Time to unwind...
How are you all this week?
Let me give you the correct answers to last week's blog first:
4) quite quiet, or just quiet
Well done to Vito, Marcel and Titas and Crazyredly who gave the correct answers. Alfonso - there was only one mistake, but well done too! And yes, Mahjabeen - the lake with the monster is indeed called Loch Ness.
Vito - thank you for your third blog. I agree that you are very brave for doing this, but I'm sure that you will be encouraged by all the comments from learners around the world. You write with a natural enthusiasm that people can really respond to.
And of course - we love your pictures. I have to say that your blogs are making me seriously consider leaving London and moving to Italy! I like your attitude towards maintaining a good work-life balance (how you find a balance between work and the other things in your life like family, relaxation, hobbies etc). You said you work very hard like everyone else, but then try to get out to the mountains as soon as possible in order to regenerate. Another way to say this is to 'recharge your batteries'.
Personally, I love going to the mountains too. Especially when I am home in Scotland, where the mountains really are 'on your doorstep'. When I'm working in London it is harder to get to the mountains, so I like to go for long walks around the city in order to unwind (to relax and let go of stress).
Hiking in Orkney helps me unwind.
In your Rome blog, there are two sentences with the same kind of spelling mistake:
a) Talking about the Trevi Fountain, you say "... we had staied to see it twice..."
b) And then at the end of the blog you say "... I really hope to not have annoied nobody..."
Can you spot the mistake?
2) Word use
'Suggestive' - this word appears in your Rome and PEACEFUL MOUNTAIN blogs. In these two sentences:
a) "...it's always less expensive but really nice and sudgestive."
b) "...really beautiful natural Likes like this one, with suggestive coulors and really peaceful."
In English we don't use 'suggestive' in this way. I think the meaning of suggestivo in Italian is slightly different to suggestive in English. Instead, you can use a word like 'evocative', or simpler descriptive word like 'striking' or 'stunning'.
One small point here - I noticed that some words were written with capital letters: Lakes, Hope, Capital, Monuments, Summer and Winter. In English, none of these words need to be capitalised, as they are not what we call 'proper nouns'. We will talk more about proper nouns in my next post.
HOMEWORK FOR EVERYONE
1) Can you tell me about your work/life balance? What do you do to recharge your batteries?
2) Please try to correct this paragraph by changing the appropriate letters to capital letters. We'll discuss next time.
"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!"
That's all from me for this post. Hope to see you all again soon!