EC Toon: Phrasal Verb ‘Back up’ – ESTUDE INGLÊS NA EC ENGLISH EM LONDRES

EC Toon: Phrasal Verb ‘Back up’                          http://www.ecenglish.com

This month’s joke is based on the double of meaning of back up:

Back up: to move backwards. When driving we also say ‘reverse’.
"Back up your car into the garage."

Back up: A Back up, as in ‘a back up plan’, is kept in reserve to serve as a substitute, if needed. So if the original plan is not working, you use your back up plan. It is also known as ‘plan B’.
"Don’t worry if we can’t buy tickets for the show. I have a back up plan – Tom works in the theatre. He should be able to get us some."

Note: In computing, a ‘backup’ refers to a copy/duplicate of a file, in case it gets lost.

 

What I mean is…Technology

Danny

Danny has been teaching English with EC for over 10 years.

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I have come to realise that, in life, it’s the tiniest things that can drive me crazy and send me hurtling into a half-hour violent rant while the bigger things don’t really bother me all that much. The way I see it, if the earth were to wobble off its axis and plummet into the sun, causing a massive explosion which would in turn destroy the entire universe in the space of a few seconds, it would only kill me once. On the other hand, the fifteen minutes between me misplacing my car keys and me eventually finding them in my pocket will set me off on a rampage of cursing and banging things about in a fit of such violent frustration that the whole ‘earth-sun-destruction of the universe’ scenario might seem like a picnic by comparison.

The other day I misplaced my car keys, and I blamed my wife for “never leaving my stuff where I put it!” and “always doing things like this!” Quarter of an hour and much stomping around the house and raised voices later, I found them in my pocket.

So I had to apologise.

I think that apologising is one of the hardest things that anyone has to do, in any language and no matter who the person concerned is. Most people’s apologies very quickly become excuses, and eventually switch from ‘I’m sorry for what I did’ to ‘I’m sorry you feel that way’, which is not really an apology but a veiled accusation. Other people just don’t apologise, and try to pretend that nothing actually happened, which is worse. An apology has to be made, because if you don’t say you’re sorry when you should, it sort of means that it wasn’t that big a deal to you, and you don’t really care. So, how should it be done?

“I’m so sorry” is always a good way to start, but personally I prefer the phrase “I apologise”. ‘Apologise’ is a verb, and therefore adds a lot more to what you’re saying, whereas ‘sorry’ is just telling the person how you feel. But that’s just me.

Here, then, are some other expressions that may help to get you out of the hole you dug for yourself…

Apologising…
  • Please accept my (humblest ) apology…
  • I was wrong.
  • I shouldn’t have said that.
  • My comments to you were ill-advised.
  • I made a stupid mistake…
  • I’m genuinely sorry.
  • There is no excuse for my behaviour.
  • It was not my intention to… I’m terribly sorry.

And remember, the key to a successful apology is sincerity! If you don’t really mean it, then don’t say it. Right, now I’m heading out. Where did I leave my keys? They were here a minute ago…

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Watch the following trailer for ‘Coraline’ and then read through the tapescript to make sure you understood it all. Some of the words are linked to the Cambridge Online Dictionary:

"Coraline Jones always dreamed of finding a better world. A world more exciting than this, but never did she imagine that she’d discover it in her own home. A parallel place…"

"We’ve been waiting for you, Coraline."

"…where parents are always fun."

"I love your garden! (I) can’t believe you did this!"

"…and everything is so good…"

"What’s shaking, baby?"

"…it just can’t be real."

"Mom?"

"You’re just in time for supper dear."

"You’re not my mother. My mother doesn’t have b,b,b…"

"B, b, b, buttons? Do you like them? I’m your other mother, silly."

"You probably think that this world is a dream come true…’

"My name!"

"….but you’re wrong!"

"You do like it here, don’t you, Coraline? You could stay here forever; there’s one tiny, little thing you need to do…black is traditional."

"She’s got this whole world where everything’s better, but it’s all a trap."

"You may come out when you’ve learned to be a loving daughter."

"From Henry Selick the director of The Night Before Christmas comes a world of extraordinary imagination. Spooky secrets…"

"Who are you?"

"You’re in terrible danger, girl."

"…and daring discoveries."

"I still have to find my parents to set them free."

"This year, when adventure comes knocking, there are some doors that should never be opened."

"I’m not scared!"

"Coraline – written for the screen and directed by Tom Selick. Presented in ‘Real D’ 3-D."

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Movie Lesson – Twilight

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Mon, 12/15/2008 – 00:00 — Chris McCarthy

Watch this short trailer for the film Twilight and then answer the questions below:

Did you know?Twlight’ is the period just before it becomes completely dark in the evening.

Link: Movie Lesson – The Love Guru

  • How old is he?

    a)  16
    b)  70
    c)  17
    d)  60

  • How does he answer when she asks him how long he has been that age?

    a)  A mile
    b)  Away
    c)  A while
    d) A smile

  • What boys’ name is mentioned?

    a) No name is mentioned
    b) Ron
    c) Juan
    d) Edward

  • Is she scared of him?

    a) yes
    b) no

  • He says: "You ___ shoudn’t of said that."

    a)  freely
    b)  rightly
    c)  risky
    d)  really

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