Many people like to write about their friendship troubles on social media. By reading their posts, you can keep up with what’s going on.
STEP A EXPRESSIONS
Go over the expressions with your tutor and answer the questions.
1. To stab someone in the back means to betray or hurt a person who trusted you.
Jack stabbed Kim in the back when he told everyone the secret she had shared with him.
Q: How would you feel if a friend stabbed you in the back?
2. When a person does something behind someone’s back, it means that he/she is doing it without the other person’s knowledge.
Oliver pretended to be nice to Tommy, but he called him “Big Nose” behind his back.
Q: What do you think of people who make fun of others behind their backs?
3. A jerk refers to a person who is not well-liked because he/she treats other people badly.
I ended my date early last night because the guy turned out to be a jerk.
Q: Do you know anyone who is a jerk?
STEP B PRONUNCIATION
/ sta-bim /
Don’t / sta-bim / in the back. He’s your best friend.
behind her back
/ bih-hayn-der bak /
Stop talking / bih-hayn-der bak /!
Kelsie just uploaded a new post on her social media page.
Kelsie Williams – feeling angry
2 minutes ago – Ontario, Canada
You’ll never believe what I just found out: One of my closest friends has been dating Charlie, my ex-boyfriend, behind my back.
She knows I still have feelings for him. How many times did she offer me a shoulder to cry on? How many times did she tell me that Charlie wasn’t worth my time, that I could do so much better? I thought she said those things to make me feel better, but actually, it was so she could steal him for herself!
What’s worse is that I found this out from an old coworker. My “friend” didn’t even have the guts to tell me about it. What a jerk!
I’m not looking forward to going back to Japan anymore… I’m supposed to meet her for coffee the day after I get back. How do you face someone who stabbed you in the back???
To all the girls out there, remember that a good friend today can be your frenemy tomorrow.
A portmanteau is a word that combines the sounds and meanings of two words into one. For example, frenemy is a portmanteau of friend and enemy. A frenemy is someone who pretends to be your friend but actually sees you as an enemy. Other examples of portmanteaus are brunch (breakfast + lunch = a late morning meal eaten in place of both breakfast and lunch), and hangry (hungry + angry = a bad mood caused by hunger).
STEP A EXERCISE
Follow the instructions in parentheses using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
Tutor: What do you think about Jerry?
Student: (Say that you think he’s someone who treats people badly.)
Tutor: What happened?
Student: (Say that Jenna betrayed you.)
Tutor: Can’t you forgive Jim?
Student: (Say that you can’t forgive Jim because he met with your clients without your knowledge.)
STEP B EXERCISE
Rephrase the sentences using the expressions in the box. The form of some expressions may need to be changed.
1. Freddie can’t believe that his best friend betrayed him.
2. Tasha took money from Sachiko’s purse without her knowledge.
3. Andrew is always yelling at everyone. What an awful person!
You were browsing your social media feed when you came across a new post by your friend Justin. Read his post. Then, talk about it with your other friend.
- stab someone in the back
- behind someone’s back
- a jerk
Justin Idaho – truly angry (not just hangry)
30 minutes ago – Ontario, Canada
A few weeks ago, my boss announced that they were looking for a new assistant area manager. I told my coworker E that I was really interested in the promotion, and he encouraged me to go for it. He even offered to write me a letter of recommendation, which I thought was really nice.
Well, it turns out that he was totally trying to sabotage me. He did write a letter to my boss, but it was about how I should definitely NOT be an assistant area manager. I also found out that he was stealing some of my ideas and taking credit for them behind my back! He totally stabbed me in the back. What’s worse is that he’s now the new assistant area manager.
I can’t believe I ever considered this jerk a friend! I had a feeling that he was a frenemy, and I should have trusted my gut.
Discuss your ideas.
FIGHTING WITH FRIENDS
POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
FIGHTING WITH FRIENDS
3POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I can read and understand a post about friends who are fighting.
LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT
Could complete the task with ease
Could complete the task with some clarifications
Could complete the task with additional instructions
Could somehow complete the task with difficulty
the ability to use a wide variety of vocabulary
the ability to speak correctly
the ability to speak smoothly without pauses or fillers
the ability to manage a conversation