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#everybitofChristmas | Sainsbury's Ad | Christmas 2017
THE 'GOGGLEBOX' CAST INTERACTS WITH GOOGLE HOME IN CHANNEL 4 AD BREAK TAKEOVER

XMAS SHOPPING

A Special Christmas Story: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. /ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/ 
1.Read the short story online here (only 6 pages).
2. Listen to it : The VOA Special English program, AMERICAN STORIES (with transcript). The mp3 file is on the right-hand side.
3. Summary, Theme & Analysis (video and quiz).
The Magi: In the Bible, the three men, thought to be kings or astrologers, who followed a star to visit Jesus Christ when he was a baby and give him presents. They are also called the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men.

SPEAKING EXAM, Task 2 (interaction):
Read the following articles in order to gather ideas and vocabulary about this topic:
- The pros and cons of online shopping: Article 1
- The pros and cons of online shopping: Article 2 - Demonetisation:Fundamental shift in payment habits

ONLY NOW DO I UNDERSTAND INVERSION

THRILL-SEEKERS (unit 2)

Chris Hemsworth's Dangerous Climb in the Himalayas: Being Elsa Pataky's plus one, the actor took part in the Spanish adventure programme "Planeta Calleja". However, something went wrong. This is how he explained it:


SOME HELP FOR YOU:
We did a trip recently to the Himalayas. Oh, really?

How high up did you go? We got higher and higher and we ended up in about 4000 metres above sea level. You acclimate every couple of days ... so your body adjusts to that, lack of oxygen.

Have you ever heard of altitude depression?

Just to give you an idea, if you had a bottle of water outside your sleeping bag, it's frozen by the time you wake up. It has to be tucked in with you. Oh, really? It was freezing.

I'm in my bed, I'm just tossing and turning ...  and my breathing is getting worse ... like in a Darth Vader meets Daffy Duck.

"Get him off the mountain"

Apparently, the oxygen in my lungs, the next day was oxygen in my brain and then, good night, we wouldn't be sit…

TWO LISTENING ACTIVITIES

Black Friday: Todd explains Black Friday and Cyber Monday to Aimee.

Living on the cheap:Dan talks about how he saves a lot of money by living in Southeast Asia.

Both with quiz, vocab., and script.

THE UNITED STATES OF THANKSGIVING

Scouring the nation for recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (reading)



The story of Thanksgiving by Ellen Degeneres:



Autocorrect mishaps:


Friday Night Mishaps(multiple choice listening activity)
What's Your Worst Travel Mishap? Last year I planned to travel to Florence for the weekend with a friend in August. We each booked tickets for the same flight coming home Sunday evening and couldn’t figure out why mine was so much cheaper. On Sunday morning, while trying to check in online in order to print my boarding pass, I realized that the flight I had booked left Florence that very same day but in September! After a panicked phone call with Iberia, who mockingly informed me there was a 300-euro fee for my ignorance of the months of the year, I got booked on the correct flight.
Signed: Your Teacher

"THEY WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER THE PROJECT AND BOSSED US AROUND"

They would and they did!

To take over
To boss sb around

Funky phrasals (BBC Learning English)

Phrasal Verbs Games (Macmillan Dictionary)

Phrasal verbs in context (older post)


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