“Who’s on First?”
June 13th, 2013
This is a famous line from a comedy routine by Abbott and Costello. They are discussing the players in a baseball game; the problem is that the First Baseman’s last name is WHO. If you have the time, try to find the script online and read it out loud. Or, even better, see the YouTube video.
The names given in the routine for the players at each position are:
Here is just part of their comical discussion:
Costello: And you don’t know the fellows’ names?
Abbott: Well I should.
Costello: Well then who’s on first?
Costello: I mean the fellow’s name.
Costello: The guy on first.
Costello: The first baseman.
Costello: The guy playing…
Abbott: Who is on first!
Costello: I’m asking YOU who’s on first.
Abbott: That’s the man’s name.
Costello: That’s who’s name?
Costello: Well go ahead and tell me.
Abbott: That’s it.
Can you think of anyone you know that has a funny name? I grew up with a girl called Nina (pronounced like the number nine – ah). Her last name was Klock. Sometimes names don’t translate well into a new language and it may be a good idea to change to a nickname while you are in your new country studying English.
Grammar & pronunciation note: Who’s = who is This is pronounced the same as whose.
We use whose when we need to know who something belongs to. E.g. Whose hat is this?
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Should I stay or should I go?
May 18th, 2013
Juliette is currently studying at St Giles San Francisco. She was given a classroom assignment to practise using modal auxiliary verbs, and here Juliette has written some good advice in response to the Clash song ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’
I have received your letter about your relationship problem. I can try to help you and to give you some advice.
I think you should go, Joe; it will be difficult but it may be better for you. You said that you could have troubles if you leave her, but if you decide to stay that will be worse! You have to make a decision by yourself, you can’t ask her what to do! She can manipulate you again and again!! You should know that she loves to tease you! Now, you must choose!! You can’t put it off; that’s enough! You are able to do it, you are a big boy! If I were you, I would be sure to go! I’m not you, so you ought to make a decision, and I will be there even if you stay with her!
You should think about the positive and the negative points and after you are able to talk with her and to answer your question: “Should I stay or should I go?”
See you soon!
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Brighton Hotel Special Offer
May 13th, 2013
We have great news for those wishing to study English in Brighton this summer. For a limited time only, we have the following Special Offer available for our students taking a course at St Giles Brighton within the next 6 months. We think it would be a great choice for our Platinum clients in particular!
Book 5 or more nights at the De Vere Grand hotel before the end of October and pay just £102 per night, with a complimentary upgrade to a sea-view room!
The De Vere Grand is a luxury 4* hotel in an iconic Victorian building on Brighton’s seafront. Spoil yourself in one of the classic sea-view bedrooms, which combine original Victorian character with modern furnishings, designer fabrics, and comfort! The fresh sea air and stunning views will help you unwind after a day of studying at our exclusive Platinum centre.
St Giles Platinum Courses are designed for professionals, executives and mature learners looking to enhance their language ability and skills in a short amount of time. At St Giles Brighton, we offer small group lessons (max. 5 participants) or one-to-one lessons with a focus on business. You can find out more about our Platinum courses on the St Giles International website.
If you want to learn more about our English school in Brighton, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com, and we will be happy to help you! We look forward to welcoming you at St Giles!