What are lexical chunks ?

What are lexical chunks ?

Lexical Chunks

A Lexical Chunk is a unit of language which is made up of two or more words.

Here are a few examples of lexical chunks :

Good morning.
Nice to see you!
What’s the time?

Other lexical chunks can include phrasal verbs‏‎, idioms, collocation‏‎s and so on.

Lexical chunks are the common coinage of English. They’re the bread and butter, the everyday and the mundane. They’re the reliable standards around which we can hang poetic and emotive language.

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Lexical Chunks #2

Lexical Chunks #2

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Would you take them for a walk?

Would you take them for a walk?

[1000 Londoners]

 Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • They are quite friendly
  • I rock up (arrive somewhere) to work one morning on my bike
  • My husband had a fit (be very shocked)
  • As a wedding anniversary present
  • A wedding dress fitting
  • They are in a state with their mother
  • It just lowers the temperature a bit
  • It’s a bit of an unorthodox thing to own in West London
  • A pig farm
  • They know that I’m the boss
  • Cracky don’t be such a pig
  • I have a walking license
  • Come on lads
  • Stop being stroppy
  • When you take on livestock, your home becomes a farm
  • A pig looks you straight in the eye
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Would you travel in the rolling home ?

Would you travel in the rolling home ?

 [Calum Creasery]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A small budget
  • A dream home
  • 8000 Miles across Europe
  • We have made films
  • We have documented all our travels
  • A compilation of photos
  • Support our kickstarter

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Teaching Lexical Chunks

Teaching Lexical Chunks

 “A Lexical Chunk is a unit of language which is made up of two or more words.

Here are a few examples of lexical chunks :

Good morning.
Nice to see you!
What’s the time?

Other lexical chunks can include phrasal verbs‏‎, idioms, collocation‏‎s and so on.

Lexical chunks are the common coinage of English. They’re the bread and butter, the everyday and the mundane. They’re the reliable standards around which we can hang poetic and emotive language.

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What are Language Chunks?

What are Language Chunks?

Language chunks are definitely one of the main ingredients of successful transition to the advanced levels of English. They’re what sets apart one language from the other, what makes each language distinct and unique. Noticing language chunks is a skill that needs to be well-developed by the intermediate level of English. If a student is unable to recognize common phrases and word combinations, s/he’ll stay at his/her current level and will never make it to the advanced stages.
 
The following are commonly referred to as language chunks :
Collocations are phrases that consist of words that recurrently co-occur together (derived from Latin locare ‘to locate’ and cum ‘together; introduced in 30s by John R. Frith).
 
dual citizenship but double occupancy
above zero but over 10 years (experience)
shipwreck but car accident
cut
hair but trim hedge
other terminology: 
‘prefabricated chunks’, ‘phraseological units’, ‘multi-word combinations’
 
Idioms are expressions which meaning cannot be understood from the meanings of its component parts (derived from Latin ‘idioma’ – special property).

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The art of making pasta

The art of making pasta

  [repast supply company]

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Have you got hearts in your eyes?

Have you got hearts in your eyes?

  

[Popsugar Girls’ Guide]
What do you wanna be?

What do you wanna be?

  [Lenka VEVO]

“Everything At Once”

As sly as a fox, as strong as an ox
As fast as a hare, as brave as a bear
As free as a bird, as neat as a word
As quiet as a mouse, as big as a house

All I wanna be, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is everything

As mean as a wolf, as sharp as a tooth
As deep as a bite, as dark as the night
As sweet as a song, as right as a wrong
As long as a road, as ugly as a toad

As pretty as a picture hanging from a fixture
Strong like a family, strong as I wanna be
Bright as day, as light as play
As hard as nails, as grand as a whale

All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is everything
Everything at once
Everything at once, oh
Everything at once

As warm as the sun, as silly as fun
As cool as a tree, as scary as the sea
As hot as fire, cold as ice
Sweet as sugar and everything nice

As old as time, as straight as a line
As royal as a queen, as buzzed as a bee
As stealth as a tiger, smooth as a glider
Pure as a melody, pure as I wanna be

All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is everything
Everything at once

[AZ Lyrics]
Fold, Roll or Bundle

Fold, Roll or Bundle

  [Heathrow Airport]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Expert advice
  • Cabin crew
  • Fly 24/7
  • You know a thing or two
  • How best to get it all in
  • To make the job easier
  • Eliminate about a third
  • The truth is like your wardrobe you never use as much as you take
  • Stuff underwear or socks inside
  • Fill awkward gaps with very soft items
  • Bulkier items
  • Minimize creasing and maximize space
  • One by one fold the garments back in
  • Throw a bag from the dry cleaner on top of your packing
  • Next up non clothing items, such as toiletries, books and cameras
  • Double back your toiletries
  • Stain free clothes and gunk free cameras
  • Rather than stuffing the inside pockets of your case with all the bits your forgot to pack