Level 2 Group 1 Class notes 22nd September 2015


  1. Vocabulary – personality words

  2. How to ask polite questions

  3. Listening – direct and indirect questions (difficult!)

  4. 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


handy adjective

UK   US   /ˈhæn.di/

handy adjective (USEFUL)

C2 useful or ​convenient:a handy ​container/​toolFirst-time ​visitors to France will ​find this ​guideparticularly handy.It’s a ​nicehouse and it’s handy for (= near) the ​trainstation.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.

convenient adjective

UK   US   /kənˈviː.ni.ənt/

B1 suitable for ​yourpurposes and ​needs and ​causing the least ​difficulty:Our ​localshop has very convenient ​openinghours.A bike’s a very convenient way of getting around.

salutation noun [C or U]

UK   US   /ˌsæl.jʊˈteɪ.ʃən/ formal

a ​greeting in words or ​actions, or the words used at the ​beginning of a ​letter or ​speech

compatible adjective

UK   /kəmˈpæt.ɪ.bl̩/  US   /-ˈpæt̬-/

C1 able to ​exist, ​live together, or ​worksuccessfully with something or someone ​else:It was when we ​startedliving together that we ​found we just weren’t compatible.

fortnight noun [C usually singular]

UK   /ˈfɔːt.naɪt/  US   /ˈfɔːrt-/ UK

B1 a ​period of two ​weeks:a fortnight’s ​holiday

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 ​extramoney.

principle noun

UK   US   /ˈprɪn.sɪ.pl̩/

C1 [C] a ​basicidea or ​rule that ​explains or ​controls how something ​happens or ​works:the principles of the ​criminaljusticesystemThe ​country is ​run onsocialist principles.The ​machineworksaccording to the principle ofelectromagneticconduction.

particular adjective

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?

down-to-earth adjective

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/

unwilling to ​spendmoney:I ​becametired of his penny-pinching ​friends.

tight-fisted adjective

UK   US   /ˌtaɪtˈfɪs.tɪd/ (also tight) informaldisapproving

unwilling to ​spendmoney: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/

C1 an ​energetichappyperson who ​enjoys being with other ​people:Most ​salespeople are extroverts.


geek noun [C]

UK   US   /ɡiːk/ informal

a ​person, ​especially a man, who is ​boring and not ​fashionable:He’s such a geek.

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