16:30-17:30 | 3
17:30-18:30 | 5
Heya! We had a pretty challenging class today, hehe.
I gave everyone a list of interesting facts about the world, and everyone took turns reading out one fact, followed by a group discussion of what it means.
For example, did you know that dead people can get goose bumps?
(Goose bumps: 鳥肌. A geese is like a duck, and they also have similar skin to the skin of a chicken. In some parts of the world, goosebumps can also be called chicken skin.)
Here’s another fact: The woolly mammoth was still around when the pyramids were being built.
Being “still around” means that it is still present, or still existing/alive at that time. Since we think that woolly mammoths are really really old, and probably went extinct when the dinosaurs died, this fact is telling us that they were, in fact, still alive when humans were building the pyramids in Egypt. Saying ‘still around’ or just ‘around’, when referring to a person or living creature, is a more casual way of saying that the person/creature is alive and there.
You can use this in normal conversations by asking questions like, “Is the doctor still around?“, when you visit a clinic and are asking the receptionist if the doctor is there.
Thanks for joining me for class today! Hope it was interesting for everyone~