Take 5 with Kim

Take 5 with Kim, an English teaching article, from the English teacher webpage www.kimgriffithsenglish.com free English lessons online from an experienced, native and qualified Tefl teacher


  1. Take 5
  2. Pronunciation – famous.
  3. A ted talk on Joy with full transcript and vocabulary notes.
  4. Idiom – as cool as a cucumber.
  5. Recommended reading – French words used in English, from Next Step English.

And the answers to the Blue Skies gap fill from the last article.


What does ‘take five’ mean?

It is actually very simple – Take five literally means take five minutes break or rest.

It is also a great piece of music by Dave Brubeck which listening to it is like taking a break!  Click here to listen to it on YouTube. It won’t help your English but it might make you feel happy and like dancing a bit this morning!

Take five, the Dave Brubeck quartet.



Pronunciation – famous

English pronunciation of Famous. Are you saying it correctly? From the free English teaching as a second language webpage KimGriffithsEnglish.com - full of interesting and useful English

Are you saying this word correctly? I used to think it was an easy word fo learners but have found many students who get confused and mispronounce it. Watch my YouTube video to check if you are saying right and to practice repeating after me some phrases with famous in them.

Click here to watch my video on YouTube!



Looking for joy, a Tedtalk with full vocabulary notes on the transcript to learn from.


Tedtalks, Ingrid Fetell Lee Where joy hides and how to find it. With the tape script and vocabulary notes by KimGriffithsEnglish.com. On the free English ESL WEBPAGE full of useful and interesting English

This is an interesting and enjoyable talk. Ingrid talks very clearly. I have gone through the transcript and put vocabulary notes on things which I think are more difficult. On Tedtalks there are always subtitles available if you want.

  • Try watching without any help first and decide if the things she says and shows in the pictures bring you joy (a moment of happiness) too!
  • Second time watching you can read the transcript with my vocabulary notes and pictures.


If you are reading this not on the original web page I recommend you Click here and see the activity and video on the same screen in my original article.This activity is easier to do (listen at the same time as reading my modified transcript) on my web page.


Click here to go to the talk on tedtalks web page.


Here are my adapted transcripts. It looks a long but the talk is quite short.

Vocabulary notes and transcript for the Tedtalk Where joy hides and how to find it. On the free English teacher webpage KimGriffithsEnglish English. It’s a fantastic talk by Ingrid Fettel Lee.6ABC471A-362F-4251-970E-E67339778E6CDBBFE748-A1E7-4BFA-A4D0-9BE1D6FC542501068A28-3FAF-4962-BB02-765E2A9DDBB99609FB50-1193-4590-943F-4888EE818F4B3BB2207C-F731-4FCF-98F0-9A9C4AA45325

Do ice creams with sprinkles, fireworks and confetti make you happy and joyful?



Idiom – As cool as a cucumber 🥒 

Have you ever heard this idiom? Do you know what it means? Have a look at the picture and definition. Do you know anyone who is as cool as a cucumber? 

Idiom, as cool as a cucumber, definition and example. From the English teaching webpage KimGriffithsEnglish.com, the place to find interesting English classes and information for free.



Recommended Reading from Next-step English!

It is all about words that we use in English which are French. There are great definitions too!

8 French loanwords in English, a fantastic article from Next Step English

Click here to visit the Next Step English article


I also recommend you have a look at her twitter account which has lots of information and quizzes. Click on the image or Here to go visit on twitter!

Next Step English Twitter Account



The answer 🔑 key to the Blue Skies gap fill activity from the last article

How did you do?

If you missed the activity and want to try it click here!

Blue skies song, lyrics, the key to last week’s blog listening activity, on the teaching blog, Kim Griffiths English


No quiz this week!

Have a great weekend and a lovely week!





About Kim Griffiths

Hello, I'm Kim. I'm a qualified English ESL teacher with a CELTA A qualification and I have over 25 years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers. I love teaching! I also write about English, sing jazz, paint and make things.

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