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Kwela enjoyed his life.

But then something happened which changed everything.

His parents were killed in a landmine accident and Kwela was sent to stay with a foster family until a suitable family could be found for him.

This family was very different and very soon Kwela started changing.

He found that his attitudes hardened, that his perceptions of other people became more distrustful and his prejudices surfaced.

One day he was listening to his new foster mother talk about their neighbourhood.

“You know,” she said, in a complaining voice, ” Noor from next door is such a liar. He told me that bananas cost R1,99 but when I gave him some money to buy some for me, he told me that

the price has gone up to R2,30! I don’t believe him – he is a taxi-driver. What can you expect! He took my money! Don’t you trust him, you hear, Kwela!”

His foster mother continued in the same vein. “ Honestly, men are so stupid. They can’t even buy bananas properly! Typical! . . . So, Kwela, I want you to buy the bananas for me, OK? I know you do not understand much, but you can buy bananas, can’t you? And I don’t want you buying them from that Chinese man – they are also all crooks if you ask me!”

Soon Kwela did not like the man from next door, did not believe that he was capable of doing anything and became a quiet, angry young man, who distrusted taxi-drivers and Chinese people.”

Activity 4:

Find synonyms

[lo 6.1.5]

  • Here are SYNONYMS for some of the words used in the passage:
  • Can you find the corresponding words in the passage?

WORDS from Paragraph 1 and 2:

attractive, bonny, gorgeous, handsome, lovely, pretty

holding, lulling, nestling, rocking

dearly, kindly, tenderly, warmly

benevolent, compassionate, considerate, kind-hearted

civil, courteous, gracious, mannerly, respectful

consideration, deference, regard

Paragraph 5

acceptable, appropriate, eligible, fit

Paragraph 9

bemoaning, disapproving, griping, grousing,

Paragraph 10

cheats, criminals, gangsters, racketeers

Paragraph 11

competent, qualified, skilful

mild, reserved, retiring, shy

bitter, cross, furious, indignant, resentful

suspected, had misgivings

Activity 5:

Language test on above synonyms

[lo 6.1.2]

  • Before we answer some questions on the above story, let us have a quick language test, based on the above synonyms you have just learnt:

Gorgeous - Why is this word spelled with an ‘e’ after the ‘g’? (2)

Bonny - ‘A bonny baby’ is an example of what poetic device? (1)

Lulling - Why is this word spelled with two ‘l’s’? (1)

tenderly, warmly - What part of speech are these two words? What gives you a clue? (2)

Benevolent - Identify the prefix in this word and give its meaning.(2)

compassionate, considerate - Identify the prefixes in these words and give their meaning. (3)

courteous - What is the root of this word. Now give the original explanation of this word. (3)

consideration, deference - Give the suffixes of these two words. (2)

eligible - How is this word different from ‘illegible’ (2)

Bemoaning - What part of speech is ‘moan’. And ‘bemoan’? (2)

Disapproving - Break up this word into morphemes and explain your divisions.(6)

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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