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Thursday, May 12, 2011

bossy

Example 1:

Oh my goodness! The office manager is so bossy! She is always telling everyone what to do, but I never see her doing anything herself. She doesn't even ask politely, she demands it! I think I need to look for a new job.

Example 2:

I have a group project to do in my economics class. Everything is going pretty well except for one thing: Jane thinks she is the leader and is telling everyone what to do. At the beginning, we all agreed that we would be equal members, but as soon as we got together, she became so bossy! She doesn't ask for our opinions and she makes decisions by herself and demands that we follow her plans. This project is a big part of our individual grades and we're running out of time...


Meaning:

bossy
adjective
this adjective can be used to describe a person who may or may not be "the boss," but acts like one to an excessive degree. In the first example, the bossy person is actually in charge, but does not delegate tasks politely. In the second example, the bossy person is an equal member of the group, but takes charge aggressively.
to boss
(someone) around verb phrase
ex.
Heather likes to boss people around

This idiom was taken from LSI's text book titled Speaking Savvy. This book is used to teach Speaking and Listening in our Level 5 class. For more information please visit: http://www.languagesystems.com/

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

to mingle

Example 1:

Jason: I really want to make many friends while I'm here in the USA. Do you have any advice for me, Shelby?

Shelby: Well, I think you should try to mingle with your classmates as much as possible. Don't be shy. Introduce yourself to as many people as you can. You can meet many people this way!

Jason: Thanks! I'm going to a party tomorrow night. I will try it!


Example 2:

I took my girlfriend to my company's holiday party last weekend. As soon as we arrived, she started introducing herself to all of my co-workers. She mingled with everyone all night! I didn't see her again until we were ready to go home.

Meaning:

to mingle
verb
it means to mix socially with other people when at a party or other social occasion. This verb implies that the person who is mingling is moving from one person to another to meet and/or chat for a brief period. A person who mingles does not stay in one place with one specific person/group for very long.


This idiom was taken from LSI's text book titled Speaking Savvy. This book is used to teach Speaking and Listening in our Level 5 class. For more information please visit: http://www.languagesystems.com/