Birthdays and weddings
Am I right in guessing your computer is fixed and fully functioning now? It’s only when computers break down that you realise how important they are to your life…how did we live without them!
Today is Lantern Festival in China and officially the last day of the Chinese new Year; it's also my Nan's 85th and another of my friend's birthday.
By 10am UK time today, my Nan should have received the card I sent her through the post and a delivery of all her favourite, luxury food stuffs that I ordered online to be delivered to her door. I sent her a huge chocolate cake, pork pie, scones and clotted cream, chocolate coated marzipan etc as they are things she loves and doesn’t often buy for herself. The gift was following my Mum’s advice and Mum’s are always right!
Here is a picture of my Nan with Teah; it was taken last summer when I was visiting the UK.
Now onto Anastasia’s wedding plans…yes I think a hair pin is fine for the ‘something borrowed ‘bit and I’m sure we’d all love to help choose your wedding invitations but do you trust our opinions?!
I absolutely love St. Michael’s Cathedral, it is so dramatic, imposing and awe-inspiring. How lucky you are to be getting married there! I’m sure it will be a ‘fairy-tale ‘wedding in such a location, it is the kind of place that I imagine the rich and famous, celebrities to get married in (is there something you are not telling us?!)Do many people get married there? Did you have to book the cathedral many, many months in advance? How many guests will be invited to the church ceremony? And the reception?
In keeping with the theme of the blogs, I’ve decided to tell you briefly about my wedding day. I got married in China and my and my husband’s immediate family came over for the wedding. Even though neither of us are religious, we got married in a church(one of the very few in Beijing)I followed the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ tradition, wore a very simple ivory dress but in general we didn’t want the pomp and ceremony or the formality of dress that traditional weddings have. The only people to attend the church ceremony were our families. Here is a picture of my Dad walking me down the aisle to ‘give me away’.
This was taken in the church grounds after the wedding ceremony. From left to right in the picture Jamie, my brother, my Dad, my Mum, me, Rossen, Rossen’s Mum (carrying my bouquet, she wanted to look like a bride too!), Rossen’s Dad who appears to be having forty winks and his brother, Victor.
The reception was the really fun and unusual part of the day but I’m going to keep you on a knife’s edge and tell you about that another time!
Thanks for all your comments, please forgive me if I don’t reply to all the comments every week.
The meaning of ‘each to his own’ was guessed correctly by Hyoshil and Ana Paula; it means everyone has their own ideas and opinions
Kuldeep, thanks for the jokes and the information. Hope your daughter is happy and is learning English well.
Paco, so you are looking forward to a holiday next week on the 28th. How do people spend this day usually?
Marianna thanks for the comments. Teah can’t draw yet, she can only scribble at the moment. I could post some drawings of my own on the blog though. My artistic skills are so bad you might think my pictures were drawn by a child!
Kristina thanks for the info. Of course, I know echolalia refer to autism as I’m studying child development. The point I was trying to make to all readers was that native speakers come across new words all the time and we should look them up in a dictionary and remember them, just as students of English should do;-). I also think it is a very nice word to say as it just rolls off the tongue.
Adek to understand a woman is a contradiction in terms!
Abida, if I had a penny for all the students who had asked me a quick way to learn phrasal verbs, I’d be a rich woman. Unfortunately, phrasal verbs are one of those things that just mean hard slog and difficult study. I don’t know a fast way to learn them especially as they often have multiple meanings and sometimes a literal and metaphorical meaning too. Reading helps in understanding how they are used and experience of the language teaches you more and more. Can anyone else offer any suggestions for learning phrasal verbs for Abida? Anastasia how did you get your head around phrasal verbs so well?
Learning new vocabulary, I can share some of the methods I suggest to students and the feedback has been that the method is useful. Remember different methods work for different people.A simple method is to write the new vocabulary word on a small slip of paper. Also write what kind of word it is (n., adj., adv., v., prep.), write the meaning (using English if possible or accompanied by a translation) and also write a simple sentence using that word. When you have about 10-15 slips of paper, put them in an envelope and carry the envelope around with you all day in your bag or pocket. Whenever you have 5 minutes free time, go through and read each the piece of paper one by one and do it as many times per day as possible. When you really know a word, you can leave that piece of paper at home for future review and put a new word into your envelope.
A similar technique can be employed using cue cards in a small box at home, read the first card in your box then put it to the back , keep going through the words until you know them. If you are using cue cards remember that colours (using different coloured pens or coloured cards) and pictures aid your memory too.
Thus far my week has been pretty ordinary, Nastya but tonight I’m going out with 4 friends for a birthday bash. We are going to do something ‘posh’, dress up, go to a five star hotel in downtown Beijing and eat Italian buffet dinner and drink free-flow wine that is included too. I’ll try and remember to take my camera and get some pictures of us all. I have the rest of the day to wonder (as typically women do) ‘what shall I wear?’ and to conclude ‘I have nothing to wear’!!!
Bye for now and have a great day
PS I'm struggling to find anything but minor and infrequent errors in your blogs Anastasia. I think I may have to set you another challenge soon to keep you on your toes!
fully functioning everything working as it should be
imposing (adj) impressive and grand appearance
awe-inspiring (adj) a feeling of respect and wonder mixed together
immediate family close family
pomp (n) big ceremony or impressive display
to have forty winks a have a short nap/sleep
to keep someone on a knife's edge to keep someone in suspense
to roll off the tongue nice sound and easy to say
a contradiction in termsstatement containng two words which contradict each other's meaning
hard slog difficult struggle
to get your head around something to understand something
birthday bash birthday party
posh (adj) luxurious, upper-class
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