Monthly Archives: April 2015

Awesome Adjective: Enormous

Meaning: Very, very big.

Examples:

This hamburger is enormous – there’s no way I’m going to be able to eat it all!

Blue whales are enormous. (See above.)

Canada is an enormous country.

Pop Quiz:

What’s the opposite of enormous?

A.  tiny

B.  huge

C.  unenormous

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Fed Up Revisited

Here’s an advertisement using last week’s idiom. Look at it carefully. What is this an ad for? What is it trying to say?

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Still Sick and Injured

Last time we shared some stories about accidents and illnesses written by Class 1B. Now it’s Class 1C’s turn. Read a sample below, and then take the quiz to test your understanding.

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Kelly Liu

PEELING AN APPLE

One night a long time ago in my country, I was alone at home. I wanted to eat an apple, so I went to the kitchen and found a knife. Then I used the knife to peel an apple because I don’t like to eat apple peels. Usually my mother did this for me.

This was my first time using a knife to peel an apple. When I was peeling with the knife, my fingers immediately started bleeding. I was scared. I called my mother: “Mom, my fingers are bleeding! What do I do? ” My mom said, “You can go to the living room and find a band aid. Don’t worry. ” I felt the wound was deep. But after this, I never peel with a knife. I have a fear of knives.

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Curiouser and Curiouser

Bouncing off the last Awesome Adjective, here’s an excerpt from a famous book using the word curious (Note: “Curious” can also mean “strange.”). Do you know which book this is from? Leave a comment if you think you know.

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Idiom of the Week: Fed Up

Meaning: No longer able to tolerate something; similar to “sick of” or “tired of.” Often used with “with.”

Examples:

I’m fed up with your rude behavior!

You never respond to my emails – I’m fed up!

Her brother just sits around and watches TV all day. She’s fed up with him.

 

Pop Quiz:

What’s the best response to someone who says, “I’m fed up with you”?

A.  Thank you very much!

B.  What did I do wrong?

C.  I’m hungry too!

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Invite a Brother

Here’s another story from Changing Every Day. When you finish reading, take the quiz to test your understanding!:

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Sarah Sito

Many people believe that a person’s name has an important influence on their life. To Chinese people, it is very essential to name and combine the name with the hour of birth to be more balanced. There are also some names that are full of the background of an era.

I remember that my friend who was studying Cantonese called me. She was watching a drama at that time that was set in the past. The actress’s character’s name was Zhao Di, which means “invite a brother.” My friend felt that she couldn’t understand this and asked me, “Is it a common name or just for fun?” It didn’t feel strange to me at that time because a lot of old women in Guangdong have names with Di. Di means “her/his brother.” It expresses hope that the next child will be a boy. There are some girls that are named Ting too. That means “stop birthing daughters.”

My grandma’s given name was Yu Di, which means “meeting brother.” But her family name was Wu. In Cantonese, “Wu” and “no” are pronounced the same. When my grandma’s whole name was said, the meaning was “Can’t meet brother.” If they really wanted a boy, why did they only focus on the first name and not combine it with the family name? I really want to question them if I can.

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Curious Revisited

One of our commenters last week mentioned Curious George. Curious George is a popular series of children’s books about a little monkey who’s curious. Here’s a short video about one of Curious George’s adventures. When you’re finished, take the quiz to test your understanding!

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