Play in the Halloween Haunted House

Halloween or Hallowe’en is a contraction of Hallows’ Evening and is celebrated on the 31st of October every year.

Traditional activities include carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, dressing up in Halloween costumes and going trick or treating.

Halloween is a fun time for telling scary stories, watching horror films and visiting haunted attractions.

This year English Teacher Online invites Rust fanatics to play in the Halloween Haunted House created by Dippy on the XP Coin Rust Server.

What does Trick or Treat Mean?

Trick-or-treating is when children dress up and go house to house, asking for treats such as candy with the question, “Trick or treat?”

The word “trick” implies a “threat” of mischief on the homeowners if no treat is given.

What Costume Can I Wear?

There are many popular Halloween costumes such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils.

Nowadays, many younger children prefer to dress up as popular movie characters, superheroes or princesses.

What Games Can I Play?

One common game is apple bobbing in which apples float in a large basin of water and the player must use only their teeth (no hands) to remove an apple from the container.

Another traditional game involves hanging up syrup-coated scones or biscuits on strings. Players must eat the swinging treats, without using their hands, from the string.

Ghost Stories

Telling ghost stories and watching horror films are popular activities at Halloween parties. New horror films are often released just before Halloween to take advantage of the holiday and television specials with a Halloween theme are also very common.

 

So what’s your favourite Halloween activity or costume? Please share your ideas in the comment section and Happy Halloween!

New Years Day by U2

One of my favourite New Year songs is New Years Day by U2. Originally released in 1983, it’s a timeless song that longs for a peaceful future.

Today English Teacher Online invites you to study the lyrics, trusting that you’ll be renewed with energy to build a better world.

We’ll also help make your New Year’s resolution English action plan too.

 

New Years Day Lyrics by U2

All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it’s true it’s true…
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

I…I will begin again
I…I will begin again

Oh…
Maybe the time is right
Oh…maybe tonight…

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

What dreams and goals do you have for the new year?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section or just go out and make contact with someone, somewhere!

Let’s help you make a New Year’s resolution English Action Plan.

Merry Christmas Everybody

English Teacher Online would like to say thanks for studying with us this year. You are the best students in the world so our final post of 2017 is your Christmas present, a Merry Christmas Everybody reading comprehension.

Listen to the song and read the lyrics. Look at the questions below and write your answers in the comment section at the end.

 

Merry Christmas Everybody (lyrics by Slade)

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
It’s the time that every Santa has a ball
Does he ride a red-nosed reindeer?
Does he turn up on his sleigh?
Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?

So here it is, Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun

Are you waiting for the family to arrive?
Are you sure you got the room to spare inside?
Does your granny always tell ya
That the old songs are the best?
Then she’s up and rock and rollin’ with the rest

So here it is Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun
Look to the future now
It’s only just begun

What will your daddy do
When he sees your mama kissin’ Santa Claus?
Ah-ha

Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
Are you hoping that the snow will start to fall?
Do you ride on down the hillside
In a buggy you have made
When you land upon your head, then you been slayed

Reading Comprehension

1) Where might Slade hang a stocking at Christmas?

2) What Christmas animal has a red nose?

3) What does Grandma mean in verse 2?

4) What does Slade imply with, “When he sees your mama kissin’ Santa Claus”?

5) What might happen on a hillside at Christmas?

Please write your answers in the comment section or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org

Merry Christmas Everybody.

Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension

It’s November full moon so English Teacher Online presents our Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension and Song Lyrics in English – to help you understand and talk about this beautiful Thai festival.

Loy Krathong Song Lyrics

November full moon shines
Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong
And the water’s high, in local river and the klong
Loy Loy Krathong, Loy Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong is here and everybody’s full of cheer
We’re together at the klong
Each one with his krathong
As we push away we pray
We can see a better day

Loy Krathong Reading Text (written by T.Steve)

Once upon a time there was a young brother and sister named Putter and Bam.

“My favourite holiday is Loy Krathong”, said Putter one November day as they sat making their krathongs.

“It’s the best. I am so excited”, Bam replied, “Please pass the banana leaves Putter, I need to cover this stem completely.”

They covered the banana stem with banana leaves; cut some more leaves into small triangle shapes and fixed them around the edge of the stem. In the middle of the Krathong they placed a flower, a candle, some incense and a small piece of their hair. They also put a 10 Baht coin in the krathong too.

“Hurry up Bam,” cried mum, “We’re ready to go.”

Putter and Bam got in the car and they all drove to a local temple next to the river.

“Be careful with your krathongs”, said mum, “You’ve both done such a great job, you don’t want to break them now.”

Bam and Putter carefully carried their krathongs through the temple grounds. There was an amazing smell of incense in the air and everyone was carrying beautiful krathongs.

“Don’t fall in you two”, laughed dad as Bam and Putter knelt by the side of the river and slowly lowered their krathongs into the water. As they pushed the krathongs downstream, they both said a little prayer, “We are so lucky to have this river.”

 

Loy Krathong Reading Comprehension

Q1. When is Loy Krathong celebrated each year?

Q2. How did the children make their Krathongs?

Q3. Where did they go to release their Krathongs?

Q4. What did the children say as they released their Krathongs?

Please write your answers in the comment section and I will mark them all personally.

Fantastic Festivals In The World

A festival is a day or period of time set aside for feasting (eating lots of food) and celebration, such as the Songkran Festival in Thailand.

This week, English Teacher Online proudly presents Fantastic Festivals In The World. You will learn how to research – to find information about a festival that you have never studied before.

 

When you research your festival you need to answer these questions.

What is the name of the festival?

When is it celebrated?

What are the main traditions of the festival?

What costumes do people wear at the festival?

What ceremonies take place?

What does the festival symbolize? (Why people do it?)

What special food (recipes) do people eat at the festival?

Anything else you think is important and why?

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

Skeletons are scary, right? Not if you’re celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Offering food to dead relatives and having a family party in the graveyard is quite a normal festival in Mexico.

Sopporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) in Japan began in the 1950s when school children built six snow statues in a park. Today, the festival attracts over 2 million visitors who come to celebrate the festival of snow and ice.

Holi is a very old festival with lots of legends and myths. This colourful festival is celebrated by Hindus in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

Maslenitsa or Pancake Week in Russia isn’t just a festival for visiting friends and eating lots of food. There are many traditions associated with each day of the week.

La Tomatina or the Tomato Throwing Festival in Spain also attracts many people from around the world. The festival includes parades, fireworks, music, dancing and a paella (rice) cooking contest.

You can also search for other Japanese Winter festivals,  Tenjin MatsuriSakura Cherry Blossom festival or some Spring festivals … or Google to find out more information about some of the festivals below.

Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
Smear yourself with vitamin enriched mud from the Buryeong Mud Flat in July. Paint yourself with mud at the Mud Square, become a scientist and invent soap and aroma oil at the Experience Booth.

Battle of Oranges, Ivrea, Italy
The Orangiere on their horse wagons, will fire oranges at the revolting masses; who will fight back with courage and gallantry.

El Colacho, Spain
One year old brave babies, all tightly wrapped are laid on the ground; and Colacho men in red and yellow attires, jump over them (no harm) and thus carry away the evil.

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake, England
A 9lb (4kg) round chunk of cheese rolls down the Cooper Hill, and people run down to catch the high speed cheese. Watch the video for more details.

 

Night of the Radishes, Mexico
Enormous radishes are displayed in Zocalo, Oaxaca City; and artists intricately carve out strange figurines on 23rd December at sunset.

Running of the Bulls, Spain, July
Is it a festival or just a dangerous race; where you are chased down the streets by raging bulls!

Of course there are many other fantastic festivals in the world for you to research. Just make sure you collect all the information so you can write about 100 words.

You will need to research 2 new festivals in week 8. They can’t be from Thailand and they must be from 2 different continents.

Good luck and as always ask lots of questions.