Sunday, March 30, 2014

English Vocabulary about Furniture

Basic words about the Furniture.

la murthe wallהקיר
le tableauthe pictureהתמונה
le plancherthe floorהריצפה
la fenetrethe windowהחלון
la lampethe lampהמנורה
très bienvery goodטוב מאוד
la chaisethe chairהכסא
la portethe doorהדלת
Use these words in sentences to put them into your memory! 

First translate these sentences into English: 
1. Le Tableau est sur le mur.. תמונה על הקיר


2. La mur est blanc.  הקיר לקן


3.  La fenetre est ouverte.  החלון פתוח


4. La chaise est blueu נכסא כחול 


5. La porte est fermee mais la fenetre est overte  הדלת סגור אבל החלון פתוח.



Write your own sentences: 






Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Preparing a Speech

This can be used as a template for speeches for class, an English test such as the IELTS or the TOEFL or even for public speakers.

The parts of a Speech
Introduction. - This is where you put your topic, and a main premise, that is you say what you are going to talk about.

Body of the Speech: Give three examples that prove your topic.  You can use experiences, that you have had, examples from the news, academic proof.

Once you have prepared the body, now go back to the Introduction and make sure that you really have proved your topic.  Draw in your audience by opening with something humorous, or dramatic.

Finally, write you conclusion, restating your topic in a different way, summing up your topic.  Be positive and end with a strong statement.

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach, Professional English Teacher 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weekly English French Hebrew Vocabulary Exercise

This week we are going to translate from Hebrew and French into English. Use these words as they are defined.   Good luck!

non   ne pasnoלא
sans clewithout a keyבלי מפתח
parce quebecauseכי
vous avezyou haveיש לך
grand grandebigגדול
vouloirto wishדרוש
voulezyou wishאתה דרוש את דרושה

1.  Oui, je veux manger une pommes.  כן אני רוצה לאכול תפוח

2. Le table est petite  השוחלן קטן

3. La lampe est grande המנורה גדול

4. Ouvez les yeux.  תפתח העניים

5. Puis-je manger des pommes de terre? אתה יכול לאכול התפוח אדמה

6. Pourquoi ne pouvez-vous pas sortir? למה אתה לא רוצה לצאת

7. Je suis ici.  אני כאן

8. Fermez la porte. תסגור את הדלת

9. Je ne dechire pas le papier  אני לא קורע את הנייר

10. Je veux parler francais. אני רוצה לדבר צורפתית

Rachael Alice 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

English Grammar - Prepositions of Position in space - on, off, in

Prepositions are different in every language.  So this is a subject that students have to really practice over and over again.

On -  an object to lie on top of  or over another 
Off - an object to get away from another. 
In - one object is inside another. 


Put the book on the table. 
Get off the table!
Put the dishes in the dishwasher. 

Exercises:  Use the prepositions  in, out, and on, each word is used many times. 

The tablecloth is ________________________ the table. 

I have to take __________________ my coat, it is too hot now. 

Get _______________ of the street! A big truck is coming!

The pencil is _____________ the drawer. 

Come ______________ the door is open. 

Go _______________ the sun is shining! 

He likes to sit ______________ the couch to read a book. 

Oh, what a cute baby, put __________________ his hat! 

I have to look up a word ________________ the dictionary. 

Clear ______________ the table, I want to set it for dinner. 

One note about the Internet. 

For the Internet, we use the preposition "on".  This is because we don't think of ourselves as inside the Internet, with all the wires and the infrastructure, but we interface with it through the computer and through a a smart phone.  

Yesterday I was surfing on the Internet. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

English Grammar - Prepositions of Direction

Prepositions of Direction

To - going in a direction
In - being inside a city, swimming pool, a country 
Out - leaving an enclosed space 


I am going to Paris next month. 
He slipped in the puddle.
She is coming out of the store. 

Exercises:  Use the prepositions to, in, out in these sentences.  You will use them many times. 

Where are you going?  I'm going ____________________ the mall. 

I love swimming ____________ the ocean. 

Come ______________ of the rain! 

The plane is traveling from Washington DC _______________ London. 

Get _______________ of the street, there's a truck coming. 

Mary went ______________ the elevator as I was coming out. 

 Where is the Grande Place _______________ Brussels?  

Come ____________ the door is open. 

Can you come _____________the kitchen and help with the dishes? 

We are traveling _________________ the Alps next winter. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Vocabulary list Hebrew, English and French

Today's list is shorter because I know more words.

estisdoes not exist in present tense
bas basselowנמוך
puis-jecan I אני יכול אני יכולה
comptesz-lescount them תספור אותם

  Today we are going to categorize the words into parts of speech



















Reflections on the book: You Just Don’t Understand - Women and Men in Conversation

Reflections on the book:

You Just Don’t Understand - Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen,

Ph.D Ballantine Books, New York 1990

Submitted by Rachael Orbach

This book’s premise is that the reason the women and men don’t get along with each

other is because they live in different verbal worlds. Each gender has specific ways of

talking and getting what is needed.

When two men talk, they talk about facts, figures and not much about feelings. They

are always looking for markers that tell them whether they are higher or lower in the

hierarchy. If a man realizes that he is being put down, then he will defend himself even

to the point of offending the other man. Now, the surprising thing is that even after a

long drawn out argument, the two men might become friends.

On the other hand, women, when they talk to each other are not looking for status, but

for connections. How can the woman connect to the other woman? If they are talking

about troubles, for instance about mothers-in-laws, then one will say something about her

mother-in-law, so the other woman will agree with her and add a detail about her own

mother-in-law. They strive to be friends by being similar.

The trouble between the sexes is when men and women talk to each other. Each lives

in a different cultural world so has a different dialect, or “genderlect.” A woman will

ask her husband if he wants to go out to dinner and expects him to answer: “Yes, would

you like to go out to dinner?” When he doesn’t she feel slighted. An argument might

ensue, nobody really understanding the real reason why. Women usually adapt to

the conversation patterns of men in mixed groups, but men usually don’t adapt to the

conversation patterns of women.

Then she goes on to examine boys and girls, and lo and behold, the same patterns

emerge. Two boys when asked to speak alone for 20 minutes in front of a camera, talk

about facts, they don’t look at each other, they fool around and they don’t really make

connections, sometimes talking at the same time.

Girls, however when asked to talk for 20 minutes, speak in the same patterns as grown

up women. What is mindboggling, is that even girls as young as 3 years old, engage in

similar conversation patterns.!!!

What is to be done? Well Dr. Tannen suggests that everybody learn more conversational

styles and the ability to use them often.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

English Grammar: Prepositions of Time

English Grammar Prepositions of Time are also different in almost every language.

In - Inside a time period, a month, a year, a century
On- on a particular date, I was born on February 4th.
At- a particular time, at 3 o'clock


School is on vacation in July and August every year.
The test will be on Friday, next week
The meeting will be begin at 9:30 am, sharp.

Exercises:  Use the words in, on, at, during. Each word will be used many times.

The mall closes ______________ 10:00 pm.

We go skiing every year ________________________ the winter.

Can you hurry up? We will not be ______________time!

Meet me _____________________ 12:00 pm for lunch

When do you go ________________________ vacation this year?

The party started ____________________ 8:00 pm, where were you?

She will get a part-time job ___________________the summer.

____________ the moment, I'm reading a wonderful book.

The class begins ____________________ 11 o'clock

I went to the meeting _________________ 9:45, but I was 15 minutes late.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

English Grammar - Prepositions of Location

Prepositions of Location

At  - a particular place    
On –on top of an object or a place
In – enclosed inside the place


Meet me at the corner.
The post office is on Main Street
We met in Paris last year.

Exercise – write the correct preposition in the blank. At, On, In, each  word will be used many times.

Where did you say we would meet? __________________ the movie theater

I read _________ the encyclopedia many interesting facts about turtles.

I have lived ______________ this city for many years.

You live _______________________ 123 5th Avenue?

There are roses growing ___________________ the garden.

The book is __________________ the table.

Where did you find that information ________________ the Internet?

The pen is ____________________ the blue box.

The lamp is standing _________________ the floor.

The party is ___________________ 10551 Holman Ave.

Put your flute away _______________ the case.

There is someone _______________ the door.

You will find the link _______________ the top of the webpage.

The painting is hanging _________________ the wall.

We put a new light fixture ________________the ceiling.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

English - French - Hebrew Vocabulary list

Here is the second vocabulary list.   According to learning theory, a person has to come in contact with a new vocabulary word seven times.  First they read the new word, define the new word, then use the word in a spoken sentence, write the word.  You get the picture.

I have organized today's vocabulary words better ,

Vocabulary list for English, Hebrew and French
touchetouchנוגע נוגעת
vousyouאתה את
ne        pasnotלא
Je peuxI canאני יכול אני יכולה
il peuthe canהוא יכול
Je ne peux pas I cannotאני לא יכול אני לא יכולה
pouvez-vouscan youאתה יכול את יכולה
pout-ellecan she היא יכולה
sortirto go outלצאת
ecrirewriteכובת כותבת

Choose 5 words and write them in a sentence 

1. __________________________________________





Here is the link if you are interested in learning French: Berlitz Self- Teacher French

Monday, March 3, 2014

Vocabulary list in English, Hebrew and French

I am finding that I need to teach beginners English, and they sometimes speak Hebrew and sometimes speak French.  So I'm learning French right now.  I have an old book, The Berlitz Self-Teacher French book published in 1949, Here is a link to the updated version.  The Berlitz Self-Teacher French
but I don't think that French has changed so much.  There are new words, of course relating to technology, but they are taken usually from English.  I looked up all the words in two dictionaries, a French -English one and then a Hebrew English one.

Feel free to use this list in your teaching as well.  Watch for further blog posts with more vocabulary words.

Here are my vocabulary words that I have learned this week so far.

couteau a knifeסכין
forchette a fork מזלג
assiette a plateצלחת
verre a glassכוס
tasse a cupםפל
bon goodטוב
papier paperנייר
dans in בתוך
le vin the wineהיין
manger to eatלאכול
nous weאנחנו
buvons we drinkאנחנו שותים
mettons we putאנחנו שמים
mange I eatאני אוכל אני אוכלת
pain breadלחם
ai haveיש לי יש לך
en someכמה
beaucoup manyהרבה
sucre sugarסוכר
prennent we takeאנחנו לוקחים
ecrivev you writeאתה כותב את כותבת
litreadקורא קוראת
allumettes matchesגפורים
eau waterמים
encre inkדיו
crayon pencilעפרון
plume penעט
mauvais badרע
rose roseורד
fraise strawberryתות שדה
odeur odor odorריח רע
biere beerבירה
choses thingsדברים
musee museumמוזאיום
laid uglyמכוער
singe monkeyקוף
cheval horseסוס
chamean camelגמל
paon peacockטווס
nitou owlינשוף
frommage cheeseגבינה
gout tasteטעם
citronnade lemonלימון
pommes applesתפוחים
asperges asparagusאדפגוס
monnaie currencyמטבע
viande meatבשר
haricot beanשעועית
anglais Englishאנגלית
repas mealארוחה
doigts fingersאצבעות
cheveux hairשיערות
boite boxקופסה


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