Today I'm going to start by answering some questions. The first is about my earlier description of my parents' home in England as 'home' too. My primary home is in KL with my husband and children but I also think of my parents' house in England as home simply because they are there. There is a saying,
'home is where the heart is".This is a cliche, in other words a saying that is overused but nevertheless it's true! A couple of years ago my parents sold our childhood home in London and moved to a new retirement house on the South Coast of England. Although I understood why my parents made this move, I was secretly quite upset as I thought that I was losing my home. The move of course happened while I was here in Malaysia. On my first visit, I realised that I shouldn't have worried as the change in environment didn't matter as my idea of home was really just linked to being with my parents.
It's interesting that Chiittisa you write about your concerns that now you are working you will lose the opportunities to spend so much time with your best friends. Yes, you won't have the same amount of time to spend with friends but I don't think that the relationships become less important. All my life I have been supported and helped by my friends. I've made many, many friends through my work Chittisa, so that's something to look forward to. However one of the hardest things about working in ELT and staying in Malaysia has been the constant movement of friends. ELT teachers tend to have very portable careers and after 2 years of teaching in one place often move to another country. Nowadays of course it's much easier to keep in contact through email but I'm often lazy about this.
So that leads me back to your question Chittisa, about time and how to manage it when you're working. I think I'd like some advice on that too!
How to improve your writing? Well I think that you need to write more, so blogging is a great activity. We all need to proof read our work too. Reading also helps as I think we unconsciously acquire patterns of language and style in that way. I'm interested in your views on how helpful correction can be?
A final question to answer which relates to my last post and this is about language. Sev asked;
"...and I’m sure will have a great number of stories to tell us" - Where is the subject for the phrase "will have a great number ..."???
The subject is actually Chittisa which you can find in the previous clause. What has happened is that I have omitted the word "you". This is a common feature of writing. I have assumed that in this situation that the reader can remember the subject.
Today I have highlighted some phrases that are helpful to use when talking about language too.
Some interesting lexis and grammatical patterns from today:
Home is where the heart is
on the South coast
the change in environment
ELT= English Language teaching
so that leads me back to your question
to unconsciously acquire
a portable career
in the previous clause
to omit something
a common feature of something
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