Monday, March 30, 2020

Birds of a feather Flock Together: Daily Vocabulary

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(This is re-purposed from my lesson on proverbs).

Birds of a feather flock together

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Today’s vocabulary is a proverb. A proverb is an old, wise, famous saying.  Today’s proverb is Birds of a feather flock together.  Birds of a feather means birds which have the same kind of feathers, or the same kind of birds.  We don’t usually say birds of a feather.  We usually say the same kind of birds.  But birds of a feather flock together  is poetic because feather and together rhyme.  So birds of a feather, meaning the same kind of birds. Flock has two meanings.  As a noun it can mean a group of birds, so a group of birds is a flock, or as a verb, it can mean to come together, often used with animals.  So you could say the birds flocked, meaning the birds came together.  Sometimes we can use it with people as well, for example the students flocked to the shopping mall.  But usually it’s used with animals.  So birds of a feather flock together meaning the same kind of birds come together.
What does this mean as a proverb?  It means that people like to come together, or to hang out, with other people who are similar to them. For example, imagine this is a conversation: She loves playing sports and all her friends are also sports lovers.  Well, you know what they say, birds of a feather flock together.  So because she likes playing sports, she likes to hang out with other friends who like the same things, or who do the same things.
You may often hear this proverb in a shortened form.  Some people may just say birds of a feather and then leave the rest of it unsaid.  So, for example: Well, he’s really into music, and all his friends are also music lovers.  You know what they say: birds of a feather.

animal - something that lives and moves but is not a person, bird, fish, or insect:
She's a real ___________ lover.

as - used to describe the purpose, job, or appearance of something or someone:
She works ___ a waitress.

bird - an animal that has wings and feathers and is usually able to fly:
Dawn was breaking and the _______s were singing.

Birds of a feather flock together - people of the same sort or with the same tastes and interests will be found together.

come together - to form a group:
People from many different areas have ________________ to try to find a solution.

conversation - a talk between two or more people, usually an informal one:
We had a ______________ about football.

example - something that is typical of the group of things that you are talking about:
This is a good ___________ of medieval Chinese architecture.

famous - known or recognized by many people:
She is a ___________ actress.

feather - one of the soft, light things that grow from and cover a bird's skin

flock - a group of birds or sheep:
This is a _________ of geese.

flock - to move or come together in large numbers:
Tourists are _________ing to the beaches.

for example - used to give an example of what you are talking about:
Some people, students ______________, can get cheaper tickets.

form - the body or shape of someone or something

hang - to fasten something so that the top part is fixed but the lower part is free to move, or to be fastened in this way:
He usually _______s his coat on the hook behind the door.

hang out - to spend a lot of time in a particular place or with a particular group of people

hear - to be aware of a sound through your ears:
I could ________ his voice in the distance.

imagine - to create an idea or picture of something in your mind:
__________ being able to travel in space.

lover - someone who is very interested in books/cats/dogs/music, etc:
She's a real cat ___________.

mall - a large, covered shopping area

noun - a word that refers to a person, place, object, event, substance, idea, feeling, or quality. For example the words 'teacher', 'book', 'development', and 'beauty' are _________s.

poetic - relating to poetry:
This is __________ language.

proverb - a famous phrase or sentence that gives you advice:
This is an ancient Chinese ___________.

rest - a period of time when you relax or sleep:
Why don't you have a ______?

rhyme - If a word _________s with another word, the end part of the words sound the same:
'Moon' _________s with 'June'.

saying - a famous phrase that people use to give advice about life:
Have you heard the ___________, "misery loves company"?

shorten - to become shorter or to make something shorter:
Smoking _________s your life.

similar - Something which is ______________ to something else has many things the same, although it is not exactly the same:
The two houses are remarkably ______________ .

the rest - the part of something that remains, or the others that remain:
I'm not sure I want to spend __________ of my life with him.

verb - a word that is used to say that someone does something or that something happens. For example the words 'arrive', 'make', 'be', and 'feel' are ______s.

vocabulary - all the words that exist in a language, or that are used when discussing a particular subject:
Computing has its own specialist _____________.

unsaid - not said, although thought of or felt:
I know she's put on weight, Michael, but some things are better left __________!

usually - in the way that most often happens:
I __________ get home at about six o'clock.

wise - A _______ person is able to use their knowledge and experience to make good decisions and give good advice.

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