Friday, May 30, 2014

How Languages evolve

A Video presentation with questions to follow-up for understanding.
Transcript and subtitles are available.
I did.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Odd man out

What is wrong?
One of these words doesn't 'belong' in the group.
 Which One is it?

1. dad, mum, brother, teacher 

2. my, he, we, they

3. felt-tip, ruler, pen, pencil

4. John, Peter, friend, Max

5. desk, board, girl, window

6. yellow, blue, red, pen

7. rabbit, budgie, dog, cat

8. sister, morning, tea, six


2. MY
6. PEN

Monday, May 19, 2014

Asking questions

Where do you live?
Who are you?
When do you get up?
What are you doing?
Why do you smoke?
Whose book is this?
Which bus do you take to school?
How old are you?

question word +auxiliary verb + subject + infinitive= QuASI 

Practice time

Friday, May 16, 2014

Confusing Verbs:borrow and lend

The difference between lend and borrow is the following.

Lend means to give something and borrow means to take something.

For example:

Could you give me some money, please? / Could you lend me some money, please?
She took some money from me. / She borrowed some money from me.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Exam squeeze time

Need more help cramming for your final exams in English?

Sit down.  Take five or ten minutes every day.  Do the exercises.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Travel Words

Here is some vocabulary for your next holiday.
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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

HMS Book Summary Help: Click here for quizzes and analysis

A Brief Summary:How It All Goes Down
The novel begins with "Mr. Utterson the lawyer" going for a walk with his friend and relative Mr. Enfield. They walk past a door, which somehow prompts Mr. Enfield to tell a sad story: a brute of a man knocked down a little girl, everyone yelled at the rude man, the man offered to pay a lot of money and disappeared through the door only to return with a large check drawn from Dr. Jekyll’s bank account. The nasty man? None other than Mr. Hyde.

Mr. Utterson, it turns out, is Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer, and we find out that in the event of Dr. Jekyll’s death or disappearance, his entire estate is to be turned over to Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, who thinks highly of Dr. Jekyll, is extremely suspicious of this whole arrangement. He resolves to get to the bottom of this mystery. He hunts down Mr. Hyde and is suitably impressed with the evil just oozing out of Hyde’s pores. He then asks Dr. Jekyll about these odd arrangements. Dr. Jekyll refuses to comment, and there the matter rests until "nearly a year later."

Cut to "nearly a year later." A prominent politician is brutally beaten to death. The murder is conveniently witnessed by a maid, who points to evil-oozing Mr. Hyde as the culprit. Everyone tries to hunt down this evil man, but with no success. Meanwhile, Dr. Jekyll is in great health and spirits; he entertains his friends (among them one Dr. Lanyon), gives dinner parties, and attends to his religious duties. Two months later, both Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll fall terribly ill, and claim to have irrevocably quarreled with each other. Dr. Lanyon dies, leaving mysterious documents in Mr. Utterson’s possession, to be opened only if Dr. Jekyll dies or disappears. Dr. Jekyll remains in seclusion, despite frequent visits from Mr. Utterson.

Finally, one evening, Dr. Jekyll’s butler visits Mr. Utterson at home. He’s worried about his master and is convinced of foul play. The butler persuades Mr. Utterson to return to Dr. Jekyll’s house, where they break into Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory. They find Mr. Hyde dead on the floor, with Dr. Jekyll nowhere to be found.

Mr. Utterson finds several documents left to him, and goes back home to read both Mr. Lanyon’s narrative and Dr. Jekyll’s narrative, which, it turns out, are two parts of the same story. Since we’re at the end of the story, author Robert Louis Stevenson figured it was about time to tell us what happened at the beginning. So we discover (through the documents left by the dead men) the following: by means of a potion, Dr. Jekyll was able to transform into Mr. Hyde and give in to a world of pleasure and self-serving crime. In his narrative, Dr. Jekyll writes that Mr. Hyde became ever more powerful and ever harder to control – in essence, the dominant personality.