Level 2 Group 2 Class Notes 1st October 2015

Class objectives

  1. Reading a TV review

  2. Indirect questions

  3. Personality descriptions

Today’s words:

plot noun [C]

UK   /plɒt/  US   /plɑːt/

plot noun [C] (STORY)

B2 the ​story of a ​book, ​film, ​play, etc.:The ​movie has a very ​simple plot.The plots of his ​books are ​basically all the same.

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plot noun [C] (PLAN)

a ​secretplan made by several ​people to do something that is ​wrong, ​harmful, or not ​legal, ​especially to do ​damage to a ​person or a ​government:The plot was ​discovered before it was ​carried out.[+ to infinitive] The ​police have foiled a plot toassassinate the ​president.

awkward adjective (DIFFICULT)

B2 difficult to use, do, or ​deal with:It’s an awkward ​corner, so take it ​slowly.Some of the ​questions were ​rather awkward.It was an awkward ​ascent, but we ​reached the ​topeventually.[+ to infinitive] My car’s ​quite awkward todrive.He’s an awkward customer (= a ​difficultperson to ​deal with).

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awkward adjective (EMBARRASSING)

B2 causingproblems, ​worry, or ​embarrassment:an awkward ​position/​situationThere ​followed an awkward ​silence while we all ​tried to ​think of something to say.

date noun [C] (MEETING)

B1 a ​socialmeetingplanned before it ​happens, ​especially one between two ​people who have or might have a ​romanticrelationship:He ​asked her out on a date.She has a hot date (= an ​excitingmeeting)tonight. mainly US a ​person you have a ​romanticmeeting with:Who’s ​your date for the ​prom?

amuse verb [I or T]

UK   US   /əˈmjuːz/

B2 to ​entertain someone, ​especially by ​humorousspeech or ​action or by making them ​laugh or ​smile:I’ve ​brought an ​article from yesterday’s ​paper that I ​thought might amuse you.[+ obj + to infinitive ] I ​think it amuses him toseepeople make ​fools of themselves.Apparently these ​stories are ​meant to amuse.B2 to ​keep someone ​happy, ​especially for a ​shorttime:We amused ​ourselves by ​watching the passers-by.Shall I put on a ​DVD to amuse the ​kids?

loathe verb [T]

UK   /ləʊð/  US   /loʊð/

C2 to ​hate someone or something:From an early ​age the ​brothers have loathed each other.“Do you like ​fish?” “No, I loathe it.”[+ -ing verb] I loathe doinghousework.

trivial adjective

UK   US   /ˈtrɪv.i.əl/

B2 having little ​value or ​importance:I don’t ​know why he gets so ​upset about something so trivial.Sexual ​harassment in the ​workplace is not a trivial matter. A trivial ​problem is ​easy to ​solve:Getting ​computers to ​understandhumanlanguage is not a trivial ​problem.

mundane adjective

UK   US   /mʌnˈdeɪn/

C1 very ​ordinary and ​therefore not ​interesting:Mundane ​matters such as ​payingbills and ​shopping for ​food do not ​interest her.

science fiction noun [U]

UK   US   (informal sci-fi, also SF)

B1 books, ​films, or cartoons about an ​imaginedfuture, ​especiallyabout ​spacetravel or other ​planets:a science-fiction ​novel/​story

Flat pack furniture

Car bonnet

 An old fashioned ladies’ bonnet

Listen to some punk rock music! Do you like it????


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