The Garden Party & The Fly: Key Vocabulary

NOUNS

  • Accident: An unfortunate/sad occurrence

  • Alcohol: a strong liquid drunk by adults

  • Armchair: a chair with a place to put one's arms or elbows

  • Band: a group of musicians who perform together

  • Basket: a box-shaped container for carrying things

  • Beard: hair on a man's face

  • Belgium: a country on the north east border of France

  • Chimney: a passage above a fire for smoke (usually on top of a house)

  • Cigar: tobacco rolled in tobacco leaves (usually brown)

  • Class: a section of society (working class, middle class, upper class)

  • Closet: a room/space where clothes and/or personal items are kept

  • Conversation: two or more people talking to one another

  • Darling: a name used when talking to a loved one

  • Drawer: a box-shaped space in a desk or cabinet that can be opened

  • Drunk: the result of drinking too much alcohol

  • Frame: something used to display photos or paintings

  • Francs: money previously used in Belgium

  • Gardener: somebody who is paid to work in a garden

  • Grave: a place where a dead body is put

  • Housekeeper: somebody who is paid to work in a house

  • Inkpot: a pot containing ink for writing

  • King George V: the king of the United Kingdom from 1910 to 1936

  • Lavender bush: a bush with purple flowers that has a strong scent/smell

  • Leather: strong material made from animal skin

  • Leftovers: food remaining after everybody has finished eating

  • Mistake: something that is not correct

  • Mouthpiece: the part of the telephone that one talks into

  • Pond: a body of water that is smaller than a lake

  • Pyjamas (UK) Pajamas (US): clothes worn when sleeping

  • Secretary: a person who does general tasks in an office, such as taking notes, answering the telephone, and keeping records

  • Tool jacket: a jacket with many pockets for tools (hammers, screwdrivers...)

  • Tourist: someone visiting a town or city for pleasure (not work)

  • Uniform: clothes worn to show a person’s job/position/status

  • Upstairs: the second/upper floor of a house or building

  • Waiter: a person who brings food to customers (usually in a restaurant)


VERBS

  • Agree: to have the same opinion/idea as somebody else

  • Approach: to move toward somebody/something

  • Breathe: to take air into or out from one's body

  • Cancel: to stop an event or activity

  • Cause: to make something happen (often negative)

  • Circle: to go/move around and around something

  • Compare: to look at similarities and differences between two or more things

  • Expect: to predict or think that something will happen

  • Explain: to give details above something

  • Hug: to put one's arms around somebody and hold them close

  • Imagine: to create an image, picture or story in one's head

  • Inform: to tell somebody about something

  • Invite: to ask somebody to come to an event or place

  • Iron: to use an iron to remove the creases from an item of clothing

  • Land: to come down from the air/sky to the ground

  • Lick: to touch something with one's tongue

  • Order: to tell somebody to do something

  • Phone: to contact/call someone using a telephone

  • Practise (UK) Practice (US): to do something to improve one's skill/ability

  • Pretend: to use the imagination to behave like somebody or something else

  • Raise: to move/lift something upward

  • Remind: to make a connection with a past memory

  • Remove: to take something off

  • Separate: to divide something into two or more groups/sections

  • Shake: to move something from side to side again and again

  • Sigh: to breathe out while making a sound (usually sad)

  • Suggest: to recommend doing something

  • Surround: to encircle (be on all sides)

  • Wake: to open one's eyes after sleeping

  • Wave: to move one's hand from side to side

  • Yell: to speak loudly

ADJECTIVES

  • Afraid: feel fear/scared

  • Amazing: impressive/great/wonderful

  • Bright: very light

  • Broken: to be damaged (not working)

  • Comfortable: pleasant/relaxing

  • Dirty: unclean/unpleasant

  • Gentle: soft/light/slight

  • Handsome: good-looking/attractive

  • Huge: very big

  • Intelligent: clever/knowledgeable

  • Jealous: envy/want something others have

  • Nervous: worried/uneasy/tense

  • Polite: speak nicely

  • Proud: feel happy about something / feel that something one has is special

  • Rough: not flat or smooth

  • Scared: feel fear/afraid

  • Serious: straight-faced/unsmiling

  • Shocked: surprised (usually by something negative)

  • Surprised: reaction to an unexpected event

  • Unnatural: different to usual

  • Weary: tired/sleepy/exhausted

  • Wonderful: great/amazing/special

  • Worried: uneasy/tense/nervous

INTERJECTIONS

  • Excuse me: something people say when they want somebody to listen to them

  • Wow: something people say when they feel surprised and/or impressed