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Birds

Wordlist

Warm-blooded – теплокровный
Hard-shelled egg – плотносколупное яйцо
Feather – перо
Vertebrate – позвоночное животное
Limb – конечность (человека или животного)
Winged – крылатый, летающий
Bipedal – двуногий
Beak – клюв
Migration – перелёт (птиц)

To mob – нападать толпой, окружать
To modify – видоизменять, трансформировать
To inhabit – жить, обитать
To lay – откладывать (яйца)
To involve – привлекать, вовлекать, втягивать
To undertake – предпринимать, совершать
To communicate – говорить, сообщать
To flock – стекаться, приходить толпой, собираться толпами

Fit bird – очень красивая девушка (так говорят только в Англии)
The early bird catches the worm. – Кто рано встает, тому Бог подает.
Kill two birds with one stone. – Убить двух зайцев одним выстрелом.

1. To mob – if a large group of people mob someone or something, they surround them in an angry or excited way.
2.  Vertebrate – an animal with a backbone, for example a mammal, a bird, or a fish.
3. To lay – if a female animal such as a bird or fish lays an egg, it produces the egg by pushing it from its body.
4.  Beak – the hard curved or pointed part of a bird’s mouth.
5. To flock – to gather together in a large group, usually because there is something interesting or exciting.
6. He looked at his hat, straightened the peacock's feather on it, and thought how he had gone with his mother to buy the hat.
7. I was hoping your own hearts could be winged to store more energy.
8. He had always had money; the Family had good use for their warm-blooded man!
9. Or perhaps you may be intending to involve some sort of employment?
10. Autumn migration for ducks occurs from September to October.

Birds

Hello everyone! My name's Andrew, I'm a teacher with the EnglishDom and today I'm here to do another podcast and this podcast is to do with birds. What are birds? Well, birds are warm blooded, egg laying, feathered vertebrate of the class of Aves, having four limbs modified to form wings. Not my words, it was in a dictionary, as you could probably see I was just reading it then. You could probably read this for yourself, but the next part might be a little trickier. We use the word "bird" in the english language, mainly British not American, really to describe a female. Many men call a female a fit bird. Fitness, fit nothing to do with good looks in a person's perspective from outside of Great Britain, but in Great Britain we say fit bird as in a very good looking girl. It's not the nicest of thing maybe to say about somebody if you're not English, but in English it means something very nice. Girls will be very flattered if you say "You're a fit bird indeed", but we can use this idiom in a different/another way. The early bird catches the worm. What this means is he who rises first or somebody who gets up early in the morning will always get his tasks done on time. He who starts a business before other people will be more successful. Stands to reason really. We have another idiom and that's kill two birds with one stone. This means that if you have one job to do, yes, then you realize you have two jobs to do, it means then that you can sort of do one job and the other at the same time, so if two birds sat there going tweet-tweet, and you have a stone and throw it at the birds, you kill them both with one stone, so you can perform your tasks with with one effort. I hope that makes sense, maybe it doesn't, but that's a little on birds.

My name's Andrew as I have already said and I'm a teacher with the EnglishDom as I've already said. So, feel English and feel free and if you go to England and boys call a girl a fit bird, she will probably be quite happy with that. So thank you very much for listening to this podcast, feel English and feel free. Bye.

Curiosity 

орел,

Fact

The world's oldest crow is 118 years (estimated age).

Quotation

Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.
Henry Van Dyke

Proverb

A chattering bird builds no nest.
Cameroonian proverb

Joke

A lady is walking down the street to work and she sees a parrot in a pet store. The parrot says to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly." Well, the lady is furious! And she storms past the store to her work. On the way home she saw the same parrot in the window and the parrot said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly." Well, she was incredibly ticked now. The next day she saw the same parrot and the parrot said to her, "Hey lady, you are really ugly." The lady was so ticked that she went into the store and said that she would sue the store and kill the bird. The store manager said, "That's not good." and promised he wouldn't say it again. When the lady walked past the store after work the parrot said to her, "Hey lady." She paused and said, "Yes?" and the bird said, "You know."

List of questions for discussion

1. Has your cat ever brought a dead bird into the house?
2. Has a bird ever crashed into or flown through a window in your home?
3. Have you ever found a bird’s egg in Spring?
4. What is your least favourite bird?
5. What is the most beautiful bird?
6. Are birds really "free" as the expression "as free as a bird" suggests?
7. How many species of birds do you think there are in the world?
8. How many bird species do you think are endangered?
9. What’s the most common bird in your town/country? Do you like it?
10. Why do you think humans are so fascinated by birds?
11. Are there any bird superstitions in your country?
12. What countries have birds as national emblems? Do they reflect that country?
13. Should trade in feathers be banned like trade in fur?
14. Are pigeons useful birds or vermin?
15. What’s the rarest bird you’ve ever seen?

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