Fun Easy English Classroom January 2


Learn words to describe
being drunk and the
meaning of a hangover
Getting drunk and getting a hangover

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you will learn about getting drunk and getting a hangover. Did you drink way too much this New Years? Come on you can tell me. Yes I can keep it a secret. Hmmmm, well okay. Anyway, today you are going to learn some vocabulary about being drunk, a condition brought on by consuming too much alcohol. You are also going to learn about the after effects of drinking too much known as a hangover.
For those of you of the Islamic faith
Although the majority of Muslims do not drink alcohol, this is still a good lesson for you to study. Yes, many Americans, along with people in other countries, and of different religions, do go kind of crazy during this time of year. You might find much of the vocabulary from this lesson used in American music, movies, television, writing and in conversations among native English speakers.
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Video: Drunk
Video Script: Drunk

Hi. In the classroom today you will learn words to describe yourself or someone who drank an excessive amount of alcohol.

Many people drink too much alcohol during the holiday season.

The most common word for the condition of drinking too much is drunk.

Many other words exist in English to describe the condition of being drunk.

Which words you should use depends on which country you’re in and even the region within a country.

The best idea is to ask someone which words are used in the country you’re visiting.

Any of the following words can be used.
  • Blotto
  • Bombed
  • Canned
  • Drunk
  • Drunken
  • Flying
  • Fuddled
  • Hammered
  • Inebriated
  • Intoxicated
  • Lit up
  • Loaded
  • Maudlin
  • Out of it
  • Pickled
  • Plastered
  • Sloshed
  • Smashed
  • Soaked
  • Steaming
  • Stewed
  • Stoned
  • Tanked up
  • Tight
  • Tipsy
  • Under the influence
  • Wasted
  • Well oiled
  • Wrecked
  • Zonked
Try not to drink until you’re drunk.

If you do get drunk, remember not to drive.

Until next time.
Video: Hangover
Video Script: Hangover

Hi. In the classroom today you will learn about a hangover.

The English word hangover is a noun.

The definition of hangover is

The unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol or a feeling of sickness and headache after drinking too much alcohol.

Assume over the holidays you drank too much alcohol and the next day you have a hangover.

What should you do?

The following are useful ways to get rid of a hangover.
  • Sleep is the best way to get rid of a hangover.
  • Drink plenty of fluids like fruit juice and water.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine like coffee, which will make you even more dehydrated and feel worse.
  • Eat food with a lot of minerals such as pickles or canned fish.
  • Eat food with a lot of vitamins such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Take a shower.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Many people drink a lot and then sweat to push out the effects of alcohol.
The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink alcohol moderately.

Until next time.
From YOUR Teacher: My Survey Answers

These are my answers for the surveys below.

What is my typical behavior when I get drunk? - I usually become really happy, crazy, talkative, affectionate, and very sociable.

What is my worst system when I get a hangover? - Definitely a headache especially after drinking too much wine.
Survey: Drunk

Everyone acts differently when they get drunk.
Pick your typical behavior when you get drunk on the survey below
and post a comment at the bottom of this page.
Survey: Hangover

Everyone feels differently when they get a hangover.
Pick your worst symptom when you get a hangover on the survey below
and post a comment at the bottom of this page.
Additional Lessons
About These Lessons

The following classroom lessons are great for students who want additional conversation, listening, and reading practice. Please post a comment at the bottom of this page in the Facebook Comments window with your thoughts about these lessons.
  • Learning English - Beginner Level. A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Let's Learn English conversation lesson with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity.
  • Today in History - Advanced Level. Important events which changed history in America and around the world. Great English reading practice.
Learning English

(Beginner - Listening)

January 2, 2019 - A 30 minute audio broadcast of recent world news. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great listening practice.
Conversation Lesson 2 - Hello, I'm Anna!
(Beginner - Conversation, Listening, Reading)

In this lesson Anna meets Jonathon who lives in the same apartment building. Anna explains that Marsha is her roommate. Pete reminds Anna to call Marsha at work to tell her she arrived. Then Anna goes to see her new apartment.
Lesson Video

Watch the video and then do the activities on this page.
Video Script

Jonathan: Hey, Pete! Who’s your friend?
Pete: She is Anna. She is new to D.C.
Jonathan: Where are you from?
Anna: I am from a small town.
Jonathan: Well, welcome to D.C.
Anna: Thank you.
Jonathan: I am Jonathan. I am in apartment B4.
Anna: I am in apartment C2. Marsha is my roommate.
Jonathan: I know Marsha. She is nice.
Pete: And I am in Apartment D7. I have to go now.
Anna: Oh!
Pete: Remember to call Marsha at work. Tell her you’re here.
Anna: Right, thanks, Pete. Nice to meet you!
Jonathan: You too, Bye.
Anna: Apartment C2, here I come!

Now practice listening to only the audio portion of the conversation.

Listen to the speaker in the video. Use your computer or phone to record yourself saying the words. Listen to yourself, then listen to the video again. Can you say the words the same way? If not, listen carefully and try again.

Watch the video to learn about linked sounds, or how speakers say "you're" for "you are."
New Words
  • know - v. to have met and talked to (someone)
  • meet - v. to see and speak to (someone) for the first time. Anna meets Pete near her apartment.
  • call - v. to make a telephone call. I call once a week to talk to my parents.
  • friend - n. a person who you like and enjoy being with. Meet my friend, Anna.
  • number - n. a number or a set of numbers and other symbols that is used to identify a person or thing or a telephone number. I am in apartment number D7.
  • remember - v. to have or keep an image or idea in your mind of (something or someone from the past) or to think of (something or someone from the past) again. Do you remember me?
  • roommate - n. a person who shares a room, apartment, or house with someone else. Anna and Marsha both live in apartment C2 because they are roommates.
  • work - n. the place where you do your job. She is not at work today.

We often write our name and address on forms. Americans write and say an address this way: name, number, street city, state, zip code, country. How do people in your country address an envelope? Anna sends a letter to her family. Look at how she writes the address. Do the activity and practice filling in a form and addressing an envelope. Click lesson activity to get the printable PDF version. The page opens to a new window.
Conversation Lessons

Study all 52 English conversation lessons. Let's Learn English conversation lessons each with a conversation video, a video script, audio listening practice, video speaking practice, video pronunciation practice, a new words section, and a writing activity. These lessons are for beginners.
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Today in History
(Advanced - Reading)

January 2, 1933

Important events which changed history in America and around the world. Read the following story. Use the Online Reference window below to look up any words you do not know. This is great English reading practice.

Picture: John Hill Wheeler. [United States Minister to Nicaragua]. Mathew Brady Studio, between 1844 and 1860. Daguerreotypes. Prints & Photographs Division
The United States and Nicaragua

On January 2, 1933, the 5th Marine Regiment, United States Marines Corps, withdrew from Nicaragua. It trained and left behind a powerful National Guard in a country beset by struggle between liberal and conservative forces centered respectively in the cities of León and Granada.

Founded by the Spanish in the early 1550s, the two cities became competing poles of power. Their militant rivalry often left Nicaragua subject to outside interests even after the country gained independence from Spain in the early 1800s.

British and U.S. interests in Nicaragua grew during the mid-1800s because of its strategic importance as a transit route across the Central American isthmus. With the advent of the California gold rush, Nicaragua proved a popular interoceanic shortcut. Cornelius Vanderbilt’s steamship company transported supplies and prospectors from the Atlantic, along Nicaragua’s San Juan River, then across Lake Nicaragua to the Pacific.

In 1855, at the invitation of Nicaraguan liberals, a Tennessee filibusterer named William Walker invaded Nicaragua with a small armed force and the hope of extending the southern U.S. slave culture overseas. He enjoyed initial success, however, when he presumed to establish himself as president of Nicaragua, Walker was routed by the joint efforts of Nicaragua’s opposing political factions, Vanderbilt’s steamship company, the British government, and other Central American republics. Walker narrowly escaped their capture only to surrender himself to the U.S. Navy in 1857.

In 1897, President William McKinley appointed the Nicaragua Canal [first Walker] Commission to reexamine the logistics of a canal route through the Isthmus of Nicaragua. The commission estimated the cost of construction at $118,113,790 not including interest and administration. However, when Nicaragua’s President Zelaya invited both Germany and Japan to compete with the United States for construction rights, the U.S. built through Panama instead.

Beginning in 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt framed the Big Stick policy to advance U. S. interests and to restrict European influence in the Americas. In 1909 this corollary to the Monroe Doctrine affected Nicaragua. Responding to the execution of two of its citizens, the U.S. landed four-hundred marines on Nicaragua’s shore. In a 1912 effort to retain power, conservative forces requested aid and the U.S. landed 2,700 marines. Thereafter, the U.S. maintained a presence in Nicaragua almost continually until 1933.
Source: Library of Congress
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Study Tips
(Beginner - Listening)

Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help you study English more effectively. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
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