Larisa English Club #23

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Welcome to Larisa English Club #23

What’s in The News? Keeping Waters Clean in America!

Speaking Practice. Talking about The Weather!

English Grammar. Compare “Modal Verbs of Probability” to Adverbs.

What’s in The News?

Keeping Waters Clean in America

The Harpster brothers—Abe, Aaron, and Andy—own Evergreen Farms, one of the largest dairy operations in Pennsylvania: 2,700 milking cows on 6,500 acres along with fields of grass, corn, and alfalfa to feed them. Their other claim to fame is the farm’s pristine Spruce Creek, where presidents from Eisenhower to Carter and other notables including the owner of the Chicago Cubs and Grammy Award-winning singers have come to fish for rainbow trout.

“We live here, drink the water here, and breathe the air here, and try to do the best for our people, our cows, and our land. We expect to pass this farm down through the generations of our families,” explains Andrew Harpster. “I may not be a scientist, but I’ve learned enough to know that everything is connected,” he adds. “If we don’t do it right, for example, the manure we spread on our corn fields can run off into Spruce Creek, damaging our trout habitat, and from there into the Juniata River, which flows into the Susquehanna and then 200 miles downstream into the Chesapeake Bay.”

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Speaking Practice.

Talking about The Weather!

Karen: Brrrr! I’m cold. I thought it was supposed to get warmer today.

Ed: Yeah, I thought so, too. That’s what the weatherman said.

Karen: It must be the wind that makes it so cold. I’m freezing!

Ed: Me, too. Let’s go inside.

Karen: O.K. It’s no fun standing out here, even if the sun is shining.


Language Notes

Brrrr! = A sound made to indicate that the speaker feels very cold.

Was supposed to = Was expected to.

To get warmer = To become warmer.

Yeah = Very informal form of yes.

That’s what the weather­ man said = A useful pattern.

Some other examples:

That’s what the teacher told us.

That’s what Mr. Johnson said.

That’s what my father always says.

That’s what the students say.

It must be the wind = This is the must of probability or supposition.

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