Wow! I haven’t had this much fun for ages! It’s so cool to read your great comments and to see how keen you are to get down to work and complete the tasks I set. Jorges, Josette and Vijay, it’s good to know I’m not the only digital immigrant here in "Blogland" so thanks for your support and thanks to Paco for the faith you showed in me to develop my skills! Vijay also has his own comical anecdote about his early experiences with a computer! Thanks also to Monica from Brazil for the term "Blogland"! You have such a wonderful imagination and guessed correctly about how I met my wife – but which guess was correct Monica, eh? ;) In fact many of you made some very good guesses about me, Anna Paula and Josette did particularly well here. It’s so much more interesting to read between the lines of the text, don’t you think? (I know Danijel does!!). Vladimir is also able to read pictures very well, you should read what he says about my face at the top of the blog!! I was also very interested to hear from Bia that Nehir also means river in Arabic too, so yes Nata, this is a learning experience for me too (and by the way Nata, you ought be very proud of your English!). Paulraj, you are right to say that I’m really proud to be married to my wife Mehpare. Many of you think that she is Turkish but she isn’t! What other country could she be from do you think???
Regarding the Guessing from Context questions, most of you seemed to manage this very easily though congratulations especially to Kiran and Gordana! They explained that “then” in this context means “at that time but not now”. “Acronym” was too easy so I’ll have to set even more challenging tasks this time (you said I was very demanding Cocetta and Beatriz but you ain’t seen nothin yet!)
For the answers to the Developing Lexis section see Mariona and Alexandar’s comments for the correct answers (some others of you also got them too!). When I ask you to find phrases, I want you to look through my blog and find the phrases I wrote. This will help you pick up new phrases. Phrases are very important to learn because native speakers use them all the time. The more phrases you learn, the more fluent you will become (it’s the best way I know to brush up your language skills Silwal)! I suggest you note them down to help you remember. You can also look through and find phrases that you like (not just the ones I tell you to look for!). I’m wondering if any of you out there can share how and where you find new phrases and then remember them!!! We can all learn so much from sharing ideas can’t we Dino!
Antonio, I think using skype is also a useful way to improve your spoken English, you can look for people who say “Skype Me” and call them up for instance. I did that once and it was great fun talking to complete strangers!
Min, you’d be surprised how popular Turkey is for holidaymakers, Amy (your last Teacher Blogger!) is planning a visit with her family for example. I hope that Amy will try and get in touch with me before she comes and I can show her around my hometown Istanbul, which is I think, the best city in the world (you were right Ana Paula, I do have a strong bond!). Then Amy’s children could meet my “wee girl” Nehir (as Alex from Italy so nicely described her – where did you pick that up I wonder?)
Right well that’s about it from me, now, where on earth is that Marvin…?!!!
Today’s Tasks (Oh yes, don’t think you can escape!)
Have you learned any more facts about me? What are they?
Can you guess any more things about me?
Has your idea about who I am changed at all? How ? Why?
2. Guessing meanings from context
What do you think “read between the lines” means?
What do you think “brush up” means?
3. Developing Lexis
Find 4 phrases that helped me say that I really liked something.
Find another phrase that you think is useful.
Share how you find new phrases and then remember them.
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