English Tea Time, Second Edition


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November, 2014

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Dear Reader, As you will shortly see on the next pages, November is the month of Thanksgiving. Although it's not an international holiday, let me give thanks: to all my editor colleagues for their colourful writings, to Lilla for the lovely cover photo, and of course to you, that is all the readers - because you make it possible to publish the second issue of our magazine! Wishing you Happy and maybe thankful English Practice: Niki Kranz, Your Guide to Tea Time Impresszum Felelős szerkesztő: Kranz Niki Minden jog fenntartva! A cikkek a szerzők szellemi tulajdonát képezik! Másolásuk részben vagy egészben kizárólag a szerzők hozzájárulásával lehetséges. 2014. november 4. 2


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Melinda is telling you the story of Thanksgiving Lilla is sharing a tasty Thanksgiving recipe with you: Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving Szilvi is giving helpful hints for Stressless travel with English page 4 page 6 page 8 Noémi is showing you how to create home-made cheese: Anyone can make cheese at home Niki is talking about her free time activities: Lovely Hooks page 11 page 9 The pictures are taken by the writers themselves or collected from Morguefile.com. To find out more about the writers, please turn to page 12. 3


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Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the USA. They celebrate it on the fourth Thursday of November, in Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday of October. The Americans give thanks for the blessing of the harvest. History In 1620, a small ship called Mayflower left Plymouth (England) carrying passengers (Puritans) to find a new home where they could practice their faith freely. They dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Code. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay. This area was inhabited by many native American tribes. The Wampanoag people (Indians) knew the land well and had fished, hunted and harvested for thousands of generations. After the first brutal winter most of the colonists – they are commonly known as Pilgrims – died. Next year in 1621, in March Squanto, a Wampanouag Indian visited the settlers. He helped them grown corn, fish and hunt. In November 1621, after the Pilgrim’s first successful corn harvest their leader, William Bradford organized a feast for the Indians. It was the first Thanksgiving. They ate deer, corn, shellfish and roasted meat. They played ball games, sang and danced. 4


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Thanksgiving in the 21st century Families and friends get together for a special meal which often includes turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and vegetables. The most common meal is turkey, so they also call this day Turkey Day or T-Day. Parades are held in some cities – it is the opening of the Christmas season. People get together, eat a lot, sing and dance and this day they can watch football matches. Specially there are three NFL matches, so it is a big family event to go and see it. Lilla is sharing a good pumpkin recipe with you, try it and taste it! If you wanted more information about Thanksgiving, go and see this page, you can find interesting facts, myths and videos there: www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving Photos: www.morguefile.com Fürész-Mayernik Melinda https://www.facebook.com/angolkalauz https://www.google.com/+AngolkalauzHuoldal https://twitter.com/fmmelinda http://www.angolkalauz.hu/blog/ 5


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There are 11 bank holidays in the USA, one of them is Thanksgiving. This is not such a big day in Britain, and apart from schools you don’t hear much of it in Hungary. Melinda has told you a lot about the day and its importance. Just in case you also want to celebrate it this year, let me give you some help with the special food you are supposed to eat. Who does not like eating? Hands up! You can turn the page now. Who does not like baking? Hands up! You can turn the page now, too. For a Thanksgiving meal a TURKEY is a must. OK, a chicken will do, but call it a turkey ;) There is a lovely recipe to prepare your turkey on Food Network, it is called The World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey. You will also need mashed potato – this is easy-peasy – whew. For pudding, my vote goes for a pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffin. You can try my very own secret recipe for both – the batter is the same, but they look different. For adults I would go for the pie baked in a bundt pan, for kids I would definetly make the muffins. 6


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Pumpkin pie/muffins Ingredients: 300 g peeled and grated pumpkin 100 g popped amaranth 50 g plain flour (GF flour is good, too for those with coeliacs) 1 packet baking powder 150 g ground walnut a pinch of cinnamon 3 eggs Mix all these together and pour them into the tin or the muffin pan. Heat the oven for 180 0C. Bake the muffins for 10 minutes at 170 0C in fan mode. The bigger cake needs 15 minutes at 170 0C and then another 25 minutes at 150 0C. Serve immediately with vanila ice-cream or cold just as it is. Did you like it? Recipe for the turkey: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/worldssimplest-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe2.html Királyné Ficsor Lilla http://lillaskids.blogspot.hu https://www.facebook.com/kiralyne.lilla 7


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English is the number one official language in 53 countries worldwide. There are several reasons why you should learn English as your second language. The most important one is that going ahead in your career can be less difficult if you speak English. On the other hand you can travel with less stress if you speak English, too. Let’s see the top reasons how knowing English can make your travel easier. 1. At airports, on trains and roads you can find English signs almost everywhere. 2. At many places you will have no problems to order food or get a hotel room if you speak English. Hotel and restaurant staff and information centre workers are likely to speak at least a little English, as well. It is more likely that they speak your mother tongue. :-) 3. Learn English and you will be able to communicate with millions of people worldwide! You meet other travellers during your journey and English can be the bridge to communicate with each other. 4. As English is the first language in more than 50 countries you have many choices to practice English and enjoy travel at the same time, same place. 5. You can find the most relevant and up-to-date information about the cities and countries you would like to visit in English, as well. So if you speak English you can get very useful tips relating to your travel destination. 6. Usually there are guided tours in English, even free of charge, at the most historical places. But do not forget you should be prepared! If visiting a country where English is not widely used, plan to learn at least some keywords and phrases. The most useful ones are the following: Thank you Sorry Yes No Excuse me Where are the bathrooms? How much does this cost? Mitter Szilvia utazzunkcsajok.blogspot.hu https://www.facebook.com/utazzunkcsajok 8


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Have you ever bought uneatable cheese in a supermarket? Have you ever wanted to make your food from natural material? If you answer yes, I will help you to make your own cheese. I am giving you a basic recipe but it is freely variable. What kind of things will you use?           You need 10 litres milk (without pasteurization) rennet (usually you can buy it in large pharmacies) a thermometer a large pot a sharp knife a sieve a filter for the filtering the whey a ladle two plastic boxes with small holes on their roof and walls (these are the cheese-forms) and a salver under the forms. Step 1. Heat the milk up to about 33-34 °C. Stir the rennet into the milk and mix them. Then stop the milk, it can not turn! Put a lid on it. The rennet works for about 50-60 minutes. When the milk becomes hard, you have to slice it into 2 cm cubes. You can use a sharp knife. Step 2. Then you have to let the whey set out. After a quater of an hour you have to do away the whey from the cheese and carefully shuffle the cubes in it. You must not break them! 9


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When the whey sets out from the cheese, you have to shuffle and do it away over and over again, until the cheese gets dry enough. Step 3. Then put the cheese into the forms. They have to be pressed with a weight so the whey can leave through the holes and the cheese becomes smaller. You do not need to squeeze them. You have to turn the cheese in the forms. Let them rest for about an hour and you turn them again, after three hours again and after five hours again. Then you have to put salt onto the top of the cheese. After an hour you can remove them from the forms and turn them. Then you can put salt onto the other top and the sides of the cheese. They sit still for about three hours. When you finish, you have to wash the cheese with cold water and put it into the fridge. If I were you I would let them age for 2 days. If you like spices, you should add garlic or dry (!) spices into the cheese before you put it into the form. Carefully, without breaking! You can watch the steps on photos. And enjoy your meal! Baranyi Noémi www.gyuroikecske.blogspot.hu https://www.facebook.com/BaranyiNoemiSajtEsSzappan 10


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My mum used to work as a nurse. When she was sorking in a night shift with relatively few duties, she took some wool and needles and knitted. She created wonderful pullovers and warm coats that I still wear and even elegant dresses which I kept for my daughter, who can’t wait to be big enough to try them on. Knitting was the favourite pastime of my mother but she also sewed fantastic embroideries of Kalocsa pattern. Spending time with my mother has always been precious for me, so I decided to learn these crafts from her. During these „lessons” we could talk a lot and share thoughts and emotions with each other. I must confess I couldn’t sew very nicely and didn’t have enough patience for knitting. It drove me mad when the wool slipped off the needles. However, when I tried crochet, I realised that it was my cup of tea. The small hook at the end of the needle keeps wool from falling off and with smaller needles and thinner yarn wonderful lace tablecloths can be created. Crochet takes a lot of wool or yarn and a lot of time. But since we don’t have a TV in our new flat, I have created caps, tablecloths, cushion cases and many more nice objects for decoration and for daily use. When I read an English book for example, I use a self-crocheted bookmark. This way, reading is much more enjoyable! My son has also decided to open an online shop to sell some of these items. I hope he will succeed and we will earn money to buy the material for the next products. I feel in seventh heaven when I see a beautiful object coming out from my hands. It’s even better when my children go to school proudly in their new handmade caps and scarfs. You see: this is how crochet grows confidence, which is quite important for language learning. Of course it is true for any other type of crafting too. During crochet I must decide on what colours to combine, how to connect the two ends of wool or find solution to a problem. This improves creativity. This will turn to the same creativity that you use when you speak a language and combine words, connect idea sor find another expression to a phrase that you can’t remember. Internet is full of DIY sites. Many of these are written in English. It seems to be challenging to understand the English crochet tutorials but pictures and legends help a lot. Let me confirm what Lilla stated int he October issue: I believe I am lucky because I can find much more inspiration and assistance thanks to my English knowledge. Above all, I am the happiest to see gentlemen who also try and practice such needlework. This is the ultimate proof of crossing your limits – and this is what language learning is also about. Kranz Niki www.yourguide.hu https://www.facebook.com/YourGuideKft http://www.nonstoptanar.yourguide.hu/miez.php http://yourcomguide.blogspot.co.at/ 11


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Fürész-Mayernik Melinda I am a primary teacher of Maths and English in Hungary. I’m interested in early language learning and raising bilingual kids. Before my daughter, Míra was born I had been teaching Maths and English in a primary school and privately, too. I guided English playgroups in my town to babies and mothers, toddlers and nursery and school children with lots of movements and fun. Now, my greatest „teaching” project is on raising my toddler bilingual (Hungarian and English). I would like to show parents how they can make English language learning fun for their children and how they can help them at school. I support the parents from home. You can find me on: https://www.facebook.com/angolkalauz https://www.google.com/+AngolkalauzHuoldal https://twitter.com/fmmelinda Follow my blog: http://www.angolkalauz.hu/blog/ Királyné Ficsor Lilla I am a mom of three. Karina is 9, Barni is 5, Kristóf is 2,5. I am a teacher and a writer. With my book I help parents to teach their kids through stories and crafts, and I prepare kindergartners for learning their timetables. You can find me at http://lillaskids.blogspot.hu and at https://www.facebook.com/kiralyne.lilla 12


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Mitter Szilvia I am your travel consultant! I was working as a travel agent for more than 10 years. I have experience in many fields of tourism from inbound to outbound, both in business and leisure travel. After the birth of my son I decided to be an independent home based agent. I specialize in women travelling solo or with children. And now I have been an official tourist guide since July, as well. An old dream came true! :-) It is a great feeling to help others to fulfill their dream holiday! Tell me your priorities for your next trip and I will put together a tailor made itinerary just for you. My motto is: Sometimes the cheapest costs the most. You can read travel related tips and stories on my blog: http://utazzunkcsajok.blogspot.hu I share useful info at my FB page, too: https://www.facebook.com/utazzunkcsajok Should you need help to organize your next travel, please, feel free to contact me at szilvia.mitter@gmail.com Baranyi Noémi I’m a farmer, I live in a small village near Budapest with my family. I’ve got five children, three sons and two daughters. I work at home with my Husband, Geza. We’ ve got animals – goats, a horse, goats, rabbits, goats, turkeys, goats, geese, goats, and a pig. And goats. So, we love our goats . I make cheese and soaps and hand cream from goat milk and cow milk. I’ll write about our animals, farm and market. You can read more here: www.gyuroikecske.blogspot.hu or on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BaranyiNoemiSajtEsSzappan Kranz Niki I am Your Guide to successful English communication and enjoyable nonstop language practice. You are most welcome to my online lessons which are accompanied by daily available online and offline practice, a useful weekly newsletterand now this monthly magazine. Read student success stories: www.yourguide.hu Get fun practice daily: https://www.facebook.com/YourGuideKft This is my project for nonstop teaching: http://www.nonstoptanar.yourguide.hu/miez.php This is my project for communication imrpovement: http://yourcomguide.blogspot.co.at/ 13


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