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

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

[Easy English Blog] Flu jab

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Do you get a flu jab? A flu jab is an injection to protect against influenza. I started getting a flu jab around six years ago. The first year I had it, I felt very strange afterwards. I was really dizzy and I felt sick. I also had double vision!

From the second year, I have been fine. One thing I have noticed is that I catch fewer colds during the year. I used to catch around three or four colds a year. When I was a child, I caught around five or six colds a year.

Now, I only catch one cold a year, usually in autumn. Is this because of the flu jab, or because my body is changing as I get older? I don’t know, but I’m glad that I don’t get so many colds anymore.

I started to get a flu jab every year because I caught influenza seven years ago. I caught it over Christmas. It was really bad timing. I couldn’t enjoy Christmas with my family because I felt so ill. I never want to experience that again!

I had my flu jab for this year a week or so ago. It wasn’t so painful, but my arm was itchy for a few days after. I hope it protects me from colds and influenza this year too.

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press