October 17th, 2016 | Singular and plural.

Zombie food. Instant noodles.

Elementary grade 2 students writing down their lesson in communication books.


Monday. Hazey. 26°.

8:30 a.m. Decided there was no rush to put Alexander into daycare this morning. So I let him.play in his room for a while. Normally we take him before Chia goes to work a 7:50 a.m. But that makes me feel uncomfortable sometimes. Sometines I just want to break from a routine and do something different. In this case spend a bit of extra time with my little boy. He won’t be little forever.

10:30 a.m. Set off to work. The ride was comfortable but the air quality today not so good. I couldn’t smell or taste anything odd but I could see the haze in the distance. Something was filling the air with impurities.

Good news is it won’t be hanging around for long. We’ve got a new typhoon coming. Due Thursday. Typhoon Haima is about 2,000 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 17 kilometers per hour. It looks as if it will pass under Taiwan at its current trajectory and that will bring rain obviously but also welcomed fresh pacfic ocean air.

2:00 p.m. ~ 3:30 p.m. Elementary grade 2. Learning about singular and plural nouns by adding ‘s’ or ‘es’. Example: I have a crayon / I have have three crayons. One box / Two boxes. Seems simple enough for a native speaker right.? But teaching and learning English as a second language you need to teach the rules as to why we add ‘s’ or ‘es’ to make a plural noun.

The general rule for making a word plural is to simply add ‘s’:

  • 1 dog, 2 dogs, 3 dogs
  • 1 town, 2 towns, 3 towns
  • 1 book, 2 books, 3 books.

When to add ‘es’

1. When the singular form ends in -s or -ss:

  • 1 bus, 2 buses
  • 1 kiss, 2 kisses
  • 1 class, 2 classes
  • 1 business, 2 businesses.

2. When the singular form ends in -x:

  • 1 fox, 2 foxes
  • 1 box, 2 boxes
  • a reflex, all reflexes.

3. When the singular form ends in -ch:

  • 1 church, 2 churches
  • 1 witch, 2 witches.

4. When the singular form ends in -sh:

  • 1 dish, 2 dishes
  • 1 bush, 2 bushes.

Well, if you weren’t aware of these basic grammar rules, don’t worry. Many people don’t know the rules of their native tongue. It’s something we simply take for granted. But to someone learning it as a second language it’s a whole new ballgame.

4:00 p.m. For a late lunch I decided to have some zombie food. Instant noodles. Well, not so instant. After pouring in the boiling water you still need to wait 5 minutes for them to soak and cook properly. The pack I bought today not only comes with the usual satchels of powered spices and dehydrated vegetable grinds, it also has a large thick.packet of precooked meat stew. So, really its quite a meal on the cheap side. Price $34NT.

430 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. Elementary grade 4. Learning about different locations and where things are placed. Example: The rollerskates are in the bedroom under the bed.

6:00p.m.~ 7:00 p.m. Private class with Murphy.

7:15p.m. Time to go home.

I was expecting rain towards the middle of this week because of the new typhoon approaching. But halfway home tonight it started raining. Luckily I was already wearing my rain jacket, because of its reflective visibility stripes. I want other motorists to see me at night. So, I didn’t have to stop when that rain unexpectedly came, just kept on crusing.

9:00 p.m. Alexander was asleep when I got home. So it was straight to the shower and then bed for me.


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