VOCABULARY KEY WORDS in Unit 3 (page 40) Make sure you understand these terms! + Homework: Workbook pages....
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org abnormal different from what is usual or average, especially in a way that is bad (abnormal behaviour/weather conditions) annoying making you feel annoyed (annoy = to make someone angry) It's really annoying when a train is late and there's no explanation. He's got a really annoying laugh. average a standard or level which is considered to be typical or usual. On average, people who don't smoke are healthier than people who do.
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org To be stunned very shocked or surprised. They stood in stunned silence beside the bodies. I am stunned and saddened by this news. commonplace a boring remark which is used very often and does not have much meaning We exchanged commonplaces about the weather over cups of tea. conformity behaviour that follows the usual standards which are expected by a group or society It's depressing how much conformity there is in such young children.
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org conventional 1.traditional and ordinary 2.disapproving 1. I prefer conventional medicine. 2. I find Picasso’s art rather dull and conventional. crackpot a person who is silly or stupid crackpot ideas crank 1.(informal ) a person who has strange or unusual ideas and beliefs (= maniàtic) 2.(informal ) an unpleasant and easily annoyed person (= cascarrabias) He's always a crank first thing in the morning. 1.a device which causes movement (= manivela)
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org crazy 1.stupid or not sensible 2.mentally ill 1. You're crazy to buy a house without seeing it. 2. I seriously think she'll go crazy if she doesn't have a holiday soon.. To disobey to refuse to do something that you are told to do; to not obey How dare you disobey your teacher’s orders! dull 1.boring, not interesting or exciting in any way; 2.not clear, not bright or shiny; dark The first day of our holiday was dull (= cloudy). 3. old-fashioned, not intelligent Zapatero’s speech at the conference was dull.
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org flabbergasted to shock someone, usually by telling them something they were not expecting When they announced her name, the winner just sat there, flabbergasted. freak 1.a thing, person, animal or event that is extremely unusual or unlikely and not like any other of its type The pearl, valued at £75 000, is so big that it has been described as a freak of nature. freakish very unusual or unexpected, especially in an unpleasant or strange way Freakish weather conditions have caused massive traffic problems in the area.
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org humorous funny, or making you laugh. Her latest book is a humorous look at teenage life loony silly or stupid (= xiflat, disparatat) He had lots of loony ideas about education odd strange or unexpected Her father was an odd man. What an odd thing to say! The skirt and jacket looked a bit odd together. That's odd (= surprising); I'm sure I put my keys in this drawer and yet they're not here!! Oddity someone or something that is strange and unusual
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org off-the-wall surprising and unusual (= estrafolari, insòlit...) an off-the-wall joke orthodox (of beliefs, ideas or activities) considered traditional, normal and acceptable by most people We would prefer a more orthodox approach/solution to the problem. out-of-place in the wrong place or looking wrong The boy looked uncomfortable and out of place among the adults.
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org peculiar 1, unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way She has the most peculiar ideas. What a peculiar smell! 2. belonging to, relating to or found in only particular people or things This type of building is peculiar to the south of the country. pride a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that you get because you or people connected with you have done or got something good He felt such pride walking his little daughter down the street. She has too much pride to accept any help queer kw ɪ ər strange, unusual or not expected What a queer thing to say! I'm feeling rather queer (= ill), may I sit down?
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org rebel a person who is opposed to the political system in their country and tries to change it using force, or a person who shows their disagreement with the ideas of people in authority or of society by behaving differently to shock (the emotional or physical reaction to) a sudden, unexpected and usually unpleasant event or experience It was a shock to see that accident. standardize /stæn.də.da ɪ z/ to make things of the same type all have the same basic characteristics We standardize parts of a car, so that one type will fit any model of car. The weights and measures were standardized. (= estandaritzar, normalitzar)
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org striking 1.attracting attention; fine; impressive; shocking My girlfrined (Elsa) has a striking beauty 2. visible; noticeable I found a striking difference. Thought-provoking stimulating interest or thought; "a challenging hypothesis"; "a thought-provoking book" challenging, stimulating challengingstimulating The teacher of Philosophy offers thought-provoking, stimulating discussion. unconventional Not adhering to convention; out of the ordinary.
Listen to the pronunciation at http://dictionary.cambridge.org weird very strange and unusual, unexpected or not natural That's weird - I thought I'd left my keys on the table but they're not there. There is a weird power in a spoken word whim a sudden wish or idea, especially one that cannot be reasonably explained. A sudden or capricious idea; a fancy. An arbitrary thought or impulse Pregnant women ask the same thing on a whim: strawberries with cream! whimsical 1. arbitrary, by caprice, spontaneously fanciful or playful 2. given to whims; capricious 3. Unusual or fantastic My boyfriend has a whimsical personality.
Homework: Workbook: Activitiy 1a, 1b and 1c on page 24 TIP: Page 170 on student’s book: LEXICON with the translation into French can help you understand the key words a bit better, too.