Blog Task: Diary Entry

Imagine you are an Indian boy. Your family has arranged your marriage with a girl who you do not love, but the tradition says that you must do what your family has agreed upon. Write a 250-400 diary entry describing how you feel, what this tradition represents and what you will actually do.

  • Include and underline at least 3 sentences using Passive voice.
  • Remember that diary entries are written in first person and mostly in simple past.
  • Do not forget using connectors and paragraphs.

SINGLISH: Broken English or Badge of Identity? – Vocabulary

Dear all, find a list of words that will help you to understand the reading:

1) badge: a small round object that fastens onto your clothes with a pin and usually has a picture or writing on it.

2) struck: the past tense of strike.

3) quirky: slightly strange

4) instil: to make someone have a particular feeling or belief

5) dynamic: very lively and enthusiastic, with a lot of energy and determination

6) sluggish: not moving as quickly as usual

7) Dixie: the southern states of the US, that fought against the northern states during the American Civil War

8) drawl: a slow way of speaking, with long vowel sounds

9) sprinkle: a small quantity or amount of something

10) Hokkien:  A dialect of southern Min Chinese that is also spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

11) mind-boggling: very large, unusual, or complicated and not easy to imagine

12) admonish: to advise someone to do something

13) hub: the most important place where a particular activity takes place

14) bemoan: to complain or say that you are disappointed about something

SYNONYMS: Find the word in the right-hand column that could meaningfully replace one of the words on the left. Be careful, there are two extra words that you don’t need to use!

a) incessant (line 6)                                        1. communication

b) painstakingly (line 9)                                2. aboriginal

c) verbalisation (line 13)                               3. strong

d) tumultuous (line 18)                                 4. permanent

e) indigenous (line 31)                                  5. concise

f) bemoan (line 82)                                       6. intense

g) laconic (line 87)                                        7. complain

……………………………………………………………8. happily

……………………………………………………………9. hardly

“Quantifiers” Much, many, little and few

Watch the following video for an explanation of this grammar rule

Now, click on the following links to do some exercises:

1) Identify whether countable or uncountable

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-exercise-countable-uncountable-nouns.php#.U9Rlr-N5NA0

2) Decide if much, many, little or few

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=1865

http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-4654.php

3) How much or How many?

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/confusing_words/much_many3.htm

Subject Verb Agreement

These exercises should help you with one of the most commonly made mistakes in English.  The idea is that you do this fast!  Don´t think too much about the answer – just answer!!    Go back and check for mistakes after!!!

http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/english/langan/sentence_skills/exercises/ch09/p4exe.htm

http://www.cityu.edu.hk/elc/quiz/subverb1.htm

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/sv_agr_quiz.htm

http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=2543