Something You Learned In The Last Year

Hi Everybody,

Today we started out with a review of it and there. These two pronouns are commonly used in place of  the subject in the sentence. It is used as the subject of a sentence when talking about the weather, time and distance. It is also used to give and opinion and to refer to people.  It is cold today. It was nice to meet you. It is singular in agreement with the verb “to be”.

There is used to express the existence of something, and is also used to say where something is, and to express a quantity of something. There are a lot of students in class today. There is a coffee shop across the street. There can be used with both singular and plural form on the verb, and can also be used with modal verbs. There must be some reason for her missing class today. Here is the practice we did in class, using the correct form of  it and there in this story  Practice 1 The Long Absence

Today’s topic – Something I’ve Learned In The Past Year. We all shared something we’ve learned in the past year. Then we looked at at picture of the writer, critic and blogger, Maria Popova, and  described what kind of person she might be ; what her job is; and what she might do in her free time. Maria has a successful blog and website called Brain Pickings, and she recently wrote about seven things she has learned in her seven years of reading, writing and living.  We tried to guess what these things might be and then took a look at her video titled “Seven Things I Have Learned in Seven Years of Reading, Writing, and Living”.  

Maria’s 7 things she learned are:

1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.                                             2. Do nothing out of guilt, or for prestige, status, money or approval alone.                               3. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit, especially with your words.                                                                                                                                           4. Build pockets of stillness into your life.                                                                                         5. Maya Angelou famously said, “When people tell you who they are, believe them. But even more importantly, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them”.           6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. As Anne Dillard said, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend out lives.”                                         7. Debbie Millman captures our modern predicament beautifully: “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”       

We discussed these lessons and whether or not we agreed or disagreed, and if there were some we would take off the list , and something else we may add to the list.

Words of the day:

smooch (noun) [informal] : a kiss                                                                                            Before you leave for work, give me a smooch on the cheek!      

solar (adjective) : relating to the sun                                                                                       In order to save some money, many people are using solar heating systems in their homes. Solar is a great alternative energy source.

slouch (verb) : to walk, sit, or stand lazily with your head and shoulders bent forward                                                                                                                                                         After sitting at his desk and working on the computer all day, he was slouching by five o’clock.


Remember to relax and practice!