Vocabulary. 11.06.2010

I'll be there for you ....

Автор: Nadia


 

If you want to pass the final test with flying colours i.e. very successfully, you should have started the revision a week ago. But don't freak out, I believe that you can still do it.

First of all, you need to boost your confidence by looking (Gerund after a preposition) back on how much you've already done. You have grounds to pride yourself on attending (Gerund after a preposition) around 40 classes, learning (or at least coming across) almost 1000 new words and finally understanding the difference between “I stopped smoking” (give up) and “I stopped to smoke” (stop in order to do sth). You're probably sick & tired of all the “charming lists” (lists with active vocabulary from the Workbook) I have been giving to you during the term. Now, I understand that it looks really complicated to revise all the material, but let me help you (Complex object).

We have been watching various films & videos with you. But the most frequently we were watching ….. Friends! I'm really am an avid fan of it! Perhaps you think that I'm obsessed with this sitcom. Well, maybe I am. But I think that this hilarious (very funny) movie can improve your English to a great extent. You may dislike canned laughter, irreverent comments (not showing the expected respect for official, important or holy things) or revealing scenes, you may consider it to be quite trivial (banal). I don't mind. That's ok with me. But I want you to appreciate (Complex object) the enormous quantity of phrasal verbs, idioms and slang found in Friends.


ROSS, MONICA, RACHEL, CHANDLER, JOEY, PHOEBE
(from left to right)

Anyway, I decided to make up the 11th season of Friends to help you with the revision.

First of all, let me brush up on the last scene from season 10.

Ross and Rachel get back together. Phoebe is happily married to Mike. Monica and Chandler are having twins and decide to move to a new house outside the city. Joey is ok, still single and easy-going.

Monica and Chandler pack the final things in their apartment, and leave their keys, along with the rest of the gang. Monica & Chandler, their twins, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel & Ross all go downstairs to have one more cup of coffee in Central Perk.


SEASON 11

So the friends are hanging around in the coffee house. Everything is as usual, but there is one controversial, dubious yet topical issue i.e. Joey is still single.

Joey himself is starting to feel a bit out of place and ill at ease so he makes excuses for not meeting with friends. He does not find flings rewarding any more.

At the same time, Joey remains a man of habit. He likes square meals, fast-food “cuisine”, in a nutshell, he eats like a horse and does not pick at food.

So, friends decide to set Joey up with the ladies they know.

Monica and Chandler invite one eligible lady and put her up in their new house. That turns out to be Chandler's cousin who had the Bings' genes and tells absolutely hilarious jokes. Chandler starts to feel intimidated by her.

 

Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel hire a new nanny for their daughter Emma. Joey considers the babysitter to be “hot”.

And what about Phoebe and Mike? Well, they are madly in love with each other, but bicker from time to time. Phoebe is a masseuse in good standing (regarded as having complied with all obligations) and is still wonderfully weird. She finally makes up with her identical twin sister Ursula, who now seems to be not that bad. Ursula decides to become a social worker and moves in the friends' house.

Joey seems to rub along with all three of them and is in “three” minds (original phrase - “to be in two minds”), so to speak. He bears a grudge against his friends as they made the choice of a wife to be more complicated.

So, will it be a funny cousin? Or a hot nanny? Or maybe a charitable Ursula?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

 

 

 

Activities:1. Gerund vs Infinitive. Gap filling.
2. "I'll be there for you"
 

 

 

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