Speaking Skills

Conversation Questions: Conditionals (Second)


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SPEAKING PRACTICE

Answer these hypothetical questions AND give reasons for your answers.

The more effort you make the stronger your English skills will be.

If you could sing a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose?

If you had your own restaurant, what would you call it, what kind of food would you serve and what location would you choose?

If someone gave you a hundred dollars right now, how would you spend it?

If you could have the best seats at any sporting event, which event would you choose?

If someone gave you a magic pill and told you that by taking it you would become instantly fluent in a language, which language would you choose?

If you could see any animal in the wild, which animal would you choose?

If you could travel back in time which period of history would you like to visit?

If you could go and live in any country for a year, which country would you choose?

If you could have dinner with three famous people from the present or the past, who would you choose and what would you ask them?

If you could be president of your country, what three changes would you make?

If you were stranded on a deserted island for a month, who would you like to be with you?

If you had one day to show me your town or city, which places would we visit and where would we go for lunch?

If you could turn back time, which occasion in your past would you relive?

If you could design and build your dream house or apartment, what would it look like and where would you build it?

If it were possible and your safety were guaranteed, which trip would you make – a day in space, a day in Antartica or a day deep-sea diving in a submarine?


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Vocabulary Worksheets

Fascinating Sharks: Vocabulary Worksheet with Fish Idioms

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A) FUN FACTS ABOUT SHARKS 🦈

Fill the gaps with these words:

diverse, fabrics, fearsome, flexible, kingdom, length, marine, prey, rough, rows, survived

Did you know that sharks are older than trees! They have been on our planet for around 450 million years and have a)_______________ several mass extinctions.

Unlike most fish, sharks have a skeleton made of cartilage and not bone. Cartilage is lighter than bone and much more b)_______________, which allows sharks to be more efficient swimmers. 

Whale sharks, which are the largest fish on earth, have huge mouths and about 300 c)_______________ of teeth, but these majestic creatures are docile and feed mostly on plankton.

Not all sharks are massive though. In fact they come in all sizes – the dwarf lanternshark is about the d)_______________ of a pencil!

Sharks have small tooth-shaped ‘scales’ on their skin known as dermal denticles. This is why their skin feels e)_______________ like sandpaper if you were to stroke them from tail to head. These ‘scales’ reduce friction allowing them to swim faster and in fact have inspired f) _______________ for Olympic swimsuits!

Sharks never run out of teeth. When they lose a tooth, it is replaced by a tooth from the row behind. They can go through thousands of teeth in a lifetime.

Sharks have a phenomenal sense of smell, one of the most powerful in the animal g) _______________. They can smell blood from hundreds of metres away.

They are also equipped with special sensory organs which allow them to detect electrical currents and vibrations in the water.  This gives them several advantages as hunters. For instance, it can help them detect the heartbeat of h)__________________ hiding under sand.

Not only are sharks fascinating creatures, but they have been a vital part of i)_______________ ecosystems for millions of years. One very important role they play is keeping other animal populations in check (= preventing them from expanding too much). This helps to ensure j)_______________ oceanic life.

Sharks have a k)_______________ reputation thanks in part to movies such as “Jaws” but most shark species are harmless, to humans at least. You are far more likely to be killed by a lightning strike, a bee or even a cow!


Not so fun fact

Alarmingly, shark populations have plummeted by 70% in just the last fifty years, mostly as a result of overfishing, bycatch* and shark finning. 100 million sharks are killed every year.

*Bycatch: the marine creatures caught unintentionally in commercial fishing operations

B) FISH IDIOMS

1. Karla is very nervous about her first public concert. It’s one thing to sing in front of friends and family but singing in front of a big crowd is a different __________ (bucket, kettle, pan) of fish

2. People were packed like __________ (cod, sardines, tuna) in the train so we decided not to get on and to wait for the next train.

3. I wouldn’t talk to the boss today about organising the office party. He’s got __________ (bigger, busier, grander) fish to fry (= more important things to do)

4. Harold needed money fast so he went to a loan __________ (leech, shark, squid) and now he has to pay it all back in a week with 400% interest!



Answers

A) a) survived b) flexible c) rows d) length e) rough f) fabrics
g) kingdom h) prey i) marine j) diverse k) fearsome

B) 1. kettle 2. sardines 3. bigger 4. shark

a different kettle of fish – a completely different situation

If people are packed (in) like sardines there are so many people in a space that it is difficult for them to move

If someone has bigger fish to fry, they have more important things to do

a loan shark is an illegal and sometimes dangerous lender


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Test your Idioms!

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Idioms with ‘Give’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Make’  Exercise 1  Exercise 2

Idioms with ‘Take’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Keep’  Exercise 1

Idioms with ‘Think’  Exercise 1




Grammar Exercises

Spot the Mistakes (44)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Find the mistakes and correct them. Scroll down for the answers.

1. I couldn’t go to the party as I had too much work.

2. Rebecca lives in Turkey so she is used to drink very strong coffee.

3. Do you know where is Brad?

4. How long you have been working in United States?

5. You won’t pass the exam. You’ve hardly studied.

6. Call me as soon you’ll get to the office.

7. I need that you make the dinner tonight.

8. “Can you pick up the kids from school?” – ” Yes, I can pick up them.”



ANSWERS

1. ✅

2. Rebecca lives in Turkey so she is used to drinking very strong coffee.

3. Do you know where Brad is?

4. How long have you been working in the United States?

5. ✅

6. Call me as soon you get to the office.

7. I need you to make the dinner tonight.

8. “Can you pick up the kids from school?” – ” Yes, I can pick them up.”