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Unit eleven: The mind


glossary link


  • Do you believe that it is possible for someone to 'see' events in the past or future?

  • Can you think of any examples of people with supernatural mental abilities?

...when we receive information about a person or an event which does not come to us through our five senses

Thought the scientific community remains unconvinced that ESP actually exists

American astronaut Edgar Mitchell conducted an experiment to find out whether telepathy works, especially across great distances

Clairvoyance occurs when a person demonstrates the ability to 'see' people, places and events in the past or future.

This person has no prior knowledge of these people

Cayce told the man that he´d been a soldier and a railroad worker in a previous life

Precognition is similar to clairvoyance and is defined as the ability to see events in the future

Nostradamus made a number of accurate predictions during his lifetime

Michael Crichton … described a 'spoon-bending party' that he had once attended

He added that he had also witnessed eight-year-old children bending large metal bars, and that had no explanation for what he´d seen

… we can´t deny the fact that the human mind is capable of great things, and it´s fully potential has yet to be explored

Maybe someone was playing a trick on you

Vocabulary & Grammar

a penny for your thoughts used to ask someone what they are thinking about.

food for thought something that warrants serious consideration. his study certainly provides food for thought.

COLLOCATIONS (adjectives + nouns)

Common sense

Mental power

Burning desire

Vivid imagination

Lasting impression

Stimulating environment

Wide range

Burning desire




    1. use an appropriate greeting (formal)


    1. Use set phrases to state what you are applying for

    2. Say where you saw the relevant notice/advertisement


    1. Mention your age

    2. Describe any relevant qualifications/qualities/experience

    3. Give information about your present situation/work experienced

    4. State any relevant interests or hobbies


    1. Explain why you think your application should be taken into consideration

    2. Ask for any additional information you require

    3. If relevant, mention that you enclose a CV/reference


    1. Use a formal signature ending. Sign underneath and print your full name below your signature



Dead-end job


Job security


Follow in your parents´footsteps

During high school

Fields of study

Job opportunities

Academic subjects

Practical skills

General education


Sports facilities

Doing an internship

Good marks

Kills to be requiring

What the situation is like


accurate |ˈakjʊrət|


1 (especially of information, measurements, or predictions) correct in all details; exact: accurate information about the illness is essential | an accurate assessment.

prior 1 |ˈprʌɪə|

adjective [ attrib. ]

existing or coming before in time, order, or importance: he has a prior engagement this evening.


verb |kənˈdʌkt| [ with obj. ]

1 organize and carry out: in the second trial he conducted his own defence | surveys conducted among students.

unconvinced |ʌnkənˈvɪnst|


not certain that something is true or can be relied on or trusted: Parisians remain unconvinced that the project will be approved.

déjà vu |deɪʒɑː ˈvuː, French deʒa vy|

noun [ mass noun ]

a feeling of having already experienced the present situation. a feeling of déjà vu. to list the opponents of his policies is to invite boredom and a sense of déjà vu.

interpretation |ɪntəːprɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n|

noun [ mass noun ]

the action of explaining the meaning of something: the interpretation of data.

hyphen |ˈhʌɪf(ə)n|


the sign (-) used to join words to indicate that they have a combined meaning or that they are linked in the grammar of a sentence (as in a pick-me-up, rock-forming minerals), to indicate the division of a word at the end of a line, or to indicate a missing element (as in short- and long-term).

colon1 |ˈkəʊlən|


a punctuation mark (:) used to precede a list of items, a quotation, or an expansion or explanation.

semicolon |ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən, -ˈkəʊlɒn|


a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

bracket |ˈbrakɪt|


1 each of a pair of marks ( ) [ ] { } 〈 〉 used to enclose words or figures so as to separate them from the context: symbols are given in brackets.

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