Here's a humorous Christmas-themed ad from UPS that nicely illustrates the difference between wrapping and packing.
You deal with the wrapping. Let the UPS Store deal with getting it there. Come in today and ask our certified packing experts about our pack and ship guarantee.
1. To wrap (pronounced 'rap') means to cover or surround something with paper, cloth, or other material. • She wrapped the present and tied it with ribbon. To pack means to put goods into containers so that they can be sent somewhere and sold. • The bananas are packed in cardboard boxes before being shipped by air.
2. The verb ship can mean to send goods by ship (logical) but it can also mean to send goods by land or air.
• Toxic waste is shipped from Western Europe to other countries.
• Your order was shipped on July 10th by first class mail.
1. Get students to tick off the following items as they see them: sellotape, scissors, ribbon, present, bow, wrapping paper, Christmas tree, decorations, duct tape, cuddly toy, snowmen.
2. Use video as a discussion starter about wrapping and unwrapping Christmas presents. Do you wrap your own? Are you good at wrapping presents? Do you have any techniques or tips to share? What sort of wrapping paper do you use? Do you put any ribbons or bows? What about gift tags? Have you wrapped any presents yet? How do you unwrap presents - carefully or by ripping off the paper? Do you ever re-use wrapping paper?
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The crucial COP 21 global summit on climate change started today in Paris with a moment of silence to honor the victims of the city's terror attacks. Shortly afterward, French President Francois Hollande acknowledged the magnitude of both events. "France is receiving 150 heads of state," the President said. "Never have the stakes been so high because this is about the future of the planet, the future of life. And yet two weeks ago, here in Paris itself, a group of fanatics was sowing the seeds of death in the streets." Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from NZZ am Sonntag shows a presentation at the climate change conference. Some members of the audience are reading the latest news about ISIS and the terror attacks. A man says to the woman beside him, who is reading a newspaper, "It feels good to take your mind off things".
The man's remark is ironic because climate change represents a potentially greater threat than terrorism.
To take someone's mind off something means to make someone stop thinking and worrying about something. • Going back to work helped take my mind off my Ian's death. • Want a game? It might take your mind off things.
Behave yourself at work or you may find yourself looking for a new job. Learn more in this episode.
Slow dialog: 0:47
Fast dialog: 17:33
Tania: What time is your meeting with Ted?
James: It’s at 3:00. Why?
Tania: You don’t seem worried. If I were being accused of misconduct and up for disciplinary action, I’d be on edge.
James: It was a minor offense. I’m sure I’ll just get a slap on the wrist.
Tania: I heard about it and it didn’t sound that minor.
James: People blow things out of proportion. It’s not like I’ll be up for dismissal or anything.
Tania: I hope not, but you might get a written reprimand placed in your personnel file. That could affect your chances for a raise or promotion.
James: I don’t have much of a chance of getting either one, quite frankly, so why sweat it? I’ll deal with whatever punishment I get.
Tania: I’m glad that’s your attitude.
James: What I say is: Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse