Friday, 16 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Ratanui, Kayaking and bird watching...
Ratanui, Kayaking, bird watching and home grown mussels! (That's right, mussells grown on an underwater farm...)
Ratanui Lodge... (A.k.a Ratatui lodge, which is what I kept calling it!)
So far the most luxurious place iFriendly has stayed in so far...
A short walk across the road to the nearest beach and a short drive to Golden Bay Kayak, where you are greeted in the Kiwi way (super friendly way) and given instructions on how to manoeuver the kayak, given a spray skirt (this is the coolest most useful invention I have seen in the world of Kayaking) which is essentially a skirt. it grips on to kayak preventing you from getting wet or burnt by the sun.. GENIUS!
We steered around the coves, between the rocks and got some superb shots of the birds and seals in the area. Shag birds and sea gulls were the predominant and we saw two seals enjoying the sun. They do smell a bit, but that is because they are in the sea a long time and because they eat octopus, which they tear apart... leaving the leftovers to rot in the sun... Nice!
In the evening we checked out a place just outside of Takaka, called the Mussel inn... Delicious big fat juicy mussels.. Yummy!
B1/ B2/ C1 Write a letter to a friend describing a place you have been recently ...
Include an interesting fact about the place.
Advise your friend to visit the place, suggest what they should do whist they are there.
B1 - 70 words
B2/ C1 200 -250 words. For extra reading, click on the links in the texts.
Friday, 9 January 2015
The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie trilogies
iFriendly visit to Hobbiton
Our visit to The Shire was much better than we had ever imagined... It was awesome... Far out! (as they like to say in New Zealand).
(Far out: Sounds American if you ask me, but pronounced with a New Zealand accent!)
Apparently, when film scouts found the Alexanders' sheep and beef farm just outside of Matamata, they knew it would be the perfect setting for Sir Peter Jackson's adaptation of the classic works of J.R.R Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movie trilogies.
For those of you who are fans of the book or the movie, it is an amazing experience...
The coach picks you up and drives you straight to the film set, then it drops you off so that you can walk around. A guide walks around with you and tells you the best place to take a photo.
Walking around was a very cool experience... You could probably imagine how I felt when we went to see the third part of the Hobbit Trilogy in Wellington.... a mere two days later! Very exciting, and seeing the movie set on the big screen was thrilling! To think I had actually walked around there and sat outside Bilbo Baggin's house...
Here are some shots from our visit...
B1: Underline all the vocabulary that you do not understand and look up the words in a dictionary.
B2 / C1: Have you had the opportunity to visit a movie set? Why don't you tell me about it?
or; find out about a movie set near you and write about it.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
The plan is to visit all these places, make a note of all our the amazing experiences and blog, blog, blog away!!
If you have read my blog and want to know more about me ... please read on!
Where are you from?
The short answer would be the south of England, but this is not strictly true. I was born in Bahrain, and I've lived in Spain, Scotland and England. When I worked for First Choice (Tour operator), I was sent to work in Almeria, Tenerife, Malaga, Corfu and Bulgaria! I moved to Brighton in 2008. I had a great time there and met some amazing people (you know who you are)! From there I moved to Alicante to become a teacher. I got a better teaching position in Toledo with Cambridge English plus, there I spent my days correcting exams, teaching kids and Adults... and now I am residing in Ciudad Real with my husband.
Why did you become an English teacher?
I've always liked the idea of teaching, but I figured it was a good idea to get some life experience before trying to teach. So, that's what I did! I have worked in tourism, insurance, marketing, health and safety, bars and restaurants! Work experience gives you heaps of anecdotes and stories to tell your students about real life!
What is it you do now?
I teach in two places! I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, story telling, playing games, etc. When you work for just any school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak. Mega English & Fantasia give me the freedom to be creative in class, whilst preparing students for Cambridge exams & work interviews, as ultimately this is the most improtant aspect of my work as an ESL Teacher.
Mega English "Expand your mind, change your future"
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