My Long Summer Holiday 2018

Was it the 3-D Interactive Art Gallery, Underwater World, or Siam Frost Park?

Maybe it was lazy days spent around the pool, getting KFC delivered or going out to dinner?

Taking a break from English Teacher Online and spending time with my family in Pattaya was certainly the highlight of my long summer holiday this year.

My mum, dad, sister and nephew had flown over to Thailand for 2 weeks. We’d never rented a villa before, but this one had 3 bedrooms and a private swimming pool. It was all ours for 11 glorious days!

As we settled into our new holiday home, I quickly jumped on the internet and checked out all the tourist attractions in the famous seaside town of Pattaya.

The first thing that caught my eye was Art in Paradise, a 3-D interactive gallery, and the family quickly agreed that it should be our first day out.

As we walked around, inside the gallery, we were amazed at all the beautiful pictures and carefully designed camera points to help us take fantastic photographs.

Shots with T-rex, a magic carpet ride, dancing Gangnam style and holding Thors hammer, are just a few examples of the incredible memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

A few days later we went to Underwater World which boasts a 100 meter long tunnel, the longest in Southeast Asia. My nephew, Josh, fed the golden carp with a baby’s milk bottle at the entrance to the aquarium. He said that it felt weird but was very good fun too!

Inside the tunnel, it seemed as if the fish were following us around as we walked slowly through their incredible habitat. Some of the fish were well camouflaged and very difficult to see. Others were enormous and impossible to miss. My favourite was the manta ray, a flat fish which at one point swam right over my head. Incredible!

For our 8th wedding anniversary, the family went to Frost Magical Ice of Siam. We had to wrap up warm before going inside but it was still really cold. They used lots and lots of industrial sized air-con units to keep the room at freezing temperatures.

As we walked around, Josh spotted an ice slide so we carefully walked up the icy steps.  I sat down at the top of the slide and the ice felt so hard and very cold. I pushed myself off and followed Josh down the slide. I turned around to see Pom sliding down too. We all laughed so much!

Next we went to the ice bar and ordered our free drinks. Fanta arrived in thick solid ice glasses that felt as cold as outer space! My wife had never been to a place so cold but said that it was a really fun and romantic way to spend 30 minutes of our 8th wedding anniversary. That’s all the time we could stand as our noses and toes started to freeze and go numb!

Pattaya had such a variety of food and things to do. One evening we found a restaurant that served traditional English roast dinners which my mum, sister and I ordered. Josh had a pizza and my wife and father ate spicy Thai food.

All good things come to an end and soon it was time for my family to go back to England. We waved good-bye at the airport and promised to do it all again next year!

What did you do this long summer holiday?

Please share your memories in the comments section.

 

Songkran Reading Comprehension

Songkran is the name for Thai New Year and it’s celebrated between the 13th and 15th of April each year. English Teacher Online is proud to present our Songkran Reading Comprehension to help you build vocabulary and talk about this fun Thai water festival.

Directions: Read the story, “Ploy’s Songkran,” and answer the questions below.

Ploy’s Songkran (by Teacher Steve)

“Bang, bang, bang!” I woke to the sound of firecrackers, driving away the evils spirits in our village.

Full of excitement, I took a quick shower and put on my most flowery shirt, ran downstairs and said good morning to all the family. A pot of hot rice porridge was bubbling away on the gas fire in the kitchen so I quickly grabbed myself a bowl.

“Happy New Year,” everyone exclaimed. The kitchen was buzzing with anticipation.

After breakfast, we got in the car and Dad drove us to the temple. I filled a small silver bowl with scented water and carefully poured it over the Buddha statue’s hand and legs.

Grandma and Mum headed into the temple with home cooked food they had brought in ornate food containers. Mum placed them down in front of the monks and everyone put their hands together. I closed my eyes as the monks started chanting and I felt myself fall into some kind of deep trance.

Suddenly, I felt water splashing over my head and I realized that a monk was blessing me with lucky water. That’s when I remembered it was Songkran, nearly time for the biggest water party of the year!

When we got home we all rushed off to filled up our water guns.

Reading Comprehension
  1. What sound woke Ploy up?
  2. What shirt did she wear?
  3. What did Ploy eat for breakfast?
  4. What did she do with the small silver bowl?
  5. What broke her trance in the temple?
  6. What did you do this Songkran holiday?

Please write your answers in the comment section or send them to Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

 

Role Play on XP Coin Rust Server

Sheriff, shopkeeper, pirate and farmer are good examples of “roles” you can “play” within the world of Rust.

Join us and Role Play on XP Coin Rust Server with English Teacher Online.

Roleplaying (RP) adds extra spice into the game because PvP does not mean kill on sight (KOS), unless you are in a war situation.

Role players engage in conversation first, working out if the other player is friendly or not. Usually a 20 second conversation is the minimum amount of time needed to play out a scenario.

 

Town Rules & Role Play

Most role players are interested in building a town with people they play with on a regular basis. Large towns may be home to a number of different clans who each have their own clan rules. These towns also need a set of town rules and a sheriff to help keep law and order. Trials may be needed and punishments for crimes such as KOS may include exile from the town or even worse!

Conflict Resolution Events

Don’t let conflicts get out of hand. Good role players use these incidents as opportunities to host conflict resolution events in or outside of town.

Outside Town Events

Event Idea 1, Rocket Siege: Set an amount of preparation time (24 hours) to build 2 towers within rocket distance from each other, and announce the event time to be streamed live by a judge, sheriff or admin.

Event Idea 2. As 1 above but with 2 teams of 5-10 players. Adjust the preparation time as required.

Inside Town Events

Event Idea 3, Melee dual: Build a cage/arena and fight to the death. Make it a best out of 5 (first to 3) if you wish.

Event Idea 4: As 3 above but with up to 10 players in a cage/arena!

Setting firm rules and resolution events can help your RP server thrive BUT without rules, towns often descend into chaos.

Role Playing as a Bandit

Saying “You are going to die” is not RP and is considered KOS.

To role play a bandit you should say something like “Give me all of your stuff or I will kill you.” You must give your victim a chance to comply, MINIMUM 20 seconds, and if you start counting down you MUST finish the countdown to zero!

If your target is running you must declare a robbery – telling them to “Stop” or saying “I want to speak to you” is NOT enough. You must also give them enough time to stop or respond so make sure you are in audio range before attacking.

You CAN’T just say “Robbery” and murder them. They must either; (1) refuse, (2) attack you, or (3) try to run. Then you may engage in combat.

If they DO give you stuff and you attempt to kill them after, then that is KOS.

Personal Protection Rule for Role Players

If you approach someone or their base and they say “Don’t come any closer or I’ll shoot you” you must attempt to get away. If you continue to follow them or do not leave their base, they are free to engage you after the 20 second rule.

If they threaten your life first, you are free to engage them upon a threat of death (I’ll kill you/shoot you).

Witness to a Raid or Banditry

If you witness any form of aggression, such as raiding or banditry, then you are free to engage in combat.

If you are raiding, it doesn’t give you permission to shoot a passer-by wandering through that area.

If they are coming directly towards the base you’re raiding with their weapons drawn, then you may engage.

If they running by the base you’re raiding and not directly towards it, then you cannot engage without further role play!

If they are hanging around the area but not coming close, you must ask them to leave before firing a warning shot.

If you run into a raid/war zone, then this is not permission to be killed, but be warned. If you get too close during a fight you may get shot.  If you do not want to be killed, stay out of active raid zones.

Self Defense Rule

If you are being robbed, you may defend yourself and kill your aggressor after 20 seconds or within the 20 seconds if you verbally react to the robbery. This also applies to being raided.

Going AFK and being unable to respond to role play is NOT considered KOS.

Community Rules

Different towns and servers will have different rules and punishments. It’s up to each community to work it out for themselves. There may be squabbles and fights but a lot of fun to be had when you Role Play on XP Coin Rust Server.

Please leave a comment here, follow my streams live on Twitch or email: Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org if you need any advice with role playing.

Your Best Piece Of Writing This Year

As we approach the end of the school year, English Teacher Online would like you to think about the best and worst parts of Grade 5. This week you will write a memoir and edit it into a final piece of writing – your best piece of writing this year.

What is a Memoir?

A memoir is a memory, or rather, the written account of a personal experience of the author. All the memories you have in your head could be turned into memoirs!

Good memoir topics from this year include;

Songkran

Study Tour

Sports Day

Loy Krathong

AMC at the Mall

Scout Camp

Activity Day

Or any other family activity that you have strong memories of.

3 Questions to Help You Write a Memoir

Just think and try to answer the following questions.

1. What is the memory? Write down the activity that this memory comes from.

2. What are the details that made this moment so powerful? Think about the colors, smells, feelings, thoughts and expressions. Try to remember all your senses from that time?

3. What big lesson did you earn from this experience? Or what do you realize now that you didn’t realize then?

If you can answer these questions, you should have enough details to write a good memoir!

How Should I Write A First Draft?

With your ideas and answers to the 3 questions above, you’re going to write about 100 words describing that memory.

Set a timer and write for ten minutes – don’t stop! If you can’t think of something, just dive back into that memory and get it all out on the page.

If you get really stuck, then look over the three questions again.

How Should I Edit and Write My Second Draft?

After taking a short break for milk and biscuits, it’s time to start editing your work.

Here’s a checklist for your edits:

1. If you need more content, go back to the three questions and ask what’s missing.

2. Separate out the good from the bad, and the relevant from the garbage. Don’t be afraid to rewrite a whole paragraph.

3. Fix the grammar.

4. Ask a friend to read the whole thing (or do it yourself) and ask, what’s missing?

5. Add in any missing details, such as the names of the family members or school friends you mentioned?

6. Go back to number 1.

Time to Write the Final Publication!

Take another short break, then come back and edit your 2nd draft.

Ask yourself: “Is this story complete? What would make this story better, maybe more or less words?”

TOP TIP: Many people don’t like to write, but writing is like a muscle – the more you practice the stronger you become.

If you want to get better, try writing for ten minutes EVERY day in a journal or diary!

Learn to have fun and good luck writing your memoirs.

Look back at Grade 5 here.

A History of Robots

The future waits for nobody so English Teacher Online invites you to explore a history of robots. You are encouraged to design your own robot and buy a robot kit to build at home.

A History of Robots

Possibly the first robot was built in the 10th Century BC in ancient China.  A scientist made a mechanical man as a present for the Emperor.

During the Industrial Revolution, many factories began installing machines to do the work of people, such as the “Spinning Jenny”.

However, it wasn’t until after the invention of electricity and computers that robotics could really grow.

The word “robot” was first used in 1921.  It comes from the Czech word “robota” which means “to serve”.  This is because robots are designed to serve humans.

The first robot made to work in a factory was called “Unimate”.  It was invented in 1961 for the General Motors car company.

Since then, many more robots have been made.  Lots of car and computer factories don’t use human workers, as they become automated.

Robots can also do dangerous things that humans can’t do.  Robots are built to explore inside volcanoes, or travel to the bottom of the sea.

One day, we might all have robot servants that live in our houses and do all our work, such as cleaning, washing the dishes, and walking the dog.

However, we must be careful.  If robots get too powerful, they might not like being servants anymore.  They might decide to take over the world, like they did in the movie Terminator.

ASIMO

The next generation of robots will be created by you. How are you going to help develop the history of robots?

 

You can ask questions in the comments section, but you may want to keep you best revolutionary idea secret!

If you like this page, please check out our STEM page about learning with robots.