Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mourning for the plane crash

Yesterday, there was unspeakable news that shook my heart and I felt I need to share the impact of these lost lives with my students. The Germanwings plane crash left no survivors, brutally taking away from us all these wonderful lives, 18 of which were pursuing their education, and their two mentors. That's right, there was an educational trip of 16 and two college students aboard the plane, and I give all the deceased my condolences; knowledge is short of 20 individuals. Keep learning, and realize that your education is more valuable now because of them. And by education I do not only mean your school work, because the moment you stop learning, you start dying. Start with reading the news on what happened to them, pray for them and their families.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Another great story: Stories from Skyrim #3

I absolutely adore it when finding a really hard to find lore book and it ends up as an absolute beauty, in that it depicts real life while retaining originality. This book could optionally be picked up in Dead Man's Respite in Skyrim. I really felt the level up in speech skill was necessary after reading this. It's called "The Buying Game"

So many people simply buy the items they need at the price they are given. It's a very sad state of affairs, when the game is really open to all, you don't need an invitation. And it is a game, the game of bargaining, to be played seriously and, I hasten to add, politely. In Elsweyr, it is common for the shop-owner to offer the prospective buyer tea or sweetmeats and engage in polite conversation before commencing the business. This eminently civilized tradition has a practical purpose, allowing the buyer to observe the wares for sale. It is considered impolite not to accept, though it does not imply obligation on the part of the buyer.

Whether this particular custom is part of the culture or not, it's wise for the buyer and seller to greet one another with smiles and warm salutations, like gladiators honoring one another before the battle.

Bargaining is expected all over Tamriel, but the game can be broken if one's offer is so preposterously low that it insults the shop-keeper. If you are offered something for ten gold pieces, try offering six and see where that takes you.

Do not look like you're very interested, but do not mock the quality of the goods, even if they deserve it. Much better to admire the quality of workmanship, but comment that, regretfully, you simply cannot afford such a price. When the shop-keeper compliments your taste, smile, but try to resist the flattery.

A lot of the game depends on recognizing the types of shop-keepers and not automatically assume that the rural merchant is ignorant and easily fooled, or the rapacious city merchant is selling shoddy merchandise. Caravans, it should be mentioned, are always good places to go to buy or trade.

Knowing what you're buying and from whom is a talent bought only after years of practice. Know the specialties of certain regions and merchants before you even step foot in a shop. Recognize too the prejudices of the region. In Morrowind where I hail from, for example, Argonians are viewed with a certain amount of suspicion. Don't be surprised or insulted if the shopkeepers follow you around the shop, assuming you're going to steal something. Similarly, Nords, Bretons, and Cyrodiils are sometimes treated coolly by merchants in the Summurset Isles. Of course, I don't know any shopkeepers anywhere, no matter their open-mindedness, who aren't alerted when a Khajiit or a Bosmer enters their shop. Even Khajiiti and Bosmeri shopkeepers.

If you see something you really like or need, buy it then and there at the best price you can get. I cannot tell you how many times I passed up a rare and interesting relic, assuming that I could find it elsewhere in the region, perhaps at a larger town at a better price. Too late, I discovered I was wrong, and when I returned to the shop weeks later, the item I wanted was gone. Better to get a great purchase at a decent price and discover it again at a worse price than to miss out on your opportunities for ownership. Occasionally impulsiveness is the best buying strategy.

Sense the moves of the game, and everyone can win.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year Exam

It's a new year, and this is the perfect time to begin the new year with a little test to see where your level is. So, I uploaded this easy quiz. Grade yourself, and never stop learning.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pronouns worksheet: Level 2

How far can this seemingly easy worksheet go smoothly for yo? Because it's getting upped a level, with more friendly pictures too.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Pronouns worksheet: Easy

    There are a lot of cool worksheets that are entertaining to solve in my folder. I even left out the signature and kept the grading score, and judging by the difficulty, I probably will not upload the solution. They  are purely intended to look fun and encourage you to never forget the easy parts of English grammar.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mid-Term Test

It is time for a test about the time! I will not post the answers until next week so that you can refine your answer and evaluate yourself. When learning English, you have to be honest with your own personal examinations like these. Without further ado, good luck in the test.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Simple Present Tense: Worksheet

Today, is an explanation of the rules on the simple present tense, and following it are some questions. Some of the sample questions are not affirmative sentences, so remember the rules for asking a question!

And of course, I have not forgotten the answer sheet, since after all this is a worksheet not a quiz. Just make sure that you do not cheat right off the bat, and actually attempt the questions. They are in no way challenging, and you will breeze through them.

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