  7. pattern-solid (color), (pin) striped, plaid, polka dot, lace, etc
    1. Look below for examples of these patterns
  8. origin-American, British, Arabic, Turkish, etc
  9. material-wood, gold, plastic, ceramic, cotton, etc
  10. purpose-sleeping, coffee, party, etc
  11. +++ the NOUN!

For example, we can say I am wearing an ugly, long, wrinkled, old, yellow and red striped cotton, party dress.

Or, I am drinking from a lovely, large, clean, old, blue, ceramic coffee mug.

Now, we very rarely, if ever, use that many adjectives but there is a definite order if we do.

Take this 5 question quiz!

Adjective order

 

Examples of patterns, in order of appearance:

  1. (black) lace 2. (blue, black and white) plaid 3. (blue and white) pinstriped, 4. polka dot 5. solid (color) 6. striped

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Whole vs hole. Do you know the difference?

So, this one is an easy one! (I promise!)

They are pronounced the same way but are very different.

This of whole as being complete, or the entire thing. Look at the examples below.

The cake was whole, but someone took a slice out.

cake with a slice out of it

This chocolate bar is whole.

chocolate bar

This is the whole pizza. Nobody has taken a slice. Yum! It looks good! 🙂

pizza

 

tri color wave line

Now for hole. Here are the examples for the word hole.

This is a hole in the ground.

hole in the ground

There is a hole in the wall.

hole in wall

There are holes in her jeans.

holes in jeans

And there you have it! The difference between whole and hole! Easy peasy huh?

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Basic conversation in English. Ways to say hello and good bye.

Sometimes starting and ending conversations is awkward because you don’t really know what to say. Once you begin a conversation, you can usually follow it based on what the other person is saying, or by adding your own opinion or information.

Let’s start with ways to say hello.

Saying hello to a friend

  • Hey! How are you?
  • Hi! How are you?
  • Hi! How have you been?
  • Hey! How have you been?

Responding to a friend

  • I’m great, thank you and you!
  • I’m having a great week! How are you?
  • (informal, bad grammar but it is accepted and used all the time!) I’m good, thanks!
  • (Proper English grammar) I’m well, thanks!
  • I’ve been better (I’m not doing well), how are you?

Saying hello to someone for the first time

  • Hi! My name is ________. It’s nice to meet you. 
  • Hi! I’m ___________. It’s a pleasure to meet you. 
  • Hi! My name is ________. It’s a pleasure to finally meet you!
  • Hi! My name is ________. It’s a pleasure to finally meet you! I’ve heard so much about you (if you have heard a lot about this person (such as a boyfriend of a friend or family member) but had never met them)
  • (Formal) Good morning/afternoon/evening. My name is ________. It’s a pleasure/honor to meet you. Use “honor” here if someone you are meeting if famous or in a position with a lot of power, such as a president.

Asking questions to get to know the new person:

Obviously you won’t want to ask all of these but these are all appropriate to ask to get to know someone new. Usually by asking one of these questions, the conversation just goes from there

  • Where are you from? 
  • Do you have any children?
  • Are you married? (Be careful with this one, someone might take it as you flirting with them and they might not be comfortable with the question)
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Do you like sports? (yes) Oh! Which ones? I love to play ___________.
  • Do you like to travel? What was your favorite city/country? I’ve been to/I’ve visited ……..

If the person is visiting your city you can ask:

  • How was your flight? (good, bad, long, short, etc)
  • Is your hotel near here?
  • Do you need help finding the hotel?

 

Introducing someone to someone else:

  • (formal) Please let me introduce you to (person’s name), then say who they are. Ex 1: Please let me introduce you to Kevin, he is my oldest nephew. Ex 2: Please let me introduce you to Kaitlyn, we work together at XYZ Company.
  • (Informal) This is my friend, Ashtyn.

Responding to being introduced. 

Ex: This is my friend, Ashtyn. (You are Ashtyn) Hello Ashtyn! I’m Macey, it’s nice to meet you! Thank you! Nice to meet you! (Then the other person might ask you a question like, how do you know friend number 1? Or you could ask the same question to get the conversation started.

Ways to say goodbye

  • (formal) Goodbye, have a good morning/afternoon/evening!
  • (informal) Bye! See ya!
  • (informal) Bye! See ya later!
  • (informal) Bye! See you later/tomorrow/next week!
  • (to small children) See ya later alligator! Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 7.04.47 AM and they will say, after while crocodile! (This is a silly thing we say to children because it rhymes and it makes them laugh!)

 

If you don’t understand

  • I’m sorry, could you repeat that?
  • Excuse me, I didn’t hear that. Could you repeat what you said?
  • Could you please speak a little slower, I am not a native English speaker.
  • I’m sorry, I didn’t understand what you said. Could you say it again?
  • Always thank them for repeating themselves!

 

Ready to take a quiz?

Conversation skills

 

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Trail vs trial. Do you know the difference?

So, these two words are very similarly spelled but they are very different!

This is a trial. Hopefully, you never have to go through that! If you want to hear how to say this word, click here!

trial .jpeg

And this is a trail! If you like to run, hike or walk, I’m sure you’re familiar with a trail or two around your city. If you want to hear how to say this word, click here!

trail .jpeg

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What is a remote control and how many do you have?

We all have a remote control (or remotes for short). It can be any type of device with at least 1 button that does something for our convenience. It could be to turn on the lights, turn on the tv or a game system.

remote controls .jpeg

Even just 10 years ago, we had more than one remote. I remember having 3 or 4 remotes. Long before I left the states, they had already developed an “all-in-one-remote” which worked with almost everything.

So, how many remote controls do you have?

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