Books rule !!!
Hello Xuan and everyone,
I am very, very relieved. There seem to be a lot of book supporters out there. Technology is all very well, but it cannot replace the physical sensation of holding a book or turning pages. It also seems like a lot of us feel more ‘comfortable’ with paper books than electronic books (these are Ernesto’s words here – thank you Ernesto, this is a good way to describe how many of us feel). I like the way Cris’s friend, Mary Ellen, has embraced technology by sending an email to say that a letter is on its ways – this is a nice touch.
I am trying to type, but the kids are making an absolute racket (i.e. they are making a lot of noise). I cannot blame them. Steve has decided that it is time to teach them both how to rugby tackle. So they are running up and down the corridor, jumping on Steve, screaming and yelling with joy, and Steve is encouraging them. I cannot shout at them, or Steve, as I have a very sore throat. My voice has gone (this means, I can't speak at all). My boss might say it’s because I talk too much, but in fact I have caught a bad cough and cold from Steve (you see, I am blaming him for this as well…) At least I can still talk through the computer, so technology is good for some things, ho ho.
Xuan, I really enjoyed your post. So, you have a handsome American teacher who speaks too fast and who has invited your whole class out for coffee. I really think you need to tell him to slow down. Perhaps he doesn’t know that he speaks too quickly. Where will your class take him for coffee? I remember that there are some great coffee shops in Hanoi. I have not heard of the organisation Language Link, so I will look it up on the web.
You asked me about bank holidays. I think (but I am not 100% certain) that originally, these were days when the banks in England were closed. Nowadays, these have become public holidays for all companies, not just bank employees. You also asked me about Vietnamese food, which I love. When I was in Vietnam I ate a lot of Pho - you have 2 days left to write a post and tell everyone what this is. In Bangkok, there is a Vietnamese restaurant called Thang Long that Steve and I go to a lot. Does the name mean anything? We always order spring rolls, deep fried crab rolls, fish with lemongrass and barbecued beef. We are creatures of habit (this means we always do the same thing, we always order the same food ever time we go there).
Ok everyone, since my last post some more comments to my previous blog have appeared, so here are some more replies to all of the bloggers. Please let me say how much I appreciate the time you spend replying to my posts and I am sorry if I don’t always manage to reply to everyone every time. I do read all of your comments, as do the other readers and teacher bloggers, so please do not think that what you write goes un-noticed.
Hello Concetta –I am glad that you have lost your shyness with us. Please do it again sometime! And how wonderful that you have been to Newcastle. I presume you mean Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK (and not Newcastle in Australia). This is my home town!!!!!!! I am going to send Steve out to buy The Caliph’s House for me. Thank you for your recommendation. Please blog again and tell us (1) how is your ankle now and how you broke it (2) more about your daughters and (3) what is your favourite meal of all time. Lovely to meet you and best wishes to you and your family.
If there is anyone else shy out there, please follow Concetta’s example and send us a comment. The more people we have blogging, the more conversations we can have and the better we can all get to know each other.
Hello Fatima – I was very concerned by your comment. Have I really ignored you? I have just been back through all the comments and have found a post by you on 17 May, but not later than this. Here you asked me what the expression ‘having a go’ means. This means to try something, or to attempt something. Look at the following 2 conversations
Judy: What are you doing?
Mark: I’m feeding the baby dog. Would you like to have a go? (this means, would you like to feed the puppy as well?)
Tim: Hey, this computer game is excellent!
John: Yeah, it looks great.
Tim: Would you like to have a go? (this means would you like to join in too?)
John: Great, thanks!
Hello Habooba – thanks for all of your good wishes. I have really enjoyed chatting with you in cyberspace. I have wanted to visit your country for a long time. When I first travelled to India (11 years ago) I met a French couple who had just been to Iran. They told me wonderful stories about beautiful mosques, great food and very very friendly people. I hope that one day I will be able to visit Iran with my family. Best Wishes to you.
Hello Danijel. Is it too nosey or impolite to ask why you are in Bosnia and your girlfriend is in Cape Town? Love letters must be the best letters of all to receive. And you have made me want to watch Farenheit 451! Best Wishes to you.
Hi Beatriz – let me teach you a new expression. It never rains, but it pours. Let you give you an example of what this means. You are waiting for a bus. The bus it late. It gets later and later. Then suddenly, 3 buses come at once. So there were no buses (it never rains…) and then there were 3 all at once (…but it pours). This is what is happening with our flat hunting. All of a sudden, we have found 3 flats that we like and we don’t know which one to choose. Best wishes to you.
Hello Kuldeep – you description of Steve as a ‘stout reader’ made me laugh. Stout means ‘large’ or 'fat'. I think you meant ‘avid reader’ i.e. someone who reads a lot. I can tell you, Steve is never without a book and generally has 3 books on the go (this means he is reading 3 books at the same time). Do you have any books on the go right now? I like your ideas about learning English – I might try Chinese whispers with my students next week. Best Wishes.
Hello Pary – you are back! And with a comprehensive listing of websites for Persian food. I love eggplant, so I think I would really enjoy Mirza Ghasemi. Fesenjon stew also sounds very intriguing – I can’t imagine what chicken, pomegranate and walnut taste like altogether but I bet it is amazing, a great combination of different tastes and textures. Thanks for taking the time to provide all of the links. Best Wishes to you.
Finally, here is a puzzle for you. I am intrigued, and I hope you are too, about who will be the next teacher and student bloggers? What do you think? Post your replies before Saturday. Will the next teacher and student blogger be a guy or a gal (i.e male or female) , and which countries do you think they are they from? (By the way, I really honestly truely don’t know…..) I’ll tell you what I think on Saturday (my last blog...) and then we can see if we are right next week.
OK, I am going to sign off and drink more green tea. I have been drinking green tea all day to help my throat. I have to thank Sam, my workmate, for this tip.
Night night all
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