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Unit 1: English in the News
Improve your English through the language of the news

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Vocabulary Reference

Happiness

I'm on cloud nine

I'm very, very happy

I'm on top of the world
I'm very, very happy

I'm over the moon
I'm very, very happy

I'm grumpy
I'm in a bad mood

I'm feeling blue
I feel a little sad

I see red
I get angry

I'm green with envy
I feel very envious

Hot Weather

It's sweltering
It's very, very hot / It's uncomfortably hot

It's baking
It's very, very hot

It's scorching
It's very, very hot

soaring
increasing quickly

a heatwave
a period of unusually hot weather

Drinking Coffee

(have/take) a sip
(have/take) a small mouthful of liquid

sip
drink liquid slowly - with small mouthfuls

down
drink something very, very quickly

(be/feel) full of beans
be/feel very energetic and enthusiastic

Money & Shopping

splash out on (something)
spend a lot of money on something - especially something which you don't need

retail therapy
the act of buying things to make yourself feel happier

(go on) a shopping spree
a period where you buy lots of things / a period of extravagant spending

 

Phrasal verbs for talking about hiding and sharing emotions

bottle (something) up
keep your feelings hidden / refuse to talk about how you are feeling

open up
start to talk openly about your feelings

speak out
give your opinion on a topic in public

Facebook and Mindreading

brainy
intelligent/clever

on (my/your/his/her) mind
in your thoughts

What's on your mind?
What are you thinking about? / what are you worrying about?

read someone's mind
know exactly what someone is thinking

Words to talk about pregnancy

expecting (adjective, informal)
pregnant

morning sickness
feeling of wanting to vomit during pregnancy

expect
think something will probably or certainly happen

due
expected to be born / required or expected to happen

TV awards ceremony

kick off
start

wrap up
complete or finish something

 

Words to talk about sleep

a nap
a short sleep, normally during the day

nap (verb)
sleep for a short time

doze
sleep for a short time; sleep lightly

a night owl
a person who likes being awake and active at night

Words to talk about rain and wind

a gust
a sudden, strong wind

a gale
a very strong wind

torrential rain
very heavy rain

a downpour
lots of rain in a short amount of time

Arguments

a row
a disagreement between people/organisations

have a row
have an argument

a stand-off
a situation where agreement doesn't seem possible

back down
to retreat from an argument or admit you were wrong

Words to describe graphs.

soar
fly high in the air / increase rapidly

surge
increase suddenly

a surge
a sudden large increase

a plateau
an area of high ground / a period of no change

plateau
reach a level and stay at that level

 

Mobile phone use

hang up
finish a phone call

hang up on (someone)
end the call suddenly in the middle of a conversation

pick up (the phone)
answer the phone

ditch
get rid of something you no longer want

be glued to something
unable to stop watching something