Vocabulary – personality words
How to ask polite questions
Listening – direct and indirect questions (difficult!)
writing an informal email about where you live
idioms dictionary: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/
Cambridge dictionary http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
more idioms: http://english-the-easy-way.com/Idioms/Night_Owl_Early_Bird.html
UK US /ˈhæn.di/
handy adjective (USEFUL)
C2 useful or convenient:a handy container/toolFirst-time visitors to France will find this guide particularly handy.It’s a nice house and it’s handy for (= near) the train station.informal Don’t throw those bottles away – they’ll come in handy (= be useful) for the picnic next Sunday.
handy adjective (SKILFUL)
› [after verb] able to use something skilfully:Jonathan’s good at putting up wallpaper, but he’s not so handywith a paintbrush.
UK US /kənˈviː.ni.ənt/
B1 suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty:Our local shop has very convenient opening hours.A bike’s a very convenient way of getting around.
salutation noun [C or U]
UK US /ˌsæl.jʊˈteɪ.ʃən/ formal
UK /kəmˈpæt.ɪ.bl̩/ US /-ˈpæt̬-/
C1 able to exist, live together, or work successfully with something or someone else:It was when we started living together that we found we just weren’t compatible.
fortnight noun [C usually singular]
UK /ˈfɔːt.naɪt/ US /ˈfɔːrt-/ UK
lodger noun [C]
UK /ˈlɒdʒ.ər/ US /ˈlɑː.dʒɚ/ (US also roomer)
› someone who pays for a place to sleep, and usually for meals, in someone else’s house:She takes in lodgers to make some extra money.
UK US /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pl̩/
C1 [C] a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works:the principles of the criminal justice systemThe country is run on socialist principles.The machine works according to the principle of electromagneticconduction.
UK /pəˈtɪk.jə.lər/ US /pɚˈtɪk.jə.lɚ/
particular adjective (SPECIAL)
B2 [before noun] special, or this and not any other:She wanted a particular type of cactus.He wouldn’t take just any book – he had to have this particular one!“Why did you ask?” “Oh, no particular reason, just making conversation.”in particularB1 especially:What in particular did you like about the last apartment that we saw?Are you looking for anything in particular?
UK /ˌdaʊn.tuːˈɜːθ/ US /-ˈɝːθ/ approving
C1 practical, reasonable, and friendly:She’s a down-to-earth woman with no pretensions.
pull your weight
C2 to work as hard as other people in a group:The others had complained that Sarah wasn’t pulling her weight.
penny-pinching adjective [before noun]
UK US /ˈpen.iˌpɪn.tʃɪŋ/
UK US /ˌtaɪtˈfɪs.tɪd/ (also tight) informaldisapproving
› unwilling to spend money:Don’t wait for Gillian to buy you a drink – she’s too tight-fisted.
extrovert noun [C]
(also extravert) UK /ˈek.strə.vɜːt/ US /-vɝːt/