Hello to Lidia and all of our World Service readers,
Good evening everyone. Tonight I’m going to start by telling you about a little shop near my house. It’s called “RE”. It’s a funny name for a shop, isn’t it? I heard that the shop owners used to be teachers! They are a husband and wife who stopped teaching and decided to open a furniture shop instead! I love going to their shop, but every time I go, it makes me feel envious of their life. Do you know what they do? They have a huge van, and they drive to Europe and go to France, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, and buy second hand furniture, ornaments, rugs, dishes, glasses, pictures, mirrors, clocks. In fact they buy anything at all that they can sell in their shop! They bring all of these things back to England, then put them into their shop. Their business is doing well, and there are always lots of customers because everything is unusual. What a great way to work and enjoy yourself at the same time!
Why do you think they called their shop “RE”? Perhaps the shop owners were English teachers! “Re” is a prefix that means “again”. Everything in the shop is second-hand, so “RE” could mean “recycle” or “re-use” or “reclaimed” or even “rescued”. It’s a clever name for the shop, isn’t it? Prefixes (start of words) and suffixes (endings) in English usually have Latin or Greek roots. I expect you know many already!
The reason I’m telling you about this shop is to think about the “re” prefix in the word “resurrection”. This word is used soon, in relation to Easter. “Resurrection” means “rebirth” and is used to describe Christ’s ascent to heaven, which is celebrated on Sunday April 8th this year. In this country, children receive chocolate eggs at this time of year. The egg symbolises rebirth, although most children just eat their Easter eggs without thinking about the religious meaning.
There are many words in English which take the “re” prefix, and many have very positive meanings. As this is nearly my last blog to you, I want to concentrate on something positive, and I think “re” brings to mind many positive words. Personally, I like the idea of rebirth and renewal in spring, I think there is an elemental force in nature which allows us to experience renewed hope and life. How is spring celebrated in your own countries? Does it include the idea of rebirth?
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
objects used to decorate a house
use something again instead of throwing it away
used again by another owner / purpose
helped out of danger
rebirth, new growth
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