The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 7

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 107 ~ Childhood ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) What city were you born in?


B) I was born in__________________________________________ .


A) Where did you grow up?


B) I grew up in_____________________________________________ .


A) Where did you go to elementary school?


B) I went to_______________________________________________ .


A) Did you grow up with any brothers and sisters?


B1) Yes, I had_____________________________________________ .

B2) No, I was an only child.


A) What did you like doing by yourself?


B) I liked________________________________________________ .

(reading comic books/drawing pictures/listening to music/riding my bike)


A) What did you like doing with your neighbors, siblings, or friends?


B) We liked_______________________________________________ .

(playing kickball/going to the river/hanging out at the beach/ice skating)


A) What was your favorite food, sport, and TV program when you were growing up?


B) I really liked___________________________________________ .


A) Were you a good student?


B) Well, _______________________________________________ .





In most cases, if you were born or grew up on an island, use on:

Example: I was born on Oahu Island in Honolulu in Hawaii in the USA.


Siblings are brothers and sisters, but this is most often used formally



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 107 ~ Superlative Adjectives ~ Dialogue Practice ~


A superlative adjective is used to compare three or more things.


List of superlative adjectives:


1) One syllable or ending in y:

late latest / kind kindest / early earliest / mean meanest


2) Two or more syllables:

recommended most/least recommended ~ difficult most/least difficult

helpful most/least helpful ~ confusing most/least confusing


3) Different forms:

good best / bad worst 



~ Examples: Read and study the samples. Make your own answers.


Choose questions and write answers (recommended). Discuss with a partner or as a class.


Q1: Are you more or less intelligent than your parents? How?

Anyone much older than me should have more intelligence. Yet, I'm not sure.


Q2: Are some people luckier (in love/money) than others? Explain.

Maybe some people are born "under fortunate stars" but I'm a normal human being.


Q3: Would it be better to be rich and dumb or poor and smart? Why?

This is a case of bad choices. If I were rich and dumb, most likely I'd be happier.


Q4: Is it worse for you to be really hungry or to eat too much?

Another case of bad choices. I guess eating too much. Really hungry can go really bad.


Q5: Which is more delicious, (Italian) or (Chinese) food? (Thai, Indian, French, Mexican)

Italian is better for lunch and Chinese is better for dinner. Thai soup is best for breakfast.


Q6: Is your friend/spouse friendlier/more friendly than you? Tell.

Definitely my spouse is friendlier than me. As they say, "She is my better half".


Q7: Are some families happier/sadder than others? Tell.

Yes, but this may change over time depending on income, health, and marriage troubles.


Q8: Is it better for you to study or to enjoy your time? Explain.

They say, "Too much work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". I strive for balance.


Q9: Is it worse for you to sleep too much or too little? Why?

 Too little. Too much sleep is OK if your dreams are good. Too little can make you cranky.


Q10: Are Chinese clothes more fashionable than American? Explain. 

Fashion is subjective. Everyone has their signature style. I prefer comfort over fashion.






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Pre-Lesson Diary-Talk: Each student takes a turn at the beginning of class


1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.


2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.


3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.


4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.


5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.


6) Select any questions from the list. Practice (with a partner) then in front of the class.


7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).