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Useful Everyday Actions


Hi there!

During this lesson we're going to learn about how to talk about some useful everyday actions.

So, here are some examples:

Pick up a sheet of paper. You can also say pick a sheet of paper up
Now put down the sheet of paper. You can also say put the sheet of paper down
Fold the sheet of paper in half horizontally, from bottom to top
Now draw a square with a pencil
Then draw a rectangle
Next, draw a circle
And then draw a triangle
Then erase the triangle with a rubber which can also be called an eraser
Now design a chair. Note that draw and design have similar meanings; when you draw something it's just on a sheet of paper or on a computer, but when you design something you tend to think more about how to create the object, and you also include some technical details which will be required to construct the physical object.
Now write today's date in numbers with a pen
Write the number one thousand, three hundred and thirty five in letters
Cut a sheet of paper in half vertically with a pair of scissors
Tear off a corner of the sheet
Rip a piece of cloth up into strands
Blow up a balloon
Tie a knot in the balloon
Burst the balloon with a needle
Thread a needle with thread
Sew a button onto a shirt
Stick a photo on to a sheet of paper
Tape a box to close it
Bend a drinking straw over
Curve a sheet of paper around a bottle
Wrap up a present in wrapping paper
Break a bottle with a hammer
Glue the pieces of broken glass together with superglue
Staple 2 sheets of paper together with a stapler or staple gun and staples
Keep 2 sheets of paper together with a paper clip
Nail 2 pieces of wood together with a hammer and nails
Screw a screw into a piece of wood with a screwdriver
Join 2 pieces of metal together with a nut and bolt, then tighten the nut on to the bolt by using a spanner
Open a tight bottle top with a pair of pliers
Saw a piece of wood with a saw; this specific type of saw is called a hacksaw.
Oh! Time's up!

So, now that you know about these everyday actions, try finding some new friends on GoSpeakEnglish, and see their reaction when you ask them something like "Do you pick up, put down, blow up, or bend over?!"

And that's the end of this lesson!

Now you can see if you've understood the video, and do the test on GoSpeakEnglish. You can also watch many other English video lessons on GoSpeakEnglish.

Thanks, and I hope to see you again soon!

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Amelia Taylor on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:09

I'm actually an ESL teacher, but this is a great lesson idea!
It includes some really simple, but practical everyday things which most of us just take for granted.

I'm actually an ESL teacher, but this is a great lesson idea! It includes some really simple, but practical everyday things which most of us just take for granted.
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