Advanced Conversation – Update – November 7th

A few things –

adv comm news articles nov 2013

I’ve compiled a lot of recent articles for a couple of reasons.

First, they can be used as source material for the 2 remaining Group Discussions we have left. Also, they can be used as source mterial for the forthcoming ‘meetings’ that we have coming up soon. More about that in class tomorrow.

There are no limitations on the subjects we can talk about at these meetings (or the class discussions), bu this is just some food for thought for you.

Topics include; other galaxies, Govt. Spending, Competition to Kakao, Technology, Kpop/Youtube awards, Korean’s (national) English ability level, democracy in Korea, Korean FTA/imports, Korean architecture, heritage, foreign (or expat) neighbourhoods and why they are becoming popular with young Koreans?, Korean restaurant reviews, Increase of Korean women smoking, Hapinness fund, Chaebol workforce, Career women, Expensive accessories, Internet gaming in South Korea. There is a lot to choose from.

Finally, I thought I’d include a website for you to have a look through. It’s from Macmillan Dictionaries and their (FREE) social media pages.

By following the link you can see all sorts of different linguistic ‘treats ^^. Phrasal verbs, ‘Buzz Words’ and so on. Something that’ll definitely help improve your vocabulary.

One last thing. A song. But not just any old song. This song was written in 1854 (don’t let that put you off) by ‘The father of American music’ Stephen Collins Foster and is called ‘Hard Times Come No More’.

This version is sung by Mavis Staples and I doubt you’ll ever hear a voice like hers. Enjoy.

Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh hard times come again no more.
Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh hard times come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh hard times come again no more.

There’s a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
With a worn heart whose better days are o’er:
Though her voice would be merry, ’tis sighing all the day,
Oh hard times come again no more.

Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh hard times come again no more.

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