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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Please Stand By

Dear Friends,

Because of the unexpected travel required by the recent death of my father, I have fallen behind a bit in the production of my lessons; I'll catch up again in a few days. Thanks for your patience.

James

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Pig in a Poke 3

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2009-05/18/content_627540.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. There are eight expressions in this lesson. Use some of them in sentences or short dialogues.
2. Have you ever lived "high on the hog"? "Gone whole hog" or "hog wild" for something? Talk about your experiences.
3. Do you believe one shouldn't "cast pearls before swine"? Or that "you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear"? Why or why not?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Pig in a Poke 2

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2009-05/14/content_623076.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. There are six expressions in this lesson. Use each one in a sentence or short dialogue.
2. Have you ever tried to catch "a greased pig" (literally or figuratively)? Or been used as a "guinea pig"? Talk about your experiences.
3. What do you think might happen "when pigs fly"?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Pig in a Poke 1

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2009-05/12/content_619900.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. There are nine expressions in this lesson. Use some of them in sentences or short dialogues.
2. Have you ever bought "a pig in a poke"? Saved money in a "piggy bank"? Been "as happy as a pig in mud"? "Made a pig out of yourself?" Talk about your experiences.
3. What could make you "sweat like a pig"? "Bleed like a stuck pig"? "Pig out?"

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dog Eat Dog 2

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2009-05/11/content_618770.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. There are ten expressions in this lesson. Use some of them in sentences or short dialogues.
2. Have you ever "fought like cats and dogs" with someone? Who? Have you ever had to "put on the dog"? Been in a situation where "the tail is wagging the dog"? Met someone "as crooked as a dog's hind leg"? Talk about your experiences.
3. Do you believe that "it's a dog eat dog world"? That "every dog has its day"? That you should "let sleeping dogs lie"? That "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? Why or why not?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dog Eat Dog 1

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2009-05/07/content_614063.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. There are seven expressions in this lesson. Use each one in a sentence or short dialogue.
2. Have you ever been "in the doghouse"? In a situation that has "gone to the dogs"? Been "dog tired," or "sick as a dog"? Talk about your experiences.
3. Why do you think people used to believe in "the hair of the dog that bit you"?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Horsing Around 2

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2009-04/28/content_603431.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. There are ten expressions in this lesson. Use some of them in sentences or short dialogues.
2. Have you ever had "a charley horse"? Been in "a one-horse town"? "Backed the wrong horse"? Talk about your experiences.
3. Do you prefer to "get things straight from the horse's mouth"? What are the advantages and disadvantages?