Short but sweet
Hello everyone. This is going to be a quick blog as I haven’t got much to say today. Thanks for your good wishes regarding my test. I’m not sure I’ve done very well. We’ll see. I have a one-to-one tutorial with my teacher on Friday afternoon – that’s when he’ll go over the test and all the homework with me. We have a short test every Monday morning on whatever we should have learnt in the previous week. It’s probably the best way to keep us learning but it’s also the toughest!
Tomorrow we have some government inspectors visiting us to check up on the teaching standards here. It’s nerve-wracking for our teacher, really, but we will try to be especially nice to him so that he looks good in front of the inspector!
Here are a couple of shots of my ‘cell’: the small room I have in the student halls of residence. So far the kitchen has remained clean and tidy, which is a relief. I hate having to clean before I can cook.
This is my cell...
...from where I write to you all!
The view from my room. The people on the other side of the corridor are luckier: they have a view of the sea!
Lukasz, you asked about what you should be doing in order to sound more natural. Apart from what you listed, which is exactly what I’d recommend (especially reading as it really broadens your vocabulary), I’d say getting a penfriend in an English-speaking country would help, e.g the U.S, the U.K, Australia and so on. Especially if s/he were your age, then you would pick up expressions and vocabulary that you could use. I think there are some new penfriend associations that can be joined via the internet - not the slow and old-fashioned pen-to-paper and stamps way! I will look into it for you and let you know towards the end of the month.
As I said, this is a short blog as I need to get some sleep! I will write more in a couple of days. Happy learning!
This time, I've shortened the list as last time there were (too) many new words in order to explain the play.
tutorial A tutorial is a class in which a tutor gives intensive instruction in a subject to an individual student or a small group of students.
to check up on To check up on someone means to investigate or inspect someone.
nerve-wracking Extremely irritating or annoying. You can have a nerve-wracking day or there could be some nerve-wracking noise nearby. Also spelt nerve-racking.
cell A cell is usually associated with prison! It's small and hasn't got much furniture in it.
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