Школа 11 класс Английский язык Module_5_11 Humour
Школа 11 класс Английский язык Module_5_11 Humour
1 Translate the key words.
Key words: burst out laughing, cackle, chuckle, fall about laughing, giggle, pull someone’s leg, tell a joke, be sarcastic, to be prone to something, to buck up someone up, to do something good, to feel bad about something, to give someone a hard time, heart sinks, to talk sense, to take someone’s mind off things, to walk out on someone, self-pity, silent misery, terrible irony
2 Write in which situations you might hear these words (burst out laughing, cackle, chuckle, fall about laughing, giggle)
e.g. Someone might burst out laughing when they have heard a funny joke.
3 Answer the questions below (each answer - not less than 40 words):
Have you ever giggled when everybody else was serious? When?
Do any of your friends make you laugh a lot?
Has anyone ever pulled your leg? What happened? How did you feel?
Do you know anyone who is often sarcastic?
Read the text and translate the underlined words.
All my life I’ve hated Sundays, but this Sunday is a corker. There are loads of things I could do; I’ve got tapes to make and videos to watch and phone calls to return. But I don’t want to do any of them. I get back to the flat at one; by two, things have got so bad that I decide to go home—home home, Mum and Dad home. It was waking up in the middle of the night and wondering where I belonged that did it: I don’t belong at home, and I don’t want to belong at home, but at least home is somewhere I know. … My parents are OK, if you like that sort of thing, which I don’t. My dad is a bit dim but something of a know-all, which is a pretty fatal combination; you can tell from his silly, fussy beard that he’s going to be the sort who doesn’t talk much sense and won’t listen to any reason. My mum is just a mum, which is an unforgivable thing to say in any circumstance, except this one. She worries, she gives me a hard time about the shop, she gives me a hard time about my childlessness. I wish I wanted to see them more, but I don’t, and when I’ve got nothing else to feel bad about, I feel bad about that. They’ll be pleased to see me this afternoon, although my heart sinks when I see that Genevieve is on TV this afternoon. … When I get there, the joke’s on me: they’re not in. I’ve come a million stops on the Metropolitan Line on a Sunday afternoon, I’ve waited eight years for a bus, Genevieve is on the television, and they’re not here. They didn’t even call to let me know they wouldn’t be here, not that I called to let them know I was coming. If I was at all prone to self-pity, which I am, I would feel bad about the terrible irony of finding your parents out when, finally, you need them.
But just as I’m about to head back to the bus stop, my mum opens the window of the house opposite and yells at me.
“Rob! Robert! Come in!”
I’ve never met the people across the road, but it soon becomes obvious that I’m in a minority of one: the house is packed.
“What’s the occasion?”
“Not Dad’s homemade?”
“No. Proper wine. This afternoon, it’s Australian. We all chip in and a man comes and explains it all.”
“I didn’t know you were interested in wine.”
“Oh, yes. And your dad loves it.”
The room is full of people I don’t recognize. I’ve missed the part where the guy talks and hands out samples. I wasn’t expecting this. I came for an afternoon of silent misery, not wild partying; the one thing I wanted from the afternoon was incontrovertible proof that my life may be grim and empty, but not as grim and empty as life in Watford. Wrong again. Life in Watford is grim, yes; but grim and full. What right do parents have to go to parties on Sunday afternoons for no reason at all?
“Genevieve is on the telly this afternoon, Mum.”
“I know. We’re taping it.”
“When did you get a VCR?”
“You never told me.”
“You never asked.”
“Is that what I’m supposed to do every week? Ask you whether you’ve bought any consumer durables?”
We go home and watch the rest of Genevieve.
My dad comes back maybe an hour later. He’s drunk.
“We’re all going to the pictures,” he says.
This is too much.
“You don’t approve of the pictures, Dad.”
“I don’t approve of the rubbish you go to watch. I approve of nice well-made films. British films.”
“What’s on?” my mum asks him.
“Howard’s End. It’s the follow-up to A Room with a View.”
“Oh, lovely,” my mum says. “Is anyone else going from across the road?”
“Only Yvonne and Brian. But get a move on. It starts in half an hour.”
“I’d better be going back,” I say. I have exchanged hardly a word with either of them all afternoon.
“You’re going nowhere,” my dad says. “You’re coming with us. My treat.”
“It’s not the money, Dad. It’s the time. I’m working tomorrow.”
“Don’t be so feeble, man. You’ll still be in bed by eleven. It’ll do you good. Buck you up. Take your mind off things.” This is the first reference to the fact that I have things off which my mind needs taking.
And, anyway, he’s wrong. Going to the pictures aged thirty-five with your mum and dad and their insane friends does not take your mind off things, I discover. It very much puts your mind on things.
4 Choose and underline the best answer a, b, c or d.
1 Rob decides to visit his parents because
He enjoys spending Sundays there.
He hasn’t got anything else to do.
He wants to go back and live with them.
Everything is familiar in their home.
2 Which sentence about rob’s parents is not true?
Something about his father’s looks suggests what kind of person he is.
His mother is rather ordinary.
He worries because his parents miss him.
His parents like to watch their favourite films on TV.
3 How does Rob feel when he finds out his parents are not at home?
furious b) amused c) let down d) very sad
4 Rob’s real intention in coming to his parents’ was to make sure that
He was more miserable than them.
Their social life was not as wild as his.
They were as sociable as before.
Their life was even worse than his.
5 Match the words from the text that go together.
1 talk, 2 head, 3 empty, 4 hard, 5 feel
a time, b sense, c back, d life, e bad
6 Write your own seven sentences using these collocations.
Get back, hit back, move in, clean out, throw out, express thanks, express an opinion, express horror, rain heavily, sleep heavily, empty space, empty gesture, hard time.
7 Describe the situation you have been in when you expected one thing to happen, but instead, something completely different happened. What happened and how did you feel? (150 words).
8 Use the collocations in the box to complete the sentences (translate them).
turn pale / slept heavily / out of order / express an opinion / rain heavily / out of breath /
a dry climate / express thanks / turn cold / a dry sense of humour / out of control
0 We can’t use this telephone because it’s out of order.
1 When I asked her what she thought she didn’t __.
2 We were very tired after the race so we __.
3 She was__ because she’d just run up the stairs.
4 The climate will __ as winter starts.
5 The farmers hope it will__ tonight because the fields are so dry.
6 Algeria has __ for most of the year.
7 Did she __ when you told her the bad news?
8 I like Samantha. She’s got __ which makes me laugh.
9 Go and tell the children to be quiet. They’re __.
10 I would like to __ to all those people who have helped with this project.
9 Complete the sentences with appropriate words. Use only one word in each gap. The first letter of each word is provided.
0 What I said was not really funny, but all the girls started _____giggling_____.
1 In the first words of his speech, the President e________________ his concern about the people made homeless by floods.
2 Kate b________________ out laughing when she saw Tom trying to imitate a monkey.
3 It took me a while to calm Jane down but finally she started to talk s______ .
4 Nobody was answering the bell so I left a message and headed b______ to the station.
5 The steps were so slippery that I had to c________________ to the handrail.
6 Did I t________________ you the joke about the frog going on holiday?
7 Joe’s life in kindergarten wasn’t easy because some older boys were giving him a h______ time.
8 When my grandmother was sixty, she felt much too young to be put out to g________________ . She wanted to carry on working.
9 Tom’s voice started to t________________ as if he wanted to cry.
Grammar: Past Perfect Continuous
Study the rules and do the exercises online. Check yourself.
Mixed Past Tenses
Do the exercises online. Check yourself.
Test 1 – ex.3
Test 2- ex.2, ex. 3
1 Underline the correct alternative in each sentence.
0 She looked worn out as if she had travelled/had been travelling all night.
1 Tears were streaming down his face because he had cut/had been cutting onions.
2 I refused to go out with him when I heard he had asked/had been asking Mary out before me.
3 We had finished/had been finishing the third game of chess when they finally came.
4 I didn’t have to water the flowers in the garden as it had rained/had been raining all morning.
5 After our teacher had explained/had been explaining the problem, he went on to give us the homework assignment.
6 Ann passed her exam with flying colours because she had studied/had been studying very hard for two weeks.
2 Write the verbs in brackets in the Past Perfect Simple or Past Perfect Continuous.
0 She looked tired because she had been running (run) for two hours.
1 I couldn’t open the suitcase because I __ (lose) the key.
2 She had a good tan because she __ (sit) in the sun all morning.
3 Paula couldn’t use her debit card because she __ (forget) her PIN number.
4 We __ (wait) for over an hour before the repair truck arrived.
5 When the policeman asked for my ID card, I said I __ (leave) it in my hotel.
6 Their boots were dirty because they ___ (play) football all morning.
7 I couldn’t stop the car because the brakes __ (fail).
8 The garden was all white because it __ (snow) heavily all night.
9 She started to cry when I told her her dog __ (die).
3 Write two explanations for each situation, one in the Past perfect, and one in the Past Perfect Continuous.
e.g. Sharon put on five kilos. Sharon had been eating too many sweets. She had dropped her keep-fit classes.
1. Steve was feeling down.
2. Jack’s shirt was torn.
3. Ann failed her final exam.
4. Emily and Tessa were very excited.