The most famous square in China
Hello there Yanko
I’m not sure if you read any of my blogs as you never seem to answer any questions or respond to the language points I am raising. Nevertheless, I’ll continue to chat to you and ask you for more information about things that you write; I’m also hoping that you understand the corrections to some of your writing errors. Please let me know if you need any more explanations!
The carnival certainly is one of the most famous things about Rio and it springs to mind whenever the city is mentioned. I sometimes eat in a restaurant here called ‘Rio Brazilian BBQ’ and they show DVD’s of the carnival on big screens with very catchy music all night, every night. It looks amazing and the costumes are very decorative and elaborate. You said that the carnival’s history is an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh but, from what I’ve seen of the carnival from recordings, pleasures of the flesh are a primary focus!! There are many sexy and scantily dressed women and men in the carnival and a percentage of them are topless!! I bet it would be a really memorable experience to attend a carnival like that but I doubt I'd go topless ;-) What would you wear Yanko?
I’ll move on from that point to look at some of the errors in your posting;
1) ‘Many personalities, celebrities and foreign come from all of world participate…’ This sentence should read ‘Many personalities, celebrities and foreigners come from all over the world to participate…’
2) ‘Carnival is the most of popular festival in Brazil’ Did you want to write ‘The carnival is the most popular festival in Brazil’?
3) The carnival have, this is another error of agreement so note that it should be ‘The carnival has’
4) ‘The parade starts Sunday evening and go on into early morning Monday of the celebration’ the first half of the sentence is correct but the second half should read ‘and the celebration goes on into the early hours of Monday morning’. Here I have changed the word order, made the verb agree and added a phrase.
5) ‘There are a street carnival at famous place in Rio like Copacabana, Ipanema’ Sorry to point out another error in agreement of tense and plural noun but the mistakes in these areas are frequent so I’m hoping that you can recognize these reoccurring errors and try to correct them. The correct sentence is ‘There is a street carnival in famous places in Rio like…’ or ‘There are street carnivals in famous places in Rio.. .’
As some readers told me they know little about the most famous landmarks in China, I thought I’d write a bit about one today. I’m also following Yanko’s topic of ‘the most famous’ by talking about Tian’anmen Square which is the heart of Beijing.It is the central point and the rest of the city has been built and planned around it.
Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest square-a good general knowledge fact that will help you in a game of Trivial Pursuit or a local pub quiz!. It is surely one of China’s most iconic spots and conjures up different attitudes and feelings in different people due to events that have occurred there. During the Qing dynasty, it was just a kind of corridor between ministry buildings and no where near the size it is today. Those structures were knocked down in 1911 and it wasn’t until some time in the late 1950’s that the square was enlarged to its present size and Soviet –style building were put up to flank it. The new style square was made because it was the 10th anniversary of the PRC at that time.
Nearly every time I have visited the square it is packed with tourists from all over China and overseas, I’ve never seen it without the photo-snapping, kite- flying hoards! If you can get up early enough (again, you have to be an early riser!), crowds of people gather at sunrise for the flag raising ceremony. The Chinese flag is raised daily at sunrise and set at sunset. On national holidays, the square is festooned with red flags and flowers and there are always many more troops of the Chinese army present at holiday times compared to ordinary days.
At one end of the square(north end I think!) is a building called the gate of Heavenly Peace and it has a huge portrait of the former Chinese Chairman, Mao on it so he can look out across the square. As I don't have a picture of the Square to hand, I have posted a picture of the gate with Mao's portrait which looks small in the photo but is, in fact, huge.
If you go through the gate, you will enter the Forbidden City. This ‘city’ is the place where the imperial families lived during the Ming and Qing dynasties and it’s vast. The other buildings around Tian’anmen square are Great Hall of the People, used for government meetings and other very special events, China National Museum and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.
I'm sure Chinese people could give many more interesting facts and figures and even stories about the Square and the Forbidden city; all I've done is try to give you a taster here.
Well, that's my lot for today. I need some shut eye!
PS How much time do you spend studying English every week Yanko? Do you self-study or attend classes?
springs to mind to appear suddenly or immediately in your thoughts
catchy (adj) attractive and appealing, easily remembered
scantily dressed wearing very few(not enough) clothes
iconic (adj) an important symbol
conjures up creates or brings into the mind
Soviet-style Russian- style
flank (v) placed on the sided of something
hoards (n) large gathering of people
festooned (adj) decorated with
taster (n) sample, tester
shut eye sleep
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