Coming into the new year can be kind of jarring. One day it's 2018 and the next it's 2019, for me it felt like a quantum leap. I've never seen Dr. Who the series about time travel, but I feel like we time travel every year to a new space and time and we do it without making a big fuss, like it is no big deal. So, travel is the theme, but this is small scale travel, not time travelling although perhaps we should do a series on that. No, this is about commuting and hot desking if you don't know what either of those things are in English you have a treat ahead of you! If you want to learn more about hot desking read the entire article; http://iteslj.org/questions/commuting.html. There is a small talk section in this issue, let's see if you can use it to start a conversation in English, if you would like to learn more questions about commuting and travel, check out; http://iteslj.org/questions/commuting.html
Answer key: You must find your own way out of the maze. Good luck! Which of these professions follows a route? Knowing which one of these professions follows a route might be tricky. My answers are mail courier, paper courier, and semi-driver. You could make an argument for the others, and please do! Finding your way; route, journey, expedition, excursion, gallivanting, wanderlust, pilgrimage. If you liked this issue of Bauenglish tap that button and like it!
Happy belated new year! Let's talk about time. Time is a funny concept. You can save it and spend it when you have it, but you can’t get it back once you lose it. You can’t buy time, but you can give your time to any cause. The most precious gift you can give someone is your time, because you can’t get it back. We are looking at a few time idioms that you should know. In this post I’d like you to also think about the telephone, what it used to be and what it has become. If you've watched NCIS then you've heard some talk about drugs, so see if you get the joke. There is an essay correction exercise and ways of thinking about time. The difference between having time and doing time and a puzzling paradox about time that hopefully you can figure out. So, let’s get started!
What super hero used a phone booth as a closet. If you know this cultural reference then you know something about American culture. Who was it? Superman! The answers to the exercises: Ahead of time, behind the times, have the time of your life, Time will tell, Only a matter of time. If you can't figure out what these idioms mean, look them up. What the difference between in due time and do time? In due time, means in the appropriate or time given to finish a project. Do time is slang for to go to jail and have a prison sentence. If you give someone a hard time, that means you pressure them annoy them or make it difficult for them with sarcasm or some kind of verbal kidding or abuse. If you do hard time, again this is slang for to have a very long jail sentence 5 years or more. In the U.S. or in American films you will here these idioms.
Find the errors and correct them. There are ten. 1. peace/piece, 2. passed/past 3. nowdays/nowadays 4. remembered/reminded 5. ananosecond/ a nanosecond 6. fiend/friend 7. hood/hook 8. a ugly face/ an ugly face 9. witch/which 10. losser/ loser. Thanks for spending time with me and learning some English and Culture at Bauenglish.
This is the end of the year for me. The last post before the new year. I’ll be on vacation until the end of January, but as soon as I get back I’ll get started. I hope you’ve laughed and learned something from my articles. I’d like to know if you find my lessons entertaining as well as helpful. Please leave a comment or like the page.
This last post is a logic puzzle idea that I got from eslprintables.
Here is another Xmas post for more fun.
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ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, ELT
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