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In the merry month of May
When green leaves begin to spring,
Little lambs do skip like fairies,
Birds do couple, build, and sing.
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
Learn English in May

English Book Club - Nicholas Nickleby

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited November 2019
    Paulette - Elinor - Hermine - Shiny - April

    Paulette - carriage - stout - avail - hasten/ˈheɪs(ə)n/ - bathed (silent e) - restoratives - desperately - chit - laughed - disgraces

    Elinor - smoothed

    :smile: tear

    supernumeraries - not wanted or needed; redundant

    Hermine - recollect (not re) - Overpowered (not powdered) - gravies (from gravy) - vagueness - rubbed - composure - motioning - awkwardly

    Shiny - matron - elocution - ingenuity - hastily - witnessing - quaked (not quacked) - finery - gloves

    :smile: palpitating - individuality - tantalisation

    April - apparition - costliest - staircase - ascertain (not like certain) - think - punctuality

    Page 245 - ‘Eh!’said the gentleman. ‘What—the—deyvle!’

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The dinners continues in my doc. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited November 2019
    Elinor - Paulette - Hermine - Shiny - April - Berimih

    Elinor - my ears (not my years) - blunt (t) - Messrs

    " drew her arm through his up to the elbow."

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    Paulette - dare - tolerable - roar - creatures - undoubtedly (silent b) - genius - give - vivacity - society

    :smile: share - remarkable

    ???jocosely???

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    Hermine - Colonel ˈkəːn(ə)l/ - Militia - scrutinise

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    Shiny - boast - odious - passing (not pacing)

    :smile: - asked - coarseness

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    April - studiousness - eyelashes - pretty - rigour - Mr

    :smile: perfect - risen


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    Berimih - steady - walked - reached - smiled - persuade - wound (from to wind) - suppressed - looked - moved - deaf - interposed - youth - conduct - turned - shrugged - closed - remained - head - drooping - deathbed -

    :smile: licentiousness

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    "Ralph took a chair at some distance; then, another chair a little nearer; then, moved a little nearer still; then, nearer again, and finally sat himself on the same sofa, and laid his hand on Kate’s arm." Page 254
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited November 2019
    Elinor - Paulette - Hermine - April - Shiny - Almog

    Elinor - at - lock (not log) - distinctness - scene (not sin)

    Paulette - cause - upon - great (not greet) - marvellously - desperate (not disparate) - a hearty laugh - here - offended (voiced e) - straitened - pursued - warm - home - whereat - unspeakable consternation

    when the message had been delivered

    Hermine - saucer - altered - sprightly - duplicity - choked - charitable - pursued - acquainted - occurrences


    there may be no great difference of opinion

    April - afterwards - taking (not talking) - recommend - remonstrance - pocket handkerchief - looking - ceased

    Shiny - possibility - inveigle - tumult - blights

    " within an ace "

    Almog - vilest - carry - Mrs - wickedness can prompt - haughtily - fellow - towards - brutality - proved - confession - whom - ‘Indeed - embracing (not embarrassing) - perhaps - necessity - extent (not accident) - threat - e loftiest gallows

    :smile: bread

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    ‘Of what I have done, or what I meant to do, for you, ma’am, and my niece, I say not one syllable. I held out no promise, and leave you to judge for yourself. I hold out no threat now, but I say that this boy, headstrong, wilful and disorderly as he is, should not have one penny of my money, or one crust of my bread - Page 264
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited December 2019
    Paulette - Elinor - Hermine - April - Shiny - Almog

    Paulette - promise - threat - knowledge - Innocent - hugged - taunts - dare - anger - gave

    " cut him to the quick"

    :smile: Destitute

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    Elinor - scarcely

    to keep pace (not peace)

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    Hermine - hitherto - stifled - revulsion - presence ˈprɛz(ə)ns - acquaintances - shall - poor (not boar) - agitation - incumbrance - heaving

    Chapter 21

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    April - toss - wish (-sh) - to rebel - tiptoe - debts -accusation - relative


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    Shiny - neckerchief - natural (not nature)

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    Almog - elegant ɛlɪɡ(ə)nt - apparel - minute - pimple - uttered - exclamation - small - execution - her - discomposed - same - unconcern - preparatory - inventory-book (not like invent) - affairs - distinguished - intercourse - bachelor - surprise - shrugged - composure - decency ˈdiːs(ə)nsi
    :smile: surprise - specimen

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    ‘What’s the demd total?’ was the first question he asked.
    ‘Fifteen hundred and twenty-seven pound, four and ninepence ha’penny,’
    replied Mr. Scaley, without moving a limb.
    ‘The halfpenny be demd,’said Mr. Mantalini, impatiently.
    Chapter 21 - Page 273
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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited December 2019
    Elinor - Paulette - Almog - Hermine - April - Farzad - Shiny

    Elinor - retorted - Alfred - shirt-collar - wild

    Paulette - required - acquainted - prophesied - thought - own - recommend - Waters - anecdotes - exhausted - truth - advertisement - known - town

    :smiley: post - amiable - afterwards

    Almog - exclaimed - cared (not carried) - reserved - contrary - inasmuch - procured - chiefly - loss (not lose) - Sloane - forenoon - aristocratic - barbarism - fashion - precisely - folks - reference - illegitimate - disavow - realities - communicates - derives - Siamese - distinct - doubtful - chalked - array - consequently obliged - dining- comfortably - arranged - adapted

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    Hermine - boudoir - insipidity - dexterously - intimated - discern

    :smiley: your

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    April - leant - fragile - unanimous - dilates - flourished - tremendous - Mrs

    :smile: - W - blowing

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    Farzad - fair - circumstance - calmly - inquiries (not injuries) - daughter’s (not doubters) - probable - she - St George’s - bedstead - determining - inquiries - expiration

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    Chapter 22

    Nicholas, accompanied by Smike, sallies forth to seek his Fortune. He
    encounters Mr. Vincent Crummles; and who he was, is herein made manifest
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited January 6
    Paulette - Elinor - Shiny - Alexandra - Reem

    Paulette - furniture - hailed (not healed) - quit (not quite) - homewards -
    thin (not tin) - intervals - vehicles (silent h) - ear - indistinct - sluggish (not sluggies) - blood - paces (not pieces) - involuntarily - God

    Elinor - relieve - while

    Shiny - involuntarily - carelessness - clothes - changes

    Alexandra - theme - quickened - closely - schemes - region - occasionally - these (not there) - laboured - dimpled - travellers (not travels) - stimulated (not simulated) - changes (not change) - astir - harder (d not t) - perseverance

    Reem - rim - bowl - reared (silent e) - murder - grass - gore - murdered - hollow - Devil - thought - Onward - kept - steady purpose - entered - variety - verdant - perpendicularly - accessible - goats (not ghost) - mound - tapering - delicately - level - define - undulations - uncouth - rugged - grotesque - negligently - unexpected (not unaccepted) - crows - wheeling - poised - skimmed - valley - speed

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    Page 286

    By degrees, the prospect receded more and more on either hand

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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This time - a spectacle. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited January 13
    Elinor - Paulette - Hermine - April - Alexandra - Shiny

    Elinor - miles - stick - was (s) - I’ll - trifled

    Paulette - thrown - sight (not side) - both - theatrical - theatres - three - combatants - chopped + chops - inference (not interference) - quarter - variety - sword - great - through and through

    and the short sailor jumped over his sword.

    :smile: - those - they - the

    Hermine (check) Hermine - cough - communicative - Crummles - Portsmouth -
    proportionate - combatants
    to crumble
    ˈkɒmbət(ə)nt
    ˈkɒmbat
    theater
    ˈθɪətə
    θɪˈatrɪk(ə)l
    A theatrical theater.

    April - laughing (not loving) - simultaneously - weapons (not like weep) - evinced - vowing - acquaintance - opposite (not like site) - fragrance

    Alexandra - asked (not axed) - truth (not true) - Portsmouth - afresh - berth - pease-pudding (peas not peace) - rough - practised + reared (silent e) - figure


    :smile: - ruefully

    Shiny - breath - lamps (not lumps) - admirably (not like admire) - It’ll (short for it will) -


    ‘If you had been, we might have had a large woodcut of the last scene ...

    :smile: prince

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    Chapter 23 - Page 296
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wouldn't say I like it: "‘Dear me!’ said Nicholas, ‘it’s extraordinary.’

    It was; for the infant phenomenon, though of short stature, had a comparatively aged countenance, and had moreover been precisely the same age—not perhaps to the full extent of the memory of the oldest inhabitant, but certainly for five good years. But she had been kept up late every night, and put upon an unlimited allowance of gin-and-water from infancy, to prevent her growing tall, and perhaps this system of training had produced in the infant phenomenon these additional phenomena."
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited January 20
    Elinor - Hermine - Paulette - April - Shiny - Alexandra - MHoz

    Elinor - theatrical - plying - wicker - turning - death - circuit

    Hermine - prospect - groped - paint pots - entrance - wretched (coixws e - not retched silent e) - finery - mahogany - tarnished - sepulchral - corps (kɔː not corpse) - other (not udder) - admirable (ˈadm(ə)rəb(ə)l) - sandaled

    "... among bare walls, dusty scenes, mildewed clouds, heavily daubed draperies, and dirty floors."

    Paulette - toes (not toos) - thereby (not there be) - severe thumps - desperately - ecstasy - all the while (not at the while) - ultimately - savage -

    "--- leant his left ear on his left hand"

    :smile: - spectators

    April - phenomenon (fəˈnɒmɪnən) - stature - desirous - Deeming (not dimming) - pantomime

    Shiny - lead (the metal - to lead) - very (not every) - considered /stress/ - animate or inanimate (ˈanɪmət/) - tragedy

    :smile: object - walk to and fro - appropriate /əˈprəʊprɪət/

    Alexandra - Lenville - mouth - inebriated - virtuous - gentleman - irascible ɪˈrasɪb(ə)l/ - compel (not complete) - lamps (not lambs) - figure - exaggerated - gentility - talked - her (not here or Herr) - diverting - tragedy - ringlets - character - apprentice - circulating - annual - veil - decidedly - ermine

    :smile: lantern jaws

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    Page 303 - Mr. Folair having obligingly confided these particulars to Nicholas, left him to mingle with his fellows; the work of personal introduction was completed by Mr. Vincent Crummles, who publicly heralded the new actor as a prodigy of genius and learning
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  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Updates available. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited January 27
    Paulette, Alexandra, Elinor Hermine, Shiny

    Paulette - obligingly - confided - sidling -

    I was leaving the company as he joined it,

    taking the manager aside, ‘I don’t think I can
    be ready by Monday.’

    Sorry everyone. We can try to reschedule for some time this week.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Teach , this would be great. :)
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    edited January 28
    Hermine - Elinor - Paulette - Alexandra - Shiny

    Hermine - pleasing - Intrigue - Ways and Means - remonstrance - possibly - refused (not confused) - pint

    we shall read (to read)

    Elinor - consciousness (not like conscience) - the first floor - reappeared (re-appear) - in time, you know


    :smile: hastily

    Paulette - honoured (silent h) - by-the-bye - these (not this) - comfortable - unsuited (not like suite) - Eventually (even not like ever) - escaped - any (not an) - scarcely - beguile - discomposure

    Alexandra - undoubtedly - wiping (not whipping) - for ever afterwards (not like even) - triumphant (tri) - sighed (not signed) - a pas de deux - buries - favourite ˈfeɪv(ə)rɪt/ - rouse (not rose) -

    you recollect to have heard (not to hear)

    isn’t it obvious

    :smile: anxiously

    Shiny - patriarch - captive - eight - oranges - guinea

    "vases"

    "a Highland outlaw"

    :smile: exquisite - low-spirited lover - characters

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    Page 311 -

    ‘I wonder you allow so many,’ observed Nicholas.
    ‘There’s no help for it,’ replied Mr. Crummles; ‘it’s always expected in the country. If there are six children, six people come to hold them in their laps. A family-box carries double always. Ring in the orchestra, Grudden!
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  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm looking forward to our next reading session.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 31
    @Hermine, so am I. :)
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe, what's your name on discord? Perhaps Alexandra?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Hermine, oh no, I am a famous monster, Minotaur. :)
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭✭
    Have I ever met you at a reading session?
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,432 mod
    I will let @Xanthippe answer this one. :D
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Hermine, you have and we have even talked in German. :D:D:D
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭✭
    Is it Elinor? You must it be.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Hermine, yeah, my name is Elinor Minotaur. :D
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭✭
    Seemingly you like to play with names.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Hermine, well, not exactly, some years ago I carelessly entered into conversation about politics with a Russian guy. And then I changed my name. Curiously, he disappeared shortly afterwards. This was my fault: I shouldn't have done this.
    As you know, the number of names available in SL is limited.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 27,661 mod
    edited February 2
    @Xanthippe you are right the names in SL are very limited. I try to join in SL and I can't find any name I always get the answer this name is already used. :( Even when I tried Nickleby :D
    And thanks @Hermine to find out that you are Elinor :)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,075 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2
    Elinor Minotaur has updated her vocabulary doc. :)

    "As she spoke, she pulled up the window-blind, and having by this means (as she thought) diverted Mr. Johnson’s attention from the room to the street, caught up some articles which were airing on the fender, and had very much the appearance of stockings, and darted off." :D
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