Weddings, roast beef and watermelons
Wow! You are a writing machine! It’s really wonderful to meet someone who is really motivated to communicate in English. I feel lucky to have you as my student blogger. We have so much to talk about, so let’s begin…
My wife is actually Japanese. We had a traditional Japanese wedding last year. My family came to Japan for the ceremony, and I wore a hakama, which is a kind of kimono for men. If you are interested I could post a picture next time.
I’d love to tell you the recipe for roast beef, but I have no idea! I am absolutely hopeless at cooking. I think my mum’s roast beef is the best. Actually, I’m sure that everyone thinks their mum’s cooking is the best. Am I right?
It’s interesting to read about watermelons in China. You can buy them in Japan too, but they are so expensive. One whole watermelon costs about 5 pounds or more!
I really like your communicative style. It’s informal, friendly and shows a desire to communicate. It’s great for a blog.
You try hard to write English in clear paragraphs, which is great. Try to make sure that each paragraph contains one clear topic.
You have used a wide range of structures and vocabulary in your writing, which I really like. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things!
I’ve picked out a couple of things to think about this time:
You wrote these two sentences ‘the watermelon's price decrees (spelling!) down to the history record’ and ‘(The) Government encouraged people to eat more watermelon and gave farmers some subsidies’. I guess that you mean these three actions happened in the past, but they are still related to the present time. In this case, maybe it would be better to use a present perfect structure to emphasise their importance now.
Collocations and phrases with prepositions
I think that you have used a good range of vocabulary in your writing Jenny. I think that noticing collocations and prepositions in English is really important, especially when you are reading. Here are a few for you to notice and add to your notebook:
have a good harvest
in her field
in the morning
in recent years
the lowest price on record
I hope this helps. I look forward to hearing from you tomorrow.
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