good luck with exam number 3 !
Hello Xuan and everyone,
It’s Monday and the start of my last week as teacher blogger. I am really, really going to miss doing this. I have had a lot of fun writing the blogs and chatting with everyone.
Anyway, now is not the time to get down. We still have one week together!
Xuan, thank you for your post on Sunday. Good luck for your exam today. I hope this is not a silly question, but if you left school in 2006 why are you going to a school year ending ceremony now? I am very curious! Was this for your class, or the class after you? Or was this more of a reunion (this is where a group of people who once knew each other get together again)? What are your classmates doing now? Have you all gone to university together, or have you gone your separate ways (this means, have most of you done different things)?
Let’s review the quiz I set you last time. Here are the rules. All of the words can all be used with countable nouns, but only ‘a lot’ can also be used with uncountable nouns. Be careful when you say that few has a negative meaning. I know what you mean – it means ‘not many’, but we use it with a ‘positive construction’ e.g. there are few shops open before 9am (meaning, not many shops open before 9am). Again, ‘little’ implies a negative meaning, but we use a positive verb construction, e.g. there is little hope of finding survivors (meaning, there is not much hope of finding survivors). We don’t say *there is not little hope. Here is a quick summary of some examples.
• There are few cars on the road (countable, positive – means ‘a small number of cars’ i.e. not many)
• There are a few cars on the road (countable, positive – means ‘a small number of cars’)
• There are many cars on the road (countable, positive)
• There are not many cars on the road (countable, negative)
• There are a lot of cars on the road (countable, positive – can also be used with uncountable)
• There are not a lot of cars on the road (countable, negative – can also be used with uncountable)
Sentences (1) and (3) you got the wrong way round. The answers should be:
There are few cars or motor bikes in my home town.
There are only a few cars and motorbikes in my home town.
Sentences (2), (4) and (5) you got correct.
And here are the vocabulary definitions from last time.
Hordes - lots
Plonked the kids – to plonk something down means to put something down forcefully
To let them blow off steam – to run around and get rid of tension
To get the 2 kids together – to push the 2 children into a relationship (here, used in a joking sense)
Doomed – can never be successful
Well, let me tell you about something that upset me today. I was working late tonight and did a bit of shopping on the way home. I finally got to the end of my street at about 7.30pm, to be met by a very large elephant. Seriously, a large, grey elephant with a howdah on the top (this is a type of seat) and a red flashing light tied to its tail. It was the type of red light you see on the top of tall buildings, to warn planes that the building is there, or the type of light you see on a bicycle, that only comes on when the rider is pedalling furiously, to show motorists that there is a bicycle on the same road as them. I didn’t know whether to be angry or sad. Angry, because I don’t think its right to keep an animal in captivity this way (a big city must be a scary place for an elephant); angry, because tourists were lining up to feed the poor animal sugar cane and have their photo taken with it (why, why, why do you want a photo of yourself with a captive elephant); sad, because the elephant was moving very slowly and just didn’t look happy. Hey, I’m not an animal psychologist, nor I am an expert in elephant behaviour, but that poor old beast looked really down and did not seem to be enjoying itself. The authorities here have supposedly stamped this type of thing out, and elephants are technically banned from the city centre, but some people can clearly slip through the net. Its not often I get angry, but this raised my blood pressure a little.
So tell me. What makes your blood boil? What raises your blood pressure? What annoys you just a little bit or what makes you really, really angry? Grrrrrrrr.........
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Anyway, that's enough negative energy :-) Its late so time to turn in and hit the sack. I plan to get up nice and early and be in the gym by 7.30am. What do you think – can I make it?
Speak to you all tomorrow,
PS – thanks for all of the tips on how to improve listening skills. There was some great advice!
to get down – to be sad
furiously – here, quickly
captive – not free
down - unhappy
to stamp something out - to put an end to something
to slip through the net – to break the rules
raised my blood pressure – made me angry
makes your blood boil – makes you angry
annoy – irritate
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