Today's photo: Looking down from the Luge at Queenstown, South Island (I had New Year's Eve dinner here a couple of years ago - a nice spot!)
Here are some photos of the Auckland Marathon, which took place on Sunday 2nd November
Part 1: Today's word
Resume is a more formal way of saying ‘start again’. The noun is ‘resumption’. (The form is the same as other verbs ending in –ume, like presume/presumption, consume/consumption)
The company resumed work on the project after a short delay.
The breakdown in talks between the two sides in the civil war led to a resumption of hostilities.
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Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
It is feared that the breakdown of negotiations between the army and the rebels may lead to a resumption of the long-running civil war.
The Government has pledged to fund a full resumption of the city following the devastating earthquake.
The resumption of nuclear testing in the Pacific has been greeted with wide-ranging condemnation by the region’s leaders.
The American Embassy is due to re-open in the spring following the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
What factors might lead countries to resume the building of nuclear power plants?
What arguments are used for and against the resumption of whaling (hunting for whales)?
Part 4: The Phrasal Five
let sb out (allow sb to leave)
Can you let the dog out?
live up to your expectations (fulfill expectations / not disappoint)
Well, has your new job lived up to your expectations so far?
look after sb (take care of)
Who’ll look after me when I’m old?
look forward to sth (think positively about a future event)
I’m really looking forward to the weekend.
look sth up (in a book etc)- (consult / get information from a reference source)
It’s ok to look stuff up on Wikipedia, as long as you don’t rely on it as your main source.
Part 5: Kiwi Quiz Question
Today’s online reading is about the remarkable revival of the Tuatara, one of New Zealand’s unique animals. But which of these other New Zealand birds and animals is extinct?
Part 6: Today's online reading:
This is an article from the New Zealand Herald about one of our country’s unique animals
Vocabulary for the article: a sanctuary / incubation / to unearth / to hatch / extinct
Questions for the article:
1) How many eggs are likely to be in the nest?
2) What determines whether the young tuatara are male or female?
3) How many eyes do tuatara have?
4) When did tuatara become extinct in mainland New Zealand?
5) How long does it take for tuatara eggs to hatch?
Today’s musical intro / outro: From Ireland
“End of Winter” by Joe and Antoinette McKenna. From “The Irish Folk Festival – Back to the Future”. Wundertute CD TUT CD 72.7490: 1990 (not sure if it’s possible to buy this CD anymore!)
This is a funny little cartoon about New Zealand English. The key expressions are: beached = when a whale comes up onto the beach by accident and can’t get back in the water again; as (when this follows an adjective in NZ English it means ‘very’ or ‘completely’; bro (short for ‘brother’ but used in NZ English to mean ‘mate’ / ‘buddy’ etc; chip (NZ pronunciation sounds like ‘chup’) and plankton (the tiny animals whales eat – NZ pronunciation sounds like ‘plinkton’)