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Molly Malone

Posted by maribel on 13/04/2010

This is the statue of Molly Malone at the bottom of Grafton Street in Dublin.

In Dublin’s Fair City
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheel’d her wheel barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

Alive, alive o!, alive, alive o!
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

She was a fishmonger
But sure ’twas no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they each wheel’d their barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

She died of a fever
And no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
But her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!


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Posted by maribel on 13/04/2010

Superstitions can be defined as, “irrational beliefs, especially with regard to the unknown”

(Collins English Dictionary)

by rachdian

Good Luck

It is lucky to meet a black cat. Black Cats are featured on many good luck greetings cards and birthday cards in England.
It is lucky to touch wood. We touch; knock on wood, to make something come true.
It is lucky to find a clover plant with four leaves.
White heather is lucky.
A horseshoe over the door brings good luck. But the horseshoe needs to be the right way up. The luck runs out of the horseshoe if it is upside down. Horseshoes are generally a sign of good luck and feature on many good luck cards.
On the first day of the month it is lucky to say “white rabbits, white rabbits white rabbits,” before uttering your first word of the day.
Catch falling leaves in Autumn and you will have good luck. Every leaf means a lucky month next year.
Cut your hair when the moon is waxing and you will have good luck.
Putting money in the pocket of new clothes brings good luck.

by-nc-nd Tom @ P.I.G.

Bad Luck

It is unlucky to walk underneath a ladder.
Seven years bad luck to break a mirror. The superstition is supposed to have originated in ancient times, when mirrors were considered to be tools of the gods.
It is unlucky to see one magpie, lucky to see two, etc..
It is unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must throw it over your shoulder to counteract the bad luck.
It is unlucky to open an umbrella in doors.
The number thirteen is unlucky. Friday the thirteenth is a very unlucky day. Friday is considered to be an unlucky day because Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
It is unlucky to put new shoes on the table.
It is unlucky to pass someone on the stairs.

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Posted by maribel on 12/04/2010

This is the adjectives quiz from last week.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong

Pretty woman, walking down the street
Pretty woman, the kind I like to meet
Pretty woman
I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth
No one could look as good as you

Pretty woman, won’t you pardon me
Pretty woman, I couldn’t help see
Pretty woman
That you look lovely as can be
Are you lonely just like me

Pretty woman, stop a while
Pretty woman, talk a while
Pretty woman, gave your smile to me
Pretty woman, yeah yeah yeah
Pretty woman, look my way
Pretty woman, say you’ll stay with me
‘Cause I need you, I’ll trear you right
Come with me baby, be mine tonight

Pretty woman, don’t walk on by
Pretty woman, make me cry
Pretty woman, don’t walk away, hey…okay
If that’s the way it must be, okay
I guess I’ll go on home, it’s late
There’ll be tomorrow nigh, but wait
What do I see
Is she walking back to me
Yeah, she’s walking back to me
Oh, oh, Pretty woman

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Posted by maribel on 06/04/2010

I know I stand in line
Until you think you have the time
To spend an evening with me
And if we go someplace to dance
I know that there’s a chance
You won’t be leaving with me

Then afterwards we drop into a quiet little place
And have a drink or two
And then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you

I can see it in your eyes
That you despise the same old lines
You heard the night before
And though it’s just a line to you
For me it’s true
And never seemed so right before

I practice every day to find some clever
lines to say
To make the meaning come through
But then I think I’ll wait until the evening
gets late
And I’m alone with you

The time is right
Your perfume fills my head
The stars get red
And oh the night’s so blue
And then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you
I love you…

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Posted by maribel on 03/04/2010

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th.

Patrick was born in Britain in the year 387. When he was 16, he was captured by pagan Irish pirates and became a slave in Ireland. He was a shepherd. During this time, he prayed a lot.  After 6 years he escaped and returned to his family and home. Then he became a priest and went back to Ireland as a missionary.

There are many legends about the miracles and magical fights between him and the Druids. St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. He stood on a hill and used a wooden staff to drive the snakes into the sea and banished them forever from Ireland. It is true that Ireland has no snakes.

St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word “shamrock” comes from the Gaelic word “seamrog” (In irish, it means “summer plant”). Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland. Many Irish people wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day. It is not the Irish national emblem. The harp is! This explains the color green and shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day. Today, if you do not wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you will get pinched !!
St. Patrick died on the 17 March, 461 A.D at the age of 76. This is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the seventeenth of March. There are parades in many cities in the world, because of Irish immigration. The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in New York City.

St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin:

This is handout 13. I already sent it to you by email but now it has all the phonetic symbols.

This is the opening scene of The Quiet Man. We talked about it in class. John Wayne is a retired boxer from America who goes back to Innesfree, the small willage in Ireland  where he was born.

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