A rainbow to brighten up your day
Sounds like you had a fantastic holiday in 2006 Yanko even though some parts of it were very tiring. Do you go on a holiday every year? Is it more common for Brazilians to travel around their own country or go abroad? With so much to see and do in your own country, I suppose there is no necessity to travel overseas unless you want to experience another culture or different climate. The hot springs sounded particularly appealing to me. I’ve been told of many similar springs in Japan and am waiting for the time and money to go! By the way, can you tell us about your family so we can put names and information to the faces we saw on the photos?
I must say thanks to all those readers who sent me ‘get well soon’ wishes, Merce, Kuldeep, Wisarut and many others. I’m partially recovered I have to say and now it seems it’s not food poisoning but some intestinal infection. Marianna, you are right that at this time of year with the weather and temperature changes, lots of viruses and infections are being passed around (and I hope the atmosphere at your workplace improves soon).
I’m taking Chinese herbal medicine as I’m a great believer in it. I have used different types of Chinese traditional medicine before and it has always worked. I sprained my ankle whilst doing aerobics a few years ago and I couldn’t put any body weight on it as it was so painful. I couldn’t walk so I hobbled to the pharmacist who gave me a huge band-aid and a small bottle of black, tar-like, evil-smelling liquid to put on the sprain. It took 1 day for the pain to go and 2 days for all the swelling to disappear.
I started taking the medicine for my current complaint yesterday so let’s see how long it takes to work…Hyoshil; I understand what you are saying about having to soldier on even when you feel ill or tired when you have kids. Even when Mum is ill, the children want to eat, play, and run riot all day and never give Mum a break.
Laetitia, thanks for you comments.
Tanya most of my students are international students (from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan) and I also teach some Japanese ladies. When I do work as an IELTS or AEAS examiner the students are all Chinese.
Eugeny sorry to disappoint you but I definitely am not amongst the people at the Temple of Heaven early in the morning. One reason is that I live far away from the temple and the other is that I have Teah to look after in the mornings and I’m comatose until the second she wakes up (about 7am) and I’m always dying for more sleep!
Eszter now I am used to life in China after 10 years but it was not easy to get over the culture shock. When I arrived in Beijing, it was not at all westernized and you had to speak Chinese in order to buy anything, go anywhere or get any service. No one spoke any English which made life difficult from the onsetbecause then I spoke no Chinese and everything was alien to me culturally and environmentally. The first year was interesting, the second year was frustrating, the third year I had had enough and wanted to leave. However, because my husband wanted to remain in China, I had to persevere. By the end of the fourth year, I felt that I had got used to the ups and downs of life here and could cope with it. Foreigners in China often say that their relationship with China is a ‘love-hate’ one; I’m no exception.
A few language points to note for you Yanko
1) Water slides (not ‘slides water’), this error is about word order and it should be adjective before noun.
2) ‘One week after, I go…’ this is a tense error. As your holiday is in the past and is finished now, you should write ‘One week after I went…’For the same reason (holiday finished action in the past), your sentence ‘I’ve stopped in more two cities in Minas Gerais’ should be in past simple tense like this ‘I stopped in two more cities’
3) In the last part of the same sentence ‘to buy a typical region food and souvenirs ‘,food’ is an uncountable noun so cannot be preceded by ‘a’ and the word ‘region’ is a noun so here you should use the adjective which is ‘regional’.The sentence should be 'to buy typical, regional food'.
I'll leave you now with a picture of a rainbow that was over my parent's house last summer when I visited. I love rainbows and although the end of the rainbow seemed to be in their back garden, I found no gold when I dug the whole garden up :-) Do you have any idioms or sayings about rainbows in your own language?
partially (adv) part, not totally
intestinal (adj) relating to the intestines(the long tubes that are part of the digestive tract)
sprained (v) A painful wrenching or twisting of the ligaments of a joint
hobbled (v) to limp
pharmasist (n) chemist, someone who prepares and sells medicine
complaint (n) illness
soldier on to continue to do something in a determined way even though its difficult
comatose (adj) in a very deep sleep and can't be woken easily
westernized (adj) become like the culture or things inwestern countries
onset (n) the beginning
persevere (v) to keep going/persist even though you face difficulties or obstacles
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