Saturday, January 24, 2015

Intensive English class: Synonyms

Description Stefanie Linguistiko class in the school

Why intensive may ask you. Because only for 1 hour we passed through several activities. Here is a plan.
  1. Discussion synonyms from the chart from here:
Some of this words use mostly in spoken English, some are only for written one.
Very important to use them in appropriate situation. For example we could upset if the rainy weather didn’t allow us to do an excursion in the city but describing our feelings as sorrowful would be obvious exaggeration.

2. Illustration of two Internet resources:
Let’s look to the first one. If we write there the word “good” we can see lot’s of synonyms:

Let’s pick option “Common” in the right top corner:

How many words can we use in our lexicon - it’s also subject for discussion.

3. Watching a video clip through the google app inside Google+hangout.

Here is the plot of this video clip (as I understood):
Joey needed to write clever and distinguish letter-recommendation. His friend recomended him the resource in Internet which we just explored in the class. He liked it and paraphrased his letter using unusual words. He expected to look as very smart guy.

Here is what happened after (I found this script in Internet):

[Scene: Monica’s apartment. Joey enters the room]

Joey: Hey, finished my recommendation. (he hands it over to Chandler) Here. And I think you’ll be very, very happy. It’s the longest I ever spent on a computer without looking at porn.

Chandler: (reading) I don’t... uh... understand.

Joey: (sounding very proud of himself) Some of the words are a little too sophisticated for ya?

Monica: (also reading it) It doesn’t make any sense.

Joey: Of course it does! It’s smart! I used the the-saurus!

Chandler: On every word?

Joey: Yep!

Monica: Alright, what was this sentence originally? (shows the sentence to Joey)

Joey: Oh, ’They are warm, nice, people with big hearts’.

Chandler: And that became ’they are humid prepossessing Homo Sapiens with full sized aortic pumps...?

Joey: Yeah, yeah and hey, I really mean it, dude.

Monica: Hey Joey, I don’t think we can use this.

Joey: Why not?

Monica: Well, because you signed it baby kangaroo Tribbiani (Joey makes a ’and-what’s-wrong-with-that’ look). Hey, why don’t you stop worrying about sounding smart and just be yourself!

Chandler: You know what? You don’t need a thesaurus, just write from here, (points at his own heart) your full sized aortic pump.

The meaning of last joke is that “Baby Kangaroo's are called Joeys”. Ha-ha.

4. Writing practice.

Our task was to rewrite four phrases to the sentences with synonyms using resource which we had studied being creative.
Here are my answers:
Small boy = short guy
Big tree = massive stock
Interesting person = intriguing individual
mean man = tight gentlemen

His small height (shortness/ petite size) really worried him, and he wasn’t happy when his friends called him “short guy”.
A massive tree fell down onto the car during the last hurricane.
She looked like a very intriguing person when she kept silence.
Being a mean man is not a good feature for the prime minister.

That’s all. Quite a few exercises for one hour class.


January 25, 2015

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