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Happy Thanksgiving and Phrasal Verbs
October 13, 2010


As Grace Murray Hopper said, “If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”

I like that quote. I especially like it this month because I must apologize for not sending this newsletter sooner. Much of my attention and time has been taken up (consumed or used) by studying.

Yes...I am currently studying to get my drivers license in Spain. I have driven for over 10 years but my Canadian license is not valid here.

So...I am "biting the bullet" (accepting the reality of the situation and doing something I don't really want to do) and I am studying to write my theory test. (I'll let you know how the exam goes!)

October 2010 Newsletter: What to expect?

* Thanksgiving
* Phrasal Verbs from an "It's Jerry Time" video (about a turkey).
* The Turkey Song


This month is all about being thankful. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October (which was on the 11th).

There is a lot of history behind the holiday but here is what I think about Thanksgiving.

1) For me, Thanksgiving is about family, friends and appreciating the time you have with them. It isn't every day that we take time to really think about how lucky we are. We should do it more!

How lucky are you?
Do you have loving family members and friends that support you?
Do you have a comfortable life?

The grass is always greener on the other side.

The idiom above talks about the idea that things we do not have seem better or more interesting than what we do have.

Many people believe that true happiness is finding satisfaction with what you have, which I believe is easier said than done.

2) I also think about the wonderful meal that we eat with family and close friends. In my house it consists of a roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly, roasted vegetables and gravy. Mmmm I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

Phrasal Verbs from an "It's Jerry Time" video (about a turkey)

The following is a list of phrasal verbs that come up (appear) in the following "It's Jerry Time" video. This particular video is an older version of video 15 (which is included in my new English course).

New English Course : Once my course is available you will be able to learn phrasal verbs quickly and easily. Each unit of the course identifies the phrasal verbs used in each video, provides an explanation/definition, shows you how to use the phrasal verbs in multiple contexts and also provides several exercises to consolidate your knowledge.

Phrasal Verbs Found in the Video

show up wolf down went down hang out
strut around come after step up slink away
jump out peck out hold up go out

Rather than just tell you what each phrasal verb means, I'd like you to look them up yourself and post your answers in the new "phrasal verb" group in LEC (The Learn English Corner) .

There you can compare your answers with other members and see if you know how to use the phrasal verbs in context.

The Gobbler

Watch "The Gobbler (Rough Cut)" video in YouTube here.

The Turkey Song

The last activity for the day is to watch a fun video, also by Jerry and Orrin and it is called the "Turkey Song". It has subtitles so you can sing and read along. - Enjoy!

Watch the "Turkey Song" video in YouTube here.

So that is it for now!

I hope you have enjoyed this month's newsletter and if you have any comments or would like to say something about this newsletter please send me a message via this form.

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