Hello! Well your football team sounds pretty good, Adriana. I used to enjoy playing football when I was at school but I haven’t played for years. Maybe I’ll see if I can take it up again – although I might wait until after the baby is born!
Here in India people don’t seem to play football all that much. Everyone seems to be much more keen on cricket, although technically the national sport is hockey. Hockey doesn’t seem to be so popular in the North, I don’t know whether it is in the South or not – Paulraj might be able to tell us about that.
As for me, I’m afraid I’ve never understood the rules of cricket so I haven’t been able to get into it. Ed, my husband, has tried to explain the game to me quite a few times but I just don’t seem to be able to take it in. One of these days I’ll figure it out. Ed went to watch a cricket match between India and England a few months ago with some friends. It was in Jaipur which is about 5 hours drive away so they had to set off very early in the morning and didn’t get back until late at night. They had a great time though – they said the atmosphere was really good and everyone was out to have a good time. There was none of the unhealthy rivalry or racism that sometimes goes along with similar sports events in England and perhaps Brazil(?). Here are a couple of photos. You might be wondering why I’m showing you a photo of the crowd, but it’s because in the distance you can see Shah Rukh Khan – a famous Bollywood actor! He’s right in the middle of the picture wearing a white t-shirt. Ed was very excited that he saw him.
Enough about cricket - guess what! I have some exciting news… my brother and his wife had a little boy today! So now I have a new little nephew. They’ve called him ‘Max’ and he looks very sweet in his photo. Now I can’t wait until our baby comes… three months to go!
I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to write yesterday – I know I promised to put up the answers to the last piece of homework I set but I’m afraid I didn’t get round to it. I was too busy enjoying a nice relaxing weekend with my little family :-) So let me give you those answers you’ve been waiting for before I do anything else (I’ve also marked some other corrections using italics but don’t worry too much about these as they’re not what I asked you to look at):
Noun/verb and singular/plurals homework answers:
1) zillions of them DON’T know that, because their main opponents are themselves.
2) All the money IS in the politicians' pockets.
3) What we Brazilian dentists do, most of the population DON’T know because we work silently among 4 walls.
4) Simple and poor people who HAVE sold all their belongings believing in a new wonderful life here.
5) I started ANOTHER activity
6) We made a good profit and everybody wanted our SANDWICHES
7) One PART OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME was at the company where I work today.
Well done Adriana, you got all of them except number 7 correct. Good for you. The reason why you have to write number 7 like this is because training is a verb in the noun form and so can’t be used in the plural form.
Okay, now for the answer to Myen’s question that I asked you in my last post… “What’s the difference between ‘She has gone to France’ and ‘She has been to France.’” You had a good go at this Adri but I’m afraid you haven’t come up with the right answer… The difference in meaning is this:
‘She has gone to France’ means that she has travelled to France and not returned to the place we are speaking from.
‘She has been to France’ means that she has travelled to France and come back to where we are now.
Does that make sense? Hope so :-)
All right, well your homework for today has to do with the vocabulary that I’ve been highlighting for you… you might have noticed some similarities between the different items? Yes, that’s right, they’re all phrasal verbs, otherwise known as multi-word verbs.
As well as telling me the definition for each of them (check the context as some of them have more than one meaning) I’d also like you to answer the following questions:
1) What is a phrasal verb?
2) When do we normally use them? Are they formal or informal?
3) How many different types are there?
Okay that’s it for today.
Catch ya later,
Phrasal verbs homework from today:
To take something up
To get into
To take something in
To set off
To get back
To go along with
To put up
To get round to
To come up with
To come back
And of course, the definitions from the last but one post ‘Wedding bells’
To rain buckets: to rain very hard/ a lot
A minefield: can be used to describe something that has lots of problems that need to be avoided
To bump into: to meet unexpectedly
To engineer (see context): to make something happen
To hang out: to spend time with someone socially
Teeny weeny: very small
To take place: to happen
To cheer: to make a noise to show your appreciation for or happiness about something. Usually goes with clapping!
A blast (see context): a really good time
Lavish: large, expensive and impressive
Partially: in part, not completely
To ask for someone’s hand in marriage: to request that someone is allowed to marry you
A charity shop: a place where you can take old clothes and other things that you don’t use any more. The shop sells them and the profits go towards a charity. Very common in the UK.
To be disheartened: to feel disappointed so that you lose hope and the energy to continue with something
And finally some words for review…
To name after
Check the definitions here!
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