Idiom in E

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Easy Peasy

I have used that expression so often in class that my students don’t believe me anymore when I tell them an exercise is easy peasy…

What it means:

This is a British idiom. It means that something is very easy. This idiom also exists in a longer version easy peasy lemon squeezy.

When to use it:

You can use this idiom anytime you want! It is fairly informal but not rude or impolite at all.

Anything you do easily you can say it is easy peasy! Here is an example:

Fulanito: This gazpacho soup is so good! How do you make it? Is it difficult?

Marine: Not at all! It’s easy peasy! Just mix tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic, bread water and vinegar and that’s it. Your soup is ready.

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Just Yolking!

Here is a little video I made.

WARNING: Horrible humour ahead!

Vocabulary:

yolk-the yellow part of the egg

Joke-something people say to make you laugh

Paper Fortune Tellers – Speaking Activity

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Do you remember those AWESOME paper fortune tellers that you used to play with in class instead of paying attention to what the teacher had to say?! Well you can definitely use them in your classroom (I even use them with adults, they love them!)

It is a super easy to make activity that can be used for regular speaking activities, exam preparation or even to check that your student know the format of their exam (which is extremely important!).

Here is a simple and easy to understand video I found on YouTube. It shows you how to make it and how to “move” it.

How to make a Paper Fortune Teller

Now you can create many different versions of that game. I created one to practice the speaking part 1 in the Cambridge exam for PET (b1) and FCE (b2).

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Here is one that I created to practice the conversation phase in the trinity ISE II (b2)  exam.

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This one was designed to check that my students had all the parts of the FCE exam memorised. It just has a bunch of questions about the papers of the exam, the length of some tasks or even the number of tasks per paper.

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And this is a general conversation example. I also have some topic based ones that I use in little workshops and have my students move from one little workshop to the other.

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And here are 2 ways you can “store” your materials.

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Let me know how this activity went in you class!

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Main False Friends Mistakes made by Spanish Speakers

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This is an activity that I created as part of an entire one-on-one lesson (on perfumes) but that you can use to simply practice vocabulary if you are a student or to teach your students if you are a teacher.

This is a worksheet on the 16 most common false friends for Spanish speakers.

Here is the worksheet that you can download: False Friends S sheet

And here is the answer sheet: False Friends T sheet

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Intermediate listening Mental Disorders

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In this post, you can download an entire topic based lesson or even just practice your listening skills.

I developed this lesson about 2 years ago while I was doing a TESOL certification at TEFL International Seville. This is a 1 hour lesson composed of 6 activities including the listening and the quiz.

Here are the necessary materials:

The clip was recorded by 2 of my classmates and friends:

 

Tell me if you like that kind of posts as I have  few more of those lessons ready!

Gotta Learn them All…Pokémon!

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I was walking to work the other day, when I saw a group of Spanish people walking with their phone in front of them and their heads down. We all know what that means now…They were playing Pokémon!

I stayed behind that group for a bit (no…I am not a stalker) and heard bits and bobs of the conversations they were having. They were talking Spanglish. which is somehow understandable when you know that the Spanish version of the game is full of English words (gym, pokéstop, …).

And then I thought: “Why Spanglish? Let’s go full English!”. So I have come up with the 8 most useful words/expressions for when playing pokémon.

  1. To throw – This is what you do with the pokéball. It goes from your hand to the pokémon through the air (just like in baseball).
  2. To give up – This means to stop doing something after you have tried “hard”. For example, a super rare pokémon appears on your radar. You run and run and walk and circle the entire area. It is still on the radar…nobody has caught it yet but you have been looking for hours now and you are very tired, frustrated and thirsty. You then decide to go home. You give up on that pokémon.
  3. To catch/to capture – Both verbs have a similar meaning but capture is more formal while catch is more colloquial. To catch/capture a pokémon means to make it yours. When you throw the pokéball and the pokémon stays inside…you captured/caught (irregular verb of course…) it.
  4. To train – That’s basically what you do when you go to the gym (pokémon and real life).
  5. To revive – So you went to the gym for pokémons and red team has kicked your arse. Your favourite Pokémon is completely out (he has 0 hit points). In order to use this pokemon again, you need to revive it by giving a “revive stone”. You will bring him back to life with that.
  6. Back off, it’s mine – Use this expression if you REALLY want a pokémon you like because you could offend or make someone else angry by using it. It basically means “go away it’s mine”.
  7. Don’t you dare touch that pokémon – This has a similar meaning to back off it’s mine but has a little warning in it as well. I don’t know what will happen but something WILL happen if you touch it.
  8. To evolve – That’s what your pokémon does when he goes from squirtle to wartortle. It transform into something more advanced.