Young Raghav asked his mother: “What colour are chicks?’
“Chicks are yellow.”
‘What colour is that thing inside a boiled egg?’
‘That thing is a yolk, and it is yellow.’
“What are you drinking?”
“‘I am drinking lemonade.”
“Lemonade is made from what?”
“It’s made from lemons.”
“What colour are lemons?”
“They are yellow.”
“There’s quite a lot of yellow around, isn’t there?” said Raghav.
His mother explained: “Of course there are yellow things, others are blue, red or green. And there are the colours in-between: Orange, purple, and pink. You don’t know all the colours yet, but you will, one day.”
“All of them?” asks Raghav. He was curious.
“I’ll buy a painting set for you.” His mother told him. “You’ll learn by yourself.”
That’s what is happening. Raghav and his set of water-colours are learning together.
Raghav is learning how to use the brushes and how to spread the colours on the white surface. And the colours are also learning – to live together, to socialise, to become acquainted with each other. The yellow mixes with the red and orange shows up, as a new friend. When the red and the green mix, brown shows up as a friend.
Written exercise: Complete the unfinished sentence.
Example: My best friend…
My best friend is awesome. / My best friend lives near my house.
1. Last night I …
2. I have never…
4. I get really angry when…
5. When it rains, I…
Oral exercise: Discuss the following:
1. My biggest good fortune.
2. The most important person in my life.
3. The happiest memory of my childhood.
The definite article ‘the’ refers to a specific noun or group of nouns.
The boy in the park is my neighbor.
The boys in the football team are good players.
‘A’ and ‘an’ are indefinite articles. They refer to a noun, which is not a specific person, place, or thing.
I ride a motorcycle.
I have an umbrella. (‘An’ is used before a vowel, like umbrella)
Fill in the blanks with ‘a’, ‘an, or ‘the‘.
1. I have two sisters and __ brother. My brother is __naughty boy. His teacher says that he is__ naughtiest boy in class.
2. Would you like __orange, or __ banana? __ banana is ripe. I will take it.
3. Does anyone have __ phone? I need to make __emergency call.
4. Today I ate __ice cream cone and __pizza. Will you have __ chocolate ice-cream or do you prefer vanilla?
5. We are going to __internet café nearby to send __important e-mail.
The Wind and the Leaves
“Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day,
“Come over the meadows with me and play.
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
For summer is gone, and the days grow cold.”
As soon as the leaves heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all.
O’er the brown field they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.
Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went,
Winter had called them, and they were content.
Soon, fast asleep on their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlet over their heads.