Archives for December 2011

Happy New Year!

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Chrystel Chrystel | 11:54 UK time, Friday, 30 December 2011

Hello everybody,
I am very pleased to read all your comments from so many differents countries. It was a real pleasure. Thank you at all of you and thank you at BBC learning english.

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End of year blog

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Rob Rob | 14:50 UK time, Thursday, 29 December 2011

Greetings to you all!

I hope you all had a merry Christmas. I have enjoyed some time with the family, opening presents, eating to excess (overeating) and watching TV. I got a new camera for Christmas so hopefully I will be able to some post some new photos on the BBC Learning English website soon.

One of the Christmas traditions we experienced was a pantomime. It was the story of Mother Goose. I say story but actually the show was 10% story, the rest of it was singing, dancing and fooling around! It was all good fun.

Thanks for your all good wishes on the blog and I am pleased that Seva thinks I make a great Father Christmas (or Santa Claus).

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Christmas greetings!

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Chrystel Chrystel | 10:09 UK time, Friday, 23 December 2011

Hello everybody,
No snow on Paris this year ! only rain rain and rain again! ! But this bad weather do not prevent people to run run run to buy there gifts ! ! It is a little bit disgusting. Too much food, too much gifts !

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Happy Christmas!

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Rob Rob | 17:00 UK time, Thursday, 22 December 2011

Hello again everyone!

Thanks for your comments and for trying out the homework. The answers are below.

I've got to do some last minute Christmas shopping soon so I won't be writing much. But I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas wherever you are in the World.

Chrystel has been telling us about her preparations in Paris but maybe you would like to blog and tell me about Christmas where you are. You may not be celebrating in which case you will have time to do my extra homework!

I will speak to you again after the holidays.

Seasonal greetings from Rob.

Who is this mystery man?

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Festivals of Light

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Emily Emily | 15:31 UK time, Thursday, 22 December 2011

Hello again.

In my previous blogs I have written about preparations for Christmas in the UK.

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Prepositions and Paris!

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Rob Rob | 12:56 UK time, Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Hello again.

Thanks for your latest blog Chrystel. It's obvious you love your home city of Paris. I enjoyed seeing your photos and it's made me think that I must visit the city again next year.

Thanks to everyone else for your comments and particularly Maria, who is new to the blog. Many of you sound busy getting ready for Christmas. Chystel's preparations all well underway. Much of her blog involved describing food and drink such as turkey and champagne. I will certainly be tucking in to lots of food at Christmas, especially the turkey. I am also a fan of sweet things so I'll be eating extra helpings of Christmas pudding and stollen cake.

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Christmas parties

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Chrystel Chrystel | 10:18 UK time, Monday, 19 December 2011

Hello everybody,
I am happy that some of you wish to come in Paris after reading my blog and seeing my photos.

Few comments about christmas :
On Wednesday, my children had the christmas party at my company. They began at 8.30 am, made drawings to decorate my office.

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Past participle

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Rob Rob | 12:45 UK time, Thursday, 15 December 2011

Hello again Chrystel,

Welcome back to Paris and to the blog!

Thanks for everyone's comments. I'm glad to hear my last homework was useful. A special hello to new student Rooshne - welcome to our community.

Chrystel - I enjoyed seeing your photographs of Paris and particularly the ones of the window displays. It's a shame you think they appeal to the adults and not the children but I think they'll get pleasure out of seeing them anyway. Do your children share your love of rock'n'roll?

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Chrystel Chrystel | 16:30 UK time, Monday, 12 December 2011

Hello everybody,
Thank you for your nice comments about my blog. It is the first time I write for a blog and I discover the pleasure of a nice community.

For whom who wish to come in Paris, there are some photos outside of « cliché » :

The Louvre

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Homework answers

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Rob Rob | 12:02 UK time, Friday, 9 December 2011

Hello again!

While we wait for Chrystel to return from her trip and blog again, I thought I would give you the answers to the homework I set.

Before I do, I would like to thank you all for your comments and warm wishes.
Pary - thanks for remembering my daughter in the snow. She is well and is now at school but so far this year, we haven't had any snow to enjoy!

So to the answers. I don't think this was too difficult because most of you were correct!

a) This weekend we are visiting Cabourg to see the old castle.
b) When I was at school I liked the teacher who taught me English.
c) I love to go to the cinema with Paul.

Some of you said:
a) This weekend we are visiting Cabourg to see an old castle.
This is technically correct but saying 'the' stresses it is the castle that is unique to Cabourg. An, implies it could be one of many old castles.

b) When I was at school I liked a teacher who taught me English.
Again, this could be correct but using 'the' specifies it was the one teacher who taught English. Saying 'a' implies it was one of a group of teachers who taught English.

There's more about using definite articles and indefinite articles in this webpage.

So good work everyone. There'll be more homework next week.

Bye for now, Rob.

The countdown continues...

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Emily Emily | 11:37 UK time, Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Thanks for all the lovely replies to last week's blog.

A couple of people mentioned Advent calendars, so I'll start with that.

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Hello from Rob

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Rob Rob | 09:47 UK time, Monday, 5 December 2011

Hi everyone,

My name's Rob and I'm the new teacher blogger this month.

First of all, a special 'bonjour' to our student blogger Chrystel. Thanks for your interesting blog about Christmas in Paris. It sounds wonderful but I think your city is beautiful any time of the year.

Here in London, the Christmas decorations are also up and people are out and about doing the Christmas shopping.

I live outside London in a small village and our local church is full of Christmas trees (fir trees) decorated with lights, as you can see in this photo.

Lights of Love

The Lights of Love festival

Even if you are not celebrating the religous aspect of Christmas the lights brighten up the dark winter nights. It's also a special time of the year especially for children - and just like you Chrystel, I have two of them (but not twins). They have written their letters to Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and next weekend they will be visiting him at our local shopping centre!

Let me tell you a bit about myself. Many years ago I was a school teacher but since then have spent many years making radio programmes, particularly for children. I also love to travel and have visited many parts of the World. Here's a photo I took on my travels in France near the city of Briançon.

An Alpine mountain scene

Anyway, this is my first time writing the Teacher Blog and I look forward to talking with you this month and hopefully helping you with your English.

Enjoy your trip to Cabourg. Bon voyage!

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Christmas in Paris

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Chrystel Chrystel | 09:30 UK time, Monday, 5 December 2011

Hello everybody,
Please to meet you even it is by internet. I live in Paris, the City light.
Since few days, everywhere, Christmas gets ready. Paris wishes welcome to Christmas.
Even I do not believe in God, I like this time of the year. Indeed, since I have two beautiful twin sons, I see magic in there eyes.

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