Short & Sweet
Hello for the last time...
It was a pleasure to read your latest blog Yumi, and to find out a bit more about you. India, Thailand, Singapore... you are quite well-travelled! Where else have you been, and where would you like to go if money were no object??
I know how it feels to live in a country where you don't feel confident about speaking the local language, Yumi - I had the same experience myself in Turkey and also Argentina. It's quite tough at times. But I'm pleased to hear that you found the people in Singapore to be friendly and kind - it makes all the difference. Please could you tell us some of your top tips for surviving in a foreign country when you don't speak English so well...?
I'd like to answer a few more of our readers' questions... Firstly, thanks for all your answers to the question about an opposite word for 'outgoing'. You can see the correct word (it's a compound word, Benka) later on in today's blog.
Now, there is no real reason why you can't call a man who likes shopping a 'shopping king', Naheed, and I like Ernesto's comment that 'it fits better to a businessman who owns a big retail empire' - but I think you will hear the phrase 'shopping queen' more often!!! 'Shopping queen' is also a compound noun, Benka: it's made by combining two words to make a new word.
Emiliano, if you want to know the meaning of 'a woman after my own heart' - I explained it in my first blog ;-)
And for Ibrahim, Gulsun and Tulay: I lived in Istanbul from 1996 - 2001. I spent most of that time working at a language school called Interlang in Bakirkoy (a suburb of Istanbul) and then I worked at Istanbul Technical University - in Sisli! - for a year. I really loved Istanbul and Turkey - in fact I'm going to do a 'Mavi Yolculuk' in about 2 weeks' time! 'Mavi Yolculuk' means 'Blue Cruise' - a sailing trip round the Turkish coast - a beautiful part of the world.
Well, this is my last blog Yumi (so no homework from me today!!!), and it is now my very great pleasure to place you in the capable hands of Amy Lightfoot, the incoming teacher blogger, who will be with you for the next few weeks. I'm sure you will all make her feel very welcome.
All the very best, Catherine x
well-travelled this is an adjective which we use to describe someone who has travelled to many different places
if money were no object if you could easily afford even the most expensive things
incoming the opposite of outgoing
short and sweet we use this expression to describe something that is brief but enjoyable
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