Red sky at night and more multi-word verbs
Are you getting ready to celebrate Easter? Does your home town of Fortaleza have any special Easter traditions?
For some useful Easter-related vocabulary, here’s a crossword from the BBC LE site:
On Easter Day (tomorrow) we’re going to my Mum and Dad’s house for a special lunch. My Mum has made an Easter cake which I will try and take a picture of before it gets eaten!
I’m hoping for some nice weather so that we can sit in the garden (possibly while eating cake...). It’s been raining on-and-off all week in York, with temperatures of about 10 degrees centigrade. Tonight there was a reddish sunset, which you can see here in this short video made by my special assistant, Clara (aged 12):
Red sky at night
Staying with the theme of multi-word verbs, I have written down Clara’s actual words in the video and then re-written the paragraph using as many multi-word verbs (MWVs) as I could think of. The verbs are shown in bold, but where the particles should be, I have left a gap. Can you guess what the missing particles are??? I’ve listed them in random order at the end (some of them are used more than once). I’ll give you the answers in my next post…. Your prize should be an Easter egg, but then you would have to come to York to pick it up – which would make it an expensive prize!
Don’t know if you’ll be able to see it clearly on the camera, but there are spots of red in the sky and sometimes people say, “if there’s red sky at night, it’s shepherd’s delight” which means it’s gonna be nice weather tomorrow because it’s ‘shepherd’s delight’ and a shepherd, erm, would like nice weather because when he takes his sheep out he doesn’t want it to be raining, or anything*. If it’s red sky in the morning, it’s ‘shepherd’s warning’ which just means that it’s not gonna be nice weather erm for the day. I’ll try and (pause…) we don’t get this a lot, but it’s…
With added MWVs:
I don’t know if the camera will pick this ____, but you might be able to make ____ some spots of red in the sky. A traditional saying in English is, “red sky at night, shepherd’s delight”, which means that we can look ____ ____ nice weather tomorrow if the sunset is reddish in colour. The saying continues, “red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning”, which means that we are going to have to put ____ ____ rain. I suppose that shepherds need to look ____ ____ bad weather because they can’t let their sheep ____ to graze if it might pour ____. I’ll try and pick ____ the reddest part of the clouds (pause…) we don’t get this a lot, but it’s…
The missing particles are: to up forward out with for down
OK…good luck and talk to you again soon!
* another example of ‘vague language’; useful when you would like to continue a list (perhaps to avoid a pause), but don’t have anything specific to say, or when you prefer to make a general point (perhaps because general points are easier for listeners to agree with).
P.S. here are a couple of comments on the comments…..
Bahirlake570 (from Ethiopia) – it’s true that books are expensive,,,,have you tried reading online? Project Gutenberg has books in about 60 different languages. When I checked the electronic books published in English, there were 76 authors from Aanrud to Adams and then I stopped counting! There must be thousands of complete books in Englsih here which you can read online, or download and read later, or print. I tried downloading the audio-books (in MP3 format) too, which worked fine.
Mauricio (from Brazil) asked about the flooding in our back garden. I’m afraid that Clara was exaggerating when she made a ‘waist high’ gesture in her video! York is very low-lying and parts of it (including the lowest part of our back garden) flood regularly, but usually only by a centimetre or two.
The red sky tonight, from our back garden:
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