Miles away

Do you know the English expression “to be miles away“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

James: Are you OK? You look like you are miles away. You really should get some work done.

Dennis: Yeah, I’m OK. I was just thinking of my vacation, that’s all.

Does it mean:

a) to be daydreaming about something

b) to look upset

c) to be sad

d) to be sleeping

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Answer: a) to be daydreaming about something

[Short Story] The Elephant

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It was Friday afternoon and Mrs Watkins was tired. It was a hot day and her feet hurt. I like teaching children, she thought. But maybe I am too old for this. I don’t have so much energy.

The children in Mrs Watkin’s class were six years old. There were thirty children in the class. Mostly they were very good students. But that Friday, Mrs Watkins had problems. On Fridays the children had an art class.

There was no green paint in the store cupboard. Mrs Watkins did not know why. Maybe another teacher borrowed it. All the children asked for green paint. They wanted to paint pictures of trees and frogs and crocodiles.

Melanie spilt paint over Andrew’s painting. Andrew shouted and Melanie cried.

Micky painted his friend Pete’s face red. The two boys thought it was very funny. Mrs Watkins did not think it was funny because it took her a long time to clean Pete’s face.

After a while, Mrs Watkins decided to end the art class. “We are stopping now,” she said. “We will clean the classroom and then we will have quiet reading time.”

The children sat down with their reading books. Peace at last, thought Mrs Watkins.

Then Sandra started crying and shouting. “I feel sick! I have a pain.”

“I’ll take you to the school nurse,” said Mrs Watkins. “Everyone be quiet and read while I am gone.”

Mrs Watkins took Sandra to the school nurse and hurried back to her classroom. She could hear the children shouting. She was very angry. She opened the door. All the children were standing at the windows laughing and shouting.

“Sit down!” she said loudly. “Sit down now. I told you to read quietly.”

“But Mrs Watkins! Mrs Watkins!” The children were very excited.

“No! I am not going to listen to you. Sit down now!”

The children went back to their seats. Then Micky raised his hand. “What do you want Micky?” asked Mrs Watkins.

“There’s an elephant in the playground.”

“Don’t be so silly” said Mrs Watkins. “There is not an elephant in the playground.”

“Yes there is! There is!” shouted the children.

“Stop this now!” Mrs Watkins went across to the windows. I’ll close the curtains, she thought. That will calm the children down.

She stopped and stared. There was a very large elephant eating leaves from a tree in the playground.

Am I going mad? she thought. No, I’m not. The children can see it too.

Mrs Watkins felt bad. “Children. Come to the windows,” she said. “We can look at the elephant.”

As the children and Mrs Watkins watched the elephant, a large truck came into the playground. It was painted red and yellow. On the side of the truck, was written ‘Marvelo’s Circus.’

Men jumped out of the truck and ran towards the elephant. Very soon the elephant was walking towards the truck.

Mrs Watkins turned to the children. “Well that was exciting, wasn’t it? Now go back to your seats, please.”

She stopped. “Where is Micky?”

She found Micky in the store cupboard. “What are you doing?” she asked.

“I am looking for grey paint. Next art class we will all want to paint a picture of the elephant.”

Out of the blue

Do you know the English expression “out of the blue“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Helen: Did you hear the news? Sally and Paul had a baby!

Felicity: Well, that was out of the blue! I didn’t even know Sally was pregnant!

Does it mean:

a) bad news

b) good news

c) sudden and unexpected

d) expected

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Answer: c) sudden and unexpected

Have (one’s) hands full

Do you know the English expression “to have (one’s) hands full“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning?

Jack: Are you going to the party tomorrow?

Emma: I’m afraid I can’t. I have my hands full at work at the moment.

Does it mean:

a) to carry many things

b) to hold something

c) to have big hands

d) to be very busy

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Answer: d) to be very busy

[Easy English Blog] Christmas music

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Do you like Christmas music? Traditional Christmas songs are called Christmas carols. When I was a child, we had Christmas concerts at school. We sang Christmas songs and our parents came to listen.

I was also in a brass band. We were very busy at Christmas because we had many Christmas concerts. We had concerts every weekend in December. We played in concert halls, churches and even supermarkets!

I remember when I was very young, carol singers used to walk around the streets in the evening singing carols. They sometimes knocked on the door and sang to us. I can’t remember very well, but I think we gave them cakes or perhaps a small amount of money. I haven’t seen carol singers around the streets for many years. Maybe they don’t do it anymore.

Since December, shops have started to play Christmas music. This always reminds me of my childhood and I start looking forward to Christmas. It also makes me think of Christmas presents. Every time I hear Christmas music I remember “I must do my Christmas shopping!”

Heather @ I Talk You Talk Press

 

[Easy English Blog] Birds

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I have lived in many different places. Sometimes I have lived in cities and sometimes I have lived in the country. I have lived in apartments in the middle of big cities. There were no birds. Now I live 3km from a small city. Our garden has many trees. Some of the trees have berries that birds like to eat. We always have birds in our garden. Some of them are English birds – sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, starlings. We have New Zealand birds too – tui and kereru. Tuis are very interesting. They are fighters. They chase other birds away. Their song is difficult because they copy the song of other birds.

We also have kereru in our garden. I love these birds. They are a kind of pigeon. They have big bodies and small heads. I think their brain is small. They are very crazy birds. They cannot fly well. They sit in small trees. The trees are not strong. The kereru fall off the trees. Then they have trouble flying. They do not have a song. The only sound we hear from kereru is the sound of their wings, and sometimes a bang because they fly against windows and walls.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press

[Easy English Blog] Christmas presents

What are the best Christmas presents? When I was not so busy, I used to make most of my Christmas presents. I made clothes and toys for children. I made cookies and jam for adults. I collected small jars and filled them with jam or marmalade. I decorated the jars. They looked very pretty.

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One year I made French mustard. This was fun to make and very popular.

I love to give the special people in my life small gifts, especially at Christmas. It very sad because these days, I mostly buy presents. I wish I had more time and energy, because I think the presents we make ourselves are more special.

Patricia @ I Talk You Talk Press