Keep on reading
Alex I was really interested in your description of your job. You have managed to change my preconceptions of what software designers actually do! You have really given me a feeling of the creativity and excitement involved.
Thanks for picking up on my reading faster suggestion. I've always read fast because I'm compelled by the story and of course I can read fast because my brain actually predicts a lot of the words. If you have been reading Harry Potter for about 6 months then you are not really getting into the story. I think that the essence of reading is the story not the words. You will build a bigger vocabulary if you read more and to read more you have to read faster. So try to keep on reading without looking up words until you really can't understand!
In my company we celebrate 15 public holidays a year which are a real mixture of significant and usually religious holidays of the main ethnic and religious groups in Malaysia. This includes Christmas Day but not Easter and definately not Halloween! We don't really celebrate Halloween very much in UK, it's much more of an American tradition. Interestingly public holidays in UK are still called Bank Holidays presumably because banks used to be shut only on these days. Of course nowadays whether a bank is physically open or not is unimportant due to the advent of internet banking and "holes in the wall" i.e ATM machines. I don't think that I've actually been into my bank for a couple of years! This is a great development, I think. How about you, do you actually have to queue up in the bank still?
Lexis and patterns from today;
a preconception of something
to be compelled by something
the essence of something
a Bank Holiday
the advent of something
a hole in the wall
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