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Rhod Gilbert - Stand Up Comedy
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Pre-Viewing Familiarize yourself with the following entries before watching a video about Rhod Gilbert, a famous stand- up comedian from Britain.
1. winging - to complain, especially about something that does not seem important
2. pome - an English man - the Australian slang (stands for “prisoner of mother England”)
3. get the hang of something - to learn how to do something, especially if it is not obvious or simple
4. freak somebody out - to shock or disorient someone. 
5. come across - to find something by chance
6. posh - expensive and of high quality;
7. hilarious - extremely funny and causing a lot of laughter
8. backpack - a large bag used to carry things on your back, used especially by people who go walking or climbing
9. sort out - to deal successfully with a problem, a situation, or a person who is having difficulties
10. baggage carrousel - a continuous moving strip on which passengers' bags are put for collection in an airport
Comprehension Watch the video and answer the questions.
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  1. Rhod Gilbert is very happy to be in Australia.
    1. True
    2. False
  2. Rhod Gilbert loves Australian humor.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. What did Rhod initially plan to bring with him to Australia? (you may select more than 1 option)
    Sleeping bag
    Sunglasses from France
    22 Kilograms of stuff

  4. Rhod Gilbert was laughing along with everybody else at the airport.
    1. True
    2. False
  5. But everybody else went home.
    1. True
    2. False
  6. Rhod decided to report the problem.
    1. True
    2. False
  7. Rhod Gilbert was sad to get the handle back.
    1. True
    2. False
  8. Rhod is staying in Australia for two months
    1. True
    2. False
  9. The girl at the help desk was very helpful.
    1. True
    2. False
Vocabulary Round-up Complete the following sentences using the words in the box. Use the correct grammatical form of the words.
  • winging
  • backpack
  • hilarious
  • pome
  • come across
  • freak (somebody) out
  • posh
  • baggage carrousel
  • sort out
  • get the hang of something
  1. I didn't mean to freak James out with the bad news.
  2. For short trips most young people just take a backpack rather than a suitcase.
  3. From the few remarks the writer made about her husband’s character, he came across as a violent man.
  4. She's always winging about something. She is hard to please.
  5. When we land we will pick our bags up at the baggage carrousel number 7 before going to the customs.
  6. I’ll teach you how to use the iPhone – it’s so intuitive, you’ll get the hang of it very quickly.
  7. He didn't like the film at all but I thought it was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing!
  8. We've sorted out the computer system's initial problems. The program runs smoothly now.
  9. Our tour guide in Sydney is a very kind and friendly pome. He had lived in London before moving to Australia.
  10. My boyfriend took me to a posh restaurant in Pacific Place for our anniversary.
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