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What is one to say about June? The time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Gertrude Jekyll
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
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Learn English Book Reading Club - Five Children and It

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,169 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.


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

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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,169 mod
    edited May 17

    Shiny - Elinor - MHoz - April - Reem


    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


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

    oast houses


    edges - Cyril - sand (singular - uncountable)

    where gravel has been taken out


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

    :smile: said - buried



    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: 10,026 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: 9,169 mod
    It looks so inviting April. Thanks for the warning.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,169 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


    "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/



    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: 1,722 ✭✭✭✭✭
    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: 9,169 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."


    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: 9,169 mod
    edited June 13

    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: 30,008 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    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: 9,169 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: 9,169 mod
    edited June 20

    Reem - Elinor


    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."




    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???



    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: 10,026 mod
    Kitely let me down this morning.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,169 mod
    Sorry April. You can catch up with the video.
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