Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Describing a character with “Pride and Prejudice”

Hello everyone! Today there is an extract from “Pride and Prejudice”. Could you find words which describe a character of a person? You can see that we can describe a character not only with adjectives. What other parts of speech can be used?

"I am astonished at his intimacy with Mr. Bingley! How can Mr. Bingley, who seems good humour itself, and is, I really believe, truly amiable, be in friendship with such a man? How can they suit each other? Do you know Mr. Bingley?"

"Not at all."

"He is a sweet-tempered, amiable, charming man. He cannot know what Mr. Darcy is."

"Probably not; but Mr. Darcy can please where he chooses. He does not want abilities. He can be a conversable companion if he thinks it worth his while. Among those who are at all his equals in consequence, he is a very different man from what he is to the less prosperous. His pride never deserts him; but with the rich he is liberal-minded, just, sincere, rational, honourable, and perhaps agreeable--allowing something for fortune and figure."

Mystery word

Hello everyone! Today there is only one word to guess. It’s highlighted in red. Any idea about the meaning of this verb in Past Tense?

When the dancing recommenced, however, and Darcy approached to claim her hand, Charlotte could not help cautioning her in a whisper, not to be a simpleton, and allow her fancy for Wickham to make her appear unpleasant in the eyes of a man ten times his consequence.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Interesting quotes from “Pride and Prejudice”

·         What do you think about these most famous quotes from "Pride and Prejudice"?

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance
·        My good opinion once lost is lost forever

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hello everyone!

Today there is an extract from the most popular Christmas story! I’m sure you guessed it already! You are right! A Christmas Carol by C. Dickens. We have an idiom to clarify:

 MARLEY was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker,
and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and Scrooge's name was good upon 'Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a
Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that
Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
I’m sorry for such a topic during holidays but a lot of people are confused right in the beginning of the story. What does it mean as dead as a door-nail?
The meaning is dead, devoid of life
There are some similar idioms:
·        As dead as a herring
·        dead as a mutton
·         dead as a stone

Explore books and you will find even more interesting idioms!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hello everyone!

Today we are going to read an extract from ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll. One of the most enjoyed pieces of kid’s literature! Enjoy!!!(Good practice for Past Simple and Past Continuous.))))

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversations?'

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.