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Monday, March 16, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Unique Jobs and Occupations

See the previous post on jobs and occupations.

Can you think of some untraditional jobs that people do to make money? Because the world is so large and diverse, and because it’s constantly evolving, there is a plenty of unusual jobs and occupations many people would never guess exist.

People living in warmer climates may have never thought of becoming an ice-sculpture carver or a snowcat operator (driver of a vehicle grooming ski trails). People living in colder climates may have never considered becoming a tulip grower or a deckhand (crew member who does manual jobs) at a mllionaire private yacht.

Oh...and how about cat nanny? This animal has been around for centuries, but people have only recently admitted it needs its own playmate, groomer and trainer due to its social nature!

New York Times presents a series of video-taped strories about the people of the city of New York. Follow the gallery for a weekly update about these truly special characters, majority of unique occupations.
After you watch and listen, explain in your own words what people of the following jobs and occupations do: urban taxidermist, wedding wardrober, mozzarella maker, subway busker.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 12:43 PM   3 Comments  Add Comment

Sunday, March 01, 2009

ESL Student Blog: In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

This famous saying refers to the weather pattern in the month of March. The full version of this traditional weather folklore saying is: "March comes in as a lion, goes out as a lamb".

The third month of the calendar year typically starts cold and ferocious, bringing lots of precipitation (rain, freezing rain, snow, sleet) and gusty winds. It’s therefore compared to a lion. However, by the end of this month we usually experience friendlier and gentler weather with warm breezes and lots of sunshine. This part of the month is compared to a lamb (we often say in English: as gentle as a lamb).

Since March is a transitional month between winter and spring, and the weather is always changeable and unpredictable, sometimes the opposite may be quite true - the month can start off nice and warm and end chilly and blustery with lots of cold showers.

Look outside your window. What is the weather like today - is it like a lion or is it like a lamb? Is it raging and angry or calm and peaceful?

How true is this weather predictor saying, in your opinion?

POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 2:23 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment


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