2-40. I wish I were a genius


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I wish I were a women.
  • I wish I were European.
  • I wish I had a really fancy job.
  • I wish I had a house and a car.
  • I wish I could see you tonight.
  • I wish I could buy a Louis Vuitton bag for her.
  • I wish you were not my friend.
  • I wish we were not poor.
  • I wish you were mine.
  • I wish my friend had a car.
  • I wish I were you.
  • I wish I were younger.
  • I wish I were rich.
  • I wish I had a building.
  • I wish I had a dog.


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
day-to-day (adj) taking place, made, or done in the course of days
e.g. I wish I was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the store. 
clean up (phrasal verb) to make yourself or something clean
e.g. I wish you would clean up the mess you made. 
existence (n) the state of existing : the state of being real
e.g. I wish you believed in the existence of ghosts. 
playlist (n) a list of songs to be played on
e.g. I wish I had a playlist ready for the long drive. 
represent (v) to act or speak officially for
e.g. I wish you were representing the company at the meeting. 
wishful (adj) showing a belief that something will happen or succeed even though it is not likely to happen or succeed
e.g. She was very wishful that her friend would change her bad habits. 
prayer (n) words spoken to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something
e.g. I wish you would say a prayer for me. 
yearn (v) to feel a strong desire or wish for something or to do something
e.g. I wish you were yearning for warmer weather too. 
beg (v) to ask (someone) in a very serious and emotional way for something needed or wanted very much
e.g. I wish she didn’t have to beg for money. 
daydream (n) pleasant thoughts about your life or future that you have while you are awake

 e.g. I wish I could daydream during class. 


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. I / were / wish / I / you / .
    2. I / here / you / wish / were / .
    3. I / could / for / I / wish / wait / you / .
    4. she / wish / me / could / I / help / .
    5. New York / wish / we / study / I / in / could / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. I wish I am rich.
    2. I wish we have a lot of money.
    3. I wish I can fly.
    4. I wish you could come to my party.
    5. I wish she lives in Seoul.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What do you like to daydream about? 
    2. What are 3 things you are wishful for? (use “I wish”) 
    3. Is there anything that you yearn for? What is it? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. VIP: Who’s the most important person in your life — and how would your day-to-day existence be different without them?
    3. Playlist of the week: Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of five songs that represent it.


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

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