1. 1 WHAT'S IN A NAME? PHRASES WITH NAME

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Which names are popular in your country at the moment for boys and girls?
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Ana, Inês, Mariana, Beatriz, Rita, Catarina, Maria, Sofia, Sara for girls and João, Pedro, Miguel, Ricardo, Gonçalo, Luís, Rui, Tiago, Afonso, Guilherme for boys.

If you were about to have a baby boy/girl, what names might you give him/her? Why?
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Now, I prefer the model "given name + mother's last name + father's last name". Only three names. No composite names. I would choose given names from their origin: Germanic, Latin, Greek. I don't like Hebrew names or names from the Bible.

Do you think your name is difficult to pronounce for foreigners? Why/why not? Is it an international name or is it mainly used in your country?
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The name "José" has enjoyed significant popularity in its many forms in numerous countries, and Joseph was one of the two names, along with Robert, to have remained in the top 10 boys' names list in the US from 1925 to 1972

Do you have any nicknames? How did you get them?
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Gibinho, because as a child I read "Gibi" for hours. Baltaar from Baltazar, because I didn't know how to pronounce command voices the German style.

I was named (?) my great-grandmother. She was also called Linda.
after/to
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I was named after my great-grandmother. She was also called Linda.

I'm from a famous family and it's not easy to live (?) to my name.
on/up
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I'm from a famous family and it's not easy to live up to my name.

I worked hard for twenty years and (?) a name for myself in film.
did/made
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I worked hard for twenty years and made a name for myself in film.

He used to be a (?) name but he's not famous anymore.
household/celebrity
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He used to be a household name but he's not famous anymore.
a person that is very well-known

I (?) my name forward for class president.
threw/put
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I put my name forward for class president.

Even though she was innocent, it took her years to (?) her name.
clear/clean
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Even though she was innocent, it took her years to clear her name.

She addressed all her employees (?) name.
by/for
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She addressed all her employees by name.

He was a king (?) name only. He had no power.
in/through
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He was a king in name only. He had no power.

My surname is Jones; my middle name is Wheatley; and my (?) name is Stephen.
given/main
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My surname is Jones; my middle name is Wheatley; and my given name is Stephen.

My (?) name is Smith but my married name is Edelstein.
maiden/born
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My maiden name is Smith but my married name is Edelstein.

Which of the collocations are on your passport/identity document?
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surname, middle name, given name, maiden name, married name

Which of the collocations might change in your lifetime?
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surname, married name

Which of the collocations are related to reputation?
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live up to my name, made a name for myself, clear her name

Which of the collocations means "using their names"?
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address (someone) by name

Which of the collocations means "volunteered"?
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put my name forward

Which of the collocations means "famous"?
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a household name

Which of the collocations means "it's only a title"?
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in name only

Which of the collocations is in honour of someone else?
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named after

first name and forename are synonyms of
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given name

similarly, last name is a synonym of
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surname

The main idea of the text is that...
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the names people are given by their parents are less traditional than in the past, but that names are still important for people's careers and their future.

According to the article, is it only celebrities who choose strange names for their children?
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No, it isn't. Normal people are also choosing strange names for their children.

What do the results of Mehrabian's research show?
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Some names carry positive associations and are linked with success, while others carry negative associations.

According to the study in paragraph 6, how might your name affect your chances of getting a job?
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Your name might help you to get call-backs from prospective employers.

In Satran's opinion, what influences the way people name their children?
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Celebrity culture and ethnic diversity are making people keen to make more individual choices about names.
wanting to do something very much SYN eager keen to do something US companies are keen to enter the Chinese market.

going in for
colloquial expressions. What do you think words/phrases mean?
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choosing

increasingly outlandish
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becoming stranger and more unusual

reach the top of the tree
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reach a position of power or a top position (e.g. professionally)

career-wise
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referring to your career

cut and dried. what are other words for cut and dried?
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cut and dried. what are other words for  in English
settled, decided with little debate. clear-cut, predetermined, settled, definite, precise, specific, explicit, fixed, prearranged, set

call-backs
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when a company calls potential employees for an interview after looking at their CV
(curriculum vitae) a list of your education and previous jobs, which you send to employers when you are looking for a job SYN résumé American English

for the likes of
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for people or things such as

He was innocent but it took him years to (?) his name.
live/clear/make
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He was innocent but it took him years to clear his name.

I was named (?) my grandfather.
before/after/of
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I was named after my grandfather.

My married name is Kovacs but my (?) name is Warsawski.
maiden/principle/single
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My married name is Kovacs but my maiden name is Warsawski.

Zara made a name for (?) as the best designer in the business.
self/her/herself
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Zara made a name for herself as the best designer in the business.

He's a good actor but not a (?) name like Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp.
house/household/family
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He's a good actor but not a household name like Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp.

His real name is Keanu but his (?) is Nunu.
nickname/friendly name/fun name
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His real name is Keanu but his nickname is Nunu.


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