Home Sweet Home
Olfa – how are you? Hope you’re OK and not facing any more problems getting online. Today’s blog will be a short one about our new (ish) home in Sri Lanka and after that I’ll give you the answers to the homework which I am so pleased you all attempted.
'Home sweet home’, ‘home is where the heart is’, see how many other phrases with ‘home’ you can notice in today’s post. Needless to say, once you have noticed them, try to use them.
Well, as I have said, we moved to Colombo a little under two months ago and we chose to rent a house by the sea. It’s about 7 km from my office – so not very far really, but it’s just outside the city limits and a 2-minute walk to the beach. I’ve been thinking about home a lot lately - Probably because it’s about the time when culture shock kicks in and leaves me feeling quite homesick. However, that said, it has to be the nicest house I’ve had and the ambience, the setting and the décor combine to make me feel it’s a home from home. Here’s a snap of the outside view if you’re standing just inside the gate. That’s the front door on the right – I like the shape and the texture of it. It’s very solid too.
In this one you should be able to get a good idea of the expansive sitting area which I am not quite sure how to refer to as it is a dining/drawing cum lounge all in one. I like that open plan look - It gives it a homely feel that makes me want to curl up with a good book. Incidentally, Ana Paula – you asked what I was reading at the moment. I am kind of reading about 3 books – The Post-birthday World by Lionel Shriver, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and I keep dipping in and out of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's My Nine Lives – a book of short stories. More about books in another post – can’t use that beautiful topic up with a post about home!! By the way, that’s my father-in-law sitting in the planter’s chair.
Now here’s one that might interest you – this is the outside view of the room from where I write to you all. Yes, that open door leads to our study. It would be nice to see the room where you blog from Olfa. Next time I’ll send you a picture of the inside of our study – I’ll have to tidy up first though! As you can see from this one, our house is a bungalow – that’s very convenient with a young child running around. Even though we aren't home owners of this one, if I were to have a house designed from scratch, I reckon I'd choose a similar one to this. :)
Well, I’m almost home and dry now but before I finish here’s what you’ve been waiting for:
1. Yes, you got it right – you just have to omit ‘‘ve’ and you have yourself a correct sentence. “I wish I could have sent this first letter yesterday, but it was completely impossible”. Probably what happened here is quite a common case of repeating the auxiliary verb for the perfect tense by mistake. Easily done.:)
2. Well done Mariela for this one. Yes, it’s that age old problem of infinitive vs. gerund. If you don’t know what those terms mean – look them up! In this sentence Olfa needed to use the gerund. “Just think for a person who is used to being connected many hours a day, the situation was just catastrophic”. You could probably drop one of the ‘just’s as well Olfa. I will talk about the many uses of ‘used to’ in my next post.
3. Now this one was tricky. It’s really a word order issue along with tense. How about this: “I will try, during this month, to share some special time with you and make French culture and habits more familiar to everyone”. Alternatively, “I will try to share some special time with you and increase your understanding of French culture and habits”.
4. Here’s the infinitive vs. gerund again, coupled with an agreement problem. “To everyone, I will really enjoy answering any of your questions”. If we use any with a countable noun we need to use the plural form.
I think you all got the matching exercise right, but here goes – just to confirm:
Engage with the basic facts or realities: get down to brass tacks
Exactly right/accurate: spot on
Connect: hang together
Overwhelm/impress or delight: bowl me over (a cricket term of course – look up other phrases derived from cricket if you’re interested)
Got tears in my eyes: welled up
Crying and snuffling/weeping: blubbering
Good night and sweet dreams.:)
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