Off to the Hills
Hi everyone and thanks for all your kind words and contributions. Well done those of you who attempted the homework – Olfa – It would be great if you tried this too before I give the answers out. :)
Tonight is just a quick one to let you know that I’m off to Kandy tomorrow to visit our office there. I'm quite excited as I haven’t been yet and I am told the surrounding countryside is very beautiful. I will be there for 3 nights so I am taking Pankaj and Isabel too. I’ll be visiting a girls’ school, doing a couple of interviews as we need to recruit teachers, and delivering a training session for the teachers there. Apart from that, I am not sure what else is in store for me. I hope to be able to blog while I am there but not sure if I will get the chance. I will definitely tell you about the Kandy trip on my return though. Have a good week and we’ll catch up later.
Answers to challenges in November 14th blog:
To tell you the truth – to be honest/frank (this is a good starter for a sentence building up to some drama/good/bad news)
Inertia – state of being unable to move or act
Footy – colloquial expression for football
Lethargic – adjective from lethargy; unnaturally sleepy/low on energy. This word originates from the two Greek ‘lethe’ (forgetfulness) and ‘argos’ (idle)
Ubiquitous – all round, everywhere
Pull it off – be convincing
Deft – skillful/dexterous in movement
Something else – an American expression meaning an important/remarkable thing/person
Duffle/duffel coat – very common type of winter coat in the UK; made from the material duffel – thick coarse woolen cloth
Bomber jacket – short jacket with zipped front and elasticated waist
A fiver – colloquial term for 5 pounds – usually a five pound note
Be vetted – be checked thoroughly
Cost you and arm and a leg - very expensive
Phrases including a form of sport
You might have interpreted this task in two ways – either phrases that contain a form of the word ‘sport’ like these:
A sporting chance – a fair chance of success
A good sport – someone who is happy to take part and doesn’t mind losing/willing to be made fun of; a good fellow
A bad sport – someone who can’t take a joke; can't lose graciously
(Not very) sporting – (not) willing to take a chance
Sports day/club/shop/equipment/gear/injury/jacket – all these compound nouns are pretty self explanatory but note that they are all separate words, no hyphens either.
Or – phrases that derive form a type of sport like these:
What time's kick off? - has come to be used for everything from christenings to funerals, by males anyway.
To kick into touch - from Rugby Union, has come to mean finish a relationship with someone or to jettison an unworkable idea etc.
Well folks, that's all for now.
wish me bon voyage Olfa - it'll take me about 5 hours to get to Kandy by road.
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