I have an exercise for you about dealing with customer orders. You will find it at number 10 on this list :
Just a reminder that my exercises are only guaranteed to work on computers such as PCs or Macs. I am experimenting with some new software which also works on telephones and tablets. However, I am not sure how much use this will be. The screen on most phones is so small. If you would like a phone or tablet version, please let me know.
My friend Sandrine has produced some wonderful photos of the area where I live. You can see them if you have an account on Facebook. Search for MAS SOUQUET and you will find them. The light at this time of year is very special in the mountains, especially at sunrise and sunset.
I have produced another set of exercises on Meetings vocabulary. Scroll down to the last exercise on this page
The first of November was a public holiday here in France. It is called All Saints Day and is a day when many people visit cemeteries to remember the dead. the flowers they usually bring are Chrysanthemums. These are very pretty flowers but in France they are associated with death. For us British people, there is no such association. for us, they are just a pretty autumn flower. We bring each other presents of these flowers. Unfortunately, some English friends of mine who are new to France took some flowers as a present when they were invited to dinner by French friends. These friends were quite upset to receive "the flowers of death" :-)
The day before All Saints Day is Halloween. Until recently, this wasn't celebrated in France but these days young children dress up in costumes, knock on neighbours' doors and ask for sweets. (Which two words would probably be different in that sentence if I were American? Neighbor. Candy.)
I got a giant bag of sweets and waited. And waited. And waited. Nobody came. So I am left with a huge bag and I am a diabetic :-(
I have been travelling a bit recently, both within France and in Spain. Although I live in France, the nearest big city to me is Barcelona. I haven.'t visited there very much because I find the driving in big cities too difficult these days. However, there is now a very fast and cheap train service from Perpignan in France to Barcelona so I took that. In Barcelona, I did all the usual tourist things. I ate paella, I saw the old and new cathedrals and I looked at the strange and amazing architecture. It is a very beautiful city. But the highlight for me was visiting Barcelona football club. I bought my son a football shirt with the name Messi on the back. It cost me about one hundred dollars :-( Now I have no money left for food for the rest of this month. Pasta, pasta and pasta.
I have a couple of new units for you. One is about 'should' and the other looks at 'the -ing form'. They are units six and seven on this page
I hope you enjoy them.
Today I have some grammar revision for you. It shouldn't cause you too many problems.
Look at Units 4 and 5 here
These exercises will not work on many tablets and phones but I am testing out some new software that works with these. More on this very soon.
Like many people, I am finding it hard to get back to work after the holidays. At least the weather here is mild. I will write more next time.
I had a great time on Friday. My friend and I had been told that a supermarket near us in Spain had a section containing a lot of English food. Although we eat well in France and have ready access to the good food in Spain, we thought it would be interesting to visit and find out what English products they were selling.
The supermarket is in Figueras, near the French border and most famous for its Salvador Dali museum. As we had plenty of time, we decided to go the short extra distance to the sea at Rosas. Rosas is not a very beautiful place these days. I first visited it thirty years ago and it was lovely. But there has been too much development, too much concrete, and it has lost its charm. Or so I thought. We decided to drive on from the main beach and explore a bit. What a fantastic surprise. We found a really beautiful sandy cove with a lovely restaurant. We ate great food and, as it was 26 degrees, my friend went swimming.
I'm afraid that out trip to the shop was less successful. The selection was no better than I can find in my local shop in France. I didn't buy anything.
We have a new listening exercise available today. I hope you enjoy it - exercise 3.
We are still having lovely days here but the evenings are getting cold. As a result, everybody I know has got a head cold. Noses are streaming, eyes are watering, ears and throats are aching.
Today we have some exercises on multi-word verbs. Look at exercise 6
I don't like meetings - and I think many of you will feel the same :-)
However, they are a fact of life for many of us.
So today we have some useful vocabulary to do with meetings :
Click down to Unit 5.
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