Hello Class!!

Welcome to Intermediate ESL!

Class will start on Monday, May 30th at 9:00 am in Room A2120 at Yukon College Campus.

Let the summer study begin!!

NEW POST!!!! ( JUNE 1, 2011)

In class, we are reading a book called ” Rain Man.” This book is a story about two brothers and their relationship with their father and with each other.  After the father dies, both brothers are given items from his will. However, one brother receives a car while the other brother receives a lot of money.  How do you feel about this situation? Do you think it was fair for the father to give his sons different things? Do both sons deserve the money?  Generally speaking, can money ruin or destroy relationships?

NEW POST (June 8, 2011)

Watch the video below:

The video is about a very talented young artist. Her paintings have sold for over  $20,000.00! Do you believe that this is ‘real’ artwork? Describe her paintings. Do you think these paintings are valuable?  Who defines or classifies things as ‘art’? In your opinion, what makes for good artwork?

NEW POST (June 10) *****

It is the summer in the Yukon! Although the weather today is not great, there are still many things to do in Whitehorse! This weekend, Whitehorse will host a Bluegrass Music Festival at the Yukon Arts Centre. This music festival is very popular!

Go to the following website.  http://www.yukonbluegrass.com/ybms/Performers.html

Look at the performers for this festival.  Youtube some of the music. Do you like it? Why? Why not?

There are many festivals in the Yukon this summer.  Try and find some festivals or events going on in the Yukon this summer. Post the link on your blog response.

Check out the following site: http://www.weirdomatic.com/weird-annual-festivals.html

There are some strange and funny festivals all over the world. Which festival would you go to? Why? Do you have a special festival in your home country/city/town?  What is it?


NEW POST (June 15) *****

We have begun reading a new book called “Love Actually.”  This book is about love and the different type of relationships that involve this emotion. What do you think about the book so far? Do you like the characters? Who is your favourite? Why? Are there any popular love stories in your culture/language? Do they have a happy or a sad ending?

NEW POST ( June 17) ******

There is a fun sports event happnening this weekend. Check this website : http://www.kcibr.org/

What is this event? What are people doing? Where are they going?  Would you ever want to do a race like this? Have you ever been in a race before?

Canadians love sports, especially hockey. Do you have any popular sports in your home country? Why are they popular? Do you like them?


NEW POST (June 22) ******


On Monday, we learned of the “Sour Toe” Cocktail in Dawson City, Yukon. Watch the video below ( if you need to remember information about it!)

 What do you think about it? Would you try this drink? Why did they create this drink? Who created it?

Find other ‘crazy’ food items/drinks that people eat or drink around the world. Post a link for your classmates. Is there something that is ‘disgusting’ to eat/drink in your home country?


72 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Erica
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 20:19:09

    Please leave your responses here!


  2. shinhye2
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 20:49:39



  3. shinhye2
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:01:15

    I think Charlie have a right to receive father’s money because he is son even if he ran away from father’s house. If Charlie doesn’t get a money, he will be angry and steal Raymon’s money and their relationship will destroy.


    • Erica
      Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:10:35

      That is interesting, Shinhye. I think Charlie does not deserve the money because he was mean to his father and ignored him. He was a horrible son!


  4. jhannarae
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:24:45

    I agree that Charlie’s father gave all his money to Raymond because if Charlie gets the money he doesn’t care about his brother. Charlie is a very cold-hearted person. He is interested in his brother although he wants to get his father’s money so I hope they become real brothers finally.


  5. vijayag306
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:32:13

    Money is there problem is there. Charlie not get the father”s money so very upset. This type of thinking is note good. He is a strong and healthy man, so more work more get the money.


  6. Corine
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:33:02

    I think that Charlie does not deserve the money because he has ignored his father for almost the last 10 years. But I don’t know yet if Raymond deserved it either because I actually don’t know what was the relation between his father and him. But it could be worst that Charlie’s one!!

    Often money ruins relationships in families after a parent dies. Especially when there is a lot of money to bequeath.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:42:19

      Great response! I agree that money can make people do stupid things. Maybe Raymond doesn’t deserve the money either! We will have to wait and see. Why do you think people become so greedy after a loved one’s death?


  7. Sachi Miyashi
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 21:49:49

    I think It is not fare because they are both brother but sometimes people see their back grounds. In this book, Charlie refused to be his son before his father dead. After his father dead, suddenly Charly wants to be back because of the money.
    It’s sounds like greedy.
    People who has good relationship to other person can be in a big trouble sometimes. Allmost reasons are about money. If someone borrow some money from someone’s best friend, The person had better to return it immidiately. If not, Their relationship would be broken.
    Because people always think about how do I feel good in their life. Good life need some money. Not much but it is nessesary.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 06, 2011 @ 15:16:06

      This is a very nice response, Sachi. I think money does make things harder with people, especially those in a relationship. Charlie does sound greedy. Maybe he will change his ways.


  8. shinhye2
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 20:37:33

    I think she is a good artist because I couldn’t draw like her when I was 4 years old. I think she constructs her art in her head, and then she starts to draw a picture. Her arts are moving my mind, but I don’t think that I want to buy her arts for over $20,000.00! It depends on your art sense whether you buy her arts or not. I think good artwork will make you happy and move your mind.


    • ericaleab
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 19:11:51

      I agree, Shinhye. She is very talented, but I don’t know if she is so special. I think if you gave EVERY child the tools to paint, they might do the same artwork! Also, I don’t think her art is worth 20,000.00!!! I don’t think any art is worth that much!


  9. Sachi
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 21:04:01

    I do not think her paints are so valuable because I am not attracted by this kind of latest arts. I did not understand even Picasso’s arts before I realized that He can also draw ordinary pictures. I think It depends on person but at least, She has a rare skill in painting. She has been getting plenty of effect from her parents. I think if many kids was in her circumstance, They would be like her.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 19:20:34

      This is a good post, Sachi. I think you really thought about your answer. I agree with you. I think that she was taught some skills by her parents. Her parents may even help her! ( who knows!) This type of art is strange as well. It seems that anyone can make this type of art. There is no real skill with lines or pictures.


  10. jhannarae
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 21:08:54

    I think that she is very talented to draw pictures. She knows how to use drawing tools, but when I was young I didn’t know even how to draw person. However, she was very young. I think when kids sometimes draw a picture, maybe they will imitate their parent’s picture or just draw without meaning. I believe an art should have an artist’s mind seriously. Therefore, I think the young girl’s pictures are not nearly as valuable as $20,000.00.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 19:21:58

      What do you think is serious art? Do you have any examples? I don’t think her art is serious either. I think sometimes she is just spilling paint instead of painting!


  11. vijayag306
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 21:10:23

    I realy beleave these paintinges. These are relastic and valuble things.Scribling, stamping and r elastic. These are interesting and fentastic. texture , colouring, and .spontenesHer faverti colours are blue, green ,yelow ,pink and red .these very funstatic colours.She is talented girl.


  12. corineturpin
    Jun 08, 2011 @ 21:18:20

    I think she is just as creative as every 4 years old child. The fact is her parents give her materials and possibilities to explore her creativity. Her father said in the interview that she is painting with an innocent eye. Actually at that age most children have innocents eyes.
    For sure I would not pay 20 000$ for her paintings. My niece makes some for me and for free!!!

    Seriously, I don’t know who defines or classifies things as ‘art ‘, but I think that it is very individual. Everyone is able to define what they like or what they consider to be an artwork. The purpose of artwork is to gives emotions and consciousness. So, if you can find those feelings looking at a garbage can, this is personal.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 10, 2011 @ 19:44:51

      Excellent post, Corine. I think most 4 year-olds have the same creativity! The parents may also have influenced her as well. I also agree that art is individual, but I think that art should have some kind of skill attached to it. ‘Abstract’ art is hard to clasify as art because there are no rules, guides or levels of measuring.


  13. shinhye2
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 21:29:27

    I like Headwater because they sing with beautiful harmony. I also like the strings sound. I hope to go this music festival, but too expensive!!!!!

    I want to go to UFO festival!!! 🙂
    Because I think this festival is most humorous festival in this website. It will make me laugh!! HAHA
    In Japan there are many festivals. For example, Sanjyamatsuri is the most popular festival in Tokyo. Japanese people carry portable shrine and hold a parade. They believe that god will make their town peacefully after hold a parade. Do you want to go this festival?


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 15, 2011 @ 03:00:52

      The strings are a very important part of the bluegrass music! Good point! The UFO festival seems to be a funny festival! What do they do with the parade in Japan? Do they sing? Dance?


  14. smiyashi
    Jun 10, 2011 @ 21:54:42

    I like this kind of music. I sued to listen those kind of music everyday when I was a child. I’m on intimate them. I’m so impressed by Four Chords of Wood’s high performance skills and funny execution.
    In Japan, we have lots of festivals and every part of Japan have own festival.
    On of the famous festival is NEPUTA. There are many huge poertable shrines whici is made by paper and there is lights inside. It is said that getting up those portable shrines together will get rid of any kind of misfortune.

    I really want to go to UFO festival. I want to see aliens and also take a picture with them. I intend to know why and who started the funny festival????


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 15, 2011 @ 02:58:16

      Really? You listened to this music when you were young? Wow! It is fun and exciting music. What do they do with the lights in Japan? Do they carry them around? The UFO festival looks like my favourite festival. It is so strange!


  15. jhannarae
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 07:18:44

    I am interested in their songs, because their songs have a swinging rhythm. The songs make me happy. Especially, I like Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick’s song. Suzie’s voice is very beautiful and lovely. I felt comfortable and relaxed when I listened to her voice.
    I like music festivals, so I would like to go to Folk on the Rocks(http://folkontherocks.com/) and Dawson City Music Festival(http://www.dcmf.com/).

    I really wanted to go to La Tomatina for a long time and now I still want to go to there . It looks so free. I want to relieve stress in there. I really wonder about how to clean the place after the festival.
    In Korea, there are many festivals. Specially, Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the most famous festivals in Korea. It happens on Daechon beach in Boryong every summer. In this place, people play in the mud and apply the mud over their skin. It looks so funny. The mud in the place is very good for our skin.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 15, 2011 @ 02:56:39

      Excellent response, Hanna. The songs are fun to listen to, but they also sound very much like ‘country’ music!
      The music is very uplifting, and the singers are usually very talented. La Tomatina is a very popular festival. I wonder how you would clean
      your clothes? We also have a mud festival in Canada. We run in a race with the mud as well.


  16. shinhye2
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 20:33:48

    I am looking forward to reading this book, because I like romance. However, I am confusing about relationship so far. There are too many couples in the story. I also didn’t know each character, so I can’t choose who is my favorite character.
    I like the movie called “Taiyo-no uta”. This is my favorite Japanese movie.
    One girl who has illness fall in love with a man. She can’t go out before dark. If she lets the sun in her body, she will have a skin cancer. So she didn’t tell her love to him, but they loved each other. This story is finished as sad ending, but I felt my heart became warm. I recommend to you that you should watch this movie!!


  17. jhannara
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 20:39:43

    I think we just read character’s introduction in the book. The book consists of some stories, so I look forward to read the people’s stories in our class. I am interested in a guy who is a prime minster. This is because I wonder how to love someone during he is working. It will be hard because all people will be concerned about his girlfreind. I think maybe he should hide his love. In Korea, there are many love stories. Especially, there are a lot of love stories about a family’s relationship. This is because in the past time, our grandparents experienced the Korean war and many wars. In that time, most of them lost their parents, sisters, and brothers, so we have many sad stories about family’s relationships.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 17, 2011 @ 19:53:50

      It is hard to hide love, no? I think the PM’s story will be the main story to follow. It seems like a very complicated story. It’s good to hear about Korean love stories. Do these stories usually have happy endings?


  18. vijayag306
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 20:49:35

    David Joe the new prime minster. He was a popular attractive man He is different the other primeminstrs ,because he is thing about love. . He feels love brings people together.

    He thinkiing some thing do imporant to the people.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 17, 2011 @ 19:52:39

      Ha! You are funny! He is different from many other PMs because he is thinking about love!!! What do you think he wants to do with ‘the people’? Do you think he wants to show the people of his country something about love?


  19. corineturpin
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 20:52:52

    I saw few time the movie “Love Actually”. I like it so much and I also like the characters. My favorite one is the Prime Minister, for he is amusing. I appreciate when he talks about the airport, so how people are felling blessed when they see each others. It is true that love is actually everywhere. Not only between a man and a woman, yet we see in that book love between friends and between family members.
    There is a famous love story in Quebec. It’s between Emilie and Ovila. It is a true love story. Thers is trhee books about their story and they made a TV show. It is about a young rural teacher who is in love with a young man who he is actually her neigboorgh. It is a sad ending love story.



  20. smiyashi
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 21:52:41

    It is little bit complicated for me. Because there are many characters and stories. I am interested in Jamie’s story. I really want to know what will happen after that. I think It would be in a big trouble.
    I do not find popular love story in Japan, but I think many Japanese stories are simple love. One of famous old love story is ‘ a high school teacher’ which is love story between a high school teacher and his student. When their love came out to the other people in the school, They got a big trouble. In the end of the story, They might die. No one knows if they dead or only slept at the moment because there is no information in the story. However, I think They decided double suicide.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 17, 2011 @ 19:26:09

      Wow. That is a very sad love story. I think that most love stories in North America are too perfect. At the end of every movie, everyone is always happy. I don’t know if this is ‘real’ life!


  21. corineturpin
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 20:44:54

    This is a relay bicycle race from Haines Junction to Haines, Alaska. It is 238.3 km race. People make a team from two to eigth riders, but they also can do the race in solo. When riders arrive at Haines, they can camp in the park near downtown.

    I never been to a race before. I do like sport that I compete with myself. I am individual in the sports I practice. Such as skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and recently climbing.

    I am from Quebec, so hockey is deeply present. However, the town I am from, the basketball is very important. We have good competitives teams at higschool and every kids want to be a part of the basketball teams.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 19:20:35

      Hockey and Quebec = a very strong link! Would you consider doing the Haines Bike Race next year? There are 8 parts to the race. The 7th part is the easiest. It would be a good part if you want to try a group race! I also like individual sports. That is why I swam for many years. Sometimes if you have teammates, they can annoy you or make it more difficult to win! ( Or..they do all the work!)


      • corineturpin
        Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:22:48

        Maybe I’ll try the Haines bike race next year, but I’ll have to be more in shape. I used to do a lot of sports, but since few months I am a little bit lazy. I’m competitive with myself, so if I do the race, I would like to do a good time for sure! I’ll must be prepared.

      • yukonsummeresl
        Jun 24, 2011 @ 19:21:16

        I agree. You need to train somewhat hard for that race. ( Or else, you’re last……not a good feeling!)

  22. vijayag306
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 21:07:29

    The bicycle race from Haines juntion to Haines Alaska. It is long race. This rase is makes fun and the frinedship. This race is doing the people bodey fit and healthey..This is good for health.


  23. shinhye2
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 21:23:16

    KCIBR is bike race from Haines Junction to Haines, Alaska. I don’t think I will try this race, but I want to cheer them. Last weekend, I saw a group who has paint on their naked body and ride a bike. They waved their hands to me!!!

    Soccer is famous sport in Korea. When World Cup hold in Korea, my family and friend were wildly excited!! I saw the game at public square. There were so many people that I couldn’t move . I think Korean national team in 2002 were the best team so far.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 19:17:05

      I’m happy that you saw the naked bike race!!!! Was it funny? Would you ever do a race like that? Have you ever played soccer? The Korean team is a really good team. They are very quick!


  24. smiyashi
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 21:50:53

    This is a bicycle race from Haines junction to Haines, Alaska. Any person and teams which consists of 2~8persons can apply. They will through the border. I have never seen this kind of huge race. There are also many bicycle races in Japan which usually my father is participate in. However, I think those are not as big as KCIBR.

    In Japan, university marason race is one of the most famous race. We usually watch the race on New year. It takes so long time, we just watch it and expect which university is this year’s winner. However, I do not like watch this because too long and a bit boring.


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 19:15:48

      There are a lot of long races in the world. We normally have short races in Canada. Have you ever tried a race? ( Running, Swimming, Biking, Driving, etc) Do you like any of these activities?


  25. jhannara
    Jun 17, 2011 @ 22:06:55

    The KCIBR means Kluane Chilkat Internation Bike Relay. This event will happen from Haines Junction, Yukon to Haines, Alaska. When I was high school student, I tried to join a running race that was just race for enjoying. However, I didn’t join because it looked so hard.
    In Korea, soccer and baseball are very popular, but baseball is more popular than soccer. My hometown’s team is the best team! We always win! When the baseball game season is comming, many people buy tickets. In the baseball play stadium, all people cheer their teams enthusiastically. However, I don’t like the baseball game. I like basketball games!


    • yukonsummeresl
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 19:13:57

      Are you a good runner? Would you do a running race here in the Yukon? There is one at the end of the summer! Do you watch baseball here in Whitehorse? It is a very popular sport here as well!


    • smiyashi
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:16:25

      When I watched the world cup last year, many Korean people cheered their team. I just remember that they said some words many times during a game. It sounds like “pe-ha-ming” .
      I would like to know what it means!


    • smiyashi
      Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:53:38

      When I watched the world cup last year, many Korean people cheered their team. I just remember that they said some words many times during a game. It sounds like “pe-ha-ming” .
      I would like to know what it means!

      4. Nattō 「納豆」(Fermented Soybeans)

      Nattō is a powerful smelling, strong flavoured, sticky web of fermented soybeans typically served with a Japanese breakfast.

      Many foreign people say that ” It is wired! It smells like old socks!”
      However It is very healthy. It is one of the most effective food for blood smoothly.
      If you have never tried it, I recommend you to try “Nattou Maki” first. Which is one of sushi and there is some nattou inside of it.


      • yukonsummeresl
        Jun 24, 2011 @ 19:19:13

        When did you first eat Natto? Did you like it the first time? It is funny that a lot of people in the world eat food that is rotten. I don’t know if I could eat this. The smell might make me sick!

  26. shinhye2
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:20:48

    I don’t want to drink this drinks because this is too disgusting!!!! Also I can’t understand them who want to drink. I don’t know why they made this beverage, but I think they want to proud of their braveness. Sourtoe is created by Captain Dick in1971.

    This site is very funny!! It looks like very greasy and it probably has much fat.
    Please tell me what do you think after watch this web site.

    I don’t know there is a “disgusting drink” in Korea.


  27. vijayag306
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:22:24

    I don’t drink this drink. I don’t like this .But in Canada may be more people drank it.. This type of drinks ai don’t no so much.


  28. jhannarae
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:42:26

    I think it looks so disgusting, but I can try it. The cocktail’s taste is so strong, so if I try it, I can’t taste the toe. I think maybe they want to let people know about Dawson City. Some cities are popular because of some strange things.
    I found Bacon Chocolate Cake. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_DietAndFitnessNews/gross-food-movement-top-unhealthy-offerings/story?id=8848364&page=3
    It looks so gross. The taste will be horrible. I think that bacon and chocolate don’t match each other. I don’t like bacon, so I never try it.
    In Korea, there is a strange food. This is Ggup-dae-gi which is pig skin. http://www.sharingtravelexperiences.com/five-weird-korean-foods-to-try-in-seoul/
    It is so good for women. It is good for health. I didn’t try it in Korea, but I want to try if I go back to Korea.


  29. corineturpin
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 20:57:16

    Even if it’s disgusting, I’ll probably try it if I’m going to Dawson. Captain Dick Stevenson created that drink, after he found a dead toe in an alcohol jar.
    Actually I did a bet with a friend of mine who is going to Iceland. She is going to Iceland this summer, and If she try the Rotten Shark there, I’ll try the Sourtoe cocktail.

    The Rotten shark is a food from Iceland. Sharks are preserved with a particular fermentation process for four or five months.

    This is the link:

    National Geographic’s video:

    In Quebec there is a disgusting meal, who is Pork Tongue. When a butcher butches a pork, he keeps the tongue and put it in a jar with vinegar. After the tongue has marinated few days, people eat it, often with a beer. I never ate a pork tongue tough, and never I will!

    Pork tongue picture.


  30. thomvan1
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 21:01:30

    i never drink that


  31. vijayag306
    Aug 11, 2011 @ 20:37:03

    raymond gets the money, he doesn’t care of his brother.After he his brother<s situation, he accepted his fathetr Will. Charlie needs money.
    The sour toe coktail in Daw son city__This drink is disgusting to eat/drink. Crazy people may drink this.
    These are good pictures. I really like it. But Ithink that she was learing from her perents., may be she naturelley tallented. Mostely this type of pictures are not draw the childrens .


  32. vijayag306
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 20:36:20

    I am live in Indid at A.P. state of Hyderab. The city is having 400 Years of history.Mostely Nowab people were rouled . CHARMINAR, slarjunig musem, Golconda fort Public garden, Makha musgid and Osmonia university arts colege are most famous things in the city.


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