Expressions

Hello again.

The exercise this time is about some useful expressions. Look at number 12 on this page

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I have had a fun time looking after my friend’s house and kittens. I am scratched all over ;-) However, I want to tell you about their dog, a most incredible animal. The dog is a collie, dogs which are used by shepherds to control sheep. These dogs have a reputation for their intelligence. One dog in this village has been on French TV because it can count and add small numbers.

A few days ago, we had a day of terrible storms. It rained non-stop. The next day, the tiny stream at the bottom of the garden had become really swollen. When I looked at the little road bridge over the stream, I saw a big problem. There was a young tree, about 4 meters tall, blocking the bridge and I could see that water pressure was building up. I tried to poke it out with my stick but it was too heavy and trapped in place. As I gave up, the dog leapt into the water and swam to where the tree was. Then it pulled again and again on the tree with its teeth. Eventually, it freed the tree and dragged it out of the river onto the bank. So clever.

My spelling checker doesn’t like “leapt” but that is the normal form in British English. I suppose an American would write “leaped”. There are a few of these differences such as “spoilt” or “spoiled”.

Until the next time.

Pearson BROWN

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Order 2

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I have a new vocabulary exercise for you. It is number 11 on this page -

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I am off to house-sit today. Or perhaps I am dog-sitting? Or even kitten-siting? In any event, I am moving for a few days from my very small flat to a big house with an enormous garden. The owners are off to the UK and Ireland for a week or so and I am going to look after their house, garden and animals. Quite a responsibility. I cannot work out how much I need to pack. A few clothes, my medicine, my computers? I will only be an hour away from my flat so could come back easily.

There are four kittens there and two are to be mine. I like all four of them and it is difficult to choose. One kitten is off to Barcelona when it is old enough but choosing two from the other three is difficult.

Speaking of Barcelona, the new French Prime Minister was born there. I wonder how often a foreign-born person has reached high office in any country? We have just had local elections in France and Brits like me are allowed to vote. In fact, I know several Brits who were candidates in the election and got elected. However, they are not allowed to become mayor.

Back to my packing.

Pearson BROWN

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Listening activity

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Here is another listening exercise. It is called In The Warehouse and is number 5 on this page -

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Pearson BROWN

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Listening – office

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I have a new listening activity for you. Number four on this list -

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Full of flu so won’t write any more.

Pearson BROWN

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Customer Orders

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I have an exercise for you about dealing with customer orders. You will find it at number 10 on this list :

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Just a reminder that my exercises are only guaranteed to work on computers such as PCs or Macs. I am experimenting with some new software which also works on telephones and tablets. However, I am not sure how much use this will be. The screen on most phones is so small. If you would like a phone or tablet version, please let me know.

My friend Sandrine has produced some wonderful photos of the area where I live. You can see them if you have an account on Facebook. Search for MAS SOUQUET and you will find them. The light at this time of year is very special in the mountains, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Pearson BROWN

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Meetings vocabulary 3

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I have produced another set of exercises on Meetings vocabulary. Scroll down to the last exercise on this page

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The first of November was a public holiday here in France. It is called All Saints Day and is a day when many people visit cemeteries to remember the dead. the flowers they usually bring are Chrysanthemums. These are very pretty flowers but in France they are associated with death. For us British people, there is no such association. for us, they are just a pretty autumn flower. We bring each other presents of these flowers. Unfortunately, some English friends of mine who are new to France took some flowers as a present when they were invited to dinner by French friends. These friends were quite upset to receive “the flowers of death” :-)

The day before All Saints Day is Halloween. Until recently, this wasn’t celebrated in France but these days young children dress up in costumes, knock on neighbours’ doors and ask for sweets. (Which two words would probably be different in that sentence if I were American? Neighbor. Candy.)

I got a giant bag of sweets and waited. And waited. And waited. Nobody came. So I am left with a huge bag and I am a diabetic :-(

Pearson BROWN

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A new listening text

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I had a great time on Friday. My friend and I had been told that a supermarket near us in Spain had a section containing a lot of English food. Although we eat well in France and have ready access to the good food in Spain, we thought it would be interesting to visit and find out what English products they were selling.

The supermarket is in Figueras, near the French border and most famous for its Salvador Dali museum. As we had plenty of time, we decided to go the short extra distance to the sea at Rosas. Rosas is not a very beautiful place these days. I first visited it thirty years ago and it was lovely. But there has been too much development, too much concrete, and it has lost its charm. Or so I thought. We decided to drive on from the main beach and explore a bit. What a fantastic surprise. We found a really beautiful sandy cove with a lovely restaurant. We ate great food and, as it was 26 degrees, my friend went swimming.

I’m afraid that out trip to the shop was less successful. The selection was no better than I can find in my local shop in France. I didn’t buy anything.

We have a new listening exercise available today. I hope you enjoy it – exercise 3.

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Pearson BROWN

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