Friday, December 24, 2010

A Christmas message from the Bean



This is a fabulous video from the master of silent humor - Mr. Bean. Talk about putting the holy family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) in a place they belong, with all the comfort and luxury they deserve!

The Nativity "Bean" Scene gets new characters. Can you identify them all?

Would you like to have "bean" there?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Waiting for the End - LP


I was thinking about the last post (on making and keeping a wish list) and the song Waiting for the End by Linkin Park came to my mind.

The lead singer Chester talks about his own wishes regarding a relationship he had and lost. He recognizes there is no way of having something that he has already lost but apparently can't come to terms with the idea.

Here are two sentences he uses with wish. We can rewrite them in a different way but with the same meaning. The original sentences are in red.

"Wishing I had the strength to stand" = "If only I had the strength to stand"

"I wish it wasn't so" = "I would have liked it not to be so"

There is some useful vocabulary to learn here. While watching the video, find expressions or words that are the same in meaning as:

  • exchange something for something
  • kill something
  • not mentioned or not spoken
  • that way (in the sentence "I wish it wasn't that way")
  • what is necessary
  • get trapped in the middle of a natural disaster
Useful tip: the words in the text that need to be found are in the same structure as these above.

Finally:

What, according to the singer, is the hardest part of ending something?

Do you agree with the singer's opinion?

Answers : trade something for something; dead something, unsaid, so, what it takes, get caught up in the middle of the storm

Monday, December 20, 2010

I wish, I wish for a wish list



More than any period of the year, Christmas is when people make lists of what they want to win and what they want to give.


But between Christmas and New Year's Day, people start making resolutions for the next year. An alternative to listing resolutions is making a wish list.


On this list, people include things like:


  1. Places to go

  2. World foods to try

  3. Books to read

  4. Movies to watch

What else would you include on your list?


Do you have any special wish(es)?


Is it better to make New Year Resolutions or make a wish list?