Have a good weekend
Hope you’re all looking forward to the weekend. What plans do you have? This Saturday is officially “Daddy Pamper Day” in our house. If you pamper someone, you look after them or spoil them, perhaps giving them treats or presents, or doing something nice for them. While I was in the UK for my sister’s wedding, Steve had a fun but tough week looking after the kids all on his own. He is more than used to this, as he works from home and takes care of Josh and Rachy while I go to the office to work, but I think he deserves a day off on Saturday. I am hoping that he can get a long lie-in in bed, while I whisk the children away (silently, of course) for a morning out. Here is an old shot of the kids.
So, what will I do with the children? Well, it’s getting really hot over here at the moment. I think it was around 38 degrees C which rules out a lot of activities that normally we could do outdoors, like going to the park or visiting the palace. Fortunately, Bangkok has lots of indoor options for small kids, so I think I’ll probably take them both to see the fish at the aquarium (Josh loves looking at the crabs) and then we’ll go to one of the many play centers around town. I love going out for coffee, so I might brave Starbucks or something like that. Then we’ll meet Steve for lunch and I’ll take the kids home while Steve has a mooch around town. He loves bookshops, and I bet he will make a beeline straight to his favourite book store (despite the fact that I have just bought him some new books from the UK….) before heading off to the pub for a quick pint.
In the evening I’m cooking! Not sure what yet, but inspiration will strike me sometime during the day on Saturday, I hope. Steve is a carnivore and loves meat. I like meat, but also love vegetarian food. I once tried to introduce Mondays as “vegetarian day” in our house. It lasted well for a couple of weeks, until on the 3rd week I came home to a very strange smell in the house. I thought I could smell mince cooking, but couldn’t work out why. I had made a very nice vegetarian chilli for us the night before and was really looking forward to it. Well what do you know – my meat eating husband and emptied a pound of minced beef into my beautiful chilli. I have never let him live that down! So tomorrow, I’ll probably do steak or duck. Cooking is one of my great passions and I have a large range of cookbooks, which I will flick through to choose a nice recipe.
Here are your corrections from last time.
Supriya To look forward TO something (not for); Xuan’s (with an apostrophe)
Merce Every day is 2 words. And I changed the position in the sentence
James Capital ‘s’ on See you
Vladimir Become ‘acquainted’ with (not become a bit common)See YOU later.
Kuldeep To give a gift (not gifting)
Antonio ‘Admitted’ should be ‘permitted’ or ‘allowed’
Pedro Warm welcome (not worm – a worm is a small animal that lives in soil); One of the mostDiligent (not dilligent)
Paulraj Software companies.... teachers (not soft ware teacher)
Miao I have graduated (not ‘now I graduated’); Effort TO learn English (not effort ON learning)
Yanko Supports (not support); Work for (not work)
Ernesto Thailand (not Tailand); Beautiful (beatifull) 100 times please
Ana Paula Best Wishes (not wihes)
Now then, here are some things to keep you busy over the weekend. I hope I have covered everyone – if I have missed you out I am very sorry. All comments refer to your responses to my blog dated 2 April.
Ok – who asked me about self-interest? Self-interest (noun) means doing something purely for yourself and not caring about anyone else. The expression ‘out of interest’ means ‘I would like to know’.
Leila – what is the missing preposition – ‘left off the plane due ___ overbooking’?
Vladimir – I want you to think about singular and plural (agreement) and reword a couple of phrases you wrote. (1) There isn’t any doubt / doubts; (2) who is / are the teacher blogger (choose the correct word for each sentence). Can you explain why?
Anwar – is it ‘i’ or ‘I’? Can you tell me why? I would also like to learn another language when I retire.
Jeronimo14 - Do you go to live ‘to’ another country? What is the correct preposition here?
Ernesto – I like your sentence which starts ‘From the hot and dry desert…’. Instead of saying ‘following to’ you could say ‘down to…”. As you are writing ‘beautiful’ 100 times, remember to put a ‘u’ in it :-)
Ana Paula – is key word transformation ‘a hard part’ or ‘the hardest part’? Don’t worry – ‘a hard part’ is grammatically correct, I’m just wondering if that is exactly what you meant? Can you explain the difference between the 2 phrases.
Silwal – what word is missing here? (1) to work in ___ multicultural environment; (2) to work in ___ growing company. It’s the same word both times. Do you know why you need it?
Tanya – did you mean ‘exhaustive’ instead of ‘exhausted’? Can you explain the difference between these 2 words?
Cristina – when you talk about your friend in Ohio, did you mean ‘know’ or ‘meet’? What is the difference?
Mina – check your preposition in the phrase ‘keep on the good job’. What should it be?
Supriya – what is the difference between ‘write’ and ‘right’?
Miao – the UK is 6 hours behind Thailand. Do you really have a lot of furnitures? Or do you have a lot of furniture. Why have I corrected this? And 4 years is a long time to be leaving somewhere. Do you mean living? Can you explain what these 2 verbs mean?
Merce – ‘how is people’ or ‘how are the people’? Which is correct, and why?
Ryan – ‘funnily enough’ is correct.
Habooba – my secret is that to stay active, you have to be active. And drink coffee. Lots of it!
Maryam – I promise I will post some pics. They are all on my sister’s camera, so when she gets back from her honeymoon I will post them.
James – I will try to correct your work where possible. I am glad you like to be corrected. (Compare your post to mine and think about the words ‘correct’ and ‘corrected’. What do you notice?)
Paulraj – is it a ‘detail’ blog or a ‘detailed’ blog? What is the difference between ‘detail’ and ‘detailed’?
Hyoshil – I really like your expressions ‘full of beans’ and ‘fresh as a daisy’. I bet that not everyone knows what they mean – can you explain them for everyone using other words?
Hi Michelle – I have been to Beijing and loved it. I chose to learn French at university (compare this sentence to what you wrote in your blog – is it the same, or different?)
Alireza – You wrote ‘I’m employee’. What word is missing between ‘I’m’ and ‘employee’? Why do you need it?
Antonio (from Portugal) – tell me, do you ‘do’ mistakes, or ‘make’ mistakes? Can you think of 3 other nouns that we can use with ‘do’, and 3 others that we use with ‘make’? To answer your question, I prefer to work in the private sector for now, because it’s a change from the public sector.
Kuldeep – I want you to look up ‘less’ and ‘lessen’, and think about the word lesser (is this a word – is there a different irregular comparative that you can use instead?). Then go back to your blog and think about changes you need to make to ‘face lesser language problems’ and ‘to less homesickness’.
Hi Adek – thanks for post. Don’t feel you have to read fast – take your time and enjoy it.
Jura – that’s an interesting question about how to replace the word ‘read’. What ideas do you have? Tell me and then I’ll give you mine. Perhaps people leave the UK because it’s too cold, or perhaps they think ‘the grass is greener on the other side’. Do you know this expression – if you don’t mind, can you look it up and explain it to everyone?
That’s all folks! Just to manage your expectations, I won’t blog at the weekend (weekends are for relaxing and family, don’t you agree) so speak to you again on Monday.
Have a great weekend,
PS – there might be a vocabulary test on Monday, so you can also revise all the new words I have given you :-)
To whisk someone away (vb – slightly poetic usage)– to carry someone off with a flourish
To rule out (Vb) – to prevent from doing
To brave doing something (vb, informal) – here means that Starbucks will be very busy and crowded, so it will be a challenge for me to go there with 2 kids
To mooch (vb, informal) – to wander round casually
To make a beeline (vb phrase, informal) – to go directly to a particular place
A quick pint (adj + noun, informal) – a pint is around 630ml and is the measurement used for drinks in English pub. I’ve called it a ‘quick pint’ to indicate that he will drink it quickly and not spend too long in the pub J. You could also say, for example, ‘do you fancy a quick coffee?’ or ‘would you like a quick bite to eat?’, meaning that you probably don’t have much time and don’t want to spend too long on either activity.
Mince (noun) - minced meat (could be any kind of meat, but in the Uk usually beef or pork)
To manage expectations (vb) – to make sure you know what I will do and when, what you can expect from me
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