Penguin far from home

Ailing penguin offered a lift home


The bird arrived on Peka Peka Beach, about 40 miles north-west of Wellington on Monday, the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in the wild in New Zealand. Typically, emperors spend their entire lives in and around Antarctica.

At first it seemed fine, but as the week progressed, it became more lethargic. It ate a lot of sand, apparently mistaking it for snow, which emperor penguins eat in Antarctica to hydrate themselves during the frozen winters.
Source: Scottish Daily Express


What do you think should happen to the penguin?

Why do you think stories like these make the news?

Do you remember any similar story?

Vocabulary:

to s___ - to notice or to see something

f_____  (adj) - extremely cold  /  to f_____

to w_____ - the opposite of improve = to get w____

to h____ - when a baby bird comes out of the egg

to give sb a l___ somewhere - to take sb in your car to a place

a s________ - a person on holiday who visits interesting places / to go s__________

a d______ - an illness caused by infection

a s____ - a sea animal that has ten arms and is eaten a lot in Spain

to t___ sb __ __ an offer - to accept an offer that sb has made 

s___ (noun) - a lot of this is often found on beaches / (adj) s____

to c______ the imagination - when you feel very interested and excited by something

to have a s________ life - one which is too protected and offers little excitement / to s______ - to protect yourself from weather or danger

to be w______ to do sth - to be happy to do sth if needed

to b___ - when sth moves or is moved by air eg wind / b___ (past), b____ (past participle)

clogged (adj) -

to flush -

stranded (adj) -

wildlife (unc n) -

to pull through -

light-hearted (adj) -

to mistake sb/sth for sb/sth else -



Grammar point:

It's "the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in the wild in New Zealand".

structure:

first / second / third .... time  + present perfect (have + past part) or

present perfect + once, twice, three times ...

We use this structure to show the frequency of an action (from the past until now).


This is the first time I have ever been here.

I have seen this film twice before.

How many times have you eaten in that restaurant?

I've only been to La Reina Sofia three or four times since I came here.



Source: AssociatedPress (You Tube) key words: lost penguin new zealand

Comments

Montse said…
Hi, Graham.

to spot- to notice or to see something

frozen(adj) - extremely cold / to freeze

to worse - the opposite of improve = to get worse

to hatch - when a baby bird comes out of the egg

to give sb a lift somewhere - to take sb in your car to a place

a sightseer - a person on holiday who visits interesting places / to go sightseeing

a disease - an illness caused by infection

a shrimp - a sea animal that has ten arms and is eaten a lot in Spain

to take sb up on an offer - to accept an offer that sb has made

s___ (noun) - a lot of this is often found on beaches / (adj) s____

to catch the imagination - when you feel very interested and excited by something

to have a sheltered life - one which is too protected and offers little excitement / to shelter - to protect yourself from weather or danger

to be w______ to do sth - to be happy to do sth if needed

to blow - when sth moves or is moved by air eg wind / blew (past), blown (past participle)

clogged (adj) – to be blocked

to flush – to empty the cistern in the toilet

stranded (adj) – when you can’t leave somewhere for anything.

wildlife (unc n) – the animals and plants which live in a place.

to pull through – to recover of a illness or a problem.

light-hearted (adj) – not serious

to mistake sb/sth for sb/sth else – to confuse somebody or something with a different person o thing.

See you tomorrow, ¡the last day!
Graham said…
Hi Montse,

I am looking forward to getting up a bit later on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It's just as well I enjoyed the classes with you and the gang. It would have been so much harder if I hadn't liked the class.

Now it's time for a well-earned break for everyone.





There is usually a lot of SAND on beaches. Many beaches are SANDY.

to be WILLING to do sth - to be happy to do sth if needed

I don't know how many "arms" a shrimp has but I'm almost sure that a SQUID has ten.


to pull through – to RECOVER FROM AN illness or a problem.

to flush – to empty the cistern in the toilet (that's a very polite way of putting it lol) This poor bird had the sand flushed from its system - it's the equivalent of having your stomach pumped when you are blind drunk. (And before you think it, I've never experienced it!)


You are welcome to continue with the blog - let's face it, without you .... haha

I like having motivated students and your progress has been excellent this year.

Have a great time in Turkey and Greece.
Montse said…
Hi, Graham.
I’ve improved my English a lot this course, I know, but I have to admit that I had a lucky break meeting you and your blog. It’s an excellent way to help your students, so don’t give it up, please. I feel sorry for people who haven’t wanted to make the most of it.
I’m sure we’ll miss your classes next course. I hope you have a good time in Turkey as well and, we might see over there, who knows?
Graham said…
Hi Montse,

I got my days wrong - I actually leave next Thursday the 7th. I'll be 3 nights in Istanbul, which means I'll be heading to the coast on Sunday. I don't know if that coincides with your dates.

If it's he case we can meet up for whatever they drink there. :-)

As long as I have students like you, I suppose I will keep the blog going.:-)
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham, it's Inés

Vocabulary:
To spot
Freezing - To froze
To worse - To get worse
To hatch
To give sb a lift somewhere
A sighseer - To go sightseen
A disease
A squid
To take sb up on an offer
Sand
To catch the imagination
To have a secure life - To secure
To be willing to do sth
To blow

Clogged - __
To flush - To spray with water
Stranded - Something that has been left somewhere
Wildlife - Animals and plants that live in the wild
To pull through - To recover or survive
Light-hearted - Something humorous, not really serious
To mistake - To confuse or misunderstand something

I think that the story of the penguin is interesting, but of course it's quite dangerous for its health to live in a place that is not its natural habitat.

See you on Wednesday
Eva Mercado said…
It is extremely rare but not impossible that some animals lose their compass. I love penguins because they have cute features like the male take care of the egg, the couples recognise each other between hundreds of them, and they are good team workers. They can control their heart rate frequency and their breath for long periods of time under water, till 20 minutes. They're birds very strong.
This particular penguin which got lost, of course was a big notice, because is out of the rule.
In the video it seemed very tired.
Graham said…
Hi Eva,

Most animals have an inbuilt sat-nav but occasionally it can go wrong. I find birds, such as swallows and swifts, that visit us in the summer, pretty amazing. Apparently, they return to the same area every year.

It is extremely rare but not impossible for some animals to lose their way. I love penguins because they have cute features like the male which takes care of the egg, the couples which recognise each other among hundreds of other penguins, and they are good team workers. They can control their heart rate frequency and they breathe for long periods of time under water, up to 20 minutes. They're very strong/tough birds.
This particular penguin which got lost, of course was big news, because it is an exception to the rule.
In the video, it seemed very tired.



Hi Graham, I read the text and saw the video, and I think that the penguins finally dead because the Human provocate the pollution and all the glaciars smelt because one cause about so many pollution is that the temperatures up, and the polos animals dont soporte this Clone and finally dead.
Yes,I saw this thinghs in a magazines, and I think the Human should take caree whit the world because we are provocate not only kill many animals too ours dead...Vocabulary is:
To saw,firedness,Worse,born but whit h I dont know, dead, squid,to take an offert, sea,to self, to be wonderfull,to blow, twice again,have you been eaten, I have been saw to the Shopies king only three or four time since I came here.
Graham said…
Hi Natalia,

It's good to see you writing in the blog.


I read the text and saw the video. I think that penguins will die because humans create pollution. All the glaciers will melt because a consequence of so much pollution is that temperatures rise, and the polar animals won't be able to survive.

Yes,I saw these things in magazines, and I think humans should take care of the world because we not only will kill many animals, we also risk our future.



It's a difficult text for you to read. All the vocabulary comes from the article.

You can find the answers if you read other students' comments.