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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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confusion

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

Icons

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

 Kimchi

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

Here’s the ad that Helen referred to in class – I love it!

TODAY: ‘SURVIVAL’ AUDIO + cool survival video

For homework we were made to think of the one thing you couldn’t live without, or as Moa put it, the one thing you want to live with. I like the positive thinking, have a chip!

Also, welcome to Chang-Jin – the similarities between you and CJ are spooky. Hope you have a good time here 🙂

Moa decided she needed her iPod, Helen was stuck between her family and laptop, CJ chose money (such an accountant), and Chang-Jin couldn’t live without Coke Zero.

Debate time – Coke or Coke Zero? Or Diet Coke? Out of a plastic bottle, glass bottle or can? We could be here all day!

Which reminds me of some classic Beatles songs:

+ lyrics

As you can see from the pictures up top, we also played a little game of Survival! Well done to our winner Moa, who picked 10 out of the possible 12 items for survival. Would you want to participate in a game like this in real life?

Finally, we decided to visit Harry’s Cafe on Friday – here’s a link to a previous classes trip

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!

Money

Posted on: July 2, 2009

money

TODAY: article and audio

Today saw us farewell Su-Jung for at least a month – don’t work too hard!

Today we focused on money. Regardless of how you feel about it, money makes the world go round.

We began by looking at some Australian currency: the $5 note, which features Queen Elizabeth on one side and Parliament House on the other.

Our currency often features important national historical figures – who is on your currency and why have they been chosen?

We also asked: have you ever lost a large amount of money?

have you ever won a large amount of money gambling?

have you ever earnt a lot of money?

have you ever spent a lot of money on a present (Christmas or birthday)?

have you ever saved up a lot of money?

To conclude we read about New Zealand fugitives Leo Gao and Cara Young, who fled the country once they realised their bank had put $6 million dollars in their account by mistake!

What would you do – would you keep the money or would you return it to the bank?


Abba – ‘Money, Money, Money’ + lyrics


RSS Hojunara English

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  • Free hugs and $1 kisses
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