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R.4.1 - Inferring meaning of unknown lexis from content

Understanding Conversations

Average: 1.5 (175 votes)

Fred is being invited by his buddies (friends) Jeff, Nicole, and Selina to go to a soccer game. It has been a while since the four have had an opportunity to spend time together. Read their conversation then answer the questions below:

Jeff : Hey Fred, have any plans tomorrow? Nicole, Selina, and I are all going to watch Manchester United play Chelsea in London. We have an extra ticket. You interested in tagging along?

Pre-intermediate: Travel Vocabulary

Average: 2.6 (13 votes)

If you want to travel to other countries, there are some important things that you must keep in mind. First, you may not be able to have a lot of things that you are used to having at home. Unfortunately, this may include toilet paper in the public toilets. In some countries, toilet paper is not provided in the toilets, so keep a few packs of tissue in your pocket or purse.

In the news: Man eats winning lottery ticket

Average: 2.1 (12 votes)

An airline passenger _A_ a scratch-off lottery ticket aboard a Ryanair plane. After scratching off the ticket he _B_ that he had winning numbers. The ticket he scratched off was said to be _C_ about €10,000.

In the news: Haiti Earthquake / Level: High Intermediate

Average: 2.8 (24 votes)

Have you been following the news out of Haiti using English-speaking media. Here's some of the vocabulary that's being used. What are your thoughts on the earthquake. Do they happen in your country?

Wedding Vocabulary and Reading

Average: 2.4 (16 votes)

Read the following paragraph about the wedding I went to over the weekend and pay attention to the words in blue. Do you know what they mean?

In the news: Sound of Music sends teenagers home

Average: 2.4 (9 votes)

Youth club organisers have found a new weapon to drive out teenagers who overstay their welcome - songs from the musical 'The Sound of Music' have been used to encourage youngsters to go home when youth clubs wrap up for the night.

Staff at the Hilton Community Centre were having difficulty dispersing teenagers, who were reluctant to leave when the youth club ended at 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Hearing the singing nun pipe up is the way they are told that the party's over.

In the news: Theme Park Bans Smelly People

Average: 3 (18 votes)

Rollercoaster riders at an English theme park are being banned from putting their arms in the air - after complaints about body odour.

Using the new rule, signs will tell visitors to keep their arms down and 'Say no to B.O.!' (Body Odour).

Wardens on the rides will also remind people to consider their fellow passengers and anyone ignoring the warnings will be taken off the rollercoaster. Those who continue to do so will be asked to leave the park.

In the news: Michael Jackson dies at 50

Average: 2.5 (11 votes)

Michael Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, passed away on Thursday 25.

Paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air following an emergency phone call.  It is believed that he suffered a cardiac arrest. Although the paramedics tried to resuscitate, he was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre.

In the news: man pretends to be his dead mother!

Average: 2.8 (13 votes)

Read the following news story and complete the exercise underneath. Some other key-words are linked to the Cambridge Online Dictionary:

A strange story surfaced in the American media this week about a New York man who was arrested for pretending to be his dead mother. Why would someone do something like that? For money, of course!

Danny's 'Get Phrases'

Average: 3.7 (36 votes)