I hope you all enjoyed the longest day of the year! First, I need to apologize to all the druids out there. As Anita so kindly pointed out, ‘Stonehenge’ is more commonly written as one word, rather than two. I hope I haven’t offended any Celts!
And Naheed, thanks for telling us about the lunar eclipse. I didn’t see it myself, but it sounds pretty awesome. I’m glad you take a little nap after your morning prayers. Otherwise surely you’d feel pooped by the afternoon.
Naheed, you wrote beautifully in your last blog. You made very few errors, so I think I’m going to pack up my things and finish work for the week. Just kidding!
There are just a couple of things I can help you out with, and the first one is to do with directions. Naheed, you wrote:
‘…the best thing is that my room’s window is in the east direction’
When you want to describe the position of a room or building, you can use the verb ‘to face’. So, I can rewrite your phrase like this:
‘…the best thing is that my room’s window faces east’
Also, a little further on in your blog, you wrote:
‘As about celebrating the Summer Solstice, there is nothing much about it.’
You’ve used the gerund form, ‘celebrating’, perfectly. However, ‘As about’ isn’t quite right here. The phrase you were probably thinking of is ‘As for’, which means ‘on the subject of’. So, I can rewrite your phrase like this:
‘As for celebrating the Summer Solstice, there is nothing much about it.’
OK, that’s enough grammar. It’s Friday morning here, and I’ve just had a great start to the day because I’ve had my breakfast and read all your comments (thank you – reading your comments makes my day!). Tomo asked me whether we have any stinky food in England, and that got me thinking about our national dishes.
As I said, I’ve just had my breakfast. I usually have fruit and yoghurt with a cup of tea for breakfast. I think that if I at least eat healthily for breakfast, it doesn’t matter so much if the rest of my meals go to pot. I wouldn’t say it’s normal to eat fruit and yoghurt for breakfast in the UK. Most people will have cereal with milk, or toast. The traditional breakfast in the UK is the fry-up – this consists of fried eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans, toast, fried mushrooms and fried tomatoes. It’s a meal in itself! Not many people eat a full English breakfast these days, because it’s not very healthy and it takes a while to make. My better half, Richard, sometimes cooks a full English breakfast on a weekend when he has more time. Interestingly, a full English breakfast is also known as ‘the full Monty’ (I don’t know why!) and over time, this phrase has come to be used in general situations, when you want to say ‘everything’, e.g.
Before Sarah gets married she’s going to have her hair cut, dyed and styled, her makeup done, a manicure, a pedicure and an eyebrow wax. She’s going for the full Monty.
What do you traditionally eat for breakfast? And does your country have a famous stinky/unappetising dish?
In terms of nasty foods, the two vilest things I can think of are jellied eels and black pudding. Jellied eels are a traditional dish found in the East End of London. To make the dish, you simply cook the eels, then let them cool. The juices that come out of the eels harden, forming a jelly. Gross! Richard tells me that black pudding actually tastes nice, but I’m a vegetarian and it’s the thought of black pudding that puts me off. Basically, you take some pig’s blood and cook it with some seasoning and breadcrumbs. Then you put it into a sausage skin, and it’s ready to be cooked. So it’s basically a sausage made from blood. Grim! Black pudding is sometimes part of a full English breakfast.
I can’t end on that disgusting note. Instead, I’ve listed below some nicknames that we use in Britain to talk about food. These are informal but everyday words. Do you know what they mean? I’ll explain in my next blog.
2) a sarnie
4) a chip buttie
Have a great weekend!
If you feel peckish, you feel a little bit hungry, as though you’d like a snack.
I’m pooped! An informal way of saying ‘I’m tired’.
I’m packing up my things. You can use this phrase to say you’re putting your things in your bag and getting ready to leave work/college/school.
If something makes your day, it makes you very happy.
If something goes to pot, it goes wrong.
fry-up – a dish of fried food. Usually, this would contain eggs and bacon.
better half – like ‘other half’, this is a term of affection you can use to describe your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend
stinky -- smelly
vile (adjective) – disgusting
eels are long and slippery, a sort of snake-like fish.
Gross! You can use this exclamation to say you think something is horrible.
vegetarian – someone who doesn’t eat meat.
If something puts you off something, you don’t like the idea of it.
seasoning – salt, pepper, and maybe some herbs and spices
Grim! Like ‘Gross!’ this means you think something is disgusting.
Answers to your comments
Uddhav – June 21st is only the longest day if you live in the northern half (hemisphere) of the globe. If you live in the southern hemisphere, like Mauricio in Brazil, it’s the shortest day of the year. And if you live on the equator, the days are the same length all year round.
Mauricio – yes, the closer you get to the poles, the longer/shorter the days get. Qinping Hu in Sweden (further north than where I am) says it is still light there at 10.30p.m. at this time of year. The stones at Stonehenge must be at least 3 to 4 metres tall.
Rocio – good luck for your exam!
Benka – you can say ‘at this time of the year’ or ‘at this time of year’ – both mean the same thing.
Ana Paula – I’m not so busy this weekend, so I’m going to give my pets a rest and blog myself. But you’ll meet another one soon …
Tomo – I went to Japan for the World Cup (even though I’m not a big sports fan). I visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Niigata and Sapporo. I loved it, especially the noodles!
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