Hello again everyone, and a very warm welcome to our new student blogger - Jane from Thailand. We'll take a look at your first two blogs later.
Here in the UK it was Valentine's Day yesterday, so many people were caught up in buying romantic cards and gifts for their loved ones. Many people are quite cynical about the day and think that all of the hype comes from greetings card companies and shops who want you to buy their products.
To some extent I agree with this view. For the last couple of weeks, shops and supermarkets have been swamped with items that we're told we should buy if we want to prove to our other half that we love them. Seeing stacks of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, overpriced bottles of pink champagne and cards in every shape and size imaginable does put the pressure on you to spend lots of money; after all, you don't want your Valentine to be disappointed!
But should it not be more important to show your partner that you love them all year round? Surely a spontaneous kind gesture would be better than a mass-produced card and predictable box of chocolates from the supermarket? Is it better to hear an unexpected 'I love you' than seeing it on a cheesy card? I think being genuinely loving all year round might be a better than being forced to spend lots of money on one day in February.
But however much I question the real value of Valentine's Day, I do know this: I would have been terribly upset if I hadn't received a little card... And some of the Valentine's cakes on offer are really too good to miss...
It's great to read your first two blogs and see that you're so enthusiastic about learning English. Such keenness will stand you in good stead and help to develop your language enormously.
Your writing is very engaging and full of passion and emotion and, contrary to what you think, your vocabulary and grammar are generally very good. However, I've noticed a few repeated mistakes that I think we can take a look at...
In your writing, you have a tendency to write nouns in the singular form. Look at these sentences from your first blog:
"I like reading comic book so I read those in English language."
"I like watching movie so I watched them in English language."
"I like song so I listening to them in English language."
Your object pronouns here ('those/them') are correctly plural - you just need to match this with the object of your sentence, which also must be plural here. So what you should write is:
"I like reading comic books"
"I like watching movies"
"I like songs," etc.
There are a few examples of this in your second blog too. Let's take a look at this beautiful paragraph about your experience at university:
"When I think about the thing we have done together, the moment we all had fun, the moment we all share our sadness, etc, and to think that I have to say Goodbye to them soon, tear starting to form in my eyes."
We need plurals here too to make this sound more English, so it should read:
"When I think about the things we have done together, the moments we all had fun, the moments we all share our sadness, etc, and to think that I have to say goodbye to them soon, tears start to form in my eyes."
Have a look back through your first two blogs and take a look at the nouns you have used, thinking about whether they may need to be plural or not.
Jane signs off her second blog with "btw" - do you know what that means? It's an abbreviation of the phrase "by the way", and is a common way to communicate a message, particularly in email, internet chat or text messaging. Do you know what the following abbreviations mean and where you might see them?
That's all from me for this week. There's one last thing I wanted to know from Jane, though. How did you and your friends jump so high on your last photograph? It's been puzzling me for ages!
stand you in good stead - become useful to you
cynical - mistrustful
swamped - overwhelmed by
other half - partner
overpriced - costing more than it's worth
put the pressure on you - make you feel you must do something
spontaneous - unplanned
predictable - expected
cheesy - bad taste