Hello, it's Amy!
Hello Yumi and everyone! This is Amy blogging now. I guess I am the ‘incoming blogger’! I’ve really enjoyed reading through all your recent postings and comments – there’s been such a great response to Catherine and Yumi’s blogs! And Yumi, I’m so impressed that you have taken the time to reply to each person individually. I will try and do the same sometimes ;-) Catherine – you’ll be a hard act to follow! :-)
First I’d like to introduce myself a little bit and then we’ll get cracking with some notes on language and the usual stuff. As Paul said, I live in New Delhi in India, although at the moment I’m in England on holiday for four weeks. I’m heading back to Delhi on Friday. I work there as a teacher and teacher trainer and have been there for three years. It’s a fascinating country and Delhi is a great city to live in, although it’s pretty hot at the moment. I’m hoping that it will have cooled down a bit by the time we return. We’ll see! I see you have travelled to India, Yumi – as Catherine said, you seem to have done lots of travelling! I’ll look forward to hearing more about that :-)
Speaking of fascinating countries, I’m looking forward to the travel tips for Japan that you promised Vincent and Sue, Yumi! I’ve always wanted to visit but so far have only managed a stopover in Osaka on the way to Australia a few years ago. I just stayed at a hotel at the airport and I remember (among other things) being very impressed with how technological the bathroom was! There were buttons everywhere! I really hope to visit one day.
Okay – let’s have a look at some language. First of all, in one of your recent blogs, Yumi, you asked us all whether we talk about real intentions and stated reasons. I think you put this very nicely. I think we all do this actually, regardless of our country or culture, although maybe we don’t define it in the same way. I think we all usually tell people the reasons we think will sound the most convincing, or appropriate, but there are usually underlying reasons for why people decide to do things, don’t you think? Sometimes these remain a secret!
Yumi your English really is great. You use some fabulous phrases and a nice mixture of simple and complex sentence structures. I noticed in your last couple of postings that you sometimes miss out prepositions, or use the wrong one. Below I’ve copied in some of the things you have written. Can you and the other readers have a think about what the missing or correct prepositions should be? Here you go…
1) I had so many difficulties with communicating ** people
2) They were very open for foreigners
3) You comment to every blogger
4) It varies for every country and culture
5) I do dance in weekends
I was interested to read the comment by Antonio saying how useful he had found Catherine’s matching exercise and that he usually just copied the new vocabulary into his notebook without always thinking about the meaning. I am a great believer in learning new vocabulary by looking at the words around it and trying to guess the meaning, rather than just heading straight for a dictionary. So, I thought we could try something a little bit different for the next few weeks. Each blog I will highlight interesting and useful vocabulary items as usual, but instead of giving the definitions immediately below, I’ll give you the definitions the next time I blog. Hopefully this will encourage you to use your loaf :-) and to try and figure out the meaning yourselves from the context, and/or consult friends or the dictionary to help you if necessary. You can then check your guesses or answers with the list of definitions that appears a couple of days later. I might even give you a little quiz one day! Some of the words or phrases might be a bit tricky to find definitions for in your dictionary, especially if they are phrases. Try looking up the key words and seeing if the phrase is listed (e.g. ‘loaf’ for ‘use your loaf’). Don’t forget about the online dictionaries – they’re a great resource and may be more up-to-date than your dictionary at home. Sometimes there may be more than one meaning for a word but I’d like you to concentrate on the meaning that fits the context the best.
Don’t forget to keep a record of all these lovely new words and phrases. I enjoy putting a tick next to any word that I look up in my dictionary – then I can see how many words I’ve been learning and also I’ll know if I look up the same word or phrase more than once.
Take care and more soon!
Today’s vocabulary (Definitions next time! – Remember to look at how the word is used above to help you understand the meaning)
A hard act to follow
To get cracking
To head back
To put something (very) nicely
To remain a secret
To use your loaf
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