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Friday, 22 October 2010

Hallowe'en!

Hallowe'en


Hallowe'en is a special ghost festival. It happens on the night of 31 October. People wear special clothes at Hallowe'en. They tell ghost stories and play games.

Hallow'en is very popular in the USA. Children visit the houses of their neighbours. They wear strange costumes and say 'trick or treat? The neighbour then gives them a 'treat' or something nice. This could be a sweet or an apple.



 
The Jack-o'-lantern is a popular part of Halloween. This is a pumpkin with a face carved out (see picture above). Inside the pumkin there is a candle. The candle is to frighten the witches away.

Another tradition is a special Halloween cake. This has a silver coin inside. When the cake is cut, someone finds the coin in one of the pieces. This person will become rich.

Today Halloween is a fun festival. But in the past it was very frightening. People called it 'The night of the flying witches.' They thought these witches could do terrible magic. They lit fires to frighten them.
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Hallowe'en Jokes:


Q: Where do mummies go for a swim?
A: To the dead sea.


Q: Mommy, Mommy, the kids all call me a werewolf.
A: Don’t listen to them, dear, now go and comb your face.


Q: Why should a skeleton drink 10 glasses of milk a day?
A: It's good for the bones

Q: What is a young skeleton?
A: A skeleteen.
Q: Where does Dracula keep his valuables?
A: In a blood bank.
Q: How does a witch tell time?
A: She looks at her witch watch.


Q: What do ghosts serve for dessert?
A: Ice Scream.
Q: Where do ghosts mail their letters?
A: At the ghost office.


Q: How does a monster count to 11?
A: On his fingers.
And more:

...Need ideas for easy homemade Hallowe'en costumes?
Here are some:




SOOO... Happy Hallowe'en, and HAVE FUN!


video

U2 and the Present Perfect: "I still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - Year 3



  "I still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" is an old song by U2.  This was one of their first big hits.

The song is used to learn English because it has many examples of the
present perfect.  
The present perfect is a verb tense in English that uses "have" or "has" and a past participle. U2 use this tense because they talk about one's past experiences in an indefinite time, saying that he still (non ancora) hasn't found what he is searching.

Watch the video with the lyrics and pay attention to the examples of the present perfect.


video



I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For  - 1987

I have climbed the highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

I have run, I have crawled
I have scaled
these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoken with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I believe in the kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
Well, yes, I'm still running

You broke the bonds and you
Loosed the chains
Carried the cross
And all my shame
All my shame
You know I believe it

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

Wrong funny words (if you don't study enough): food

Hi there


Would you like to read some "new" words our classes 2 students invented in a translation quick test on food?


For example


pane: brown (too baked?)
gelato: ice scream (AAARGH!)
vino: win (an alcoholist competition?)
pollo: kitchen (the fridge is the best part)
pollo 2: roast (only)
succo di frutta: brick (no other shapes allowed)
uva: grapple (no comment)
pepe: beer (and try to drink it if you "can")
fragole: stamberries (OGM fruit)
biscotti: biscouts (oops, a scout in the oven!!)


Ladies and gentlemen from Pierobon School, thank you for you cooperation in adding new words to the English Vocabulary! But next time... STUDY MORE!!!