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23 The Teacher  1-2 (187) 2022 Methods              ❯❯❯ Lesson on imperatives, language functions, proverbs? How about referring to Don’t cry over spilledmilk day, 11 February? The day, as you can learn at https://nationaldaycalendar. com/national-dont-cry-over-spilled-milk-dayfebruary-11/, “promotes a positive attitude even when things might not be going your way. It’s a day for looking on the bright side of things and then carrying that feeling with you every day after. Do not worry and do not stress over the little things. Life is too short to let the little things bother us”. Not only can we achieve the language goal of our lesson, but also influence teenagers’ shaky mood. Splendid, isn’t it? ① Language functions for giving advice Common expressions we teach our students when talking about giving advice and recommendations include the following:  I (really) think you (probably/ definitely/ really) need to/must/should/ could ...  How about ...?/ Why don’t you…?  My suggestion/advice is (to) ...  Have you tried ...?  If I was/were you, I’d ...  In my experience, ... works really well.  It’s generally best/a good idea to...  ... (always) works for me.  You’d better ...  ... is worth a try  As the proverb says, ... For the elaboration of the last bullet point, see number two below. ② Proverbs One useful saying used to emphasize that it is definitely not helpful to feel sorry or down about something that has already happened and cannot be changed, has been mentioned in the article. Here come nine more proverbs which give us life advice. Rubric: Look at the chart and match the proverbs with their explanations. ❶ Do not wear out your welcome a. Don’t offer advice to those who are more experienced than you are. ❷ Don’t wash your dirty linen in public b. Never be too optimistic about anything; wait till your difficulties are over before you boast of success. ❸ Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs c. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. ❹ Don’t put the cart before the horse d. Take advantage of a situation that is favourable to you while you have the chance to. ❺ Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill e. Don’t stay longer than you should. ❻ Don’t put all your eggs in one basket f. You should not concentrate all efforts and resources in one area as you could lose everything. ❼ Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched g. Don’t make a fuss about nothing. ❽ Do as you would be done by h. You should not get things back to front, but should deal with them in their right order. ❾ Make hay while the sun shines i. You should not discuss intimate family matters in public, especially if they are of the shameful nature. Answer Key: 1e 2i 3a 4h 5g 6f 7b 8c 9d

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