The Long Goodbye

Hi Everyone,

On Friday we started class with a review of a famous historic event, the sinking of the Titanic, which happened on April 15, 1912. Over time there has been a lot of discussion about what happened and if the disaster could have been avoided. We watched this video about the sinking of the Titanic –


Two phrases are often used in English to offer options and advice after an event has occurred. They are could have and should have.  We use could have to express an opinion or suggestion for a past option not chosen – you had the opportunity but didn’t take it. We use should have to express advice for a past solution  – advice given after-the-fact. Using the sinking of the Titanic as our subject we did this practice in class choosing could have or should have – here’s the practice and answers Answers Could Have Should Have.

Over 1,500 people lost their lives in the Titanic tragedy and so Friday’s topic was “The Long Goodbye”. We first talked about the phrase “Mind the Gap” which is an announcement made in London’s underground stations to warn travelers about the gap between the platform and trains. We watched a film titled “Mind The Gap”  and paused after a few minutes and tried to speculate on what was going on and what would happen next. Everyone shared their interesting and creative ideas about the film. Take another look at it here: 

This film is based on a true story about a woman, Margaret Laurence, whose husband was the voice of the “mind the gap” recording at the London tube stations. After he died, Margaret would go to the train station to hear his voice. Here is the article for you to read again about Margaret and her long goodbye to her departed husband Article about Mind the Gap. We ended our conversation about what advice or options on what Margaret could have done and should have done to cope with her loneliness and the loss of her husband. 

Words of the day

swirl (noun) : a twisting or turning movement, form, or object                                     swirl  of smoke rose from the chimney.                         

glow (verb) : to shine with low light and heat but usually without flame                  The lamp glowed  brightly in the window.  

floral (adjective) : of or relating to flowers                                                                             She was wearing a very pretty floral  scarf on her jacket.

Remember to relax and practice!

Get out and cheer on all the runners at the Boston Marathon on Monday! ! !