Saturday, 11 February 2012

Objective Proficiency p 134. Vocabulary

Paper 4 Part 2
  • Talk somebody through something: to explain to somebody how something works so that they can do it or understand it. E.g. Can you talk me through the various investment options?
  • Tricky: difficult to do or deal with. E.g. a tricky situation. Getting it to fit exactly is a tricky business. The equipment can be tricky to install.
  • Snap: to speak or say something in an impatient, usually angry, voice. E.g. ‘Don't just stand there,’ she snapped. Snap (at somebody) I was tempted to snap back angrily at him. Snap something He snapped a reply. 
  • Hoax: / həʊks/ an act intended to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially something unpleasant. Sp. engaño, broma. E.g. a bomb hoax. Hoax calls. The emergency call turned out to be a hoax. Was the moon landing a hoax?

  • Bring something out: to make something appear. E.g. A crisis brings out the best in her. Alcohol brings out his violent side ( Sp. el alcohol acentúa su lado violento).
  • Traffic circle: (also rotary) (both North American English) (British English roundabout) a place where two or more roads meet, forming a circle that all traffic must go around in the same direction.

  • Drop something / someone off: to deliver someone / something. Sp. Dejar. E.g. You left your jacket, but I can drop it off on my way to work tomorrow.
  • Clerk: / klɑːk/ (BrE) /klɜːrk/ (AmE) a person whose job is to keep the records or accounts in an office, shop/store etc. E.g. an office clerk.
  • Supplier: /səˈplaɪə(r)/ a person or company that supplies goods. Sp. proveedor, suministrador. E.g. a leading supplier of computers in the UK. You will need to be able to deal with both customers and suppliers.
  • Valet: /ˈvælɪt/ valet something (British English) to clean a person's car thoroughly, especially on the inside. E.g. a car valeting service.

  • Rub one's hands: Press and move them backwards and forwards. It is often a sign of glee (delight), anticipation, or satisfaction. E.g. She rubbed her hands in delight.

  • Drowsy: /ˈdraʊzi/ tired and almost asleep. Sleepy. E.g. The tablets may make you feel drowsy.
  • Depot: /ˈdepəʊ/ (BrE) / ˈdiːpoʊ/ (AmE) 1 a place where large amounts of food, goods or equipment are stored. Sp. depósito, almacén. E.g. an arms depot. 2 a place where buses or other vehicles are kept and repaired.  
  • Pull out: (of a vehicle or its driver) to move away from the side of the road, etc. Sp. salir. E.g. A car suddenly pulled out in front of me. To pull out to overtake (salir para adelantar).
  • Genuine: /ˈdʒenjuɪn/ sincere and honest; that can be trusted. E.g. He made a genuine attempt to improve conditions. Genuine concern for others. A very genuine person.
  • Genuinely: /ˈdʒenjuɪnli/ E.g. he is genuinely sorry (Sp. está realmente arrepentido, está arrepentido de veras)
  • Be up to the job: be capable of doing a task. Sp. estar capacitado para. E.g. this type of car wouldn't be up to the job.
  • Call in a favour: to ask someone to help you because you helped them in the past. E.g. I had to call in a few favours.
  • A car with hand controls:

  • Straightforward: easy to do or to understand; not complicated. E.g. a straightforward process. It's quite straightforward to get here.

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