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Tancred



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
Location: Upon a mountain in unknown Kadath

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:16 am    Post subject: common english sayings/expressions Reply with quote

hi all,

i recently did a week long class with my middle school students on common english expressions, and i'm thinking of doing an encore as it was very successful and i think quite helpful to them. What i'm looking for here is some other expressions that are commonly used in the english language...short, usually slang, expressions...if anyone could help me out with some more i'd be much obliged...here are some i've used in my previous class...

How's it going?
Give me a break.
I'm going to "hang out with" so and so....
Just relax...
I'm going to hit the sack (admittedly a tad dated, but still a saying i suppose)
Take it easy...
I'm a little out of it today (I use this one a lot so it was beneficial to teach them what it meant)
What's going on?
I'm going to "drop by" the store...
Just around the corner...

and so on and so on...

does anyone have any other recommendations...thanks in advance...

T.
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JMILTON



Joined: 20 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are so many books of idioms should not be difficult to find. I usually add one or two for extra points on a test. Get's the mind thinking a little for the more advanced students. Try and use some Idioms from England, Australia and New Zealand. Try to show the difference in cultures is what allows for the relevance of meaning.
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chronicpride



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget:

What's up?

On a side note, does anybody notice with some of your english-speaking Korean friends, that they like to say 'What the *beep*?', a lot more than Westerners? I crack up when they say that. I'm starting to use it a lot more, as a result.
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Harpeau



Joined: 01 Feb 2003
Location: In Hannam-dong, Seoul.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday, I just puttered around the house.
I'm coming down from the attic with a box.
I'm coming down with a cold.
Time to chill out.

Harpeau
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
Location: who, what, where, when, why, how?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2003 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poonanny!
"Yo mama" jokes.
Recognize.
You be trippin'.
That's wack, dawg.

In all seriousness, I second "What's up?" And for Pete's sake, teach your kids to say something other than "I'mfinethankyouandyou" when you ask them how they are.
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Blue Flower



Joined: 23 Feb 2003
Location: The realisation that I only have to endure two more weeks in this filthy, perverted, nasty place!

PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zyzyfer wrote:
In all seriousness, I second "What's up?" And for Pete's sake, teach your kids to say something other than "I'mfinethankyouandyou" when you ask them how they are.


I did a whole set of lessons the other day with my older kids, getting all sorts of different things they could say when asked "how are you". I let them know that I will no longer accept, and actually refuse to let them utter, write, scream, or in any other way make known - I am fine thank you, and you?.

I detest that statement with every fibre of my being.
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billbile



Joined: 10 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

then there's always

ta.
by crikey.
that's real groovy.
gerroff
ee ba goum
that's //dead grand / right good//, that is
hell's bells
Gordon Bennett!
I say, old chap
top of the morning
corking show, what
that's a real corker
fair dinkum
stone the crows
'strewth!
she's a bottler
a wee spot
I'll tell yer owt fer nowt, chuck
time for a spot of tea
goodonyer, mate!
spiffing, absolutely spiffing
cobblers
cripes

etc.
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peppermint



Joined: 13 May 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most dull answer I get is:

Me:" So, what'd you do last night?"

Student:"Nothing special"

I've told students that I don't want to hear it, and to encourage creativity I've told them that they should tell me a good lie instead, if they have to.

Note for the creative thinking thread, after saying that I was told:

" I bailed my brother out of jail"

"I told my boss I was going to quit work and study English full time"

They may be rare, but there are some creative Koreans out there!
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billbile



Joined: 10 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everytime they reply with "So-so" I hit them with:

"So, why has your day been so so-so?"

They either laugh or are sick to death of it.
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The Hammer



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teach them to say...

I envy you.

-AND-

How about Korea?

The Hammer Laughing
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Trinny



Joined: 01 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

- You snooze, you lose!
- You don't need to reinvent the wheel (my teacher in computer programming class)
- when time permits, we will revisit the dreaded "threads."
- Suck it up!
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Bulsajo



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talk to the hand
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FlagWaver



Joined: 12 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Say, who's the Lucky Dog that Calls The Shots around here anyway?
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The Man known as The Man



Joined: 29 Mar 2003
Location: 3 cheers for Ted Haggard oh yeah!

PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butch Up!
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Tancred



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
Location: Upon a mountain in unknown Kadath

PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billbile wrote:
Everytime they reply with "So-so" I hit them with:

"So, why has your day been so so-so?"

They either laugh or are sick to death of it.


This is a good idea. And this would be my "most hated phrase"...i keep trying to tell my kids that "so-so" isn't even cool in the west anymore...i don't know anyone who says it except my grandmother.
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