English as Second Language class – Our Excursion

On Thursday 17 of March on St Patrick’s Day, the day when every Irish person is going to the pubs and drinking green beer, we – the group of ESL class from Port Melbourne had a meeting under the clocks at Flinders Station. It was 9.30 in the morning, there was six persons and two girl babies, around half a year old.

We went to the shopping centre of Southbank to see one of the famous places of Melbourne City with plenty of different sorts of Arts.

After that we went to the Yarra River Cruise Station and took a ferry to Williamstown. The ferry went through Docklands – the more picturesque part of modern Melbourne that we will see in the future in the next centuries. There are many skyscrapers with offices, shopping centers, new entities and a few water view domestic buildings, which cost more than 5 million dollars each. We went under the longest bridge in Melbourne, the Bolte Bridge which is the bad luck place for suicides.

The baby girls were sleeping, eating, glancing, smiling and crying and mammas were almost too busy to care, to feed them, they were looking around and speaking simultaneously.

The captain of the ferry had a speech about our 2-hour trip, but there was too many euphemisms and idioms that are the main problems in English for every immigrant.

After the trip was finished we went to the Chinese restaurant and had lunch. Our best language group trip ended with a walk around Federation Square.

By Zalman Shmeylin

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