How Time Flies
Hello to Lidia and all of our World Service readers,
Here we are again at the end of another busy week … Actually, I cannot believe how quickly the weekdays pass by, there is always so much to do. It’s sometimes frightening to consider how quickly not only days, but weeks, months and years fly by. Coincidentally, the other day, I had an email from an old school-friend of mine, asking me if I realised it was twenty years since we left high school. Admittedly, I was quite taken aback at first, and then I realised she was right, it is twenty years since we both left our final year of school. We stayed in touch quite closely for a few years after high school, visiting each other at university and we went on holiday to Italy together once. But over the years, our contact gradually reduced to Christmas cards and the very occasional email. Interestingly, my friend said in her most recent email that she doesn’t feel a day older than when she was eighteen! I’m sure she was joking, but actually, when I read her emails, she is exactly the same person as the girl I knew at high school.
I wonder if anyone from my old high school will organise a reunion? It would be fun to attend and meet up with all of my old classmates. I’d enjoy seeing everyone and meeting their partners and children, if they have any. Frankly, I can’t say I feel the same as my friend! What I would really like to do, if it were possible, would be to press the pause button on the remote control for life! This would give me the chance to catch up with all the friends I have who live in different parts of England, and different parts of the world, in a single weekend… now wouldn’t that be absolutely incredible?! Who would you visit if it were possible?!
Thanks for the messages about Women's Day. We don't celebrate this day in the UK, but we do have Mother's Day on Sunday 18th March. As you will already have realised, this day is only for mothers!
Thanks also to Maurico for reminding us that we are all on a learning journey together! What a fantastic idea! So, this weekend, I would like you to concentrate on vocabulary, more specifically, ways of learning new words.
I’d like to know how you learn new words. Do you memorise them by writing them down? Do you keep a vocabulary notebook? Do you learn words by translating them into your own language?
Please send your explanations in your comments.
That’s all for now, good night everyone, enjoy your weekend!
Many of you told me that a role reversal is when you change places with someone else and take on their responsibilities. Doing this helps you to understand their point of view, and it can also be fun! Sometimes I ask my son to teach me things: how to play Mario Kart on his Nintendo, how to play Yu-Gi-Oh (fantasy card game), and I know all about Tony Hawks (coolest skateboarder in the world!).
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
In today’s text, I have used many adverbs to start sentences, or to add emphasis to my meaning. Using adverbs at the start of a sentence helps the meaning to flow from one sentence to the next.
in fact, in reality
by chance, happening at the same time
it has to be said that, it’s true to say that
(here) regularly, frequently
noticeably, being of interest
just the same
to be taken aback (verb)
to be shocked
pause button (noun)
button on a remote control, tv, video, dvd or cd player that pauses the film or music
remote control (noun)
electrical device used to operate equipment from a distance
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