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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:




On Friday we went discussed the use of ‘How’ in questions and the different ways we can use it.

We divided ‘how’ into four different groups:

a) to ask about the way to do something eg. ‘How do you say that?’

b) to ask about the size, amount, number, distance etc. of something eg. ‘ How far is Strathfield from here?’

c) phrases used when you meet someone eg. ‘How are you?/How do you do?’

d) to make a suggestion eg. ‘ How about we get a coffee?

We all did well in class, but if you want some more practice I recommend taking this quiz:



Wow….. this is such a commonly asked question. And boy can it be confusing. But with practice, these things become (mostly) automatic.

That said, these will take LOTS of practice, so hope this helps:

1 – We use a or an the first time we mention something. When we mention it again, we use the.

eg. I saw a beautiful vase in an antique shop a few days ago. When I went back to the shop yesterday the vase wasn’t there any more!

2 – We do not use the:

a) when we talk about people or things in general eg. Dogs make very good pets.

b) with the names of people and countries eg. American people eat a lot of fast food.

c) with many place names

eg. Continents – Asia, Africa Countries – South Korea, Australia Cities – Seoul, Sydney Lakes – Lake Griffin Mountains – Mount Fuji

Roads/Streets – Oxford Street Island – Jeju Island, Hamilton Island

3 – We use the:

a) with some place names:

eg. Oceans and seas the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea Rivers – the River Danube, the Nile River Mountain ranges – the Himalayas, the Alps

Countries which are republics or unions – the United Kingdom (the UK), the United Arab Emirates (the UAE) Regions the Middle East

b) with superlatives eg. the longest river in the world

c) when there is only one of something eg. the Sun, the Earth, the Moon, the sky, the Pope

4) Other phrases with the:

at the bottom, at the top / in the east, in the west, in the south, in the north / in the centre, in the middle / in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening / on the left, on the right / on the coast, on the border

5) Other phrases without the:

at home, at school, at university, at work / at night / in bed, in hospital, in jail / on holiday


Posted on: July 20, 2009

royal flying doctor

We also discussed icons today in class. An icon is something or someone of great, enduring importance.

This is why, above, there’s a picture of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a medical service famous in Australia for reaching rural communities since the late 1920s. They were one of the first flying medical services, used radio, the technology of the time and have since had movies and TV shows made about them. They added the ‘Royal’ in the1940s at the Queen’s permission.

I mentioned Crocodile Dundee as being iconically Australian, here’s a link

What about Korean icons? You suggested:

Former President, Kim Dae-jung, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his communication with North Korea

Former President, Kim Dae-jung, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his communication with North Korea


Nam San Tower - I'm now told it's called Seoul Tower, but this massive lookout atop the mountains behind Seoul is famous across the country

Nam San Tower - I'm now told it's called Seoul Tower, but this massive lookout atop the mountains behind Seoul is famous across the country

chicken crossing road

When Moa mentioned in class that her favourite animal at Taronga Zoo was the chicken I naturally asked ‘why?’ I mean, you can see a chicken pretty much in the world without looking too far. Right?

She explained that the chicken was so memorable because it lived in a little house and that it had a road crossing in its pen that it could use to get to another house. Of course… it was so cute!

Which led me to explain one of the oldest and lamest English jokes that I know of: why did the chicken cross the road?

Well of course, to get to the other side! Yeah, real funny 😉

But it made me wonder why anyone ever felt this joke to be humourous. Well, Wikipedia have the answer:

“Why did the chicken cross the road?” is one of the oldest and most famous joke riddles still in use in the English language. When asked at the end of a series of other riddles, whose answers are clever, obscure, and tricky, this answer’s obviousness and straight-forwardness becomes part of the humour”.

Now you know!

Today we talked about Australian television shows and how difficult it can be to understand them- to talk is one thing, but we really need to see them to appreciate them. So here we go:

Kath and Kim, the biggest Australian comedy this decade – see if you can understand a word they’re saying!

Fat Pizza – some classic Lebanese stereotypes in here

Underbelly Season 1 – about the Melbourne gangland wars in the 1990s. Read more about it here

Thank God You’re Here – great Australian improvisational comedy and THIS CLIP IS HILARIOUS!

The Chaser’s War on Everything – this is a clip of a classic Australian event during the APEC Summit in Sydney

Summer Heights High – this is probably my favourite Aussie comedy in the last few years. The main characters are all played by the same person, Chris Lilley, and Jonah is a pretty stereotypical Islander character. Puck you!

We Can Be Heroes – this is also by Chris Lilley and again he plays all the main characters, including Ricky Wong, as they compete for Australian of the Year. The Wong lab!

As mentioned below, Yosuke spent a week in Melbourne taking in the sights of what is undoubtedly Australia’s coolest and most favourite city at the moment.

Here’s a list of his things to do in Melbourne:

The 12 Apostles

1) visit the 12 Apostles

Great Ocean Road2) take a trip down the Great Ocean Road

Chapel Street, Melbourne3) go shopping on Chapel Street

captain cook's cottage

4) visit the house with the history – Captain Cook’s Cottage
and that’s that for now – everyone seems to visit there, so as more suggestions come my way I’ll post them up.

And no J.J., I’m not going to post a picture of an Asian person in Melbourne. Surely they’re not that hard to find? 😉

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