word bank #107

You never wanted to take that job. Don't make out you're disappointed you failed the interview.
make out: "to give the impression that something is true when in fact it isn't"

1. You can't do three jobs at once. That's totally impractical.

2. You're practically old enough to drive. Why don't you think about saving up for lessons?

3. You need to practise regularly if you want to improve.

Everyone was celebrating the team's victory in town. All the drivers were blowing their car horns.
"to blow a (car) horn"
# by scummy | 2009-02-08 21:29 | CAE


1. Teenagers have to learn how to juggle school studies with spending time with their friends.

2. If two people instantly like each other and become friends, you can say they hit it off.

3. A teenager about her best friend and herself: 'The fact that we have occasional tiffs shows how close we are to each other - we're like sisters'.

4. Jeans and T-shirts can be worn by both boys and girls. Ther are unisex clothes.

5. Teenagers often talk about things that are bugging them - in other words, irritating them.

6. A common colloquil word for someone whois modern, stylish and always stays calm is cool.
# by scummy | 2009-01-17 07:41 | BBC

crossword - Shoes

1. To be down on one's upper: to be very poor. It means that their shoes have lost the sole and heel, only the top part of the shoe remains.

2. Shoes that have thick soles sitting under the front part of the foot to make you look taller

3. The bottom of a shoe

4. Soft shoes that you wear in the house

5. Light open shoes with straps

6. Shortened form of wellington boot

7. To be/look down at heel: to be or look untidy and uncared for.

8. Shoes which you can use for different sports and exercise

9. A set of short pointed pieces of metal or plastic fixed to the bottom of shoes worn for some sports

10. A person who mends shoes
# by scummy | 2009-01-17 07:33 | BBC

crossword - Restaurant

1. A Lazy Susan is a circular piece of wood or plastic which is put on a table and can be turned around so that everyone at a circular table can reach the food

2. A informal word for a dessert, the dish which comes after the main meal

3. A food that is famous in a particular region or town

4. To pick up the bill in a restaurant means to pay a bill, especially for other people

5. Side dishes - smaller portions you order to go with your main meal

6. A meal in a restaurant where you help yourself

7. A list of the dishes that you can choose to eat in a restaurant

8. We use this word to refer to a professional cook who works in a restaurant

9. An informal word for café

10. A menu of the different wines that a restaurant sells
wine list
# by scummy | 2008-12-14 16:12 | BBC


しかし、あのひかえめな インテレクトを音符にのっけることが、他の誰に出来るというのだ。
バンドが消滅した時、 それらは結局、芸術品になっていくのだ。そんなお芸術が生きる勇気や喜びを 与えてくれるわけがない。
そしてもしもそうした輝きを知覚させてくれたローゼスに恩返しが出来るとするなら、 いつもその記憶を糧として、へこたれてたまるかという決意を日々の中で実践していく事しかない。
# by scummy | 2008-11-21 04:15


※P=プッシュ ※各々のラストに必ず耳横から鎖骨へ流す動き

5.片方ずつ 頬のぶにー/片手で頬を支え、指2~4本で顎の中央から、
# by scummy | 2008-11-21 04:07

coffee & tv

どんなにつまらないものだって うんざりな気分だって 払いのけてる
本当に君のことを 心配なんてしてくれない人に

だから、コーヒーを入れてテレビをつけて 昔のことを話そうよ
いろんなことを見すぎちゃって 目が見えなくなりそうだ
ほとんど頭は止まってしまって 器用に交際するなんて僕には無理だよ

# by scummy | 2008-11-16 09:12

Languages for Business

To make conversation
To get by in a language
To make yourself understand
To be bilingual/multilingual
Native/Non-native speaker
To master another language
Communication breakdown
To overcome communication barriers
To get an insight into another culture
To broaden cultural understanding
Cross-cultural communication
Cultural sensitivity
To increase job opportunities
To improve your career prospects
To have/give you a competitive edge
To conduct business
Personal gratification
To expand your mind
To broaden your horizons
To form friendships
To enrich your knowledge
# by scummy | 2008-11-06 23:00 | english


It's located/situated in
Of the beaten track
Hidden gem/Best kept secret
Conservation area
Picturesque villages
Unspoilt countryside
Stunning surroundings
Breathtaking views
Guided tours
Local crafts/cuisine
Distinctive cuisine
Traditional crafts/food
Cultural heritage
Rich in architecture/culture
Vibrant atmosphere/night life
Popular with the locals

More signposting
First/To begin with
Let’s begin
I’d like to start by
Let’s move on to/Turning now to
For example/To illustrate this
In contrast/although
To sum up/In conclusion
# by scummy | 2008-10-02 23:21

crossword - Auction

1. The hammer price is the cost of something at an auction

2. An auction house is a place where people make higher and higher offers of money, in competition with each other, until the item is sold to the person who is willing to pay most

3. Objects, often sold at auction, which remind a person of something

4. At an auction, a lot is one of the objects that is being sold

5. The man or woman who is in charge of the the auction---------auctioneer

6. Something which is "Going under the hammer" is being sold at auction

7. An offer to pay a particular amount of money to buy something----------bid

8. To reach a price of----------fetch

9. The person making a bid------------bidder

10. Something bought cheaply or for less than its usual price-----------bargain
# by scummy | 2008-10-01 02:05 | BBC

crossword - Architecture

1. Another word for a balcony-----------gallery

2. A raised flat area of gravel or grass where people can sit or walk and admire the view-----------terrace

3. A tall, narrow building-----------tower

4. A smooth slope (which can be used instead of steps)-----------ramp

5. A tall, vertical post, often made of stone and with a cylindrical shape----------column

6. A building of special historical or architectural interest-----------listed

7. A round roof------------dome

8. A Gothic vault is a medieval arched roof-----------vault

9. The levels of a building above the ground - in America, these are usually called storeys-----------floors

10. The framework or structure of a building----------shell
# by scummy | 2008-09-26 02:33 | BBC

Young & Lovely

金曜日 子供は初めて外に出かけるための計画を立てている

    母さん 心配しないで 遅くはならないから

oh oh,la la la

街の中を走り回り 店のウインドウを眺める
あのマネキンたちは 夜に見ると とってもリアルに感じられる
金曜日 子供は  彼が起きているのかいないのか夢を見ているのか知らないけれど 話しかける

  お父さん 心配しないで


  心配しないで お母さん
# by scummy | 2008-09-26 01:47 | BLUR

This Is A Low

And into the sea
Goes pretty England and me
Round the Bay of Biscay
And back for tea

Hit traffic on the Dogger Bank
Up the Thames to find a taxi rank
Sail on by with the tide
And go to sleep
And the radio says...

This is a low
But it won't hurt you
When you're alone
It will be there with you
Finding ways to stay solo

Up the Tyne, Forth and Cromarty
There's a low in the high Forties
And Saturdays locked away on the pier
Not fast enough, dear
And on the Malin Head
Blackpool looks blue and red
And the Queen, she's gone round the bend
Jumped off Land's End
And the radio says...

This is a low
But it won't hurt you
When you're alone
It will be there with you
Finding ways to stay solo

This is a low
But it won't hurt you
When you're alone
It will be there with you

This is a low
But it won't hurt you
When you're alone
It will be there with you
Finding ways to stay solo
# by scummy | 2008-09-23 18:23 | BLUR

word bank #106

It was really strong cheese and gave off this terrible smell that filled the whole house.
give off: "to emit a strong smell"

1. You're so inconsiderate! You never think about anyone else, do you?

2. Taking everything into consideration, it has been a pretty bad year for the manufacturing industry.

3. The holiday was considerably more expensive than we'd expected.

Yes, by all means give me a ring if you need any help. It won't be any trouble at all.
"by all means"
# by scummy | 2008-09-23 14:13 | CAE

word bank #106

Be very careful when you cross the road or you might get knocked down by a car.
knock down: "to collide with a pedestrian in a car with possibly serious results"

1. The customs official asked her to confirm her nationality so she told him she was Italian.

2. A nationalist is somebody who has a great love of their country.

3. She went to the celebration wearing her national dress.

Could you draw the curtains please? The sun's shining in my eyes.
"to draw the curtains"
# by scummy | 2008-09-23 14:12 | FCE

word bank #105

I've got so many things piling up at work. I might have to work late to get things finished.
pile up: "to accumulate"

1. My parents were always discouraging me from going into the theatre as a profession. They wanted me to be a doctor.

2. Our teacher gives us loads of encouragement when we feel a little fed up with our lessons. She really knows how to motivate us.

3. It was a very courageous decision to quit her job and start up her own business.

One day I hope to find work on a regular basis instead of the odd day here and there.
"a regular basis"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:23 | CAE

word bank #105

Thanks for stepping in when you did. I was very close to losing my temper.
step in: "to help out in a difficult situation"

1. Did you vote in the last election?

2. He became Managing Director despite being unelected. He was simply appointed by the President.

3. The electoral system is often criticized for being unfair.

You will save yourself a lot of time if you catch a taxi home tonight.
"to save time"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:21 | FCE

word bank #104

Somebody has been putting about a story that he's been cheating in exams. I'm sure it's not true.
put about: "to spread a rumour"

1. I prefer dealing with small companies. They aren't so impersonal as the larger ones who tend to treat everyone the same.

2. He does a really good impersonation of Elvis Presley. Have you ever seen him do it?

3. She's so lovely and has a great personality.

We don't have any firm evidence of government corruption but we strongly suspect someone is acting dishonestly.
"firm evidence"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:18 | CAE

word bank #104

Have you heard the sad news? Sam's wife has passed away. She suffered a heart attack.
pass away: "to die"

1. They made an announcement to all the guests, telling them that they planned to get married the following year.

2. He'd been working abroad for 10 years when he came home totally unannounced. His arrival was a complete shock to everyone.

3. The announer on the TV was introducing the next programme when she started coughing.

If you take the next turning on your right, you'll see the bank on the right opposite the library.
"to take a turning"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:17 | FCE

word bank #103

I've got to go to the bank to draw some money out.
draw out: "to take money out of a bank account"

1. He is a top mathematician at Oxford University.

2. I'm sorry, but that's mathematically impossible. It can't add up to that.

3. She has a very mathematical method of working things out.

You shouldn't try to work so hard. Come on, face the truth. You aren't as young as you used to be.
"to face the truth"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:16 | CAE

word bank #103

It takes a lot of begging and pleading but I usually manage to get round my Dad OK.
get round: "to persuade someone to allow you to do something"

1. He works as an economist in a large multi-national company.

2. It's uneconomical to buy food every day from that shop. Why don't you get all your shopping from that cheap supermarket in town?

3. My new car is far more economical than the last one. It only uses about half the amount of petrol.

One of the questions you'll be asked in the interview is whether you have ever committed any crimes.
"to commit a crime"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:15 | FCE

word bank #102

As soon as I get in there's nothing I like better than to sink into the chair with a nice cup of coffee.
sink into: "to relax in a chair"

1. The result of the experiment turned out to be inconclusive. There was no real evidence one way or the other.

2. The study showed conclusively that smoking is bad for your health.

3. Your essay is fine apart from the conclusion, which is a little short.

You shouldn't try to work so hard. Come on, face the truth. You aren't as young as you used to be.
"to face the truth"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:12 | CAE

word bank #102

Could you turn over to Channel 4? I want to watch the news.
turn over: "to select another channel on TV"

1. Excuse me Madam. Have you any form of identification, like a passport for example?

2. UFO stands for unidentified flying object.

3. The police are keeping the identity of the man secret for his own protection.

There's a scene in the film where a building bursts into flames and the hero rushes in to save a young girl.
"to burst into flames"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:12 | FCE

word bank #101

The Government claim that they can no longer afford to keep pumping money into the company and warn that it might have to close.
pump into: "to invest heavily in a project or organisation"

1. When you are doing a writing exercise, one of the most important things to consider is the level of formality required.

2. There's no need to wear a suit. We're trying to make the occasion very informal.

3. I'll be putting the new proposals formally to the Managing Director next week.

The key to our success has been that we've had a very committed workforce.
"the key to success"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:10 | CAE

word bank #101

My last boss always kept on at me about arriving late. I used to get really irritated.
keep on at: "to continue to tell someone to do something until it becomes annoying"

1. How many qualifications did you get at school?

2. The athlete was disqualified for taking drugs.

3. He worked as a doctor even though he had never been to medical school and was completely unqualified.

She gave birth to a beautiful little girl.
"to give birth"
# by scummy | 2008-08-26 22:10 | FCE

word bank #100

She followed up an advertisement for a car that she had first seen in yesterday's newspaper.
follow up: "to try and find out more about something you have started to investigate"

1. I was completely mystifed by her strange attitude.

2. He was admitted to hospital with a mysterious illness. He must have caught a bug on holiday.

3. Will we ever understand the many mysteries of the universe?

Have we got a plan of action in case things go wrong on the day?
"a plan of action"
# by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:26 | CAE

word bank #100

Just a minute caller. I'll put you through to our sales department.
put through: "to connect someone on the phone to the person they wish to speak to"

1. You'll have to speak up. This connection is really bad.

2. They had their gas disconnected for not paying their bill.

3. The police say the two crimes are completely unconnected. They share no similarities at all.

They've bought a brand new dishwasher with the money they won in the competition.
"brand new"
# by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:25 | FCE

word bank #99

I've never really felt that I fit in with the people I work with. We have completely different interests.
fit in with: "to feel that you belong to a group of people because you are similar to them"

1. I don't know why you're so scared of mice. They're completely harmless.

2. Fortunately, everyone escaped from the train crash unharmed.

3. All harmful substances should be kept out of reach of children.

There are only two chocolates left so take your pick which one you want.
"to take your pick"
# by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:24 | FCE

word bank #99

I was bowled over by their kindness and generosity. They were so hospitable.
be bowled over: "to be very impressed by something"

1. He likes to pretend he's very macho but actually he's a real softie.

2. The only thing that softens the impact of the Governement's strict new policies is that there might be less unemployment.

3. The computer came with lots of software bundled with the system.

The party was in full swing when there was a power cut and all the lights went out.
"to be in full swing"
# by scummy | 2008-07-25 22:23 | CAE

full of beans, recharge your batteries, under the weather

a) I've been feeling full of beans lately. It must be down to the healthier diet I'm on.

b) The minute they wake up in the morning our two children are full of beans. I don't know where they get their energy!

To be 'full of beans' means to have lots of energy and have a feeling of well-being.

a) After my exam I decided to have a complete break from studying to recharge my batteries before the new term started.

b) I'm sure if you take a few days off to recharge your batteries you'll come back feeling much better.

To 'recharge your batteries' means to take a break from stressful or tiring activities in order to feel refreshed when you return to them.

a) Sarah's just phoned. She's feeling a bit weather the weather so won't be coming into work.

b) I seem to spend most of the winter months feeling under the weather.

If you feel 'under the weather' it means you're not feeling very well.

1) Do you know someone who is always full of beans?
2) Can you remember a time you needed to recharge your batteries?
3) When was the last time you felt under the weather?
# by scummy | 2008-07-21 23:55


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