Green Thumb - English Idioms


The idiom "green thumb" refers to the ability to grow plants well, for example: Whenever I buy a plant, it always dies shortly after. I really don't have a green thumb. Because my plants always die, I don't have the ability to grow plants well, hence, I don't have a green thumb.

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This unit covers the grammatical rules for using conditions and reported speech. There are different levels of conditionals (zero to third; also a category called mixed conditional). The unit also covers how tenses change when converting direct speech to reported speech. The grammatical rules for conditionals are new for me. I was happy to learn it.This unit was effective in showing how teaching should not be done (video 1) and motivated me as to how it should be done (video 2). It was interesting to see how the same group of students responded differently to the same teacher solely based on the teacher's method of teaching. A lively, friendly, happy teacher makes for an engaging, motivated class.