1. LISTENING & SPEAKING.
a. Do the ‘Names’ quiz with a partner.
a. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Meaning: What matters is what something is, not what it is called. From Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare must have written this play between 1591 and 1596.
b. ‘Kate’ is short for ‘Katherine’; ‘Bill’ is short for ‘William’; ‘Chris’ isshort for ‘Christopher and Christine’; ‘Bob’ is short for ‘Robert’; ‘Liz’ is short for ‘Elizabeth’.
c. In Britain, parents often name their children after famous people or TV/film characters. Who do you think inspired these recently popular names?
1. Harry: Prince Henry (Charles Albert David) of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and thelate Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. Harry Potter, the famous novel written by the Brithis writer J. K. Rowling (Joanne “Jo” Rowling).
2. Phoebe: Phoebe Buffay, a main character in the sitdown (comedia de enredo) “Friends”, portrayed (interpretado, retratado) by Lisa Kudrow.
3. Bradley: Bradley Cooper is a n American actor (The Hangover-Resacón en las Vegas, TheA-Team...)
4. Victoria: Victoria Caroline Adams or Victoria Beckham is an English singer who became famous as a member of the musical group “The Spice Girls”. She is married to English footballer David Beckham. She was dubbed Posh (elegante) Spice, a nickname first coined by the British pop music magazine “Top of the Pops” in the July 1996 issue.
d. What is...?
1. Nickname: (apodo) an informalname for someone or something, especially a name which you are called by your friends, usually based on your proper name or your character.
2. Pseudonym: (pen-name) a name which a person, such as a writer uses instead of his real name, especially on this work.
3. A maiden name: a woman’s maiden name is the family name she has before she gets married.
4. A stage name: the name by which an actor orperformer is publicly known and which is different from their real names.
e. Which four of these names are real names?
1. Yves Saint Laurent: Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint Laurent is a French fashion designer.
2. Freddie Mercury: Farrokh Bulsara was his real name. He was a British musician, the lead singer of the rock band Queen.
3. Sean Connery: Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottishactor who portrayed the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films.
4. Brad Pitt: William Bradley “Brad” Pitt is an American actor. Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston fot five years and currently lives with actress Angelina Jolie. (Films: seven, Fight Club, Ocean’s Eleven...)
5. Meg Ryan: Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra is an American film actress. (Films: When Harry met Sally, Cityof Angels, French kiss, You’ve got mail...)
6. : Winona Ryder: Winona Laura Horowitz is an American actress. (Films: The age of Innocence, Little women, Edward Scissorhands...)
7. Claudia Schiffer: Claudia Schiffer is a German model, one of the world’s most successful models.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress who became famous with her performance in “Shakespearein Love” (1998), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Films: The talented Mr. Ripley, Proff -la verdad oculta-, Iron Man, A perfect murder, Seven...)
The highest grossing movie: la película más taquillera, de más recaudación.
b. What do you think are the three most common names for boys and girls in your country? Does anyone in the class have these names?
Boys: José,Francisco, Manuel, Antonio, Juan, Alfonso, David...
Girls: María, María del Carmen, Josefa, Isabel, María Dolores, María del Pilar, Ana María, Antonia...
c. Listen to four people talking about their first names. Write brief notes in the chart.
d. Ask your partner the questions.
b. Match these names to the phonetics.