I own an antique full-length mirror with a simple
light wood frame that belonged to my grandmother and then my aunt Carmen. It
was made in a small village near Santiago de Compostela in the 1940s by my
grandfather Manuel. My grandfather made this mirror for his wife´s job, my grandmother
Carmen, who was a seamstress. My aunt Carmen, being three years old, inherited
this mirror because her mother died very young. And the relatives who took care
of my aunt gave her the mirror when she decided to be a seamstress.
The mirror reminds
me of my childhood because when I went to my aunt Carmen´s house in Bilbao, she
would be sewing in the sewing room and I would play at being a client with the
pieces of cloth in front of the mirror. Sometimes the real clients came to try their
made-to-measure dresses or suits on and I used to help my aunt with more
enthusiasm than skill. I loved the way women looked at themselves in the mirror
wearing my aunt´s creations.
When my aunt died,
the mirror was handed down to my father. He offered it to my sister and me and,
although I looked forward to having the mirror, I did say nothing because my
sister is my aunt´s goddaughter and I thought that she would like to have it.
However, my sister remembered our childhood days at my aunt´s house and the
famous question that I asked my aunt one day: "How many people will have
looked at themselves in this mirror along the time?" Due to this, my
sister considered that the mirror had to be bequeathed to me. And in this way
my treasured possession came to me in Badajoz. Needless to say that it has
great sentimental value and
I still wonder about the number of people who looked at themselves in it in
different periods and places...
Quite often, when we are in class, I encourage you to believe in yourselves. I know you can reach as far as you aim to. There is work to do -remember our three times a day rule- but if you believe you can do it, you sure are on the right track.
This is part of a programme in which BBC interviewed 100 women. Simone Biles is just an example of someone who believes in herself. Pay particular attention to minutes 2'42 & 3'42
You know my intentions to make you aware of the culture of some of the countries where English is the official language. The fourthThursday of every November Thanksgiving Day is celebrated across the US. Here you have a video to find out more.
I know my students have finished their lessons, but I want to believe their passion for English doesn't need a rest. I have realized that your reluctance to leave comments on the blog, doesn't stop you from checking it every now and again. Therefore, I have decided to keep sharing things with you. ... And if one day you decide to leave a comment I will be more than happy ;)
..... are words which sound exactly the same but have different meaning and spelling. Getting to know them could help you with your pronuntiation and your listening skills.
I am going to give you two sentences, an easy one -to build up your confidence- and a difficult one -to challenge you- so that you tell me the homophones, which I give you just with the phonetic transcription:
Your /sΛn/ was playing in the /sΛn/. The /stɔ:k/ ate the /stɔ:k/ of the cherry.
...and now ... could you think of more examples using homophones in the same sentence??? Please share your examples in the comment box.