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November 19, 2013

Unit 11: Appearances

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 6:21 am

English has lots of vocabulary. Lots and lots of vocabulary.

English has more vocabulary than all other languages put together.

Because of this, even native speakers sometimes forget the word that they want to use. When you forget the word that you want to use, there are phrases to use. We will learn these now.

Unit 11: Appearances

Books closed.

Listen to the conversation between Lori and Jin Ho. They are talking about someone they know.

1. What did he used to wear?
(= What did he usually wear in the past?)

2. What did he used to look like?

3. Where is he now?

4. What does he look like nowadays?


1. He used to wear cargo pants.

2. He used to have long hair and a goatee.

3. He’s sitting right behind Jin Ho.

4. He’s wearing a suit and tie, and he has short hair.

Page 112, Exercise 1, Part B

1. What do you call them/those

2. what’s his name,

what do you call them

3. what do you call it

Page 113, Exercise 2

Possible Answers

1. You mean cargo pants.

2. Do you mean a ponytail? / Oh, I know. You mean a ponytail.

3. You mean freckles. / Do you mean freckles?

4. You mean braces. / Do you mean braces?

5. Do you mean bald? / You mean bald.

6. Do you mean identical twins? / You mean identical twins.


Finding the Right Word

* The word I’m looking for …
* What do you/we call … ?
* What’s it (called)?
* It’s used for …
* You see it …
* It looks like …
* … thing …

The word I’m looking for is the name of an animal.
The word I’m looking for means “strange.”

What do you call the thing we use to cook something quickly?

What’s it used for?

It’s used for hitting things.

You see it in a house.

It looks like a TV.

It’s a thing which has an iron head and a wooden handle.


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