- Steve had to concede the rival another victory.
- The company was forced to concede that items of private data had been illegally stored.
- I don’t concede that I’m being unreasonable for merely trying to be rational about our living arrangement.
Visual thesaurus (source: http://www.visualthesaurus.com)
In the news:
Yesterday, I came across this Ted-Ed video and I found it quite informative. It’s just 5 minutes long and it isn’t difficult to understand. As you can guess reading the heading, it’s about GLUTEN, allergies, and intolerances. On Ted-Ed‘s website, you can find other listening activities on the video.
Below a vocabulary list you should read before watching the video:
BIG DEAL: something that is very important.
Ex. This was a really big deal for me.
RECENTLY: not long ago
Ex. I received a letter from her recently.
DIETARY: related to your diet.
Ex. This kind of dietary behaviour needs to be stopped immediately.
CRAZE: an activity, object or idea that is very popular for a short time.
Ex. The new dance craze is spreading.
INSOLUBLE: not able to be dissolved in a liquid.
DOUGH: flour mixed with water, and other ingredients that is baked to make bread, cookies, etc.
TO MOUNT: to activate; to launch.
MILD: not strong in action or effect.
Ex. Your friend had a mild heart attack.
TO IMPAIR: to make something weaker or worse.
Ex. Smoking can impair your health.
RASH: a lot of small red spots on the skin that is caused by an illness or a reaction to something.
FORTUITOUS: happening by chance; not planned.
Ex. My presence here is fortuitous.
PDF version: what-is-the-big-deal-with-gluten-vocabulary
Fill in the gaps in the following sentences:
- Maybe you’ve recently seen the phrase “gluten-free” on food ________________, or take-out menus, shampoo bottles, apartment listings, the _______________of your shirt, on a hammer, as a lower back tattoo, or in your friend’s resume.
- Next time someone starts telling you about their newfound freedom from gluten, here are some questions you can ask, and the _________________ answers that your friend, being a reasonable individual making educated _________________choices, and by no means just following the latest diet _________________, will tell you.
- What is gluten? Gluten is an insoluble protein composite _________________ of two proteins named gliadin and glutenin.
- Gluten is found in certain grains, particularly wheat, rye and _______________ .
- Gluten is responsible for the elastic consistency of and the chewiness of _______________ foods made from wheat flour, like bread and pasta.
- For some people, these foods cause problems, namely wheat allergy, celiac _________________, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
- Wheat allergy is an uncommon _________________ that occurs when a person’s immune system _________________an allergic response to wheat proteins, leading to mild problems, and in rare cases, a potential dangerous reaction called anaphylaxis.
- Celiac disease is an _________________ disease, in which eating foods with gluten leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine.
- This impairs intestinal function, _________________ to problems like belly pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, weight loss, skin _________________, bone problems like osteoporosis, iron deficiency, small stature, infertility, fatigue and depression.
- Celiac disease is present in one in every 100 to ____________persons in the U.S.
- The most effective _________________ is a gluten-free diet, which helps heal intestinal damage and improve symptoms.
- Gluten sensitivity’s _________________ in the general population is unclear, but likely much more common than wheat allergy or celiac disease.
- For example, it may be the case that gluten can activate the immune system in the small intestine, or cause it to become _________________.
- The human intestine can’t _________________ or absorb fructans, so they make their way to the large intestine or colon, where they’re fermented by bacteria, producing short-chain fatty acids and gases.
- Another possible explanation behind gluten sensitivity is the ________________ effect. This occurs when a person believes something will cause problems, and because of that belief, it does. It’s the opposite of the more well-known and much more ____________________ placebo effect.
- So a better name than non-celiac gluten___________________might be wheat _____________________.
I’m sorry I haven’t been sharing resources for a while, but I’ve been very busy lately.
This is a listening activity based on the video ‘ART/ARCHITECTURE – Andrea Palladio’ by The School of Life. I suggest that you read the vocabulary list before watching the video. If you want to test your listening skills, try the fill in the gaps exercise below the video, you can also download a printable pdf version.
• Located: Something or someone that is located in a specified place is in or at that place.
Ex. Our target is located somewhere on the second level.
• Stonemason: a person whose job is cutting and preparing stone for buildings.
• Stonecutter/ stone carver: a person who cuts or carves stone.
• A handful (of somebody/something): a small number of people or things.
Ex. We’ve got a handful of professional soldiers like myself.
• Setback: an unanticipated or sudden check in progress; a change from better to worse.
Ex. There has been a slight setback in our plans.
• To emerge: to appear by coming out of something or out from behind something.
Ex. A mole emerged from a hole in the ground.
• Virtue: a good moral quality in a person, or the general quality of being morally good.
Ex. Patience is a virtue.
• Dignity: calm, serious, and controlled behaviour that makes people respect you.
Ex. Try to maintain your dignity, no matter what they call you.
• To line up: to form a line; to put into a proper and systematic order.
Ex. They will all have to line up behind you.
• Unworthy: lacking merit or value.
Ex. This Tosk is unworthy of such a noble description.
• Barn: a large building on a farm where animals, crops, or machines are kept.
• Stable: a building where horses or farm animals are kept.
• To disguise: to change the usual appearance, sound, taste, etc., of (someone or something) so that people will not recognize that person or thing.
Ex. And I’ve configured the shields to disguise our visual profile.
• Utilitarian: designed for use rather than beauty.
Ex. Their furniture was very plain and utilitarian.
• To compensate: to provide something good as a balance against something bad or undesirable.
Ex. Nothing will ever compensate for his lost childhood.
• Collected: calm and in control of your emotions.
Ex. Even in a life-threatening situation, the captain of the ship was collected.
• Poised: showing very calm and controlled behavior.
Ex. Try to be more poised and confident.
• Reliably: in a way that you can trust to be accurate.
Ex. Moreover, following this method would require significant adjustments which cannot be reliably quantified.
• Distinguished: characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent.
Ex. You’re a government major, inspired by your distinguished aunt.
• Cement: a fine grey powder made of a mixture of calcined limestone and clay, used with water and sand to make mortar, or with water, sand, and aggregate, to make concrete.
• Harmonious: having a pleasant tune or harmony.
Ex. It will become a harmonious eco-friendly space.
• Resonated: to continue to have a powerful effect or value.
Ex. Her speech resonated with voters.
• Underlying: used to identify the idea, cause, problem, etc., that forms the basis of something.
Ex. Insomnia may represent an underlying physical or psychiatric disorder.
• Advocate: a person who upholds or defends a cause; supporter.
Ex. The European Parliament has always been an advocate of inland navigation.
Downloadable PDF file: Andrea Palladio – Vocabulary
Watch again the video and try to fill in the gaps in the following sentences:
1. Andrea Palladio was born at the end of November in _______ in Padua.
2. He was an apprentice ______________ and later stone carver.
3. Over the next 40 years of his working life, Palladio designed 40 or so villas, a couple of town houses and a ______________ of churches.
4. For most of his career he had a mix of professional successes and ______________.
5. Palladio thought we should build in order to ______________ good state of mind in ourselves and others.
6. All the elements in a room are centered, balanced, ______________.
7. He only uses simple geometrical ______________. Generally the walls are ______________ and there is little furniture.
8. Palladio was ______________ with making sure that every element for building fitted perfectly with every other.
9. One of the ambitions of Palladio’s architecture was to give greater ______________ to parts of life that had been ______________ regarded as unworthy.
10. Rather than being hidden and set at a distance these ______________ buildings are presented as ______________ and important.
11. He wasn’t disguising the ______________ reality of the farm, rather he was demonstrating its ______________ dignity.
12. We need serene ______________ and confident buildings precisely because we’re not reliably like that.
13. Ideally, architecture ______________ our better selves, the ideal building is like the ideal person.
14. There’s a practical guide to digging ______________ and how to judge the quality of cement and the reliable ways of constructing ______________ and laying floors.
15. The fancy surrounds are not the ______________ thing. Without them the window opening will still look ______________.
16. He went on to provide a wide ______________ of rules for making buildings ______________.
17. Palladio saw himself as a ______________, he was simply following a set of rules which others could follow too.
18. He was working against the idea that architecture ______________ a special genius.
19. Buildings are ‘palladium’ when they are devoted to ______________, harmony, and dignity on the basis of rules which can and should be wildly reused.
20. It’s then, they display the same ______________ ambition of which Palladio is a central advocate and ______________.
Downloadable PDF file: Andrea Palladio – Fill in the gaps – Without answers
Downloadable PDF file: Andrea Palladio – Fill in the gaps – Answers
This is a listening activity based on The School of Life’s short video (about 7 minutes long) “LITERATURE – Jane Austen”. This activity is aimed at students who have an English level between B2 and C1 (Upper Intermediate and Advanced).
I suggest that you read the following vocabulary list before watching the video. Under the video, there are two exercises (with answers) and a writing practice suggestion.
- AMBITIOUS: having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous; having ambition.
Ex. She was ambitious enough to aim for the company’s presidency.
- STERN: very serious; severe.
Ex. Journalists received a stern warning not to go anywhere near the battleship.
- CONSCIOUS: awake, thinking, and knowing what is happening around you.
Ex. When I took the exam, I was conscious that my parents were expecting a lot of me.
- DIGNIFIED: serious and somewhat formal; having or showing dignity.
Ex. Even when very old, he was very dignified in appearance.
- WELL OFF: moderately rich.
Ex. They must be well off if they can afford to buy a house there!
- TEMPTED: to want something or to want to do something.
Ex. “Would you like some more pie?” “I’m tempted, but no thank you.”
- STRUGGLE: a long effort to do, achieve, or deal with something that is difficult or that causes problems.
Ex. The people of this country will continue in their struggle for independence.
- TO CONDEMN: to say in a strong and definite way that someone or something is bad or wrong.
Ex. We strongly condemn this attack against our allies.
- TO OVERCOME: to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount.
Ex. To overcome one’s weaknesses.
- INCOME: money that is earned from work, investments, business, etc.
Ex. He has a very high annual income.
- TO FELL APART: to break into pieces (often used figuratively).
Ex. I feel as if my family is falling apart.
- TO SUPPLY: to furnish or provide (something wanting or requisite).
Ex. To supply a community with electricity.
- WEALTH: a large amount of money or valuable possessions that someone has.
Ex. The wealth of a city.
- ELUSIVE: hard to find or capture.
Ex. Police are trying to track down the elusive criminal, who has so far avoided all their attempts to capture him.
- SNOBBISH: like a snob (a person who respects and likes only people who are of a high social class).
Ex. He’s a snobbish rich kid.
- GREED: a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money).
Ex. He was a ruthless businessman, motivated by naked ambition and greed.
Downloadable PDF version: JANE AUSTEN – Vocabulary
Watch the video and answer the following questions
- Austen wanted to change people with her novels. How did she want them to become?
- When is Jane Austen born and where?
- How was the writer’s family social status?
- Did she get married?
- What’s Jane’s sister name?
- How many novels did Jane complete?
- What are the titles of the novels she completed?
- What are the four main things Jane Austen wanted to teach us?
- In Jane Austen’s opinion marriage depends on two factors, do you remember them?
- Name the two mistakes people make around money according to Jane Austen.
Writing practice suggestion
- Write Jane Austen’s main opinions concerning love, marriage, judging people, money, and being snobbish. Do you agree or disagree with the writer?
Justify your answer.
Downloadable PDF version: Jane Austen – Listening comprehension
Downloadable PDF version: Jane Austen – Listening comprehension with answers
Watch the video then fill in the gaps in the following sentences
- Jane Austen is loved mainly as a guide to fashionable life in the _____________ period, but her own vision of her task was radically different.
- She was an ambitious and ______________ moralist.
- Born in _____________, Austen grew up in a small village in Hampshire, where her father was the Anglican _________________.
- She did much of her writing at a ______________ octagonal table.
- The _______________ was her chosen weapon in the struggle to reform humanity.
- ________________ starts of feeling superior because he has more money and higher status.
- The story ______________ them because they have developed well.
- ______________________________ starts when quiet, shy Fanny Price goes to live with her much richer cousins, the Bertrams.
- In Pride and Prejudice, she explains that Mr. _________________ has an income of _________________ pounds a year –that’s rather a lot- while Darcy has more than twice that.
- At one point in _______________________________, it looks like Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars who are otherwise well suited won’t be able to get married.
- In Emma, the heroine –Emma herself- takes ______________________ -a pretty girl from the village- under her wing.
Downloadable PDF version: Jane Austen – Fill in the gaps exercise
Downloadable PDF version: Jane Austen – Fill in the gaps exercise answers