Last Lesson of the Virtual Week!
Hello to Lidia and all of our World Service Readers
We’ve come round to the weekend again. I wonder what your plans are for the next couple of days? I had intended to go to the beach with my family, but I think it is going to be too cold. I didn’t want to go swimming, by the way! I love the sea, and I have a favourite beach that I like to go to. It’s in a little cove that is protected from strong waves, and there is a tiny little white hotel almost built on the sand. If you go in the summer, the beach is full of families swimming, playing ball games, eating picnics, shouting, laughing… It’s wonderful for children, of course… but if you go in the winter, or the early spring, it is deserted and you can almost pretend it is your own private beach! I thought it would be nice to get wrapped up and go for a walk along the beach. It looks like it’s going to rain, though, so I’ll have to think of plan B!
Today is Comic Relief Day in the UK. This is a day when almost everyone gets involved in some kind of charity work to raise money for local and international charities. It’s called “Comic Relief” because it is combined with humorous entertainment on the TV. All of the celebrities who take part presumably do so without being paid, and the idea is that you can make a donation to charity to reward their efforts. It’s a very slick production, that concentrates the marketing power of a group of celebrities and the BBC onto charitable causes for twenty four hours of media exposure. Do you have similar events in your countries?
Thank you to everyone who sent comments this week. I noticed many new names, which is good! I do read all of your comments, and although I can’t reply to every single one, I am always delighted and quite touched to read all of them. Thank you for the comments about my son and his “transformation”! Let’s see how long it lasts! Tonight I would like to answer a language question raised by Aiman, who asks “is it bad to write just English texts without speaking a lot?”. The answer to this is no, of course not! It’s up to you what you use your English for! If you want to become a proficient speaker, however, you will have to practise with someone. The person you speak to doesn’t have to be a native speaker. If you can find someone who is as motivated as you are to speak English, that’s good enough. Any kind of interaction will force you to listen and respond, and develop your fluency. Remember that listening and speaking are closely connected, so try to watch English language films and use the audio downloads on this site. We’ll look at ways of improving your speaking skills next week.
Enjoy the weekend,
Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz!
(1) was …..(2) expect ….. (3) go ….. (4) meet ….. (5) find
(6) messes (mess around, phrasal verb, means misbehave, waste time).
(7) say ….. (8) cracks (crack a joke, verb, means make a joke)
(9) gets ….. (10) does ….(11) makes ….. (12) know ….. (13) reading
(14) climbing ... (15) playing ….. (16) started ….. (17) couldn’t … (18) fell
(19) phoned ….. (20) shows
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
bay, curved area of coastline
wrap up (warm) (phrasal verb)
put on warm winter clothes
plan B (noun)
a different / alternative idea
charity work (noun)
work to raise money for projects to help others
almost certainly, to be presumed
marketing power (noun)
the ability to sell a specific product or idea
media exposure (noun)
air-time / publicity for something or someone
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