Today’s picture: Satchmo’s Cafe, Lyttleton (port of Christchurch)
Part 1: Today's word
If you transcend borders, barriers etc, it means that you are not limited by them. So, for instance, it is said that the works of great writers like Shakespeare and Dickens transcend their own culture because they are appreciated by people in many different times and places.
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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?
The beauty of the design was that it seems to transcend its function as a piece of furniture and make a statement about harmony and sustainability.
The modern corporation transcends national borders, of course, and is the foundation of a global, rather than merely American, Japanese or European culture.
The focus of the research was transcended in order to encompass a wider range of emerging issues in the global marketplace.
Though clearly a romantic comedy, the film transcends its genre in embodying deeper themes of life and death.
Part 3: Practice Question:
Do you think it’s possible for works of art to transcend their culture?
Part 4: The Phrasal Five
see to something
make sure / deal with something
Can you see to it that this doesn’t happen again?
There’s something wrong with the heating. Can you see to it?
set about doing something
start doing something in an organised and committed way
He set about looking for a new job.
set something aside
not spend / not focus on
The company has set aside $1m to cover any outstanding debts.
We need to set aside our differences and work together.
damage / delay
The technical problems we’ve been suffering have set us back / have been a serious setback.
begin a journey or define a purpose
He set out from New York on a round-the-world trip.
He set out to become the world’s best chess player.
Part 5: Kiwi Quiz Question
Massey University, Albany and Victoria University, Wellington are home(s) to the New Zealand .......?
School of Music
Part 6: Today's online listening:
This is an interview Lucinda Barlow, the spokesperson for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra
Vocabulary for the article:
keep it under wraps
Questions for the article:
What is unique about the way this new orchestra has recruited its members?
What is the name of the symphony by the Chinese composer, Tan Dun, which will be performed tomorrow?
How many different countries do the members come from?
What is a mash-up?
How many people auditioned for the orchestra?
How was the final selection made?
Who are the oldest and youngest members of the orchestra?
Are there any orchestra members from New Zealand?
How long has the orchestra been together?
Will the performance be available online?
Today’s musical suggestion:
You Tube Symphony Orchestra