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Unit 2.
English - a Language of the World



70. See if you can guess the real meanings of these idioms and match the idioms with the phrases explaining them.

  1. A fat cat.
  2. To let the cat out of the bag.
  3. Like cat and dog.
  4. Like a cat on hot bricks (on a hot tin roof).
  5. Like the cat that got the cream.
  6. Put the cat among the pigeons.
  7. While the cat is away, the mice will play.
  8. Has the cat got your tongue?

  1. Very pleased about something.
  2. To do something that makes people angry.
  3. Lost your tongue?
  4. When their boss is away, people often behave badly.
  5. In a nervous or excited way.
  6. Fighting badly.
  7. Somebody rich and powerful.
  8. To tell people a secret.

71. Listen to the song, 10, and sing it along.

Its a Small World.

        Its a world of laughter, a world of tears,1
        Its a world of hopes and a world of fears2
        Theres so much that we share3
        That its time were aware4
        Its a small world after all.

        Theres just one moon and one golden sun
        And a smile means friendship to everyone.
        Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide.
        Its a small world after all.

        Its a small world after all. (twice)
        Its a small. Its a small.
        Its a small world after all.

72. A. A limerick is a humorous short poem with five lines, three long and two short ones. Find out where the word limerick came from.

B. Read these limericks, listen to them, 11, and then draw a picture to illustrate the limerick you like most.

        There was a Young Lady whose nose
        Was so long that it reached to her toes;
        So she hired5 an old lady,
        Whose conduct6 was steady
        To carry that wonderful nose.
        There was an Old Man with a poker,7
        Who painted his face with red ochre8
        When they said, Youre a Guy!9
        He made no reply,
        But knocked them all down with his poker.
        There was an Old Man of the North,
        Who fell into a basin of broth;10
        But a laudable11 cook
        Fished him out with a hook,12
        Which saved that Old Man of the North.
        There was an Old Man of the East,
        Who gave all his children a feast;13
        But they all ate so much,
        And their conduct was such
        That it killed that Old Man of the East.

1 tears
2 fears
3 Theres so much that we share
4 its time were aware
5 hired
6 conduct
7 poker
8 ochre ,
9 guy
10 basin of broth /
11 laudable
12 hook
13 feast

73. Did you know that ...

... the shortest sentence in English containing all the 26 letters of the alphabet is Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs?

... there is no word in the English language rhyming with orange? ... a polyglot is a person speaking or using many languages? One of the famous polyglots was Cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti (17741849), who used 58 languages, and was familiar with a total of 114 lam guages and dialects.

... we do not usually know when a new word conies into a language? But we can say that about the word sputnik. On the third of October 1957 the word was unknown. By the evening of the 4th of October, it had entered hundreds of languages.

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