Books, Homework and answers to Amy
This is another post 'cause I had not seen Amy's post today before writing the mine.
Answers to your questions:
1- No, I’m not angry at all. Anger is bad for our beauty and health. It was worse with another colleague from Rio Grande do Sul state who had travelled to Argentina for doing the test at the Australian embassy there because it was closer to him than Brasília and it happened to him too. I blame myself. I should have had the coldness to conttrol my emotions and do the test normally but it’s the Latin blood that runs through my veins...moreover there was the air traffic crisis, my fear of airplanes...I just felt humiliated and I just don’t want to do the test anymore, I don’t want even to fly to Brasília for a long time. Meanwhile, I am waiting for the beggining of a course I’m going to do here next month. When I have some bad experience, I just don’t think about that.
2-The OET is the first step for all health professionals but it’s a prerequisite for doing the prelimminary examination, which is a test specifically for dentists. It is divided in SAQs(short answer questions) and MCQs(multiple choice questions).
3- For the moment, no...I don’t have this desire to go overseas for working anymore. One thing that the English language knowledge allowed me was to read the news around the world, what showed me a view of the reality that most of us here don’t have. We always have the illusion that the developed countries are perfect like a fairy tale, free of problems, without violence and so on. Now I see we have many good things here. Maybe some day if my son decides going overseas for studies, I’ll support him.
Amy, you are really smart, I have written purposely showing you my weakness in this part of the grammar so that you could help me. Thank you for rising the use of tenses.
a) If I know the exam is cancelled, I won’t go.
The if clause is in the present and the main clause in the future
b) If I knew the exam was cancelled, I wouldn’t go.
If clause in past simple and the main clause in conditional tense
c) If I had known the exam was cancelled, I wouldn’t have gone.
If clause in perfect clause and the main clause in conditional perfect tense.
Could you please explain the zero condition to me, Amy?
- My heart went out to you: you thought of my situation in a kind way
- A fiasco: an embarassment, a disaster
- Intrigued: curious
- To branch out: to start doing something you haven’t done before
- To digress: to start to talk about something not connect to what you are talking.
- An all-time favourite: something you like most all the time
- Prevalent: common
- To be up to something: to be curious about something undetermined or unspecified
- Faint-hearted: not brave
Amy I’ve heard about the American lady who set up a beauty school in Afghanistan. It’s a real story, isn’t it? I have never read any Indian books. It’s difficult to find even British literature here. All we have here is American literature, at least in the libraries in my city and the styles available are not the most admired by me. I like books which stories are based in the reality that tell a bit of the history. I like poetries from Mario Quintana which is an influence from a blogger friend from São Paulo.
We had a very good group of bloggers. In spite of not knowing personaly and being far from each other, we interchanged knowledge about several issues like books, films and cds. One of them reads almost one book per week. He is a fan of Tolkien’s middle earth books.
Once I tried to read The Lord of the Rings just to satisfy him (because he is fanatic) but it’s too much imagination for me, although I think the author is a genious describing those stories and creating things like that strange calendar.
I prefer the style of the books of another friend who is a journalist in the Northeast of Brazil, in Pernambuco. The books he indicates to me are always unputdownable like one of Andy Dougan: "Dynamo" that tells the story of the European football during the Second World War, particularly about a team in Kiev. I was deeply moved by that story, especiallly because it was a real story. I’d like to see one day the players’ statues in the stadium in Kiev.
I also like books for parents. I'm always learning how to bring up my son. Recently I've bought two box for saving money for short and long term. What do you think, Amy and friends?
Sometimes my friend sends by postage books and cds to me. The last book he sent was “The Same Sea” which I simply loved it! And he have just said he is sending another which is a surprise. I’m looking forward to see what is the book!
Meanwhile, I’m reading one of Julia Quinn “ On the way to the wedding”. I’m not really going on the way to the wedding...It’s just the one that was available here... :-D The author is good and funny but when I want something sopy, I prefer reading poetries. The book is good though.
So, you have this obsession with India...I don’t blame you. It’s an outstanding culture. I like those Ghandi sayings. You’ve really intrigued me about the Indian food. My mouth is still watering. I have even looked for a restaurant here which serves Indian food but living here doesn’t help!
That’s all for today. It’s my son’s bedtime.
A short message to the readers:
Some readers have asked me if my speaking and listening are good and how I practise that. Friends, I've tried hard to send a file of audio showing one of my role plays, which I think that should be a good idea for you to "see" how I practise and for asking some questions about pronunciation to Amy ( Amy, I have a doubt about the word "subsidized"). But the file is too big so that I neither can send by e-mail to Paul nor to youtube. It was worthless (the type of the file is different). I don't know how to do that...sorry!
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