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USEFULVERBS & EXPRESSIONS

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USEFUL VERBS & EXPRESSIONS


THIS MONTH: THE MORNING.
WAKE UP SWITCH OFF THE ALARM CLOCK
If you “wake up”, you stop sleeping. If you “switch off” the alarm clock, you
stop it ringing (making a noise).

couldyouSwitchoff
thealarmclock?
I woke up
at 6 am.

GET UP HAVE A SHOWER


To leave your bed. To wash yourself in the shower.

I have a
shower
every
Come on!
morning.
It’s time
to get up.

GET DRESSED HAVE BREAKFAST


To put on clothes. To eat food in the morning.

I can get
dressed
in two
minutes.

I have
cereal and
toast for
breakfast
every
morning.

HAVE A COFFEE / A CUP OF TEA / SOME ORANGE JUICE READ THE NEWSPAPER
To drink coffee / tea /orange juice, etc. To look at the newspaper and to read
the stories, etc.

I usually have a
coffee and some I like to read the
orange juice in newspaper in the
the morning. morning.

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How Walt created Disney!
D
1 Pre-reading isney films are
Look at the cartoon characters below. Which ones belong full of magical Walt Disney
to Disney? storylines, Animator, director, film
heroic characters and producer and voice actor.
happy endings. In Winner of 26 Oscars. Born
reality, this positive 5th December 1901. Died
attitude helped to
15th December 1966.
make the Disney
Empire the worldwide
success it is today. But A mouse
how did it all start? made my
dreams
come true.
Walt Disney was always
passionate about art.
As a child, he often
drew animals, and at
school he entertained
his friends by telling
them stories and using
2 Reading I the blackboard to draw
What do you know about Walt Disney? Write down as many illustrations. By the
things as you can in one minute. Then, read the text to check time he was in high
your ideas. school, Disney had
decided to become an
3 Reading II artist. He took night classes at the Chicago Art Institute and was soon chosen
Read the text again and choose the correct answers. to be the cartoonist for the school newspaper.
1. He had night classes at the Chicago / New
York Art Institute. But art wasn’t Disney’s only passion. He was also extremely patriotic. In the
2. He drew cartoons for the school school newspaper, he often drew cartoons supporting America’s involvement
magazine / newspaper. in World War I. He left school at sixteen (before completing his studies) to join
3. He worked for a time as an ambulance the army. However, he was rejected because he was too young. At the time,
driver / a fire engine driver. he wasn’t sure what to do. He worked as an ambulance driver for a while, but
4. His first company was / wasn’t successful. eventually decided to follow his dream of becoming a cartoonist.
5. He won an Academy Award for Mickey
Mouse in 1922 / 1932. The first company he created, Laugh-O-Grams, went bankrupt. But the young
6. Disney liked / didn’t like the Hollywood artist was positive about his abilities and moved to Hollywood to start again.
lifestyle. He soon impressed the cartoon industry with his creativity. This encouraged
him to draw new cartoons, which included his most famous creation, Mickey
4 Language focus Mouse. Disney became very proud of this character and once said, “I love
The Past Simple Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known.”
Look at this extract from the article: “But art wasn’t
Disney’s only passion.” We use “was/were” as the past Disney soon became a Hollywood celebrity. In 1932 he won a special Academy
tense of the verb “to be”. Complete the sentences below with Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse. He also created new characters such
the correct form of the verb “to be”. Use the past tense. as Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. But he had a rival. Max Fleischer’s cartoon
1. It really cold yesterday. creations (including Betty Boop) were also very popular with audiences.
2. I (not) sure what to buy. However, Walt Disney wasn’t worried about this. “I have been up against tough
3. you at home yesterday competition all my life,” he said, “I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
afternoon?
4. it the right colour? Soon after, he started making cartoon films. His first motion picture, Snow
5. They (not) happy about White and the Seven Dwarfs, was an instant hit. But this was just the start. He
the results. made many more successful films including classics such as Cinderella, Sleeping
Beauty and Peter Pan. But Disney didn’t like the Hollywood celebrity lifestyle. For
5 Discussion him family was more important and he always found time to see his wife Lilly
1. What’s your favourite Walt Disney cartoon and their two daughters. “A man should never neglect his family for business,”
character? he once said.
2. What’s your favourite Disney film? Why do
you like it? These days, the Walt Disney Company is a huge empire with theme parks, TV
3. Do you know about any other inspirational networks and film production companies, but still with the little mouse as its
business people? Who? What makes them mascot. Disney’s story is inspirational for us all. As he once said, “All our dreams
inspirational? can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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