Computers, Places, Stories, Connections, Creativity and Collocations
“Get well Soon!” to your computer Linda! Poor old Marvin had a similar problem too. I wonder how he is… I hope this is not some kind of bad luck curse I have put on my blog students…! (Seems Ana Paula has a lucky charm to protect her though!) Anyhow, good luck with that Linda and know that we are waiting for your next post with bated breath.
Thanks and well done to all of you dedicated students who read the article I linked to and identified the special feature in the mountains of Cirali – the eternal flame! The article and the photos seem to have excited and captured your imaginations as much as the place has captured my imagination and, I should say, my heart and soul! I cannot explain how much I appreciate your comments. Josette, I must say that your comment itself was inspiring enough to spark off a myriad of thoughts regarding the interconnectedness of places, creativity, stories, histories and travel in my mind... Go on! Throw those clothes in the bag!!!
I have seen the eternal fire. It really does just come out of the side of the mountain!! The flames are not huge and when you see them they look just like little camp fires but nonetheless, it is a unique sight! I walked up the mountain to see the flames at night many years ago as a young and foolish man wearing only flip flops and when I came down I was much wiser (I knew that flip flops were no good for walking down mountains!)
I haven’t seen any turtles there though (and I have been there many times) I’m not sure when they come to lay there eggs… It is probably a good thing that I haven’t seen them, it means the turtles are being careful (which they really need to be amongst such harmful creatures as humans!!) It is also nice that so many of you shared my excitement about the pomegranate trees. Truly amazing aren’t they? I can’t remember ever having seen pomegranate trees in fruit before… Our Sweet Mamma Earth gives us such wonderful presents doesn’t she? We should take care of her more… By the way does anybody know the Greek myth about Persephone and the pomegranate seeds? If you don’t then check it out here.
Now, to change the subject to a more "teacherly" one, I want to say something about collocations. Alongside noticing and recording phrases, noticing and recording collocations is another helpful and important way to develop accuracy and natural sounding fluency.
Some of you probably know what collocations are I’m sure. For those who don’t here is an explanation:
Collocations are “word partners” or words that are used together. For example, think of the word “hair”. There are many collocations or words you use with hair. Look at the list below and find which word we do not use with hair:
Answer: we do not use “yellow” with hair (we use blonde!). So yellow does not collocate with “hair”. It is easy to understand what you mean by “yellow hair” but it does not sound natural!
“blonde hair” is an adjective + noun collocation (blonde is an adjective, hair is a noun)
There are other types of collocations like: verb + noun
verb + adverb
1. What is the adjective that I used with student in this post? Name 3 other adjectives can you think of to use with student?
2. What verb did I use in this post with “imagination”?
3. What verb did I use with “blog” what other verbs do we use with blog?
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