Thank you for joining the English Conversation Walk around Richmond on Saturday 16th February. We were so lucky to have a dry and sunny day, even though it was very cold! And thank you too for all the work that you did e.g. the worksheets, the research and the vocabulary work at the end.
I enjoyed walking with you all and look forward to seeing you all again soon.
sleet (noun): Rain that has ice in it too, when it falls.
to sleet (verb): as above. E.g. It was sleeting when we walked across Richmond Green.
hail (noun): Small ice stones that fall like heavy rain. E.g. hail stones fell on the ground
to hail (verb): as above. E.g. It hailed after lunch.
a canoe (noun): A long narrow boat with pointed ends. The person has to use a paddle or paddles (noun) to steer it.
a rowing boat (noun): A small boat that is steered by using oars (noun) instead of paddles. Usually, several people row together, as team.
to row (verb): to propel (make the boat move forward) by using oars. E.g. The team rowed their boat from London Bridge to Richmond.
a hassle (noun): when something is annoying to do, we might say that ‘it’s a hassle’, too much bother. E.g. It’s a real hassle having to research about Richmond Park!
to tease (verb): To make fun of someone (or animal) in a playful way; to joke about a person. Often, ‘to tease’ can result in the other person or animal becoming upset, angry or embarrassed.
artichoke (noun): a plant that comes from the thistle family. We eat the ‘artichoke hearts’ – the centre of the plant.
an oak tree (noun): A large tree that is often used for its wood (timber) to make furniture and other goods.
acorn (noun): the seed of the oak
an alleyway (noun): Also called ‘an alley’: A narrow pathway (passageway) between buildings for behind them. E.g. We walked through the alleyway when we left Richmond Green.
a passageway (noun): A long, narrow path which usually has walls on both sides. It gives access between buildings or between different rooms inside a buildings. E.g. I looked for his office and eventually found it at the end of a long passageway behind the supermarket.
a lane (noun): a) A narrow road, which often only allows for one car at a time – there are lots of these in the countryside and rural areas. E.g. Our car got stuck in the lane when the farm tractor tried to pass us.
b)We also use ‘lane’ for road names E.g. Park Lane.
c) ‘lanes’ on a motorway or wider road. Roads are divided into ‘lanes’ with painted lines to separate fast or slower cars or to create single lines of traffic. E.g. He drove in the fast lane of the motorway all the way from London.
a cottage (noun): a small house very often found in the countryside (rural areas). We saw some cottages just after we left Richmond Palace and walked toward the river.
a mansion (noun): a very large and very impressive house. We saw Ham House in the distance when we stood looking at the view across the Thames.
to do something thoroughly / to be very thorough (adjective): To complete a task and make sure that you haven’t missed any detail at all. E.g. The Doctor examined her thoroughly to make sure that no other bones were broken.
Fillers are words that we use to give us time to think what we want to say next. Here are some examples:
Well, let’s see ...
To be honest ...
Well, right ...
‘deer’ and ‘dear’ – these two words are pronounced in exactly the same way in English.
deer (noun – plural and singular): Male deer have antlers.
dear (adjective): a) We often use ‘dear’ to begin a letter politely. E.g. Dear Gail, I really enjoyed the English Conversation Walk in Richmond!
b) If we really like a person and have strong affections for them, we say that they are ‘a dear friend’ or they are ‘dear to me’.
dear (noun): Sometimes used as an affectionate and friendly way to address someone – though this has become a little old-fashioned. E.g. Don’t worry dear.
1½ hours = we say ‘one and a half hours’ though it sounds more like ‘one anna half hours’
Oxford Word Power English Dictionary for Learners of English
MacMillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners