Monthly Archives: October 2015

Melancholy Revisited

Here’s a song using last week’s Awesome Adjective. Listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the words you hear. When you’re finished listening, click on “Continue reading” to see the answers:

Melancholy Man

by the Moody Blues

I’m a melancholy man, that’s what I am,
All the world surrounds me, and my ____1____ are on the ground.
I’m a very ____2____ man, doing what I can,
All the world astounds me and I think I understand
That we’re going to keep growing, wait and see.

When all the ____3____ are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground,
And angry voices carry on the wind,
A beam of light will fill your ____4____
And you’ll remember what’s been said
By all the good men this world’s ever known.

Another man is what you’ll see,
Who looks like you and looks like ____5____,
And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
His life caught up in misery, he doesn’t ____6____ like you and me,
‘Cause he can’t see what you and I can see.

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Idiom of the Week: Hang in There

Meaning: Don’t quit, don’t give up; survive, endure.

Examples:

Hang in there! You’re almost finished!”

“How’s the new job?” “Not easy, but I’m hanging in there.”

English isn’t an easy language to learn, but if you just hang in there you’ll eventually improve.

Pop Quiz:

When might you say “Hang in there!” to someone?

A.  When they’re doing laundry.

B.  When they’re putting a picture on the wall.

C.  When they’re running a race.

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

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Awesome Adjective: Melancholy

Meaning: Sad, “blue,” kind of depressed. Also a noun.

Examples:

Fall is a melancholy season.

“What’s wrong? You look so melancholy today!”

She enjoys listening to melancholy songs.

Pop Quiz:

Someone might feel melancholy

A.  On a gray, drizzly day.

B.  After a break-up.

C.  On their fortieth birthday.

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

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NYC Museums

Looking for something to do this fall? Why not go to a museum? Here are some good choices:

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – also called “the Met” – is in a huge building on the east side of Central Park. It has art from many different countries and from many different time periods. It’s one of the most famous art museums in the world.

Address: 1000 5th Avenue,  New York, NY 10028

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: If you go there, you will see that it says $25 “recommended donation” for adults, which means you pay what you can. So if you want to pay less, you can.

Click here for museum hours and other information.

2. The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art – also called MoMA – has newer artwork, with special exhibitions all the time. It also has a nice courtyard and cafe.

Address: 11 West 53rd Street,  New York, NY 10019

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: $25 for adults, free for children. But it’s free for adults every Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Click here for museum hours and other information.

3. The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is in Brooklyn, of course, next to Prospect Park. It has old art, new art, and many special exhibitions as well – and it’s in a big, old beautiful building.

Address: 200 Eastern Parkway,  Brooklyn, NY 11238

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price:$12 for adults and children under 12 can get in for free – but once again, this museum is free the first Saturday of every month (except September), from 5 pm to 11pm.

Click here for museum hours and other student information.

4. The Cloisters Museum

The Cloisters is a small, beautiful museum of old religious art. It’s on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, and it has a wonderful view. It also has a nice cafe and courtyard, and there’s a very good park nearby.

Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Drive,  New York, NY 10040

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: Again, it’s a $25 “suggested donation” for adults, so you pay what you want to pay.

For museum hours and other information, click here.

5. The New Museum

Located right here on the Lower East Side, the New Museum is, that’s right, a new museum. It has mostly new art, too.

Address: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Click here to see it on Google Maps.

Price: $14 for adults, kids under 18 get in free. Adults can also get in for free Thursday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm.

For hours and more information, click here.

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Rip Off Revisited

Here are some images from the Internet using last week’s Idiom – click on any of them to get a larger view:

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