What's in your fridge?
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Hi Cris and everyone,
Thanks for all the good wishes everyone. It is really kind of you to take the time to write – thank you. I still felt a bit under the weather this morning, but much better than yesterday. Rachel is still a bit sick, poor little thing, but putting a brave face on it. It’s not stopping her playing with her lego though, but she is sleeping more than usual.
Cris, your corrections were almost spot on. I would just add ‘ever’ to sentence 1, so it reads ‘this is the best photo I have ever taken’. And I like the way you have become a ‘teacher blogger’, with all the FCE tips. Your advice is excellent. It is good to have a bank of words and phrases that you can use to replace and, but and so. I noticed one typo (spelling mistake) in the TO GIVE INFORMATION section. Can you find it? You do not need to use ‘in addition to’ exclusively with verbs. For example, it can be followed by a pronoun, as you have indicated for ‘as well as’
Rice and mangoes are two very important Thai exports. In addition to these, Thailand also produces a lot of the world’s coffee.
The movie lesson went well. We had a few technical hitches this morning, when the video equipment would not work, but we have a superb technical support team in the office and they jumped on the problem and fixed it very quickly. I think the students were a bit shocked when they heard the first film clip. It is always really hard to watch a movie in a foreign language, especially without subtitles. However, once you have heard the dialogue a couple of times, and you get used to the sound of the voices and the speed of speech, it becomes a little easier.
Thank you James for spotting my mistake with the vocabulary. The word for S -- -- -- -- D – D was indeed SPLENDID and not SUPERB. And Hyoshil, I would like to see a picture of your fridge with all your vocabulary on it. I think that fridges give away a lot about a person’s lifestyle. People often stick notices, messages, memos etc on their fridges so you can easily see what things they do in their spare time. And also if you look inside a person’s fridge you can tell a lot about them and their lifestyle. Are they married, or single? Do they cook, or eat out all of the time? It is always a great comfort to me, when I go back to my mum’s house, to look in the fridge to see what she has stocked it up with for me. It’s like being a kid again. If you share my passion for fridges, perhaps you might like to read this series of BBC articles at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7147730.stm, where they take a peek at fridges around the world and what people keep in them.
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Our fridge is full of water. You can’t drink water from the tap in Thailand, so we have to buy bottled water. We usually have a stock of fruit and vegetables for the kids, cooked rice (you never have to cook rice here – you just buy it ready cooked), cokes, bread, butter, coffee, lots of milk, eggs, orange juice, beer for Steve, sometimes a bottle of wine and always lots and lots of chocolate :-) What’s in your fridge?
Cris, tomorrow is your last day blogging. How do you feel? What plans do you have for the coming few weeks? I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed blogging with you this month. I have enjoyed getting to know you and hearing about Oscar, your family and cousins, your workmates, hearing about your travels and sharing all of your photos. You have an excellent command of English and you have kept us all entertained over the past month. Please keep in touch via the comments page and just keep on using English whenever you can. Take care of yourself and speak to you soon, I hope.
Have a good evening and best wishes to you all,
Under the weather – to not feel well
to be spot on - to be correct
to put a brave face on it - to cope with something despite difficulty
Technical hitches – technical problems
To jump on the problem (informal) – to deal with the problem quickly
To stock up – to fill
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