Kiran I was just having another look at your post and I realised that in fact I do recognise some of the flowers! I don’t think my brain was working properly yesterday :-) As Jorge has pointed out, the first one is clearly a rose. I’m not sure what the second one is but the next is a hibiscus (I think), then bougainvillea, then marigolds. I don’t know what the next one is but the last one is another one of marigolds I think. So there you go! I’ll try and take some photos of my garden at some stage and show you some of the flowers that are common here.
I thought today we could have a little look at using linkers to join shorter sentences together into a single, longer one. Kiran, I’ve noticed that you use quite a lot of very short sentences and while it’s always a good idea not to get too complicated, I always encourage students to try and vary the length of their sentences, so some are long and some are short. To do this you need to have a good grasp of the language we use for linking them, including words like however, and, but, even though, despite, etc.
Below I’ve included five examples of where I think focusing on the linkers could improve the flow of your writing. Can you (and our readers) have a look at them and see if you can make each pair of sentences into one? In number 5, you’ve already included some linkers but there are a couple of problems… can you see if you can fix these?
1. This week, I became too busy doing office works.
Even then I was managing time to read the Amy’s blog and comments to my blog.
2. I would like to go in detail about the construction and the materials used in making these huts. May be for some of you it can be a repetition.
3. The roof is thatched roof. Height is around 2 to 2 and half meters.
4. In some places of Nepal red mud is used more that white mud. It’s because of their availability.
5. Though the metal sheet roof makes the top story too hot during the day time but people prefer it to become free from tension of maintaining the roof every year.
Now that we’ve got the hard stuff out of the way, I wanted to tell you about one of my (other) favourite things about the UK... charity shops! I’m not sure whether they exist in other countries or not. Basically, they are shops which are set up to raise money for charity by selling secondhand goods – usually clothes, bric-a-brac, books and toys. These things can be donated by anyone who is having a clear-out at home and they are then priced up quite cheaply and displayed in the shop ready for people to buy. These days its quite fashionable to shop in charity shops and lots of people do. In most towns there are at least three, and some have many more, all for different British charities such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and Age Concern. Most charity shops are staffed by volunteers, so all the money that comes in goes to the charity concerned (although I suppose some of the money must be spent on rent and electricity etc.). Here’s a photo of my current favourite in Frome:
I’ve found some brilliant bargains in charity shops – you can sometimes find really amazing things that cost next to nothing and they’re great if you have any sort of collection because it’s fun going round trying to see if you can find things to add. For example, here is my 70s style flowery mug collection that has been collected entirely from charity shops :-)
Do charity shops or something similar exist in your country?
Okay, well I’d better go now as we have some friends staying who might want entertaining :-)
Vocabulary from last time:
To come up with - to think of (e.g. an idea)
Née - used to show a woman’s surname before marriage
Without further ado - without doing/saying anything else
Flesh - (in this context) skin
To scald - to burn
Shattered - (in this context) very tired
Vocabulary from this time:
At some stage
A good grasp of (something)
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