An American vampire wants to PALAVER

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The man above comes up to you on the street. What is your reaction? He says he wants to chat with you. You have some free time so do you stop to PALAVER? Who knows, the conversation might be as interesting as his appearance!

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Do you palaver with strangers sitting next to you on the bus, train or plane? Have you ever had an interesting conversation this way? What was it about?


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An American vampire is involved in a CITIZEN’S ARREST

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When the law is being broken the police should take action.  If the crime is serious enough, then we also expect them to arrest the guilty person.

However, what if you witness a crime, the police are not around but you are in a position to make the arrest yourself? Then you can carry out a CITIZEN’S ARREST. Different countries have different laws regarding citizen’s arrest so, before becoming a superhero, make sure that you will not be the one to be arrested instead! I suggest you read “How to Make a Citizen’s Arrest” by clicking on the link below.


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An American vampire is going to HAVE WORDS

American Vampire Vol.1 by  Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque
American Vampire Vol.1 by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque

From context, can you guess the meaning of to HAVE WORDS with someone?


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An American vampire KEEPS AN EAR TO THE GROUND

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In some lines of work, KEEPING AN EAR TO THE GROUND is of utmost importance. For instance, a dealer in stocks and shares must know what is happening in the markets before it makes the 8 o’clock news. The trader must always have an ear to the ground and obtain information which can help him/her make wise investment decisions. Likewise someone who works in the smartphone industry. An essential part of the job is trying to discover what new developments a rival company will be coming out with.

As you have noticed, it’s possible to say either keep or have an ear to the ground.

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How important is it to keep an ear to the ground in your profession and why?


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An American vampire HAS A BELLYFUL

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Ah, the belly again, but this time in the expression TO HAVE A BELLYFUL. Let’s say you’re on holiday with a friend and he (or she) is always complaining – the weather’s too hot or too cold, the food is not the same as at home, the pillow is too soft or too hard, … After a few days of this negativity you will have every right to tell your friend (soon to be ex-friend), “Shut up, I’ve had a bellyful of your moaning!”

Another situation might be at your workplace, where you’re very unhappy with the conditions or colleagues or the job itself. At some point you’re going to tell yourself that you’ve had a bellyful and finally write that resignation letter.

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This is your chance to write in about a time when you had a bellyful. I’m sure there was.


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An American vampire’s deal FALLS THROUGH

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When a business deal FALLS THROUGH, does it succeed or fail?

In politics, when two parties are trying to form a coalition government but the talks fall through, do the parties form a government or not?

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Have you had an important plan that fell through? What was it and how disappointed were you?


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Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach

Sharing 3 interesting words with you. These come from the book  “Guilt” by Ferdinand von Schirach

Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach

Here they are:

    •  DISSUADE

Before I became a teacher, I had a career in insurance and had been heading for a third promotion in 10 years. The corporate ladder was there for me to climb. It is therefore understandable that quite a few people tried to dissuade me from changing career. “Dissuade” is the word to use when you try to convince someone not to do something. It’s the opposite of “persuade”, when you convince someone to do something.

    • PAUNCH

If you follow this website regularly, you might remember reading about the belly. Well, paunch is yet another word for it. Haven’t read all about the belly yet? Then click the link below.

    • TENACIOUS

Some people never give up, no matter how difficult the situation is. Think Nelson Mandela, who spent decades trying to obtain equal rights for the black people of his county. Even after many years in prison, he still remained as tenacious as ever in his aims. In fact, he eventually became president of an apartheid-free South Africa.

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Know someone who is tenacious? A family member or friend perhaps? Why do you think he/she is tenacious? Write and send in a few sentences giving your reasons.


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noisome / noisy 

I guess many of you are familiar with the word noisy: neighbours keeping their TV at fill volume; or hotel guests next to your room get into a loud argument; or the continuous heavy traffic on the street outside your house.

However, do you know the word noisome? The first 4 letters are the same as noisy and they share a similar concept – something which is displeasing. While noisy refers specifically to sound, noisome refers to something or someone extremely unpleasant. A rude or filthy neighbour could be described as noisome. Politicians who open secret bank accounts in Panama to hide money stolen from the people are noisome (and some other adjectives besides!)

So there you are. Here’s wishing you never have to meet someone who is both noisy and noisome.


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