The cartoon shows an Easter Bunny (or Easter Rabbit) delivering Easter eggs in a basket. He tells a little blue bird flying beside him, "It's a sweet job. I work at home in my jammies and I only have to make deliveries once a year."
The cartoon features two examples of American usage.
1. Sweet is used in expressions of assent or approval. • Yeah, I’d like to come to the party. Sweet. • That's a really sweet deal.
2. Jammies are an informal word for pajamas (spelt 'pyjamas' in British English).
REPORTER: A young girl excitedly looks for eggs to fill her basket. This Easter egg hunt in Florida uses beeping eggs. That way blind and visually impaired children can join in on the Easter fun. Jennifer Dowell is the mother of 4-year-old Christopher.
JENNIFER DOWELL, MOM OF BLIND CHILD: "He's visually impaired, so trying to see normal eggs would be hard. So with having the beeping, he's able to find the eggs and act just like a normal kid."
REPORTER: After the hunt, the children enjoy their new toys - and their new friends.
The desperate residents of a besieged district of Damascus are expected to run out of food on Sunday, leaving 18,000 people facing starvation and leading relief agencies to declare the crisis "unprecedented in living memory". Food packages have not been delivered to the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp for 10 days, and Syrian authorities are not expected to allow food trucks in over the Easter weekend. Residents have resorted to eating leaves and animal feed. Some say they cannot get access even to scraps, as a desperate blockade by government forces, in place for nearly 18 months, continues to cut off supplies. Full story >>
To besiege is to surround a place with an army and prevent the people there from getting food and supplies, as a way of getting control of it. • The guerrillas continue to besiege major cities to the north.
"He limped home after twisting his ankle."
"A brilliantly coloured butterfly flitted from one flower to another."
If you are in the medical profession, or if you live in an English speaking country, you'll need to communicate effectively and understand specific questions about your / your patient's health. These dialogues provide practice conversations and key vocabulary related to conversations between health care professionals and patients.
Making an Appointment with the Dentist
Making a Doctor's Appointment
Dental Check-up - Doctor and Patient
Dental Hygiene - Dental Hygienist and Patient
Troubling Symptoms - Doctor and Patient
Joint Pain - Doctor and Patient
A Physical Examination - Doctor and Patient
Pain that Comes and Goes - Doctor and Patient
A Prescription - Doctor and Patient
Feeling Queasy - Nurse and Patient
Helping a Patient - Nurse and Patient
Patient Details - Administration Staff and Patient
During the latest stage of their tour of Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka William and Kate) visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where they were treated to sheep-shearing display. The Duchess of Cambridge got her own back for her husband's jibes about her dress sense – the Duke had teased her for wearing a yellow dress that made her "look like a banana" — by suggesting he should wear an alpaca toupée to cover his rapidly thinning hair. Full story >>
The cartoon by Bob from the Daily Telegraph shows the scene in a park near Sydney (note the Opera House). All the people are either dressed as bananas or wearing alpaca toupées. A couple of men are having a beer beside a barbecue, and one says to the other, "Mate, the Royals are great, but how much influence do they actually have?"
Queen Elizabeth is still Australia's head of state, and although there is a strong Republican movement in Australia, the Royals seem to be more popular than ever. So the joke is that the Australians may like to think that they're not obsessed with the Royal family, but the latest Royal tour, where William and Kate have been greeted like, er, royalty, suggests otherwise.
A toupée (pronounced too-pay) is a hairpiece or partial wig of natural or synthetic hair worn to cover partial baldness or for theatrical purposes.
How many Australian stereotypes can you identify? There's cricket, the Sydney Opera House, a koala bear, drinking beer, the barbecue (aka barbie), the use of the word 'mate', and, of course, kangaroos.
Thousands of Christians flock to Jerusalem's Old City, following the footsteps of Jesus to where they believe he was crucified over 2,000 years ago - at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Jillian Kitchener reports.
They're tracing the steps they believe Jesus walked - carrying the cross to where he was crucified more than 2,000 years ago. Thousands of devout Christians followed the cobblestone alleyways along the Via Dolorosa. It translates to "The Way of Sorrows." Every Easter, they flock to the Holy Land, commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, stopping to pray at the various stations of the Cross, and ending up here - to the open doors of The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Many Christians believe it's the site of Christ's Crucifixion, burial and resurrection. The Easter holiday and Jewish Passover coincide this year with Sunday being the day believers say Jesus rose from the dead.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.
• Easter Crossword (The English Blog)
• The Best Sites For Learning About Easter And Passover (Larry Ferlazzo)
• Easter Resources (Michelle Henry)
Some people don’t like walking even a short distance. Learn about one of them in this episode.
Slow Dialog: 1:17
Fast Dialog: 15:42
Sandra: Where will we be staying when we visit Trumanville?
Roger: We’ll be staying in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the town, but a stone’s throw from some of the major sites we’ll want to see.
Sandra: I hope there’ll be a lot of taxis around. You know I hate to walk.
Roger: Trumanville is a very walkable city and we’ll be within walking distance to everything. We’ll be able to go nearly everywhere on foot.
Sandra: I told you. I hate to walk. At least we’ll be within close proximity to the beach.
Roger: Actually, the areas near the beach are too expensive, and we can’t afford it. And plus, the beach is in a remote part of town, and staying there would mean being in the boonies for our entire trip.
Sandra: But we could take taxis.
Roger: Taking taxis everywhere would be really expensive.
Sandra: Tell me that we’ll at least be in the vicinity of good shopping areas.
Roger: It might be a bit of a hike to the shops, but it won’t be too onerous to walk.
Sandra: Read my lips. I don’t want to walk everywhere. Maybe we can rent a car or hire a driver.
Roger: Are you out of your mind?! This is supposed to be a budget vacation, not a luxury trip. I’m not made of money, you know.
Sandra: And I didn’t know you were such a cheapskate!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse