Beggars can’t be choosers – English proverb

 

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For those who don’t know the meaning of “beggar”:

BEGGAR => a person who lives by asking for money, food, etc.

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Article from Daily  Mail Online

Humiliations of being a midlife renter: HANNAH BETTS is 45, gainfully employed – and has never been a homeowner

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Attack in Nice: Lorry driver confirmed as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel – BBC News

Another terrible mass murder took place yesterday in Nice (France). Below the BBC video confirming the identity of the lorry driver responsible for killing all these people:

Words you may not know:

  • Promenade: seaside walking path.
  • To piece together: to bring together (various parts or pieces) to form one complete thing.
  • Fingerprint:
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  • Lorry: 

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  • To throw a light: to clarify something; to provide an explanation for something.
  • Abominable: very bad; horrible; abhorrent; unpleasant.
  • Odd: strange or unexpected.
  • To slam: to shut (close something) with force and loud noise.
  • Frankly: in an honest and direct way. 
  • Delivery driver: a person who delivers goods to customers.
  • Petty crime: a type of crime that is not considered serious when compared with some other crimes; minor offences.
  • Breakdown: a typically sudden collapse (failure) in physical or mental health.
  • Mass murder: the act of killing a lot of people.

Throw in the towel – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • She’s not a quitter, she won’t throw in the towel.
  • You threw in the towel a long time ago.
  • In the matter that put us in opposition to China, the European Union threw in the towel by agreeing to reassess the import quotas.
  • Every time something didn’t work, we just threw in the towel and said, “Let’s forget it.” Right?
  • You think about throwing in the towel, retiring.

Click here if you are curious and you want to know the origin of this idiom:
Origin of “throw in the towel”.

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Tie the knot – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • A: When do you plan to tie the knot?
    B: Let me find a boyfriend first!
  • So when are you two going to tie the knot?
  • The girl I’m going to marry lives in Mauritius and she’ll have her own ideas about where she wants to tie the knot.

If you are curious about the origin of this idiom, check this: Tie the knot – Origin

“Tie the knot” in the news:

Just married! Ciara and Russell Wilson share first picture after fairy tale wedding in British castle with guests including Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland 

Ciara and Russell Wilson are officially married.

The happy couple tied the knot in front of their closest friends and family – including Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland – on Wednesday at a fairy tale castle in Cheshire. 

The bride wore a custom Roberto Cavalli gown as she exchanged vows with the Seattle Seahawks player at the UK’s stunning Peckforton Castle in front of their celeb pals. 

Source: Mail Online

Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett set to tie the knot

Source: Sporting News

 

Nuclear Energy Explained – How does it work? – Listening activity

Video made by In a Nutshell, a Munich-based YouTube channel, and design studio.

In my opinion, this is a very informative channel, great for English students and teachers. This is why I suggest that you check it out: In a Nutshell.

The video I picked for today’s lesson is about nuclear energy and it’s the first of a trilogy. It won’t take you long to watch it since it lasts about 5 minutes. As always, you should read the vocabulary list before watching the video. After that, you can test your listening comprehension answering some questions.

For teachers:

Before watching the video, I suggest that you ask your students what do they know about Nuclear Energy and what do they think are the pros and cons of it. Are they against or for nuclear energy? Can they justify their answer? Ask them to write down their reasons and if you have enough time, made a mind map with all the pros and cons.

VOCABULARY

  • Frustrating: making you feel annoyed or less confident because you cannot achieve what you want.
    Ex. It’s frustrating when you’re not on the same page.

  • Get/come to grips with something: to start to deal with a problem, situation, or job that you have to do.
    Ex. We need to get to grips with our different world views.

  • Spin-off: something useful that results from work done to produce something else.
    Ex. The World Summit on the Information Society produced valuable results; it also had a spin-off, a focusing effect.

  • On your feet: in a good position or condition.
    Ex. Experts say the economy should be back on its feet any year now.

  • Hangover:  a letdown, as after a period of excitement.
    Ex. The students hadn’t recovered from their summer break hangover yet and did terribly on their first test.

  • To stick with something: to continue to do or use something, and not change it.
    Ex. If you’ve found something that makes you happy, you should stick with it.

  • To skyrocket: to increase quickly to a very high level or amount.
    Ex. Housing prices have skyrocketed in recent months.

  • Dazzling: very attractive or exciting.
    Ex. The actor has had a dazzling career.

  • Pace: the speed at which something happens.
    Ex. Since the elections of 1998, the pace of reform has been impressive.

  • Underdog: in a competition, the person or team considered to be the weakest and the least likely to win.
    Ex. It was a surprise to everyone when the underdog won the match.

  • Nuclear fission: a process in which the nucleus of a heavy atom is split apart.

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  •  On the brink of: extremely close to.
    Ex. Eagleton is on the brink of an epic financial disaster.

  •  Turbine: an engine that has a part with blades that are caused to spin by pressure from water, steam, or air.
  • To threaten:  to be likely to harm or destroy something.
    Ex. Difficulties experienced by an individual institution may affect other banks in a way which could threaten the banking system as a whole.

  •  Drawn-out: continuing for or taking a long time.

    Ex. The network doesn’t want a long, drawn-out trial.

Downloadable PDF version: VOCABULARY – Nuclear Energy Explained

After watching the video, try to answer the following questions:

1. What did private companies think about nuclear power?
2. When did nuclear power’s success finally come?
3. What were the advantages of the light water reactor?
4. What does a water reactor do?
5. Is the water reactor the safest one?
6. What happened in 1979?
7. When did the Chernobyl catastrophe take place?
8. What’s the situation today?

Downloadable PDF version (Questions): NUCLEAR ENERGY EXPLAINED – Questions

Downloadable PDF version (Answers): NUCLEAR ENERGY EXPLAINED – Answers