vocabulary exercises

Quiz Your English! (3)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters  HE- and an extra letter has also been given.

1.  Sorry I didn’t call you yesterday but I had a really he_ _ _c day. (= busy)

2.  We’re going to plant a he_ g _ at the end of the garden to give us more privacy.

3.  Jack’s not very confident about his French so he hes_ _ _ _ _ _  a lot when he speaks. (= pauses)

4. Firefighters wear he_ m _ _ _ to protect them from heat and falling objects.

5.  Do you mind listening to your music with he_ _ _ h _ _ _ _ on? I can’t concentrate.

B.  Food Idioms

Complete the expressions using the words below. There are two extra words.

apples   gooseberries   grapes   nuts   peppers   salts

1.  Daniel was criticising how his team played on Saturday but it’s just sour _____ because he wasn’t chosen to play.

2.  I don’t know what on earth was in that smoothie but it went through me like a dose of _____ and I had to rush to the nearest bathroom.

3. Come on, you can’t compare heavy metal to jazz! That’s like comparing _____ to oranges. 

4.  The crowd went _____ when Lady Gaga walked onto the stage.

C.  Word Building

Use the word in capitals to form a new word which fits the gap.

1.  What __________ will we need for our camping trip?  EQUIP

2.  Ugh! What on earth is that __________  smell!  DISGUST

3.  To my __________ Grant apologised. He never apologises for anything!  AMAZE

4.  Nobody lives on the island – it’s __________.  INHABIT






Answers

A. 1. hectic  2.  hedge  3. hesitates  4. helmets  5. headphones

B. 1. grapes  2. salts  3.  apples  4. nuts

C. 1. equipment  2. disgusting  3. amazement  4.  uninhabited

vocabulary exercises

Quiz Your English! (2)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters  MA and an extra letter has also been given.

1.  Jack lives in Los Angeles ma_ _ _ y.  (= mostly)

2.  Cats and humans are ma_ _ _ l _, whereas snakes and crocodiles are reptiles.

3.  Wearing a seatbelt is ma_ d _ _ _ _ _. It’s the law.

4.  Thank you so much for all your help. I don’t know how I would have ma_ _ g _ _ without you.

5.  It’s ma_ _ _ l _ _ _ _ what technology can do these days.  (=amazing)

B.  Idioms: Parts of the body

Choose the correct word to complete the idiom.

1.  When you do an online class, make sure you have everything you need at _____ (= nearby) so you don’t have to get up. (chest, finger, hand)

2. I’m sorry I bit your _____ off earlier. I was a bit stressed about my job interview.  (hand, head, heart)

3.  Julian decided to set up his own business because he was tired of working his _____ to the bone for someone else for so little pay.  (fingers, shoulders, teeth)

4.  We caught the train by the _____ of our teeth. If we’d arrived a minute later we would have missed it. (hair, gum, skin)

C.  Practical English

 Choose the right response.

1.  “I can’t make the party on Friday night. I have to work the whole weekend.” – “__________”

a)  Oh, poor you!

b) Oh, what pity!

2.  “Somebody’s just rung the doorbell. Can you answer it?” – “__________”

a)  Yes, I go. 

b)  Yes, I’ll go.

3.  “There you go. I’ve fixed your computer.” – “__________”

a)  “Thanks so much! I owe you one. 

b)  Thanks a thousand! You’re the best.”



Answers

A.  1. mainly  2. mammals  3. mandatory 4. managed 5 marvellous
B.  1. hand 2. head 3. fingers  4. skin
C.  1. a)  2. b) 3 a)

Quiz Your English! (1)

vocabulary exercises

Quiz Your English! (1)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters AN and an extra letter has also been given.

1. Amy and Leonard are celebrating their 50th wedding an_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ y  this Saturday.

2. Cinzia isn’t an_ t _ _ _ _ like her sister. She is far more outgoing.

3.  John isn’t playing basketball at the moment as he has sprained his an_ l _.

4.  The money was donated by someone who wishes to remain an_ n _ _ _ _ s.

5.  Deer, moose and caribou have an_ l _ _ _ .

B.  Idioms 

Choose the correct verb to complete the idioms.

1.  “I’m not usually one to _____ my own trumpet but I think I’m a pretty good cook,” said Julia. (blow, push, turn)

2.  You’re a bit tense about the meeting tomorrow. Why don’t you go for a run and _____ off some steam? (break, go, let)

3. The children are _____ under my feet. Do you mind taking them to the park so that I can get on with making lunch? (getting, going, running)

4.  We _____ the house upside down trying to find Ben’s football shoes but we couldn’t find them anywhere.  (lifted, ran, turned)


C.  Practical English

Choose the correct response.

1.  “Shall I carry that for you?”  – “No, don’t worry. _______________”

a)  I can do.  b) I can manage.

2.  “Can you lend me your pen?” – “_______________.”

a)  Yes, here you are.  b)  Yes, here you have it.

3.  “Do you know how to do this?” – “_______________.”

a)  Sorry, I have no idea.  b)  Sorry, I don’t have idea.




Answers

A. 1. anniversary 2. anything 3. ankle 4. anonymous 5. antlers.
B. 1. blow 2. let 3. getting 4. turned
C. 1. b) 2. a) 3. a)

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Nature

Animal Trivia Quiz!

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It’s time to put your animal expertise to the test! The answers are at the bottom of the page.

1.  The fastest creature in the animal kingdom is a bird, the ________.

(a)  common swift

(b)  frigate bird

(c)  great horned owl

(d)  peregrine falcon

2.  A baby kangaroo is known as a ________.

(a)  jill

(b)  jim

(c)  joey

(d)  jonny

Joey - cropped

3. Which snake isn’t native to the British Isles?

(a)  adder

(b)  grass

(c)  rattlesnake 

(d)  smooth

4.  Which mythical creature is Scotland’s national animal?

(a)  unicorn

(b)  griffin

(c)  phoenix

(d)  dragon

Facebook Cheetah

5.  Which of the big cats can’t roar?

(a)  jaguar 

(b)  cheetah

(c)  leopard

(d) tiger

6.  Which of these isn’t a species of shark?

(a)  bottlenose

(b)  cookiecutter

(c)  goblin

(d)  leopard

Meerkat - animal quiz

7.  Which of these animals spends most of its life in a tree?

(a) otter

(b)  walrus

(c)  sloth

(d) meerkat

8.  Which of these won’t you find in a honey bee colony?

a) a slacker

b) a worker

(c) a queen

(d) a drone

Bee on flower

Answers

1.  (d) peregrine falcon (they can dive at over 320km/h!)

2.  (c) joey  (click here for 5 Amazing Kangaroo Joey Facts)

3.  (c) rattlesnake (native to the Americas)

4.  (a) unicorn (click here for 10 Magical Facts about Unicorns)

5.  (b) cheetah (it can purr though!)

6.  (a) bottlenose (it’s a dolphin species)

7.  (c) sloth  (they are much safer up in the trees!)

8.  (a) slacker  (a slacker is an informal word for a person who is lazy and doesn’t do all the work they should)

Travel

Welcome to Singapore!

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They say that good things come in small packages and our next destination illustrates that idea to a tee. Our next port of call in the “Welcome to” series is South East Asia’s smallest country, Singapore. My former neighbour, dear friend and food blogger, Gina, aka Fatsochef, is kindly going to show us around. If, for you, travel is as much about the food as the sightseeing, read on!

The last time I wrote about my country, I was probably just ten years old! I don’t remember but I’m sure it was nothing but praise for this little island I call home. There really isn’t much not to like about Singapore. It’s beautiful, clean, modern, efficient and safe, from both crimes and natural disasters! It’s got great infrastructure, well-built roads, a first-class airline, and as for the buildings, we’ve got some pretty awesome architecture here on our little space of barely 130 square kilometers.

Singapore cityscape during sunset
The Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer

If you’ve ever had the chance to see a picture of the famous Marina Bay Sands building and thought to yourself, “Well, that’s nice”, just wait until you see it in person – the structure will blow you away! The building houses a hotel, casino, theatre, countless restaurants, bars and a mall to meet every shopaholic’s demands, plus there’s a magnificent view of the city skyline from the rooftop which is a staggering 193 meters high. It is a must-visit!

As if being known as the Garden City wasn’t enough, we went and built a garden within the garden city! Even if you’re not into flowers, you’ll be mesmerized by the towering futuristic solar-powered Supertrees and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall here at Singapore’s Gardens by The Bay.

Singapore Gardens By The Bay
Gardens by the Bay

We’re a young country, just celebrating our fifty-third year of independence in August this year, but we’ve come a long way the past half a century. Watching the country grow and evolve in such a short time is the pride of all Singaporeans.

Speaking of evolution, my own backyard has seen some mind-boggling changes! Built in 1920s, Tiong Bahru is the oldest housing estate in Singapore; also my family home for the past thirty years… and counting! As recent as the early nineties, our walk-up apartment sat amidst mom-and-pop shops selling everything from eggs to haberdashery supplies to freshly handmade noodles. Today, barely a handful of these old businesses remain, and the rest have been converted to hipster cafes, swanky barber shops, lifestyle shops and even spas! Despite the change, Tiong Bahru still exudes an old-world charm that silently refuses to budge! Is it the old-fashioned buildings? Or the quiet elderly couple at their rundown back alley shop that still helps reupholster our equally old couches? I don’t know! But people come from all over to capture and take in this fusion of old and new!

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Tiong Bahru

One of my favorite places in Singapore is Haji Lane. Known as the narrowest street in Singapore where hip meets culture, Haji Lane is touted as a must-see in every tourism guide book. Tucked in the center of Kampong Glam, Singapore’s Muslim quarter, this barely 300-meter-long street is lined with vintage shops, ice cream parlors, taco stands, coffee joints and even tattoo studios. And what started out as graffiti in the early days on sleepy Haji Lane evolved into some of the best street art you’ll see in Singapore.

Haji Lane 3 pic
Stunning murals grace the walls and shopfronts in Haji Lane

My personal blog, fatsochef.com, revolves around the greatest pleasure of Singaporeans: eating! So it’s definitely on my agenda to talk a little about food here! Although we have a huge variety of local and international cuisines in Singapore, we are truly proud of our local fare.

Every Singaporean has his or her own idea of our national dish. For me, Hainanese Chicken Rice reigns! Singapore chefs adapted the dish from the early Chinese immigrants from Hainan province. Don’t ask me what was wrong with the original but we decided to tweak it to what it is today and it has become more Singapore than Hainan ever since! You will find chicken rice in every corner of Singapore – from neighborhood hawker centers, to five-star hotels and even on board Singapore Airlines! A serving could cost a mere SG$3 to a whooping SG$25, depending where you choose to dine!

Singapore - Hainanese Chicken - 1525 - 2000
Hainanese chicken: fragrant jasmine rice cooked in aromatic chicken stock, served with freshly poached tender chicken

Think a whole chicken, gently poached to succulent tenderness, drizzled with sweet savory soy sauce and served with fragrant jasmine rice that’s been cooked in the broth from poaching the bird. It all seems rather simple but a good chicken rice hits you with its deep, aromatic flavor!

Of course there will be other claims on our national dish – from Char Kway Teow, to Laksa, to Nasi Lemak. Nonetheless, there’s no starting a food war with a bunch of food-loving people! In fact, when friends are visiting, the first thing we do is treat them to a Singaporean food fest. Believe me when I say they always enjoy it as much as we do!

Singapore - Laksa - 1500 x 1500
Laksa – Silky smooth rice noodles in a creamy spicy coconut broth, bean sprouts, prawns, fish cake, and if you’re adventurous, raw blood cockles!

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never quite pursued it. Starting my food review blog was totally unplanned but it’s been really fulfilling, especially on days when I discover something delicious! In or outside Singapore, I love hunting down hidden gems… discovering a quiet beach, or a secret bar always makes my day! When I travel, I always eat what the local people eat. I love chatting to the locals, learning about their culture, their language, and their favorite places to eat and party. My other passion is skiing. Rare for someone that lives in the tropics! But yeah, every chance I get, I’m on the slopes. It’s probably something I’d like to do until I’m 100! But we’ll see about that!

Go here for a peek into my food adventures. Or share your thoughts on my IG, account. Better still, point me to YOUR favorite place to eat and I’ll be sure to put it on my list!

Singapore skyline, Marina bay and Merlion fountain view at dusk
Singapore skyline, Marina bay and Merlion fountain

 

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Pronunciation

Improve Your Accent! (26) – Tennis

It can really help your pronunciation if you know the phonetic symbols and the sounds they represent. You don’t need to worry about learning to write them just to recognise them. Do my quickie Improve Your Accent exercises and you’ll pick them up in no time, plus you’ll improve your pronunciation and your listening skills too.

Can you decipher these 10 tennis-related words?

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Answers

Verb Conjugation Exercises, Verb Drills

Verb Training (5) – Past Simple Questions

Change these past simple sentences into questions.

You spoke to him. → Did you speak to him?

1. He grew up in Kenya.
2. She caught the bus.
3. We sorted out the invitations.
4. He accepted the job.
5. She was born in France.
6. You walked home.
7. I didn’t tell you.
8. You lied to me.
9. I made a mistake.
10. They did the shopping.
11. It was funny.
12. They brought the cake.
13. It mattered.
14. It was a good idea.
15. They met her parents.
16. We ran out of paper.
17. You weren’t surprised.
18. He used to smoke.
19. He forgot the meeting.
20. You cut your finger.
21. He didn’t give you the book.
22. She sold her business.
23. You didn’t hear the news.
24. You meant to do it.
25. They fell in love.



Answers

1. Did he grow up in Kenya?
2. Did she catch the bus?
3. Did we sort out the invitations?
4. Did he accept the job?
5. Was she born in France?
6. Did you walk home?
7. Didn’t I tell you?
8. Did you lie to me?
9. Did I make a mistake?
10. Did they do the shopping?
11. Was it funny?
12. Did they bring the cake?
13. Did it matter?
14. Was it a good idea?
15. Did they meet her parents?
16. Did we run out of paper?
17. Weren’t you surprised?
18. Did he use to smoke?
19. Did he forget the meeting?
20. Did you cut your finger?
21. Didn’t he give you the book?
22. Did she sell her business?
23. Didn’t you hear the news?
24. Did you mean to do it?
25. Did they fall in love?

Verb Training 4 – Present Continuous

Spot the Mistakes (1)
Spot the Mistakes (2)
Spot the Mistakes (3)
Full list of Spot the Mistakes exercises

Idioms with Make (1)
Idioms with Know
Idioms with Keep

vocabulary exercises

Idioms with Keep

Fill the gaps using these words:

amused, bay, loop, profile, tabs, toes, voice, watch

1.  Lucy does yoga to help keep her anxiety at _____.

2.  Nora uses a notebook to keep _____ on how much she spends on groceries and so on.

3.  While I’m away on my trip I want you to keep me in the ____ about what’s happening at the office.

4.  Max keeps his students on their _____ by asking them lots of challenging questions.

5.  I’ve got to make a phone call so please can you keep your _____ down.

6.  We took some colouring books, stickers and games to keep the children _____ on the flight.

7.  There are pickpockets on the train sometimes so keep a close ____ on your camera and your bag.

8. The film star spends every summer in the village but keeps a low _____ – you’d barely know she was there.

………………………………………………………………………….

Answers

1. bay 2. tabs 3. loop 4. toes 5. voice 6. amused 7. watch 8. profile


Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 687

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🔹 to _____ something at your fingertips

🔹 to _____ your heart in your mouth

🔹 to _____ it in for somebody

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Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 686

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🔹 to be left with _____ on your face

🔹 to walk on _____ shells

🔹 to teach your grandmother to suck ___s

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Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 685

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps). Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter.

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🔹 to _____ stars

🔹 to _____ how the land lies

🔹 what the eye doesn’t _____, the heart doesn’t grieve over

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Verb Conjugation Exercises, Verb Drills

Verb Training (4) – Present Continuous

Change the following sentences to the present continuous, using the short form where possible.

He takes a photograph. → He’s taking a photograph.

What time do we have lunch? → What time are we having lunch?

  1. They get ready to go out.
  2. Do you have fun?
  3. Do I walk too fast?
  4. Does she stay at your place?
  5. He explains the new system.
  6. Do you record this?
  7. Where do the children play?
  8. Sam and I leave tomorrow.
  9. He gives the dog a bath.
  10. Does she study upstairs?
  11. Somebody calls my name.
  12. Does somebody call my name?
  13. He designs a new website.
  14. They spend too much money.
  15. You waste everybody’s time.
  16. I expect a phone call.
  17. Do they move to California?
  18. Does she take the train?
  19. When do you leave?
  20. What do you wear to the party?
  21. Do you drink enough water?
  22. Does she get enough sleep?
  23. The weather changes.
  24. Does he play basketball?
  25. Do we play tennis later?







Answers

  1. They’re getting ready to go out.
  2. Are you having fun?
  3. Am I walking too fast?
  4. Is she staying at your place?
  5. He’s explaining the new system.
  6. Are you recording this?
  7. Where are the children playing?
  8. Sam and I are leaving tomorrow.
  9. He’s giving the dog a bath.
  10. Is she studying upstairs?
  11. Somebody’s calling my name.
  12. Is somebody calling my name?
  13. He’s designing a new website.
  14. They’re spending too much money.
  15. You’re wasting everybody’s time.
  16. I’m expecting a phone call.
  17. Are they moving to California?
  18. Is she taking the train?
  19. When are you leaving?
  20. What are you wearing to the party?
  21. Are you drinking enough water?
  22. Is she getting enough sleep?
  23. The weather’s changing.
  24. Is he playing basketball?
  25. Are we playing tennis later?

Vocabulary Quiz

EnglishSmarts CT Quiz 684

What’s the missing word? (The same word fits all the gaps). Answers by DM *only* to @EnglishSmarts on Twitter.

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🔹 to _____ your way back

🔹 to _____ the headlines

🔹 to _____ a pit stop

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