My parents arrived safely last night, and look well and seem in very good health, despite the long journey. I remembered when I first started this blog, I wrote about my feelings for home and family. Having my parents with me reminds me of that! It’s lovely to feel a daughter again and to get back in contact with the family ties. It’s great for my children too! They are bathing in their grandparent's love and admiration.
My parents are big talkers and communicators and I think this of course has had an influence on my personality. Since they arrived we have been talking non-stop. They are bringing me up to date on family news and their daily life. They are also eager to taste Malaysian food again and sit in the sun. We’ve managed to fulfill their craving for spicy food already, but unfortunately it’s the rainy season and there hasn’t been much chance to sunbathe yet!
Alex you asked for some advice on taking the exam. The first thing that comes to mind is to think carefully about when you take the exam. Try to avoid committing to a date that is too early for you. Also remember that to be able to assess your proficiency fairly, the examiner needs to be able to get enough data. So in the speaking test, speak even if the topic seems uninspiring or irrelevant to you. It’s better to describe those thoughts than not to speak. Likewise with the written papers, make sure you use the word limit effectively and follow the advice about the timing of each. Here is a suggestion from yesterday’s blog;
“Despite I'm not a good player yet myself, I teach my kids whilst inspire them with the 'Hikaru no Go' anime.”
Although I’m not yet a good player myself, I teach my kids whilst inspiring them with the ‘Hikaru no Go’ anime.
Please feel free to ask me for other advice and I’ll try to help. In the meantime I’m off to cook for my parents!
Lexis and patterns from today;
to bathe in love admiration
to bring someone up to date on something
to fulfill a craving for something
the first thing that comes to mind is... (the first thought)
likewise with ( similiarly with)
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