English4Gamers – Episode 3 – Super Mario Bros (Listening comprehension)

In this episode, we play again Super Mario Bros. At the beginning, there is a vocabulary list  – you can find a printable version below -with all the words you will hear and maybe you don’t know. During the episode, you will have to answer some questions. If you have any suggestions, write them in the comments below. I know I have to speak louder ;-). We filmed this weeks ago, now I’m a bit better (at least, I hope so). If you just want to watch the video, without testing your knowledge, click here: Episode without the quiz.

Interactive English  Quiz - Listening - English4Gamers - Free English Materials For You

Downloadable PDF – Vocabulary list: Vocabulary list – English4Gamers – Episode 3 – Super Mario Bros

“To drop the ball” – English idiom

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More example sentences from the web:

  • You can’t trust Monica to do the job right. She‘s always dropping the ball.

  • Honey, I totally dropped the ball on Chuck’s present to Sarah.

  • Every time I depend on you, you drop the ball.

drop the ball synonyms

Visual Thesaurus

Past simple vs past continuous

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Fill in the gaps with the past simple or past continuous form of the verbs in brackets

  1. I ______________ (walk) home when I ______________ (meet) Maria.

  2. John __________________ (wait) for me when I ________________ (arrive).

  3. I haven’t seen Andrew for ages. When I last _________________ (see) him, he ___________________ (try) to find a job in Dublin.

  4. He _________________ (read) the newspaper when the phone _______________ (ring).

  5. I _________________ (make) a sandwich when Mike _______________ (arrive).

  6. We ________________ (not go) out because it ________________ (rain).

  7. When I was young, I _____________ (want) to be a doctor.

  8. He usually wears sandals but when I last ______________ (see) him he _________________ (wear) boots.

  9. My brother ______________ (see) you in the park two days ago. You__________________ (play) football with Stuart.

  10. While I _________________ (work) in the garden, I _________________ (hurt) my back.

 

Correct answers:

1) was walking; met.
2) was waiting; arrived.
3) saw; was trying.
4) was reading; rang.
5) was making; arrived.
6) didn’t go; was raining.
7) wanted.
8) saw; was wearing.
9) saw; were playing.
10) was working; hurt.

Downloadable PDF – past simple or past continuous – quiz with answers

 

 

“Stranger in Brașov”- Video with quiz

VOCABULARY:

Lonesome, lonely: sad from being apart from other people.

To set off: to begin a journey

Cement: a soft gray powder that is mixed with water and other substances to make concrete.cement.jpg

To grin: to smile widely.

Cozy: small, comfortable, and warm.

Crochet throws: crochet throws.jpg

To wolf down: (slang) to eat something very rapidly and in very large pieces.

To slip: to move quietly and cautiously.

Feast: a special meal with large amounts of food and drink.

Profusely: given, produced, or existing in large amounts.

Array: a large number, as of persons or objects.

Sinking: anxious.

To stiffen: to become physically tense.

Hasty: done or made very quickly.

Watch the video and answer the questions below:

1.Where did the story take place?
2. How did the old lady receive her unexpected guest?
3. The protagonist met a little girl, who did she think she was?
4. What did they watch on TV?
5. Why did the old woman slip out?
6. What did the old woman cook?
7. How did they communicate?
8. When did the guest understand that they were not her friend’s relatives?
9. What did she do to get out of that embarrassing situation?
10. What was the mistake?

Answers:

1. It took place in Brașov, in Romania.
2. The old lady received her guest with a big grin (smile).
3. She thought she was her friend’s sister.
4. They watched soap operas on TV.
5. The old woman went out to buy food.
6. She made soup, meat, and polenta.
7. They communicated with gestures.
8. She understood she made a mistake while looking at pictures. There weren’t pictures of her friend!
9. To get out of that situation, she said that she had previously booked a room in a hotel.
10. She mixed up the numbers. The right apartment number was 98. 

A STRANGER IN BRASOV – VOCABULARY

A STRANGER IN BRASOV – VIDEO, QUESTIONS, AND ANSWERS

Visual Vocabulary 3

Landscape (2)

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Bamby was exploring the forest  forest when he encountered a fallen log (trunk) tree-576846_1280.png. Thumper, the rabbit rabbit-551991_1920.jpg, decided to use this trunk to teach Bamby how to jumpfreedom-307791_1280.png. After that, Thumper taught Bamby to say “birdbird-548654_1280.png and “butterflybutterfly-142506_1280.jpg.

The simple past of the verb “to teach” is “taught”.

Remember that the plural of “butterfly” is “butterflies” and the singular of “leaves” is “leaf”.

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Visual Vocabulary 2

Can you guess in what season was it taken?Landscape (1)

 Photo credit: Professor Bop / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

These are wooden houses, houses made of wood:wooden houses

Photo credit: Cycling man / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

This is a branch, it’s a part of a tree. On this branch there are six doves:

branch

Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

This is a tree trunk or ‘log‘:

tree trunk

Photo credit: rubyblossom. / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

This is a fencea barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary. This is a wooden fence because is made of wood:

fence

Photo credit: Timothy Valentine / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

This is a field,  an area of cleared enclosed land used for cultivation or pasture:

field

Photo credit: Infomastern / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

“The audience” – What does it mean?

The audience Photo credit: open hardware summit / Foter.com / CC BY

More example sentences from the web:

  • The audience always like love stories.
  • The audience cried when Marilyn died.
  • This forum provided a unique opportunity to present information on community colleges to a larger audience of researchers studying educational issues.

In the sea

Worksheet – In the Sea – Vocabulary quiz

Answerkey – In the Sea

A visual vocabulary on this topic (for more advanced students) with a listening game available.