Feeling Good…? or Bad…? Which?

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When do you feel good? When do you feel bad?
Several months ago, I was down in the dumps because I lost my job.  A week ago, I jumped for joy when a company offered me a job with a condition that I passed the final interview with the CEO.  As I neared the place, I had a sinking feeling that the CEO might find my qualifications not fit for the job.   I was on edge as I was ushered in to his room.  When the interview was over, the CEO stood up and congratulated me.  I got the job! I was thrilled to bits.  I was on top of the world when I was offered a higher pay.   This job is so different from my previous one.  I had my fill of my old job which didn’t pay much no matter if I work long hours.  What’s more, I didn’t get any promotion and I felt really bummed out.   But it doesn’t matter now. I got a new job and that made my day.

Vocabulary Enhancement:

Which of these idioms means ‘to feel very nervous’:

  1. bummed out
  2. on edge
  3. had my fill

Which idiom means ‘feel something bad is going to happen‘:

  1. thrilled to bits
  2. had a sinking feeling
  3. made my day
  4. down in the dumps

Which idiom means ‘depressed‘:

  1. had my fill
  2. bummed out
  3. down in the dumps

Which idiom means to not accept a bad situation any longer‘:

  1. jump for joy
  2. on top of the world
  3. have your fill

Which one of these is different from the rest:?

  1. down in the dumps
  2. on top of the world
  3. made my day
  4. thrilled to bits

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. What was your experience when you had your first interview for your first job? Did you experience any of these feelings?
  2. Are you satisfied with your current job? Why? Why not?
  3. Do you consider the salary, benefits and incentives the company offer before you accept a job? Why?

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Foods We Miss When We are Away From Home

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What food do you miss when you’re out of the country?
Most of us have traveled abroad at one time or another either on business or leisure trips.  The one thing we usually look for as soon as we are settled in in our hotel is the food.   The next question we ask ourselves is are we going to like the food in this country?

It’s to our advantage if we like the food offered in restaurants and hotels but after a couple of days stay, we begin to look for certain taste and smell distinctive only in our native country. For example, Americans miss such items as peanut butter and root beer.   Australians miss tender lamb roast cooked in garlic, rosemary and olive oil.  Asian people miss rice, soup, side dishes, noodles, etc.

No matter where we go, there will always be a time when we’ll miss our home-cooked meals and foods from our native country.
 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. travel abroad –  undertake a journey or a trip in a foreign country
  2. settle in – to begin to feel comfortable in a new place
  3. distinctive – a feature that helps to distinguish as belonging to a person, thing or place.
  4. native country – birthplace, country of origin
  5. home cooked meals – meals cooked at home

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. When was the last time you traveled abroad? Was it a business or leisure trip?
  2. Have you had any difficulties in eating the food in those countries you visited?
  3. What are your food experiences in other countries?
  4. What food in your country do you miss when you travel abroad?

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