3-8. I’ve learned a lot thanks to you

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • My son is walking again thanks to the medicine.
  • The singer is safe thanks to her bodyguards.
  • He’s living happily thanks to his wife.
  • We are breathing thanks to these trees.
  • I speak good English thanks to Cambly.
  • I passed thanks to your help.
  • She passed the interview thanks to tutor’s help.
  • My job has become easier thanks to this new software.
  • He has become a superstar thanks to his rapping skills.
  • I’ve learned many things thanks to you.
  • The plane didn’t crash thanks to the smart pilot.
  • The patient didn’t die thanks to the doctors.
  • We can live longer thanks to this new technology.
  • We could do it thanks to your love and support.
  • I could escape thanks to this special tool.

Notes

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Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
scroll down (phrasal verb) to move text or images of a Web page, document, etc. on a computer screen so that you can see all of it
You may need to scroll down to read all of the article.
work into (phrasal verb) to add or include something in something
She should work more vegetables into her diet.
compose (v) to add together to form or make something: to make yourself calm
Take a moment to compose yourself before answering the call.
brainstorm (v) to try to solve a problem by talking with other people: to discuss a problem and suggest solutions
The team needed to brainstorm ideas on how to solve the problem.
scribble (v) to write something quickly in a way that makes it difficult to read.
Since she was in a hurry, she scribbled down the list.
fiction (n) written stories about people and events that are not real: something that is not true
The author mainly writes fiction stories.
chronicle (n) a description of events in the order that they happened
The book described the chronicle of World War II.
record (n) an official document that gives proof of something or tells about past events: a performance or achievement that is the best of its kind
He had to look at the criminal’s record to know his history. (v) to write something down so that it can be used or seen again in the future
You should record any questions you may have.
memoir (n) a written account in which someone describes past experiences
The author’s new book is a memoir about her life in poverty
admire (v) to feel respect or approval for someone or something
I really admire your willingness to learn.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. thanks / your / tickets / to / go / He / could / . 
    2. passed / He / help / your / to / thanks / .
    3. job / He / got / to / you / thanks / that / .
    4. your / learn / You / can / tutor / thanks / to / can / .
    5. won / game / We / the / him / thanks / to / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. The team were safe thanks to your help.
    2. I was able to go thanks his tickets.
    3. She learned a lot because thanks to the lessons.
    4. You can go thanks her illness.
    5. He has became famous thanks to his acting skills.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is something that you’re thankful for?
    2. What is a reason why someone could go to school?
    3. Why could someone get a job they wanted? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Share the love: Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.
    3. Third from the top: Head to your favorite blog. Scroll down to the third post in the list. Take the third sentence in the post, and work it into a new post of your own.

Wrap-up

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3-9. I quit my job to come to New York

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Let’s visit her to surprise her.
  • Let’s pray to support Jane.
  • She is exercising to lose weight.
  • He is trying to open this window.
  • He is working to support his parents.
  • She is running to catch the bus.
  • I live to eat.
  • She needs my help to finish her homework.
  • I woke up early to go to school.
  • He took a taxi to go to work.
  • I have to study English to succeed in my life.
  • We have to leave now to avoid the traffic jam.
  • You have to study hard to be a doctor.
  • Is he learning English to live in America?
  • Did you wake up to have breakfast?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
alma mater (n) the school, college or university that someone attended
She visited her old alma mater when she was back in town.
speech (n) spoken expression of ideas, opinions, etc. that is made by someone who is speaking in front of people: the ability to speak
The crowd was in awe of the host’s speech.
look forward to (phrasal verb) to expect something with pleasure
She felt she had nothing to look forward to once she returned.
bloom (v) to produce flowers: to change, grow or develop fully
The flowers in the garden started to bloom in the spring.
harden (v) to become hard or firm: to make something hard or firm
It will take a few minutes for the frosting to harden.
blossom (v) to produce flowers: to change, grow or develop fully
When the school year started, their friendship began to blossom.
meadow (n) a usually flat area of land that is covered with tall grass
Do you want to have a picnic in the meadow over there?
scenery (n) a view of natural features that is pleasing to look at
She loved looking at the mountain scenery.
humid (adj) having a lot of moisture in the air
Her room was so humid because of the warm temperatures.
bud (n) small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower
She couldn’t wait to see the buds grow into flowers.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. want / Do / to / eat / you / dinner / ?
    2. thought / he / want / would / I / go / to / .
    3. went / I / food / buy / store / the / to / to / .
    4. wanted / She / cook / nice / a / meal / to / .
    5. come / wanted / over / They / to / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. You should go now to miss. 
    2. She wanted to visit, them at their house.
    3. He went to Paris to. 
    4. Her daughter needed help, to finish her homework.
    5. You could bake a cake bring to the party.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Why would someone be running after a bus?
    2. What is a reason why you are working?
    3. Why would someone want to exercise?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Alma mater: You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
    3. Turn, turn, turn :For many of us, winter is blooming into spring, or fall hardening into winter. Which season do you most look forward to?

Wrap-up

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3-10. I tried my best not to fall asleep

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Do your best not to make a mistake.
  • Be careful not to wake up the baby.
  • Fasten your seatbelt not to get hurt.
  • I am exercising not to get sick.
  • I am running not to be late.
  • I am waiting here not to miss the bus.
  • She is trying not to lose control.
  • Kenny is writing down my number not to forget it.
  • We worked hard not to get fired.
  • They tried not to fall.
  • I have to work not to lose my job.
  • We have to practice not to disappoint our coach.
  • Are you trying not to cry?
  • Did you run away not to do your homework?
  • Did you leave not to fight?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
do-over (phrasal verb) to do something over: to do something again
They were planning to do over the living room.
imperfection (n) a small flaw or bad part
She saw a few imperfections in the gem.
unsatisfied (adj) not dealt with in a way that provides what is needed or wanted
The unsatisfied customer wanted a refund.
cherish (v) to feel or show great love for someone or something: to remember or hold in a deeply felt way
She will always cherish what he did for her.
character (n) the way someone thinks, feels and behaves: someone’s personality
They rarely saw her true character.
appreciate (v) to understand the worth or importance of something or someone: to admire and value: to be grateful for
I really appreciate your kindness.
treasure (n) something valuable that is hidden or kept in a safe place: something that is very special, important or valuable
When I went home, I took my childhood treasures back.
blemish (n) a mark that makes something imperfect or less beautiful
The table had a blemish on the fine finish.
glitch (n) an unexpected and usually minor problem
The speaker had a glitch in his presentation that caused delays.
flaw (n) a small fault or weakness
The student had a few flaws in his presentation.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. had / We / baby / the / wake / quiet / to / be / not / to / .
    2. cooking / I / hungry / be / to / am / not / .
    3. healthy / sick / get / eating / is / She / not / to / .
    4. tried / She / complain / too / much / not / to / .
    5. waiting / was / bus / the / miss / He / not / to / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
      1. You should study to not to miss learning.
      2. We’re you trying not to laugh?
      3. Walk quietly to not to wake him up.
      4. He not to miss out.
      5. They tried not to breaks the plates.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is a reason why you would work hard?
    2. When at work, what should you not do? 
    3. What should you do to not make a mistake? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Do-over: Go back to a blog post you always thought could be better, or were unsatisfied with — now, fix it.
    3. Imperfection: Imperfections — in things, in people, in places — add character to life. Tell us about an imperfection that you cherish.

Wrap-up

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3-11. I know how to find it out

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • We are learning how to speak good English.
  • I know how to drive a car.
  • I learned how to sing high.
  • She understands how to solve this.
  • We don’t know how to make friends.
  • He doesn’t understand how to calculate it.
  • She doesn’t know how to read this code.
  • I didn’t know how to use this app.
  • Do you know how to upgrade this phone?
  • Does he know how to write sentences?
  • Does she know how to install this program?
  • Did you learn how to cook?
  • Did you learn how to speak Spanish?
  • Can you teach me how to draw a lion?
  • Who taught her how to make coffee?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
press (v) to push something with strong or steady force
You have the press the button for it to start.
worth (n) an amount of something that has a specified value: usefulness or importance
He bought a week’s worth of groceries.
likely to (adj) used to indicate the chance that something will happen
His car is likely to break down sometime soon.
reasoning (n) the process of thinking about something in a logical way in order to form a conclusion or judgment
After the decision was made, he shared their reasoning.
gut (n) the inside parts of something: used to talk about feelings, ideas, etc. that come from your emotions from what seems true or right rather than from logic or reason
He knew in his gut that the situation wasn’t right.
intuition (n) the feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why: knowing without any proof
I left the job because I trusted my intuition.
personality (n) a set of emotional qualities, ways of behaving, etc. that makes a person different from other people
She has a very kind personality.
determine (v) to officially decide something because of evidence or facts: to learn or find out something by getting information
The price of the shirt will determine if I will buy it.
think through (phrasal verb) to think about all the different parts or effects of something for a period of time, especially in an effort to understand or make a decision about it
Before I make a decision, I have to think through all the options. 
spontaneous (adj) done or said in a natural and often sudden way without a lot of thought or planning
They jumped on a plane and took a spontaneous vacation.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. know / Do / shoes / your / you / how / to / tie / ?
    2. didn’t / bake / how / learn / to / She / want / to / .
    3. baby / The / hands / clap / how / knows / to / her / .
    4. want / I / drive / how / to / to / learn / . 
    5. The / sit / know / dogs / how / to / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She want to learn how to cook.
    2. They know to ski.
    3. Do you know how drive a car? 
    4. Can you learn how to writes sentences? 
    5. They wanted to know to dance like that.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is something you don’t know how to do but want to learn how to do?
    2. What do you know how to do well?
    3. What is something you want to learn how to do?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Press it: Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading
    3. Decisions, decisions: How are you more likely to make an important decision — by reasoning through it, or by going with your gut?

Wrap-up

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3-12. Teach me so that I can speak English

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Study hard so that you can pass the test.
  • Practice this pattern so that you can master English.
  • Move your car so that I can pass.
  • Open the door so that my puppy can come in.
  • Wake up early so that you don’t waste your time.
  • Write this down so that you remember it later.
  • I am saving money so that I can go to Europe.
  • We are packing so that we can leave early.
  • I helped him so that he could walk.
  • I went to the library so that I could study.
  • She turned off the alarm so that she could sleep.
  • They hired me so that I could make money.
  • You have to exercise so that you can become healthy again.
  • I have to finish this now so that I don’t have to work tomorrow.
  • Did you run so that you could catch the plane?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
charitable (adj) done or designed to help people who are poor, sick, etc.: showing kindness in talking about or judging others
He volunteers in charitable work to help others.
inherit (v) to receive from someone when that person dies or from someone who had it previously
She inherited her grandmother’s wedding ring.
instruction (n) a statement that describes how to do something
Read the instruction carefully so that you know what to do.
give away (phrasal verb) make a present of something, allow something to be known
Don’t give away the answer to the other team.
beneficiary (n) a person, organization, etc. that is helped by something: that receives money or property when someone dies
The student was a beneficiary of his grandfather’s will.
pause (n) a temporary stop
There was a long pause in the conversation.

(v) to stop doing something for a short time before doing it again
He wanted to pause the movie so that he could get a snack.

recess (n) a brief period of time during which regular activity stops
Did the group want to take a recess before continuing?
at the moment (n) the present time
We aren’t ready at the moment to take the deal. 
generous (adj) freely giving or sharing money and other valuable things
The employee was generous with her charitable gifts.
altruism (n) feelings and behavior that shows a desire to help others and a lack of selfishness
She donated all her money to the organization as an act of altruism.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. wanted / so / share / could / they / She / to / go / that / .
    2. helped / fast / done / I  / so / we / that / could / be / .
    3. go / in / Get / can / car / that / so / the / we / .
    4. better / Practice / that / get / so / you / can / .
    5. I / improve / can / so / that / hired / her / we / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. Go to bed so that you won’t to be tired.
    2. Learn so that you can better.
    3. Tell me so that me can go soon.
    4. He went to the store that he could get bread.
    5. Finish eating so we start playing.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is a reason why you should read a book?
    2. What should you do so that you can learn English?
    3. Why should you be kind to others? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Charitable: You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?
    3. S/he said: Pause whatever you’re doing, and ask the person nearest you what they’re thinking about (call someone if you have to). 

Wrap-up

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3-13. You look so beautiful when you smile

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Call me when you get there.
  • Drink coffee when you work.
  • Use my car when you pick up Ricky.
  • I was scared when I saw the zombie.
  • I was watching a movie when you called me.
  • I was exercising when you were eating pizza.
  • My sister was sleeping when I came.
  • They were playing a game when I was working.
  • I laughed when my daughter danced.
  • We screamed when we heard the good news.
  • Were you embarrassed when you fell?
  • Were you sad when you failed the test?
  • Did they drink water when they were thirsty?
  • Can you help me when I need you?
  • What did you do when they stole your idea?

Notes

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Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
satisfaction (n) a happy or pleased feeling because of something that you did or something that happened
He was excited about the satisfaction of a job well done.
incident (n) an unexpected and usually unpleasant thing that happens
The plates broke from an incident involving a baseball.
give rise to (phrasal verb) to cause or produce something
His kind behavior gave rise to people liking him.
charm (n) something that is believed to have magic powers and especially prevents bad luck: a quality that causes someone or something to be very likable
The cottage had a pleasant small-town charm.
fortune (n) a very large amount of money: something that happens by chance
He’ll make a fortune with this new project.
occasion (n) a special event or time
They celebrated the special occasion with a cake.
keep on (phrasal verb) to continue happening, doing something, working, etc.
The snow kept on during the entire day.
pay due (phrasal verb) to earn a position or respect of others by working hard and gaining necessary skills
To move up in the company, he had to pay his dues in late nights.
directory (n) a book that contains an alphabetical list of names of people, businesses, etc.
To find her phone number, look in the directory.
index (n) an alphabetical list at the end of a book that shows the page where each thing in the list can be found
Find the recipe for cookies in the index.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. will / They / call / you / when / come / .
    2. can / She / when / do / it / ask / you / .
    3. working / He / they / came / when / was / .
    4. sign / when / Can / arrives / it / you / ?
    5. you / Will / come / when / home / be / I / ? 
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She was working when you will bring it.
    2. Can you call when get there? 
    3. What was the price, when you went? 
    4. They playing when it started raining.
    5. I was happy when saw the presents.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What can you do at the same time as talking on the phone?
    2. What were you doing when it last rained?
    3. What did you think when you started this lesson?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. The satisfaction of a list: Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness — go silly or go deep, just go list-y.
    3. History of language: Write a piece of fiction describing the incident that gave rise to the phrase, “third time’s the charm.”

Wrap-up

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3-14. I get nervous whenever I see a foreigner

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Practice these patterns whenever you have time.
  • Ask me whenever you have a question.
  • My father is busy whenever I call him.
  • I wash my car whenever I have time.
  • He studies English whenever he has time.
  • They dance whenever they hear this song.
  • The roof leaks whenever it rains.
  • You made me laugh whenever I was sad.
  • We gave him a reward whenever he got an A.
  • I will be there whenever you need me.
  • I can buy anything whenever I want.
  • He can use my computer whenever he needs a computer.
  • Do you cry whenever you hear this song?
  • Do you snore whenever you sleep?
  • Did you visit her whenever she was sick?

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

Vocabulary

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

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
unknown (adj) not known
There is a lot that remains
unknown about him.
freaky (adj) strange or unusual
The plot twist at the end was freaky.
unexpected (adj) not expected
The ending of the movie was unexpected.
converse (v) to talk usually informally with someone
At school, we often converse in Spanish.

(n) something that is the opposite of something else
The situation was actually the converse of what he said.

swap (v) to give something and receive something in return: to trade or exchange
Do you want to swap gifts for the holidays?
in someone’s shoes (idiom) sharing a particular experience or circumstance with someone else
To really understand, you’ll need to step into someone’s shoes.
empathy (n) the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions
She felt empathy toward those in need.
vicarious (adj) experienced or felt by watching, hearing about or reading about someone else rather than by doing something yourself
Watching home videos was a vicarious experience.
on behalf of (adj) as a representative of someone
The student volunteered on behalf of her friend.
anticipate (v) to expect or look ahead to something with pleasure
I will anticipate when you return.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. sad / am / see / I / him / I / whenever / .
    2. comes / call / I / She / whenever / .
    3. around / need / whenever/ Are / you / you / I / ?
    4. studies / he / He / has / time / whenever / .
    5. babysit / Can / whenever / need / we / you / you / ?
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. She wants go whenever they go.
    2. I was happy whenever they will come.
    3. I want to swap sides whenever we lost.
    4. She can go out, whenever she wants.
    5. Were you awake whenever the baby is?
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What is something you like to do whenever you can? 
    2. What is something you do whenever you go out?
    3. How often do you go to the store?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Unknown caller: You receive a call from an unexpected person. Who is it, and what is the conversation about? Go!
    3. Freaky Friday: If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be, and why? If that seems too easy, try this one: who would you like to have spend a day as you and what do you hope they’d learn from the experience?

Wrap-up

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