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Sunday, January 25, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Icicle Watching, Anyone?

There is bird watching - this is when people head outdoors to observe birds in their natural habitats.
There is leaf watching - this is when people head outdoors to view leaves turning colors in fall.

Why isn’t there icicle watching? These days (here in Toronto) the conditions must be just right for those icicles to form. Sparkling in the sun against the winter sky, they can be seen hanging on the rooftops, fire escapes, playgrounds, bus shelters and gutters. They are absolutely humongous this year, reaching to the window level or even merging together and creating frozen waterfalls along the walls of the buildings! 
 
It’s fun to touch an icicle, see it snapped and fall, smashing into a multitude of small pieces on the ground.

But watch (beware of) them as you watch (look at) them - they can turn into real daggers (small sharp knives) if they break free and crash onto the ground!
 

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 7:19 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Inauguration Day - Key Words

Today we were able to see the history in the making (unfolding in front of our eyes). A son of a black Kenyan father and white American mother, Barack Obama is America’s first black President.

Barack Obama has officially become the 44th President of the United States following his inauguration ceremony - an event marking the official start of assuming the duties as the President. He took an oath (promise) to: ...”execute the office of president of the United States faithfully..and ...preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.”

His predecessor (previous person in the same position) G. Bush is the outgoing (currently leaving the office) President of the United States. This way, Barack Obama is G. Bush’s successor (the next person to take this position).

Did you watch the inauguration ceremony live (in real time)? Were you following the TV and newspaper extensive coverage (reporting) of this historic event? Did you enjoy the inaugural parade? Which dignitaries (important people) or celebrities did you recognize? Were you surprised by Obamas getting out of their bulletproof (preventing bullets to go through) limo to greet the crowds?

Oh.. and how did you like Michelle Obama’s gown at the inaugural ball (party)? Wasn’t it gorgeous? The first lady is said to be setting a new trend in fashion these days...
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:08 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

top Saturday, January 03, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Conscious or Conscientious?

A conscious person is awake or aware of his/her surroundings:

He was in a coma after the car accident, but now he’s fully conscious (adjective).

That person regained his consciousness (noun); he can now use his senses and mental abilities.
 
The opposite of conscious is unconscious. This adjective is usually used to describe loss  of senses and lack of connection with surroundings following an injury or accident.

A conscientious person is a self-disciplined person who perfroms the tasks as well as s/he can. That person is guided by his/her consience (noun), feelings helping to decide what’s right or wrong.
 
The opposite of conscientious is unconscientious or careless.

Choose: conscious, consciousness, conscientious, or conscience?

1. I did all I could - I have a clear _________.

2. He bumped his head against the tree and lost his _________.

3. They gave me a local anasthetic, so that I was completely _________ during my surgery.

4. Cindy is a __________ worker, she performs her duties with great effort and to the best of her abilities.

 
Answer Key:

1. conscience 2. consciousness 3. conscious 4. conscientious
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 10:31 PM   3 Comments  Add Comment



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