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Lesson 4: Souvenirs
Our butter cookies are the most popular.

I can compare different souvenirs.

INTRODUCE

People compare different souvenirs to find the best one to buy.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

delicious

different

rare

strange

heavy

light

II. What was the last souvenir that you bought? Which of the words above describe it?

III. Practice reading the words.

/ɛər/

/ɪər/

rare

rear

fare

fear

hare

hear

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use the superlative form of adjectives to compare three or more things.

In general, you can add the + -est to short adjectives. For words that end in y, change y to i before you add -est.

ADJECTIVE

SUPERLATIVE

rare

the rarest

light

the lightest

heavy

the heaviest

  • The large box is the heaviest.

In general, you can add the most to long adjectives.

ADJECTIVE

SUPERLATIVE

delicious

the most delicious

different

the most different

  • We drank the most delicious tea.

Be careful of irregular adjectives.

ADJECTIVE

SUPERLATIVE

good

the best

bad

the worst

far

the farthest/furthest

  • Those are the best!

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Saori and Catherine are at a souvenir shop in Hong Kong.

Clerk:

Welcome to Hong Kong Flavors! Can I help you?

Saori:

Yes, please. I heard that this shop has the most delicious cookies. I want to buy some.

Clerk:

Well, thank you! We sell many different kinds of cookies. We have butter, coffee, and chocolate chip cookies. Our butter cookies are the most popular.

Saori:

Okay! Six boxes of butter cookies, please.

Clerk:

Are you sure? The butter cookie boxes are the heaviest. They come in a metal tin.

Saori:

Oh, don’t worry! My suitcase has wheels. (laughs)

TRIVIA

Store clerks usually say Can I help you? to offer help. If you need help, you can say Yes, please. If you don’t need help, you can use the phrase No, thank you. I’m just looking.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Choose the correct words in the parentheses.

  1. That one is the (beautifulest / most beautiful).
  2. This bag is the (lightest / most light).
  3. Susan’s Bakeshop sells the (goodest / best) traditional cakes.
  4. Our city has the (worst / baddest) weather.
  5. Their pizza is the (deliciousest / most delicious).

STEP B EXERCISE

Change the words in parentheses into superlative forms.

  1. He went to (popular) souvenir shop.
  2. Their coffee is (good)!
  3. My sister’s gift was (strange).
  4. Lana bought (rare) vase.
  5. That box is (heavy).

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You and your friend are souvenir shopping at a store that sells local drinks. This is your second time at the store, but it’s your friend’s first time there.


Help your friend choose some good souvenirs.

Today's grammar tip

  • the + -est
  • the most

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SOUVENIRS

2

FOREIGN FOODS/DRINKS

1

SOUVENIRS

  1. Do you prefer food or non-food souvenirs?
  2. What souvenirs are popular in your hometown?
  3. What are the most popular souvenirs in Japan?
  4. What kind of souvenir do you not like?

2FOREIGN FOODS/DRINKS

  1. Do you like trying foreign foods/drinks?
  2. What’s your favorite kind of foreign food/drink (ex. cookies, tea)?
  3. What foreign foods/drinks do you not like?
  4. Where can you buy foreign foods/drinks in Japan?

FEEDBACK

I can compare different souvenirs.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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