Topic: Hand Tools


In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: hand tools. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

toolbox (n) a container for keeping tools in
I keep all the tools in a toolbox.
saw (n) a hand tool for cutting wood or other materials
He used his saw to cut the wood into two pieces.
pliers (n) a tool that is used to hold or pull small objects
I used my pliers to hold the nail.
wrench (n) a tool used to hold or turn objects
I turned the bolt with a wrench.
hammer (n) a tool used to hit objects like nails
I hit the nail into the wood with a hammer.
screwdriver (n) a tool used to turn screws
I used a screwdriver to tighten the screw.
drill (n) an electric tool used to make holes
I made holes in the wood with a drill.
drill bit (n) an object you put in a drill to make holes
Put the drill bit in the drill.
tape measure (n) a tool used to measure things
He used the tape measure to see how wide the door is.
utility knife (n) a tool to cut with a blade that goes back into its handle
A utility knife can cut soft materials.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you think a toolbox is good to have in the house? Why or why not?
  2. Tell me some things you can use a tape measure for.
  3. Why are some hand tools dangerous?
  4. Which is your favorite hand tool? Why?
  5. Should children learn how to use hand tools? Why or why not?
  6. Where can you buy hand tools in your country?
  7. Are hand tools expensive or inexpensive to buy in your country?
  8. Do you like to use hand tools? Why or why not?
  9. Does everybody like to use hand tools? Why or why not?
  10. Which hand tool do you dislike the most? Why?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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