Hello again everyone! Thanks for all your comments and kind words. It’s great to see so many of you doing the homework! :-) I especially liked the sentences that Jill made using the new phrases – that’s a really good idea and I recommend all of you try to record your own sentences like these next to the definitions in your vocabulary notebooks. It will make the words more memorable. Have a look at the definitions given below though, Jill, your sentences are great but a couple of them need a bit of tweaking.
Ahmed asked me lots of questions so I thought I would answer some of them now before we look more closely at Yumi’s blogs. First of all, yes I am married! I have a lovely husband called Ed, who is from England, and we have a little boy called Louie who is just 19 months old and is a real troublemaker! He’s very sweet though and is just learning to talk. We’re also expecting another baby which is due in December – very exciting but a bit daunting! Two cheeky monkeys running around will be a lot of hard work, but lots of fun too ;-)
Ahmed also asked me whether I get homesick when I am in India. As I’m about to return there it’s a good time to think about that I suppose. I do miss my family and friends but I have also met lots of great people in Delhi and I enjoy my job so I don’t get the blues very often. One thing I miss, living in the busy city, is the beautiful countryside in England – it’s so green! My in-laws have a farm which is absolutely stunning and I miss going for walks in the fields. It’s no ordinary farm, either – they farm bison which are large animals, originally from North America. They are raised for their meat, which is apparently very tasty but as I am vegetarian I can’t vouch for this! I’ll try and include a photo of a bison below so you can see what they look like.
Okay – down to work. Let’s look at the answers to the preposition questions I asked – the moment you have all been waiting for! ;-) You’ve all done very well. Here they are:
1) I had so many difficulties with communicating with people ** A couple of you mentioned that you don’t need the first ‘with’ – that’s true. It’s okay but sounds a bit clumsy having two.
2) They were very open to foreigners
3) You comment on every blogger
4) It varies between every country and culture ** did anyone get this right? I think most of you said from but if you use this then you also need a 'to' in the same phrase, such as ‘It varies from country to country’ – don’t ‘cha just love the English language!)
5) I do dance on [or] at the weekends. ** Sanja mentioned that ‘on’ is US English while ‘at’ is UK English – that sounds about right but like lots of US/UK English words they’re now used quite interchangeably whoever is speaking
Now let’s have a look at Yumi’s questions.
From ‘Today is…’:
*1: I often heard the phrase 'Lucky girl!'. Can you also use 'Lucky woman'? Also, how can I express it with full sentence?
Yes, you can use ‘lucky woman’ – in fact, it’s quite common to say ‘lucky thing’ to refer to a person of either gender, as in ‘You won the prize? Wow, you’re a lucky thing, aren’t you?’ The sentence that you used in your blog needs a bit of work though – ‘I am a lucky girl that I could meet two teachers here’. Can any of our readers (and you Yumi!) rewrite this to make it a bit clearer?
*2: I would like to mention 100,000 people. Should I use 'one hundred and thousand of people'?
No need to use the ‘and’ here. You can either say ‘one hundred thousand people’ or you can say ‘a hundred thousand people’
*3: Should I use 'it' to mention Hiroshima city?
You would usually use ‘it’ to refer to a city (in fact, you referred to Delhi using ‘her’ in another part of your blog – ‘its’ would be better here). However, in the sentence that you wrote ‘Today there had a ceremony at 8am’, it would actually be better to say ‘Today there was a ceremony at 8am’
*4: ‘The famous shrine […] which was built in the surface of the wave’ Could you please teach me the right and sophisticated expression??
I’m not quite sure what you mean here – can you describe it a bit more? Do you mean it was built over the water?
From ‘Fireworks festival’
1 : Can I use 'authentic' for people? I saw this word expressing some food stuff.
I don’t think we usually use ‘authentic’ to describe people, it doesn’t sound quite right somehow. I think ‘real’ would work better here. ‘Authentic’ is often used to describe food though, you’re right.
2 : “It is rare that the street got full of the food shops(*2) and this attracts all the people!!!”
I understand what you mean here! It just needs a small change – there’s a problem with the verb ’got’ – can you have a go at re-writing this sentence as well?
Wow this is turning into a super long post! I’ll just say quickly – the fireworks festival sounds great Yumi. I hope you’ll get the photos working soon, I’d love to see some of the Yukata – I hadn’t heard of that before.
Okay – vocab below. Next blog we’re going to have a look at using articles, among other things ;-) See you soon!
Definitions from the last blog:
A hard act to follow: when someone starts doing something that someone has done very well before them, we say the first person is ‘a hard act to follow’ – phew! That’s difficult to define!
To get cracking: to start doing something
To head back: to return
A stopover: usually used when you stay for a short time somewhere that is not your final destination, when talking about a flight or a long journey
To put something nicely: to say something well
Regardless: without being affected by anything else
To remain a secret: to continue to be unknown to many people
To use your loaf: (Yes! This reviews one of the phrases from Jo’s great blog on Cockney Rhyming Slang) Loaf of bread = head… so ‘to use your loaf’ means to use your head
Context: the situation in which something happens. In this case, the words around the vocabulary you are learning.
New vocabulary from this blog: (definitions next time!)
To get the blues
To vouch for something
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