Getting into the swing of it
I'm glad that you've read all of my previous blogs! It's also great to hear that you made notes of all the useful phrases in your exercise book. I hope that you have a chance to use some over the next few weeks.
I think that this is a good time to refresh everyone's memory about how my blog works. In my blog I will respond naturally to Anita's blog. I will correct her English, or reformulate her expressions with more natural English, by writing in bold in my blog. I will also add other useful phrases, collocations or expressions in my blog using italics. In addition, I will list the useful phrases and their patterns at the end of each post. There maybe a lot of phrases, so pick out the ones that you find most useful. This method relies on you, the reader, to 'notice' useful English phrases and patterns. My role is to give you a little nudge in the right direction.
Now, what was I going to write about next? Oh yes... I can empathise with you about writing your first blog. I also had a few butterflies in my stomach before I started, but I'm sure you'll soon get into the swing of it. After a while it'll be plain sailing...
It's funny that you mentioned Queen. In Japan, they have become really popular over the last year. You often hear Queen hits on the radio in memory of Freddie Mercury. It's great that you are really into British music. Does it help you with your English? Do you sing along to the radio while you're doing the washing-up? How about other readers? What English songs do you like to sing along to when you are at home? Personally, I like singing along to new British acts like the Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand, "Well, do ya, do ya, do ya wanna..."
As you said, it's important to have a place to practise speaking in order to improve your English. It's good to hear that you really enjoy spending time at your English club and that you have made lots of new friends.
You may think that your summer wasn't special or action packed, but it's interesting to hear about everyday life in another country. I'm really looking forward to finding out loads more about your life in Slovakia!
Some useful phrases from today's post
(to) make notes (of/about something) (in a notebook)
(to) pick out something OR (to) pick something out
(to) rely on someone (to do something)
(to) give someone a nudge (in the right direction)
(to) empathise (with someone) (about something)
(to) have butterflies in your stomach (about something)
(to) get into the swing of something
(something is) plain sailing
on the radio
(something is) in memory of someone
(to) sing along (to the radio/a song etc)
(to) make friends (with someone)
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