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!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English

!Mira que luna! Look at that moon! Resources for learning English
Fernando Olivera: El rapto.- TEXT FROM THE NOVEL The goldfinch by Donna Tartt (...) One night we were in San Antonio, and I was having a bit of a melt-down, wanting my own room, you know, my dog, my own bed, and Daddy lifted me up on the fairgrounds and told me to look at the moon. When "you feel homesick", he said, just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go". So after he died, and I had to go to Aunt Bess -I mean, even now, in the city, when I see a full moon, it's like he's telling me not to look back or feel sad about things, that home is wherever I am. She kissed me on the nose. Or where you are, puppy. The center of my earth is you". The goldfinch Donna Tartt 4441 English edition

Monday, August 15, 2016

Daily listening: One’s Bark is Worse than One’s Bite

One’s Bark is Worse than One’s Bite

One’s Bark is Worse than One’s Bite

Jul 19 2016

You probably know someone who doesn’t have many friends. Maybe, this person speaks very loudly, and others think he is yelling. Or perhaps, this person seems really tough and intense. However, he is probably a good person and kind to his friends. He might just seem to be mean or rude but actually have a warm heart. You could say that his bark is worse than his bite.

We use the expression “one’s bark is worse than one’s bite” to describe people who look or act mean but are really nice. In fact, anyone might have a bark that is worse than their bite on some days. Can you remember a day when you were angry? Maybe, you yelled at a friend or said something mean to a stranger. You didn’t want to be so intense, but you felt mad. In this situation, your bark was worse than your bite.

The Travel Bug team is waiting for the director. Some of them are nervous because he is intense. Watch today’s English lesson to find out if his bark is worse than his bite.
Dominique: I’m nervous. What if I forget what I’m supposed to say or do?
Sheila: Don’t worry. That’s what the director is here for… to make sure everything goes smoothly. There is one thing, though.
Dominique: What?

Sheila: He can be a little intense. But trust me, his bark is worse than his bite. He sounds tough, but he’s really nice. He just wants to make sure everything goes well.
Andy_H: Did you say intense? How do you mean, intense?
Sheila: Well…
Dominique: That’s not making me feel better, what if he gets angry because I’m supposed to…
Sheila: Shhh. Shh! It’s OK, don’t worry.
Director: Hello, darling.
Sheila: Hello!
Director: You look smashing. Absolutely fab.
Sheila: Thank you!
Director: Oh! And who are these lovelies?
Sheila: This is Dominique, Andy, Kelsey, and our intern should be around here somewhere….
Director: Pleasure. Wonderful to meet you. Mmmm. Hm-mm!
Sheila: What?
Director: Is that what you plan to wear?
Andy_H: I mean, I was, but I guess I can…
Director: Think colorful. What’s your name?
Kelsey: Kelsey.
Director: Like Kelsey here. More colorful! Kelsey is yourcolor wheel. Alright? Where’s the coffee?
Sheila: Jordin should be here with it any second now…
Director: Excellent. It’s going to be a wonderful day. We’ll get started in a minute!
Dominique: Well, I’m more nervous now.
Kelsey: I see what she means, his bark is worse than his bite.
Andy_H: I’m confused….
The Travel Bug team is waiting to meet the director who will help them with their commercial. Dominique is really nervous because she has never been on TV. Sheila tries to make her feel better. She tells Dominique that the director seems tough, but he is actually very kind. This makes Dominique more nervous.

Suddenly, the director arrives. He tells Sheila that she looks beautiful and asks who her friends are. He says that it is very nice to meet them all. Then, he sees Andy’s clothes. He thinks Andy needs to wear more colors, like Kelsey. Next, he asks where his coffee is. Sheila tells him that Jordin will bring it, and he relaxes. He says that it will be a fantastic day. Kelsey is happy, but Dominique and Andy don’t know what to think.

Do you know someone whose bark is worse than their bite? Is your bark worse than your bite sometimes?
Grammar Point

When the director sees Sheila, he says, “You looksmashing.” He uses an adjective.

Adjectives are words that describe nouns and pronouns, for example, prettyhappyugly, or smart. Adjectives usually come before the noun, as in, “That was a scarymovie!”

Sometimes, adjectives follow a verb, like in the sentence, “Your baby is very cute.” But in this case, the adjective still modifies the subject of the sentence (your baby), not the verb (is). When the director says, “You look smashing,” he uses the adjective smashing after the verb “look” in order to describe Sheila.

Remember, unlike in some other languages, adjectiveshave only one form in English. They don’t have a singular and plural form or a masculine and feminine form. For instance, you wouldn’t say, “Those girls are beautifuls.” Even though there is more than one girl, you’d still say, “Those girls are beautiful.” Adjectives look the same no matter what noun they describe.

Adjectives are also used to describe how someone feels. These adjectives often end in “ed,” like excited andpleased. Adjectives of emotion often follow the verb “to be.” For example, “Robert is excited to see the new Star Wars movie.”

Which is correct, “Sarah is wonderful,” or, “Wonderful Sarah is”?

  1. Why does Sheila say the director’s bark is worse than his bite?
  2. The director really likes __ clothes and colors.
  3. Which word does NOT have the same meaning as intense?
  4. Which sentence uses an adjective incorrectly?

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