Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Friday, November 25, 2011
The Help is a 2011 comedy-drama film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name. The film is about a young white woman, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, and her relationship with two black maids during Civil Rights era America in the early 1960s. Skeeter is a journalist who decides to write a controversial book from the point of view of the maids (known as the Help), exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families. The film takes place in Jackson, Mississippi, and stars, among others, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain and Sissy Spacek. (Tickets with a student discount are €5.70)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Compare your parents’ youth culture to your own. Recycle what you have learned so far, incorporate some of the following expressions in bold into your text from Straightforward Upper Intermediate and use past tenses appropriately. Write 150 words, double-spaced. You may illustrate your contrastive essay with one or two photos. Here is an example of the first half of the writing task:
Frankly, this is the first time I’ve been asked to compare my own youth culture to that of my parents’. My father and I are not used to discussing his youth at home. Although the Spanish “Movida” didn’t actually reach his hometown, he told me he would often get on a train and spend weekends in Madrid going to concerts and having fun. He even remembers meeting the lead singer from Radio Futura, dressed in black and wearing dark make-up, backstage once. My father was in his twenties and he was such a fan! As he was not into drugs, he just enjoyed the sex and the rock’n' roll. Now, the more I learn about it, the more interested I become in that exciting period of my country’s history, the legendary eighties.
As for my generation, we are supposed to be …
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
A baby with curly hair is a curly-haired baby.
A cat with one leg is a one-legged cat. (Here notice the pronunciation and spelling of "legged".)
A girl with black hair and green eyes = a black-haired, green-eyed girl.
A robber with one eye = a one-eyed robber.
A model with long legs = a long-legged model.
Compound adjectives with expressions of time, quantity, weight, distance or measurement do not use the plural s in the noun of the compound:
A journey that lasts 12 hours is a 12-hour journey. (Note that "hour" is singular.)
A baby that weighs seven pounds = a seven-pound baby.
A walk of 20 miles = a 20-mile walk.
A holiday that lasts 2 weeks = a 2-week holiday.
Sentence Transformation Exercise:
1. My bag was stolen by a teenager with green hair
2. Bruce Springsteen gave a concert that lasted four hours.
Bruce Springsteen gave a four-...
3. A man who was dressed in smart clothes came to see you.
4. The competition was won by a model with blue eyes and blonde hair.
5. That job pays well.
That's a well-...