Just a quickie
Hi everyone – just a quick post today to reply to some of your comments. Hope everyone is well and having a lovely weekend! We have had a very Louie-friendly couple of days. Yesterday we went to a playgroup in the morning where there were lots of exciting toys to play with and new children to meet. Then in the afternoon we went to our friends’ daughter’s 4th birthday party. They had a bouncy castle and lots of yummy food and cake. Louie stuffed his face :-) Finally this afternoon we’re off to another birthday party for our friends’ one year old. Babies everywhere! Louie is over the moon!
And now for some replies to your comments...
Antonio: I’m glad to hear you’re feeling more confident about speaking to people. I think the key is just practice practice practice – and also try not to worry too much about making mistakes :-)
Ana Paula: Yes! You’re so right about reading – it really is one of the best ways to improve your language skills. I’ve also read ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’. I really enjoyed it. I recently finished a book called ‘Eat Pray Love’. It’s quite good, perhaps you might like it… I also love the sea and really miss it here in Delhi. I love going to the beach, even in the winter.
Paulraj: Yes I agree, the terrorist attacks that we are experiencing all around the world aren’t much fun at all. I was interested to hear about the scheme of donating irons to pressing wallahs – sounds good and much better than free TVs.
Sanja: well done for answering the ‘even’ questions!
Pilar: I also quite like ironing but it’s difficult to find the time and so much easier to take them down the road! I’m sure I’ll be doing lots of ironing when we move back to the UK with a family of four :-)
Hyoshil: Of course I will excuse your mistake! The weather doesn’t bother me much more than normal, even though I’m pregnant. I’m glad it will be winter when the baby is born though – I can’t imagine being nine months pregnant and also having to cope with the heat! I think they’re called bank holidays because all the banks are officially shut! I suppose there might be another reason as well though… not sure.
Adriana: that’s the problem with learning ‘coursebook English’ as opposed to the English that really is spoken on the street! We teach you to be much too polite compared to other people! :-) I’m looking forward to your blogs!
Mellisa: I hope you saw my answer to your question about the crocodile and alligator phrases. As for the abbreviations, they’re really more common in spoken language than in written as they are quite informal. Try and look at the context and that should help you to guess the meaning if you’re not sure.
Myen: hmm… I’m not sure what you mean about making those parts of the sentence the subject. Can you explain what you mean again?
Wisarut: you’re absolutely right about different types of English being needed for different situations – it starts to get very complicated, doesn’t it!
Mady: welcome to the blog and thanks for your comments. Have a look at the home page of the learningenglish website and try each of the different areas to see what is best for you. You can do lots of different things depending on which skills you want to develop. I recommend looking at The Flatmates as that includes reading and listening as well as grammar and vocabulary. Everything on the website is very useful!
Kay: I think you can change the example you gave ‘hate not to do something’ to ‘hate not doing something’ – I think that works better. So for example, ‘I hate not getting home on time’ or something like that. For the second one ‘Need not to know’ it would sound better to say ‘don’t need to know’, I think!
More in a couple of days!
Might as well put in the definitions from last time…
Thought-provoking: causing you to think about or consider something
Half-asleep: not asleep but not quite fully awake either!
Chore: a task or something you have to do, usually related to housework. Usually used when you don’t like what you have to do but you have no choice.
The time of your life: you use this expression to describe the best thing you have ever done. ‘I had the time of my life at university’
Craving: a very strong desire for something, often food. Very common when you are pregnant! Some people have cravings for very strange things, like toothpaste!
Dressing: a kind of sauce that is made for a salad. Often includes oil and vinegar but not always.
Finely: in very small pieces
Mushy: soft, without any hard or firm bits
and just three little phrases for today…
To stuff your face
To be over the moon
To cope with something
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