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In the News: Germany crowned World Cup Champions

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Yesterday, Germany became the first European country to win the World Cup in South America.

With neither team _1_ in the first 90 minutes, the match went into _2_ time and Mario Gotze scored a winning goal for his country just 7 minutes before the end of the match.

The Argentinian team seemed devastated after losing the game, with Lionel Messi looking _3_ as he collected his medal.

Many commented that Messi was not at his _4_ during this match, and missed many opportunities to score.

How to express positive emotions

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Do you remember our lesson about how to express negative emotions? Let's talk about positive emotions today :)

Here is a mix of adjectives you could use with the verbs 'to feel' or 'to be', some examples, as well as their meanings:

- to be ecstatic/elated = to feel or express ecstasy; intense happiness; joyful excitement.

I was ectastic when my sister told me she was pregnant!

Show us your true colours! - Colour Idioms Part 2

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There are lots of colour idioms in English, and in a previous lesson we looked at 10 of them. Here are a few more for you to learn and practise.

Colour idioms and their definitions:

(to) catch red handed: To catch a person in the middle of doing something wrong, or committing a crime.

golden opportunity: An amazing opportunity that you only have once chance to take.

out of the blue: Something very unexpected.

Summer Vocabulary

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The year can be separated into four seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall in American English) and winter. Which is your favourite season of the year?

It's easy to have a good time in the summer when the sun is out. We can spend more time outside and the warm weather puts everyone in a good mood. From barbeques to hiking in the mountains, summer provides more opportunity to do fun stuff.

Word of the day: Moving

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moving

This month's cartoon is based on the word moving.

Moving (adjective)

When something makes us have strong feelings of sadness or sympathy, it is moving.

"She wrote him a very moving letter."

"I was moved by a story I saw on the news."

Choose the correct verb form

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Yesterday I _1_ the strangest dream; I dreamt that I could fly. It felt so real _2_ high above the streets, up with the birds and clouds. Even stranger was none of my friends _3_ interested when I showed them I could suddenly fly. They didn't care or pay me any attention.

In the news: Lego, Shell and Greenpeace

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Lego is "letting kids down" by putting sales above the environment because of its _1_with Shell, say Greenpeace, the environmental organisation.

The charity is launching a global _2_ to get Lego, the children's toy manufacturer, to drop the oil giant, Shell.

More than 16 million Shell-branded LEGO sets have been sold or given away at petrol stations in 26 countries. Greenpeace believe Shell is using Lego to _3_ its image.

How to describe objects

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Learning English means hearing many new words you've never come across before. When you talking to someone and say a word you don't know it's important for you to find out what it is. Here's how we can ask for the meaning of a noun and how we can describe objects. This exercise will help you learn a few useful expressions as well as reviewing your vocabulary. How many of these objects do you know?

What's a pen? It's something we use to write with.

Talking about jobs

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'What is your job?', is grammatically correct but not usually the way we ask someone's occupation. Instead we ask, 'What do you do?' or the longer form, 'What do you do for a living?'

Some common ways to answer are:

 

Tooth and bite idioms

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Even if you are not a football fan, you have probably heard that Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is in big trouble for biting a player during a World Cup game.

The present tense verb is bite:
Do you want a bite of my apple?

The simple past tense is bit:
The dog bit my foot.

The past participle is bitten:
Have you ever been bitten by Luis Suarez?