Lesson 1: Neighbors
I’m fed up with them!

I can listen to and understand someone complaining about neighbors.

INTRODUCE

When people don’t like something about their neighbors, they usually don’t tell their neighbors directly. Most people just complain to their friends or family members.

PRESENT

STEP A EXPRESSIONS

I. Go over the expressions with your tutor.

    1. Use apparently when you’re not certain about some information that you heard.

     

    Apparently, they just got married last year. That’s what Sena said, at least.

     

     

    2. If you are fed up with someone/something, you are very annoyed with that person or thing.

     

    I’m fed up with your noise! Can you please be quiet?

     

     

    3. If you are on a first-name basis, you call someone by his/her first name.

     

    My supervisor and I are pretty close. We’re on a first-name basis.

     

    II. Talk about a person you know using the expressions above.

STEP B PRONUNCIATION

When one word ends with a consonant sound and the next word starts with a vowel sound, they are often linked together.
Phrase Example

fed up

/ fe-dup /

I’m / fe-dup / with your noise!

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

Yuko woke up to find a voicemail from Mami in London.

TRIVIA

Speak of the devil is a short form of the idiom speak of the devil and he shall appear. It’s used when a person who’s being talked about appears suddenly.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the underlined expressions used correctly? If not, correct them.

  1. I’m not sure, but apparently, he just bought a new dog.
  2. I’m fed up with your good work. Please keep it up!
  3. I’m on a first-name basis with my neighbor. We call each other “sir” and “ma’am.”

STEP B EXERCISE

Summarize the situations using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.

apparently
be on a first-name basis
be fed up with someone/something

ex. My mom told me that our new neighbors moved here from York. I’m not sure if it’s true, though.

Apparently, our new neighbors moved here from York.

 

  1. My neighbors used to call me “Mrs. Edison.” I told them that was too formal, so they started calling me by my first name. I call them by their first names as well.
  2. I heard that my new neighbor is a doctor.
  3. Hannah has always been patient with her rude neighbors, but now, she’s really annoyed with them.

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your former coworker Aimi just moved to Edinburgh from Japan two weeks ago. She called you to tell you about her life there. Listen to her. Then, talk with another friend about what she said.

Today's Expressions

  • apparently
  • be fed up with someone/something
  • be on a first-name basis

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

KINDS OF NEIGHBORS

2

ANNOYING NEIGHBORS

3

DEALING WITH ANNOYING NEIGHBORS

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KINDS OF NEIGHBORS

  1. What kind of neighbors do you have (ex. friendly, rude)?
  2. What kind of neighbors do you like the most (ex. talkative, quiet)?
  3. What kind of neighbors do you dislike the most?
  4. Is it good to have different kinds of neighbors?

2ANNOYING NEIGHBORS

  1. Do you have annoying neighbors?
  2. What makes neighbors annoying?
  3. Do you think some people actually try to annoy their neighbors?
  4. Do you think you might be an annoying neighbor?

3DEALING WITH ANNOYING NEIGHBORS

  1. What would you do if your neighbors were always noisy?
  2. What would you do if your neighbors put their trash in front of your apartment?
  3. What’s the worst problem you’ve had with a neighbor? How did you deal with it?
  4. What do you think is the best way to deal with annoying neighbors (ex. talk to them directly, talk to the landlord)?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand someone complaining about neighbors.

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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