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I can’t stand cooking. I can’t bear washing up

I can't bear cookingLots of people take up cookery classes, and, it is said that cooking helps people chill out.  However, I say, cooking is a pain in the ass – it’s an evil necessity, and I personally, can’t stand it, what I mean is, I dislike it intensely.

In fact,  4 years ago, someone showed me how to make lasagna and despite the fact that I’m smiling, I felt stressed, and completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, for instance, I’m very keen on eating, but I can’t stand cooking, chopping, boiling, frying, baking, squeezing, grating, mixing or washing up.

How about you? What are your pet hates?

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The British Way: How to make a complaint!

Nikki Big BrotherControversially, Nikki is considered to be, by far, one of the most entertaining British Big Brother contestants.

She is well known for her furious Diary Room rants and her daily battles with the other housemates.

Watch this video to find out how she complains to Big Brother about the lack of heating in the house and try to hear what words she uses to say that she is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cold. It´s hilarious and I love her!

Making and dealing with complaints

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Customer Service

 Role One: You are a customer.

Last week you bought a DVD player on sale. When you tried to set it up at home, you discovered that it did not work. Today you take it back to the shop and explain the situation to the manager.

Invent the details of the situation and decide what course of action you will take (you would like to get a refund). Try to come to an agreement.

Role Two: You are the manager of an electrical equipment store.

A customer has come in to complain about a product that does not work. Your shop has a no-refund policy for things bought during the sales.

Listen to the customer, explain your shop’s sales policy and offer alternative solutions. Try to come to an agreement.

Writing a complaint letter: Online Shopping

online shoppingOnline Shopping is on the increase as are the number of associated complaints.

Imagine you have recently ordered something from the department store, John Lewis, through their online shopping website but you are not happy with the service neither the product. Write to the company complaining about three things.

You must:

  1. .Say why you are writing and describe the context
  2. Explain the reasons you are dissatisfied and therefore complaining
  3. Express what you want the company to do about the situation

Here are some phrases you might find useful:

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Want to learn more vocabulary about shopping? No problem, click here: Shopping

Looking for love?

Dating Profile C20Are you looking for love or a special type of friendship?

Do people we get on well with have the same personality traits as ourselves? Or, is it more likely that opposites attract? Free Dating.co.uk is a UK based online dating company, that tries to help match people together for friendship or for a romantic relationship.   If you want to improve your vocabulary, their website is great place to spend 10 minutes: http://www.freedating.co.uk/

Also, if you want to improve your writing technique, imagine you have joined an online dating company.  Write a profile about yourself in less than 100 words. Are you like Cinderella2020? What type of person are you? 

How do you pronounce: would?

I would like to buy a hamburgerPronunciation Exercise: I would like to buy a hamburger

For those of you who know me well, you know that this is one of my top 10 favourite videos. So, how do you pronounce:  WOULD?

 

The wonderful and weird hobbies: Gongoozling

wierd hobbiesImagine you have seen this announcement in a national lifestyle magazine:

‘Some hobbies are physical, some challenge our mental capabilities but some are just bonkers. We recently interviewed 1000 people about their hobbies and we think: Planking, Cosplay and Gongoozling are three of the most wacky and insane hobbies we’ve ever heard of’

To win a 4 day City Break to a European destination of your choice, please write about the strangest hobby you have ever heard of.  Keep it short; no more than 150 words please.

To give you some inspiration here is one of the aforementioned hobbies that  we think is just plain wacky:Water hobby

 

 

 

 

However, if you need more ideas, why not check out the hobby and interests section?

Ideal hobbies

formula 1For most of us, money and time prevent us from trying new activities and exploring different things.

So, imagine that money and time weren’t problems, what five things would you most like to have a go at and why?

My top five would be:

  1. Formula 1 driving
  2. Collecting cinema posters
  3. Playing Mexican dominoes
  4. Learning how to sing or play a musical instrument
  5. Playing hockey.  (Hockey, seriously is a great sport; and it definitely ticks all my boxes.  I’s a team sport, it’s extremely physical, very aggressive but strategic at the same time)

Hobbies and Personalities

hobbies personalitiesMost people believe that the hobbies you take up and keep up are a reflection of your personality.  In addition, it is also said that your hobbies give an indication of your specific skills and abilities.

With this in mind:

  1. What types of personalities and which skills and abilities do you think match the aforementioned hobbies?
  2. What do your hobbies say about your personality?

janette poolFinally, in my free time I am nuts about watching sport, doing adventure activities, disco dancing, opening bottles of wine and playing pool. So, do you think I’m a well-balanced person or do I need a therapist or maybe a witch doctor?

 

Popular hobbies in the past and new ones to try

hobbies past and presentThere is nothing better than spending a little time doing things that make you feel over the moon.

Listen to popular British presenter, Zoe Salmon, talk about how incredibly beneficial hobbies are.  She explains how hobbies can be  a fantastic way to unwind and how they can even boost your creativity. However, please take some of what she says with a pinch of salt as she does suggest that baking is therapeutic and obviously that’s just nonsense!

Click here to listen to Zoe