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?

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1.
— I wish you wouldn’t do that! — Do what? I’m not doing anything. — You know perfectly well. You can read the paper when I’ve finished with it.

2.
— Oh that’s so typical! — Is it broken? — Yes, can’t you see — one of the wheels doesn’t work. I wish I had a pound for every time I’ve chosen the broken one. I’d be a millionaire by now.

3.
— Which way do you want to go? Through the centre of town or on the ring road? — I don’t know. Whichever way’s the quickest. — I wish I knew, but it depends on the traffic. — Well, you decide. You’re the expert.

4.
— Oh my God. He nearly hit me. — Yes, he was going a bit fast. — I wish they would ride in the road. I mean the pavement’s supposed to be for pedestrians. I’m sure it’s illegal. — Yeah but he was only a child. It’s a bit dangerous for him to ride in the road.



Listen again and complete the sentences

1.
— I wish you wouldn’t do that! — Do what? I’m not doing anything. — You know perfectly well. You can read the paper when I’ve finished with it.

2.
— Oh that’s so typical! — Is it broken? — Yes, can’t you see — one of the wheels doesn’t work. I wish I had a pound for every time I’ve chosen the broken one. I’d be a millionaire by now.

3.
— Which way do you want to go? Through the centre of town or on the ring road? — I don’t know. Whichever way’s the quickest. — I wish I knew, but it depends on the traffic. — Well, you decide. You’re the expert.

4.
— Oh my God. He nearly hit me. — Yes, he was going a bit fast. — I wish they would ride in the road. I mean the pavement’s supposed to be for pedestrians. I’m sure it’s illegal. — Yeah but he was only a child. It’s a bit dangerous for him to ride in the road.


Grammar

Read the rule


Choose the correct option

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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

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Write sentences with wish + past simple or wish + would

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Complete the gaps with correct forms of the adjectives

Example: These dark, winter days are very depressing. (depress)

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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

Speaker 1

I have always found that bringing my patients together is very helpful. They realise that they are not alone and I think that it does wonders for their self confidence. They feel like they are helping others as well as themselves and they also gain hope from seeing how the other patients improve. Working in this way gives my patients a safe environment in which they can discuss their problems with others, and that, after all, is what therapy is all about.

Speaker 2

This type of therapy is based on the idea that people can visualise and create things from their thoughts and emotions. Patients who have problems putting their problems into words can often express themselves by painting or drawing. I find that it works especially well with children but it can be used with patients of any age. It is really a journey of self-discovery, as the patients relax and learn more about themselves from the pictures that they create.

Speaker 3

We live in a busy and stressful world and many of us have no time to think about how we feel. Avoiding our emotions though, only leads to bigger problems in the end. I think that the best thing I can do for my patients is to teach them how to relax and think about their lives. By letting themselves go and focusing on who they really are, my patients find that they feel more alive. This can help them deal with problems at work or at home and lets them really live life to the full.

Speaker 4

It may sound strange at first. Certainly when most people go to take in the latest blockbuster, they don’t think of it as therapy. For many of my patients, though, it can lead to a real breakthrough. They find that they can really connect with the characters and plots and this can give them inspiration and hope when it comes to dealing with real life. Whatever problems my patients have, I find that I can almost always recommend something on the big screen that will help them to look at their life in a new way.

Speaker 5

The beauty of this form of therapy is that you can do it anywhere. On the way to work, in the gym, or at home. It can help us to relax, improve our mood and reduce stress. I call it the Mozart effect but of course the composer or performer doesn’t really matter. The important thing is to find a piece that creates an emotional response in the patient. It’s amazing what a great effect a simple, everyday activity like this can have.


Try to remember the words

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  1. challenge
  2. trolley
  3. waste
  4. gentle
  5. gorgeous
  6. witty
  7. it drives me mad
  8. get on one’s nerves
  9. loads of
  10. make up one’s mind


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»

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Cover the points:

  1. Are you a patient person? What drives you mad?
  2. What helps you when you’re depressed?
  3. What things are considered to be embarrassing? Give your examples.
  4. What do you wish you could do? Why is it important for you?
  5. 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

Урок Homework Курс
  • Warm-up
  • Things that really annoy us
  • Grammar 1
  • Grammar 2
  • Exercises
  • What about you?
  • Grammar 3
  • Feeling verb
  • Grammar
  • Confusing adjectives
  • Therapies
  • More words to learn
  • My fear
  • Annoying things