Hello to Lidia and all of our World Service readers,
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Thanks for all your comments explaining about fundraising days in your own countries, it’s interesting to know that similar events exist all over the world. My son would have loved to join in some of the events, especially the fancy-dress fun run organised by his school, but believe it or not, I had to take him to the dentist’s on Friday afternoon! He had to have a tooth filled, so he missed out on most of the fun. He was very brave and didn’t complain! The other unexpected event this weekend was the freak weather. If you read my blog on Friday, you will know that I was hoping to take my family to the beach for a walk. I knew it would be cold, but wasn’t expecting snow! The British weather really is so unpredictable! Of course we didn’t go to the beach, and as it was so cold outside, I stayed in my kitchen for most of the time and baked a cake and cookies. The smell of homemade baking filled the whole house, and I stopped fretting about going to the beach. We all enjoyed eating the cake, it’s a good way to spend a freezing afternoon.
Thanks again to Lidia for sending us her latest blog. I love Greece, too. I went to Crete once with my elder son and my friend. We had a great time, the towns are beautiful and it was so easy just to spend whole afternoon in a little street café drinking coffee, chatting, watching people walk by, and looking at the sea. As Lidia says, it is a present to yourself, a chance to relax and slow down for a week or two. And the wonderful thing about holidays is that although they end, you always have your memories! Have you noticed how you usually forget about the disappointments, and your memories are always of blue skies, glittering sea and delicious food? In reality, holidays can be quite stressful. I always seem to have an argument with my husband when we go on holiday, usually about something trivial like buying the wrong subway tickets or getting lost (neither of us is good at reading maps). But we are always smiling on the photos, and we always talk fondly about the experience when we return back to our life in England. Perhaps it’s a good thing to have a selective memory!
Now, I’m just going to pick up a couple of points from Lidia’s blog, and focus on ways of linking sentences together. I like Lidia’s writing style in this blog, the style is descriptive and rich in vocabulary. She has described the sights, sounds and tastes of Greek life! Thanks, Lidia, for giving us such a vivid description!
We can improve the style of some sentences by linking them together with punctuation, adverb, verbs and phrases.
Linking with punctuation
Last week was a pretty warm weather here. Some beautiful days were with sunny and bright blue sky. (Lidia)
Last week was pretty warm here, there were some beautiful days with sunny, bright blue skies.
Linking with an example phrase
A lot of summer things have arrived to Moscow. New collections of clothes, footwear, hand bags and things for a beach. (Lidia)
A lot of summer things have arrived to Moscow, such as new collections of clothes, footwear, hand bags and things for the beach.
Linking with an adverb
I love Greece. Love a soft climate, beautiful beaches for vacation and a lot of historical places for visits. (Lidia)
I love Greece, especially its soft climate, beautiful beaches and historical places.
(Note here that I have also reduced the last part to three simple noun phrases, each modified by an adjective: soft, beautiful, historical. The use of similar grammatical structures is known as parallelism, and it makes a text pleasing to read, because of the sense of balance it lends to the language).
Linking with an –ing verb
I do Greek salad (cold snack) at home. Tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, Greek cheese, Greek oil and some special spices. (Lidia).
I make Greek salad (cold snack) at home, using tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, Greek cheese, Greek oil and some special spices.
Language improvement aims for Lidia
i. Again, this week please look at the subjects in your sentences! Remember, every sentence needs a subject.
ii. Try to use all of the linking techniques above to link your sentences together more smoothly!
Good luck, Lidia, I’m looking forward to reading your next blog!
Good night everyone,
Can you find any other examples of parallelism in today’s blog?
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
fundraising day (noun)
special day devoted to raising money for charity
to wear fancy-dress means to put on a costume for example, of an animal, cartoon or historical character.
fun run (noun)
an organised run which takes place for entertainment rather than as a race or competition
abbreviation for dentist’s surgery
have a tooth filled (phrase)
this means to have a tooth drilled and then repaired by the dentist
miss out on something (verb)
to be unable to do something / take part in something (regret)
freak weather (noun)
very unusual weather conditions
impossible to predict or know about in advance
cakes, bread, cookies
worry or feel anxious about
unwanted / unforeseen event or thing
with affection, love
selective memory (noun)
this means that you only remember certain parts of an experience, in this case, only the good parts!
rich in details, expressive
grammatical parallelism (noun)
this means the use of structures or phrases which have similar grammatical structure
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