Listening Activity based on the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’s video –“EXPLORING THE OCEAN FOR SIXTY YEARS – BEST JOB EVER” by Sylvia Earle

Complete the following sentences with the correct words:

  1. Even if you_______________________ (to see- never) the ocean or touch the ocean touches you.
  2. Every breath you take, every ______________ of water you drink it’s the ocean.
  3. For me ___________________ (to be) a biologist just ____________________ (to follow) my heart ____________________ (to lead) me to some fascinating places.
  4. As a scientist I love nothing more than being an explorer ____________________ (to discover) the nature of life itself, that sense of eureka.
  5. It’s a wonderful passport _______________ the ocean.
  6. We are just beginning to assess the magnitude of out ignorance and at the same time that we’re learning more, we’re also discovering how much we_________________________ (to lose).
  7. How do you save the ocean? You find others who __________________ (to have) a similar goal.
  8. All of us depend on these _______________________ and they’re incredibly …. In some ways they’re incredibly ______________________ if we do the right thing but they’re also …
  9. It’s a magical sight that endless horizon that just _____________________ (to stretch) out to blue infinity.
  10. You jump in the ocean and there you find ___________________________.

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Future tenses – quiz for FCE

Test your knowledge of future tenses for First Certificate English Cambridge Test - Free English Materials For You

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Simple present or present progressive?


Taken from Alexander, L. G. (1998), Longman English Grammar Practice for intermediate students, Harlow, Longman

“Dig in your heels” – English idiom


Conjugation of  the verb “to dig“.

Examples from the web:

– Even though the developer offered them more than their houses were worth, the owners dug their heels in and refused to sell up and make way for the office block.


–  I’m digging in my heels. I’m not going back.

“Ace” – English slang


This slang expression is used in English meaning mostly “awesome”, “cool”, “excellent”.
Ex. Your shirt is so ace! I love it!

Furthermore, it can be used to refer to a very skilled person, expert, adept.
Ex. My grandfather was a World War I ace pilot.
Andrew is an ace mechanic, he repaired my car in one hour.

It means also “the best”, deriving from aces, the highest cards in poker and other card games.
Ex. That new CD is ace. I’m so glad I bought it, I’m listening to it over and over again.

In addition, you could use “ace” referring to someone who is really close to you, a person you can relate to.
Ex. That’s my ace! She’s my best friend.

As a verb (to ace), it’s used to talk about someone who accomplished something with complete success.
Ex. He’s a champion who could ace it every time.
She aced her entrance exams.

Telephone – phrasal verbs


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