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V.1 - Lexical Range (general)

How to talk about health problems

Average: 3.5 (79 votes)

In life one of the most important things you can do is to look after your health. When we have a health problem we can go and see a doctor. Here we take a look at the English you need to discuss bad health.

Phobias

Average: 2.9 (11 votes)

'A phobia of high places.'

The word phobia means 'fear' or 'dislike'. Like many medical words used in English it comes from Greek. Phobos was the Greek god of fear. Today his name is used to show a fear.

In English we can say:
'I have a fear of high places.'

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Choose the antonym

Average: 3.3 (13 votes)

In this exercise you must find the antonyms of the the key words. An antonym is an opposite word (a synonym is a word that has the same meaning). Take a look at the following words and then choose the words which have the opposite meaning. Only choose one antonym for each question.

For example, big is the antonym of small.

 

Education vocabulary

Average: 3.8 (25 votes)

Things you use in an office

Average: 3.3 (15 votes)

Here are 13 items that you probably see every day in your office. Do you know the English names for them? Let's find out.

Match the 13 words to the pictures below:

drawing pin / file / sellotape / calculator / rubber / stapler / hole punch / glue / paper clip / scissors / ruler / photocopier / paper cutter 

 

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In the news: natural disasters

Average: 3.7 (35 votes)

Mother nature can be a bit scary at times. When she is angry she can use her amazing powers to create destruction and chaos on our little planet. These days there seem to be more and more occurrences of natural disasters happening around the world.

Let's take a look at the names of the natural disasters that we can see on the news:

Avalanche

Business English: Buying and Selling Vocab

Average: 3.9 (13 votes)

Here we take a look at some of the specific English used in buying and selling. These are terms that are important to both customers and sellers:

cash on delivery

Cash on delivery (British) or 'collect on delivery' (American) means that you pay for something when it is delivered to you.

American versus British English

Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

Winston Churchill said that England and America were 'two nations divided by a common language'. Today we look at some basic differences in vocabulary between British and American English.

In the news: talking about the environment

Average: 3.9 (20 votes)

'Think globally, act locally.'

How 'green' are you? Are you interested in the environment are you worried about it?

There is no escape from it: pick up a newspaper or switch on the news and you will see countless stories about the environment.

What are 'connotations'?

Average: 3 (24 votes)

'I'm not cheap, I'm thrifty.'

Connotations are a feeling or idea that is suggested by a particular word. They give us the emotional connection with words.

Words can be split into 'negative','positive' and 'neutral' connotations.

Let's take a look at some words that appear to be similar, but have connotational differences.