English Class: About the Corona Virus Pandemic

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

How are you all? I just wanted to give you all an update about the Corona Virus Pandemic.

We are still on lockdown here in Red Bluff, CA. I think it might be ending soon because supposedly some states like Georgia are opening back up. Here in Red Bluff, most places are still closed.

Here is the latest on the news.

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https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/us-coronavirus-update-04-21-20/h_633833238aa0cf21765091d9398013ec

According to CNN:

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned a second wave of the coronavirus this year could be worse because it will coincide with flu season.

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.” (- A quote by Dr. Robert Redfield.)

Here are some Corona Virus vocabulary I found online:

Note: Affects is spelled incorrectly. It should spell a-f-f-e-c-t-s, not a-f-e-c-t-s.

Affect is a verb. It means to have an effect on or make a difference to.

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English Class: About Making Hot and Sour Soup

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

Today, I am going to make hot and sour soup so I went to the grocery store to buy ingredients. I went to FoodMaxx to get the hot and sour packet for the flavoring. I also got a can of bamboo shoots there. Then I went to Raley’s to get tofu. Afterward I went to Walmart to get a pack of carrots.

Here are some cooking verbs for today.

cookingverbs

Cooking Verbs and Example Sentences

Cut

Example: Cut the carrots.

Grate

Example: Grate the ginger.

Peel

Example: Peel the cucumber.

Chop

Example: Chop the celery.

Boil

Example: Boil the water.

Fry

Example: Fry the egg.

Slice

Example: Slice the apple.

Stir

Example: Stir in the sauce.

Bake

Example: Bake the pie.

Cook

Example: Cook the macaroni.

Pour

Example: Pour the batter.

Whisk

Example: Whisk the egg and flour with some milk.

The Ingredients for My Hot and Sour Soup:

1 hot and sour soup packet

tofu

carrots thinly sliced

bamboo shoots thinly slice

2 eggs

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Here are the ingredients chopped up and ready to be cooked.

How to Make a Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup:

  1. Boil the hot and sour soup packet’s contents in water.
  2. Add thinly sliced carrots and bamboo shoots.
  3. Add one egg.
  4. Serve.

Note: You can also add pork. I don’t have pork today to add to the soup, but in the future I will be buying 2 Bud’s BBQ country pork and putting in bits of those. Country pork is my favorite.

Here is how my hot and sour soup turned out:

Activity:

Use any of the cooking verbs you learned today to make five sentences.

You can email me your replies at mtlawlordesign33@gmail.com

The Verb to Make

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Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

You use the verb to make to talk about what you have been creating. Since Red Bluff has gone on lockdown I have decided to spend my time cooking. Recently, I made candied yams.

Make- Hacer

Infinitive: to make

Past: made

Past participle: made

 

Present:

I make baskets.

You make baskets.

He/she makes baskets.

We make baskets.

They make baskets.

Yo hago canastas.

Tú haces cestas.

Él / ella eso hace cestas.

Hacemos cestas.

Hacen cestas.

 

Past:

I made hats.

You made hats.

He/she made hats.

We made hats.

They made hats.

Hice sombreros.

Hiciste sombreros.

Hizo sombreros.

Hicimos sombreros.

Hicieron sombreros.

 

Present Continuous:

I am making a pie.

You are making a pie.

He/she is making a pie.

We are making a pie.

They are making a pie.

Estoy haciendo un pastel.

Estás haciendo un pastel.

Él / ella está haciendo un pastel.

Estamos haciendo un pastel.

Están haciendo un pastel.

 

Present Perfect:

I have made bread.

You have made bread.

He/she has made bread.

We have made bread.

They have made bread.

He hecho pan.

Has hecho pan.

Ha hecho pan.

Hemos hecho pan.

Han hecho pan.

 

Future:

I will make cards.

You will make cards.

He/she will make cards.

We will make cards.

They will make cards.

Haré tarjetas.

Harás tarjetas.

Él / ella hará tarjetas.

Haremos tarjetas.

Harán tarjetas.

 

Future Perfect:

I will have made a studio.

You will have made a studio.

He/she will have made a studio.

We will have made a studio.

They will have made a studio.

Habré hecho un estudio.

Habrás hecho un estudio.

Él / ella eso habrá hecho un estudio.

Habremos hecho un estudio.

Habrán hecho un estudio.

 

Past Continuous:

I was making candied yams.

You were making candied yams.

He/she was making candied yams.

We were making candied yams.

They were making candied yams.

Estaba haciendo ñames confitados.

Estabas haciendo ñames confitados.

Él / ella estaba haciendo ñames confitados.

Estábamos haciendo ñames confitados.

Estaban haciendo ñames confitados.

 

Past Perfect:

I had made a bonnet.

You had made a bonnet.

He/she had made a bonnet.

We had made a bonnet.

They had made a bonnet.

Me había hecho un capó.

Te habías hecho un capó.

Él / ella había hecho un capó.

Habíamos hecho un capó.

Habían hecho un capó.

 

Future Continuous:

I will be making a lamp.

You will be making a lamp.

He/she will be making a lamp.

We will be making a lamp.

They will be making a lamp.

Haré una lámpara.

Harás una lámpara.

Él / ella estará haciendo una lámpara.

Estaremos haciendo una lámpara.

Harán una lámpara.

 

Present Perfect Continuous:

I have been making a Claymation.

You have been making a Claymation.

He/she has been making a Claymation.

We have been making a Claymation.

They have been making a Claymation.

He estado haciendo un Claymation.

Has estado haciendo un Claymation.

Él / ella ha estado haciendo un Claymation.

Hemos estado haciendo un Claymation.

Han estado haciendo un Claymation.

clay·ma·tion

/ˌklāˈmāSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. a method of animation in which clay figures are filmed using stop-motion photography.

This is an example of a claymation. It is Wallace and Gromit.

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Past Perfect Continuous:

I had been making masks.

You had been making masks.

He/she had been making masks.

We had been making masks.

They had been making masks.

Había estado haciendo máscaras.

Has estado haciendo máscaras.

Él / ella había estado haciendo máscaras.

Habíamos estado haciendo máscaras.

Habían estado haciendo máscaras.

 

Future Perfect Continuous:

I will have been making soup for an hour now.

You will have been making soup for an hour now.

He/she will have been making soup for an hour now.

We will have been making soup for an hour now.

They will have been making soup for an hour now.

Habré estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Habrás estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Él / ella habrá estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Habremos estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Habrán estado haciendo sopa durante una hora ahora.

Activity:

Use to make in five sentences to tell us what you have made recently. Go ahead and pick out five different tenses.

Owl and Verbs Lesson

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Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

For today’s class on WhatsApp, I used this photo for our verbs lesson.

This is a photo of an owl carrying out verbs.

Verbs:

lean

sit

hit

crawl

climb

carry

fly

swim

punch

kick

Owl Lesson:

What is an owl in Spanish?

Owl is buho in Spanish.

Búho es el nombre común de aves de la familia Strigidae, del orden de los estrigiformes o aves rapaces nocturnas. Habitualmente designa especies que, a diferencia de las lechuzas, tienen plumas alzadas que parecen orejas (sus verdaderas orejas se encuentran al costado de la cabeza, a los laterales de los ojos) y presentan una coloración amarilla o naranja en el iris. Debido a que sus ojos carecen de movilidad y solo pueden ver hacia delante, pueden girar la cabeza 270°.

Sentences using the owl photo:

The owl is sitting.

The owl hit the ball.

The owl wants to climb the mountain.

The owl is carrying wood.

The owl wants to fly.

The owl is swimming.

The owl wants to punch.

The owl wants to kick the ball.

The translation in Spanish:

El búho está sentado.

La lechuza golpeó la pelota.

El búho quiere escalar la montaña.

El búho lleva madera.

El búho quiere volar.

El búho está nadando.

El búho quiere golpear.

El búho quiere patear la pelota.

Activity:

Use any of the verbs written above in a sentence.

For example:

The owl is climbing the side of a mountain.

The owl is swimming in San Jorge

Email me our response at mtlawlordesign33@gmail.com.

English Class: Song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

Today we are listening to the song, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. It is a very beautiful song. Here is the link below.

Here are some information I found online about the song:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is a pop/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross’s first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
By: Marvin Gaye
Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are
No matter how far don’t worry baby
Just call my name I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry
‘Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe
Remember the day I set you free
I told you you could always count on me darling
From that day on, I made a vow
I’ll be there when you want me
Some way, some how
‘Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe
Oh no darling
No wind, no rain
Or winters cold can stop me baby, na na baby
‘Cause you are my goal
If you’re ever in trouble
I’ll be there on the double
Just send for me, oh baby, ha
My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe
Don’tcha know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
Ain’t mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
What does ain’t mean?
Ain’t:
ain’t
/ānt/
INFORMAL
contraction
unpunctuated: aint
  1. am not; are not; is not.
    “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
    • has not; have not.
      “they ain’t got nothing to say”

     

Is ain’t a real word?

The word ain’t is a contraction for am not, is not, are not, has not, and have not in the common English language vernacular. Ain’t is commonly used by many speakers in oral and informal settings, especially in certain regions and dialects.
Discussion Questions:
Listen baby, ain’t no mountain high
Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough baby
If you need me call me no matter where you are
No matter how far don’t worry baby
Just call my name I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry
What do you think the first six lines of the song mean?
Here is the Diana Ross version:

About the Diana Ross Solo Version:

In spring 1970, after the Top 20 success of her first solo single, “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”, Ashford and Simpson had Ross re-record “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Initially, Ross was apprehensive, but was convinced to make the recording. The remake was similar to gospel with elements of classical music strings (provided by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), spoken word passages from Ross, with the Andantes, Jimmy Beavers, Jo Armstead, Ashford & Simpson and Brenda Evans and Billie Calvin of the Undisputed Truth as backing singers, giving the song a soul and gospel vocal element.

Motown chief Berry Gordy did not like the record upon first hearing it. He hated the spoken-word passages and wanted the song to begin with the climactic chorus/bridge. It was not until radio stations nationwide were editing their own versions and adding it to their playlists that Ashford and Simpson were able to convince Gordy to release an edited three-minute version as a single. Ross’s version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” rose up to number one on both the pop and R&B singles charts. Ross received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. This version is in the key of C minor for most of the song, then towards the end, the key changes to F sharp major.

In 2017, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was remixed by Eric Kupper, StoneBridge and Chris Cox, amongst others, on Motown/UMe. The new remix went to number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

 

Discussion Questions:

Which version do you like more?

Do you like Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell’s version more or do you like Diana Ross’s version more?

Please email me your response at mtlawlordesign33@gmail.com.

English Class: Song Sweet Caroline

Hello Costa Rica and Nicaragua Class,

How is everyone? We have a new student from Nicaragua. We also have a group on WhatsApp made by our class leader. Please go to the group chat and review all of our messages. We talked about some songs in the group chat and I wanted to put a song on the English class site. Here it is. It is the song Sweet Caroline.

Here is the link:

The song was sung by Neil Diamond. Here are some information about Neil Diamond that I found online.

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had ten No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts: “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “If You Know What I Mean”, “Desirée”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, and “Heartlight”. 38 songs by Diamond have featured in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.

Here are the lyrics:

Sweet Caroline
By: Neil Diamond
Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing
But then I know it’s growing strong
Was in the spring
And spring became the summer
Who’d have believed you’d come along
Hands, touching hands
Reaching out, touching me, touching you
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I’ve been inclined
To believe they never would
But now I
Look at the night and it don’t seem so lonely
We filled it up with only two
And when I hurt
Hurting runs off my shoulders
How can I hurt when holding you
One, touching one
Reaching out, touching me, touching you
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I’ve been inclined
To believe they never would
Oh no, no
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Sweet Caroline
I believe they never could
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Here is some information I found online about the song Sweet Caroline:
  • Diamond wrote this song about his second wife, Marcia Murphey, whom he married in 1969 (they divorced in 1995). He needed a three-syllable name to fit the melody, however, so “Sweet Marcia” didn’t work. The name Caroline is one he had written down, and it fit the song perfectly, so that’s what he used.
  • Neil Diamond is a great manipulator of the media, and has shifted his story about this song to fit the occasion. There was longtime speculation that the song is about Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the American president John F. Kennedy. Diamond has since revealed that this Caroline gave him the idea for the name, but had nothing to do with the song’s inspiration.

    In 2007, however, Diamond performed the song via satellite at Caroline Kennedy’s 50th birthday party, and said that the song was about her. He told the Associated Press: “I’ve never discussed it with anybody before – intentionally. I thought maybe I would tell it to Caroline when I met her someday. I’m happy to have gotten it off my chest and to have expressed it to Caroline. I thought she might be embarrassed, but she seemed to be struck by it and really, really happy.”

    Diamond added that he was a young, broke songwriter in the ’60s when he saw a cute photo of Caroline Kennedy in a magazine. Said Diamond: “It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony. It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there.” A few years later, Diamond wrote the song in a Memphis hotel in less than an hour. Caroline was 11 years old when the song was released.

     

Who is Caroline Kennedy?

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (born November 27, 1957) is an American author, attorney, and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017. She is a prominent member of the Kennedy family and the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Discussion Questions:

What do you think about the song?

Do you like the song?

What do you think about Neil Diamond?

What do you think the song Sweet Caroline is about?

Are there any words from the lyrics that you do not know the meaning to?

What song do you want our English class to listen to next?

My response to the song:

Discussion Questions:

What do you think about my interpretation of the first five lines of the song?

Where it began, I can’t begin to knowing
But then I know it’s growing strong
Was in the spring
And spring became the summer
Who’d have believed you’d come along

What do you think those first five lines meant?

About Adjectives:

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Sweet Caroline
I believe they never could
Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good

In the song Sweet Caroline, the adjective sweet is used lots. Here is a description of sweet being used as an adjective to describe a person.

The definition of sweet is a description for a person who is nice or for something that tastes good and that is usually sugary. An example of sweet is the way you describe a generally nice girl that everyone likes. An example of sweet is the way you would describe the taste of cake or candy.

Thank you class. Please email me your answers at mtlawlordesign33@gmail.com.

English Class: About Daguerreotypes

Hello Costa Rica Class,

Teacher Therese here. Today we are going to learn about daguerreotypes. A daguerreotype was a photograph taken by a photographic process that used an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor. It was an early form of photography. It was invented by two men from France during the 1830s.

Listen to my SoundCloud audio, answer the discussion questions, and read the article.

Here is an example of a Daguerreotype below.

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Discussion Questions:

Describe the scene shown in this early photograph.

Because of the way people and objects are placed in the scene, what do you think the photographer wanted us to notice first?

Who do you think these people might be? What do you think the horse and buggy were used for?

Do you think the early photograph is a more accurate depiction of the scene than a painting would be? Why or why not?

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Research What a Daguerrotype Is:

I did a little bit of research online and I found this excerpt on Wikipedia about the daguerreotype:

“To make the image, a daguerrotypist would polish a sheet of silver-plated copper to a mirror finish, treat it with fumes that made its surface light sensitive, expose it in a camera for as long as was judged to be necessary, which could be as little as a few seconds for brightly sunlit subjects or much longer with less intense lighting; make the resulting latent image on it visible by fuming it with mercury vapor; remove its sensitivity to light by liquid chemical treatment, rinse and dry it, then seal the easily marred result behind glass in a protective enclosure.”

Activity:

Find images of daguerreotypes online and write a paragraph about what you think of the images.

Use the internet to find more information about daguerreotypes. Write a short paragraph about the information you have found.

My Experience with Photography:

In this audio, I talk about my experience with photography. I was once a photography major at Rochester Institute of Technology and took photography history. Listen to the audio to learn about my experiences during my undergraduate years.

I also talk about Polaroids. The photo that I used for the audio is not an actual Polaroid, but that is what a Polaroid looks like. I absolutely loved Polaroids when I was an undergraduate in college. Last year, I got an Instax camera which is similar to a Polaroid camera. I loved my Instax. I don’t have an Instax anymore, but they are loads of fun to use. Listen to my audio to learn more about my experiences with photography.

Activity:
Write a short paragraph for me about your experience with photography. Also, let me know if you have learned about other types of photography like Polaroid photography or lomography.

Watch this video below about how a daguerreotype is made.

Here is another interesting video about the daguerreotype.

The video was made by the George Eastman House and they did such an awesome job. I absolutely love this video because it helps you to really understand the history and the daguerreotype process.

Write your answer in the discussion box below or email it to me at mtlawlordesign33@gmail.com.