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Tamami can’t stop talking about this place, so I thought I might as well mention Bertoni Casalinga , which serves a heap of delicious Italian food on Kent St in the CBD. I’ll have to try one of those paninis Tamomi 🙂

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Uchi Lounge happens to be where one of our students Kazuki works. Apparently he has 5 years of waiting experience! I actually went there for my birthday last year – you have to try the Sake Bomb (a huge shot of sake in a glass of Red Bull), which doesn’t taste very nice but is certainly a unique drink. On top of that, they serve tempura oyster, another specialty that has to be tried simply for the experience.
Map for Uchi Lounge

Bogan! A fine example of a mullet if ever I saw one

THIS TOPIC HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED HERE

Article and Audio

With Andrew and Hans on Friday night we looked into the attitudes Australian’s adopt when they’re overseas. Click the link above for a more in depth look at a discussion of Australian stereotypes including ‘bogans’ and ‘mullets’ – that’s a fine example in the picture above!

Apparently class divisions between expats can be quite distinct in England, where a third are extremely well paid and the rest are just out for a holiday and a good time.

We also mentioned silent letters – why do they exist? For the answer, just look below.

Hans asked this question last week, and here’s a really good answer:

“Etymology is the reason there are so many silent letters in English spelling. Etymology is the study of the history of words, and there was a widespread view that words should show their history in the way they are spelled. There was a genuine belief that it would help people if they could ’see’ the original Latin in a latin-derived English word.

So someone added a ‘b’ to the word spelled ‘det’, ‘dett’, or ‘dette’ in Middle English because the source in Latin was ‘debitum’. It thus became debt and caught on. Similarly, an ‘o’ was added to ‘peple’, because it came from’populum’. We find both ‘poeple’ and ‘people’, before the latter became the norm. An ’s’ was addedto ‘ile’ and ‘iland’ because of the Latin ‘insula’. Now we have ‘island’. There are many more such cases. Some people nowadays find it hard to understand why there are so many ’silent letters’ of this kind in English. It is because other people thought they were helping.”

THIS IS ALL COURTESY OF http://aishwariya.wordpress.com/2007/09/18/why-are-there-silent-letters-in-english-spelling/

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THIS HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED WITH ANOTHER CLASS HERE

TODAY: article and audio

What memories do you hold close to your heart? Funnily enough, all four of us chose travel experiences as some of our most memorable.

Kelly singled out her experience volunteering in Germany, camping the wilderness out there as really special. No, it wasn’t he beer or the huge quantities of meat they consume, but the stars aand the amaing night sky that she recalls. Getting to stay in a castle is a pretty good experience too!

Eddie also selected a memory involving stars – did you take that from your girlfriend?? Again a volunteering trip but this time in the Australian Outback with Conservation Volunteers Australia.  Eddie saw a staggering amount of stars, much more than you’d see in a smog filled town like Seoul.

Kazuki told us about his university’s trip to Malaysia. It wasn’t he bland food that sticks out, but the amount that they pray to Allah each day that really fascinated him. Coming from a mostly non-relgious country like Japan to somewhere as intensely religious like Malaysia must certainly have been interesting. Glad to hear they have McDonalds there lol

The Basement

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When discussing our weekends it seemed Yosuke had quite a good time – he visited Glebe Markets , just near Central and UTS/Sydney Uni and also made a trip to  The Basement, the legendary jaz club at Circular Quay. Busy man!

We also discussed some awkward, hard to imagine situations.Would you ever lie to someone close to you? Your girlfriend, perhaps? Would you walk out of your job? That is, quit and leave, as soon as you feel like it? Would you ever do ‘a runner’ – leave a restaurant without paying? Would you ever lend a large sum of money to a friend? Finally, would you ever shoplift (steal something from a shop)?

The first question is of real interest – a lot of people tell ‘white lies’. These are when we lie to someone so as not to hurt their feelings, like telling your boyfriend his hair looks fine, or telling your girlfriend that no, of course she looks great in those pants 😉

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Boo! We recently discussed the things that freak us out, spook us, and make it difficult for us to sleep at night.

So what scares you? Jason told us about his fear of swimming and how he managed to beat it. On ya mate. Helen expanded her options and told us about both her childhood and adult fears. Wel, we were all scared of the dark at one point! Of course, the fear of losing someone close to us is something a lot of us suffer, so you’re not alone there. Finally, Yosuke, being a surfer, told us of his fear of shark attacks. Some close calls in there!

At the same time, perhaps it would have been better you not telling us – we had a trip to Manly just two days later 🙂

Last Summer it seemed like there was a shark sighting everyday, but I think that was more the newspapers looking for a story than anything else. Read the article, I think you’ll find you’re more likely to be struck by lightning that being bitten by a shark.

And what am I scared of? This happening again lol

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WORKSHEET A and WORKSHEET B

a) We use ‘like’ to talk about things we enjoy eg. “My brother likes Starcraft”

ALSO if we put another verb in after ‘like’ we add ‘-ing’ to it eg. “My brother likes playing Starcraft”

b) We use ‘would like’ to talk about things we want. ‘I would like’ is more polite than ‘I want’. eg. ‘I’d like a day off work’

ALSO if we put a verb after ‘would like’ we use the infinitive/simple form with ‘to’ eg. ‘I’d like to speak another language’

c) We often use ‘Would you like…’ for an offer eg. ‘Would you like a coffee?’

We picked this up well in class, but if you’d like further activities, try this:

http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/257.html


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