3-2. You’re smart but you’re also kind


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am tired but I don’t want to sleep.
  • I am learning English, but my brother is learning Chinese.
  • I am going to go to school, but my sister is going to sleep.
  • You are smiling but you look sad.
  • We are brothers but we don’t look alike.
  • They are exercising, but I am not exercising.
  • This is my project, but I am not proud of it.
  • The tickets were expensive, but we liked the show.
  • I live in America, but my sister lives in Europe.
  • My friends like Jazz, but I enjoy classical music.
  • I ordered chicken, but she didn’t order anything.
  • I worked yesterday, but my friend studied yesterday.
  • We wanted to dance, but there was no music.
  • My boss called me, but I didn’t answer the phone.


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
competitive (adj) having a strong desire to win or be the best at something
The new technology gave them a competitive advantage over the other upcoming companies.
streak (n) a period of repeated success or failure
After scoring the winning point, he was glad to break their losing streak.
bring out (phrasal verb) to show (something): to cause (something) to appear to be more easily seen
The goal of the project was to try to bring out the best in people.
idyllic (adj) very peaceful, happy, and enjoyable
The stillness of the water gave her an idyllic feeling about the vacation.
ideal (adj) exactly right for a particular purpose, situation, or person
While a room on the first floor would be ideal, she could use the elevator to the second floor.
structure (n) the way that something is built, arranged or organized
The story plot of the movie had a very unique structure.
value (n) the amount of money that something is worth: the price or cost of something
The value of the painting increased as time went on.
opposite (adj) located across from something: completely different
The two teachers had the same information but had opposite ways of sharing that information.
take it upon yourself (phrasal verb) to do something that needs to be done even though no one has asked you to do it
Thank you for taking it upon yourself to wash the dishes after dinner.
delay (n) a situation in which something happens later than it should
Due to the winter storm, the airport had a lot of flight delays.


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. They / new / but / , / are / I’ve / here / been / .
    2. play / to / sleep / but / to / , / wants / She / I / want / .
    3. She / nice / live / is / but / doesn’t / she / here / ,
    4. They / leave / , / want / to / want / I / but / to / dance / .
    5. I / stayed / she / , / went / home / but / to / Spain / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She went to school but I was sick.
    2. We were hungry it was dinnertime.
    3. We are twins we don’t look alike.
    4. The phone rang for I didn’t answer.
    5. You left but they stayed.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What are you doing that someone else isn’t?
    2. Where do you want to travel but your friend doesn’t?
    3. What are you doing today and how do you feel about it?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Competition: What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
    3. Idyllic: What does your ideal community look like? How is it organized, and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?


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

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