Monthly Archives: December 2013

She’s “got nothing on” this parrot!

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Earlier this week I did a vocabulary lesson based on a girl doing animal impressions. She was amazing…but after watching “Einstein” the parrot’s animal impressions I have to say, that girl’s got nothing on this parrot!

What’s “got nothing on someone” mean?

The expression “got nothing on someone” (or “have nothing on someone”) is used to compare different people and their qualities, skills, etc.

The person that’s “got nothing” is the thing that is less in comparison to the other person(s). Continue reading

Amazing Animal Impressions Vocabulary Lesson

This gal does amazing animal impressions. What’s an impression? There are several definitions of this word, but in this situation an impression is an imitation of something. Here’s she’s acting like she is different animals.

Check out her video and then take the quiz to see if you can name all of the animals.


Now here’s a quick quiz.

1. dog

This is a

Question 1 of 18

2.  

cat

This is a .

Question 2 of 18

3. Robin

This is a .

 

 

 

Question 3 of 18

4. cricket

This is a .

Question 4 of 18

5.  

owl2

This is an .

Question 5 of 18

6.  

crow2

This is a .

Question 6 of 18

7. wolf

This is a .

Question 7 of 18

8.  

peacock

This is a .

Question 8 of 18

9.  

horse

This is a .

Question 9 of 18

10.  

elephant

This is an .

Question 10 of 18

11.  

cow

This is a .

Question 11 of 18

12.  

sheep

This is a .

Question 12 of 18

13.  

duck

This is a .

Question 13 of 18

14.  

goose

This is a .

Question 14 of 18

15.  

dove

This type of bird is a:

 
 
 
 

Question 15 of 18

16.  

kookaburra2

This bird lives in Australia:

 
 
 
 

Question 16 of 18

17.  

monkey

This is a .

Question 17 of 18

18.  

parrot

This is a . It can talk.

Question 18 of 18


 

 

Practice the Imperative with Flight Safety Video

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Hey everyone! Here’s another flight safety instruction lesson (previous lessons include a rapping flight attendant and vocabulary practice). This time we can review some grammar: The Imperative.

The imperative is used to tell someone to do something, or not to do something. It’s a command.

Since airline safety instruction demonstrations are telling people what to do – and not to do – flight attendants use the imperative throughout their speeches.

1.  To form the imperative, use the present tense.

2.  The subject of the imperative is always the same: you.

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Practice Listening with Virgin America Safety Video

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I traveled last night by plane again and decided to do some more safety video lessons so you can practice hearing different accents. Here you will listen to an American accent. You can listen to an Australian accent here.

In this lesson you will also learn some vocabulary related to air travel. Please note that there are different words for the same things. For example, airplane is the same as aircraft. And, life vest is the same as life jacket. Don’t get frustrated; many of the names sound similar. Continue reading