Hello, Goodbye Bush House
Today is a special day in the life of BBC Learning English: we're moving out of our office. On Monday we'll be working in a new office in West London. For me it means the commute to work will be much longer: it might feel like travelling across the universe every day. Everyone is a little sad to leave Bush House but... all things must pass!
Can you tell we're packing?
Luis, thanks for your blog about Paul McCartney's concert in the Zocalo of Mexico City. In events like these English and Mexican culture really come together. Your blog describes it vividly - it seems you remember it as if it were yesterday.
Here are some corrections from me to you, to help you along the long and winding road of learning English:
1) You wrote about ... The biggest song writer live on live
Here I think what you meant was: The biggest song writer alive performing live
The word 'alive' means 'to exist' whereas a 'live' performance means it is broadcast without being recorded first: My favourite band performed live from a yellow submarine!
2) You write about the importance of Mother's Day in Mexico: People use to celebrate with mothers
Do you mean: People usually celebrate with their mothers.
If you write 'people used to celebrate' it means that in the past people regularly celebrated. The verb 'used to' indicates something in the past: Hey Jude! Do you remember when you used to listen to English music to improve your listening skills?
So when you want to convey how often something is done, use a frequency adverb: always, often, sometimes, never, etc.
3) Luis, I like the way you write both about the concert and the political context of Mexico, but you did make a mistake that made me laugh a little: ...in this time when near 50% of its population live on puberty
I think you meant 'poverty' here: Many people live in poverty even though they work eight days a week. Puberty has a rather different meaning: the period in life when a child changes into an adult!
If there's anything that doesn't make sense, just ask me why.
Did you notice anything strange about the way I wrote the blog today? Hidden in what I wrote are the titles of a few Beatles songs. Don't let me down; find as many as possible and write them in the comments below!