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Picture It: Improvise


When all else fails, improvise!

A childhood pal of mine gave herself the Mommy of the Year Award after leaving pumpkin shopping to the last minute. She drove all over the city and could not find any pumpkins for her little ones to carve. This friend is a very busy woman and always makes time for everyone in life, including her clients, her husband, her children and her friends. This juggling act takes a lot of talent and I am always amazed by her energy. When she sarcastically gave herself this award on Halloween day I had to laugh. I was sure she would come up with something interesting. She did not disappoint.

These watermelon pumpkins were a hit. They were the talk of the town. “Carving watermelons is so much more ‘me’ ,” she said after the pumpkin fiasco. When all else fails, improvise! I bet you will never forget this word after seeing this picture and hearing this story.

Use the comments to write a definition of the word “improvise”. Include an example sentence from your own true life.

Do you have a picture that will help others remember a word? Pairing a word with a visual image is a good way to keep it in your brain. Each time you learn a new word, try to find a picture that defines it. Upload your picture to the MyEC Photo Gallery! Use the tag “Picture It” and we may use it in ESL Magazine. Be sure to include your story in the description.

A Halloween Story (traditional pumpkin carving)

Photo by Tracey Tremblay

Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub | November 2010
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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