Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Girls, you can also listen to the story while reading it! Just click on the link!
Happy reading and listening! :-)
Monday, November 7, 2011
I'm Christina and I'm thirteen years old. I'm from Heraklion, Crete in Greece and I'm in the second grade of Junior High School.
I live with my parents and my grandmother on the 2nd floor of a block of flats in the suburbs. Our flat is on a main street in a very noisy neighbourhood. My school is only a 15 minute walk away so I go with my friends and we chat all the time until we get there.
In my spare time I listen to music espacially pop music.Now-a-days my favourite songs are "Grenade" and "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars. If you hear any of them write your opinion about them. Also, Iheard you are interested in swimming. Me too! The swimming pool I go to is on the outskirts of Heraklion. I go there twice a week but only fo practice. I'm not ina team. What about you?
I want an e-pal because I will have a new friend and it will be a good way to improve my skills in the English language. I would like to be an English teacher so it would definitely help me.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Monday, October 24, 2011
2,000 years ago, the Celts lived in Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. Every year they celebrated New Year's Eve on October 31st with a festival called "Samhain". The Celts dressed in animal heads and skins for this festival, and their priests, the Druids, built huge bonfires. October 31st marked the end of the summer and the beginning of winter and the Celts believed that on that day, the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. The Celts thoudh that the Ghosts helped the Druids to predict the future.
Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday, which is held on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?". In Scotland and Ireland, Guising — children disguise in costume going from door to door for food or coins.
Children dress as supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection started to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.
There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween. One of them is dunking or apple bobbing, in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin. A variant of dunking involves kneeling on a chair, holding a fork between the teeth and trying to drop the fork into an apple. Another common game involves hanging up sweets and candy by strings; these must be eaten without using hands while they remain attached to the string,.
Another game/superstition that was enjoyed in the early 1900s involved walnut shells. People would write fortunes in milk on white paper. After drying, the paper was folded and placed in walnut shells. When the shell was warmed, milk would turn brown therefore the writing would appear on what looked like blank paper. Folks would also play fortune teller. In order to play this game, symbols were cut out of paper and placed on a platter. Someone would enter a dark room and was ordered to put her hand on a piece of ice then lay it on a platter. Her "fortune" would stick to the hand.
The telling of ghost stories and viewing of horror films are very common on Halloween. Episodes of television series and Halloween-themed specials (with the specials usually aimed at children) are commonly aired on or before the holiday, while new horror films are often released theatrically before the holiday to take advantage of the atmosphere.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
It is based on a book. The main character in the film is Charlie Bucket who is a kind loving child growing up in a very poor family. He lives with his mother, father (who was recently laid off from his job at a toothpaste factory), and his four grandparents directly down the street from the famous chocolate factory.Many years ago, the owner of the factory, Willy Wonka, had decided to close it because other chocolate factories had been stealing his ideas.That led him to fire all his employees, among them Charlie's Grandpa Joe. One day, Wonka informs the world of a contest in which five Golden Tickets have been placed in five random Wonka Bars worldwide and the winners will be given a full tour of the factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate. One ticket holder will be given a special prize at the end of the tour.
It was a great movie. The special effects were fantastic and the plot was so exciting and original. The music was also excellent! I loved the Oompa Loompas! I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes fairy-tales and magic!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Hi, my name is Rafaela. I am 13 years old & I live in Heraklion Crete. I'm the girl who was not there when you visited our school. I have a brother who is 12.
I'm a plump girl of medium height. I'm good-looking with shoulder-length straight brown hair. I'm honest responsible ,cheerful and kind . I live with my parents and my little brother in a big house.
What about you? How old are you? Are you twins? Are you from New Zealand ?
I am looking forward to your reply.
Monday, October 3, 2011
How are you? I hope you're well and everything is fine there in New Zealand. What the weather like in your country? Is it hot, warm or cold? Here in the mornings is really cold but then is being hotter and hotter. However, in the afternoon is warm again and we have to wear jackets.
Well, let's talk about school for a bit. As I have already told you-but you may don't remember-I'm in the second grade of Junior High School. My class is on the 1st floor of our building and it's very hot but it's perfect. Maybe is the best class. Also our teachers are very good. My favourite subject is Ancient Greek, because we're very close with the teacher and I like the way she teaches us. I always have a good time. What's your favourite subject?
Have you attended to an after-school club? If so, what kind of club is like? If you ask me, I haven't joined one, but it wouldn't be a bad idea. A few years ago, I had take part in a painting club which was every Saturday. I used to go there with my best friend named Alithia but now she lives in Athens. I'm so sad.
That's all for now. I'm looking forward to hearing your news.
How are you? I hope you are fine! I'm Nassia, one of the girls you met when you visited our English school. I'm 13 years old and I'm from Heraklion, Greece, but I'm sure you already know that... I would like to tell you more about my life.
In my free time, I like playing the keyboards. I love music, especially pop and rock, but I'm not a very good dancer or singer..:P! My favourite singer is Avril Lavigne. I don't really like sports, but I'm into volleyball.I usually play volleyball with my dad at the weekends. I like spending time with my family, although both my brother and sister live and study in Athens...
My sister's name is Helen. She is 21 years old and she studies in the university. My brother's name is John. He is 25 years old and he works for a company.I've got three pets, two dogs named Lara and Charlie and a cat named Kazabooboo(:D).
What about you? Write back soon and tell me more about your country, your hobbies and your family!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Lisa Green ,who's 35 years old ,has been making her own games since she was 5 .I asked her How she started that hobby.She told me that she didn't like the games which other children play, so she started to make her own games. Then ,I asked her If it was difficult to make her own games. She told me that it wasn't difficult and,If you had imagination ,you would be a very good player too.
Lisa yesterday invented a new game which is called table tennis with hand .You paint a court of table tennis , then you take the ball and throw it to the other. If you want to use a net make one! Isn't it a fantastic game ?
With a bit practise, you'll be make your own games in no time !!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
2) Start writing an email to Nick and Anna. You can cooperate to write only one email. When it is ready, let me know about it.
Missing you girls, already! :-)
Thursday, August 25, 2011
You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too, yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)
I would like you to dance (Birthday)
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Today we had a fantastic time! It was Miss Cristina’s birthday, so you know what that means! More surprises! First of all, our follower Sotiria dropped by to say ‘Hello!’ and we talked about Greece and Germany in English! That was great fun…:D! Then, two children from New Zealand (Anna and Nick) paid us a visit. We talked about sports and we played games. Their mother was there, too. Her name is Barbara and she was a teacher in our school! We were so surprised when we heard that. Mrs. Barbara was Miss Christina’s teacher when she was a student! Anyway, it was a day I’ll never forget! Too bad Rafaela wasn’t there…:(
Sunday, August 7, 2011
START RECYCLING, IT’S WORTH IT!
After we’d finished the project on the environment at school, I knew I had to start recycling. We had learnt a lot during the project. We should recycle because when we do, less rubbish goes to landfills and less rubbish gets burned, so we don’t need to burn fossil fuels. This way, we save energy and we prevent air pollution. I didn’t know that until we did this project. I used to throw paper, plastic and glass in regular bins.
I decided to change. I started recycling as much as possible. I recycled paper, some plastics, glass and aluminium. I didn’t throw away electricl devices like mobiles. I gave them away or I threw them in the special bins.
I was quite easy. The most difficult thing to do was to remember to recycle.
It was a nice try! I felt very proud of myself. Now, I believe that if everyone recycled, our planet would be a better place to live in!
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
If you ask me, I would like to explore a jungle. I believe that it’s more interesting than a desert. There are a lot of strange trees and tropical flowers. There are a lot of wild animals, too.
In my opinion, we should get a torch because we could get lost at night. We should also get a first-aid kit, in case we are injured. We must take a mobile phone to call for help, a penknife to collect wood and a box of matches to light a fire.
I think we shouldn’t use a jeep because the jungle is thick and it won’t be able to move easily. Using a helicopter would be a good idea. We could also use a boat because we might have to cross a lake or a river.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a game played by groups of children. It is common at birthday parties and other gatherings. A picture of a donkey with a missing tail is tacked to a wall within easy reach of children.
One at a time, each child is blindfolded and handed a paper "tail" with a push pin or thumbtack poked through it. The blindfolded child is then spun around until he or she is disoriented. The child gropes around and tries to pin the tail on the donkey. The player who pins their tail closest to the target, the donkey's rear, wins. The game, a group activity, is generally not competitive; "winning" is only of marginal importance.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is suitable for children who are old enough to walk and to know better than to eat the small sharp tacks. The game is also used in child development research.
The game can also be played by teenagers and adults, especially if the "donkey" is replaced with depictions of something or someone else.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Don't worry about your stay in the hospital. I'm sure that the treatment for your illness will be successful and you will definitely be with all of us again in only a few days. But, think of the positive side, as well. You're in a big comfortable ward which is beautifully decorated and there are no other patients with you. All your classmates are looking forward to seeing you again. We are going to visit you next Monday and see how you spend your time. Also, we've bought you a present! I hope you will like it. Well, everything is going to be all right so, keep smiling because you will Get Well Soon!
Lots of love,
From my point of view, we should take a box of matches with us, because we may need to make a fire. We should also get a compass in order to find our way around and a first-aid kit since it will be useful if somebody has an accident. Finally, we shouldn't forget a penknife which will help us cut different things easily and a mobile phone to communicate with someone if we need any kind of help.
If you asked me, we should travel to the island by plane to get to our destination quickly. Then, we could rent a jeep to explore the area.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I am writing regarding an article I read in your newspaper about pop music. The writer stated that pop music is becoming uninteresting and pop stars only like making money. Personally, I agree with that opinion.
Some groups, like Smashed, for example, only want to be popular in the world without making any effort. Their lead singer has an awful voice and the musicians do not play their instruments properly.
In addition to that, some singers that do not belong to groups, such as Lady Gaga, want to be famous instead of being creative. Lady Gaga uses the computer to make her voice sound nice, but actually, she is not talented at all. She only cares about her public image, like what to wear when she makes her next appearance.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that artists nowadays care about what other people think of them instead of trying to be successful in good ways.
La notte is a famous pizzeria near the port of Heraklio. It overlooks to the fort named Koule. It's very easy to get to and there's a parking space nearby.
La notte has a cosy, friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is modern and stylish and it it well decorated. The owners and the staff are very cheerful and welcoming. They're always ready to serve you.
The food there is really tasty. There are a lot of choices. There is an extremely wide variety of pizzas with different toppings. There are also some pasta dishes, different kinds of salads and a range of desserts. The food quality is perfect. All the dishes are made from fresh local ingredients.
I would thoroughly recommend La notte to everyone because the prices are reasonable and the food is fantastic. Well done to the owners for doing such great work!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The atmosphere consists of many different layers. One of them is the ozone layer which protects the Earth from the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. However, because of the pollution there is a big hole in this layer. So, we have a rise of the temperature. Apart from that, gases which come from factory chimneys, cars and from burning fossil fuels are also part of the problem. As a result, the ice in both Poles melts and the sea level rises. There are lots of serious floods in towns and cities on the coast. Moreover, some species will become extinct because of the climate changes. In addition to this, more lands will dry and there will be less food in the world.
The cause of this problem is the gases that people send to the atmosphere. There are: carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), methane and nitrous oxide. Carbon dioxide is the most important gas that causes the half of the problem. It comes from the burning of the rainforest trees and fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil). Chlorofluorocarbons are in aerosols (spray cans, air conditioners), refrigerators (the CFCs are in the liquids which keep fridges cold) and plastic boxes (for hamburgers, pizzas, etc.). Methane and nitrous oxide come from fertilizers, cows' stomachs and rubbish.
We can't stop the global warming, but we can slow it down. There are several ways to do this: Fist, we should burn less fossil fuels. We must protect the rainforests and not cut them down. Furthermore, we can use natural energy which comes from the sun, the sea and the wind. Finally, we should stop using the CFCs and replace them with other chemicals which don't damage our planet.
Well, here I am in Antarctica! The journey here was amazing because before we reached Antarctica we visited several different islands. Although they were small compared to Antarctica, they had many sights to visit.
Yesterday, we went to the Paradise Harbour, one of the main attractions in Antarctica. To see this sight you have to take another boat and not your cruise ship in order to explore it. The icebergs in this area were fantastic. After our long exhausting trip, that was the best place to relax. It was definitely worth visiting Paradise Harbour.
Tomorrow, we're going to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. This trip will be the experience of a lifetime. Scientists say that at the Dry Valleys there's no snow and no ice. Also, it hasn't rained for over two million years. That's incredible! I'm very curious to see them!
Wish you were here!
See you soon!
Lots of love,
Christina: My name is Christina. Are you a new member of this camp?
Mary: Yes, I am. Well, where do you come from?
Christina: I come from Greece.What about you?
Mary: I was born in Spain but I have been living in London since I was five. You? Where do you live?
Christina: I live in Greece and specifically in Crete.
Mary: Are you from a large family?
Christina: Not really. There are only four of us-me my parents and ma grandma. Do you have any pets?
Mary: No, I don't, but I'd like to have one. My favourite pet is the dog. However, at home, I'd like to have a fish. What do you do in your free time? Do you like sports?
Christina: I meet my friends and we play different games together like Cluedo, Monopoly, Jenga or cards. Sometimes my little sister and I sing and dance in order to have a break from our homework. Oh, I'm mad about swimming. Moreover, I'm keen on playing volleyball and table-tennis. I love sports. What's your favourite subject?
Mary: My favourite subject is English. Learning English is fun and in this way you can communicate with other people from different countries.
Christina: You're right. OK, would you like to walk with me for a while, before the next activity starts?
Mary: Yes, of course. Let's go!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I am writing with regards to an article about pop music which I read in your last newspaper. The writer stated that nowadays there are no interesting bands and most singers try to become famous without making good music. Personally, I totally agree.
First of all, in my opinion Vegas is one of those untalented groups. They have taken off because the band they formed is based on the music they get from computers. So, in this way they bring out their songs vary quickly.
In addition, Avril Lavigne cares only about her public image. She always wears strange clothes, because she wants to attract everybody's attention. Furthermore, she is more interested in making money than producing good music. Moreover, she steals different songs from other singers and presents them as her own.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that several pop stars have got nice voices and talent to produce their songs, but they do not want to be creative and make the best of it.
Monday, July 25, 2011
YOU'LL LOVE IT IN THE SUMMER!
If you come to Greece in the summer you will definitely have a good time. You can go climbing over our big mountains and admire the view from the top of them. Moreover, you can try to go hiking through our gorges. If you decide to go you should take a bottle of water because hiking is an exhausting activity. You can also enjoy our beautiful beaches with the glassy waters and sunbathe in the golden sand. It would be a good idea to explore our islands or do some extreme sports like white water rafting and diving. If you want something more you can walk around some fantastic parks.
AND YOU'LL LOVE IT IN THE WINTER!
In winter in Greece you can't do many activities as the nature doesn't offer us the appropriate climate. However, if you are an adventurous person you can do some extreme sports like skiing or snowboarding. Do you want to relax? There's no problem! You can drive to nearby villages and admire the view at the top of the hills, which are covered with snow. It's a perfectly wonderful landscape. If you go with your family you can spend your time making a snowman. It's a very creative activity! In addition to this you can play snowballing and have fun!
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE FANTASTIC ATTRACTIONS THAT GREECE HAS!
- Corinth Canal
- Knossos Palace
- Roman Forum
- White Tower
- Forest with butterflies
- Venetian ruins
- Museums (Archaeological, Natural History & Historical)
CONTACT YOUR TRAVEL AGENT FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the southern hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14.25 square kilometres, it is the fifth-largest continent in area after Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice.
Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. It is considered a desert. The temperature in Antarctica can reach up to -70°C . There are no permanent human residents. The only people remaining on the continent are 1,000 scientists . In the summer, it only gets dark for about 4 hours, although in the winter it's dark for 24 hours a day.
Only cold-adapted organisms survive in Antarctica, including many types of algae, animals (for example mites, nematodes, penguins and seals), bacteria, fungi, plants, and protista. Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra.
Antarctica is becoming a popular tourist attraction. Several companies offer cruises to the continent- but only in the summer.There are a lot f things to see there. The sight of millions of penguins on Zavodovski Island is spectacular and the Dry Valleys, where there is no snow and no ice are unique. It hasn't rained there for over 2 million years, The icebergs on Paradise Harbour are also known, because the sight of them is magnificent.
We are travelling to the Chinese territory and civilization. China is seen variously as an ancient civilization extending over a large area in East Asia, a nation and a multinational entity. The full name of the country is "People's Republic of China". As I said before, China covered a long range of the Asia continent. Its size is approximately 9.6 million square kilometres (9,596,961). Moreover its population reach the 1.3 billion people (1,338,612,968). Beijing, the capital of China, consists of 17,430,000. Also, another big city like Beijing is Shanghai. Well, all these resident of China speak almost 29 languages. The most spoken varieties are Mandarin (spoken by over 70% of the population), Wu, Yue (Cantonese), Min, Xiang, Gan and Hakka. Their currency is renminbi (also known as yuan). The main attractions of China are four:
- The Great Wall of China
- The Yangtze River
- The Forbidden City
- The Imperial Gardens
I have taken these information about China from the website below. So, if you want to know more about China visit: http://en.wikipedia.ogr/wiki/China
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Nelly: My name is Nelly. Nice to meet you. No, I’ve been here for a while.
Nina: Oh, OK… Where are you from?
Nelly: I’m from Greece, but I’ve lived in this area for a long time. You?
Nina: I’m from the USA. I’m here on holidays.
Nelly: Are you from a big family?
Nina: No, there are just five of us- me, my sister, my brother and my parents. What about you?
Nelly: I’ve got two sisters.
Nina: Oh, that’s nice. What do you usually do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
Nelly: I love hanging out with my friends or stay at home and read a good book. I don’t have a lot of hobbies. I enjoy playing volleyball… What about you?
Nina: I love it, too…What’s your favourite subject?
Nelly: I like Biology. I love learning about the Environment.
Nina: Me too. I think we are going to be great friends!
Nelly: So do I!