Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Speakout Advanced p 30. Extra Vocabulary Exercise



Add vowels to complete the phrases.
1.      I’m just a beginner. I’m l__ __ rn__ng the r__p__s.
2.      When you’re not sure about a decision, you just need to tr__st your __nst__nct.
3.      I’m really enjoying my new job, but it’s been a st__ __p learning c__r__.
4.      I was planning to have a big party to celebrate, but now I’m having s__c__nd th__ __ghts.
5.      We don’t know what is going to happen, so we need to keep an op__n m__nd about things.
6.      Let’s try to look at the situation from a wh__l__ new p__rsp__ct__v__.
7.      I can’t stand it when people are so n__rr__w-m__nd__d.
8.      Often the interviewer will need to play d__v__l’s __dv__c__t__ in order to get a discussion going..
9.      You can rely on Fernandez to sp__ __k his m__nd.
10.  It’s no use b__ __ting __b__ __t th__ b__sh. Just get to the point.


KEY


1. learning the ropes        



2. trust your instinct        



3. steep learning curve                                 



 4. second thoughts     



 5. open mind     



6. whole new perspective                              



7. narrow-minded      



 8. devil’s advocate      

One who argues against a cause or position either for the sake of argument or to help determine its validity. For example, My role in the campaign is to play devil's advocate to each new policy before it's introduced to the public. This term comes from the Roman Catholic Church, where advocatus diaboli (Latin for “devil's advocate”) signifies an official who is appointed to present arguments against a proposed canonization or beatification. It was transferred to wider use in the mid-1700s.



 9. speak his mind                                 



10. beating about the bush
 beat about the bush (British English) (North American English beat around the bush) to talk about something for a long time without coming to the main point. E.g. Stop beating about the bush and tell me what you want.

 

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