Life's a beach
I love the photos Adriana! Nice to see and read about your holiday. I thought it might be interesting to tell you all about a similar holiday that I went on not that long ago. I say similar because it was a trip to the beach and we stayed in a lovely house very close to the sea. I thought it might be interesting for you and all our readers to see the contrast between the two places given that the cultures of our countries (my host country) are so different. Having said that, the place we were staying was formerly a Portuguese colony – like Brazil… I wonder if any of you have figured out where I’m talking about yet… your clues so far are India, beach, Portuguese…
Yep you guessed it, the place we visited was in Goa. In the northern part of India’s smallest state. We stayed in this lovely house…
…with some friends who were visiting from England. They have a three year old son so it was nice for Louie and him to play together. Like you, Adriana, we were only there for a couple of nights – just a long weekend. It was a bit short but still lovely and relaxing. We ate lots of fish, which was a real treat as we’re a bit scared of eating fish in Delhi as it is so far from the sea. Anyway, you can see from the picture below, the beach we were staying on isn’t very developed at all.
There are loads of beaches in Goa and some of them are really very (over) developed. One evening we went out for dinner on another beach – it was a real eye-opener and a side of Goa that I hadn’t seen before. Bars, restaurants and hotels everywhere and zillions of (other) tourists. I prefer the quieter beaches myself but it was still interesting to see.
I think my favourite thing about Goa is these beautiful churches that are dotted around all over the place. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m really interested in the different religions practised in India and how they are interpreted in different parts of the country. Most of the churches in Goa are Catholic and were built by the Portuguese but many still have huge congregations – much bigger than churches in England have these days.
Goa has grown on me over the few times that I’ve been there – the first time I went I wasn’t that keen but I like it now. I’ve definitely been to nicer beaches in other parts of India though – Karnataka for example… but that’s a whole other story.
I sometimes find myself pining for the sea here in Delhi. That’s one thing that I love about England – you’re never too far from the coast. I love going to the beach, even in the winter and having a nice hot plate of chips with salt and vinegar… mmm my mouth is watering!
Well done on the homework Adriana – your first two corrections of the sentence *‘I’ve done writing’ are good: I’m done writing and I’ve finished writing but the other two corrections you have given aren’t quite right… *I’ve got my blog done and *I’ve finished my today’s blog. It would be better to say “I’ve finished my blog” or “I’ve finished today’s blog”.
As for the spelling – did you cheat and copy and paste the words ten times or did you write them out? :-) I was half-joking when I suggested you do that! Anyway, let’s see if you remember them now on ;-)
Seeing as it’s Sunday I’m not going to give you any homework today, just the vocabulary as usual and I’ll write back to some comments as well, below.
See ya Tuesday!
p.s. Adriana, you asked me what ‘ta-ra for now’ means – well it’s another way of saying goodbye. It’s more common in the north of England than in the south and it was made famous by a TV presenter who used to say it without fail at the end of every show. Ta ra!
Vocabulary definitions, as always…
Preference: the one or thing that you like the most, when given a choice
To bug someone: to annoy someone (note the difference to your definition, Adriana)
Trusty: dependable, always there for you
Once and for all: to settle something completely/finally (also check this one, Adri)
To employ: to use (in this context)
To slave away: to work very hard
Must rush: to go/leave quickly, usually for another appointment
To pull your weight: to do your share of the work. To not pull your weight means you are not doing your fair share
And new words and phrases from today
Having said that
A long weekend
To grow on someone
AND some old words for you to review…
To get the blues
To vouch for something
Check the usage and definitions here!
And NOW for some replies to our readers’ comments.... I’m sorry if some of you have written in but haven’t had your comments displayed on the website yet. I’m afraid I can only respond to the ones I can see! They should all come through eventually though – they're all mixed up with lots of spam emails, unfortunately. I’ll keep checking!
Filippo: Thanks for telling me about All Saints’ Day – I’ve heard of that before, I think it’s a really nice tradition… perhaps I’ll start celebrating it in my little family!
Ana Paula: glad you liked hearing about my Granny and Grampy – it’s too bad my Granny doesn’t have a computer, it would have been nice for her to read what I wrote. Maybe I’ll print it out and send it to her…
Silwal: Sorry to hear that you have had so much work to do! Ahh… now I understand what you meant by single! Don’t work too hard!
Kay: wow you ask some tricky questions! I think in the sentence ‘even more useful than something’ the phrase ‘even more’ is used a little differently than just ‘even’ on its own. It has to be followed by an adjective. Yes, you can use the present perfect with ‘even’ and you wrote it correctly – ‘have even done sth’. Here ‘even’ goes after the auxiliary and before the main verb (which is also a bare infinitive)
Jill: sorry to hear about your new manager… meetings can be interesting sometimes but not if you have too many of them, I agree. You’re absolutely right about that sentence – it should have been ‘who’, not ‘you’ – it was just a typo. Well spotted!
Reka: hello! I don’t really have light and spring steps, especially now that I am almost six months pregnant! I’m more like an elephant :-) My father (who I get my surname from) has always been a runner though – he won a lot of competitions and races when he was at university. He went for a run everyday for ten years, without missing a day! How about that?!
Adek: I’m glad you’re finding the blogs useful… feel free to ask as many questions as you like and I’ll try and answer them!
Virginia: thanks for your lovely comments! And yes, I will reply to you! Sorry if you have been waiting a while… it takes some time for the comments to be displayed on the website. Hope all is well :-)
Yvonne: yes, you’re right – listening does improve speaking in the same way that reading helps with writing. It’s especially useful to hear intonation patterns and how people say things, as well as the language they use. I don’t think you need to imitate a native speaker but just listen for phrases that you like and then try and use them yourself.
Paulraj: thanks for your nice comments and your kind wishes. By the way, where do you live in India? I think you told me once but I’ve forgotten.
Ahmed: Aha! You thought I was leaving but I’m not! I’ll be around on this website until the end of September – thanks for your kind comments though :-)
Jasmina: I’m always happy to hear from new people, welcome! You asked an interesting question – I think the English version of your name would probably be Jasmine, that’s the closest I can think of. However, these days there are people from so many different cultures and backgrounds living in England that it wouldn’t be uncommon to find a Yasmeen, a Yasmeena or even a Jasmina!
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