Hello everyone!! How lovely to be back on the blogs again. I’ve been enjoying reading them over the last year and hearing about everyone’s adventures. It’s funny that Simon has just come back to the UK as that’s where I am blogging from! I moved back to England with my family in March after almost four years in India and it’s taken a bit of getting used to (supermarkets still scare me a bit) but slowly I am getting to grips with everything and starting to feel settled. I can’t believe it’s five months since we left Delhi though – it feels like only yesterday! Anyway… enough about me.
Welcome Kiran! I’m so pleased to be working with you, and especially pleased that you are from Nepal. I visited your beautiful country in June last year and although we were only able to visit Kathmandu and Bhaktapur we thought it was amazing and are really hoping to go back and properly explore before too long. Here’s a photo of my husband, Ed, and son Louie hanging out on the lovely streets of Bhaktapur…
Louie’s a bit bigger now – he’s two and a half – and is a proper little boy. His favourite thing in the world is riding his bike up and down outside and getting up to mischief with the other boys who live on our street. Our other son, Oslo (Ozzy) is almost eight months old and he was actually with us in Nepal too, but he was only as big as a peanut so he won’t remember it ☺
Now I just have to say one thing Kiran before I go any further… in your blog you refer to yourself as a beginner. Well, you are most certainly not a beginner. While you might get frustrated sometimes, you can express yourself clearly and make yourself understood using a wide range of language and that’s great. Your writing is not bad at all – don’t get too hung up on whether you’re making mistakes or not – remember that language is for communication, it’s not about perfection, so if you can get the meaning across you’re 90% of the way there. Yes grammar is important but I think vocabulary is even more important for language learners… of course we’ll be having a look at both areas over the next month. Your friend Swanaam was absolutely right: watching TV programmes and listening to the radio in English is a great way to learn, as is reading. It doesn’t really matter what you read, watch or listen to as long as you are interested in it (after all, you can’t learn much if it’s so boring that you fall asleep halfway through ☺).
Here in England the government launched a big campaign a couple of years ago to try and get everyone to eat more vegetables called “5 a day” (meaning you need to eat five portions of vegetables everyday – some examples of ‘portions’ are a whole orange, a medium-sized tomato or three tablespoons of peas… you get the idea). SO I was thinking that this month, we should all make an effort to do the same thing with vocabulary – that is, learn 5 new words a day – whaddya think? Yes, I hear this new vocabulary diet is even catching on with celebrities all over the world! Ha ha. Maybe not. But let’s try it. 5 words a day. I’ll help by giving you some phrases and words as usual (some of which you might know already of course) but see if you can also collect them from elsewhere like newspaper or magazine articles. Don’t forget – write them down in a special vocabulary notebook (think carefully about the meaning, don’t just copy the definition from the dictionary), try and use them in sentences and review them often. I’m recommending five because you don’t want to overload yourselves and five is a nice round number after all, don't you think?
Okay that’s it from me today. Your homework, Kiran and everybody, is to go and find that vocabulary notebook that is gathering dust on a shelf somewhere (or buy one), and get going on your 5 a day. (If your vocabulary notebook isn’t gathering dust at all but in constant use then give yourself a pat on the back but still don’t forget your new diet!)
Here are some phrases from this post to start you off – (definitions next blog!)
To get used to something/someone
To get to grips with something
To get up to mischief
To get hung up on something
To get something across
To get the idea
Ooh it’s so nice to be back ☺
I'm looking forward to reading your next blog Kiran and comments from everyone else!
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