BEING A TEACHER....

BEING A TEACHER IS A DIFFICULT TASK NOWADAYS, SO I DECIDED TO FOLLOW THIS PIECE OF ADVICE BY BRUCE LEE:

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

Chinese on the move!!!!


Why are there so many Chinese people travelling? Because they are heading home for the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Rooster.


Here are some articles to read about the issue:


How would you transform this passive sentence into the active voice?
Hundreds of millions of people are expected to be on the move this week.


Listening exercise to do: Family history (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)

 

Rachel's English (American English) episode is dealing this time with the phrasal verbs we can form with the verb HOLD.

 

HIGHWAY TO B2.....

A. VERBS AND PREPOSITIONS. Complete these sentences with the correct preposition.

1. Mrs Smith was accused ...... treating her dogs badly.
2. Many of her neighbours had complained ....... her ...... this.
3. The forty-four dogs all belonged ....... her.
4. The dogs suffered ....... malnutrition.
5. Her neighbours blamed her ...... the poor condition of the dogs.
6. They wanted to prevent her  ....... getting any more.
7. In court, she was charged ...... causing the dogs unnecessary suffering.
8. Sometimes people are fined large sums of money ....... this.
9. The court has not yet decided ...... her case.
10. The judge, however,  has said that he does not believe .......... punishment in cases like this.


B. VOCABULARY. Complete the following sentences with the correct form of the word in CAPITALS.

1. She had ignored her neighbours' ..............         COMPLAIN
2. They had been disturbed by the dog's ............         BARK
3. It could be heard all over the  ..............         NEIGHBOUR
4. Her lawyer said in her ....... that she was lonely and confused.      DEFEND
5. He said this was not a case of deliberate ......    CRUEL
6. In other words, she had no  ....... of causing any suffering.      INTEND
7. He said he hoped the court would show some .......... of her condition.      UNDERSTAND
8. However, the court found her  .......      GUILT
9. The judge gave her ........  to keep only one dog for ten years.     PERMIT
10. Do you agree with this .......... ?   DECIDE


Solutions in the next post



SOLUTIONS to the Vocabulary exercise in the previous post: 
1. unexpectedly    2. informative    3.action   4. lengthens     5. suitable

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5 comentarios:

  1. Chinese Calendar is a calendar of lunisolar type, is based on observations of the Moon and the Sun, but mainly of the Moon.

    In antiquity the Chinese knew only the duration of the solar year, which it considered of 366 whole days. This refutes the belief existing in some European and American books, where it's affirmed that the Chinese had dark notions of the celestial movement. His astronomy wasn't more than a set of simple observations without the slightest scientific spirit, a mere astrology forced to produce time and events. The ancient Chinese lunar calendar is divided into 12 months, some 30 days and some 29, to compensate for the fact that the lunar month has 29 days, 12 hours, 44.05 minutes.

    A few days ago, we saw in the news the big celebration of the Chinese New Year, which is the rooster. Each year many people move to their homes to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their families, it's one of the biggest celebrations for them, one of the most striking features is their way of celebrating because they believe that the more people there will be more prosperity for the family, the elders are the ones who must give the first bite of the banquet and with a drink they propose a toast to the elders, one by one, wishing them a long life. If you don't hear the noise of the firecrackers it seems that there isn't party, in the imperial time each family was throwing firecrackers the first day of the New Year to frighten the evil spirits and attract good luck.

    To sum up, I find this way of celebrating the New Year very interesting, since our celebration has nothing to do with China. On the other hand I consider that all cultures are the same although some cultures are more interesting than others, but we must all respect each other and live in peace.

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  3. According to the question "Why are there so many Chinese people travelling?", I have to say that it's true that there were lots of Chinese people travelling by 28th January, but there also were hundreds of millions of people from all over the world travelling to China, as this country was getting ready for one of the biggest celebrations in the world: Chinese New Year.

    Chinese New Year, which this year fell on Saturady 28th January, is the Year of the Rooster. This celebration is also known as "The Spring Festival" and it's marked by the lunisolar Chinese Calendar, so the date changes from year to year. Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. Accoding to this calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle and it won't be again until 2029. What a long time!

    In the Chinese Zodiac Calendar I'm the dragon since I was born in the year 2000. People whose zodiac sign is the dragon are powerful, confident, smart and witty, but lack self-awareness. It is said that we also have a bad temper.

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  4. To begin with, it is true that so many Chinese people travelled three weeks ago because they were heading home for the Chinese New Year. Actually, this is the year of the Rooster.

    First of all, the Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the biggest celebrations in the world. As well, it is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. It usually takes place the day before of the New Year and continues until the 15th day. Each year is characterised by one of the twelve animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year it is the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle. By the way, my Chinese zodiac is the Dragon and it means luck, flexibility, eccentricity and imagination among other things.

    On the contrary, this celebration also takes place in London, which is one of the biggest outside Asia. Thousands of people go to London’s Chinatown, where a parade traditionally takes place to celebrate it.

    Finally, I think that the Chinese New Year is such a great and beautiful festival. One of my friends bought an article in internet that came from China and the seller replied her politely that they were celebrating the New Year so he would send the goods later.


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  5. With regard to the question "Why are there so many Chinese people travelling?", I have to say that it's true that there were lots of Chinese people travelling on 28th January, but there were also hundreds of millions of people from all over the world travelling to China, as this country was getting ready for one of the biggest celebrations in the world: Chinese New Year.

    Chinese New Year, which was Saturday 28th January this year, is the Year of the Rooster. This celebration is also known as "The Spring Festival" and it's marked by the lunisolar Chinese Calendar, so the date changes from year to year. Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. Accoding to this calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle and it won't be again until 2029. What a long time!

    In the Chinese Zodiac Calendar I'm the dragon since I was born in the year 2000. People whose zodiac sign is the dragon are powerful, confident, smart and witty, but lack self-awareness. It is said that we also have a bad temper.

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