Lesson 7

What's your astrological sign?

Level: Pre-Intermediate
Lesson contents:
  • Adjectives.
  • "Like" as an adverb, (What are [Leos] like?)
  • Verb be Present Tense, continued.

Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.

Exercises for this lesson:
How to do the lessons:
  1. Watch the video without subtitles.
  2. Do all the Exercises.
  3. Come back to this page.
  4. Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!

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What's your astrological sign?

Watch this video, then go to the First Quiz for this lesson. Or if you want to study vocabulary first, go to Exercise 1.

Same video with Precise Subtitles:



This is the most adjective-rich lesson in Real English®, providing us with ordinary vocabulary which is rarely found in beginner lessons. This is one reason why this lesson begins with 3 pages of vocabulary illustrations.

There's nothing complicated or esoteric about adjectives such as "ostentatious", for example (to take the most extreme example used in this lesson). Ordinary Americans and British people use it as part of their everyday speech. The trick (for us) is to come up with a picture and a text which illustrates its meaning, allowing students to make the connection to their native language and that used by the people they meet here.

Concerning astrology, not many people we met seemed to take it seriously, except for enthusiasts like Jenny in Exercise 14. On the other hand, almost everyone in English-speaking countries is interested in their "star sign". It has proved to be an interesting vehicle for the vocabulary it elicits.