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Finn Finn | 19:35 UK time, Friday, 11 November 2011

Hello everybody,

How are you?

Thank you very much for your responses telling me about how you unwind.

Deepak - I like your idea of staying silent for one hour in the morning and the evening. It sounds like a simple and effective way to distress. Coincidentally, today is what we call Remembrance Day in the UK. We hold a two-minute silence in order to commemorate the people who died in the First World War.

Vito - I think your idea of just lying on the grass to forget about your troubles.

Bomsan - You are very lucky to have the mountains and sea on your doorstep. And shopping is a very popular way to unwind - we call it 'retail therapy'.

Beatriz, Guido + Leonid199rus - Swimming and physical exercise are great ways to recharge your batteries!

Max - It's great you enjoy learning English so much. Does anyone else study to unwind?

Others - thank you for sharing your comments!

LANGUAGE

The other piece of homework I set was to capitalise a paragraph in the appropriate places. The correct answer is:

"Hello. My name is Finn and I'm a producer with BBC Learning English. This Sunday I am going to a pub in south London called The Orchard to have a roast chicken lunch with my mother. I can't wait!"

Hello - capital letter as it is the first (and only word in the sentence)

My name is Finn - capital letter as it is a person's name. Specific people, places and organisations are known as 'proper nouns' and are capitlaised.

and I'm a producer with - the pronoun 'I' is always capitalised

BBC Learning English - BBC is an acronym, Learning English is the name of a specific organisation.

This Sunday I am going to a pub in - days of the week are capitalised (as are months - January, and holidays - Christmas, but not seasons - summer)

south London called - place names are proper nouns; 'south' here is an adjective, and is not capitalised. If it was a noun, 'the South', it would be capitalised. We see this when we talk about things like 'the West' (Europe, America...) and 'the East' (Asia).

The Orchard - both words are capitalised as both are part of the name of the business. If it was just called 'Orchard', the word 'the' would not appear before it.

to have a roast chicken lunch with my mother. I can't wait! - mother does not need a capital 'M' as it is not being used to replace her name. If I said, "I am going to lunch with Mum", it would need a capital letter, but "I am going to lunch with my mum" does not.

I hope this helps you learn some capitalisation rules. I will give you one more sentence to help you practise these and learn the others.

HOMEWORK

1) Please capitalise the following sentence:

my uncle is a professor of chinese at the university of edinburgh. students call him professor jones but I call him uncle steven. he spent a long time in the east studying buddhism.

2) Why not tell me about your weekend activities? Hope you can all unwind.

Have a good weekend!

Finn

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Finn and how are you?
    I just read your message and I prefere to reply immediately to some writing practise.

    Here are my homeworks:

    1) My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the university of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the east studying Buddhism.

    2) In this weekend I'll be at home, because the weather forecasts aren't good. Like every Saturday I'm going to the swimming pool with my children, than I'm going to the department store to buy some food.
    On Sunday I'm going to the Church with all my family, as usual than I'll be at home to study some more English and to eat some delicious dishes that my wife I'm sure will prepare to us.
    As you know nothing in particoular but not less special, because to stay at home with your dears is always a great thing.

    Thanks for your advises, that I hope not to forget for the future!

    Enjoy your weekend as best you can!

    Best regards

    Vito

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Finn,

    When I was a young student I hated homework, but I feel differently with this homework here. I like it because I feel like I am back in my school days....

    1) My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the university of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    2)Since I don't have a full time job anymore, there's not much differences between week days and weekend for me. We, my husband and I, prefer to stay at home at weekends because people crowded wherever we go...that makes me feel lonely at times...After resignation of my job, I started to like weekdays than weekends....^^

    Thank you for nice blog Finn...and looking forward to your next one.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Finn!!!

    We're enjoying your blogs and home works too. Here it is:

    My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the university of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    On this weekend I will complete some pending work. What about you? How you spend your weekends? Do you go anywhere?

    Thankyou,
    Bye for now

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Finn!
    I'm for the first time on the teacher's board and how it seems to me, it's very enjoyable.
    My uncle is a Professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him Professor Jones, but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    On weekend I'm trying just relaxing,because all week is very grueling. I have use to go to the swimming pool,to watch some good films, to listen good music and so on.
    For us it's interesting how you complete your weekends usually.

    Best regards,
    Sofiko

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Finn,
    Thanks again for your valuables comments on english grammar.After read it I feel that my english is coming on in leaps and bounds.
    Here is my homework:
    ´My uncle is a professor of chinesse at the University of Edimburgh.Students call him Professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven.He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.´
    On weekend I´m going to waist my time watching movies,reading books and browsing the web.This is the winter season in my country and ´rains are ruling everything´.
    Enjoy your weekend and all the best for you and your family.

    Alfonso
    Colombia,South America

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi,

    I will begin from the homework:

    My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    Unfortunately I do not have too much spare time, I prepare myself to the important exam and I get the feeling that the more I learn the less I know. It is my first time and I have no idea on what to pay attention, what can be important.... Therefore trying to relax I read from time to time something different.

    Regards from cold, windy Poland
    Maja

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Finn,

    here is my homework

    1) My uncle is a professor of chinese at the University of Edinburgh. students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    2) today we celebrate San Martino (really S. Martino is 11 November but it is celebrated the first saturday after) with some delicious dishes. One of that is the "crispelle" one sort of fried pastry filled with walnuts or chocolate and covered with sugar. Also taste our vintage wine....very good....Tomorrow, Sunday, I'm going to the sea with my dog for a nice walk on the beach.

    Have a good weekend and thanks for your teaching.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Finn,
    thanks for explanation about how to capitalise in English. My week end has not been really unwinding, if you mean to do nothing, to rest all day and maybe to try to recharge your batteries reading a good novel - even a novel by Nick Hornby or, considering that you know the Italian, a good novel by Alessandro Baricco.

    In fact, I started the first lesson of "Marketing and Communication Master" in Rome Friday afternoon and I finished today at 6 pm o'clock. It has been very challenging for me if you consider that I've never studied this topic (marketing I mean) and I had to run into more difficulties about the use of technical language. But it was really exciting for me to get in a new "world" to improve my knowledges. I can't wait to do the new lesson in fortnight!

    And even if my head is splitting now, because I'm tired, I'm happy. And this is another effective way to feel distress. But it's not always workable!! And now, just now, I'm happy and I feel good, because our Prime Minister Mr. B. has just left the assignement. The Italy is free! And I think that maybe the new Government with Mario Monti won't be possible, but at least we'll be able to go to elections and change our delegates. Keep us fingers crossed!

    My homework is:
    "My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him Professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in The East studying Buddhism".

    Bye Finn and have a nice Sunday
    Max

  • Comment number 9.

    1)
    My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him Professor Jones but I call him Uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    It's happening a meeting of theatre and music groups in my region. And I and my friends are trying to watch as many show as we can.

  • Comment number 10.

    My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the east studying Buddhism.

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Finn,
    Here I go:
    My uncle is a Professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh.Students call him Professor Jones, but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Finn.

    1) My uncle is professor of Chinesse at the University of Edinburh. Students call him Professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the Est studying Budish.

    2) My weekend had been quiet. And yours?
    Saturday morning I got un early and I studied English for a short time. I did tasks an cooked the meal while my children did their homeworks an my husband helped them. In the afternoon, I taked my children to the the cinema and my husband stayed at home resting because of a cold. The film was awful: I got very bored and my six years old son felt slept , but my nine years old girl liked it.
    When we went back home by walking, the sky was pretty beutiful: there was full moom and the clauds ran pushed by the wind.
    Sunday I read The girl with a Dragoon tatto by Stieg Larsson, in English, for a long time. In the afternoon I went out for a walk whit a friend.
    Bye. See you soon.

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Finn

    My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the university of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the east studying Buddhism.

    My weekend will be started earlier than ever, as i am not used to getting up early, so my husband and i are thinking of going to the forest and have a long walk.we love just getting in the car and go as far away as possible from the City and its mad noises .I feel like lying and just listening to the tremendously wonderful pieces of music made by birds to the point of sleepiness. I also hope that my husband will give me as much care and love as he can because i really need this little vacation to get rid of my extreme stressful sensation!

    2) Why not tell me about your weekend activities? Hope you can all unwind.

  • Comment number 14.

    a) My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    b) I usually rest at weekend, watching a good movie, sleeping over 8 hours, because at weekdays it´s really difficult for me. If it´s summer I go to the beach.

    Congratulation for your blog. It´s awesome. I'm looking forward to new posts.

    Best wishes.

    Ramon (Spain)

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Finn,
    this is my first comment on BBC Learning English blog. My name is Nina and I am a student of English literature/linguistics and French at the University of Hamburg.
    I'll start off with the homework aswell :

    (1)My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him Professor Jones, but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the east studying Buddhism.

    (2)Hamburg is a very lifely and big city, which can be very stressful. Hence, this weekend a group of friends of mine and me are taking a trip to a smaller city, visiting another friend who is about to leave to Australia for a year. I'll be visiting my aunt and uncle there, too. They have a large house with a fireplace and I will be working on Shakespeares " A Midsummer Night's Dream" for my class next week in front of it. I hope this will help stripping off the stress of the last weeks!

    Cheers Nina

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello Finn,
    It's been a really long time since I have posted a comment on BBC Le student/teacher blogs. A warm welcome to you. In answer to your question about how to unwind, I do study as someone else also said. Reading something of your choice actually helps relax. I also like to dab a light and airy fragrance to relax and then take a short nap, this helps me forget all the stress that freezes my ability to get to the conclusion and also helps recharge my batteries to think better.

    Wish you a great blogging month,
    Naheed

  • Comment number 17.

    HELLO FINN ,
    its the first time for me to write to you .i wish i will be a permenant and useful friend. this is my answers on your questions
    1) My uncle is a Professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him Professor Jones, but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    2) this week i think that i will spend my holiday in visiting some freinds with my wife ,may be i can take her in short picnic beside the Nile river ,in this holiday i need along time to sleep ,really iam thirst to sleep .

    i wish amazing holiday for you and all my friends here

    best regards

    Mohammed Ali

  • Comment number 18.

    Hello finn
    i am the new student of this blog. i am really eagerly to learn in english languange as you know, i am the beginner of learner and keep on learning english with enthusiastically. this is my answer on your questions.

    My uncle is professor of Chinese at the University of Ediburgh. Student call him professor Jones and I call him Steven.He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    I've found that this site is really amazed for english learner.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello everybody. My name is Vladimir. Here is my Homework

    my uncle is a professor of Chinese at the university of Edinburgh. students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. he spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Finn!
    Thank you for the capitalisation rules.
    Here my anwers:

    My uncle is a professor of Chinese at the University of Edinburgh. Students call him professor Jones but I call him uncle Steven. He spent a long time in the East studying Buddhism.

    Doubt: I don't understand the word "unwind". You use it often.
    Kind regards,
    Tadassa.

  • Comment number 21.

    I had ever gone to there..I like chocolate pie..verry decious! yumi heheh

 

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