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Lesson on 18/11/2002 Topic(s): Work, changes, talking about the past

New Vocabulary

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Mistakes

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Problems/Issues

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during office hour

 

our department is getting smaller

Correct structure but if used about something that is finished (rather than ongoing)

   

maybe over a thousand loan

 

I will need to retain a barrister

Correct structure but if used in a more hypothetical situation

   

big stuffs

 

I will not do criminal law

As above

   

the most important is that

 

people wouldn’t pay much [for conveyancing]

Correct structure but the opposite of the preceding two, if used about a continuing situation

       

they will look at your time sheet

Correct structure but the opposite of the preceding two, if used about a continuing situation it probably

       

she will not do the small files

Correct structure but if used about a continuing situation it probably

       

they do not look at the number

Correct structure but if used in "ordinary" speech it probably

       

[after the merger] the first thing they do is

Correct structure but it probably

Lesson on 25/11/2002 Topic(s): Introductory conversations, introductions

New Vocabulary

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What is the difference between these phrases?

1) How are you?

2) How do you do?

   

When do we use "the" for countries?

I was in a dinner

This is possible but meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner usually don't take articles, so it

What is the difference between these phrases?

1) I’m James.

2) My name's James.

 

They do the resorts

 

I was the one who need to look the map

This is possible (if "need" is changed to "needed") but awkward

How d’you like HK? Have you been here long?

Possible conversation "openers"

At last they

"At last" is usually only used when somebody has been waiting for something for a long time.

Are back to the US for Christmas?

This might be possible but, as you are asking about plans, probably

Get the hang of it

Quite informal, probably speech

Because very difficult

     
Recipe for disaster Quite informal, probably speech        

Extra resources: For a simple, short listening exercise on common greetings on Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab click here

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