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Driving Me Crazy

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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day

5) HPE Lesson Packs!


1) Today's Video Analysis  é

Watch this short You Tube video of optical illusions from Quirkology. Try to understand, enjoy, and answer the questions.


Q1) Choose the best description of the two monsters in the picture at 0:14.  ???

   a) The two monsters are the same size
   b) The top monster is bigger
   c) The smaller monster is bigger
   d) The bottom monster is smaller
   d) Both monsters are bigger

Q2) What happens when Jennifer and Richard change places?  ???

   a) They get bigger
   b) They get smaller
   c) They stay the same size

   d) They change size

Q3) What does Jennifer say in the mirror room?  ???

   a) In fact, there are hundreds of me.
   b) In space, there are millions of me.
   c) In here, there are lots of me.

Q4) What can you do when you touch the plasma ball?  ???

   a) Light up the Eiffel Tower
   b) Light up a light bulb
   c) Light up 5th Avenue
   d) Light up a fluorescent tube

Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast  é

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
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Blog : Podcast 44 : 'Driving Me Nuts'

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Q1) Judging by the quotation, English is sometimes...  ???

   a) a very easy language
   b) a very difficult language
   c) a very illogical language
   d) a very logical language

Q2) True or false?

   a) 'honk' means "make a noise with a car horn"  ???
   b) men get angrier than women
   c) people talking on telephones when driving are popular
   d) drivers get angrier at foreigners  ???

Q3) According to the joke, what is the safest way to drive?  ???

   a) You should drink alcohol
   b) You should drink alcohol and drive fast
   c) You should drive fast
   d) You should not drive fast or drink alcohol

3) Today's News Expressions  é

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
drunk-driving suspected a car was in the pool
driving under the influence always joked around about it
stuck in the car's windshield through the concrete wall

Listen to and read this news story from the The BBC Website and answer the questions.


Lexus found submerged in family’s swimming pool; drunk-driving suspected

A 40-year-old California man is accused of driving his Lexus through a cinder block wall and into a family's backyard swimming pool.

The man, Modesto Cabral, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Sunday after the 5:25 a.m. one-vehicle crash.

Pieces of the wall were seen stuck in the car's windshield. An orange swimming noodle was floating near the driver's side door.

The La Puente, Calif., family described the bizarre scene to reporters. "We woke up to an awful noise and looked outside, and a car was in the pool," Janelle Diaz, the family's 16-year-old daughter, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

"We had always joked around about it—that someone was going to end up in the pool—because they've hit our wall before."

The driver apparently drove his silver 2006 Lexus GS430 straight through a "T" intersection—and through the concrete wall. He climbed out of the car through the right front window after the car became submerged.

Authorities used a crane to lift the Lexus out of the pool, according to KABC-TV.


Q1) Find expressions which are similar to:

   a) we were not serious  ???
   b) they think he had probably taken alcohol
   c) inserted into the vehicle's window  ???
   d) controlling a vehicle after drinking alcohol  ???
   e) an automobile was trying to swim  ???
   f) across the garden barrier  ???

Q2) True or False?

   a) The man drove his car into his own swimming pool  ???
   b) The man's car was a Modesto Cabral  ???
   c) A 'swimming noodle' helps you stay above the water
   d) The accident was very loud  ???
   e) The family thought this accident might happen  ???
   f) The driver drowned in the swimming pool  ???

Q3) Grammar Challenge:

   a) Find two compound adjectives (e.g. long-haired / far-sighted)  ???
   b) Find three examples of
phrasal verbs (e.g. look after / work out)  ???
   c) Find at least three one-word
adjectives (e.g. interesting / big)  ????

4) Today's Song 

An outstanding song and video from the lesser-known Mayer Hawthorne and his sublime 'Green Eyed Love'.

Watch the video and do the exercises below...



Green Eyed Love  (lyrics)
(by Mayer Hawthorne)

I've changed some of the words in this song: sorry!

Listen and try to hear the correct words...

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)

My love, my blue nosed love
We'll watch the clouds from below
C'mon, put me down

My love, my velvet dove
Take me away from it all
When I feel I can't love

No way no way no way
You're so good for me
But I know I know I know that's a lie
And sometimes, oh sometimes
I just don't know anymore
But I always wanna say goodbye

My love, my pink eared love
You know when push comes to town
I need you, you're in my frown

My love, unlawfully dead
Take me outside of it all
When I'm stuck in my bed

Hurray hurray hurray
You're no good for me
But you know I know you know that's a lie
And somehow, oh somewhere
I just don't know anymore
But I never wanna say hello

My beautiful purple haired love
I'm always dreaming of
My beautiful purple haired love

And okay okay okay
You're no good for me
But I know I know I know that's not true
And sometimes, oh sometimes
I just don't know anymore
But I never wanna say I love you








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