The importance of spelling (and a taste of summer)
Thank you Karolina for your final blog of the month. It's a shame that you haven't had the time to write more, as I think we have all enjoyed reading your posts and finding out about life in Poland.
In England, we've had a taste of summer this week, with temperatures soaring. It's amazing how a change in the weather can affect people's personalities. Suddenly everyone seems happy and carefree, people may take a picnic to the park or perhaps head down to the beach for a spot of sunbathing. All of the shops are filled with picnic blankets and disposable barbecue sets and everyone seems to be in the party mood. If you're outdoors in the hot weather, it's a rare treat in England as it's so changeable - you never know how long the sunshine is going to last.
However, if you're glued to the desk it's not so much fun, especially when you know that other people are enjoying the sunshine outside. Offices with lots of windows can feel like giant greenhouses, and if you're stuck on the busy underground in hot weather, the heat can be stifling and very unpleasant.
When the weather is hot, I like to stroll down by the river on my way home. It's a great way to unwind and breathe in the summer air. It's important to grab opportunities like this when they come along, as it is more than likely to rain again by the end of the week! Fingers crossed the good weather will last a little longer so we can all make the most of it.
Let's take a look at Karolina's final blog, all about... well, according to Karolina, her cousin's 'weeding'.
When I first read the title of your blog, 'Weeding day' (which I later corrected), I was a little surprised. At first I thought you were writing about a day working in the garden. Why?
Well, a small mistake in spelling can vastly change the meaning of a word. You wrote about your cousin's weeding. If you are weeding the garden, it means that you are getting rid of all of the unwanted flowers and plants - the weeds.
Your father is in the garden doing the weeding.
What you meant to write about was your cousin's wedding. This is where two people get married to each other - quite a different event! So always check your spelling.
There are a few other things which you can do to improve your writing, so let me point some out to you.
Some of the prepositions that you have used in your sentences aren't quite right. For example, you write:
Last weekend I spend on my cousin's wedding.
If you are going somewhere, we talk about spending time 'at' something. So you should have written:
Last weekend I spent [time] at my cousin's wedding.
If you bought expensive presents, you could say:
Last weekend I spent money on my cousin for her wedding.
Changing the preposition from 'at' to 'on' also changes the meaning of the verb 'to spend'. You also write:
We play in many games.
You don't need a preposition here: the correct way to write this is simply,
We play many games.
There are quite a few occasions in this current blog where your subject and verb do not agree. What is the correct form of the verb that should go in these gaps?
The bride ________ her flowers (to throw)
The girl ___________ the flowers (to catch)
Every girl ______ to sit on her chair (to have)
Again, try to make sure that you have the correct form of the verb - it will all help to make your writing a lot more fluent.
Finally, you mention 'oczepiny', but you don't tell us what it is - keep in mind that your readers may not understand traditions from your own country, so sometimes you may need to explain more about what they are.
Well done and thank you for all of your blogs and remember to keep writing and speaking as much English as you can: practice makes perfect!
Here are the homework answers from last week - congratulations to everyone who got them all right!
1. Flooding has devastated this small fishing village.
2. It's pouring with rain outside. My barbeque will be ruined!
3. My boyfriend wants to split up with me: I'm devastated.
4. Around the corner is a ruined Roman fort.
5. If the share price keeps falling, the company will be financially ruined and the boss will be devastated.
Thank you to all of you for your comments and participation this month. I'll be handing over to another teacher blogger for next month, so watch this space to find out who is going to be leading you on your English journey next time!
soaring - rising
carefree - without worries
head down to - go to
a spot of - a bit of
disposable - something which can be thrown away
a rare treat - something nice which doesn't happen often
glued to the desk - stuck at work
greenhouses - glass buildings for growing plants
stifling - very hot and difficult to breathe
stroll - walk
unwind - relax
more than likely - probably
fingers crossed - hopefully
weeds - unwanted garden plants
watch this space - keep checking here