Disruptive

Do you know the adjective “disruptive“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Iris: I hope Kayla doesn’t come to the meeting today. She is so disruptive.

Johann: I know. She interupts everyone and gets angry if people don’t listen to her.

Does it mean

a) causing trouble

b) bringing happiness

c) amusing

d) efficient

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: a) causing trouble

[Easy English Blog] Christmas music

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Do you like Christmas music? Traditional Christmas songs are called Christmas carols. When I was a child, we had Christmas concerts at school. We sang Christmas songs and our parents came to listen.

I was also in a brass band. We were very busy at Christmas because we had many Christmas concerts. We had concerts every weekend in December. We played in concert halls, churches and even supermarkets!

I remember when I was very young, carol singers used to walk around the streets in the evening singing carols. They sometimes knocked on the door and sang to us. I can’t remember very well, but I think we gave them cakes or perhaps a small amount of money. I haven’t seen carol singers around the streets for many years. Maybe they don’t do it anymore.

Since December, shops have started to play Christmas music. This always reminds me of my childhood and I start looking forward to Christmas. It also makes me think of Christmas presents. Every time I hear Christmas music I remember “I must do my Christmas shopping!”

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

 

Eager

Do you know the adjective “eager“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Rachel: How are your new students?

Bob: They are great. They are enthusiastic and eager. They listen to everything I say.

Does it mean:

a) naughty

b) keen

c) interesting

d) calm

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) keen

[Easy English Blog] Christmas presents for pets

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Do you have a pet? Do you buy it presents? In my family, we have always had dogs. We treat the dogs like members of the family. At Christmas, we give each other Christmas presents, so of course, we give our dogs Christmas presents too.

There are many kinds of Christmas presents for pets available. We usually buy toys or dog chews or treats for our dogs. We wrap them up in wrapping paper. The dogs love ripping the wrapping paper off the presents!

One dog we had was always very careful when he took the wrapping paper off his presents. It seemed like he knew there was something special inside, and didn’t want to damage it. He took a long time to unwrap his presents. Another dog we had ripped the paper off as fast as he could! He just wanted to get the present as quickly as possible!

I often buy presents in Japan for our dog. I’m sure she doesn’t understand the difference between and English present and a Japanese present, but I like to get her something different. I wonder what I can buy this year…

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

Mediocre

Do you know the adjective”mediocre“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jenny: I heard Tom will have an exhibition in the local gallery next week. Are you going?

Hilary: No. I’ve seen his paintings before. They are not great. He is a mediocre artist.

Does it mean:

a) wonderful

b) average

c) rich

d) talented

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: b) average

[Easy English Blog] 500 yen saving

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Every year, I save 500 yen coins. 500 yen is around $4 – $5 dollars. When I get a 500 yen coin in my change at a shop, I don’t spend it. I put it in a special case for 500 yen coins. I have been doing this every year for around five years. My goal is to fill the case. The case can hold 100 coins. Once, I managed to fill the case, but usually I can’t. I usually manage around half or a third.

I start in January and continue until I go home for Christmas. I used the money I have saved to buy travel insurance and my train fare to the airport. It is a big help, because I spend a lot of money at Christmas.

This year, I have filled just over half of the case. I didn’t reach my goal, but I’m happy anway. I will try harder next year!

Heather@ I Talk You Talk Press

Cross

Do you know the adjective “cross“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Ed: What did your mum say when you got home late last night?

Rob: She was very cross. She said I can’t go out at night again.

Does it mean:

a) happy

b) amused

c) scared

d) annoyed

The answer is below!↓

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Answer: d) annoyed