Dexway English Magazine: A1 – Edition 2

COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW

RED

The colour red is a warm and positive colour. It is the colour of action and the colour of warnings. When we see red, we are motivated to do something, for example to stop. If your favourite colour is red you are a leader, you give other people advice and confidence.

Red is also the colour of love and, on the 14th (fourteenth) of February, we could buy red roses for the people we love. Red can make us hungry, feeling like eating strawberries or strawberry cheesecake.

Too much red and too little can make us unhappy. Red is an important colour. In China red means good luck and, in India, red is the most popular colour for a wedding dress.

“Red is a strong colour.
Red is a Strawberry,
a very juicy red fruit.
Red is an apple,
another delicious fruit
Red is a fruit;
those small little cherries.
The light that means
to stop when you get to it”.

Poem by Favie Erase

LOCH NESS SCOTLAND

WATCH OUT FOR NESSIE!

Loch Ness is a freshwater lake found in the Scottish Highlands. It is about 37 (thirty seven) Km long. This lake is famous for its monster called “The Loch Ness Monster” or “Nessie”. People have said they have seen it since the year 565 (five hundred and sixty five).

It is described as a large dinosaur or dragon living in the lake. There is no evidence it is real, so people call this a myth. However, there is a famous photo that is said to be the monster that was taken in 1934 (nineteen thirty four).

It has been written about it in many books and comics and seen in many movies and TV shows. It makes a great story. Whether it is true or not, the belief that it is real has made it one of Scotland’s top tourist areas!

Are there any monsters or myths in your country?

ANGORA RABBIT

WOOLY RABBITS

The Angora rabbit is a domestic rabbit made popular for its long, soft wool. The Angora comes from Ankara (historically known as Angora) in Turkey. These rabbits were popular pets with French royalty in the mid-18th (eighteenth) century and became more popular in other parts of Europe by the end of the century. They were first seen in the United States in the early 20th (twentieth) century.

Their wool is their most interesting quality, because it is softer than cashmere. Since they have so much fur, it is very important to regularly groom them and cut their fur 3 or 4 (three or four) times a year. There are 5 (five) different types of Angora rabbits: English, French, German, Satin and Giant. They usually weigh between 2kg to 6kg (2 kilograms to 6 kilograms) and can live from 7 to 12 years (seven to twelve) if they have been properly taken care of.

The English Angora is the smallest, and the wool is of a certain type that it is easier to maintain than the other Angora rabbits. The French Angora is large with most of its fur under the rabbit. The German Angora is common in the United States and Canada, and the majority are albino. The Giant Angora is the largest rabbit and has a unique type of wool.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

BARD OF AVON

William Shakespeare was born in April 26th (twenty sixth), in 1564 (fifteen sixty four). He is called the greatest writer in English language. He wrote 38 (thirty eight) plays and 154 (one hundred and fifty four) sonnets (poems). He was also an actor and performed for Queen Elizabeth I. His plays have been translated into every major language in the world. His most famous plays, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Othello and Julius Caesar, are about tragedy, loss and human nature.

Many of his plays have been copied in modern movies and TV shows. His writing style in his plays helped the way we speak English today!

Shakepeare has no descendants (blood relatives). He is the second most quoted writer in the English language after the Bible.

His play Hamlet takes 4 (four) hours to perform. Even 230 (two hundred and thirty) years after his death, in 1616 (sixteen, sixteen), many common expressions we use today came from his plays.

Why do you think his plays are still so popular?

THE WHITE HOUSE

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

This is the workplace and official house of every President of the United States since 1800 (eighteen hundred). The house was designed by an Irish architect called James Hoban. It took 8 (eight) years to build and President John Adams was the first one who lived there. In 1814 (eighteen fourteen), during the “War of 1812″(eighteen twelve), the house was set on fire by the British. A myth about the house is it was painted white to cover the burn marks. It was officially called The White House in 1901 (nineteen 0 one). Before, this was called the “President´s Palace”.

In 1909 (nineteen O nine), the first Oval Office, the office of the President, was built. You can visit the grounds and go on tours of the White House. It has 132 (one hundred and thirty two) rooms, 35 (thirty five) bathrooms and 6 (six) storeys! Visitors cannot bring cameras or camera phones on the tour! There are about 6,000 (six thousand) visitors a day!

Where does your president or prime minister work?

Colours of the rainbow

YELLOW

We see colour everywhere and colours can make us happy, sad or angry. This month I would like to talk about the colour Yellow.

Yellow is a happy colour; yellow is a good colour to see when you are studying. We should paint our room yellow to have better dreams. Yellow can give us confidence. Yellow is the colour of fast cars and it can make us angry.

The colour yellow is very bright and that is why work clothes and traffic signals are yellow. Yellow is the colour of the sun and the sand, and the colour of chips and omelettes.

Yellow is lemons
so sour but so sweet.
Yellow is a light
that brightens up a fight.
Yellow is a construction vest
so good but so tight.
Yellow is daises
on a bright summer day.
Yellow is McDonald’s
that really makes your day.
Yellow is mustard
that comes with hot dogs”.

Poem by Peypa

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