Tianjin Laoren English Class 1 Spring 2019: Happy Women’s Day this Friday!

Nimen Hao,

welcome back to our Spring Semester, and welcome anew if you’re new to the class.

Today we’re going to start our classes by celebrating International Women’s Day.

Let’s start with a small group discussion

Tell each other about a woman who is important to you, and then tell us why.

See if you can find at least five adjectives to describe her.

Once you’ve talked in your groups for a while we’ll discuss in the class together.

Now, let’s do some exercises from Face2Face (I’ll tell you the pages at the end of the class).

  • Complete the following sayings
  1. Rome wasn’t ….
  2. Don’t make a mountain …
  3. Once bitten …
  4. Actions speak …
  5. One man’s meat …
  6. Engage brain …
  7. Nothing ventured …
  8. Better late …
  • Now we’ve completed them, dong bu dong?
  • Choose some Chinese sayings. Let’s see how we could translate or explain then to an American or English woman.
  • Let’s listen to the recording once, and then read the transcript together sentence by sentence.





  • Put the sayings in pictures A-E in the order that we heard them in the recording.




  • Now, see if we can match the appropriate sayings from the recording with the following sentences.
  1. You shouldn’t worry about things that might or might not happen in the future.
  2. It’s important to choose the right person for the right activity.
  3. It’s pointless doing something yourself if you know someone who can do it for you.
  4. If you mix with a bad crowd you’ll be judged the same way as the crowd.
  5. If you don’t offer people enough money to do a job you won’t get the best person.
  • Tell us which of the saying you like best, and why.

Explaining and paraphrasing

When we need to clarify, simplify or explain something we have already said, we often use phrases which tell the listener that we are going to say the same thing again in a different way.

  • Why would that help the listener?
  • Fill in the gaps in the phrase below with what or which.
  1. ……… simply/just/basically means
  2. And …. it/this/that means is ….
  3. ….. I mean by this is …
  4. By …. I mean …
  5. ……. I’m trying to say is …..
  6. …… is to say ….
  • Now fill in the gaps in the phrases below with these words:

that    simply    other     way

  1. To put it ……, ……..
  2. ….. is to say, ….
  3. Or to put it another ….., …
  4. In ….other words. ….
  • Look at the transcript of the recording we listened to earlier. Can you see how the speakers explain and paraphrase their ideas?
  • Fill in the (first) gaps with a word, then match 1-6 with endings a-f.
  1. …..I’m trying to say is we should ….
  2. She’s quite a closed person. What I mean …. that you can never tell ….
  3. There are roadworks on the motorway, …. basically means …
  4. This is a difficult situation, by …. I mean we need …
  5. We urgently need to reduce our costs. In other …., …..
  6. It’s a hard-drive back-up system, or to put it …., ….

a. what she’s thinking.

b. you have to allow an extra hour for the journey.

c. it ensures that you won’t lose what’s on your computer.

d. cross that bridge when we come to it.

e. to think about it more carefully.

f. we have to make some people redundant.

Idioms (again)

  • What do you think the following idioms mean?
  1. rave about something.
  2. hit the roof.
  3. lose your bottle.
  4. be up for something.
  5. talk shop.
  6. call it a day.

A game called Bluff

Listen to the recording and then read the transcript together (we need three volunteers to read the parts of Peter, Naomi, and Ralph).



  1. What is the game about?
  2. What does each person on the first team have to do?
  3. What does the second team have to do?
  4. What do you think is the true meaning of the Australian expression “she’ll be apples”?


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