Responses to readers
Thank you all for continuing to blog. Here are some individual responses to you all. I have written words in CAPITAL LETTERS where I have reworded sections from your posts. Thank you for all of your comments and please keep blogging.
Hi Mark – I got all the numbers from a TV programme. I have a big imagination, but I am not that good with numbers! I think this is the first time you have written a response to one of my blogs, so let me say “hello” to you officially. But tell me, is Mark and Italian name? Are you Italian?
Hello Yanko. This is modern live or LIFE? It would be difficult for US to give up our cell phones etc. How could WE do it? I like your ‘out of curiosity’ question about transport. When I lived in London, I had a 2-hour commute to work each way. Now, it’s 15 minutes door to door (that means from leaving the door of my house to arriving at the door of my office) Over a lifetime? Steve is busy trying to work it out for me…
Hello Shu – I am glad we can help you learn a second LANGUAGE. Thanks for taking the time to write us a reply. Where in Japan do you live?
Hello again busy bee Pary – you don’t have to apologise about not commenting on every blog. It’s great to hear from you when you have the time. I also think the breakfast you describe is disgusting. But, I am sure that some people must like it. You are also right – don’t think about how many beauty productS (or cosmetics) we women use. Well done for doing the vocabulary. I will post the answers tomorrow, to give everyone the chance to do them.
Hi Anwar - good to hear from you and I am always happy to share INFORMATION with you. Does a third of food BOUGHT by rich people really end up in the rubbish dump without BEING eaten? Do you know that in the UK most food has a ‘sell by’ and ‘eat by’ date on it? These refer to the date by which a produce must be sold (or the supermarket will throw it out) or, once you have bought it, the date by which the product must be eaten. A lot of people think that once the food has reached its sell by date, then you need to throw it out, but in my opinion that is not always true. It’s such a waste. Anyway, I think we are both ‘singing off the same hymn sheet’ (this is a cliché which means ‘we agree with each other) about food waste etc.
Hi Habooba – lovely to hear from you again. I like your approach to trying to work out what’s in my blog. I will try to find more pictures to keep you GUESSING next time. Please remind me which country you are from, as it wasn't mentioned in your blog. Thanks for your comments.
Hello JinHee and welcome to the blog. Please tell us more about yourself. What do you do in Seoul (are you working, are you a student etc) and one fact about yourself that you would like to share with everyone. Thank you for blogging and speak to you soon.
Hi Silwal. Good to hear from you again. I like your word ‘edutainment’. I agree with you that using a movie does have some DRAWBACKS with the language level. But, I think that by typing up some of the difficult or crucial passages, so that students can read as well as listen, I can overcome these. What do you think? Thank you for your kind wishes for the success of the programme.
Hello Tanya. Nice to hear from you again. I am sorry to hear that you don’t ENJOY going to the cinema. Please tell me more about your collection of GOOD OLD (word order here…) videos that you BUY in second hand shops. This is a great place to buy things. What about the internet – do you use sites like e-bay, for example, to buy movies? Death on the Nile PRICED at only 5 euros sounds like a bargain to me, you LUCKY lady. I hope you had a good evening listening TO Agatha Christies. Bye for now.
Hello Bezya – I think this is the first time we have spoken (blogged!) so hello and thanks for your comments. Phrasal verbs are a minefield (this means they are very difficult). I have give Cris some exercises on phrasal verbs already, so have a look back (there’s a phrasal verb for you!) through our blogs to find some exercises you can do. I’m going to give you some examples of how to use the phrasal verbs you mentioned. Can you notice any differences in usage?
I don’t want to end our relationship
I don’t want this blog to end
I don’t want to end up alone.
If you don’t work hard at school you might end up with a bad job.
Please clean the flat while I’m out.
Can you clean up this mess please?
Hello Ana Paula – how are you doing? You are lucky to have so many arthouse cinemas in Sao Paulo. When I lived at home back in Newcastle, I also used to go to matinees. I always liked going to the cinema in the afternoon. What film would you next like to see?
Hi Praveen Raj – I am studying my degree through the Open University, which is an English institution. To study at most universities in Thailand you need to speak Thai, and sadly my Thai is not that good. Hope you had a good week yourself and speak to you soon.
Hello Chaos – how are you doing? Have a look at the photo in the blog of my son eating chocolate. And I talk about chocolate at the beginning. That’s why it’s called ‘chocolate’. Tell me more about your life in China.
Hi Paulraj – have you never seen a movie ON the internet? Please don’t feel guilty about not making any comments over the past week. You must be very busy with your job. It is good to hear from you when you have time.
Hello Vladimir – thanks for blogging again. I look forward to your challenging comments :-) Don’t you think I am entitled to complain about where I live, even just a little bit? I’ve tried your version of cooking hot chocolate. A friend of mine once went to Mexico, and brought me back a box of chocolate tablets. I used to mix them with hot milk, as you describe, to make hot chocolate. Quite a lengthy process, but quite delicious. Keep blogging!
Night night everyone,
PS - Happy St George's Day
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