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

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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
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

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

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

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

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

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

3-30. Take this umbrella in case it rains

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Call your boss in case you arrive late.
  • Take this banana in case you get hungry.
  • Take my credit card in case you need it.
  • Take this pill in case you have a headache.
  • Memorize this in case she asks you.
  • Use this restroom now in case there’s no restroom in the concert hall.
  • Charge your battery in case it runs out.
  • Wait here in case she shows up.
  • Bring your car in case we arrive late.
  • Buy this insurance plan in case your computer breaks.
  • Wear this mask in case they recognize you.
  • Park here in case there’s no parking lot there.
  • Lock this window in case someone comes in.
  • I will remind you in case you forget.
  • Let’s eat something in case there’s no rest area.

Notes

Here are some grammar tips. 

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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
vocab1 (v) def1
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vocab3 (v) def3
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vocab6 (v) def6
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Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. question1
    2. question2
    3. question3
    4. question4
    5. question5
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. question1
    2. question2
    3. question3
    4. question4
    5. question5
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. question1
    2. question2
    3. question3
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. question1
    3. question2

Wrap-up

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

3-18. I’ll wait here until you come back

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Run until you fall.
  • Study math until you get an A.
  • Wait here until mommy comes back.
  • I am going to stay here until 5.
  • I am going to try everything until I succeed.
  • We are not going to give up until we succeed.
  • I have to work until 10.
  • I can’t leave until 12.
  • I won’t be here until Friday.
  • She won’t come back until next week.
  • Was she sick until Saturday?
  • Are you going to practice until you become perfect?
  • Can you stay in America until they finish the project?
  • Did they wait for you until you arrived?
  • Did you keep singing until you were tired?

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
display (v) to put something where people can see it
The artist wanted to display his artwork in the gallery.
artwork (n) a painting, sculpture, photograph, etc. that is created to be beautiful or to express an important idea or feeling
The child colored with crayons in his artwork.
early bird (n) a person who rises, arrives or acts before the usual or expected time
As an early bird, she was always the first one awake in the morning.
night owl (n) a person who is habitually active or wakeful at night
Late nights at work didn’t bother him as he was a night owl.
routine (n) a regular way of doing things in a particular order
The baby will get upset if you change her routine.
tap into (phrasal verb) to put information into a machine by pushing buttons: to take or use money, knowledge, etc. from a source
We’ll need to tap into other markets to increase our profits.
tense (adj) nervous and not able to relax
Driving in the storm made her tense.
imply (v) to express something in an indirect way: to suggest something without saying or showing it plainly
His statements imply that she’s wrong.
impulse (n) a sudden strong desire to do something
When she fell, I had the impulse to rush to help her.
gather (v) to bring things or people together in a group
The girl should gather her toys when she’s done playing.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. until / Wait / call / I / .
    2. going / bell / the / Keep / until / rings / .
    3. late / until / it / He / worked / was / .
    4. slept / noon / until / She / .
    5. play / until / leave / to / have / We / can / I / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. They use candles until the power was restored.
    2. Can you wait until say it’s okay?
    3. They won’t be back, until March.
    4. Keep working until time to leave.
    5. He was sick until he goes to the doctor. 
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. How long do you work during the day?
    2. What are some things you have to wait for?
    3. How long do you have to wait for those things?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Wall to wall: What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
    3. Your time to shine: Early bird, or night owl?

Wrap-up

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3-17. He found a job while I was studying

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Study hard while you can.
  • Use this room while you’re here.
  • Visit me while you’re in America.
  • Learn some English while you study in America.
  • Drink a lot of water while you exercise.
  • Brush your teeth while you wash your face.
  • Ask me anything while I am here.
  • I thought about my family while I was in New York.
  • We bought some clothes while we were in Manhattan.
  • She took a rest while I was working.
  • We studied together while we were in the coffee shop.
  • Don’t use your phone while you drive.
  • Don’t talk while you eat.
  • Can you talk to me while you are working?
  • Can you pick up my suit while you are there?

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
duration (n) the length of time that something exists or lasts
Stay seated for the duration of the flight.
clone (v) to make an exact copy of
The class wanted to clone their pet rabbit.
split up (phrasal verb) to separate or divide into parts or groups
Let’s split up to find the lost dog.
all-time favorite (adj) used when comparing things or saying how good or bad something is of any time
Chocolate is my all-time favorite flavor.
excite (v) to cause feelings of enthusiasm in someone: to make someone feel energetic and eager to do something
Will the presentations excite the audience?
live up to (phrasal verb) to do what is required by something
The man wanted to live up to his potential.
loyal (adj) having or showing complete and constant support for someone or something
She was pleased to have such loyal friends who stood by her.
strike down (phrasal verb) to make someone unable to work, act or function in the usual way
The flu could strike down even a healthy person.
stove (n) a device that burns fuel for heating and cooking
We’ll need to use the stove to heat up our soup.
stem (n) the main long and thin part of a plant that rises above the soil and supports the leaves and flowers
Be careful with the stem of the flower.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. can / get / I / shop / You / while / gas / .
    2. ate / He / ready / she / got / while / .
    3. study / wait / you / while / You / can / .
    4. walk / while / talk / you / Can / you / ?
    5. wanted / sleep / they / to / She / while/ drove / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. I want coffee while I was here.
    2. He will want to drive, while, he can.
    3. Can you bake while you are their?
    4. She wanted to shop, while she was in town.
    5. Will you work while vacation?
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What are two things that you can do at once?
    2. What do you like to do while on vacation?
    3. What is your routine while getting ready in the morning?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Clone wars: If you could clone yourself, how would you split up your responsibilities?
    3. Second time around: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

Wrap-up

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

3-16. I called you as soon as I heard the news

Warm-up

Repeat after the tutor. 

  • Drink water as soon as wake up.
  • Scream as soon as you see the terrorist.
  • Wash your hair as soon as you come home.
  • Let’s watch this movie as soon as he comes back.
  • I want to go to Disneyland as soon as I arrive in California.
  • I passed out as soon as I saw the ghost.
  • I stopped as soon as I saw the bear.
  • She went to work as soon as she finished exercising.
  • He found a job as soon as he came back from America.
  • They read the book as soon as they bought it.
  • It rained as soon as I washed my car.
  • My dog barked as soon as I opened the door.
  • Did you watch this movie as soon as it came out?
  • Did she throw up as soon as she smelled it?
  • Did she cry as soon as she saw it?

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
stuck in your head (adj) difficult or impossible to move from a position
I hope that song isn’t stuck in your head.
permanent (adj) lasting or continuing for a very long time or forever: not temporary or changing
She couldn’t clean the permanent stain on the carpet.
rotation (n) the act or process of moving or turning around a central point
The earth makes its rotation around the sun.
encounter (v) to have or experience: to meet someone without expecting or intending to
She will encounter a problem if she doesn’t get that fixed.
fleeting (adj) not lasting: lasting only for a short time
I cherish these fleeting moments with my grandchildren.
creep on (phrasal verb) to slowly and quietly move closer to someone without being noticed
His old age creeps up on him.
eavesdrop (v) to listen secretly to what other people are saying
The children wanted to eavesdrop on the parents’ important conversation.
lash out (phrasal verb) to make a sudden and angry attack against someone
He tended to lash out at his employees.
lay out (phrasal verb) to place something on a surface in a carefully arranged way
Will you lay out the decorations, please? 
level with (phrasal verb) to speak honestly to someone
She wanted a conversation to level with me about what was going on.

Exercise

Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. call / you / you / get / it / as / soon / Will / as / ?
    2. went / could / he / as / soon / He / as / .
    3. me / score / your / Tell / as / you / soon / as/ can / .
    4. stopped / to / as / soon / I / as / they / said / . 
    5. Run / you / to / as / soon / faster / as / tells / he / .
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. Please leave as soon they come.
    2. He wanted to go to the store soon as he had money.
    3. Are you going as soon as can? 
    4. Please brew coffee as you get up.
    5. Eat an apple, as soon as, you get home.
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. What do you do as soon as you get home for the day?
    2. What do you do as soon as you get to the grocery store?
    3. What things do you open as soon as you get? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Earworm: What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?
    3. Stranger: Have you ever had a random encounter or fleeting moment with a stranger that stuck with you?

Wrap-up

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