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Louise Chamberlain
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If you buy bread from a baker's where do you buy your cakes? That was the question today and it unearthed a minefield of  complexity! Cakes are found in cake shops. How pragmatic we are in Blighty! However a person who makes cakes professionally is a pastry...
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Quirky, Quintessential British-made
The word teasmaid , although it should be spelt  teasmade,  came up today while we were talking about household appliances. And I was wondering whether they are still made today. So I checked it out and   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk9MWD_hyys
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No cheesy cheese please
There was a lot of talk about cheese in today's session which got me to thinking about adjectives to describe cheese. By adding -y to some nouns you can create an adjective e.g salt - salty pepper - peppery spice - spicy garlic - garlicky tang-tangy Althoug...
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Today I learnt a new word - bore-out which appears to have similar symptoms to a burn-out but for different reasons. You might be interested to read more about it here http://www.bigapple1.info/file/Diagnose%20Boreout.pdf New words creep into the English la...
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a + gerund
Today we focused on the word  'a training' which in fact does not exist in English in this form. None of the ' a + gerund' forms exist; much to the despair of my French speaking students who were convinced it was an English term. So just to set the record s...
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Here is the feedback from today's session. There were an number of points about the use of tenses. One hot tip to take away from today is that you shouldn't use 'will' for talking about future plans. Use the 'going to' form instead. What are your plans for ...
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you are the apple of my eye
Meaning you are 'the most beloved' this expression goes back a long way - as far back as the old testament. Translated as 'prunelle de mes yeux' in French I was wondering how it translates into other languages. Can you help? Food, one of the necessities of ...
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travel v journey
Remember the word travel is a verb. Use journey to talk about the act of travelling from one place to another e.g. Have a safe journey. Did you have a good journey? How long was your journey? http://dictionary.cambridge.org/topics/travel/journeys/
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A gnome delving into his subconscious
This will only make sense to today's chit-chatters! Apparently the garden gnome did originate from Germany, and the oldest surviving English one, 'Lampy' goes back to the 1840s. It's insured at £1m. Now that's an expensive birthday present!
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