Vocabulary: Qualities of youth
- Adventure: willingness to take the risk.
- Imagination: the mental ability to form new ideas.
- Passion: intense enjoyment, interest, or excitement.
- Ambition: a strong desire to do or achieve something.
- Vigor: physical strength or good health.
- Creativity: the ability to generate new methods or innovative ideas.
- Vitality: the state of being strong and active.
- Talent: natural aptitude, ability or skill.
- Audacity: courage, fearless, disposition to do something.
Some Youth think adults are: old-fashioned, intolerant, severe, bossy, undemocratic, mean, nosy, authoritarian
Some Adults think youths are: rebellious, intolerant, strong-headed, thoughtless, careless, immature, untidy, disobedient, adventurous.
Functions: expressing opinion
Asking about opinion
- What do you think about….
- In your opinion, … ?
- What’s your opinion….?
- Any initial thoughts on … ?
- Do you have any particular views on … ?
- Are you for or against…..?
- Do you think that …..?
- If I asked your opinion about ………… , what would you say?
- Would I be right in saying … ?
- How do you feel about … ?
- Do you share the view that … ?
- Please tell me your opinion on …
- Would you agree that … ?
- I think…
- As far as I’m concerned,..
- To my mind,…
- According to me,…
- Some people may disagree with me, but …
- As I see it, …
- It seems to me that…
- In my point of view / my opinion,….
- From my point of view…
- To the best of my knowledge, …
- To my mind / To my way of thinking, …
- I am of the opinion that…
- I have come to the conclusion that …
- Personally speaking / Speaking for myself, …
- I’m no expert (on this), but …
- I take the view that. ..
- My personal view is that…
- In my experience…
- As far as I understand / can see/see it,…
- I agree with you / I do agree
- You’re definitely right.
- I share the same view
- I couldn’t agree more.
- We seem to be on the same wavelength.
- It’s so nice to meet someone who thinks that way too.
- That is logical.
- I can’t argue with that.
- (I have) No doubt about it
- That is a more convincing argument, I must admit.
- That’s a good point.
- I see your point.
- (That) makes sense (to me).
- I’m afraid. I can’t agree with you.
- No way.
- I disagree with you.
- I don’t agree with you.
- That’s not always true.
- You could be right, but..
- It’s hard to argue with that, but…
- I’m not sure I agree with you
- I think you’re wrong
- I can see a hole in that argument.
- That’s not the way I see it.
- Sorry, but I am not convinced.
- It is quite old-fashioned to say that.
Grammar: Gerund and Infinitive
Writing: Descriptive essay
A descriptive paragraph or essay is characterized by the use of Adjectives. It tells how something looks, feels, smells, tastes, and/or sounds. A good description is a word picture; the reader can imagine the object, place, or person in his or her mind. When describing a person, you should speak about the physical appearance of that person and of his/her personality.
- what does s/he look like? (physically)
- How does s/he dress?
- what does s/he look like? (personality)
- What attracts you to that person?
- What do you like most about him or her?
An Example of a Descriptive Paragraph (Describing a Person)
(Topic Sentence) Bob is my best friend at school. (Supporting Sentences: Physical Appearance) I’ve known him since primary school. He is a tall person with a strong body. He has a round face with brown eyes. His hair is black and curly. Though he is young, he looks older than his age because of some wrinkles he has in his face. He also has dimples on his cheeks which makes him look handsome. Bob usually wears casual clothes. He is not keen on brands and fashion. (Supporting Sentences: Personality)As for his personality, Bob is a shy and introverted person. He does not like being around with people. He is a brainy guy. We call him the geek because of his love for IT. Not to mention that he is an honest and trustworthy person. (Concluding Sentence) To sum up, Bob is one of the people I admire most.
Another Example of a Descriptive Paragraph
When I was two or three years old, I lived in a house that had a strange atmosphere. I do not remember anything about the house except the stairway. It was dark, squeaking, and quite narrow, and its steps were a little high for me to climb up. From the bottom of the stairway, it seemed like an endless climb to the top. Beyond the darkness at the top of the stairway, there was an elegant, middle-aged woman leaning against the wall. I had to pass her every time I went to my room, for my room was the first room beyond the stairs on the second floor. The woman wore a beautiful dress with a quiet pattern and a tinge of blue, and her peaceful eyes stared at me every time I went up the stairs. As I carefully climbed up the last step, her eyes became fixed on me. She didn’t talk, nor did she move. She just stood there and watched me climb up the stairs. One day I touched her, but she did not react. Her face did not change expression, nor did she even blink. She just kept staring at me with her glittering eyes. Later, we moved out of the house, and I never saw her again. Now I know that the woman was a mannequin. My aunt, who lived in the house used it for her dressmaking class.