Category Archives: Vocabulary

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Holy Molly /houli mouli/

Today Irene asked what “Holy Molly” was. It’s just an expression like “Oh my!” or “Gosh”. People can also spell it like this today: “holy moley” or “hoy moley”.

This info comes from wikipedia /wiki-pIdie/

Etymology

c. 1892 as a euphemism for “Holy Mary“, Molly being a nickname for Mary.

Interjection

holy moley!

  1. (idiomatic, dated, humorous or euphemistic) An expression of surprise  [quotations ▼]

Synonyms

Prepositions

In case you find it useful

http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/func_gram/gramwebs/preps_timeplace_atonin.html

First March Lesson: Story-telling (unit 6)

Superfly de la unidad 6: Learning to read and tell stories in the present (books/movie plots, true stories)

  • Reading the stories in unit 6 while listening to the audios.
  • Read aloud after listening.
  • Listen and underline the verbs in the present simple and the present continuous (“to be” and other verbs).
  • Listen and circle the verbs in the gerund (-ing) when this -ing form is NOT a present continuous.
  • Practice telling the stories: plots in books and movies/films.

Examples: reading on pages 44 and 45, and practicing/practising telling those stories; talking about likes and dislikes as on pages 47 and 49 (e.g. conversations about favo(u)rite things)

EVERYBODY SHOULD PREPARE A BRIEF MONOLOGUE TELLING A BOOK/MOVIE STORY. Use the stories with an audio in your textbook.

EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW HOW TO MAKE QUESTIONS AND GIVE ANSWERS ABOUT LIKES AND DISLIKES, AND HABITS AND ROUTINES BASED ON THAT.

AUDIOBOOK: IN MARCH you should read and listen to my audiobook. It’s a wonderful project: you will learn Eponyms! Check out this page here: * AUDIOBOOK *

LoM (List of Mistakes) – Clarifying some language points

  • At 9.00 I have breakfast (no “a”)
  • I usually have (WHAT?) FOR breakfast
  • With an ADJECTIVE: Desayuno en 5 minutos: On weekdays I have A FAST breakfast (“a” only with adjectives before the noun), or Desayuno bien: On Saturdays I have A GOOD breakfast
  • (the time) AT about 8.00…
  • (duration) FOR about an hour.
  • Pasear al perro/a: I take my dog for a walk, or I walk my dog
  • Ir andando al trabajo: I walk to work
  • Acompañar a alguien (andando) a algún lugar: Shall I walk you to the station? (cf. Shall I drive you to the station?)
  • Time phrase: Every day
  • Adjective: My everyday routine
  • I go shopping for food and things for the house
  • I go shopping for clothes, books, music, things like that
  • I go shopping with my friends (not food)

I go to bed at midnight. I read a bit and I go to sleep. / I go to sleep listening to my English audios!

  • fruit /frUt/
  • friends /frEnds/
  • From — to —: From Monday to Friday; from 6 to 8
  • Between —- and —: Between 12 and 14 years old = 12-14 years old

Talking about habits & routines

When we want to talk or speak about habits and routines, about our lifestyles, we use the Present simple. This often combines with frequency adverbs and time phrases.

Frequency adverbs: you have to place them BEFORE the MAIN verb.

  • always, often, usually, sometimes*, hardly ever/seldom, never
  • and “ever” in questions for “alguna vez”

Time phrases: you have to place them at the beginning of the sentence, or at the end.

  • At 8.15
  • On MondayS
  • On Tuesday morningS
  • In the morning / in the afternoon / in the evening (at night)
  • In spring (the seasons)
  • In January (the months of the year)
  • Once a week…
  • Twice a day…
  • Three times a year…
  • On weekdays
  • From Monday to Friday
  • At the weekend / At weekends
  • From 6.00 to 8.00
  • Every day
  • After that,
  • And then,
  • After work/school
  • After breakfast/lunch/dinner
  • After picking up my children

How often…? is a typical question to find out information about people’s habits and routines, and lifestyles.

  • How often do you drink water?
  • How often do you go to English classes?
  • How often does she go for a walk on the beach?
  • How often does he go to the gym?

And then, the usual:

  • Do you usually get up at 8.00? Yes, I do. / No, I don’t. / It depends!
  • Does your father usually go to the park? Yes, he does. / No, he doesn’t / It depends.
  • What do you usually do in the evenings? I usually relax. Sometimes I watch TV and sometimes I talk about my day with my family!
  • What does she usually do after work?

Anecdotes: Teachers make mistakes!

Today Carlos Q. tried to save me from making a mistake, but I insisted in making the mistake! 😀 So sorry, Carlos, for insisting you were wrong and I was right! I was wrong! You were right!

Soccer is the name for “fútbol” in the USA and “football” is the name for “fútbol” in Britain. I simply forgot and got it all wrong! It’s true I’m no sports expert. Although let me tell you — I watch football on TV every now and then, but in Spanish! In any case, there was a time when I knew! I’m losing my memory! It must be my pre-menopause /méno-pos/! 😀 Is this possible?!

Marisa asked an interesting question: how do you say “azafata de congresos”? And the answer is “hostess” (like “air-hostess”, remember? But today we use “flight attendan”). I’d say “congress hostess” or “fair hostess” depending on the event.