Spring Chickens, Good Vibes, Bosa Nova punk and David Lynch
Dear Ana Paula,
Thank-you so much for your recommendations regarding Brazilian musicians. I’m particularly intrigued by the strange object playing artist Vander Lee so I’ll be sure to check him/her out (male or female?). I’ve made a note of them all and will see if I can get hold of any of their stuff. I also like the sound of Ana Carolina (a good vibe is everything!). Perhaps I’ll get a radio show out of this! I was surprised to hear that Bosa Nova is only 50 years old (it’s also a spring chicken!). For some reason, I thought it was older. I’ve never really been into it although a couple of years ago an interesting Bosa Nova band from France came on the scene. They were called Nouvelle Vague which as you might know is a reference to a type of French Cinema movement. Their thing was to do cover versions of English punk songs in a Bosa Nova style! Quite a strange but very successful mix!!!
As regards watching movies, I love it! Nowadays, what with little Nehir around, we haven’t been able to go to the cinema much but we do watch DVDs at home. What is this “seventh art”? Is it a film or is it a term for “film” that I haven’t come across before? (How wonderful this blogging is, I’m learning so much!!!). Personally I’m into art house cinema. I like independent film makers, my favourite being the great David Lynch. I love the way he tells stories through a series of emotional and psychological states. I’m deeply moved and intrigued by his visual imagery and sound and the emotions, memories and ideas they stir within me! How about you? What type of films are you into and why?
Thanks for posting the pictures of Mogi Das Cruzes. It’s certainly in a beautiful setting nestled in at the foot of those mountains and surrounded by forest. Sounds like you have the best of both worlds a well connected city life close and well connected to nature (like Istanbul!).
Regarding your question about which preposition to use with Skype, I think you should use “on”. How do I know? Well just from “noticing” how other people use it. Also, because I know that people usually use “on” when they talk about internet communication software/sights in general (on MSN, on Yahoo, etc) and we say that we talk “on” the telephone don’t we. There is no “rule” regarding this type of use of preposition especially with such a modern word like “Skype”. People could have started using “through” but somehow they didn’t. Actually language did not emerge from any kind of “set of rules” in the first place, people started using similar words and phrases and patterns began to emerge. So my advice to all of you in matters like this is: The key to becoming a really fluent and accurate speaker of any language is to listen and read as much as you can. Then, while you read and listen, consciously start noticing language use, make a note and then try to use the language you picked up on. This is after all close to the way you acquired your native language! As you are such an advanced English speaker (at least writer!) you have probably already realized that native speakers use chunks of language all the time and that some words are used together and others not (like “on the internet” not “at the internet” with no rhyme or reason so your best hope is to notice this and try to store it somewhere (in your head preferably but a notebook is helpful! There are some very good dictionaries around like the Collins Cobuild Dictionary that will give you information about things like which preposition is used with which noun or verb but always sticking your nose in a dictionary can be a bit boring!
Noticing language use:
Look at how I have used prepositions in today’s blog.
Which nouns or verbs are they used together with?
Are the prepositions part of any useful phrases or “chunks” or even whole sentences that you can use yourselves?
Make a list of at least 5 chunks I used with prepositions.
Some more pics of my ladies!
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