Of New York City Marathon, Woodstock, United Kingdom, and Modern English

Hello everybody out there!
Man, what a week! Unbelievable, how much one can do in five English lessons! I really had to sit down a minute and think to recall everything we did. Ok, let’s summarize our English week:
On Monday, 21st we started with our presentations on a topic of our choice. The one to start was Maria and she told us some really interesting facts about the history of marathon and the New York City Marathon in particular. Isn't it amazing that a person runs 42 kilometres in just 2 hours!? What I found particularly interesting is that the winning woman receives much more prize money than the winner of the men. I think in every other sport women get much less money than the males. We also watched the thrilling ending of this years NYCM. Maria’s talk took us the first of the two Monday lessons. In the second lesson we watched excerpts from another Macbeth movie, this time a more modern one. We talked about the striking differences between this movie (by Trevor Nunn) and the one by Roman Polanski. One difference was the age of the protagonists, they all seemed to be much older in the modern movie, and another one was the colors. The Polanski movie seemed to be more colorful and not just black and white. Thus the whole class (I think so) liked the older movie more than the modern one. If you don’t agree you can give your opinion in a comment on this blog! Excellent idea, isn’t it?
On Tuesday, 22nd, our single-lesson-day, we opened our Viewfinder Specials (long time not seen!) and started to talk about a new topic, the United Kingdom and its nations. We realized the problems existing between the English, the Scottish, the Welsh, and the Irish. They all want to be united in order to have a powerful position in the EU, but at the same time they all wish to have their independent governments and identities. I can totally understand them, I would want to have my own identity too and I would not like to be thrown into one pot and mixed up with other people. We read the first text about this topic in our book and talked about flags and languages of the United Kingdom.
On Thursday, 24th there was a second presentation, this time by Victoria. She talked about the festival of Woodstock in 1969, its origin, music, and people. I think she did a very good job there, because we could listen to the typical Woodstock music and got an impression of the mood there with an excerpt of a documentary movie. Judging from the photos Vici showed us claustrophobia is not very useful in such crowds of people!! The presentation of Victoria filled our first lesson. In the second one we looked at some new words which appear in the new edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary. I really enjoyed talking about the modern vocabulary and guessing what the funny words could possibly mean! Did you ever hear words like ‘trip hop’ or ‘chick lit’? In my opinion that lesson was very funny, but also useful, because they seem to appear a lot in spoken English. Twenty-four seven (or 24/7) for example has become a normal word and you can even see it on signs in German stores!
So, that was my little summary of the week. What’s left to say? Read on your chick lits and keep on watching Bollywood movies! Mwah!!! :-) See you all next week!
Yours Ann-Kathrin


Ina hat gesagt…

Hello, I want to comment on the Macbeth movies we watched: yes, the film by Roman Polanski was really good (especially funny - well, my sense of humour is really strange), but I think that the actors in the other movie were able to concentrate more on their acting because they didn't have this environment, the locations around them, so I think that this movie was more difficult as the actors have the full attention of the audience.
I just wanted to say this :-)

Kloane hat gesagt…

Hello Taxi!

As I told you in the discussion after Maria’s presentation some runners would skip the extreme efforts of 42.195 km.
1900 the marathon was run around Paris. While the crowd was cheering Michel Theato, carrier of a Paris’ bakery, won. He knew, as the rumour indicated, the abbreviations in his city best.
Four years later the American Fred Lorz let him celebrate by his fellow countrymen in St. Luis (USA). They were enthusiastic about him looking so fresh compared with his weary and gasping colleagues. After two hours they took the laurel wreath and the gold medal away from the good Fred. A taxi driver appeared and wanted to collect the money from Lorz. Eventually he has driven him almost 20 of the 40 kilometres in his taxi…