Tuesday, November 07, 2006

More on music

Jan violin Hans Dieter flute Dennis recorders

Carla, Janaina, Dayniton,Salejandra,

Thanks so very much for all your information about blues bands. If I do a broadcast sometime next year, I will post a link to the recording here.

Ironically, I am rather more fond of Mozart than blues, though I enjoy the atmosphere in live concerts, and I very much enjoy working on the preparation of the annual blues concert with my friends.

As far as my own playing is concerned, with a professional musician friend and bass and violin and far too much electronics I have made a couple of CDs of....Celtic music.

I'll look for a photo, and later I'll see if I can upload a track of one of the two CDs.

I play the recorder - you know, the plastic thing (but mine is wood) that in many countries kids in primary schools learn to play.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Brazilian Popular Music - by Salejandra

Brazilian Popular Music is the most important kind of music I’ve ever heard.
BPM has the biggest musical diversity that I know. If you don’t know BPM, you must learn more about it because BPM is interesting and different. There are a lot of important singers in Brazil. They have made many styles of music. Ever since, the most important style of BMP is Samba. everybody knows SAMBA because of the carnival, the most popular rhythm of Brazil. But SAMBA is just a little example of BMP. Have you ever heard AXÉ MUSIC, MANGUE BEACH , SAMBA REGGAE, SAMBA FUNK, CARIMBÓ, FREVO, CATIRÁ, XOTE, FORRO, BAIÃO, MARACATÚ, BUMBA BOI, LAMBADA?

Each state in Brazil has its popular rhythm, Bumba meu Boi in Amazonia, Axé music in Bahia and Frevo in Pernambuco.
In fact, the BPM has been known since the 60s when the BOSSA NOVA appeared. It’s a wonderful rhythm. Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim were the biggest names of Bossa Nova. They composed and played the most famous song called Garota de Ipanema.

In the beginning of the 70s, many important singers created another movement called Tropicalismo. The greatest names of Tropicalismo were Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Maria Betânia, Gal Costa, among others.

I have to show a few of my favorite singers, ‘cause I love Brazilian Popular Music and I really enjoy listening to it. The first singer you should know is Marisa Monte, you have to listen to her songs, she is fantastic, her voice is soft and sometimes strong. I think she is the best singer of BPM. She sings samba, bossa nova, rock and pop. Since her beginning, she has played different kinds of BPM. Nowadays, Vanessa da Mata is the new name of BPM. She is great, too. There are alos men on my list of favorite singer, like Lenine and Zeca Baleiro. They are new names of BPM and, in my opinion, they are the best.

Dennis, access this site: http://www.musicalmpb.com.br


A musical request from Dennis

Hello, friends in Brazil.

I have a request.

First, go here:

The Blues Verstaerker

This a small group I have belonged to for 13 years. We are 'the blues supporters'. We don't play music, but we arrange a blues festival once a year and up to 600 people come. We now have financial support from the city of Osnabrueck and a local bank, so we have been able to invite musicians from abroad, though we usually grab people when they are on an Europen tour - it is cheaper for us.

If you click around the BV (Blues Verstaerker)site, clicking on the piano keys you will find 'Lawine' (waterfall) and the photos and sound clips from the 12 concerts that there have been. (In Introduction you will also find photos of us drinking beer and pretending to plan.

You may also notice that we do regular radio broadcasts.


Are there any Brazilian blues bands? Can you send me any links?

I'd like to do a broadcast on our local radio station on Brazilian Blues - if there are any!!!


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Dennis in Africa (Ghana, West Africa) 1961

The children were not mine. (I had only just arrived in the country). They were extremely curious about the European (me) who had just moved into a flat in their district.

Dennis starts doing his homework - Brazilian music

I'm being a good pupil, you see. My teachers Carla, Carmen, Janaine and Lisias suggested I should find out somethi8ng about Brazilian music and gave me some suggestions.

This where I began.

Tom Jobin Garota de Ipanema

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Brazilian Music

Dear Dennis,

On one of your posts to Salejandra, you mentioned that you didn´t know anything about Brazilian music. So here it goes some thoughts on it by our group! If you get interested, let us know, for we can provide you with the best of our rhythm!

Carla and students


Brazilian music has a great diversity of styles because of our extensive territory. We mix different kinds of music. Usually, people rate Brazilian music in many categories, such as Sertanejo, or Country Music, Funk, Forró, Samba, Frevo, Xaxado, Bossa Nova, Maracatu and other styles that are part of this rich culture. If you are interested in Brazilian music, you should choose one of those styles and deepen your knowledge in it, but if you want and have some free time, you should go over all of them.

In foreign countries, the most famous Brazilian styles are: Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB, and, nowadays, Funk. So I´m going to talk about these three. We could start with Samba, our traditional rhythm.

Samba started in Africa and was brought to Brazil by the slaves. This rhythm is very popular all over the world because of Carnival. If you want to really know the power of Samba, you have to got to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Bossa Nova is another well-known music style in foreign countries. Tom Jobim is a brilliant Brazilian musician. He composed beautiful songs and made unique arrangements. You must listen to "Garota de Ipanema", an icon of this artistic movement.

MPB holds different definitions. The abbreviation MPB means Brazilian Popular Music, but, in general, people recognize MPB as a movement called Tropicália, which started in the sixties. You should listen to Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Gal Costa and Gilberto Gil to start to understand MPB. These singers, or rather, musicians, are considered the first to have started defining the Brazilian Popular Music.

Funk can be considered the genuine voice of the Brazilian people. This rhythm started in the poorest communities in Brazil. Its lyrics talk about the daily lives of those communities. Violence, sex, drugs, traffic, religion are frequent topics of the lyrics.

By Janaina


I´m 47 years old, so I like the kind of music of the 70´s and 80´s. I like, mainly, Brazilian Popular Music. I think the lyrics are full of love.

I like Roberto Carlos, Vinicius de Moraes and Chico Buarque.

When I was younger, I used to memorize the lyrics I liked, so I know many songs.

My mother used to sing when I was cleaning the house. So I kept listening to her.

Today, I sing in a Choir. I sing MPB, but also sing the classical music. I´m still learning it, but I love it. I sing in English and Latin. It is fun.

When I have a record of my group, I´ll send it to you.

By Carmem


To appreciate Brazilian music, you have to open your mind. This is necessary because there are several to appreciate Brazilian songs.There are many music styles here. To learn about them, you have to come to Brazil.

In the South, you can listen to "The Flamenco Guitar", style originated in old Spain. In Rio de Janeiro, you can listen to Samba. In the middle of Brazil, you can listen to Brazilian Country Music. In Bahia, you should liste to Axé Music. In the Northeast, you can also listen to Forró and Frevo. Finally, in the North of Brazil, you can listen to some "northern" styles.

These are only some styles that you can listen to here. There are many others. But it would be a topic for another text.

by Lísias

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Dennis is back from Hungary

Esztergom Hungary
For the last week, I was at a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) conference in Esztergom, Hungary. I got back late last night. I will read the new introductions and answer them today or tomorrow.

Best wishes to you all.


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Meet Leolita

I'm sorry, people, today is not a good day to say something about me. I am so sad because last week I lost one of my sisters. But, untortunately, death is part of life too. Our family is trying to keep the life on and I know that through time, things will be ok again.



Meet Janaina


Well, I was born in Goiânia and moved to Brasília in 2001. I graduated in Industrial Design at University of Brasília. Nowadays I am working with the production of animations and motion design. That is my interest area in design, but I also like graphic design, that makes magazines, brands projects and web design. I love my job, and all the things related whith creativity and visual language. I spend lot of time looking to visual news. Music is my hobby. No, I dont play anything, I just like to search for new bands on the net. I also like to draw and take pictures.Well, truly I like all the things related to art and culture.


Meet Lísias

Hello, Dennis!

I'm Lísias. I was born in Uberaba, MG, Brazil. I have been living in Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil since 1985. I'm married and I have 04 kids: a boy 12, a girl 07 and twin boys 04. I love them. I'm a businessman. We have a company that sells computer network components. I love plants and on the weekends I work on my garden a lot. I love music, too. I like some sports: mountain biking, swimming and running.

That´s it!

Dennis, nice to meet you.


Meet Karen

I was born in Brasília. I'm married and I have two children.
I'm architect, but I used to work in my husband's office. Now I don't work anymore, I quit.
I'm looking for new things, maybe working in my own store.

My kids are grown up, and now I have more time.
I love traveling, and I love the winter even live in Brazil I don't like the summer and beach.
The best place I have been is New York. the city is great, the buildings are beautiful and I loved to walk in the street and see the snow.

On the weekends I go out with my family, we go the movie, restaurants and the shooping mall on Sundays I´m going to the church and work in the School Bible with kids.
I have a good life, I'm blessed.


Friday, September 22, 2006

Dennis is back

The estuary in Ynys, Harlech, North Wales next to which we stayed for two weeks

Hello, all of you. We returned last night, after driving about 3000 kilometres in just under four weeks.

I will reply to your WONDERFUL self introductions within the next few days.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Meet Marina

My name is Marina. I'm a psychologist, a clown and a theater actress.

I really love my life 'cause I love my work, and in my free time, I have a lot of fun.

I'm a 27-year-old woman, and I'm dating a 27-year-old psychologist, too! It's very nice 'cause we can help each other and we have a lot in common to talk about. He lives in São Paulo, which is sometimes difficult, but sometimes it's great 'cause we need to travel a lot and I love that. I love to wait for the day I'll meet Fernando.

I have a lot of friends, including my theater group, and it's wonderful to be with them. I love to go to the theater and go dancing. But sometimes we meet only to talk and drink some beer.

Now, I started to have ballet classes again. I had ballet classes when I was a girl, and I'm loving that!



A Very Special Brazilian Clown

Being a clown is like a religion. You have to believe in it. You have to be part of this strange family.The red nose is the smallest mask in the world, so if you really wanna use it, you need to be able to put yourself in evidence, to show yourself.

A clown needs to know himself, know his body, and his fears because it is your worst part who will make people have fun. It is your shadow. The clown puts every little part of this shadow in evidence and gives it to the public.It Is an exercise of giving.

I spent 3 years in a circus school, learning about me, my body, and showing my work every week.Today, I still have a lot to learn. In my blood runs a clown blood, for sure. In a clown’s blood you will find a desire to be clear and true with the public, to show our disasters. In fact, every human being is a disaster, and this strange figure with a red nose and big shoes shows you that it is OK to be a disaster.

When I started to be a clown, my entire life changed. I started to understand who I was, how I acted, and who my family was, and I couldn’t be so selfish and blind like I was, for my clown gave me new eyes.I'm not a kids’ clown. I'm an adults’ clown. I show to adults how arrogant and selfish I can be. It’s funny because I shouldn't have these personality traits as I'm a clown...

I believe I'm beautiful, I'm special, I'm the best with strange shoes and a red nose...This is the beginning and, at this point, laughing evolves.It isn’t a delicate art. Some time ago, a man asked me, “Do you really think you are in beautiful clothes?” And I answered, “I think my beauty blinds you, my dear! Don't ever look at me again, you are not prepared to this much.”So, this is it...you don't need to make your public laugh, you need to make them feel comfortable about being human.


First published at http://internationalexchange.blogspot.com/2006/04/very-special-brazilian-clown-dear-all.html

Meet Rodrigo

My life is very simple, but everything is very special, and my city is really beautiful.

I live in a place in which there are some trees and birds. I like to live there. Another thing about my life in Brasilia is that I have practiced many kinds of sports since I was a child. At the moment, I have been dedicating myself to cycling, especially mountain biking.

I've been married for one year and my marriage is nice in every thing.

Well, I love very much to live in Brasilia.



What do you like doing in your free time?


Monday, September 04, 2006

Meet Alexandre

My name is Alexandre. I was born in Campinas - SP, I’m thirty eight years old and I’m married to Anny. I have two daughters, Vanessa and Julia. Vanessa is my daughter of the first marriage. She is twenty years old, and Julia is my daughter with Anny. She is five years old.

I got married early, when I was only eighteen years old and was a father with the same age. I broke up 5 years after getting married.

And now I’m married for the second time. Anny is my dear friend and my love. We have a story together of fights and victories. She gave me my treasure: Julia. She is a lovely child and I´m often touched when I look at her. I love my family and always respected my parents. I thank to God for our lives and for the education I´ve received.

I’m a calm and friendly person; I often like to spend true moments with my friends and my family.

I’m happy when I can be with my dear only brother André. I love him so much. He is a wonderful guy. We never fought seriously. Sometimes we had some differences, but we always talked to each other and usually understood one another.

I like to play soccer, but I can´t play right now, because I had a surgery of reconstruction of the crossed joint of the knee about eight months ago. I’m doing exercises at the gym to strengthen my legs. I hope to restart playing soon. I usually think about this and sometimes it lets me down, but it isn’t a problem to me.

I traveled a lot while I worked for Cervejarias Kaiser Brazil, I got to know many states and cities in Brazil. Now I’m unemployed and I’m looking for a job in the marketing area. I finished my MBA in Marketing Strategical Management at FGV about two weeks ago. The occupation that I’m looking for could be in marketing or sales too. I like both of them. I’m amazed by the many possibilities that marketing can provide us in business and administration.

My family really loves Brasília. We like so much the quality of life and I’m sure it’s very good to spend our childhood here. We usually enjoy such a wonderful city.

I love gospel music; it makes me feel very well. It makes me think a lot. I’ve had lots of pleasant moments.

I like to travel and know other places. I´ve never traveled abroad. I have a dream which is to improve my English classes and be fluent in this language. I like it so much too. I hope to be a good speaker of English soon, but I known it’s necessary to study hard.



It was a pleasure to see your video and hear the audio slide. Germany is a wonderful country. Thank´s a lot!


1) Please, Dennis, can you inform us about other countries in Europe? Do you know another beautiful country like Germany?

2) How was the World Cup Germany? Did you see the final game?


Meet Salejandra

Hello, Dennis,

My name is Salejandra. I´ve lived in Brasilia since 1968 when I was born. I have three brothers and only one sister. They are married and have many children. My mother lives far from me in Planaltina (a city near Brasilia).

I love music, movie and books. I love my work and my friends. When I was 21 years old, I opened my own business. I worked very hard in the beginning. Now I work enough, I think. I have a good life. I love traveling and I´m going to Amsterdam and Prague next year. I´ve never been to Germany before, but now I want to visit the country to change my opinion about the German people. I´d love if you could tell me more about Germany. If you want, I could tell you more about my city.

I have some questions to you:
  • Have you ever been to Brazil?
  • What do you think about the Brazilian way of life?
  • Do you like music? Which Brazilian musicians do you know?


Meet Ramon

What can I say about my Brazilian life? I will start with the general topics. First, the most beatiful women are in Brazil and second, the beaches are unbelievable. It’s true when they say that the people are poor, but we are Brazilians and the Brazilians never give up.

Now I will tell them about my life. Oh! It’s a very difficult thing to do because I love everything that I do and I’m always in peace with life. But I will try. I never worry about the little things because as Bob Marley had said “every little thing is gonna be alright”.

I study biology and I have to study hard, but I like to study because I love biology. One day, you are going to see me on TV, newspapers, magazines and the firt pages will have these words “The first BRAZILIAN NOBEL PRIZE goes to Ramon Fernandez”.

I want to know all the world, travel a lot, speak many languages, have a lot of money, help people that realy need, get an Audi TT, and I don’t know what else I want. I`m going to stop here because I´d already said all that I wanted. I will finish with a litle thing. My favorite life motto is: “Don’t live your life so seriously because life is a crazy adventure in which we´ll never get away alive”.


Meet Carmen

First of all, I want to tell you I´m a very happy person.

I was born in Ribeirão Preto, a city in the countryside, in the state of São Paulo. But I moved many times, so I started my studies in Orlândia, São Paulo, afterwards I moved back to Ribeirão, where I studied the second and third years of Middle School.

Then, I moved to São Paulo/SP where I spent my teenage years. I was very happy when I was a teenager. I used to go out every Saturday, I used to dance and I sues to have many friends, but, at the same time, I used to study very hard because I wanted to go to College. So I took an entrance exam to study in Brasilia at the Post Office College. I passed and the Post Office Service had a house for the students in Taguatinga ( a dormitory city), so I used to live with 3 girls. It was very fun. The girls were very nice. Everything used to be a discovery. I lived in the Post Office House for two years. When I graduated, I
rented an apartment with other friends, five or six, girls and boys. It was very fun, too. I had many boyfriends and, frequently, I went out to parties and restaurants.

Now, I´m married. I love my husband and my children. They are very nice. My daughter is my friend and my son is my baby. I´m so happy and I like my life. Sometimes I remember my past, but I think my present is even better.
(Carmen is the second on the left)


Meet José Henrique

I was born here in Brasilia ( a note from the teacher: he is from the first generation born in Brasília!). My parents came to this city in the period of its building. They are from Minas Gerais.

I have four brothers, one sister and many relatives. It´s a great family.

I had a great childhood and I grew up in a peaceful family. We always had a simple life...It´s not easy to take care of six children! When I was 15, I started working. It was a second school for me.

Nowadays, I have my family and I can´t complain about life. I like to work, but I always try to find time to stay with my family, my friends. I like to travel every year...

I´ve practiced walking and jogging three times a week in the morning, but I´m sure I still have to find a good sport to practice. I think I have a good lifestyle, always trying to run away from stress...It can still be better, of course.

All those things make me a calm person and help me get along with people.

José Henrique

Meet Sérgio

I´m Sergio. I´m 37 years old. I was born in Brasilia. My parents live in Brasilia. Their names are Miguel and Jeovalda. I have two brothers, Guilherme and Ricardo.

I´m a psychologist. I work at my own office and at a Court. I love my job. I like living in Brasilia. It´s a special city for me. It´s a modern and young city. I like the architecture, buildings, parks, avenues. I think that I will never live in another city. This is a great city to work, raise children and play sports. I like running at the City Park.

In my free time, I like reading a book, listening to music and meeting friends for dinner. Brasília has good movie theaters, but the theater programs are not good. If you want to see shows, musicals or a big play productions, you have to go to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.

I like to meet new people. I like talking about music, cinema, trips. If I had more time, I´d try dancing. When I was young, I loved to meet friends and go dancing. If I had more time, I´d take an acting course, too. I think that an actor´s work is admirable.


Saturday, August 26, 2006

Byeeeee! Ex-mystery man off on holiday

I'll be with you again in roughly a month. Tomorrow I set off for Harlech in North Wales with stops in Antwerp (Belgium) and Dover, Peterborough and Cambridge (England).


Friday, August 25, 2006

Are you married?

I was asked if I were married. (You can see I was a teacher..) I was asked: "Are you married?"

Yes - to the lovely Anke.

This is a recent photo of Anke, me and Nils too.

Nils too? Who is Nils too?

Nils too is the twin brother of Nils. (See below). You will be hearing more about Nils too in due course.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Questions and answers

Your mystery guest as he looked in 1951 - 2nd. row from the back, 3rd. from the left, next to the boy with glasses

Questions and answers

My first name means 'God of wine', which explains why I like it so much. My version of the name has 6 letters, two of them are the same and the fifth letter is i


2. I live in the country that produced three great cars.
a. Clue :'Yesterday' 'Will you still need me, when I'm 64?

BEATLE - sounds the same as BEETLE (VW - Volkswagen)

b. Clue: Two back RQTUEJG




3. So? The country is: ANGRY ME-----


4. I was born and went to school in: ...g....-----


5. My favourite food is:GYVVC
Clue: minus 5 -----


6. One of my favourite groups is "Female ruler of an independent national state."-----


7. I love SPRUCE TOM (and my wife, of course.)


The Mystery guest

aka (also known as):

Dennis John Newson

A few more details at:

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Carla's CTJ students star in new film

Meet Nils too

You've met Nils, so I thought you might like to meet his brother - Nils too.

Nils - a bit of harmless nonsense

A bit of nonsense. Something I made for my granddaughter.

Monday, August 21, 2006


There is a saying in German that may shock you. Roughly translated it is:

Guests are like dead fish. If you keep them too long, they begin to smell.

Well, I don't know about guests, but so-called secrets aren't very interesting after a while. I have been appearing here in cognito
long enough.


Go to:

Sunday, August 20, 2006

What's it like living in Germany?

Brandenburg Tor Berlin 2006

Here is one way of answering the question (Sergio's?) - What is it like living in Germany?

Here is a Bubbleshare presentation. Make sure your sound is on.

A Saturday morning in Osnabrueck

I go on holiday for three weeks next Sunday

The photo is of the estuary in Harlech, Wales where I'll spend most of my holiday

Erika and Carla and all the 'Carlaites'.

I just wrote this in reply to a comment from Erika, but thought you might not all find it there. So this is a version to appear in the main part of the blog.

Sergio, I think it was (and apologies if it was someone else) asked me what it was like living in Germany. So I took my camera with me when my wife and I went to the market in the centre of town yesterday and I'm putting the results in a Bubbleshare presentation, a link to which you will get later today.

A week today I go off to England and Wales for three weeks on holiday.

I think I must lead you to the answers to my quiz.

(1) "Minus 3" or "Plus 5" is a very simple code. To see what the words are you go backwards or forwards in the alphabet.

TVOEBZ (Minus 1) means go backwards one letter in the alphabet:


Got it? (This is what young English kids say all the time, meaning: "Do you understand?)

(2) The rest of my questions, I think, are anagrams, the letters of the word re-arranged haphazardly (in no particular order). Don't fry your brains trying to guess the answers, just go to:


type in what I have written, and you should be able to find the word or words that are the ones I mean in the list produced.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Mince pies

Did I really mention mince pies?

Mince pies

Here is what they look like.

Mince pies

And here is how they are made. They are very popular in England at Christmas. They have got nothing to do, not any more at least, with minced (ground up) meat.

And you need to know how to make mincemeet.

Mincemeat recipe

For those of you with a thirst for information, for more knowledge , Mr. Google (search) will definitely be able to quench it.

Dennis the mystery man's favourite food

My favourite food

Here we are. I'm almost TELLING you what my favourite food is.

It tastes much nicer than it looks.

Dennis the mystery man

Our Top Flex Group

The students in the Video:

Sérgio, generally not shy! A respected psychologist.

Antônio, the drummer and a wonderful student.

Ramon, the biologist and Carioca (from Rio de Janeiro)

Rodrigo, the funniest guy ever. Just joined the group.

Carmen, who loves the postal service! She's dying to know about your favorite food...

Salejandra, the advertiser, a very funny woman!

Karen, the architect and a very nice student.

José Henrique, a very dedicated student and also an architect.

Alexandre, who is reading the Economist!!! He needs to learn English fast for professional reasons.

Lísias and Marina were not in class, and Leolita was shy to record the video! I'll see if I can record a video with them. They are fantastic students!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Welcome, Mystery Guest!

Dear students,

Our mystery guest is here and your task is to solve the riddle. You can ask the mystery guest questions to find out who the person is, where the person comes from, what the guest likes, etc...

Let's start and have some fun!


1. My first name means 'God of wine', which explains why I like it so much. My version of the name has 6 letters, two of them are the same and the fifth letter is i .

2. I live in the country that produced three great cars.
a. Clue :'Yesterday' 'Will you still need me, when I'm 64?'
b. Clue: Two back RQTUEJG

3. So? The country is: ANGRY ME-----

4. I was born and went to school in: ...g....-----

5. My favourite food is:GYVVC
Clue: minus 5 -----

6. One of my favourite groups is "Female ruler of an independent national state."-----

7. I love SPRUCE TOM (and my wife, of course.)

The Mystery guest

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Pit and the Pendulum - Part 3

In the last part, the prisoner had the brilliant idea of rubbing spiced meat onto the rope.

  • Did the prisoner's plan work?

  • How did he feel? Try to use some strong, powerful adjectives to define his mood. Access
  • Wordsmyth

  • What happened in the end of this 3rd part? What do you think will be the storyteller's next move?

  • I'm dying to see your imaginative speculations in the "comment" area!

    Wait for more next class.


    Scythe picture taken from http://www.crystallized-time.net/images/scythe.dev.jpg

    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    The Pit and the Pendulum - Part 2

    The story goes on a crescendo .

    What's going to happen next? We hold our breath, expecting for the outcome. And then? We want to read more to know what will happen...

    Do you have the same feeling?

    Well, in this part of the story, the prisoner is describing the moment when he woke up and looked up at the ceiling. He says "Time also had a long, sharp scythe. Every living thing is killed by time".

  • What does he mean by that? Is the author also talking about our own lives? Do you feel the same?

  • Why did the prisoner rub spiced meat onto the rope that was around his body? What will happen next?

  • I'm anxiously waiting for your wonderful ideas in the "comment area".


    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    The Pit and the Pendulum - Part 1

    The first part of our short story a man is completely lost. He is lost in time, has no idea where he is or what had happened.

    Focus on the story

    What do you think had happened to him before? Why was he in court?
    How did the man feel? Why?
    What do you think will happen next?

    Focus on the language

    Definition of a pit
    Did you learn any new word that you found interesting?

    Well, I am really curious to see your ideas about this great story! Write them in the "comment area".

    See you.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe is "one the greatest and unhappiest of American poets, a master of the horror tale, and the patron saint of the detective story."

    This month, we'll have a reading project and we'll start with the great American mystery and horror writer. First, let's get to know a little bit of this great author's life. Please, read his biography (choose one of the links below).



    http://dictionary.cambridge.org (online Dictionary)

    In the comment area, write your opinion about Edgar Allan Poe.

    Did he have a happy life? Why/why not?
    What called your attention in his biography?
    Do you think an author needs to suffer a lot to write well?

    Let's share our ideas and learn even more. I hope to see lots of comments and ideas here!


    Look how deep and dark Edgar Allan Poe was ...


    From childhood's hour I have not been
    As others were---I have not seen
    As others saw---I could not bring
    My passions from a common spring.
    From the same source
    I have not taken
    My sorrow; I could not awaken
    My heart to joy at the same tone;
    And all I lov'd, I loved alone.
    Then---in my childhood---in the dawn
    Of a most stormy life---was drawn
    From ev'ry depth of good and ill
    The mystery which binds me still:
    From the torrent, or the fountain,
    From the red cliff of the mountain,
    From the sun that 'round me roll'd
    In its autumn tint of gold---
    From the lightning in the sky
    As it pass'd me flying by---
    From the thunder and the storm,
    And the cloud that took the form
    (When the rest of Heaven was blue)
    Of a demon in my view.

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    Let's Start

    Dear students,

    It's a pleasure to be with you. Let's learn English through music.

    Today, I'd like you to listen to Buffygirls's song at http://www.elllo.org/music/buffy_girl/buffy_girl.htm

    After enjoying the song and paying attention to the lyrics, please, comment in the "comment area". Talk about the following:
    What do you HAVE TO do when you love someone?

    I'm anxiously waiting for your replies.

    See you next class.

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