African Bites - Roofing Grass

by Heather, November 26, 2014

In the savannah or grassland areas of Africa most houses in the countryside have roofs made of a wooden frames covered with grass. This is because the grass and wood are a cheap, and sometimes free, resource, and if the roofs are carefully constructed they can last as long as twenty years. In Zimbabwe there are some parts of the country where the grass is very suitable for thatching. Women are usually in charge of cutting the grass, and after the grass is reaped, it is put into bundles, tied with string, and sold, usually for about US1$ a bundle. The grass is cut during our cool dry season, mostly after the first frost, so that the grass is dried out properly. The grass is laid over a wooden frame and tied on with twine, being combed or smoothed at the same time.

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African Bites - Bats in Our Garden

by Heather, November 19, 2014

Bats are very interesting creatures, being the only mammals having a powerful flight which they can manage for long periods, and there are two groups of them.

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by Gareth, October 24, 2014

Can you catch the words and phrases in the news clip?English - English Dictionary

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by Gareth, October 21, 2014

Can you catch the words and phrases in the news clip?

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by Gareth, July 11, 2014

Learn using the flashcards below --> Please check the options button on the right to change the flashcards.

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