GE|Adults|Upper-Int|16. Things that really annoy us
Things that really annoy us
Answer the questions
1. Are you a patient person?
2. What really annoys you?
3. What do you usually do when it happens?
Read through the list of annoying things in the magazine article. Choose the «pet hates» which annoy you too. Explain why.
Get it right expressing annoyance
When you talk about things that annoy you, you can use these expressions:
It really annoys me when…
It drives me mad when… people shout on mobile phones.
It drives me up the wall when…
It really gets on my nerves when…
People who shout on mobile phones… really annoy me, etc.
Things that really annoy us — we asked people around the world…
Listen to four conversations. Which of the irritating things do they refer to?
Listen again and complete the sentences
Read the rule
Choose the correct option
Complete the sentences so that they are True for you. Compare them with your teacher’s answers.
Read the information
We often talk about feelings in three different ways, either by
a) using a verb (e.g. annoy)
b) using the -ed or
c) -ing adjective
(e.g. annoying, annoyed).
It really annoys me. (verb)
That noise is really annoying / Jane is so annoying.
(-ing adjectives describe the thing or person that produces a feeling)
I’m really annoyed about last night.
(-ed adjectives describe how a person feels)
Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the words in the boxes
A few «feeling» verbs have an -ed adjective, but not the -ing form. Complete the adjectives in the sentences below
Talk about some of these:
🔹something in the news recently that shocked you
🔹a film you found really disappointing
🔹something that frustrates you about learning English
🔹the kind of weather that makes you feel depressed
🔹an embarrassing mistake you once made
🔹an area of your town/city which is scary at night
Complete the sentences with suitable forms of the verbs
Write sentences with wish + past simple or wish + would
Complete the gaps with correct forms of the adjectives
Example: These dark, winter days are very depressing. (depress)
Listen and match the descriptions of different kinds of therapy to the speakers. There is one extra therapy which you do not need to use
Try to remember the words
Complete the sentences with one of the words or phrases
Read the article once and fill the gaps with a sentence A-E. Look at the highlighted words and phrases. Use your dictionary to look up their meaning and pronunciation
A. «You see how safe it is,» he smiled.
B. Apparently, they thought that was what would work best for me.
C. It was an experience I would rather not go through again.
D. Like many fearful fliers, I often experienced a heightened sense of hearing, noticing small changes in noises and amplifying them dramatically in my mind.
E. Which is unfortunate, because as a foreign journalist I can’t exactly stay at home.
Match the definitions with the highlighted words from the text
Read the task and prepare your 3-minute speech on the following topic «Annoying things»
Cover the points:
- Are you a patient person? What drives you mad?
- What helps you when you’re depressed?
- What things are considered to be embarrassing? Give your examples.
- What do you wish you could do? Why is it important for you?
- What do you wish your friend or relative would or wouldn’t do? Why?
Allow your browser access to your microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared
- Things that really annoy us
- Grammar 1
- Grammar 2
- What about you?
- Grammar 3
- Feeling verb
- Confusing adjectives
- More words to learn
- My fear
- Annoying things