The Coffee Song and off to Una!
Hello all! Great to hear from so many of you but more about that later…
Well, Dad arrived safe and sound and brought with him lots of goodies for us all. It was like a second Christmas. Isabel took to him well and they were soon getting on like a house on fire. Dad has some great ways of breaking the ice with people, whatever the age. Here they are together on our local beach.
He also had a few nuggets of information about Brazil I thought were just fascinating so would like to share one of them with you. Marcos, I wonder if you know this song, it’s called The Coffee Song:
Here’s an excerpt from it:
“Way down among Brazilians
Coffee beans grow by the billions
So they’ve got to find those extra cups to fill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in brazil
No tea or tomato juice
You’ll see no potato juice
'cos the planters down in Santos all say no no no
A politician's daughter
Was accused of drinking water
And was fined a great big fifty dollar bill
They’ve got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil”…….
You can listen to it on you tube if you Google coffee song it will come up with a link. Apparently, it was written by Hiliard and Miles, made popular by Frank Sinatra in the 1940s or 50s and we are not sure but were speculating as to whether it was when there was a glut of coffee in Brazil or a downfall in demand. Do you know anything about this Marcos? This led us on to discussing the emergence of musicals and feel good factor songs in time of great distress such as war time and economic depression and in the present financial crisis we wondered whether the soaring popularity of the musical Mama Mia could be attributed to the same sentiment. Any thoughts on this? Have you seen this movie? We watched it this evening. It was quite enjoyable, if a bit cringe worthy at times.
Now I have to go finish packing as we are taking a trip down to Una (short for Unawatuna) on the South coast tomorrow morning and we plan to be off by 6.30 am at the latest. Don’t worry - I am taking my lap top and plan to use wi-fi to blog with you all when I am down there and if all else fails I can go to a cyber café. I promise to post pictures and info about this beach haven and more from Dad then too. :)
I will also do a special blog dedicated to answering your questions about language learning and commenting on the last blog and the issues it raised. I must just briefly say though how nice it was to read so many positive comments about the LE blog. I promise the LE team didn’t put me up to it!
Anyway, bye for now and wish me bon voyage – how do you say that in Portuguese – is there an equivalent Marcos?
Answers to last challenge
1. And I have never forgotten the flag of your country… (Present perfect simple needed here as you are talking about a current state which began in the past)
2. When I saw you are from Sri Lanka immediately came on my mind: "the country of the little lion". (This whole sentence really needs to be rewritten and Ana Paula did it very well: “When I saw you were from Sri Lanka what immediately came to my mind was "the country of the little lion". Note it is ‘came to my mind’. Try to learn phrases like this as full phrases, not as separate words. It is difficult to find logic in prepositions, and often one verb can be used with many different prepositions depending on the context and meaning – so, I usually advise students to learn by noticing which prepositions are used in particular contexts and to record them as an entire phrase, rather than a simply verb+preposition).
3. I hope that you help me to write this blog during this month. (Common error to mix up usage of hope and wish)
4. I am 31 years old. (No hyphen needed here. We use a hyphen when we make the statement into a compound noun like this: I am a 31-year-old; of course you could just say, more simply: “I’m 31”).
5. I am doing a Master’s Degree. (Don’t forget those tricky articles, Marcos)
6. Since the first class I have enjoyed this language. (here again, we need the present perfect simple to express an ongoing state of enjoyment which started in your first English class).
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