Monday, 25 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
More Than 150 Killed in Spain Plane Crash.
The deadliest plane crash in Spain in more than 20 years has taken the lives of at least 153 people and injured 19. As the Canary Islands-bound plane made its second attempt to take off from the Madrid airport, it careened off course, crashed in a nearby gully, and burst into flames. On a first take-off attempt, the pilot reported a mechanical problem and returned for repairs, delaying the flight by about an hour. A number of the crash survivors were flung into a nearby stream that protected them from more severe burns. An investigation will be launched in order to determine the cause of the terrible accident.Source: In the News provided by The Free Dictionary.
With this post I want to show my condolences to the victims and their relatives of this terrible accident.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
'Do' for Activities
Use the verb 'do' to express daily activities or jobs. Notice that these are usually activities that produce no physical object.
do homework - do housework - do the ironing - do the dishes - do a job
'Do' for General Ideas
Use the verb 'do' when speaking about things in general. In other words, when we do not exactly name an activity. This form is often used with the words 'something, nothing, anything, everything, etc.'
I'm not doing anything today. He does everything for his mother. She's doing nothing at the moment.
Important Expressions with 'Do'
There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'do'. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.
do one's best - do good - do harm - do a favour - do business
'Make' for Constructing, Building, Creating
Use 'make' to express an activity that creates something that you can touch.
make food - make a cup of tea / coffee - make a mess
Important Expressions with 'Make'
There are a number of standard expressions that take the verb 'make'. In a number of cases the verb 'do' seems more appropriate. These are standard collocations (verb + noun combinations) that are used in English.
make plans - make an exception - make arrangements - make a telephone call - make a decision - make a mistake - make noise - make money - make an excuse - make an effort
Next, take the quiz testing 'do' or 'make'.
Source: About.com English as 2nd Language by Kenneth Beare.
Now you can practise what you have learnt playing this game.
Monday, 11 August 2008
The Description Detective
You are a police officer. When you press start, you will see an investigation. Read the description of the wanted person carefully. Then wait, and you will go to the playground, the airport, a restaurant, and the park . If you see the person in the description, click the person with your mouse.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
"One World One Dream" is a profound manifestation of the core concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games. It reflects the values of harmony connoted in the concept of "People's Olympics", the core and soul of the three concepts -- "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People's Olympics". While "Harmony of Man with Nature" and "Peace Enjoys Priority" are the philosophies and ideals of the Chinese people since ancient times in their pursuit of the harmony between Man and Nature and the harmony among people, building up a harmonious society and achieving harmonious development are the dream and aspirations of ours. It is our belief that peace and progress, harmonious development, living in amity, cooperation and mutual benefit, and enjoying a happy life are the common ideals of the people throughout the world.
"One World, One Dream" is simple in expressions, but profound in meaning. It is of China, and also of the world. It conveys the lofty ideal of the people in Beijing as well as in China to share the global community and civilization and to create a bright future hand in hand with the people from the rest of the world. It expresses the firm belief of a great nation, with a long history of 5,000 years and on its way towards modernization, that is committed to peaceful development, harmonious society and people's happiness. It voices the aspirations of 1.3 billion Chinese people to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and bright world.
The English translation of the slogan is distinctive in sentence structure. The two "One's are perfectly used in parallel, and the words "World" and "Dream" form a good match. The slogan is simple, meaningful, inspiring, and easy to remember, read and spread.
In Chinese, the word "tongyi", which means "the same", is used for the English word "One". It highlights the theme of "the whole Mankind lives in the same world and seeks for the same dream and ideal".
Source: The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Now, you can listen to the theme song for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games "We Are Ready". Watch the video and enjoy China's beautiful places, buildings and landscapes.
If you want to, you can play these official Olympic Mini-Games. Have fun!
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Holiday Geography Quiz (easy)
Holiday Geography Quiz (easy) Long Timer
Holiday Geography Quiz (tricky)
Holiday Geography Quiz (tricky) Long Timer
Holiday Geography Quiz (fiendish)
Holiday Geography Quiz (fiendish) Long Timer
Saturday, 2 August 2008
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.