Hello everybody! My name's Catherine Chapman, I'm one of the English Language Teachers here at BBC Learning English and I'll be the teacher blogger for just a few days until Amy starts blogging on 6 August. Here's my picture:
You can find out more about me by looking at my 'Meet the Team' page.
I'd like to start off by saying a BIG thank you to Jo and Ha, the outgoing bloggers, for their most interesting and entertaining blogs. And thank you to everybody who has been reading and commenting on the student and teacher blogs - it's always great to read your comments.
And now I'd like to extend a very warm BBC Learning English welcome to Yumiko - it's great to have you on board! I have to say, Yumi, that I am particularly pleased to hear you are a 'shopping queen' (what a nice expression!) - you are a woman after my own heart! The summer sales are in full swing here in London and I can't wait to get over to Oxford street to snap up some bargains. I was wondering, Yumi - do you go for smart clothes? designer? casual? Or maybe you have your own eclectic style. Please tell us a bit more about the type of clothes you like :-)
You have used some very nice words, phrases and sentences in your first blog, Yumi, and you write very coherently. I especially like the adverbial clause you use to organise your writing when you say 'before talking about myself more, I would like to talk about what I did today...' I also like your use of English when you say '...I ended up not buying anything...' You clearly understand that when a verb follows a preposition (like 'before' or 'up'), it must take the '-ing' form.
But do you know what preposition normally follows 'impressed'? You have written 'I was really impressed to this word.' - can you suggest a more suitable preposition?
I'd like to look at the '-ing' forms in another of your sentences, Yumi. You write: 'I am 25 years old, working for Japanese company, doing accounting, having 2 younger sisters and living with my parents and sisters.' In this sentence, at least one of the -ing verbs (working, doing, having, living) would probably be better in a simple form (without '-ing'). Can you tell me which one? I'm sure some of our readers will give you some advice... ;-)
Well that's all from me for today Yumi - I'm looking forward to hearing more about you and checking your answers to my language questions.
Bye for now, Catherine x
There are 7 words and expressions in today's blog - and I have written their meanings below - but they are all jumbled up! Can you match the words / phrases with their definitions?
Words / phrases
(2) it's great to have you on board
(3) a woman/man after my own heart
(4) in full swing
(5) to snap up some bargains
(A) a person you admire because they do or believe the same things as you
(B) to quickly buy some things (which are much cheaper than they normally are) before they are all gone
(C) joined together in a smooth and logical way
(D) operating at the highest speed or level of activity; in full operation
(E) it's good that you are part of our team
(F) leaving or retiring from a job or position
(G) made up of several different elements from a variety of sources
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