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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
No shadow
No stars
No moon
No cars
November only believes
In a pile of dead leaves
And a moon
That's the color of bone.

No prayers for November
To linger longer
To remember.

November has tied me
To an old dead tree
Get word to April
To rescue me.

November's cold chain
Made of wet boots and rain
And shiny black ravens
On chimney smoke lanes
November seems odd
An act of God

Adapted from Tom Waits - November

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

November by Elizabeth Coatsworth
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English Book Club - The Call of the Wild

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,581 mod
edited March 29 in Books and Poetry
We read Jack London's Call of the Wild in Kitely.

You can listen to most of the sessions on our YouTube channel - along with the pronunciation corrections.


You are welcome to join us, or you can watch the stream on YouTube.

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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited January 23
    Shiny / April / Poetria and TufG

    Shiny - furry (fury) - glimpses - caught - wound - interlacing - spacious scale - cottages - grape - artesian (not artesan) - cement tank - yelped - realm - stable

    April - quiet (not quite) - growled - futilely - glazed - whistling - eloquently - lacerated - freight

    :smile: known
    And this was the manner of dog Buck was in the fall of 1897,

    Xanthippe - depot - waxed and waxed - Seattle

    TufG - perches (not like purchase) - shrewd - wagon - soliloquized - contents - bristled (silent t) - latent - conciliated - wagged

    all ‘ll

    crumpled up and went down

    Well done April!

    “Druther break cayuses any day, and twice on Sundays,” - "I'd rather break horses any day - really I would."


    Now and again men came, strangers, who talked excitedly, wheedlingly, and in all kinds of fashions to the man in the red sweater. And at such times that money passed between them the strangers took one or more of the dogs away with them. Buck wondered where they went, for they never came back; but the fear of the future was strong upon him, and he was glad each time when he was not selected.
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited February 1
    April - Elinor - Shiny - Rema - Mhoz

    April - developed - administering - whaling (not walling) - treacherous - propeller (stress) - leashed (not leased)

    Perrault was a French-Canadian, and swarthy; but Francois was a French-Canadian half-breed, and twice as swarthy.

    ??? swarthy - dark skinned / unwonted - unaccustomed or unusual


    Elinor - jerked - teeth - circle - often

    And as he had seen horses work, so he was set to work, hauling Francois on a sled to the forest that fringed the valley...


    Shiny - nature - malignant - flank - bristling (silent t) - Dave’s - inoffensive - gaunt - scarred (not scared) - asked - offence - vital - illumined - bombarded - wandered - administered

    :smile: belligerent - ignominiously


    Rema - placatingly - arduous - roused (not rosed) - forebears (not four beers) - hair - ferocious - gladdened - wandered - administered (silent e) - hard (not heard) - utterly - equally - ere - ceased (seized)

    :smile: linger


    MHoz - extinct (not instinct) - exhausted (silent h) - Francois - ration - salmon (silent l)

    , the trail being packed; (rail panicked)

    Marcello (left early)

    This first theft marked Buck as fit to survive in the hostile Northland environment. It marked his adaptability, his capacity to adjust himself to changing conditions, the lack of which would have meant swift and terrible death.

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available, it is getting brutal. :(
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited February 6
    @Xanthippe - @Shiny03 - @april - @Rema

    Xanthippe - personal - but instincts (not by) - divers


    Shiny - gave - characterized (ize) - divined (not defined) - taken - fared - perpendicular - thawed (d) - unexpected - weary (not wary) - shrill (not thrill) - grub-box - brutes - bacon (not beckon)


    April - slavered (to slaver) - slashed - leaped (leapt) - throughout (not through) - moose-hide

    :) treacherously - plight - warily

    ??? out of the tail of his eye ??? = out of the corner of his eye


    Rema - ice (ʌɪs not eyes ʌɪz) - dozen (not doze) - thermometer - chosen (z ˈtʃəʊzn) - ultimately (not like ultimatum) - Salmon (silent l) - ration - half (silent l - hɑːf)

    :) softened (silent t)


    At the Pelly one morning, as they were harnessing up, Dolly, who had never been conspicuous for anything, went suddenly mad.
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  • DeucalionDeucalion Posts: 612 ✭✭✭
    edited February 6
    Hi everybody!
    I watched the videos posted herein and I would like to say that Lynne Hand is a super great English teacher, and the attendants are all great English Learners!
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Deucalion, I couldn't agree with you more. :)
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    Thanks @Deucalion. I have to agree with you that you are all great English learners. :smile:

  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne, hopelessly swallowing endings. ;)
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited March 29
    Elinor - Shiny - Rema - April - MHoz - Traum

    Elinor - air


    Shiny - deliberately - vain (long a) - unexpected - upon - closer (not to close) - craftily - jangling - main - firewood - freighted

    ??? turned him out of his sleeping robe???


    Rema - the defiance of life - articulate (adj not verb) - steep (not step) - the record trip (not to record) - thorough - deposits - revolt - misdemeanors - awe - bedlam - barbarous - futile - stirred

    :smile: unaltered

    Perrault was carrying despatches if anything more urgent than those he had brought in


    April - intimate (ˈɪntɪmət) - shrieked (-d-) - chorus (hard c) - familiarity - now (not not)

    ??? chemically propelled leaden pellets ???

    ??? refusing quarter ???


    MHoz - sink - got away (to get -- got) - winded (not to wind up) - crouching - primordial


    Traum to read next session.

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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited March 29
    Lastest update from Elinor - https://docs.google.com/document/d/14W8IYCu_fLvQRZ4zCVLW1-iYtFzbTpR5v3poyYTJ0Io/edit

    Xanthippe - Shiny - April - TufGuy


    circled - thrashing - old

    "answered curse with snarl and kept out of their reach"


    shaken - stoppages - Bennett - deluged - weary (not wary) - monotonous - harnessed - firewood (one word) - mastery

    :) solidarity - breath - slope

    "the sour (not sore) one, was punished roundly"

    "He was ahead of the record then"

    We record the sessions to keep a record.


    April - eyes (not ice) - potent (stress) - stringy (not like stingy) - springiness - above (əˈbʌv) - suppressedly

    :) growled (not like grow)


    morose and irritable (ˈɪrɪtəb(ə)l - no table there) - unfastened (silent t) - heart (not hurt) - lugubriously (lʊˈɡuːbrɪəsly) - lingered - hind legs - harnesses (plural) - howling (hauling)

    "They talked it over at meal-time"

    Chapter V. The Toil of Trace and Trail
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited March 6
    Today's Readers - April - Elinor - Rema - Nidhi

    (Khuong - crashed / Shiny unable to read. Christel - connection issues)


    wrenched (silent e in ed ending) - prolonged - taught - remonstrance - clothes-sack - hastened - gee-pole

    :smile: recuperation - congested - cartridges

    Charles’s wife and Hal’s sister

    ??? to chaffer - to haggle about the terms of an agreement or price of something.


    Hal / Al (not like hall / all) - lips - Mercedes - woah! (not wah) - inexorable - articles

    travelling on a Pullman


    vaguely (silent e) -overfeeding - voracious - quaver - ration - simple - wrenched (silent e) - quarrel - outdistanced (silent e) - inkling (not incline)

    the men as a basis (not in)

    prevented them from (not for)

    :smile: - Hal - mongrels


    quarrel - prejudices (not ice) - apparent - copious - special - chivalrous -persisted - miles - came - through (not like true) - whip (not wipe)

    thousands of miles away (plural)


    As it was with Buck, so was it with his mates.
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited March 13
    Elinor - Rema - Shiny - April - Mhoz


    perambulating - halt (not like hold) - malinger - honked - wild-fowl - whittled


    rouse - choking (not joking) - stooped (not stopped) - clinging

    stumbled along (not upon)

    :smile: folly - merciless - irresolutely - body (buddy)


    lazily - nature - possess - demonstrative - passionate - feverish - taken - arouse - saved - expediency -upon - shaken - ecstasy - vibrant - exclaim

    till he came to look for her ministrations (not came back)

    :smile: - made - loafing


    close - touched (past tense) - shove - primordial

    :smile: : - civilization

    Skeet and Nig were too good-natured for quarrelling,—besides, they belonged to John Thornton;


    sat (-t) - peremptorily (pəˈrɛm(p)t(ə)rily) - where or why (not were) - ere (like air) - intimacy - chasm - caught

    living close to the earth,



    It was at Circle City, ere the year was out, that Pete’s apprehensions were realized. “Black” Burton, a man evil-tempered and malicious, had been picking a quarrel with a tenderfoot at the bar, when Thornton stepped good-naturedly between.
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited March 29
    Rema - Shiny - April - Elinor - Oscar


    realized - loosed - prowled (not prole) - scraped - churning - above - abreast

    Burton (not Barton)

    Prole - noun - a member of the working class

    :smile: live (to live - this session is live)

    Shiny - promptly (ˈprɒm(p)tli) - tightening - surface (not face) - ran (to run - ran) - strangling - jagged (ˈdʒaɡɪd) - glance - face - exploit - these - bragged (silent e)

    :smile: name - gratifying

    April - pooh pooh - majority (stress) - waxed - superfluous - shone - dynasty

    :smile: capable x 2 - admiration

    Br / Am - comrade

    Elinor - scarring - pivoting

    “Now, MUSH!”

    Chapter VII. The Sounding of the Call
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,581 mod
    edited March 29
    Elinor - April - MHoz


    toiled (not toyed) - would peer (not could) - dozing (zzz) - definite (ˈdɛfɪnət) -

    :smile: - vigil (not Virgil) - wide-eared

    worth its height in beaver skins packed flat - now we would say, "Worth its weight in gold".


    ptarmigan - dogged (ˈdɒɡɪd) - whirlwind


    bathed (silent e)


    stalked - hind legs - bristling (silent t) - unpacked (ed ending) - frenzy - haunted

    :smile: - fierceness
    circled him about and hedged him in with friendly advances.



    :smile: subtler

    The bird life had flitted



    salmon (silent l) - latent - wolverenes (I would say wolverines) - prowess - contagion - vigor - infinitesimal

    was apparent in the play of every muscle (not apparently)

    staying away from camp for days at a time (not four days at a time)

    Quickly as a husky dog could leap to defend from attack or to attack...


    bough (like to bow to the queen, not bow and arrow) - spouted (not sprouted) - tearing (to tear, not like to cry a tear) - that (not than) -

    He found Pete where he had been killed (not he had killed)


    discomfited - preliminary

    One wolf, long and lean and gray (and gray)

    :smile: noses (not noises)
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