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May 2017 - Wing It
I wasn't sure what word or phrase to include this month but I was having a conversation in class today and this idiom came up - to wing it - and my students all agreed they really liked it :)
To wing it means to improvise, to do something without proper preparation or time to rehearse. So for me, as a teacher, if I suddenly had to teach a class that I didn't have time to prepare for then I would have to wing it - to make it up as I went along. If you're a student reading this then you might have to wing it if your teacher told you that you have to make a presentation in front of a large group of parents ... in 10 minutes! You would have no time to get ready so you would have to 'think on your feet' (another idiom!) and react quickly.
The expression comes from the theatre. The sides of the stage are called the wings and that is where a trainee actor waits, ready to fill in for an actor in an emergency. Since the understudy doesn't always know all of the the actor's lines, he must improvise -- and that meaning created the idiom.
I hope you like this expression (I love it!) and that you get a chance to use it soon.
April 2017 - Stereotypes
The word of the month for April is stereotypes . As you already know, it’s the title of episode 42 and can be a little bit confusing. Here’s a dictionary definition:
Stereotype - noun
a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
So a stereotype is a belief that many people believe to be true but in fact it isn’t, or it is only true in part. An example might be that all British people drink a lot of alcohol. While it is true that some British people do, the idea that everyone drinks alcohol all the time is a stereotype.
Stereotypes are useful because they can help us to deal with new people as we can take an educated guess what they will be like based on their age, nationality, gender, etc. But! They can be dangerous as they shouldn’t be believed 100%. I hope that’s clear! You’ll find out much more in the episode, of course :)
April 2017 - Agreeing With Positive & Negative Statements
The language focus for our first episode of the month is a quick and effective way to agree with positive & negative statements. It’s perfect for conversation and will really help you come across as a confident English user. It’s simple, but learners do get confused. Here we go!
When you want to agree with a positive statement you can say, ‘So do I’ For example;
● ‘I like pizza’ ‘So do I’
The verb you choose in your reply always agrees with the one used by the speaker, for example;
● ‘I’m hungry’ ‘So am I’
● ‘I went to Paris last year’ ‘So did I’ ● ‘I should study more’ ‘So should I’
Agreeing with a negative statement works the same way except we use ‘neither’ instead of ‘so’, for example;
● ‘I don’t like pizza’ ‘Neither do I’
● ‘I’m not hungry’ ‘Neither am I’
● ‘I didn’t go to Paris last year’ ‘Neither did I’
● ‘I shouldn’t study more’ ‘Neither should I’
Here is Unit 1 of our American & British English course.
The course will be available in full (8 huge units!) later in the year but we thought we'd give you, our dear subscriber a sneak peek and the chance to learn more about these 2 different versions of the same language.
For free! So here is unit 1. We hope you enjoy it!
Introduction to Unit 1
Hello & welcome!
We’re kicking off this course with vocabulary as it’s an area where you’ll definitely want a strong and clear understanding.
You’re probably already aware that there are vocabulary differences between British & American English and may even know some of them.
Can you think of 5? 10 maybe?!
What we have done for you here is to select the 100 most important words you will need.
For the first time an American & British English teacher have sat down together and picked out what they consider to be the essential vocabulary pairs.
So here are our top 100 words, just for you!
That's the end of Unit 1 of our British & American English course which focuses on Vocabulary. Other unites include grammar, pronunciation, culture, etc. So, what do you think? Did you enjoy it? Do you think you have a better understanding of the different vocabulary used in British & American English now? We'd love to hear your thoughts so head over to the forum and let us know what you think :)