Learn English online with this simple course for pre-intermediate learners, which is based on the old cartoon ‘Around the world with Willy Fogg’. The course contains comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and discussion questions. I recommend that you read the exercises, watch an episode of the show, then complete the exercises and check your answers. Then retell the episode to whoever you practise English with, in order to activate the new vocabulary and grammar.

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Willy Fogg 1a The Wager
Willy Fogg 1bThe Wager
Willy Fogg 2a Bon Voyage
Willy Fogg 2b Bon Voyage
Willy Fogg 3a The Mysterious Mademoiselle
Willy Fogg 3b The Mysterious Mademoiselle
Willy Fogg 4a The Temple of Doom
Willy Fogg 4b The Temple of Doom
Willy Fogg 5a The Counterfeit
Willy Fogg 5b The Counterfeit
Willy Fogg 6a Bombay Adventure
Willy Fogg 6b Bombay Adventure
Willy Fogg 7a The End of the Line

Willy Fogg 1a The Wager

 

Characters

Willy Fogg (An English gentleman)
Rigodon (Frenchman who wants to be Willy Fogg’s butler)
Tico (Italian hamster)

Questions

1) Where does the story begin?
2) What day is it? And what is the date?  (1:43)
3) Who is the hero of the story?
4) What time does he wake up?
5) What does he drink for breakfast?
6) Who does Rigodon keep in his bag?
7) How should Rigodon make a good impression, according to Tico?
8) How late is Rigodon for his interview? (5:21)
9) Where did Rigodon work, before he met Mr Fogg? (5:57)
10) Why does Rigodon want a job with Mr Fogg? (6:53)
11) What one thing does Tico always think about? (9:37)
12) What does Rigodon have to do at 8:23? (10:59 – Look at the schedule)
13) How does Willy Fogg show that he is a Gentleman?

Vocabulary

Match the words and phrases on the left with the definitions on the right

fresh Not late
On time Recommendation or guidance
hungry When you make someone lose their job
advice A type of servant
To fire someone Newly made (food, drink, etc..)
precisely To show someone that you are a nice person
A butler When you want to eat
To make a good impression on someone exactly
A performer Timetable
schedule Someone who works in the circus or theatre

 

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Now use the words on the left in the following sentences

1) It’s ____ 8 o clock.
2) To make a ____ ____ you must seem self-confident and always be ____ ____.
3) At least in the circus we ate well. Now I’m ____ all the time.
4) I can’t hire a man to be my ____ when he doesn’t arrive on time
5) Mr Willy Fogg drinks ____ coffee, with milk.
6) Mr Fogg doesn’t have a butler because he ____ him, yesterday.
7) First I want to give you some ____ about how to make a good impression.
8) I see that you have worked as a ____ in the circus.
9) It’s the ____ of my duties for the day. See, at 8 o clock I must wake up Mr Fogg.

Grammar

PRESENT SIMPLE

to be
?                                                                  +                          —
Where is Rigodon from? (He is from….)  (He isn’t from…)
Where is Tico from?
Where is Willy Fogg from?
Where are you from?
Where are your parents from?

?     (DO/DOES)                                                         +                          — (DOESN’T)
What time does Willy Fog wake up?  (He wakes up at…) (He doesn’t wake up at…)
What language does Rigodon speak?
What language does Tico speak?
What languages do (don’t) you speak?
What time do you wake up?

Discussion

Make questions in present simple (Remember DO and DOES in questions). Then answer the questions

When / usually / have breakfast?
What / usually / have for breakfast in the morning?
What / usually / eat when you are hungry?
Often / arrive on time?
Want / work in the circus? Or as a fireman? Or as a butler?
Have a precise schedule?

Please revise your understanding of present simple and continuous with the following class:

 

Answers

1) It begins in London.
2) The day is Wednesday, and it is October 2nd, 1872.
3) The hero is Mr Willy Fogg.
4) The wakes up at 8 o clock (precisely.)
5) He drinks fresh coffee, with milk.
6) He keeps an Italian hamster, called Tico, in his bag.
7) To make a good impression he must seem very self-confident and always be on time.
8) He is 4 minutes late for the interview.
9) He worked in the circus as a performer, and he also worked in Paris as a fireman.
10) Because he has travelled from place to place all his life, but he is tired and would like to settle down (stay in the same place). He wants a quiet life with Mr Fogg.
11) Tico always thinks about food. He is hungry all the time.
12) He has to serve tea and toast.
13) He helps a young girl to get her hat back.

fresh Newly made (food, drink, etc..)
On time Not late
hungry When you want to eat
advice Recommendation or guidance
To fire someone When you make someone lose their job
precisely exactly
A butler A type of servant
To make a good impression on someone To show someone that you are a nice person
A performer Someone who works in the circus or theatre
schedule Timetable

1) It’s precisely 8 o clock.
2) To make a good impression you must seem self-confident and always be on time.
3) At least in the circus we ate well. Now I’m hungry all the time.
4) I can’t hire a man to be my butler when he doesn’t arrive on time.
5) Mr Willy Fogg drinks fresh coffee, with milk.
6) Mr Fogg doesn’t have a butler because he fired him, yesterday.
7) First I want to give you some advice about how to make a good impression.
8) I see that you have worked as a performer in the circus.
9) It’s the schedule of my duties for the day. See, at 8 o clock I must wake up Mr Fogg.

Willy Fogg 1b The Wager

 

Characters

Commissioner Rowan (Head of Scotland Yard)
Mr Sullivan (Head of the bank of England, member of the reform club and Willy Fogg’s rival)
Wesson (Owner of newspaper and member of reform club)
Farrel and Johnson (Other members of the reform club)
Lord Guinness (member of reform club and supporter of Willy Fogg)

Questions

1) What crime did Willy Fogg read about in the Times newspaper? (12:05)
2) Who did the bank teller (a sheep) identify as the bank robber?
3) Who is Mr Sullivan? (14:30-15:00)
4) How did the robbery happen? (14:23)
5) Where does Mr Sullivan suspect the culprit is hiding?
6) Why does Lord Guinness disagree?
7) How long does Willy Fogg think it will take to travel around the world?
8) What route does Mr Fogg suggest?
9) What bet did the members of the reform club make?
10) When does Mr Fogg plan on leaving?

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Vocabulary

bank robber To approach someone quietly (so they don’t notice you)
To be disguised as  Completely certain
A suspect (to suspect) A thief who steals from a bank
to work overtime A bad (immoral) man
To sneak up (on) The person who committed the crime (also known as perpetrator)
scoundrel Highly respected
Absolutely positive The person the police think is (perhaps) guilty
To (make a) bet To be dressed as someone else
To be fired To not fulfil a duty or obligation
honourable To risk money on the result of something
culprit To lose your job
to let s.o down To work more than the hours on your contract


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences

1) The ____ ____ escaped with 55 thousand pounds
2) So, the fellow ____ ____ from behind and suddenly hit you?
3) Find the ____ and bring him in for questioning immediately.
4) I’m ____ ____ that he is the man I saw.
5) It was the work of a shameless ____; a fiendishly clever criminal.
6) Our clients are the most respected and ____ people in London, as you no doubt are aware.
7) I have no doubt that the ____ is still in London, hiding somewhere.
8) If you two bungle (mess up) this assignment, you will both be ____.
9) I will ____ you 5000 pounds that you can’t travel around the world in 80 days.
10) The reputation of Scotland Yard is at stake (at risk) we won’t ____ you ____.
11) The robber was ____ as a gentleman.
12) He’s a member of my staff: quite industrious, and he works ____.

Grammar

PAST SIMPLE

to be
?                                                                                                          +                          —
Where was Mr Fogg in the first part of episode one? (He was at home)  (He wasn’t in the club)
Which club was Mr Fogg a member of?
What was the name of the owner of the bank which was robbed?
Where were you 2 hours ago?
Where was your brother/sister/father 2 hours ago?

?     (DID)                                                                                           +                          — (DIDN’T)
How much did the scoundrel steal from the bank?  (He stole £50000) (He didn’t steal anything else)
Who did the bank teller identify as the thief?
What bet did the members of the reform club make?
Where did Rigodon work, before he met Mr Fogg?
Where did Fogg meet Lord Guinness?

Please revise your knowledge of past simple irregular verbs with the following video:

And now practise speaking English in past simple by using the following illustrated English course:


Discussion

Make questions in past simple (Remember DID in questions). Then answer the questions

Where / go / on holiday last year?
What time / wake up this morning?
What / eat for breakfast?
Have a shower yesterday?

Think of a famous crime which you know about:
When did it happen?
What happened?
Who was/were the culprits?

Have you ever made a bet?
How much did you bet?
What exactly did you bet on?
Did you win the bet?

Answers

Questions

1) He read about a bank robbery in which 50 000 pounds was stolen
2) He was absolutely positive that Willy Fogg was the gentleman who robbed him.
3) He is the governor of the bank which was robbed, and also a member of the Reform club.
4) The robber was disguised as a gentleman. He then snuck up behind the bank teller, raised his cane, and struck him.
5) He suspects the culprit is still in London hiding somewhere.
6) Because methods of transport have improved dramatically, and so he suspects the culprit has already left the country.
7) He thinks that 80 days will be sufficient (enough) to travel around the world.
8) He suggests going to Paris, then the Suez canal, India, Hong Kong, Japan, San Francisco, New York, London.
9) They bet Mr Fogg 5000 pounds (each) that he can’t travel around the world in 80 days. The total is 20 000 pounds.
10) Tonight! 8:45 on a train from Charing Cross station

Vocabulary

bank robber A thief who steals from a bank
To be disguised as To be dressed as someone else
A suspect (to suspect) The person the police think is (perhaps) guilty
to work overtime To work more than the hours on your contract
To sneak up (on) To approach someone quietly (so they don’t notice you)
scoundrel A bad (immoral) man
Absolutely positive Completely certain
To (make a) bet To risk money on the result of something
To be fired To lose your job
honourable Highly respected
culprit The person who committed the crime (also known as perpetrator)
to let s.o down To not fulfil a duty or obligation

1) The bank robber escaped with 55 thousand pounds
2) So, the fellow snuck up from behind and suddenly hit you?
3) Find the suspect and bring him in for questioning immediately.
4) I’m absolutely positive that he is the man I saw.
5) It was the work of a shameless scoundrel; a fiendishly clever criminal.
6) Our clients are the most respected and honourable people in London, as you no doubt are aware.
7) I have no doubt that the culprit is still in London, hiding somewhere.
8) If you two bungle (mess up) this assignment, you will both be fired.
9) I will bet you 5000 pounds that you can’t travel around the world in 80 days.
10) The reputation of Scotland Yard is at stake (at risk) we won’t let you down.
11) The robber was disguised as a gentleman.
12) He’s a member of my staff: quite industrious, and he works overtime.

Willy Fogg 2a Bon Voyage

Characters

Ralph (Journalist who wrote the original story about how long it takes to go around the world)
Mr Wesson (Member of the reform club and owner of a newspaper)
Inspector Dix (Police inspector who believes that Willy Fogg is the robber)
Constable Bully (Police constable who assists Inspector Dix)
Commissioner Rowan (Head of Scotland Yard: Dix and Bully’s boss)

Questions

1) Who is Mr Wesson? (1:54)
2) Who is Ralph?
3) How long until the master (Willy Fogg) comes home? (4:18)
4) Why is Tico tired of hiding in the bag? (5:04)
5) What does Mr Fogg tell Rigodon, when he gets home?
6) When will they leave?
7) Who does Mr Sullivan meet? (8:15)
8) Why doesn’t Mr Sullivan want him to succeed?
9) How much money does he offer him for the job? (9:20)
10) Who does Inspector Dix see in the paper?
11) What do Dix and Bully tell commissioner Rowan?

Vocabulary

To wager An exciting experience
To humiliate A place of living
To prove (proof) A drawing or illustration
A sketch In love with oneself
A residence To achieve your aim
income To bet
To suggest To stop looking after s.o
An adventure To show something must be true with evidence
To abandon To propose or recommend
To slow down Money received monthly from work or investments
To succeed in To decrease speed
conceited To make s.o feel ashamed
A pretext To destroy or spoil
To ruin To follow
To trail An excuse, or false justification


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) He’s ____ £20 000 that he can go around the world in 80 days
2) Blimey! What a story, what a story! What an ____, how very exciting!
Is he following the route that I suggested?
3) You’ll see that my calculations were right, and Mr Fogg’s going to ____ it.
4) At Mr Fogg’s ____ Tico and Rigodon were preparing for their master’s return.
5) Go ahead! Leave me all alone. ____ me!
6) If Mr Fogg ____ in going round the world in 80 days, you’ll lose £5000. Am I right?
7) Fogg is the most ____ man I have ever known.
8) You and I are going to ____ him, we’re going to humble him before the eyes of the world and expose him for the worthless braggard that he really is.
9) I’ll take the job but please tell the driver to ____ ____!
10) If you compare this artist’s ____ with the newspaper photo, you’ll see that it’s the same man
11) He’s a rich bachelor with no apparent sources of ____ .
12) He’s using his trip around the world as a ____ for getting away with the money.
13) The reputation of Scotland Yard would be ____!
14) I want you to ____ Willy Fogg, and when you have proof of his guilt, then arrest him

Grammar

PRESENT PERFECT

HAVE/HAS + 3rd form

Signal words: YET, ALREADY, JUST, EVER, NEVER, FOR, SINCE, HOW LONG, BEFORE

 

 

Use present perfect in the following sentences:

This story will mean more readers than we ____ ever ____ before! (have)
I forgot. Mr Fogg ____ ____ you yet (meet)
Fogg is the most conceited man I ____ ever ____ (know)
____ you ____ about what will happen if you arrest this gentleman and he turns out to be not the bank robber? (think)

QUESTIONS

? + —
Have you ever been abroad? (Yes, I have been to Spain) (She hasn’t ever been to Greece)
Have you eaten breakfast today?
Have you had a shower yet?
Have you ever been humiliated?
Have you ever had an adventure?

Discussion

Make questions in present perfect (Remember HAVE/HAS in questions). Then answer the questions

How long / live / your current residence?
How long / work / in your current job?
How long / have / your car?
ever read / ‘Around the world in 80 days’?
ever meet / anyone famous?
ever make / a bet with friends?
ever have / trouble with the police?

Answers

Questions

1) He is one of the members of the reform club who has wagered (bet) £5000 with Mr Fogg. He is also the owner of a newspaper (The London Chronicle).
2) He is the journalist at the newspaper who wrote the original story about how long it would take to go around the world. He also suggested a route and Mr Fogg is taking that route.
3) They have 2 hours till the master comes home
4) It makes him feel like a pair of socks!
5) He tells him that they will be taking a trip around the world.
6) They’ll leave in 26 minutes (precisely!)
7) He meets a man called Transfer, and he offers him a job.
8) Because if he succeeds he’ll become a hero, and Mr Sullivan doesn’t want him to be a hero. He thinks he is extremely conceited. Also he will lose £5000.
9) He offers him the £5000 that he will win if Mr Fogg doesn’t get back in 80 days.
10) He sees Willy Fogg in an article about his trip around the world. He thinks he is the man who robbed the bank, because looks very similar to the description which the bank teller gave him in the previous episode.
11) They tell him that Willy Fogg is the thief, and that he’s using his trip around the world as a pretext for getting away with the money.
12) Inspector Dix wants to arrest him immediately, before he leaves the country. Commissioner Rowan refuses to let him

Vocabulary

To wager To bet
To humiliate To make s.o feel ashamed
To prove (proof) To show something must be true with evidence
A sketch A drawing or illustration
A residence A place of living
income Money received monthly from work or investments
To suggest To propose or recommend
An adventure An exciting experience
To abandon To stop looking after s.o
To slow down To decrease speed
To succeed in To achieve your aim
conceited In love with oneself
A pretext An excuse, or false justification
To ruin To destroy or spoil
To trail To follow

1) He’s wagered £20 000 that he can go around the world in 80 days
2) Blimey! What a story, what a story! What an adventure, how very exciting!
Is he following the route that I suggested?
3) You’ll see that my calculations were right, and Mr Fogg’s going to prove it.
4) At Mr Fogg’s residence Tico and Rigodon were preparing for their master’s return.
5) Go ahead! Leave me all alone. Abandon me!
6) If Mr Fogg succeeds in going round the world in 80 days, you’ll lose £5000. Am I right?
7) Fogg is the most conceited man I have ever known.
8) You and I are going to humiliate him, we’re going to humble him before the eyes of the world and expose him for the worthless braggard that he really is.
9) I’ll take the job but please tell the driver to slow down!
10) If you compare this artist’s sketch with the newspaper photo, you’ll see that it’s the same man
11) He’s a rich bachelor with no apparent sources of income.
12) He’s using his trip around the world as a pretext for getting away with the money.
13) The reputation of Scotland Yard would be ruined!
14) I want you to trail Willy Fogg, and when you have proof of his guilt, then arrest him.

Grammar

This story will mean more readers than we have ever had before! (have)
I forgot. Mr Fogg hasn’t met you yet (meet)
Fogg is the most conceited man I have ever known (know)
Have you thought about what will happen if you arrest this gentleman and he turns out to be not the bank robber? (think)

 

Willy Fogg 2b Bon Voyage

Questions

1) Who said that Willy Fogg probably wouldn’t turn up?
2) When did Mr Fogg arrive at the station? (14:40)
3) What has Rigadon forgotten to do? (16:18)
4) Where did the train arrive, after a brief excursion through the moonlit British countryside?
5) How did they get to Calais, in France?
6) Who felt sick on the journey?
7) Who did Fogg and Rigadon meet on the train?
8) Why is she also going to Brindisi?
9) What happened when the lady turned off the light?
10) Who is the young lady?


Vocabulary

To deduct A try (to do something difficult)
An error uncertainty
alone To remember
An attempt Pleasure in the achievements of your country
doubt To subtract (minus)
To waste A mistake
National pride To arrive
A rush To be certain to
To recall To use carelessly
To be bound to A hurry
To show up On your own / by yourself
handsome The place you are travelling to
destination Good looking (used for men)
Coincidence strange
odd When 2 events happen accidentally at the same time


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Mr Fogg’s ____ to go around the world in 80 days has created quite a stir!
2) It’s a matter of ____ ____, Lord Guinness. No-one has done it in 80 days before, and they’re hoping the first one to do it will be an Englishman
3) As I ____ it was already 7:15 when he left the club
4) If you ask me he isn’t planning to ____ ____ at all.
5) I, for one, am glad you’ve left so little room for ____
6) If you follow a similar pattern on your trip you’re ____ to lose the wager.
7) I, for one, have no ____ that I’ll see you all in 80 days.
8) We left in such a ____ there was one thing I overlooked
9) The lamp will burn the whole time we are gone and ____ all that gas.
10) I will simply ____ the expense from your wages.
11) You are as kind, as you are ____!
12) Sometimes it is difficult for a woman travelling ____.
13) I do not wish to be indiscreet but may I know your ____?
14) This is a wonderful ____ for I too am going to Brindisi
15) I’m just as mystified as you about the young ladies ____ behaviour

Grammar

PRESENT PERFECT

HAVE/HAS + 3rd form

Signal words: YET, ALREADY, JUST, EVER, NEVER, FOR, SINCE, HOW LONG, BEFORE, LOOK!

PAST SIMPLE

2nd form

Signal words: AGO, LAST WEEK, in 2013, at 3:30, WHEN, WHAT TIME

 

 

Use present perfect or past simple in the following sentences:

1) I ____ Fogg, Wesson. ____ he ____ yet? (not see, arrive)
2) At 8:44 Fogg ____ at the station. (arrive)
3) Look, you ____ exactly one minute before the scheduled departure time, and I am glad you ____ so little room for error. (arrive, leave)
4) As I recall, at 7:15 he ____ the club. (leave)
5) What is it that you ____ , Rigadon? (forget)
6) When we ____ the house we were in such a rush that there was one thing I ____. (leave, overlook)
7) She is going to visit her aunt whose health ____ weak since her husband died. (be)
8) The young lady ____ just ____the bag monsieur! (open)
9) The robber ____ 50 000 pounds from the bank of England, last week. (steal)
10) Nobody ____ ever ____ around the world in 80 days. (go)

Discussion – Lying Game

Ask a question in present perfect. Then ask for more details in past simple and try to understand if you’re partner is lying or telling the truth. Your partner can choose to either lie (100%) or tell the complete truth.

Have you ever (be) in an accident?
Have you ever (call) the police?
Have you ever (appear) on TV or in the newspaper?
Have you ever (go) to hospital?
Have you ever (win) a lot of money?
Have you ever (lose) a lot of money?
Have you ever (meet) someone famous?
Have you ever (speak) in public?

Answers

Questions

1) Mr Sullivan says that Willy Fogg probably won’t turn up.
2) He arrived exactly one minute before the scheduled departure time.
3) He has forgotten to turn off the lamp.
4) The train arrived in Dover.
5) They travelled on a small but sturdy vessel (ship).
6) Constable Bully felt sick.
7) They met a beautiful young girl who was also going to Brindisi, in Italy.
8) She is going to visit her aunt whose health has been weak since her husband died.
9) She tried to steal something from Rigadon’s bag.
10) She is actually Transfer, but disguised as a lady

Vocabulary

To deduct To subtract (minus)
An error A mistake
alone On your own / by yourself
An attempt A try (to do something difficult)
doubt uncertainty
To waste To use carelessly
National pride Pleasure in the achievements of your country
A rush A hurry
To recall To use carelessly
To be bound to To be certain to
To show up To arrive
handsome Good looking (used for men)
destination The place you are travelling to
coincidence When 2 events happen accidentally at the same time
odd strange

1) Mr Fogg’s attempt to go around the world in 80 days has created quite a stir!
2) It’s a matter of national pride, Lord Guinness. No-one has done it in 80 days before, and they’re hoping the first one to do it will be an Englishman
3) As I recall it was already 7:15 when he left the club
4) If you ask me he isn’t planning to show up at all.
5) I, for one, am glad you’ve left so little room for error
6) If you follow a similar pattern on your trip you’re bound to lose the wager.
7) I, for one, have no doubt that I’ll see you all in 80 days.
8) We left in such a rush there was one thing I overlooked
9) The lamp will burn the whole time we are gone and waste all that gas.
10) I will simply deduct the expense from your wages.
11) You are as kind, as you are handsome!
12) Sometimes it is difficult for a woman travelling alone.
13) I do not wish to be indiscreet but may I know your destination?
14) This is a wonderful coincidence for I too am going to Brindisi
15) I’m just as mystified as you about the young ladies odd behaviour

Grammar

1) I haven’t seen Fogg, Wesson. Hasn’t he arrived yet?
2) At 8:44 Fogg arrived at the station.
3) Look, you’ve arrived exactly one minute before the scheduled departure time, and I am glad you’ve left so little room for error.
4) As I recall, at 7:15 he left the club.
5) What is it that you have forgotten Rigadon?
6) When we left the house we were in such a rush that there was one thing I overlooked.
7) She is going to visit her aunt whose health has been weak since her husband died.
8) The young lady has just opened the bag monsieur!
9) The robber stole 50 000 pounds from the bank of England, last week.
10) Nobody has ever gone around the world in 80 days.

 

Willy Fogg 3a The Mysterious Mademoiselle

Questions

1) What is the date at the beginning of the episode?
2) Where has Fogg arrived?
3) Has Mr Fogg seen Paris?
4) What happens when they are walking to Lyon station?
5) What does Rigadon notice when he is riding in the coach?
6) Who helps Rigadon when he is fighting Mademoiselle? How does he help?
7) Have they come far out of their way?


Vocabulary

On schedule To promise
To swear walking
Against the law To take quickly
To grab Strange or mysterious
On foot On time
generous illegal
grateful At risk
At stake Kind and ready to give
peculiar Bottom up
direction Thankful
Upside down Way or route


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Mr Fogg has arrived in Paris ____ ____.
2) But what we are doing might be ____ the French ____, inspector.
3) The honour of Scotland Yard is ____ ____.
4) We’re enjoying your beautiful city ____ ____.
5) We are most deeply ____ to you, Mademoiselle.
6) Tell me Rigadon, are all Parisians this ____? People seem so kind.
7) This road takes us in the wrong ____.
8) That is possible but it does seem awfully ____(strange)
9) Rigadon! You’re hanging ____ ____!
10) Rigadon! Quick, ____ the reins.
11) I’ll get you if it’s the last thing I do. I ____, I’ll get you, Willy Fogg.

Grammar

PRESENT CONTINUOUS and PRESENT SIMPLE (STATE VERBS: e.g know, want, believe)

PRESENT SIMPLE: Every day, week, month (timetables). Always, often, sometimes, usually.

PRESENT CONTINUOUS: Now, at the moment. Also future plans

 

 

Use present continuous or present simple in the following sentences

1) Indeed, at this very moment Mr Fogg ____ in the beautiful and exciting city of Paris. (arrive)
2) That was not me speaking. Sometimes, my stomach ____ some very strange noises. (make)
3) Oh Mr Fogg. Now, you____ through the most beautiful city on Earth. (ride)
4) Hey! What ____ you ____? Put that bike down! (do)
5) Rigadon! You ____ upside down! (hang)
6) Thank you mademoiselle. Now, we ____ your beautiful city on foot. (enjoy)
7) At the moment Mr Fogg ____a precise timetable and he has no time to spare. (follow)
8) I ____ Paris very well, I was born and raised here! (know)
9) What _____? The horses must be out of control. (happen)
10) I have a feeling those scoundrels ____ somewhere in this forest. (hide)
11) The train from Lyon d____ at 8 o clock, sharp. (depart)

PRESENT SIMPLE OR CONTINUOUS QUIZ

Discussion

1) What are you doing, at the moment? What about other members of your family?
2) How often do you go on holiday? Which cities have you been to?
3) How often do you travel by train, or by ship? Where did you go?
4) How often do you travel on foot?
5) Have you ever travelled by horse?
6) Have you ever travelled in the wrong direction?

Answers

Questions

1) The date is October 3rd (the day after Willy Fogg’s departure).
2) Mr Fogg has arrived in Paris on schedule.
3) No, he has never seen Paris.
4) A young lady offers to take him and Rigadon to the station in her coach.
5) He notices that they are going in the wrong direction.
6) Tico (the hamster) helps Rigadon when he is fighting Mademoiselle. He bites Mademoiselle on the bottom.
7) Yes, they have travelled far in the wrong direction.

Vocabulary

 

On schedule On time
To swear To promise
Against the law illegal
To grab To take quickly
On foot walking
generous Kind and ready to give
grateful Thankful
At stake At risk
peculiar Strange or mysterious
direction Way or route
Upside down Bottom up

 

1) Mr Fogg has arrived in Paris on schedule.
2) But what we are doing might be against the French law, inspector.
3) The honour of Scotland Yard is at stake.
4) We’re enjoying your beautiful city on foot.
5) We are most deeply grateful to you, Mademoiselle.
6) Tell me Rigadon, are all Parisians this generous? People seem so kind.
7) This road takes us in the wrong direction.
8) That is possible but it does seem awfully peculiar (strange)
9) Rigadon! You’re hanging upside down!
10) Rigadon! Quick, grab the reins.
11) I’ll get you if it’s the last thing I do. I swear, I’ll get you, Willy Fogg.

Grammar

1) Indeed, at this very moment Mr Fogg is arriving in the beautiful and exciting city of Paris.
2) That was not me speaking. Sometimes, my stomach makes some very strange noises.
3) Oh Mr Fogg. You are now riding through the most beautiful city on Earth.
4) Hey! What are you doing? Put that bike down!
5) Rigadon! You’re hanging upside down!
6) Thank you mademoiselle. Now, we’re enjoying your beautiful city on foot.
7) At the moment Mr Fogg is following a precise timetable and he has no time to spare.
8) I know Paris very well, I was born and raised here!
9) What’s happening? The horses must be out of control.
10) I have a feeling those scoundrels are hiding somewhere in this forest.
11) The train from Lyon departs at 8 o clock, sharp.

 

Episode 3 – The Mysterious Mademoiselle Part 2

Questions

1) How much will Fogg be behind schedule if he misses his connection to Brindisi? (13:35)
2) What should they do if they need help from Tico? (15:18)
3) How long did it take to build the tunnel which goes under the Alps? (17:30)
4) What will happen if they don’t close the windows?
5) Which town bustling Italian town do they arrive in?
6) How long do they have before their ship sails for Egypt? (18:39)
7) What does Willy Fogg suggest having for lunch? (18:50)
8) Why does Fogg have a fight at the restaurant?
9) Where is their next destination? (21:40)


Vocabulary

To race To get to know s.o
To whistle To defend
destination Not on time
behind schedule Something done successfully with lots of skill / effort
To protect To travel fast
To make your acquaintance The place you are travelling to
To request To make a sound by blowing through your lips
permission To ask (formal)
To prove To formally make s.o (or oneself) known to another
To introduce The act of allowing s.o to do s.t (authorization)
achievements To show that something is true


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Mr Fogg and his companions ____through the streets of Paris towards Lyon station.
2) If they miss their connection to Brindisi they will be a full Day behind _____.
3) It’s an honour to make your ____.
4) If they need help from Tico, they should _____.
5) Now that you have been _____, don’t you think it is time to ask Mr Fogg for permission to accompany him on his trip?
6) This tunnel is one of the most extraordinary _____of modern man.
7) Continuing their journey to the southern coast, within a short time they reach their _____.
8) I would like to _____ that you stop disrupting my lunch and do as the young lady says.
9) Hey don’t worry! Tico will _____ you from anything.
10) We’ll follow him until we can _____ that he’s the thief.


Grammar

FIRST CONDITIONAL: IF + PRESENT SIMPLE / WILL or WON’T (or modal verb) + infinitive

Other words which can be used instead of ‘if’: WHEN, BEFORE, AFTER, AS SOON AS, UNLESS, IN CASE

 

 

Put the following sentences into first conditional

1) If they ____their connection to Brindisi they ____ a full Day behind schedule. (miss, be)
2) If they ____ help from Tico, they should ____. (need, whistle)
3) If you ____ to pay the young lady for her flowers, then we ____ this outside. (not want, discuss)
4) If we ____ there on schedule, we ____ take the next train. (get, have to)

Discussion

1) What will you do if it’s sunny at the weekend? What about if it’s rainy?
2) If you go on holiday next year, where will you go? How will you get there? How long will it take?
3) If you have more free time this week, how will you spend it?
4) If Will Fogg wins his bet, how do you think he will spend the money?

Answers

Questions

1) If they miss their connection to Brindisi they will be a full Day behind schedule.
2) If they need help from Tico, they should whistle.
3) It took over 13 years to build it and it’s the longest tunnel in the world.
4) Because they are going into the tunnel, and so the smoke will come into the train if they don’t close them.
5) They arrive in the bustling town of Brindisi.
6) They have precisely one hour and ten minutes before their ship sails for Egypt.
7) He suggests having spaghetti.
8) Some scoundrels take flowers from a young lady and rip them up. Fogg fights them, and wins, and then pays the lady for her flowers. He is a true English gentlemen!
9) Their next destination is the Suez canal.

Vocabulary

To race To travel fast
To whistle To make a sound by blowing through your lips
destination The place you are travelling to
behind schedule Not on time
To protect To defend
To make your acquaintance To get to know s.o
To request To ask (formal)
permission The act of allowing s.o to do s.t (authorization)
To prove To show that something is true
To introduce To formally make s.o (or oneself) known to another
achievements Something done successfully with lots of skill / effort


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Mr Fogg and his companions race through the streets of Paris towards Lyon station.
2) If they miss their connection to Brindisi they will be a full Day behind schedule.
3) It’s an honour to make your acquaintance.
4) If they need help from Tico, they should whistle.
5) Now that you have been introduced, don’t you think it is time to ask Mr Fogg for permission to accompany him on his trip?
6) This tunnel is one of the most extraordinary achievements of modern man.
7) Continuing their journey to the southern coast, within a short time they reach their destination.
8) I would like to request that you stop disrupting my lunch and do as the young lady says.
9) Hey don’t worry! Tico will protect you from anything.
10) We’ll follow him until we can prove that he’s the thief.

Grammar

1) If they miss their connection to Brindisi they will be a full Day behind schedule. (miss, be)
2) If they need help from Tico, they should whistle. (need, whistle)
3) If you don’t want to pay the young lady for her flowers, then we will discuss this outside. (want, discuss)
4) If we don’t get there on schedule, we will have to take the next train. (get, have to)

 

Willy Fogg 4a The Temple of Doom

Questions

1) Where does the episode start?
2) Which place have Fogg and his friends just arrived in?
3) What does Bully want before they go to the consulate? (4:45)
4) What sort of accident has happened, according to Tico? (5:25)
5) Who are the first to go to the British consulate, and what do they want? (6:10)
6) What happens in the consulate while Fogg and his friends are having their passports stamped?
7) Who was the temple built by? (11:15)

Vocabulary

spooky Intentionally destroy or obstruct
To catch a glimpse of Not real or authentic
Calm down To get a quick look
sabotage A document giving permission to arrest s.o
A duty Frightening and strange
An accident A responsibility to perform a task
fake Relax. Be patient
To lose your patience To move closer to the person in front
To catch up A crash, or an unfortunate event
Arrest warrant To lose your temper (or lose your head)


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) At this very moment Fogg and his friends have just caught their first ____ of the Suez canal.
2) ____ is most exhausting work.
3) Mr Fogg, there has been some kind of ____. The ship will not sail for several days.
4) Inspector Dix is rapidly losing his ____.
5) I understand the situation, but there’s nothing I can do unless the ____ ____ arrives.
6) It’s your ____ to cooperate in such matters: it’s not my fault that the warrant hasn’t arrived yet.
7) Please leave! I’m not interested in your ____ treasures.
8) Come on. I believe we’re catching ____. Soon we will reach his camel.
9) This temple scares me: it is so ____ here.
10) We mustn’t lose our heads. ____ ____!

Grammar

GERUNDS
a) after prepositions
b) after MIND, STOP, FINISH, START, LIKE, LOVE, HATE, SUGGEST, CONSIDER, RECOMMEND, get used to,
c) as subject of the sentence

TO + INFINITIVE
a) after adjectives
b) after most verbs
c) to express purpose

INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO
a) after modal verbs (should, would, will, could, can, may, might) also ‘had better’, ‘would rather’
b) after the object with the verbs ‘make, let, help’

 

 

Use gerund, infinitive or to + infinitive in the following sentences

1) I wonder if you would mind ____ something to me. (explain)
2) He must ____ hiding inside there. (be)
3) The blaggard we’re looking for has chosen a most interesting place ____, I must ____. (hide) (say)
4) ____the journey around the African continent has saved us 6000 miles. (avoid)
5) We mustn’t ____ our heads. (lose)
6) The ship will not ____ able to go out to sea for several days. (be)
7) In that case we had better ____ to the captain. (talk)
8) ____ in Suez for even one extra day will ____ us behind schedule. (stay) (put)
9) I have been sent ____ Willy Fogg. (arrest)
10) There’s nothing I can ____ unless the warrant arrives. (do)
11) We’ve come ____ our passports stamped, ____ a record of our Suez passage. (have) (have)
12) It would ____ a distinct honour, Mr Fogg. (be)

Discussion

Discuss the following questions, paying attention to your gerunds and infinitives

1) When will you stop studying English?
2) Is travelling by boat more fun than travelling by plane?
3) If you lose your patience what do you do to calm down?
4) Do you mind travelling long distances?
5) How long does it take to get to work?
6) Could you get used to working/studying abroad?
7) Are there any nice places to visit in your own town? What about temples? Are they spooky?

Answers

Questions

1) The episode starts in police commissioner Rowen’s office. Mr Sullivan is very angry because he has found out that the police suspect Mr Fogg of robbing his bank.
2) They have just caught their first glimpse of the Suez canal.
3) He wants a cup of coffee.
4) The anchor has disappeared. But it is not the only problem. According to the captain, there are other damages as well.
5) Inspector Dix and Constable Bully. They want an arrest warrant, so they can arrest Willy Fogg for the robbery at the bank of England.
6) A man enters with an antique vase and he pretends he wants to sell it. But he steals the passports while he is looking at the vase, and then runs away into the desert. It is actually Transfer in disguise, trying to sabotage Fogg’s trip.
7) The temple was built by the Romans. And later it was used by an ancient Egyptian religious sect.

Vocabulary

spooky Frightening and strange
To catch a glimpse of To get a quick look
Calm down Relax. Be patient
sabotage Intentionally destroy or obstruct
A duty A responsibility to perform a task
An accident A crash or unfortunate event
fake Not real or authentic
To lose your patience To lose your temper(or lose your head)
To catch up To move closer to the person in front
Arrest warrant A document giving permission to arrest s.o


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) At this very moment Fogg and his friends have just caught their first glimpse of the Suez canal.
2) Sabotage is most exhausting work.
3) Mr Fogg, there has been some kind of accident. The ship will not sail for several days.
4) Inspector Dix is rapidly losing his patience.
5) I understand the situation, but there’s nothing I can do unless the arrest warrant arrives.
6) It’s your duty to cooperate in such matters: it’s not my fault that the warrant hasn’t arrived yet.
7) Please leave! I’m not interested in your fake treasures.
8) Come on. I believe we’re catching up. Soon we will reach his camel.
9) This temple scares me: it is so spooky here.
10) We mustn’t lose our heads. Calm down!

Grammar

1) I wonder if you would mind explaining something to me.
2) He must be hiding inside there.
3) The blaggard we’re looking for has chosen a most interesting place to hide, I must say.
4) Avoiding the journey around the African continent has saved us 6000 miles.
5) We mustn’t lose our heads.
6) The ship will not be able to go out to sea for several days.
7) In that case we had better talk to the captain.
8) Staying in Suez for even one extra day will put us behind schedule.
9) I have been sent to arrest Willy Fogg.
10) There’s nothing I can do unless the warrant arrives.
11) We’ve come to have our passports stamped, to have a record of our Suez passage.
12) It would be a distinct honour, Mr Fogg.

Willy Fogg 4b The Temple of Doom

Questions

1) Who gets Mr Fogg’s passport back, and how?
2) Who do Fogg and his friends meet at the temple?
3) What has happened to Fogg’s camels? (15:50)
4) What can’t Tico do? (17:14)
5) What interesting things do the archaeologists show Fogg and his friends?
6) When do Fogg and his friends leave Frick and Frack?
7) Who helps Inspector Dix and Bully get on the boat?
8) What is their next destination? (22:50)

Vocabulary

A shadow Brothers/sisters born at the same time to the same parents
A coward To decline or reject
archaeologists The dark shape of anything in front of the light
twin To distinguish
To tell s.o apart Someone who is frightened, or not brave
To refuse Historians who dig and excavate ancient sites
extensive To excavate
To dig up large
sunset A hot area with very little rain, and lots of sand
The desert When the sun goes down
To insist politeness
A rope To (politely) demand
courtesy A line made of thick thread


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Arghh! Oh, it’s just my ____. I shouldn’t get frightened.
2) Go ahead and try to run away, little ____.
3) You two must be ____. Am I right?
4) I am professor Frick’s ____ brother.
5) We cannot ____ such a generous invitation!
6) I can’t ____ the twins apart. Which one is Frick and which one is Frack?
7) Your knowledge of archaeology is quite ____.
8) I hope you ____ ____ what you are looking for!
9) The 3 brave companions resumed their journey at ____.
10) The ____ is intensely hot during the day.
11) Oh please go first sir, I ____.
12) I shall take advantage of your generosity. You are a man of great ____.
13) Rigadon we’ll need a ____.
Grammar

GERUNDS
a) after prepositions
b) after MIND, STOP, FINISH, START, LIKE, LOVE, HATE, SUGGEST, RECOMMEND, CONSIDER, get used to,
c) as subject of the sentence

TO + INFINITIVE
a) after adjectives
b) after most verbs
c) to express purpose

INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO
a) after modal verbs (should, would, will, could, can, may, might) also ‘had better’, ‘would rather’
b) after the object with the verbs ‘make, let, help’

 

 

Use gerund, infinitive or to + infinitive in the following sentences

1) No-one has ever entered this temple and lived ____ the tale. (tell)
2) If you won’t ____ to me, I’ll come to you. (come)
3) Go ahead and try ____ away, little coward. (run)
4) Try ____ your friends. They can’t ____ you now. You are doomed. (call) (help)
5) We were digging in another part of the temple when we heard voices and we came ____ what is going on. (see)
6) You two must ____ archaeologists. Am I right? (be)
7) If you gentlemen would ____ kind enough ____ us. (be) (follow)
8) Would you consider ____ a glass of wine with my brother and me before you go? (share)
9) We cannot ____ such a generous invitation. (refuse)
10) You are welcome ____ this as a souvenir of your visit. (take)
11) They prefer ____ the intense desert heat of the daylight hours. (avoid)

GERUNDS AND INFINITIVES QUIZ

Discussion

Discuss the following questions, paying attention to your gerunds and infinitives

1) What kind of things are you frightened of?
2) Do you know any twins? Is it easy or difficult to tell them apart?
3) Have you ever been to a desert? Where did you go?
4) Have you ever seen any ancient ruins? Who were they built by?


Answers

Questions

1) Tico gets it back. 2 German archaeologists surprise Transfer when he is frightening Tico, and his disguise falls off. Then Tico bites Transfer, and he drops the passports.
2) They meet 2 German archaeologists.
3) At first Tico suggests that Transfer has stolen them, but the twin archaeologists explain that they took the liberty of asking their assistant to take their camels to their camp.
4) He can’t tell the twins apart. He doesn’t know which one is Frick and which one Frack.
5) They show them a golden scarab beetle, and Tico finds a sun clock.: golden ring which can tell the time precisely. The archaeologists offer it to Tico, as a gift.
6) The 3 brave companions resumed their journey at sunset, to avoid the intense desert heat.
7) They are heading for the city of Bombay, in India.

Vocabulary

A shadow The dark shape of anything in front of the light
A coward Someone who is frightened, or not brave
archaeologists Historians who dig and excavate ancient sites
twin Brothers/sisters born at the same time to the same parents
To tell s.o apart To distinguish
To refuse To decline or reject
extensive large
To dig up To excavate
sunset When the sun goes down
The desert A hot area with very little rain, and lots of sand
To insist To politely demand
A rope A line made of thick thread
courtesy politeness


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Arghh! Oh, it’s just my shadow. I shouldn’t get frightened.
2) Go ahead and try to run away, little coward.
3) You two must be archaeologists. Am I right?
4) I am professor Frick’s twin brother.
5) We cannot refuse such a generous invitation!
6) I can’t tell the twins apart. Which one is Frick and which one is Frack?
7) Your knowledge of archaeology is quite extensive.
8) I hope you dig up what you are looking for!
9) The 3 brave companions have resumed their journey at sunset.
10) The desert is intensely hot during the day.
11) Oh please go first sir, I insist.
12) I shall take advantage of your generosity. You are a man of great courtesy.
13) Rigadon we’ll need a rope.

Grammar

1) No-one has ever entered this temple and lived to tell the tale.
2) If you won’t come to me, I’ll come to you
3) Go ahead and try to run away, little coward.
4) Try to call your friends. They can’t help you now. You are doomed.
5) We were digging in another part of the temple when we heard voices and we came to see what is going on.
6) You two must be archaeologists. Am I right?
7) If you gentlemen would be kind enough to follow us.
8) Would you consider sharing a glass of wine with my brother and me before you go?
9) We cannot refuse such a generous invitation.
10) You are welcome to take this as a souvenir of your visit.
11) They prefer to avoid the intense desert heat of the daylight hours.

 

Willy Fogg 5a The Counterfeit

Questions

1) Where does the story begin?
2) Who wrote the article which named Mr Fogg as the top suspect in the London bank robbery?
3) Where is Willy Fogg now? (2:40)
4) Who does the Captain introduce, before the meal?
5) Who is sea sick?
6) Who do Tico and Rigadon recognise on the ship?
7) How does Mr Fogg persuade the Captain to use his coal and make the ship go faster?

Vocabulary

suspect A story in a newspaper
prestigious To have dinner (with)
companions A lot of food
An article To pause (and think indecisively)
To hesitate To feel sick
To dine Something with an excellent reputation
To introduce To go with s.o
accompany a person who the police think might be guilty of a crime
A feast Food which someone else hasn’t eaten
To be under the weather (idiom) friends
Leftovers To tell s.o the name of another person
At stake A duty or obligation
A responsibility At risk


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Mr Willy Fogg is currently the top ____ in the London bank robbery.
2) He’s enjoying himself at that ____ London establishment, the Reform Club.
3) No Ralph, I wrote the ____. My informant in none other than Mr Sullivan.
4) Willy Fogg and his ____ are presently on the ship ‘The Mongolian’.
5) It is a great honour for the captain to have invited us to ____ at his table.
6) Permit me to ____ Brigadier General Quorn.
7) If the taste compares with the smell this will be a ____ fit for a king.
8) He’s sitting at the Captain’s table eating like a prince, while we sit here eating ____.
9) If I can be of any assistance please do not ____ to ask.
10) We are ____ my Master on a trip around the world.
11) Captain, the honour of England is ____ ____ here!
12) And you, as a loyal, British subject, have a ____ and an obligation to cooperate with us.

Grammar

PAST SIMPLE V PAST CONTINUOUS

PAST SIMPLE = finished moments, which occur consecutively. STATE VERBS

PAST CONTINUOUS = unfinished moments. Actions we were ‘in the middle of’. DYNAMIC VERBS

 

 

Use past simple or past continuous in the following sentences

The story ____ (begin) in the offices of the Morning Chronicle. Ralph ____ in the middle of ____ (read) an article about Mr Fogg, and how he was the suspect in the London bank robbery. Ralph ____ (go) straight to the Reform club, and ____ (ask) Mr Wesson who ____ (write) the article. Mr Wesson ____ (play) billiards and so he was angry with Ralph. He told Ralph that Mr Sullivan ____ (give) him information about Mr Fogg, and that’s why he ____ (write) the article. At the same time, Fogg and his companions ____ (sail) across the Red Sea. They ____ (sit) at the Captain’s table, and they ____ (wait) for their dinner. The Captain ____ (come) in and _____ (introduce) them to the Brigadier. While they _____ (eat), Constable Bully and Inspector Dix _____ (leave) the room and _____ (go) outside because they were feeling very unwell. In the morning, Tico and Rigadon ____ (look) round the ship when they ____ (recognise) Inspector Dix and Constable Bully, and so they ____ (go) to say hello. Later, Mr Fogg ____ (ask) the Captain to use some coal and make the ship go faster. The Captain ____ (refuse) because it was against the rules. So Fogg ____ (offer) to pay for the coal, and to pay the Captain 5 pounds for every hour ahead of schedule.

PAST SIMPLE OR PAST CONTINUOUS QUIZ

Discussion

Discuss the following questions, paying attention to past simple and continuous

1) What were you doing at this time yesterday? What were the members of your family doing?
2) How were you feeling when you woke up today?
3) What was happening when you arrived home yesterday?
4) Have you ever had an accident? What were you doing when the accident happened?
5) What were you wearing yesterday?
6) What were you doing before the lesson started?
7) What were you doing at 9:00am today?


Answers

Questions

1) The adventure continues in the offices of the Morning Chronicle.
2) Mr Wesson wrote the article which named Mr Fogg as the top suspect in the London bank. robbery. Mr Sullivan was his informant. And Mr Sullivan.
3) He is presently crossing the Red Sea on the ship ‘Mongolian’.
4) He introduces the Brigadier to Mr Willy Fogg.
5) Constable Bully and Inspector Dix are feeling sea sick.
6) They recognise Constable Bully and Inspector Dix.
7) He offers to pay for the coal, and he offers the Captain £5 for every hour they arrive ahead of schedule.

Vocabulary

suspect a person who the police think might be guilty of a crime
prestigious Something with an excellent reputation
companions friends
An article A story in a newspaper
To hesitate To pause (and think indecisively)
To dine To have dinner with
To introduce To tell s.o the name of another person
accompany To go with s.o
A feast A lot of food
To be under the weather (idiom) To feel sick
Leftovers Food which someone else hasn’t eaten
At stake At risk
A responsibility A duty or obligation


1) Mr Willy Fogg is currently the top suspect in the London bank robbery.
2) He’s enjoying himself at that prestigious London establishment, the Reform Club.
3) No Ralph, I wrote the article. My informant in none other than Mr Sullivan.
4) Willy Fogg and his companions are presently on the ship ‘The Mongolian’.
5) It is a great honour for the captain to have invited us to dine at his table.
6) Permit me to introduce Brigadier General Quorn.
7) If the taste compares with the smell this will be a feast fit for a king.
8) He’s sitting at the Captain’s table eating like a prince, while we sit here eating leftovers.
9) If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to ask.
10) We are accompanying my Master on a trip around the world.
11) Captain, the honour of England is at stake here!
12) And you, as a loyal, British subject, have a responsibility and an obligation to cooperate with us.

Grammar

The story began in the offices of the Morning Chronicle. Ralph was in the middle of reading an article about Mr Fogg, and how he was the suspect in the London bank robbery. Ralph went straight to the Reform club, and asked Mr Wesson who wrote the article. Mr Wesson was playing billiards and so he was angry with Ralph. He told Ralph that Mr Sullivan gave him information about Mr Fogg, and that’s why he wrote the article. At the same time, Fogg and his companions were sailing across the Red Sea. Fogg and his companions were sitting at the Captain’s table, and they were waiting for their dinner. The captain came in and introduced them to the Brigadier. While they were eating, Constable Bully and Inspector Dix left the room and went outside because they were feeling very unwell. In the morning, Tico and Rigadon were looking round the ship when they recognised Inspector Dix and Constable Bully, and so they went and said hello. Later, Mr Fogg asked the Captain to use some coal and make the ship go faster. The Captain refused because it was against the rules.

 

Willy Fogg 5b The Counterfeit

Questions

1) Describe the game they play on deck.
2) What can’t Tico understand about the English?
3) What kind of disguise does Transfer use this time?
4) What does Transfer see when he peers through the keyhole?
5) Who is shocked when they see ‘Willy Fogg’ looking through the keyhole?
6) Why does Willy Fogg suggest postponing their game?
7) Why does the brigadier refuse?
8) What happens to the brigadier?
9) What happens to Transfer at the end?

Vocabulary

To come to light (idiom) A bet
To peer in The ability to wait
A wager Clothes or a mask to look like someone else
patience To carefully look in
A disguise To be revealed
A ghost To promise
To swear A spirit or phantom
To keep an eye on fantasies
imagination To watch s.o carefully
strategy To delay
To postpone Heavy rain and wind
A storm To release
To let go tactics
Thank goodness! To owe someone a favour
In your debt Thank god!


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) No doubt Transfer’s dark schemes will soon come to ____.
2) Perhaps a small ____ would interest you? Let’s say ten pennies a point.
3) Bully! I’m losing my ____ with you!
4) It’s an absolutely perfect ____. I look exactly like Willy Fogg.
5) Being certain that no-one is about, he ____ in through the keyhole.
6) I can’t believe my eyes! I ____ I saw Mr Fogg playing on the deck just a few minutes ago.
7) There are no such things as ____!
8) I’m attempting to keep my ____ on that criminal, Mr Willy Fogg!
9) Please compose yourself, Bully! You mustn’t let your _____ run wild.
10) These keys are no use at all. Now I’ll have to change my entire ____.
11) I suggest we ____ our game until the sea is calmer.
12) The sea is choppy and the wind is building up. I think a ____ is coming.
13) Use all your strength and don’t let ____ of the rope.
14) Oh brigadier! Thank ____ you are OK.
15) Mr Fogg, thank you. I am forever in your ____.

Grammar

GERUNDS
a) after prepositions
b) after MIND, STOP, FINISH, START, LIKE, LOVE, HATE, SUGGEST, RECOMMEND, CONSIDER, get used to,
c) as subject of the sentence

TO + INFINITIVE
a) after adjectives
b) after most verbs (including ‘would like’)
c) to express purpose

INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO
a) after modal verbs (should, would, will, could, can, may, might) also ‘had better’, ‘would rather’
b) after the object with the verbs ‘make, let, help’

Use gerund, infinitive or to + infinitive in the following sentences

1) I can’t ____ why the English people can’t ____ anything without ____ on it! (understand, do, bet)
2) ____ certain that no-one is about, he peers in through the keyhole. (be)
3) He must ____ a ghost! (be)
4) These are keys no use at all. Now I’ll ____ to change my entire strategy. (have)
5) We can’t ____ ____ until I’ve had a chance to get back my losses! (stop, play)
6) You’ve been extremely lucky so far, but you won’t ____ again, I promise. (escape)
7) He is considering another diabolical scheme ____ Willy Fogg and his friends from ____ their journey around the world in 80 days. (prevent, complete)

Discussion

Discuss the following questions, paying attention to the gerunds and infinitives

1) What can’t you understand about the English?
2) Would you like to stop watching this show, and try another?
3) Do you think you could get used to living in England? What would be difficult to get used to?
4) Do you like betting on different sports?
5) What strategies do you use to learn new words?
6) Are you in anyone’s debt at the moment? How did this happen?

Answers

Questions

1) They play a game where you must hit a disc with a stick, and try to get the disk to stop in different numbers.
2) He can’t understand why the English can’t do anything without betting on it
3) He dress up as Willy Fogg, and looks exactly the same as him.
4) He sees Willy Fogg’s satchel which has all his money.
5) Bully is shocked because he saw Mr Fogg playing on the deck just a few minutes ago.
6) Fogg suggests they postpone their game until the sea is calmer because a storm is coming.
7) He refuses because he has played in worse conditions, and he wants a chance to get back his losses.
8) Transfer cuts one of the ropes and it almost knocks the brigadier off the boat. Mr Fogg then rescues the brigadier with another rope from a hungry killer whale!
9) Transfer also gets knocked off the ship, and he is also attacked by the killer whale

Vocabulary

To come to light (idiom) To be revealed
To peer in To carefully look in
A wager A bet
patience The ability to wait
A disguise Clothes or a mask to look like someone else
A ghost A spirit or phantom
To swear To promise
To keep an eye on To watch s.o carefully
imagination fantasies
strategy tactics
To postpone To delay
A storm Heavy rain and wind
To let go To release
Thank goodness! Thank God
To be in your debt To owe you a favour


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) No doubt Transfer’s dark schemes will soon come to light.
2) Perhaps a small wager would interest you? Let’s say ten pennies a point.
3) Bully! I’m losing my patience with you!
4) It’s an absolutely perfect disguise. I look exactly like Willy Fogg.
5) Being certain that no-one is about, he peers in through the keyhole.
6) I can’t believe my eyes! I swear I saw Mr Fogg playing on the deck just a few minutes ago.
7) There are no such things as ghosts!
8) I’m attempting to keep my eye on that criminal, Mr Willy Fogg!
9) Please compose yourself, Bully! You mustn’t let your imagination run wild.
10) These keys are no use at all. Now I’ll have to change my entire strategy.
11) I suggest we postpone our game until the sea is calmer.
12) The sea is choppy and the wind is building up. I think a storm is coming.
13) Use all your strength and don’t let go of the rope.
14) Oh brigadier! Thank goodness you are OK.
15) Mr Fogg, thank you. I am forever in your debt.

Grammar

1) I can’t understand why the English people can’t do anything without betting on it!
2) Being certain that no-one is about, he peers in through the keyhole.
3) He must be a ghost!
4) These are keys no use at all. Now I’ll have to change my entire strategy.
5) We can’t stop playing until I’ve had a chance to get back my losses!
6) You’ve been extremely lucky so far, but you won’t escape again, I promise.
7) He is considering another diabolical scheme to prevent Will Fogg and his friends from completing their journey around the world in 80 days.

 

Willy Fogg 6a Bombay Adventure

Questions

1) Which harbour have Willy Fogg and his companions arrived in?
2) How long did it take to travel from Italy to India (according to Tico)? (2:55)
3) What does Tico want to find when they arrive in the harbour?
4) What will Willy Fogg do to pass the time?
5) Who is Transfer disguised as?
6) What does the Inspector want from the Indian police?
7) Why does Constable Bully think that the man who looks like Willy Fogg might not be Willy Fogg?
8) What form of entertainment do Tico and Rigadon watch in the market?
9) What does Tico dare Rigadon to do?

Vocabulary

The odds To be deserved
servants To help
To be justified A walk
Take a nap The chances (when you make a bet)
A stroll A person in the service of another
To assist Have a little sleep
A (arrest) warrant Proof that a crime has been committed
a tactic To suppose, assume
evidence Formal permission to arrest someone
To imagine 1 of 2 brothers/sisters born at the same time
A twin A strategy
A dozen To put s.o in a trance
To hypnotize 12

 


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) If you think he can go round the world in 80 days, I offer you the odds of 10 to 1.
2) Ralph’s faith in Willy Fogg is justified.
3) It’s been a great honour for me to assist you on your journey, Mr Fogg.
4) If everything is off the boat, we will have time for a stroll Rigadon.
5) Mr Fogg said they wouldn’t be going anywhere for 4 hours. Couldn’t we take a nap in the shade?
6) We are servants of her majesty’s government.
7) This time I’m going to beat you with the old tactic of divide and conquer.
8) The warrant for Fogg’s arrest should have arrived a few days ago.
9) It looks like we must find our own evidence against him.
10) I imagine that those two (Tico and Rigadon) will be most disappointed to part company with Mr Fogg.
11) I wonder if he is the same Willy Fogg, inspector. Or maybe he’s got a twin brother?
12) Why don’t you buy a dozen of those tomatoes?
13) Why don’t you try to hypnotize the snake?

Grammar

SECOND CONDITIONAL: IF + PAST SIMPLE / WOULD or WOULDN’T (or modal verb) + infinitive

Use second conditional to talk about unlikely situations in the present.

Other words which can be used instead of ‘if’: As long as, providing that, provided that, on condition that

Put the following sentences into second conditional

1) Mr Fogg would never rob a bank even if he ____ the money. (need)
2) It would be nice if you ____ some food from the market. (buy)
3) If I ____ hungry, I would say so (be)
4) If you weren’t scared you ____ ____ the snake. (hypnotize)

Discussion

1) Which countries would you go to if you were going on a trip round the world?
2) Would you rob a bank if you felt that your chances of success were good?
3) If you had enough time, would you take a nap in the day?
4) If you had enough money, would you employ servants in your house?
5) Would you allow yourself to be hypnotized if you were asked in a show?

Answers

Questions

1) They have arrived in Bombay harbour.
2) It took only 18 days to travel from Italy to India.
3) He wants to find some food. So, Mr Fogg sends Tico and Rigadon to the market, and they buy fruit and vegetables.
4) He will play cards for the next few hours.
5) He is disguised as Willy Fogg.
6) He wants a warrant so that he can arrest Willy Fogg.
7) Because this Willy Fogg isn’t carrying a cane (a walking stick)
8) They watched the snake charmer.
9) He dares him to hypnotize the snake.

Vocabulary

The odds The chances (when you make a bet)
servants A person in the service of another
To be justified To be deserved
Take a nap Have a little sleep
A stroll A walk
To assist To help
A (arrest) warrant Formal permission to arrest someone
a tactic A strategy
evidence Proof that a crime has been committed
To imagine To assume, suppose
A twin 1 of 2 brothers/sisters born at the same time
A dozen 12
To hypnotize To put s.o in a trance



Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) If you think he can go round the world in 80 days, I offer you the ____ of 10 to 1.
2) Ralph’s faith in Willy Fogg is ____.
3) It’s been a great honour for me to ____ you on your journey, Mr Fogg.
4) If everything is off the boat, we will have time for a ____, Rigadon.
5) Mr Fogg said they wouldn’t be going anywhere for 4 hours. Couldn’t we take a ____ in the shade?
6) We are ____ of her majesty’s government.
7) This time I’m going to beat you with the old ____of divide and conquer.
8) The ____ for Fogg’s arrest should have arrived a few days ago.
9) It looks like we must find our own ____against him.
10) I ____ that those two (Tico and Rigadon) will be most disappointed to part company with Mr Fogg.
11) I wonder if he is the same Willy Fogg, inspector. Or maybe he’s got a ____ brother?
12) Why don’t you buy a ____ of those tomatoes?
13) Why don’t you try to ____ the snake?
Grammar

1) Mr Fogg would never rob a bank even if he needed the money.
2) It would be nice if you bought some food from the market.
3) If I were hungry, I would say so
4) If you weren’t scared you would hypnotize the snake.

 

Willy Fogg 6b Bombay Adventure

Questions

1) What did Willy Fogg (Transfer in disguise) tell Tico and Rigadon? (12:10)
2) What did Transfer do in the marketplace, while Bully and Dix were watching him?
3) How did Dix and Bully react to this?.
4) Which ship did Tico and Rigadon see at the top of the mountain?
5) What was the gate of the monastery covered in? (15:25)
6) Why did Tico and Rigadon go in the monastery?
7) What did they find in the monastery?
8) What happened to them next?
9) How much did Fogg steal in total, according to Inspector Dix? (18:25)
10) How did Fogg escape from the police?
11) What did Inspector Dix and Bully notice when they examined the window?
12) Why was Fogg surprised when he met Tico and Rigadon at the station?
13) What did Tico lose in Bombay?

Vocabulary

A view excellence
evidence The beautiful parts of a city
perfection A beautiful sight or scene
To catch s.o red handed Precisely!
The sites Proof that a crime has been committed
On the dot A place where monks live
monastery To catch s.o in the middle of committing a crime
delicious Eager to know something
curious Very tasty
To confess Something is strange or unusual
heinous To admit
Something is fishy here (idiom) Awful or terrible
An impersonator The person responsible for a crime
The culprit Someone who pretends to be another man

 


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) I seem to remember being told that the _____ from that mountaintop is quite remarkable.
2) Little does Transfer realize that the _____of his disguise will cause him a great deal of trouble.
3) Now we have _____ of his thievery, we can finally arrest him.
4) We caught him red _____, Inspector!
5) It’s 3 o clock, on the _____.
6) Hey, Rigadon, why don’t we look at the _____some more?
7) I’m _____ what the monks’ ceremony looks like.
8) That’s the most _____ fruit I have ever seen.
9) If you allow me to question the suspect, he will soon confess to his _____ crime.
10) Now, _____! You stole this, didn’t you!
11) Even if Fogg is a criminal, he has always been a gentleman. Something is _____ here, Inspector.
12) It’s becoming clear to me that this man wasn’t Willy Fogg at all, but an _____.
13) While we are standing here, the real _____ is already on the train

Grammar

FIRST CONDITIONAL: IF + PRESENT SIMPLE / WILL or WON’T (or modal verb) + infinitive

Use first conditional to talk about likely situations in the present.

SECOND CONDITIONAL: IF + PAST SIMPLE / WOULD or WOULDN’T (or modal verb) + infinitive

Use second conditional to talk about unlikely situations in the present.

Other words which can be used instead of ‘if’: As long as, providing that, provided that, on condition that

Put the following sentences into first AND second conditional

1) If the view is so remarkable, we should _____ and see it. (go)
2) If we _____Willy Fogg, we might find some evidence against him. (watch)
3) If I went around the world, I _____ to China (travel)
4) If you _____ me to question the suspect, he will soon confess to his heinous crime. (allow)
5) If someone _____ in disguise, then they are trying to stop me from going around the world. (be)

Discussion

1) What would you go and see if you went to India?
2) What will you do this weekend if the weather is sunny?
3) If you caught someone red handed in a shop, would you do anything?
4) If you were hiding from the police, what kind of disguise would you wear?
5) I you have some more free time next week, how will you spend it?

Answers

Questions

1) He told them that their departure has been delayed by 5 hours. He also told them that the view from the mountaintop was quite remarkable, and they should go and see it.
2) He stole some fruit from one of the stalls.
3) They went and arrested Transfer.
4) They saw the Mongolia (their own ship).
5) It was covered in gold.
6) There were curious and wanted to see the monks ceremony.
7) They found lots of delicious food.
8) They were attacked by the monks.
9) He stole a total of 55 000 pounds.
10) He attacked them and then jumped out of the window.
11) They noticed that part of a disguise had fallen off Transfer. The tail of ‘Willy Fogg’. They understood that this man was an impersonator.
12) Because they told him about their conversation with Transfer (disguised as Fogg). So now Willy Fogg understands someone is impersonating him, and trying to sabotage his trip.
13) He lost his hat.

Vocabulary

A view A beautiful sight or scene
evidence Proof that a crime has been committed
perfection Excellence
To catch s.o red handed To catch s.o in the middle of committing a crime
The sites The beautiful parts of the city
On the dot Precisely!
monastery A place where monks live
delicious Very tasty
curious Eager to know something
To confess To admit
heinous Awful or terrible
Something is fishy here (idiom) Something is strange or unusual
An impersonator Someone who pretends to be another man
The culprit The person responsible for a crime

1) I seem to remember being told that the view from that mountaintop is quite remarkable.
2) Little does Transfer realize that the perfection of his disguise will cause him a great deal of trouble.
3) Now we have evidence of his thievery, we can finally arrest him.
4) We caught him red handed, Inspector!
5) It’s 3 o clock, on the dot.
6) Hey, Rigadon, why don’t we look at the sites some more?
7) I’m curious what the monks’ ceremony looks like.
8) That’s the most delicious fruit I have ever seen.
9) If you allow me to question the suspect, he will soon confess to his heinous crime.
10) Now, confess! You stole this, didn’t you!
11) Even if Fogg is acriminal, he has always been a gentleman. Something is fishy here, Inspector.
12) It’s becoming clear to me that this man wasn’t Willy Fogg at all, but an impersonator.
13) While we are standing here, the real culprit is already on the train.

Grammar

1) If the view is so remarkable, we should go and see it
2) If we watch Willy Fogg, we might find some evidence against him.
3) If I went around the world, I would travel to China
4) If you allow me to question the suspect, he will soon confess to his heinous crime.
5) If someone is in disguise, then they are trying toi stop me from going around the world.

 

Willy Fogg 7a The End of the Line

Questions

1) Where is Willy Fogg’s present destination? When do they plan to arrive?
2) Who is Rigadon missing in Paris?
3) What item of clothing brought Rigadon good luck?
4) What do the elephants remind Tico of?
5) What do they decide to do when the train stops the first time?
6) Why doesn’t Rigadon want to buy a hat?
7) Why does the train stop the second time?
8) What form of transport do they find?


Collocations

Match the words to make expressions from the show

His heart behind
To stretch Of the line
To lose track Their legs
To set Of time
To leave s.o Down
To break a trap
To be stranded in the jungle
The end is going to break


Now use the words on the left in the following sentences:

1) Rigadon is missing his girlfriend and he feels like his heart is going to ____
2) Now Willy Fogg and his companions have a chance to ____ their legs and enjoy the sights and sounds of the busy market.
3) With all this travelling it’s easy to lose ____ of time.
4) You won’t escape the ____ I have set for you this time, Willy Fogg!
5) Wait for me! Don’t leave me b____. I’ve got a ticket!
6) The train has stopped. We couldn’t have got there already. Maybe we have broken ____.
7) This is the end of the ____. You must now get off the train.

Grammar

GERUNDS
a) after prepositions
b) after MIND, STOP, FINISH, START, LIKE, LOVE, HATE, SUGGEST, RECOMMEND, CONSIDER, get used to,
c) as subject of the sentence

TO + INFINITIVE
a) after adjectives
b) after most verbs (including ‘would like’)
c) to express purpose

INFINITIVE WITHOUT TO
a) after modal verbs (should, would, will, could, can, may, might) also ‘had better’, ‘would rather’
b) after the object with the verbs ‘make, let, help’

Use gerund, infinitive or to + infinitive in the following sentences

1) Stop ____ fun of me! (make)
2) Let’s ____ into the market and find something ____ (go, eat)
3) When I throw you in jail, you’ll get nothing ____ at all! (eat)
4) When I lost my hat, I promised myself never ____ a new one. (wear)
5) I don’t believe that we are scheduled ____ tonight, are we? (to stop)
6) Would you mind ____ as to the reason for the delay? (enquire)
7) This is going ____ everything! (ruin)
8) Could you please ____ to me why the railway ends here. (explain)
9) We will never be able ____ it to Calcutta on time, Mr Fogg. (make)
10) It’s advisable for you ____ by the train, while we try ____what we’re looking for. (stay, find)

Discussion

1) Do you tend to lose track of time on long journeys?
2) How often do you stop to stretch your legs?
3) Have you ever left someone behind on a journey? Or have you been stranded somewhere?
4) How does Transfer usually set a trap for Fogg?
5) Would you mind riding on an elephant? Or would it scare you?

Answers

Questions

1) He’s going to Calcutta; they plan to arrive there in less than two days time.
2) He is missing his girlfriend.
3) His hat which he has lost.
4) They remind him of his days in the circus.
5) They decide to buy some food at the market.
6) When he lost his hat he promised himself never to wear a new one.
7) It is the end of the train track. Fogg and his companions thought the train went direct to Calcutta, but actually it stops in the middle, and they must provide their own transportation. So, they are stranded in the jungle.
8) They find an elephant.

Vocabulary

His heart is going to break
To stretch their legs
To lose track of time
To set a trap
To leave s.o behind
To break down
To be stranded in the jungle
The end of the line

1) Rigadon is missing his girlfriend and he feels like his heart is going to break
2) Now Willy Fogg and his companions have a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the sights and sounds of the busy market.
3) With all this travelling it’s easy to lose track of time.
4) You won’t escape the trap I have set for you this time, Willy Fogg!
5) Wait for me! Don’t leave me behind. I’ve got a ticket!
6) The train has stopped. We couldn’t have got there already. Maybe we have broken down.
7) This is the end of the line. You must now get off the train.

Grammar

1) Stop making fun of me!
2) Let’s go into the market and find something to eat
3) When I throw you in jail, you’ll get nothing to eat at all!
4) When I lost my hat, I promised myself never to wear a new one.
5) I don’t believe that we are scheduled to stop tonight, are we?
6) Would you mind enquiring as to the reason for the delay?
7) This is going to ruin everything!
8) Could you please explain to me why the railway ends here.
9) We will never be able to make it to Calcutta on time, Mr Fogg.
10) It’s advisable for you to stay by the train, while we try to find what we’re looking for.

 

 

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