Thanks very much for giving us such a vivid impression of the run-up to Christmas in Elche, Silvia - the traditional and the not-so-traditional aspects! There's just one thing I don't understand: "At that right night" - I'd appreciate it if you could explain this.
Your answers to the questions I set are absolutely right. (Is it right now? is more usual than 'Is it now right'? And instead of 'the good one', use the correct version.)
I've been thinking about something you wrote about Elche in your first blog ..... The most familiar collocation of world heritage is world heritage site - the Palm Grove is a world heritage site, but the Elche Mystery Play obviously isn't a site, as such. So you could say that there are two attractions in Elche that have achieved world heritage status, or maybe that Elche has achieved two world heritage listings.
I didn't know that Elche produces nearly half of Spain's footwear. I wonder if that fact is also exploited in promoting the town? (Is it a town or a city??) There's a town in England called Northampton which was traditionally a major centre of shoemaking, and it has a "Life and Sole" (!) museum which documents the history of the industry and which houses, as you'd expect, a huge collection of boots and shoes of all sorts, shapes and sizes. Sounds pretty 'pedestrian', doesn't it? But when I went there I was really surprised how interesting it was.
I only need to cast a glance at the calendar to realise that Christmas is fast approaching, but I can't really feel it yet, perhaps because of the weather - it's pouring with rain and the wind's howling. There's a bit more of a Christmassy atmosphere - although a very synthetic one - in bigger towns with shopping malls.
The plural of Santa Claus is Santa Clauses, just like 'houses', 'sizes', etc. Of course we all know that there's really only one Santa Claus, who lives in Lapland, but there are so many good imitators that we need the plural form. And you can find them, more and more of them, in Poland just as in so many other countries, in the shopping centres that are increasingly dominating the retail scene. Full of shoppers with more bags than fingers, and a lot of them with more money than sense, it seems. Or, as you say: "Some people have no sense of moderation when it comes to spending money." Perfect - it really hits the nail on the head!
(A phonetic joke: When you've seen one shopping centre, you've seen 'em all. Get it? The explanation is at the end of this blog.)
The sentence: "Kids are dying for the Christmas Day to come and find their desired presents under the Christmas tree or into the stocking" is interesting. It's a good attempt to combine two ideas in an economical way:
1 Kids are dying for Christmas Day to come
2 Kids are dying to find the presents they've asked for under the Christmas tree or in their stocking
- but unfortunately it doesn't quite work because there are two different structures:
1 They're dying for something to happen
2 They're dying to do something
So how can you combine these two? The best solution is probably to be less economical - something like this:
Kids are dying for Christmas Day to come, and they can't wait to find the presents they've asked for under the Christmas tree or in their stocking.
Later this month I'll tell you a bit more about what a traditional Polish Christmas is like.
If you ask a question that you think might a bit be too inquisitive, you can say:
I don't want to pry, but .....
I don't want to be nosy, but .....
But don't worry, your question about my connection with Alicante is fine! And the answer is simply that a friend of mine lives there. He's been there for ages, and he works as an English teacher.
The explanation of the 'phonetic joke' is that When you've seen one shopping centre, you've seen 'em all sounds the same as When you've seen one shopping centre, you've seen a mall.
(mall = a large building with lots of shops, restaurants, maybe a cinema, etc.)
A couple of questions for everybody:
1 How many ways can you re-arrange these components to make a correct sentence:
in every city
2 Everybody wants to have the best car = Everybody wants to be .....
3 What were the expressions in this blog that mean:
- the period of time just before an important event such as Christmas?
- to have a quick look at something
- to say something that is exactly right or appropriate
(Of course, it's advisable to try to recall them first, before you read through to find them.)
4 Life and sole is also a phonetic joke - can you explain it?
5 How can you introduce a question that you think may be a bit too personal or inquisitive?
That's all for now.
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