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Catherine Catherine | 12:44 UK time, Friday, 11 March 2011

Hi Pravin (and everyone)

Thanks for your recommendation for my next visit to India. I'll certainly take it on board. I enjoy visiting old palaces, forts, temples and the like.

If I go to that area I will certainly swing by Goa. I'm curious to see it for myself, since I've heard mixed reports about it from friends who have been there. I heard that there is a 'hippy vibe' there, and depending on your tastes, you either love it or hate it... have you ever been to Goa, Pravin? What's your opinion?

On to the English lesson - I'm very impressed by your most excellent use of passives in this part of your blog:

...the great fort which was conquered by 'The Great Chattrapati Shivaji", previously those were ruled by Nijamshah.

I also like your use of 3 prepositional phrases to explain exactly where Murud Janjira fort is:

My favourite one is 'Murud Janjira' fort, located amidst the sea, not far from the beach (approximately 1 Km away from beach).

I particularly like your use of the preposition amidst, which has the same meaning as in the middle of. Murud Janjira fort sounds like a very unique place and well worth a visit!

Talking of prepositions, here are the answers to your prepositions homework:

a) We are all very interested (1) in finding out (2) about India.
b) English is often described (3) as an international language.
c) BBC Learning English is popular (4) with learners of English all over the world.
d) A lot of people are doing research (5) into the best way to learn English.
e) Adnan was introduced (6) to BBC Learning English (7) by his classmates.
f) Some people say that speaking good English requires a combination (8) of knowledge and confidence.

Well done to everyone who got mostly right answers! To answer a couple of your points Pravin, English speakers often use the phrase popular with. We don't say popular to. And yes, you can do research about something as well as into something.

And to answer a couple of questions and comments from our blogging community: Marco, try to think of elimination as a useful strategy in your English 'toolbox'. Essen, it's true to say that some of these phrases can be seen as examples of collocation.

Homework
And here is today's homework for you, Pravin and everyone. Have a look at this extract from Pravin's blog. There are a couple of teeny-weeny mistakes in it...

...do Visit, Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great fort which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

Can anyone help identify the mistakes and re-write it correctly?

Finally, I'd just like to say a quick hello to my mum (her name is Jenefer), who has joined our blogging community. Hello Mum!!

See you next time everyone,
Catherine

Useful vocabulary

take it on board - remember it and think about it when necessary
and the like - and similar things
swing by - visit when I am nearby
mixed reports - good opinions from some people and bad opinions from other people, about the same topic.
teeny-weeny - very small

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hello friends
    this time i am insisting to answer correctly , because my last homework has a bit mistakes . my answer is ;
    ...do visit Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great fort , which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"
    by the way today is my birthday ;)
    Enjoy your time friends .

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello

    Sorry bloggers, but I can't help mentioning the Japan tragedy tonight. It's so extremly sad.

    Anyway, my answer is
    "...do Visit, THE COAST of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the MOST BEAUTIFUL fortS which wERE conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

    ps. A question for Catherine's mum. Why do you study Italian ?

  • Comment number 3.

    Dear Teacher,

    Good day.

    Thanks for your comments. I will always take them on board.

    I have made three mistakes, which I believe I have learnt from them.

    I would like to work out this homework. Here is my answer,

    ---
    ..do visit the Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some great forts which were conquered by "The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"
    ---

    It is nice to see your mother here. I am sure she is going to add a value for this well respected blogging community. Hello Ma'am!!


    @Abdulla
    Thanks for welcoming me in the previous post. I am sure we will learn a lot of things.

    Take care everyone,
    Rafea

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello every body
    Catherine you are the best teacher for me ;grace you iam going to be addicted to this site .
    Here my answer
    do visit to coastal side of Maharashtra state,where you will find some of


    the geatest forts which were conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"
    Best wishes to you and your mother

  • Comment number 5.


    "...to visit the coastal lines/areas of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the most beautiful fortS which wERE conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello everybody. I am new to this site and I hope to catch up with better English.

    Peace,
    Thamaratan

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Catherine,

    let me try and answer the homework:

    "...do visit the Coast of the state of Maharashtra where you will find some of the great forts which were conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji""

    Nice to know that your mom has joined the blog.

    I hope we hear a lot from her too. She can be proud of her daughter's job. Your blog is great. You and Pravin make a nice team.

    Best wishes,

    Mauricio.

  • Comment number 8.

    do Visit, Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great fort which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

    do visit the coastal side of Maharashtra stare, where you will find some of the great forts wich were conquered by 'The great Chattrapati Shivaji'

  • Comment number 9.

    Hallo to everyone!

    After reading this wonderful blog several weeks before I took my courage and now I am writing my first comment. And in I go...

    Firstly - the homework:

    ...do Visit, Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great fort which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

    My version:

    ...do visit the coastalside of Maharashtra state where you will find some of the great forts which were conquered by "the Great Chattrapapti Shaviji"

    This sentence is not that different to the sentences above, I admit this frankly.

    @ Marcello: I am also touched by this tragedy, I assume, everyone would agree with your statement.

    Finally a warm welcome to Catherine´s mother. She will have a great time here.


    Best wishes

    Nina






  • Comment number 10.

    Hiya everyone,

    Nice to meet you all. Today is my first time to join this class, I would love to improve my English and writing.

    My answer is below

    do visit to the state of Maharashtra by the coastal side, where you will find some of the greatest forts which was conquered by 'The Great Chattrapati Shivaji'

    Thanks for checking my answer

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi every one
    This is Ismail from Bangladesh,who has been very curious to join you.From know on I will keep posting my comments to this side.here i am showing a bit courage to rewrite the sentence
    "Do visit the Coast of the state of Maharashtra where you will find some of the great forts which were conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji""
    Wish u good luck,I would like to send great sympathy to the victims of Japan's tsunami and earthquake

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi everyone.
    This is Amogh from India, and I'm a newbie. This is my very first comment and I'm so addicted to BBC.
    Hi Catherine. You are so great.
    I think the sentence should be like this:
    ...do Visit, Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great forts which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

  • Comment number 13.

    Hallo Catherine ,
    Leaving for a moment all the sad news from Japan I could say that after a week of silence I'm happy to be back on trying to practise with my poor english
    original
    ...do Visit, Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great fort which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"
    my version.
    ...do Visit, coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great forts which were conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"

    Thank You Catherine and hallo to Your mum Jenefer. I send her this message (trying to practise her with my language): Auguri Signora Jenefer per il suo esame di italiano; non credo che la mia lingua sia facile da apprendere. In bocca al lupo!

    Sincerely,
    Marco from Italy.

  • Comment number 14.

    Hello everybody.
    Here it's my try
    do visit the Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the greatest forts which were conquered by 'The Great Chattrapati Shivaji’

    Marcelo from Argentina.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Everyone and thank you for all the kind words of welcome.

    Like so many people everywhere I am thinking of the people of Japan at this time of terrible suffering.

    Marcello, I am learning Italian because vado pazzo per l'Italia ! Such a beautiful country.

    Marco, Thank you for your best wishes for my exam. 'In bocca al lupo'- what a great expression ! I shall remember it.

    Jenefer

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello to everybody,
    Jenefer "in bocca al lupo", if You translate with a dictionary, it isn't a good omen but it was created as wish to avoid a bad luck. Indeed we reply "crepi il lupo" wishing for the dead of the wolf (always a metaphor; actually nobody really hate wolfs, I hope).
    A little suggestion. When You have written "vado pazzo" it isn't correct but You should have to written "vado pazza" (female adjective).

    Marco

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi, Catherine and the rest of the people. I´m not sure if I could identify the mistakes but I¨ll write:...Do, visit the coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great forts conquered by "The Great Chattrapati Shivaji". Thanks and the best for you. Beatriz.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi everyone,

    I have recently joined this site,i think that it will be the most beneficial site for me as i am planning to take IELTS EXAM soon.
    I will share my answer tomorrow .

    Thank you very much

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Marya
    you are very welcome in this site , it benefits you for the Ielts , because it does for me . i decided to take it on February . where are you from Marya ?

  • Comment number 20.

  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Everyone.
    Today is a lovely sunny day and we have lambs playing in the field in front of our house, I think we have more sheep than people in Scotland.

    Marco
    Caro Insegnante, Grazie per il suo consiglio. Ho fatto uno sbaglio fondamentale. Un uomo va pazzo, una donna va pazza.
    Tanti Auguri,
    Jenefer
    PS I admire wolves, but how do people feel who have them in their country, I would be interested to know.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello everyone,

    In these days finally arrives a good weather also in Italy, but unfortunately we doesn't have free animals in the fields.
    Jenefer if I understood Your question about what I feel about the wolf I've to confess that I've seen a wolf only one time in the fields near my home. I'm so delighted every time I see wild animals and I've to confess that I hate hunters because I think that, in my country, humans damaged the nature in a deep way that It isn't necessary that some silly men in fall start to shoot to every animal (birds, hares,..)they see.
    About Your italian it's very good and I'm not a teacher I'm only an humble artisan.

    Bye, Marco.

 

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