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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Learn English Book Reading Club - Five Children and It

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,489 mod
edited May 17 in Books and Poetry
Five Children and It by E Nesbit.

We will meet in the cottage in Kitely.

You can read along with us here, on YouTube, or join us in Kitely for some real time practice.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17314/17314-h/17314-h.htm

Xanthippe has started a Google Doc for some of the more challenging vocabulary.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W1I_kbkuNi5uj5pALJqv0cvcNEnrq2AvDLUqYmufIKc/edit
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited May 17


    Shiny - Elinor - MHoz - April - Reem

    Shiny

    dimpled - often - they - Jane - hack - briery, brambly wilderness - iron-work - two years - Palace - taken - shape

    ... and no more do their fathers and mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, tutors, governesses, and nurses

    Elinor

    fairy (not ferry) - gravel-pits - I say

    oast houses

    MHoz

    edges - Cyril - sand (singular - uncountable)

    where gravel has been taken out

    April

    Conger eels - fishes - doubloon (not Dublin) - pick-axe handle - lemonade - Anthea - seizing

    :smile: said - buried

    ---------------------

    Reem

    Jane - take - scornfully

    we don't want to hurt you, you know

    upon my word - fur (not far) - fight - knew (not know)

    "You don't know?" it said. "Well, I knew the world had changed—but—well, really—Do you mean to tell me seriously you don't know a Psammead when you see one?"
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,180 mod
    I mentioned lakes in Indonesia (The Island Belitung) which I thought came into being after the ground is used as tin mines.
    I'm mistaken a bit; it was not tin mine but kaolinite mine.
    Kaolinite is used for medicine, cosmetic or porcelain.

    Here is a picture of one of those lakes (there are a lot there).
    You are not allowed to enter the lake though, due to the chemical substances.

    Kaolin Lake
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    It looks so inviting April. Thanks for the warning.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited May 17


    Elinor - April - Shiny - Mhoz - TufG

    Elinor -smoothed (silent e) - pickings (not picklings)a p

    "You aren't!" stress
    that (not than) there was such a thing

    ----------------------

    April - Anthea - frowned - afterwards (ˈɑːftəwədz) - furry

    castles

    "And did you get wet?" stress

    ----------------------

    Shiny - or (avoid oh) - sand fairy (not ferry) - scratched - ask (not axe) - Cyril - chorister - organ-grinder - Venetian

    I want to speak to the organ grinder not the monkey.

    --------------------------

    MHoz - dismally - lips - bellowed - allow (not low) - iron (silent r)

    "G'way 'long!" said the Baby.

    :smile: - rendered

    "And who's Us, when you're at home?

    "I'm Cyril, and these are the others, and we're jolly hungry. these ðiːz/

    mayn't

    -----------------------------------

    TufG - beg - constable (kɒnstəb(ə)l) - sponge (spʌn(d)ʒ/) - vain - comforted ˈkʌmfətəd - !third! (not turd) - wretched (not a silent e) - Cyril - hopeless (not helpless) - heartfelt (not heartless)

    Anthea woke first. (not up)

    so that they might not feel jealous

    pins and needles

    --------------------------

    --------------------------

    Chapter II
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,758 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I need a sand fairy to fulfill my wish: I wouldn't like to be as beautiful as day but only to get rid of one small scar under my eyebrow. ;) In Padua I made a non-planned experiment with density of glass door - I am very clumsy. :) So if you see a fairy let me know. ;)
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited May 17


    Rema - April - Elinor - Shiny - Mhoz - TufGuy

    Rema - clothed (silent e) - coat

    "If all that dream about the Sand-fairy was real, this real dressing seemed very like a dream, the girls thought."

    ?apple-pie beds?

    -----------------

    April - cream-colored (not creme) - lower (not like glower) - buried

    "one's quite as likely as the other!" (not quiet)

    "not if she's anything like me—she won't."

    to put (or stick) one's oar in - give an opinion without being asked.

    -----------------

    Elinor - was too dazzling for their eyes to be able to bear (too not so) -

    "Oh yes"—

    "Are kind enough to give us," said Anthea in a whisper.

    -----------------

    Shiny - loose (not lose) - sovereigns - newspaper (paper not pepper) - heavy - staggered

    -----------------

    MHoz - heavily and wearily - remarked (silent e)- guinea - Saracen's

    "Right oh."

    ?guineas?
    .............................

    Tuf - gravel-pit (not like grave) - change (not chance) - Here (not her) - earnestness

    ?"furrin money"?

    "Thank you," said Cyril. "The Saracen's Head."

    ---------------------------------

    The whole party, by this time indescribably dirty, therefore betook itself to the Saracen's Head. The yard-method of attack having been successful at The Chequers, was tried again here. Mr. Peasemarsh was in the yard, and Robert opened the business in these terms
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited June 13
    2017-07-12



    April, Elinor, Shiny, Reem

    April: Duke - hastily - shan't - little gells - there is a fairy

    ------------------

    Elinor: watch-chain, inspector

    ??he keeps the Saracen's Head??


    ------------------

    Shiny: wealth, awoke, pleasant, hash, get dressed, faithfully, lively, fat fist, collected, re-dressed, pretty , dress

    ------------------

    Reem - her - Rochester - water cart - others were not such sneaks as to abandon - misfortune - clothes - Anthea and Robert timidly tried to conceal - thought - trusted - hate (not hat) - ways - honour (not humour) - didn't (not don't) - strictly forbidden to do - bite - also (not always) - who (not how) - spiteful brute - shan't tiresome beast - chalk pit

    ----------------------

    (You will remember that the happily-situated house where these children were spending their holidays lay between a chalk-quarry and a gravel-pit.)
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  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,061 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Interesting. I will surprise you one day by joining this session. Who will teleport me to this land without letting other to know about it? :)
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    You can wear an invisible avatar, and ask me for a TP, but people will still see you in the map. LOL
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited June 20
    2017-06-19



    Reem - Elinor

    Reem

    gravel - hopeful - wish - wealth - simply donkeyish - disagreeable - dropped - work - possibly - comfortably - Roman times - delayed

    -ly and -s

    " multiplication of vulgar fractions" "3/4 × 2 = 1-1/2" ¾ x 2 = 1½ "Three quarters multiplied by two equals one and a half."

    Elinor

    -------------------------

    Shiny

    bottle - nuisance - breath - said - sulkily - haste - taste (not test) -

    "No matter who wants him—there's no one here to—anyhow."

    LOL - Plesiosaurus Ichthyosaurus Megatherium


    ???And he caught it when he woke up???

    ----------------------

    Tufg

    Cyril - leg(s) - howled - uncomfortable (not table)

    the little (not light) white dog barked

    :) - at

    ???"too 'andsome

    ??? I'm a-goin' to 'ave him, an' least said soonest mended.

    "least said soonest mended"

    a difficult situation will be resolved more quickly if there is no more discussion of it

    To take to something.
    To start to use or do something as a habit.

    ----------------------
    Cyril, still crouching in the dust, waddled on bent legs to the side of the carriage farthest from the battlefield.
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  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,180 mod
    Kitely let me down this morning.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    Sorry April. You can catch up with the video.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited July 1
    Elinor - April - Tuf - MHoz - Shiny



    Elinor - bundle - bears (not beers) - won't (not weren't) -

    'And 'im over" - Hand him over.

    brushes >> bushes

    April - loosen - bothering - onions - bow - audience

    :) admiration - mahogany

    Tufg - young uns - We'll (not well) - crockery - ugsie - 'im (him) - daring - Pharaoh - heartily - haste - Nineveh

    woman vs women

    "your acquaintance"

    "I'll hand him over in just one minute."

    MHoz - proper - desk (not deck) - these (not this) - postman - them (not him)

    "Martha scolded, of course. But the Lamb was safe."

    Shiny - contented (not contended) - round (long ow) - hastily - same - bow and arrow - pastry - newspapers - order

    :) letter / later >> post-time / past time

    -------------------------------

    Have you ever been up at five o'clock on a fine summer morning?
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  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 737 OTT
    @Lynne


    this is a bit confusing and I find it difficult to understand

    it looks as though it has been cut and pasted

    without much explanation


    thank you for the comment

    but I do not understand

    perhaps you could have provided a link to where you found this

    and then we could perhaps understand better

    .................................................................


    Elinor - April - Tuf - MHoz - Shiny

    Elinor - bundle - bears (not beers) - won't (not weren't) -

    'And 'im over" - Hand him over.

    brushes >> bushes

    April - loosen - bothering - onions - bow - audience

    :) admiration - mahogany

    Tufg - young uns - We'll (not well) - crockery - ugsie - 'im (him) - daring - Pharaoh - heartily - haste - Nineveh

    woman vs women

    "your acquaintance"

    "I'll hand him over in just one minute."

    MHoz - proper - desk (not deck) - these (not this) - postman - them (not him)

    "Martha scolded, of course. But the Lamb was safe."

    Shiny - contented (not contended) - round (long ow) - hastily - same - bow and arrow - pastry - newspapers - order

    :) letter / later >> post-time / past time

    -------------------------------

    Have you ever been up at five o'clock on a fine summer morning?
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  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 737 OTT
    I forgot to link to you @Lynne

    this is how we easily make mistakes


    Sorry for not linking to you


    however I try not to do too many links


    You posted the same video twice

    perhaps that was a bit overkill


    but then you would never blame if somebody did the same


    Enjoy the day

    Thank you for your great presence here to keep us all in the line

    .
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited July 1
    I don't think I have posted the same video twice @jackelliot - This is a series of videos of live sessions that I run in Kitely. I post the actual videos when I have time, but of course running the Network and keeping everyone in line means I don't always have much time.

    "perhaps you could have provided a link to where you found this"

    The posts here are corrections that were given in the sessions.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 737 OTT
    .




    cheers thanks


    .


    .

    always a pleasure to hear from you


    .


    .



    all the best


    .


    @Lynne


    .
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited July 5


    2017-07-03

    Elinor - April - Shiny - Vinay - Reem - Mhoz

    Elinor: back

    April - Ninevite

    :smile: creature - apologetically

    Shiny - interest - flapping (p not b) - Lexicon - treat (not trait) - curiously (soft s) - paused (not posed)

    :smile: helplessly - paper - water - commandments

    "But the others cared but little how he looked,—or how they looked, for that matter."

    Vinay - orchard - boughs - lads (short a) - mauve (məʊv) - threepenny - chap - small - growl - hind legs - stiff - war - clergyman - plaid (plad) - necktie

    "they saw a stout man"

    :smile: looked

    Reem - Cyril (not Cheryl) - soldier - drink - Anthea was persuasive - enormously - unspeakably - cautious - reply (not replay) - sweethearts - penknives - halfpenny - agreed - tore - her - Reverend - clergyman - starving - angels - necessities - pudding - honourable (silent h)

    "any born general—Napoleon or the Duke of Marlborough"

    "From Us Four."

    MHoz - it'll (short for it will) - These (not this) - larder (d)

    :smile: had read it

    " on the top shelf of the larder."

    "What are germans?"



    "I do not wish to describe the picnic party on the top of the tower. "

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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    We will be taking a short break from the book whilst I'm on holiday, and Elinor will be running the session with a short story or two. So, keep practising. :smile:
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited July 31
    Shiny - party - Anthea - children - twilight (stress) - syphon

    :) wigs / wings

    Elinor - :)

    April - vicar - breath (not breathe) - hastily - characters - staircase

    "Not alone, I don't," said Andrew in low firm tones.

    ???unfainted
    :smile: - lead

    Vinay - cousin - anxiousness - release (soft s) - leads (this time the metal) - violence - hastened

    "How many of you are there?"

    Mhoz - obliged - gravel

    "... think before you take other people's tongues..."

    they won't peach

    "I'll get me home on shanks' mare."

    ---------------------

    CHAPTER VI

    A CASTLE AND NO DINNER
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited July 31
    faint - pass out / lose consciousness >< to come round / to regain consciousness
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,758 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne, I am sorry. One of my uncles phoned me. He he it seems that I am a fresh aunt as my younger cousin has twins.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,758 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. Queen Bess's speech:

    http://tudorhistory.org/primary/tilbury.html
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited August 7
    Today's readers - April / Elinor / Shiny / Reem / Rara / Traum

    April - audacious

    "Then he tried to think what they could wish for—something that would be amusing indoors. "

    ??? "To put your foot down."

    Elinor - broad (not like road) - treachery (not like reach) - Charles I -

    It's just like that Sand-fairy! I wish we'd never seen the beastly thing!"

    It was the way people talked in historical romances for the young, he knew, and it was evidently not meant for rudeness.

    But Robert was dumb with admiration....

    Shiny - scathe - medicine - errand - besieging - boldly - Crusader - breather -scarce - uncouth

    Reem - encountered - undeserved - explained - punished - allowed - Psammead - enchanters - thou - deemest - besieging - aid - followers - victory - hasty courtesy - fault - blame - haughtily - riddle -idiots - glances - pitying -urchin ˈəːtʃɪn - feign - bind

    courteous :)

    Rara - nobly

    This to my face!

    Hermine - comfortably - daggers - barred - portcullis - precious - poke - invisible ɪnˈvɪzɪb(ə)l


    :) cautiously / courteously

    "... they can hurt us—or kill us even, I shouldn't wonder ..."

    "... It's as real as real! ..."


    "No no they said, and hastened away."
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  • RaraAvisRaraAvis Posts: 94 ✭✭
    @Lynne Thank you so much! I thought there were a lot of mistakes.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited August 21
    Elinor - April - Reem - Ninna (no voice) - Traum - Mhoz - Shiny

    Elinor - donkey - able - lunatic (ˈluːnətɪk)

    wretched vs retched

    ---------------------------------------

    April - bare - scrupulous - fir-cones - suet - molasses - reconnoitre (rɛkəˈnɔɪtə) - re-stringing - accord

    (Stress - unless it's because we had them. Nothing about us has changed. // "Well, I never—what next, I wonder!")

    "Of course it would be up in a besieged castle."

    ----------------------

    Reem

    besieged - early in the siege - intrepid survivors - Anthea - armed (silent e) - weapons - manly - begin - daggers (not diggers) - javelins - heads - moat - apace (to grow apace) - shiny spiky dangerous-looking heap - knives - courtyard

    pour boiling lead

    "I think I'm glad it's only a game; it is only a game, isn't it?" said Jane.

    -----------------------

    Traum

    provisioned - except (not expect) - ants (not aunts) - pallor - pennoned

    " putting by " to put something by

    leader :)

    on pain of fire and sword and no quarter. Do ye surrender?

    ----------------------------

    MHoz

    worked /d/ - window-ledge - portcullis

    boiling kettle of lead

    ------------
    Shiny

    battering-ram (stress) - the Civil Service - idiotic - Anthea - crowded - dahlias - spiky iron railings - row - raging - hastily

    window-ledge - breath :)

    ---------------------------------

    CHAPTER VIII

    BIGGER THAN THE BAKER'S BOY
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited September 11
    Elinor - Shiny - Reem - April

    Elinor - damp - sulkily - bathed (silent e) - captain [ˈkaptɪn] - admirable - writer (not writing) -

    "Chuck it now, d'ye hear!"

    Shiny - instincts - chased (not chest) - unpleasant (not please) - grasp - dignity - silence (not silent) - fury (not furry) - crossing - biggest - measured

    later :smile:

    Reem - feels - ought - rubbing (no l) - rude - digging - touched (silent e) - savage - tears - peace (not pace) - snarled - whiskers (not wickers) - vain - chap (not cheap) - hitting (from to hit) - scornfully - strides - swinging - cottages

    thoughtlessly - squirrel - feet :smile:


    April - Lamb (not lamp) - sago - stewed

    pudding :smile:

    but that was too late to be of any use to (not of) the baker's boy

    ---------------------------------

    There were some swings, and a hooting-tooting blaring merry-go-round, and a shooting-gallery and Aunt Sallies.

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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited September 18
    April - Elinor - MHoz - Shiny - Reem

    April - contrary - ordinary

    !cocoanut - coconut

    -----------------------

    Elinor - beat ( t ) - the tent - leave (not live) -

    :smile: - meaning (not meeting)

    ---------------------------

    MHoz

    threepence (old money) - patted - obliging

    by ones and twos and threes

    " on her afternoon out " intonation

    :smile: thumped

    -----------------------------

    Shiny

    stifling - matured - sentinel - quietly

    :smile: afterwards - tarpaulin - enormous

    -----------------------------

    Reem

    wished / dressed / slipped (silent e) - occupied - entirely (not internally) - baths - rouse (not rose) - sand-pit (not bed) - tears (not tyres) - replied - politely - persuaded - cautiously - disturb - crafty

    occasions on which a wish

    _------------------------

    Dope

    works ( s ) - heat - nuts - Lamb (not lamp) - squeals (not squirrels)

    Anthea

    a stout-shod little foot a

    white open-work socks.

    :smile: - precious

    ---------------------------

    2017-09-18

    "Oh, I wish it wouldn't! Oh, I wish it wouldn't! You boys might wish as well!"
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,489 mod
    edited September 25
    Elinor - MHoz - Shiny - TufG


    Elinor - sight (not side) - council - bother (not bugger) - twig (not tweak)

    MHoz - choked (not chalked) - wretched (not retched) - chasm (hard c) - rustling (silent t) -

    ?blow-out? :smile:

    Shiny - cyclists (plural) - puncture - unfortunately - Quietly (not quite) - infant (not like -ant) - spoke (rhymes with oak) - Devereux

    whiny-piny

    :smile: stifled

    TufG - miserably - lunatics - bewildered - hatters

    "a swill pail"

    Dope - mending (not mendling) - special (not specific) - christened - exclaiming -Fortunately (stress) - stoutly - cooing (not cooling)

    two-year-old Lamb

    to linger in the lane

    whose names shall now be buried in oblivion)

    "for goodness' sake" an exclamation :smile:

    -----------------------------

    CHAPTER X

    SCALPS


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