G’day from Oz!
Hello Satya and everyone, and welcome to the blog for October! I have to admit to having a few butterflies about this – I’m a bit of a technophobe, and have never done a blog before, so fingers crossed it will all work out OK!
Let me tell you a bit about myself. As you all know, I’m Rachel, and if you look at the title of today’s blog, you might be able to work out where I’m writing from. Any ideas? That’s right – Australia. Sydney, to be precise. Although I’ve lived here for several years, I’m not actually Australian; I’m a Pom, which is Aussie slang for someone from England. (And a bit more Aussie slang for you – G’day is what Australians say to greet someone (like “hello”) and it’s pronounced Giddai.) Anyway, I’m doing all sorts of things at the moment; writing materials, teaching and training up as a teacher trainer. AND I have a two-year-old son! Phew! His name is Owen and he really keeps me on my toes. I’m sure I’ll be telling you much more about him and his antics over the next month …
Well, I thought I’d start off by telling you a bit about Sydney. I’m sure you all know of its two most famous landmarks – the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Maybe even Bondi Beach as well! We live about 20 minutes out of the city, in a suburb called Hurlstone Park. What we really like about it is the fact it’s really quiet, not busy at all. It’s almost like living in a village; there’s a main shopping street with a few shops (just the essentials), and everyone knows everyone else. We’re also on the Cooks River, so there are a lot of parks nearby, which is great for Owen! The other great thing about living where we do is that we’re close to other suburbs that have a lot of restaurants, cafes and bigger shopping areas, so we can get our fill of the hustle and bustle and then come home to some peace and quiet. Sydney is a very multicultural city, with people of all nationalities, so it’s easy to experience other cultures (my favourite part of experiencing other cultures is trying their food!). To give you an example, if you walk down the main street of Dulwich Hill, our neighbouring suburb, there are Chinese, Turkish, Lebanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Pakistani and Egyptian restaurants, plus an Italian deli, a Greek cake shop and an Eastern European smokehouse (they make sausages and cured meats). (And yes, I have tried all of them!!)
Satya, it’s nice to “meet” you – I’m really looking forward to getting to know you better over the next month and hearing about what you’re doing. Good luck in Chennai with the robot; I hope you manage to get it finished and also that you have internet access so you can let us know how it’s going!
I thought I would pinch an idea from Amy (hope you don’t mind, Amy!) – I totally agree that it’s better to try and figure out the meanings of words from their context, so I’ll just give you a word list at the end of each entry. If you’re keeping a vocab book, that’s great – try and write the whole sentence with the word underlined so you can see the context, then you can add a definition, pronunciation etc as well. I’ll post the definitions every couple of weeks in case there were any you couldn’t get.
Here’s just a little bit of homework to get us started …
Have a look at this sentence from today’s post:
• I have a two-year-old son
Why is it two-year-old and not two-years-old?
Can you think of any more examples like this? (It’s possible to use other nouns apart from year.)
And this one …
• I’m really looking forward to getting to know you better
Why is it getting and not get?
Can you see an example of this in your post from today and correct it?
And finally …
I’m going to be a bit mean with this one and not give you any help – see if you can correct it yourself and we’ll talk about it next time …
How could you rewrite I have started learning English just 4 years ago to make it more correct?
Anyway, that’s it for today. We had a public holiday today (hurray!) so I’ll write soon and let you know what we got up to! (If I’m feeling really brave I might even try and include some pictures …)
Vocab from today:
to have butterflies (expression)
(to keep your) fingers crossed (expr)
keeps me on my toes (expr)
start off (v)
hustle and bustle (n)
pinch (v) – there’s more than one meaning to this one!
figure out (v)
to get up to (something) (v)
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