April 10, 2019

A. Test

51) Have they finished working yet? I don't think ……… .

a) it
b) this
c) so
d) that
 

52) Somebody stole his wallet so he ……… money from a friend.

a) lent
b) earned
c) borrowed
d) lended

53) We must go now. Call the waitress and ask for the ……… .

a) bill
b) invoice
c) price
d) cost
 

54) He's a friend of ……… .

a) them
b) theres
c) theirs
d) their
 

55) Have you had ……… to eat?

a) too many
b) some more
c) to many
d) enough
 

56) I ……… my boyfriend since Christmas.

a) didn't see
b) haven't seen
c) don't see
d) hasn't seen
 

57) Who was the woman ……… ?

a) spoke to you
b) that you were speaking to
c) that you spoke
d) that you were speaked to
 

58) Is ……… than his father?

a) Matt taller
b) taller Matt
c) Matt more tall
d) Matt as tall as
 

59) She was 29 on her birthday, ……she?

a) didn't
b) hadn't
c) hasn't
d) wasn't
 

60) ……… is it from here to Berlin?

a) How long way
b) How long
c) How far
d) How many

B. Why do you want to learn English? (a 100-word and 2-week assignment).

C. Read aloud

 

(Feifei and Finn bump into each other at the supermarket)

Finn: Hello Feifei. I didn't know you shopped at this supermarket too.

Feifei: Hi Finn. Usually I don't. But it's close to the office and I have to rush home to welcome an important guest.

Finn: Who is it? Someone I know?

Feifei: No, it's my landlady. She's coming to collect some of her post and… well, I
want to make her like me because next month, the contract on my flat is due
to be renewed and she might want to increase the rent.

Finn: Yeah, I see what you mean. So you'd better butter her up then!

Feifei: Butter? Oh, yes. But I'm a pretty bad cook. If I baked a cake it would
probably be horrible!

Finn: No. I don't mean butter for a cake. In English, when you say you'll 'butter
someone up', you mean you'll be especially nice to them in the hope they'll do
something good for you in return.

Feifei: Oh, I see. So I'll be nice to her and pay her compliments so that she likes me
and keeps the rent low. I'll 'butter her up'! But isn't it a bit insincere?

Finn: Well, it can have a negative connotation, yes. Let's hear some examples of
how to use 'to butter someone up' or 'to butter up someone', which is today's
expression in The English We Speak.

Examples

Johnny: I was very impressed with your presentation, Mrs Beany. You are really
intelligent and perceptive and…

Mrs Beany: Don't waste your time buttering me up, Johnny. I'm not raising your salary
anytime soon.

The director was always ready to butter up Angelina Jolie. He knew she was looking for her next role and he wanted her in his movie.

Feifei: Oh, look. It's 6pm already. I'm very late. I might not be on time to meet my
landlady and she'll be angry with me. She's a very busy woman.

Finn: Yeah, well, then you are in a jam!

Feifei: Jam?!

Finn: In English, when you say someone 'is in a jam', you mean they are in a
difficult situation – but that's a different kind of jam!

Feifei: All these expressions about food!

Finn: I know. We have a huge appetite for food expressions. But let's leave some
for another day. Bye!

Feifei: Bye!

The English We Speak © British Broadcasting Corporation 2014

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