Friends

1.- Introduction

In today’s lesson, we are going to talk about our friends. We are going to look at different adjectives used to describe our friends and also the verbs be, look and seem to describe people.

 

2.- Speaking Task

A. Answer the following questions. Give as much information as possible.

  1. Do you have many friends?
  2. How often do you see your friends?
  3. What sort of things do you do with your friends?
  4. Do you have a best friend? Describe her/his personality.

For help answering the questions, please look at the answer key.

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B. You are going to listen to your teaching answering the questions. Make a note of her answers.

 

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Audio Script

I’ve got about 8 good friends.

Some of my friends I see more than others simply because some of my friends live quite far from where I live. I live in London and some of my friends live in Spain and I so I probably see them three times a year. The friends I have in London I see once a month.

Usually, when I get together with my friends, we go out for lunch or dinner, we go shopping or we go dancing.

I have two best friends. One of my best friends is quite quiet and shy when you first meet her but she’s very kind and talkative when you get to know her. My other best friend is extremely outgoing and easygoing. She’s great fun to be with.

 

3.- Focus on Vocabulary: Adjectives to describe personality

A. Match the following adjectives with their Spanish translation.

Sociable / Responsable / Terco/a / Tímido/a / Perezoso/a
Acomodadizo/a / Hablador/a / Callado/a / Trabajador/a

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B. Complete the sentences with the correct adjectives.

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1)My best friend is really . Everyone finds it difficult to talk to her.
2)Alex works six days a week. he is extremely . He doesn´t have a lot of time to relax.
3)We never do anything at the weekend. We are really .
4)Louise never stops talking. She´s really
5)Simon is a fun person to be with. he doesn´t mind what we do or where we go. he´s .
6)My sister has just been promoted at work. Shés very . She looks after all of the employees and is very succesful.
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4.- Pre-Listening Task

A. How would you describe the people in the pictures?

Use these verbs: Studious, Hardworking, Easygoing.

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1)He/she looks studious
2)He/she seems easygoing
3)He/she looks imag
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5.- Listening

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A. You are going to listen to three people describing the pictures. Which picture does each person describe?

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B. Listen again. Which adjectives do the speakers use to describe the people in each picture?

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Audio script

Speaker 1

They both seem really happy. I don’t think they’re shy. In fact, I’d say they’re really outgoing and talkative. They look like they are in their 70’s. I think they’ve definitely retired.

Speaker 2

Well, I’d say that both of the guys look really hardworking and studious. They’re reading books in the library. The guy on the right seems really interested in the book that he’s reading.

Speaker 3

They look like two work colleagues having a good time together. They’re probably having a mid-morning coffee. They both seem easygoing and talkative. They look like they should be talking about work but they’re actually talking about something more interesting.

 

C. Here are a few sentences from the audio script. Translate them into Spanish.

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Vocabulary

  • I would say = Yo diría
  • The guy = el tio/el hombre

 

6.- Focus on Vocabulary: Popular questions

We are now going to look at other popular questions people ask when talking about friendships.

A. Put the words into the correct order.

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1) how/her/meet/did/you
2) long/how/you/have/known/her
3) her/how/with/well/do/get on/you
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B. Listen to the questions and practice saying them with the same pronunciation and intonation.

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C. Here are the answers to the questions. Decide which question matches each answer.

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7.- RELATIONSHIP METAPHORS


Metaphors are an important part of a language. Being able to use them in a foreign language is an admirable skill. Here are a few common metaphors related to relationships.

When you have completed the exercise, try and learn them and use them in context.

A. Match the relationship metaphors with their literal meaning

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B. Answer the following questions out loud. Try to use a few of the relationship metaphors.

  1. How do your grandparents get on?
  2. How do your cousins get on?
  3. How do your aunt and uncle get on?
  4. How do you get on with your friends?

 

8.- Speaking Task

You have four minutes to talk about one of your friends. You have to:

  • Describe their personality
  • Tell us how long have you have been friends
  • Tell us where you met him/her
  • Tell us what kind of things you do together
  • Any additional information

You can write notes to help you.

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