Lesson 10: Money Idioms

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • Kevin: I want to take you out for your birthday dinner, but I will foot the bill.
  • Dorothy: That’s sweet of you! You must have money to burn.
  • Kevin: I made a killing in the stock market the other day so I have some extra money.
  • Dorothy: Wow! You better not spend it all. You should save some for a rainy day.





Using idioms about money

Read the idioms below out loud with your tutor. Try using each idiom in a sentence about your own life.

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money talks Money gives one power and influence to help get things done or get one’s own way.

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nest egg money that has been saved up

Example: Everyone needs a nest egg for retirement.

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money doesn’t grow on trees – it’s not easy to get money


  • Son: Dad, can you buy me a nice car for my 18th birthday?
  • Dad: Son, I can’t afford to buy you a nice car. Money doesn’t grow on trees.

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saving for a rainy day to keep something, especially money, for a time in the future when it might be needed

Example: One never knows when you will need money. You better be saving for a rainy day.

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cost an arm and a leg – something that is extremely expensive

Example: That Porsche cost me an arm and a leg!

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Make a sentence using the idiom about money.

  • nest egg We need to build a nest egg so we have money for vacation next year.
  • saving for a rainy day _____________________________________________.
  • to foot the bill _____________________________________________.
  • money doesn’t grow on trees _______________________________________.
  • money to burn __________________________________________________.
  • money talks__________________________________________________.
  • cash cow ____________________________________________________.
  • to make a killing _______________________________________________.
  • to cut your losses ________________________________________________.
  • cost an arm and a leg _____________________________________________.




Discussion Questions

  1. What is your personal philosophy regarding saving money? Are you more of a saver or a spender?
  2. Who has the best money habits in your family? Why?
  3. Talk about a time you regretted not purchasing something.
  4. What is the best purchase you’ve made recently? Why was it the best purchase?
  5. How would you describe the spending patterns in your country? How does it differ with other countries?






(Image Source: 1. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/116741815318497552/, 2. http://thai.langhub.com/th-en/learn-english-blog/480-cost-an-arm-and-a-leg)

Lesson 9: Using Modal Verbs

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • Kevin: I could play the piano really well when I was younger, but since I haven’t played it in years, I’m rusty.
  • Dorothy: You should start practicing again! If you did, would you regain your ability quickly?
  • Kevin: I think I would, but it would take some time. I shouldn’t have stopped taking lessons. I could have been a pro by now!
  • Dorothy: Well, there’s no use thinking about what could have been. You must seize the moment and get started now!


Learning the main modal verbs

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. These are the main modal verbs.

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Using the main modal verbs

Read the diagrams below out loud with your tutor. It goes over different ways to use each of the main modal verbs. Come up with your own example sentence for each main modal as you go over them.

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Fill in the blank with the correct modal verb. There may be more multiple correct answers.

  • Could you lend me a pen, please? I forgot mine at home. (polite request)
  • He (1) ___________ go to the party because he’s not feeling well.
  • It (2) __________ be great if you could drop me off at the library.
  • Your brother needs help with his English so you (3) __________ help him.
  • There are lots of dark clouds in the sky. I think it (4)________ rain. (high probability)

Make a sentence using the modal verb.

  • might According to the weather forecast, it might snow tonight. (small chance)
  • will  ______________________________________________________.
  • wouldn’t __________________________________________________.
  • should ___________________________________________________.
  • must  _____________________________________________________.

Make a sentence using the modal verb.

  • mustn’t You mustn’t walk on the floor with your dirty shoes.
  • may  _____________________________________________________.
  • can  ______________________________________________________.
  • shall _____________________________________________________.
  • would ____________________________________________________.

Discussion Questions

  1. If a tourist were to visit your hometown, what should he do and see?
  2. If everyone in the world spoke the same language, do you think the world would be a better place? What would be some pros and some cons?
  3. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  4. What are some things you could do when you were younger but no longer can? What changed?
  5. What are some things that you think may happen in the coming year?

(Image Source: 1. https://ankaralegalenglish.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/modal-verbs.jpg, 2. http://viandregrammar.blogspot.com/2013_10_01_archive.html, 3. https://www.tes.com/lessons/UpOAnsAbEb2gmQ/modal-verbs)

Answer Key:

(1) can’t / won’t / mustn’t / shouldn’t / may not

(2) would

(3) could / should / must / can

(4) may

Lesson 8: Opinions

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • Kevin: Are you an opinionated person?
  • Dorothy: Personally speaking, I like to express my opinion. However, I don’t like to fight over an issue or topic. Furthermore, I wish people would understand that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.
  • Kevin: I couldn’t agree more. Too many people get uptight when expressing their point of view.
  • Dorothy: Even though people have different opinions, some people need to step back and look at both sides of the story.




Using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

Read this diagram out loud with your tutor. 

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  • Even though he is opinionated, he is entitled to his own opinion.
  • I’m in favor of his opinion, yet I don’t agree with everything he said.
  • Since a majority of the people think it’s a worthwhile cause, we will not oppose it.
  • I agree with you entirely, because you provided enough pros to convince me.
  • I’m sorry to disagree with you, but your argument is unfair.
  • [come up with your own sentence using a coordinating conjunction]
  • [come up with your own sentence using a subordinating conjunction]


How to express opinions.

Read this diagram out loud with your tutor. Then role-play a discussion where you and your tutor debate whether cats or dogs are the best pet. Use as many of the below expressions as possible.Screenshot 2017-01-05 19.25.38.png

Note: There are other phrases and sentences to express opinions. These are just some examples.





Go over the vocabulary and expressions below with your tutor. Try using each in a sentence.

entitled 📘
pro 📘
con 📘
in favor of 📘
unfair 📘
argument 📘
opinionated 📘
oppose 📘
support 📘
worthwhile 📘





Write a sentence using the coordinating or subordinating conjunction.

  • unless You can’t sit in the exit row of a plane, unless you are physically capable of opening the door.
  • so  ______________________________________________________.
  • after _____________________________________________________.
  • and ______________________________________________________.
  • because __________________________________________________.




Make a sentence using the phrase or sentence given and the vocabulary above.

  • It is widely believed that most politicians support the people they serve but I disagree.
  • I’d suggest that ____________________________________________.
  • It is considered ____________________________________________.
  • That’s a good point _________________________________________.
  • Yes, but don’t you think _____________________________________.


Fill in the blank with a word in the vocabulary list above that completes the sentence the best. You may have to use the plural form and it’s possible that more than one word can be used.

  • She thinks she’s entitled to the job, even though she doesn’t have the experience.
  • I’m (1) ________________ going to the Fiji Islands for vacation next year.
  • In my humble opinion, the (2) ____________ outweigh the (3)____________.
  • It’s (4) __________________ to further your education, because it only helps.
  • On the contrary, I think it’s (5) ___________ that everyone has to pay the same amount of taxes.




Make an opinion using the opinion type. Use the vocabulary from the list above and a conjunction.

  • to disagree: I don’t agree with you, because he didn’t backup his argument with facts.
  • to agree: __________________________________________________.
  • general point of view: _______________________________________.
  • personal point of view: ______________________________________.
  • to disagree: _______________________________________________.




  • Role-play a debate with your tutor. Each of you takes the position that the other’s country is better than yours.
  • Role-play a debate with your tutor. Each of you takes the position that the other’s native language is harder to learn than yours.




(Image source: 1. http://jeope.blogspot.com/2008/11/166-opinions-are-like-belly-buttons.html, 2. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/541980136387260884/)


Answer Key:

(1) in favor of

(2) pros (or cons)

(3) cons (or pros, if cons are used in #2)

(4) worthwhile

(5) unfair

Lesson 7: Adjectives ending in -ed and -ing

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • Kevin: The movie we saw last night was boring. I almost fell asleep within the first fifteen minutes.
  • Dorothy: I’m sorry. I was worried that you were not going to like it.
  • Kevin: It’s ok. Next time, let’s decide together which movie to watch.
  • Dorothy: Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the choices, and I pick a bad movie.




Using adjectives that end in -ed and -ing.

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Can you come up with some example sentences of each?

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Go over the vocabulary and expressions below with your tutor. Then practice making sentences with each word.

disgusted 📘 disgusting 📘
shocked 📘 shocking 📘
soothed 📘 soothing 📘
worried 📘 worrying 📘
overwhelmed 📘 overwhelming 📘
insulted 📘 insulting 📘
confused 📘 confusing 📘
inspired 📘 inspiring 📘
bored 📘 boring 📘
embarrassed 📘 embarrassing 📘

Practice: Tell your tutor about a time you felt embarrassed.





Make a sentence using the -ed or -ing adjective.

  • embarrassed  The student was embarrassed because he was the only one who forgot to do his homework.
  • disgusted  ________________________________________________.
  • inspiring __________________________________________________.
  • confused _________________________________________________.
  • shocking _________________________________________________.




Fill in the blank with the correct word ending in -ing or -ed.

  • shock
    • It’s shocking to hear that the world is full of corruption.
  • inspire
    • He is (1) _______________ by his brother’s success in life.
  • soothe
    • The soft tranquil music is (2) ______________ to my ears.
  • confuse
    • His daughter said she was totally (3) ______________ about questions  at the job interview.
  • disgust
    • A lot of the streets in big cities are (4) ______________ because people don’t know how to use the trash bins.



Using the vocabulary list above, fill in the blank with the correct “ed” or “ing” word.

  • The TV program about psychology was so boring, I switched channels.
  • I’m (5) ________________ with too much homework and tests to study for.
  • The lady was (6) ________________ by the foul language used by the man talking to her.
  • The increase in violent crimes is (7) _________________.
  • Relationships can be (8) _________________ because sometimes people don’t communicate well.




Is the word ending in “ed” or “ing” an adjective or verb?

  • Am I boring you with my opinion about politics?  verb
  • She shocked everyone with the news about her pregnancy.  (9) _______
  • The mall is overwhelming on Saturdays because too many people are shopping. (10) _______
  • All of us are inspired by her countless acts of kindness. (11) _______
  • I’m embarrassing myself right now with my foolishness. (12) _______



Discussion Questions

  • Tell your tutor about a time you felt overwhelmed. What happened?
  • Tell your tutor about a time you felt insulted. What happened?
  • Who is the most inspiring person in your life? Why?
  • What is more worrying to you: family troubles or political troubles?




(Source: 1. https://vemqueteexplico.blogspot.com/2013/02/adjetivos-terminados-em-ed-e-ing.html, 2. http://www.grammar.cl/Notes/Adjectives_ED_ING.htm, 3. http://lanouvelleboheme.com/most-embarrassing-language-mistakes/, 4. https://englishhelponline.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/embarrassed.jpg)


Answer Key:

(1) inspired

(2) soothing

(3) worried

(4) disgusting

(5) overwhelmed

(6) shocked / disgusted

(7) worrying/shocking

(8) confusing

(9) verb

(10) adjective

(11) adjective

(12) verb

Lesson 6: Personality Types

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • Kevin: I’m tired of people being arrogant! I was on the bus the other day and this man talked about how much better he was than the rest of his colleagues.
  • Dorothy: I know what you mean. I work with one of the most tedious people in the world.
  • Kevin: Let’s be more positive! Who is brainier: you or your sister?
  • Dorothy: Well, not to be arrogant, but I would have to say me. However, my sister is the humblest person in the world.




Using comparatives and superlatives.

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Then practice making sentences with some of the words listed.

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Note: Comparatives compare 2 items. Superlatives compare more than 2 items.




Irregular Forms

Here are some common irregular comparatives and superlatives. Practice making sentences with some of the words listed.

Adjective Comparative Superlative
good better the best
bad worse the worst
far further / farther the furthest / farthest
little less the least
many/much more the most
old older / elder the oldest / the eldest




Go over the vocabulary and expressions below with your tutor. Then practice using each word in a sentence.

characteristic (n) 📘
trait (n) 📘
clever (adj) 📘
brainy (adj) 📘
arrogant (adj) 📘
deceitful (adj) 📘
introverted (adj) 📘
extroverted (adj) 📘
know-it-all (n) 📘
comical (adj) 📘
diligent (adj) 📘
tedious (adj) 📘
humble (adj) 📘
withdrawn (adj) 📘
grumpy (adj) 📘






Make a sentence using the word to describe someone.

  • tedious  Sometimes my best friend can be tedious, especially when he gets up in the morning.
  • know-it-all ________________________________________________.
  • comical __________________________________________________.
  • clever ____________________________________________________.
  • diligent ___________________________________________________.




Using the personality traits in the vocabulary table above, describe and compare the personality traits of the two people. Use the comparative form.

  • mother and father

My mother is more introverted than my father.

  • two of your cousins


  • an aunt and an uncle


  • a thief and a good person


  • two of your fellow students, colleagues, or friends





Fill in the blank with the correct superlative form of the adjective.

  • She is most withdrawn when she is talking with total strangers. (withdrawn)
  • The other day I met the (1) _______________ teacher in the world, because he was not friendly in the least bit. (grumpy)
  • My sister’s cat is the (2) _______________ cat I know. (clever)
  • If you had to pick the (3) _________________ co-worker, who would it be? (diligent)
  • My boss is the biggest know-it-all in the office. Furthermore, he is the (4) ____________________ person in the company. (arrogant)





Write a sentence using the adjective in the comparative and superlative.

  • deceitful

comparative: Politicians can be more deceitful than thieves.

superlative: Politicians are the most deceitful people with power.

  • comical

comparative: _____________________________________________.

superlative: ______________________________________________.

  • humble

comparative: _____________________________________________.

superlative: ______________________________________________.

  • brainy

comparative: _____________________________________________.

superlative: ______________________________________________.

  • extroverted

comparative: _____________________________________________.

superlative: ______________________________________________.



Discussion Questions

  1. Who is the cleverest person you know? What makes him/her cleverer than most people?
  2. Who is the most extroverted member of your family? Describe how he/she behaves.
  3. Do you have any friends who are know-it-alls? Describe how those people make you feel.
  4. What is the most tedious task you’ve done this week? What makes it so tedious?



(Source: 1.http://www.grammar.cl/Games/Comparatives_Superlatives.htm, 2. http://ubdavid.org/kids-world/lets-talk-about/graphics/careless15.jpg)


Answer Key:

(1) grumpiest

(2) cleverest

(3) most diligent

(4) most arrogant

Lesson 5: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • Kevin: Hey mate! Have you ever been to Scotland?
  • John: I haven’t been there myself. What about you?
  • Kevin: I went by myself last year. I saw a lot of men wearing kilts, and I went to Loch Ness.
  • John: Lovely! My wife wants us to go, but by ourselves and not with the kids.


Read the new skills out loud with your tutor.

When to use reflexive pronouns (i.e. myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself, ourselves, yourselves, themselves)

  1. When the subject and the object refer to the same person or thing


  • He accidentally cut himself while he was chopping the vegetables.
  • She bought a present for herself.
  • [make up your own sentence]
  1. When we want to emphasize the subject


  • My mother likes to eat by herself.
  • I did it myself.
  • [make up your own sentence]
  1. To mean the same as “also”


  • Annabelle was pretty happy last night. I was pretty happy myself.
  • [make up your own sentence]

“Ourselves” and “Themselves” 

We use “themselves” or “ourselves” when the action is being done to the same people doing the action. Take note of the difference between these sets of sentences:

  • Mark and Sarah fed themselves. (They each ate food, with no one else helping them).
  • Mark and Sarah fed each other. (Mark gave food to Sarah and she gave food to Mark).
  • Mike and Carol bought each other presents for Christmas
  • Mike and Carol bought themselves presents for Christmas (Mike bought a present for himself and Carol bought a present for herself).

Common British Icons

Go over each with your tutor. 

Food and drinks

Go over each common British term with your tutor. Try using one of the words in a sentence.

  • Fish and Chips: The most traditional dish is fish and chips. It’s the most common thing to eat when you’re by the seaside. (fried fish and french fries)
  • Chicken Tikka Masala: It’s an Indian dish which was invented in England, and is now the most commonly eaten dish when eating out in a restaurant.
  • a cuppa: a hot drink, cup of tea, cup of coffee
  • a brew: a cup of tea
  • nosh: food

Typical words used

Go over each with your tutor. Try using one of the words in a sentence.

  • lovely: nice
  • blinding: something is fantastic
  • mate: friend (used as a friendly way of talking to someone, especially a man)
  • footy: football (soccer)
  • init: slang word for “isn’t it?” (usually when asking for confirmation of something you just said)
  • brilliant: something is exciting or wonderful
  • kilt: A traditional skirt with many folds, made from tartan cloth and traditionally worn by Scottish men and boys.


All about the UK. Use the new skill section above to answer the following questions.

  • What word would you use if you were ordering a cup of coffee?  a cuppa
  • Where would you go to see Nessie? (1) ____________________
  • If you wanted to take a city tour in London, what would you ride on? (2) ____________
  • What is another name used to mean food? (3) _________________
  • If you are male in Scotland, you may be wearing one of these? (4) _____________

Fill in the blanks using words from the UK and reflexive pronouns.

  • Kevin: Hi mate! Can you go to the football match by yourself? I need to go eat some nosh with my girlfriend.
  • John: Ok, (5) ________. Are you going by (6) ________________?
  • Kevin: Yes, we are going by (7) ___________. Afterwards we’re going to take a city tour on one one of those (8) ___________________________.
  • John: (9) ________________! Since you’re not going to the match with me, I will go (10) _________________. Later on, I will go to the coffee shop and have (11) _______________ coffee.
  • Kevin: It sounds like a plan to me! (12) ____________?

Fill in the blank with a reflexive pronoun or each other.

  • They want to see the Loch Ness Monster themselves.
  • My brothers argue a lot so they don’t talk to (13) ___________________.
  • The cat in the pet store likes to look at (14) ____________ in the window.
  • She used YouTube to teach (15) ___________ English.
  • We wanted to take the tour to see Big Ben, but we couldn’t get (16) _______________ out of bed.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever been to the UK? If so, what was your experience like?
  2. Have you watched a filmed set in the UK? If so, what did you learn about the UK from the film?
  3. Do you prefer American English or British English? Why?
  4. If you were to visit the UK, what would you want to do there?
  5. Which English speaking country would you most like to live in? Why?

(Source: 1. http://www.languageopenlearning.com, 2. http://www.grammar.cl/Notes/Reflexive_Pronouns.htm, 3. http://www.kaplaninternational.com/blog/british-slang, 4. http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/slang/common-uk-expressions-slang.html)

Answer Key:

(1) Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands

(2)  double-decker buses

(3) nosh

(4) kilt

(5) mate

(6) yourselves

(7) ourselves

(8) double-decker buses

(9) brilliant / blinding / lovely

(10) by myself

(11) cuppa

(12) Init

(13) each other

(14) itself/himself/herself

(15) herself

(16) ourselves

Lesson 4: At A Coffee Shop

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • K: I’m going to get another cup of coffee. Do you want something else?
  • D: I’ll take an Americano with a shot of vanilla syrup. Could you also bring me two packets of sugar?
  • K: You got it! Do you want anything to eat?
  • D: I want a sandwich, but I don’t like what’s on the menu. Could you ask them if they have other choices?
  • K: Sure, I will ask them. Two cups of Joe and 1 sandwich coming right up!


Using “another,” “other,” and “others” 

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor.  Then try coming up with a sentence using each of the three words

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Other can be placed before the pronoun “ones” when the meaning is clear from the text before it.

  • We don’t need those books, we need other ones. (= different books)
  • A: You can borrow my books if you like. B: Thanks, but I need other ones. (= other books)

Note: you can say “other one” when it refers to wanting the alternative.

  • I don’t want this one, I want the other one.

Others as a pronoun

Others replace “other ones” or “other + plural noun”.
Only others can be used as a pronoun and not “other”.

  • I don’t like these postcards. Let’s ask for others. (others = other postcards)
  • Some of the presidents arrived on Monday. Others arrived the following day.

Others – the others

Often “(the) others” refers to “(the) other people”.

  • He has no interest in helping others. (= in helping other people)
  • What are the others doing tonight?

What is the difference between other and others?

“Other” is followed by a noun or a pronoun
“Others” is a pronoun and is NOT followed by a noun.

  • These shoes are too small. Do you have any other shoes?
  • These shoes are too small. Do you have any others? (no noun after others)
Source: http://www.grammar.cl/english/another-other-others.htm

Common ways to express containers and quantities.

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Then practice making a few sentences with some of the items.

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Fill in the blank with “another”, “other”, “others.”

  • Could you tell the others to come to the coffee shop?
  • I want (1) ____________ glass of water, as I’m done with this one.
  • (2) __________ people want to order coffee and food.
  • The (3) __________ asked for coffee to go.
  • She doesn’t like the (4) _________ types of coffee.

Practice placing a to go order at your favorite restaurant. Be creative!


This order is to go. I want a large iced mocha with milk and one packet of sugar. In addition, I want an egg sandwich with cheese. Could I get an extra slice of cheese on the sandwich, please?

Fill in the blank with the correct container or quantity. Several answers may be correct.

  • How many rolls of toilet paper are in the bathroom?
  • She wants a (5) ________ of tea and I would like a (6) ________ of water.
  • If you go to the supermarket, I need a (7) ________ of flour, a (8) __________ of milk, and a  (9) ____________ of ice cream.
  • To make a toasted cheese sandwich you need two (10) ____________ of bread and two (11) ___________ of cheese.
  • My mother asked me to buy a (12) _________ of tape, a (13) ________ of scissors, and (14) ___________ of thread.

Come up with 4 sentences using “another,” “other,” “others.” Try to use some examples of containers and quantities in your sentences.

  • The other day I bought another tube of toothpaste.
  • _________________________________________________________.
  • _________________________________________________________.
  • _________________________________________________________.
  • _________________________________________________________.

Discussion Questions

  1. What have you done recently to help others? Did you enjoy how it felt?
  2. Describe the ingredients and quantities you need to make your favorite dish.
  3. Who is your best friend? How do you treat one another?
  4. What items do you currently have in your kitchen? Describe both the item and the quantity.

(Source: http://www.grammar.cl/english/another-other-others.htm)



Answer Key:

(1) another

(2) Other

(3) others

(4) other

(5) cup

(6) glass / cup

(7) bag

(8) quart / half-gallon / gallon / carton

(9) carton

(10) loaves

(11) pounds

(12) roll

(13) pair

(14) spool

Lesson 3: The Weather

 Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Then describe the weather today to your tutor using some of the new words.

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • K: Do you like the hot or cold weather?
  • D: I like both. If it’s hot, I go to the beach. If it’s cold, I will turn up the heat.
  • K: It was raining earlier. Do you like either rain or snow?
  • D: I like neither rain nor snow. Though if it had rained earlier with the sun out, there would have been a nice rainbow.




Using “both,” “either,” and “neither”

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Then make a sample sentence on your own using one of the words.Screenshot 2017-01-05 13.07.09.png



Using conditionals

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Then practice saying a conditional sentence that applies to your own life.

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Answer the following personal questions about the weather. Use a complete sentence and use the weather vocabulary above.

  • What’s the weather like in your city now? It’s hot and humid. The forecast is calling for thundershowers.
  • What’s the weather like in your country in the winter? __________________________________________________.
  • What’s the weather like in your country in the summer? __________________________________________________.
  • Describe the weather in another city you visited. __________________________________________________.
  • Describe the type of weather you enjoy the most. __________________________________________________.



Fill in the blank with a word about the weather to complete the first conditional sentence.

  • If there’s a downpour, it will flood the streets.
  • If it (1) _____________, we will build a snowman.
  • If it’s (2) ___________, it will rain.
  • If it’s (3) ___________, I will put on a coat.
  • If it’s (4) ___________, I will turn on the air conditioner.



Fill in the blanks with both/and, either/or, neither/nor, or both, either, and neither by themselves.

  • Neither a blizzard nor a hurricane will stop superman.
  • (5) __________ snow (6) _________ sleet can make the roads slippery.
  • I have never seen snow. (7) ______________ have I.
  • It will be (8) ___________ cold (9) ________ freezing tomorrow.
  • (10) __________ of the weather channels are forecasting it to be freezing and blustery next week.



Discussion Questions

  1. What is the weather typically like in your country? How is it in the summer compared to the winter?
  2. Do you like both rain and sunshine, or just one or the other? Why?
  3. Describe your ideal weather. What kind of activities do you like to do outside?
  4. Does your family also enjoy the same type of weather as you do? Does anyone in your family enjoy various kinds weather? Why?
  5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?



(Source: http://www.grammar.cl/english/both-either-neither.htm)


Answer Key:

(1) snows

(2) cloudy

(3) cold

(4) hot

(5) Both

(6) and

(7) Neither

(8) either

(9) or

(10) Both

Lesson 2: Health Problems

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Then tell your tutor about the last time you experienced one of these health problems.Screenshot 2017-01-05 11.37.37.png


Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • K: Dorothy, I think I broke my leg! Can you take me to the San Francisco Regional Hospital?
  • D: Of course! Are you in a lot of pain?
  • K: Yes, but I took some pain medication.
  • D: Stay here until I return with my car. I’m sure the team of doctors at the hospital will take good care of you.


Read the new skills out loud with your tutor. Then practice role-playing a conversation you might have with your friend about your last illness.

How to ask someone if they are sick or don’t feel well?

  • How do you feel?
  • How are you feeling?
  • Is everything ok?
  • You don’t look well. Are you ok?

Common negative responses:

  • I’m not well.
  • I’m sick.
  • I don’t feel so good.
  • I don’t feel well.
  • I’m a little under the weather. (idiom)

Common positive responses:

  • I’m fine.
  • I’m well.
  • I’m ok.

Common responses when you hear someone is sick:

  • What’s the matter?
  • What’s wrong?
  • What’s the problem?

To express your illness:

  • I have a cold.
  • I got a headache.
  • My stomach hurts.
  • I’ve got a broken leg.

(Note: Notice we usually use the verbs “have” and “got” to express illness.)

Using the different types of nouns. 

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. See if you can come up with your own example for each type as you go over them.

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  • Common: Kevin has to go to the hospital.
  • Proper: Kevin has to go to the San Francisco Regional Hospital.
  • Countable: Kevin has a broken leg. Kevin has two broken legs.
  • Uncountable: I can see the sadness on Kevin’s face.
  • Concrete: Kevin can’t put his sock on his foot because it’s broken.
  • Abstract: The sadness of his death is overwhelming.
  • Compound: Kevin will use his credit card to pay the hospital bill.
  • Collective: The team of doctors will make Kevin better.

Note: some nouns can be multiple types. For example, sadness and happiness can be uncountable or abstract.


Read the following dialogue and fill in the blanks with the proper words or phrases about health problems.

  • K: Hi Dorothy, You don’t look well today. Is everything ok?
  • D: I don’t (1) _______________.
  • K: I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. (2) _________________________?
  • D: I started to feel sick last night. I have (3) ____________________.


Identify the specified noun in each sentence.

  • Dorothy was out in the sun too long today. Now she has a sunburn.

Proper noun: Dorothy                 Compound noun: sunburn

  • Relaxation helps you feel better when you are sick.

Uncountable: (4) ____________ Abstract: (5) _____________

  • The boy is going to the dentist because he has a toothache.

Common: (6) ______________ Compound: (7) ____________

  • Take one tablespoon of cough syrup every six hours.

Compound: (8) ____________ Countable: (9) _____________

  • Dr. Smith said you have a broken nose.

Proper: (10) _____________ Concrete: (11) ______________


Identify the health problem. Write a sentence using I have or I got.

  • Your ear hurts and you have trouble hearing. I have an earache.
  • You fell off your bike and have a lot of pain in your wrist. You go to the hospital and the doctor puts a cast on your hand and wrist. ____________________________________.
  • You ate some bad food for breakfast and you have a lot of pain in your stomach.   _________________________________________.
  • Your body is very hot, especially your forehead. _______________________________________________.
  • You were walking in a field of tall grass and weeds. Later your skin becomes red and itches. _________________________________________________.


Discussion questions

  • What is the worst illness or injury you’ve had? Describe the symptoms to your tutor.
  • Do you have any home remedies for a cold? If so, describe them.
  • Have you ever broken a bone? If so, what happened?


(Image source: http://www.vocabulary.cl/english/health-problems.htm)



Answer Key:

(1) feel so good

(2) What’s the matter?

(3) a cold

(4) Relaxation

(5) sick

(6) boy / dentist

(7) toothache

(8) tablespoon

(9) hours

(10) Dr. Smith

(11) nose

Lesson 1: General Business English

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Practice by reading the dialogue with your tutor. After you are done, switch roles and do it again!

  • K: Our manager said we will be having a meeting soon. He wants us to submit our expenses for our business trips.
  • D: Is that all we are going to discuss?
  • K: No, we will also discuss the 3rd quarter sales results.
  • D: I need to follow up with my clients. In addition, I need to write up my sales and expense reports.


Scheduling an internal meeting via email

Usually, internal meetings are scheduled by email. The inviter creates a meeting notice and sends it out to the invitees. Read the sample email below out loud with your tutor.

Sample Email:

To: kevin@BE.com; dorothy@BE.com; tim@BE.com; joe@BE.com; tom@BE.com

cc: director@BE.com

From: john@BE.com

Subject: Meeting

Hi Everyone:

We will be having a meeting next Monday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am in my office.

Everyone is expected to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 3rd quarter sales results. In addition, I will be collecting your expense reports.

Please ensure you are prepared for the meeting and remember to put your cell phones on silent before the meeting starts.

Thank you,


Discussion questions: Have you written any meeting notices or meeting emails? If so, describe the occasion. Do you need to write in English at your job or school? If so, how often and for what?

Using Business English phrasal verbs

Read the diagram below out loud with your tutor. Practice making some sample sentences using the new words.



Go over the vocabulary and phrases below with your tutor. Try using each one in a sentence.

business meeting 📘
presentation 📘
negotiation 📘
communicating in English 📘
meeting clients 📘
entertaining clients 📘
business trip 📘
telephoning 📘
writing reports 📘
business emails 📘
taking notes 📘
overseas visitors 📘


Fill in the blank with the correct Business English phrasal verb using the photo above.

  • It’s getting late. Let’s wrap things up and go home.
  • The end of the year is approaching quickly. I need to (1) __________ my goals for the next year.
  • Kevin has been working too many hours lately. I think he is (2) ___________.
  • There are many projects to finish before the end of the 2nd quarter. I need some volunteers to (3) ________ them ________.
  • If you don’t (4) ______________ after a job interview, it could prevent you from securing the job.


Match the vocabulary in the table above with its meaning.

  • When you and your co-workers go to a designated place to talk with customers. meeting clients
  • A journey to another city to conduct work for your company.  (5) ______________
  • The act of summarizing information from a business meeting. (6) ______________
  • Information is written down during a meeting with clients. (7) ______________
  • You are giving a slide show to management about a new product. (8) ____________


Write your own meeting notification email. Use some of the words from the table above.






Pick four Business English phrasal verbs from the image above and write your own sentence.

  • Please follow up with your team members to ensure they arrive on time for the meeting.
  •  _____________________________________________________.
  • ______________________________________________________.
  • ______________________________________________________.
  • ______________________________________________________.


Discussion Questions

  1. What do you do for a living? What kind of tasks do you do day-to-day?
  2. When was the last time you had a business meeting? If so, describe what the meeting was about.
  3. When was the last time you made a presentation? If so, what was the presentation about?
  4. Describe the last time you made a mistake at work. What happened? Why?

(Image source: 1. http://livelearnlanguages.com/en/node/314, 2. http://www.englishandculture.com/)


Answer Key:

(1) come up with

(2) burned out

(3) carry them out

(4) follow up

(5) business trip

(6) writing up, or writing a report

(7) taking notes

(8) presentation