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Idiom: When the cows come home

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If you ask permission to, say…, borrow your mum’s car to attend a beach party (where your mum suspects there will be a lot of boozing), promising that you will get back before dawn and your mum’s answer is ‘I’ll lend you the car when the cows come home.’ What exactly did she say? Will she lend you the car? Check the meaning of this idiom on the button below.

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Listening Advanced C1: Do We Really Need the Moon?

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There has been a lot of talk about the moon lately because fifty years ago man set foot on it.  There also seems to be a lot of debate related to whether this actually happened or if it was merely propaganda due to the Space Race. Aware as I am that this information will most probably remain a mystery as well as providing a nice subject for an English class debate, I’ve used a video from BBC Earth to explore the topics of Science and Technology and The Natural World within the subject of space travel/exploration because this is one of the possible questions you could be required to deal with in a speaking test.

As an introduction, we’re going to see some idioms that use the words ‘moon and stars’. Afterwards, as a second step, I’ve posted an activity where you can try to predict some of the reasons why the moon is important for life on earth. A third step implies watching a video and doing a true/false activity related to the information you extract. But we’re not going to finish here, instead we’re going to listen to the same video again (although much more carefully this time), to develop listening strategies for very specific words you hear in the video as this activity is a filling the gap one.