This week I wish you a colourful and convivial week.
To practise your English why not share a colourful account of a convivial gathering you have attended.
And remember: not only can the same adjective have more than one meaning but, as always, if you don’t know the adjectives of the week you can look them up on www.dictionary.com and then use them here or in your next class!
As in all languages, in English too, certain words collocate with certain others (which simply means that they are commonly used together).
For some general examples you can click on the tag ‘collocations’ at the end of this post. If you want to use a specific word, however, but don’t know what it collocates with, it’s worth while looking it up either in a collocations dictionary or online (try http://forbetterenglish.com).
To give an example let’s look at the word ‘birthday’.
You can celebrate a birthday, have a birthday party or bash and eat an appetizingbirthday cake.
Indeed, if today happens to beyour birthday we wish you, from the bottom of our heart many happy returns and hope you are having a fabulously fun packed day!
In English you regret something (regret + noun or gerund) or have regrets.
Here at The English Garden we mostly try not to, and even if we have a few, well, much like Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, they are far too few to mention.
We’ll leave you with his smooth voice in the hope that if you do happen to have any regrets, it might help you forget them (for the duration of the song at least) and to practise your English, don’t share your regrets, forget them, and instead tell us about something elating which has happened to you recently.
As many of you will have enjoyed the long Easter weekend and will thus be facing your first day back to life, back to reality (to quote the musical geniuses who are Soul II Soul) today’s tip is all about how to cope with this inevitable predicament.
As big fans of breaks ourselves (be they Summer, Easter and yes, even mid-morning) here at The English Garden we are well aware that once these are over it can be hard to get back to the routine of working, gardening, and indeed, learning.
In the case of Easter, your stomach is full of sweet chocolate and your head is full of sweet nothing most probably, so to make the transition back into learning smoother, we suggest you reacquaint yourself what you had learnt last term.
You can do so by looking over your notes, re-reading any articles you worked on or revisiting your favourite English Gardener’s Tips.
If nothing else, doing this should hopefully remind you why you decided to learn English in the first place and thus help you face the future with renewed motivation.
For when it comes to learning, much like when stacking shelves, chairs or even coloured boxes, motivation is half the battle.
Apart from that you can lose a game or lose control (of the situation, or a car for example).
Occasionally you can even lose your mind, which means to forget your common sense or become a little crazy.
We hope that if you’ve ever lost control it all ended well, and imagine you might not wish to remember a time when you lost your mind.
Indeed, many of you would probably rather forget the match Barça lost last Saturday.
So, for a less painful way to remember all these collocations you can watch the video and listen to the lyrics of the Cardigans’ song My Favourite Game.
Now this may come as a surprise but we consider ourselves very fortunate for this daily occurrence.
You see, while missing the bus is not much fun, as the old saying which we have just invented goes: ‘he who has never lost an object does not know the joy of finding’ thus our life is filled with constant joy.
True, it often takes time and sometimes causes us to be late, but joy is joy people!
And now over to you:
When was the last time you lost something?
What was it and did you find it?