Everyone at Culips is getting ready to relax and be with friends and family this holiday season! We are currently working on our Christmas episode. A great way to to learn English with this episode is to sit back and have some egg nog (a traditional holiday drink).
One thing that always get me in the Christmas spirit is Christmas music. When I was young we always decorated the Christmas tree as a family and listened to Nat King Cole’s Christmas album.
I especially remember the song I posted below because one Christmas my sister had lost her two front teeth. Check out the song with the lyrics.
And here is a video from the television movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which is a real classic and one of my favourites! If you listen closely, lyrics in the song tell the whole story of Rudolph. Do you know the story of Rudolph?
In early September I made a trip out west to visit my best friend, Deneille. I met Deneille when we were both teaching English in South Korea.
Deneille had a very different childhood than I did, because she grew up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan. I’ve wanted to visit her family’s farm ever since we first become friends, and especially after years of hearing all the stories about the place! And this year I was finally able to make the trip.
It was an amazing visit. I’ve added some pictures here so you can see how beautiful it was. September is harvest time for the farmers in Canada, so Deneille’s brothers and father were busy in the field.
I got to ride the tractor and the grain truck. It was such a fun trip, I can’t wait to go back and visit again. Maybe next time I’ll go for the seeding season, in the springtime.
Most of us at Culips have been away from the blog, enjoying the summer, and just now are accepting that fall is here and the cold winter weather is coming! There are leaves all over the ground and we need to wear a jacket to go outside now. Brrrr!
I had a really great summer. I got to go camping, and see beautiful beaches, and visit a very well-known city and its sites. Check out the amazing picture below that I took. This was one of the most impressive things that I have ever seen! I really enjoy interesting and modern architecture.
Does anyone know about this crazy building or who built it? Answer in the blog comments if you do!
And here is a picture at the same building complex with me in it!
Be in touch again soon,
If you read this blog, you may have noticed that I like to post videos. I love finding new and interesting videos online. Do you often visit youtube? Do you view the youtube site in English?
The other day I was looking at youtube.com and I started thinking about how bad the English as on this site. For every video there are comments left by all different kinds of people. The English comments often contain a lot of spelling mistakes, no punctuation and not many complete sentences. Have you ever noticed this before?
The reason for this is partly due to texting. Many people have cell phones and use them to send text messages. When we send text messages, we often do not use the correct spelling because we want to get as much information in as we can and we need to keep the message short. This means that people take short cuts and take letters out of the words to make them shorter. Sometimes we use numbers as part of words too.
Here are a couple examples of English Text words:
Regular English Texting English
I also found a video on youtube about this problem. Check it out below. It is also a good idea to view the comments for this video. As many of the people who viewed this video care about grammar, the comments are written in proper English with complete sentences. If you compare the comments of this video to comments of other more popular videos, you should be able to see the difference!
C U L*R!
Have you ever seen one of these viral videos? A viral video is a video that becomes very popular online. A video becomes viral when many, many people watch it and then talk about it with their friends. Sometimes these videos are then shown on TV, like on the news. They are called “viral” because the spread like a virus, very quickly.
Over a year ago there was a famous viral video called, “The Evolution of Dance.” In this video Judson Laipply does different dance moves from all different eras to all different types of music. According to YouTube this video has been watched over 115 million times! Wow!
Below is a video that I watched last week 5 times! I laughed so much. I love this video. And there is absolutely no language so everyone can enjoy this video! (P.S. The dog is sleeping and dreaming!)