Talking about walking
I haven't heard about the grape seed tradition before, Silvia - it sounds pretty tricky! I used to like turrón, but it's too sweet for me now. I remember walking in the hills above Alicante in February, and the amazing sight of groves of almond trees in blossom!
Talking about walking, I went for a walk along the beach today. I said before that the shape of the dunes is constantly changing, and the same thing applies to the beach. You can never be quite sure how wide it's going to be, and sometimes there are miniature sand 'cliffs' about half a metre or a metre high, that appear for a few weeks and then disappear again. Today, after a few days of pretty stormy weather, the beach was quite narrow in places, and there were heaps of sand blown onto the wooden steps that lead down to the beach.
Sometimes, after a storm, if you're lucky, you can find pieces of amber, which is solidified resin (the sticky substance produced by pine trees). If you're not so lucky, on the other hand, you only find plastic cartons and bits of wood. Amber is used in making jewellery. It can be any shade of yellow or orange, or even green, or sometimes even black. Very often it's translucent (it lets light through) and occasionally you can see insects trapped inside.
Did I find any amber today? No. I didn't bother looking, actually - it was already getting dark.
Here's a photo of the beach - not today, though ..... it must have been taken in the spring or autumn. The rather grand building on the right is a hotel.
Moving to the city ..... Do you know what's wrong with the phrase "the today's city"? Well, the answer is that you don't say "the today", so you don't say "the today's". There are two better versions:
the city of today
Another example of the same thing is "the Spain’s footwear industry". You don't say 'the Spain', so you should say:
Spain’s footwear industry
the Spanish footwear industry
Similarly, Ana Paula wrote "the shoes history". If you were talking about some particular shoes, such as a pair of shoes that had taken you on a lot of adventures, you could in fact say 'the shoes' history', but if you're talking about shoes in general, you should say:
the history of shoes
Chinalucy wrote: "Without shoes, we cannot take even one step forward." Although it isn't literally true (after all, people can walk barefoot) I like it very much and I think that as a metaphor it would quite a good 'quote to live by', don't you? (I suppose it would also be quite a good slogan for the footwear industry!)
Towns and cities: People generally think of cities as being really big places, but in Britain the official, bureaucratic definition of a city is a place with either a cathedral or a university. So Wells, in England, with its magnificent cathedral and its population of 10,000, is officially a city, and so is St. Andrews, in Scotland, with its university dating back to the early 15th century - the third oldest university in the United Kingdom, in fact; I suppose you can all guess which the first two were? The population of St. Andrews is 16,000 ..... plus 8000 students!
Here are some more good suggestions that readers have made for asking delicate questions:
I don't mean to be personal, but .....
Sorry if I'm being too personal, but .....
Don't take it the wrong way, but .....
For those of you who'd like a bit of practice .....
Can you correct these sentences from various blog participants:
Is evident its Arabic cultural heritage.
What does it mean the expression "irse de tapas"?
It's also traditional the chocolate yule log.
See if you can fill the gaps in these sentences. You can find all the answers in the blogs by Silvia and me.
Łeba is ______ for its dunes.
It's got a lot in common ______ Elche.
Mistakes are an ______ part of the process of learning.
The "Life and Sole" museum ______ a huge collection of boots and shoes of all sorts, shapes and sizes.
It's pouring ______ rain.
At midnight every clock ______ 12.
Some people have no sense of ______ when it comes ______ spending money.
I can't single ____ one film as my favourite.
Tourism is the major ______ of income.
Climate change is a direct ______ of the way human beings act.
Thanks for pointing ______ that Spanish Christmas traditions are different.
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