Monthly Archives: December 2014

All About New Year’s Eve

Watch the video from Transparent English below, then take the quiz to test your understanding:

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Slippery Revisited

Here’s a song from ’80s using the latest Awesome Adjective. Watch/listen and read the lyrics below. As usual, listen for the missing words, then check your answers by clicking on “Continue reading”:

Slippery People

Performed by the Staples Singers

What about the time you were rolling over
Falling on your face – you must be having __1___
Walk lightly, think of a time
You’d best believe this thing is real

Put away that __2__ – this part is simple
Try to recognize what is in your mind
God help us, help us lose our minds
These slippery people, help us understand

What’s the matter with him? He’s alright
How do you know? The Lord won’t mind
Don’t play no ___3___ – he’s alright
Love from the bottom to the top
Turn like a wheel  – he’s alright
See for yourself  – the Lord won’t mind
We’re gonna move right now
Turn like a wheel inside a wheel

I remember when, sitting in the tub
Pulled out the plug – the water was running out
Cool down, stop acting ___4___
They’re gonna leave and we’ll be on our own

Seven times five – they were living creatures
Watch them come to life right before your ___5___
Backslider,  how do you do?
These slippery people
Gonna see you through

What’s the matter with him? He’s alright
How do you know? The Lord won’t mind
Don’t play no ___6___ – he’s alright
Love from the bottom to the top
Turn like a wheel  – he’s alright
See for yourself  – the Lord won’t mind
We’re gonna move right now
Turn like a wheel inside a wheel

To see the correct answers, click on “Continue reading”:

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Holiday Quiz

Answer each of these questions on a piece of paper, then click on “Continue reading” at the bottom to check your answers.

1. Who is this?

2.  What holiday are they celebrating?

3.  Where does Santa Claus live?

4.  What holiday are they celebrating?

5.  What are they drinking?

6.  Who is this?

7.  What holiday are they celebrating?

8.  What are they riding in?

9.  Who gets a lump of coal from Santa?

To see the correct answers, click on “Continue reading”:

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Awesome Adjective: Slippery

Meaning: Describing something that is either wet or very smooth and causes people to fall.

Examples:

The streets are slippery because it rained and then the rain turned to ice.

Be careful – the floor’s slippery!

The fisherman dropped the fish because it was so slippery.

Pop Quiz:

What should you do when the sidewalk is slippery?

A.  Walk quickly.

B.  Run.

C. Walk slowly.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Idiom of the Week: Jack Frost

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Meaning: The freezing cold in wintertime.

Examples:

It’s snowing – Jack Frost is back!

Watch out for Jack Frost! Put on your gloves!

Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”

The last example is from a famous Christmas song. You can listen to it and read the lyrics below:

 

The Christmas Song

Written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme

Performed by Nat King Cole

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

      nipping = biting

     Yuletide carols = Christmas songs

     tiny tots = little children

     gonna = going to  

Pop Quiz:

When is Jack Frost the least active?

A.  The wintertime

B.  The summertime.

C.  He’s always active.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Make the Sparkle Continue

Here’s a video of Liang Tung reading her poem “Life Is Art” at the Immigrant Poets of New York program. You can also read it below:

Life is Art

Liang Tung

Life is art

Don’t lock us inside

Let us go out

Life is art

New places

Have a fresh start

Life is art

Through time

Make it grow

Life is art

It can be attractive

Or dull, dull

Life is art

Keep progressing

Cheerful dreams come true

Life is art

It is created by you

And I

Life is art

Out of suffering

You feel appreciation

Life is art

Crafty hands

Make it shine

Life is art

Brighten yourself

And others

Life is art

Make the sparkle continue

Light precious life bright

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