Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Soko J-22 Orao - What an Amazing Aircraft!
Informal Text
I recommend you to read my formal text about the Soko J-22 Orao first because you'll understand this text much easier and with more context. My plan was to place formal text  on top of the blog and this one underneath it, but it didn't seem to work very well because I posted this text after the formal one, and that means that this one is now on top insted of the other one. If you guys know how to move newer posts down so that the older come on top of the blog, I will be very grateful. :-)

Now, if you thought that I chose to write about the J-22 Orao because it's Yugoslavian, then I have to admit that you're right. Besides that, I also like this plane's design because it's so simple but good (it's simple because the plane is from the 1970s). When I discovered that J-22 Orao is a Yugoslavian fighter jet for the very first time (a year ago or something), I was very surprised. Even though I  knew the country was very powerful at that time, I didn't know that aircraft were made there.

This particular aircraft osn't the most advanced and the best aircraft out there, but it is pretty good to be Yugoslavian. You probably know about the car Yugo which was very popular in the US in 1970s and 1980s. It was considered the worst car ever built by the Americans and the rest of the western world, but believe me, the car isn't as bad as everybody think it is. My grandpa has one of these. He has a 1992 Yugo Koral 55 which is still running like a brand new car (almost). I haven't experienced any problems when I sat in the car, so I guess you can say that it is still in a tip-top shape after all these years. But enough about this car, let's get back to the Soko J-22 Orao.

You all know that J-22 Orao was both a Romanian and Yugoslavian project if you have read my formal text about this aircraft, but there is one thing I forgot to mention. I forgot to mention that there is a Yugoslav version of this plane, which is the Soko J-22 Orao, and a Romanian version which is a IAR-93 Vultur made by Avioane Craiova. I will not talk about this plane because it's off topic and its name is so long and so difficult to learn. :-)

Well, that's all, folks. I hope you enjoyed reading this informal text about the amazing Soko J-22 Orao. It was mosly my opinions about the aircraft becaues this is an informal text and a part of my homework. This is after all a school blog, you know. If you want to know the difference between formal and informal text, you can find it somewhere on the internet because I really don't know how to explain it in a good way. Cheers!

This little red fella is a Yugo (model unknown). It is very similar to the one that my grandpa has, but I think this one on the picture has a bit darker red colour than my grandpa's. I also think this one is a Koral 45 or 55 because of the side skirts and the red stripe on the front and the back bumper.

Why is the text above informal?
If you know the difference between a formal an an informal text, you should be able to tell that this is an informal text. At first, this text has a lot of my own opinions and is written in first person. This is perhaps the main reason that makes it informal. Another reason is that this text has words that are quite common in the society. These words are "don't", "doesn't" and "that's" instead of "do not", "does not" and "that is". Well, that's pretty much everything that makes this text informal and not formal.

Soko J-22 Orao
Formal Text

The Soko J-22 Orao (orao is Serbian for eagle) is a Yugoslavian subsonic jet fighter currently used by the Serbian Air Force. The aircraft is powered by two jet engines and it is a close support, ground attack aircraft which comes in two versions; a single seat main attack version and a two seat version for advanced flying or weapon training. Another version of this particular aircraft is the Serbian Air Force's acrobat aircraft .

Soko J-22 Orao was developed as a part of the Yugoslavian and Romanian project “YuRom”. With the Romanian Doctor-Engineer Teodor Zanfirescu and the Yugoslav Colonel Vidoje Knezevic as the program leaders, the project seemed to develop very well, and the replacement for the lightly armed Soko J-21 Jastreb - the J-22 Orao - was successfully fulfilled.

On 22nd of November, a Yugoslav test pilot named Marjan Jelen managed to break the sound barrier with the Soko J-22 Orao in a shallow dive above Batajnica airport, making this jet fighter the first ever Yugoslav aircraft to break the sound barrier. 

Even though Marjan Jelen successfully achieved the goal of breaking the sound barrier with this fighter aircraft, it was considered a subsonic aircraft because it was not capable of exceeding mach 1 in level flights.

At present the Serbian Air Force consists of sixteen J-22 Orao fighters, seven NJ-22 trainer aircraft, eight IJ-22 reconnaissance aircraft and two INJ-22 reconnaissance- trainer aircraft, among many other Russian and Yugoslavian fighter- jets. 

Image shows a Yugoslav Soko J-22 Orao jet fighter.

What makes the text above a formal text?
The text above is a formal text because it contains a lot of information and is written in third person. Another thing that makes this text formal is its complex structure. It is also 100% based on information and doesn't contain neither my or anyone else's opinions, and words such as
" I "and "you" or "doesn't" and "don't".

Monday, 15 October 2012

This weeks homework:
Write about what you did last English lesson

This may sound a little bit strange, but in this post I will write about what I did in my English class last Tuesday. This is after all a school blog, and that means that the posts published here are mainly about what I do during my English class.

Last Tuesday we worked in groups of two or three. Our task was to make a presentation about a topic that my class mate who I was working with and I liked. We couldn’t figure out what our common interest was so we decided to make a presentation about a short story. The short story that I have chosen was “Man From the South” by Roald Dahl and Victor’s, my class mate’s story was “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes. 

If you want to know what the short story “Thank You, M’am” is about, you can simply click the link: http://www.americanliterature.com/Hughes/SS/ThankYouMam.html

If you want  to know what Roald Dahl’s story “Man From the South” is about, you can either check out my post on my blog about the story and its unexpected ending, or you can click this link to read the whole short story: http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/south.html

Even if our plan for the lesson was to finish the presentation before the end of the class, we didn’t quite manage to do it because Victor had to take a test which the rest of my class and me had in week 40.
Well, that was more or less everything we did that Tuesday and hopefully we will finish our oral presentation about the two short stories this Tuesday (tomorrow). 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Roald Dahl's "Man From the South"

The unexpected ending in Roald Dahl's short story called "Man From the South"

As some of you may already know, this short story is about an old man with a Spanish or Italian accent who is offering a young Amrican sailor a bet. He told the young American boy that if he manages to light his lighter ten times in a row the old man would give him his brand new Cadillac. If the boy loses the bet, however, the old man would chop off his pinky on his left hand. After some discussion the boy accepted the bet. The boy, his girl, thte old man and the narrator of the story, which probably is an English man, all og to the old man’s room to have a drink and to bet there because there is no wind there, the old man said. After they had a drink, a Martini I think, the old man bound the American sailor’s left arm to the table so that his little finger on his left hand was ready to be chopped off if he failed to strike his lighter ten times in a row. The boy managed to light his lighter eight times before a woman, the old man’s wife came into their room and took the chopping knife away from Carlos’ hand. The unexpected ending in this story is that this woman comes into the room just after the 8th stike. I, and probably many other, thought that the boy either would get his pinky chopped off or win the Cadillac. But this didn’t happen I was very surprised to see that a woman came into the room and stopped the old Carlos. And when she put her hand on the table to take her car keys, I was even more surprised to see that she only had one finger and a thumb on her left hand.

I think «Man From the South» is a quite interesting short story and is among the best stories that I have read. Roald Dahl truly was one of the best British writers of all time. Personally I don’t think he was one of the best British writers, I think HE was the best of them all. Actually I don’t know  that many British writers and that’s the reason why I think Roald Dahl is the best of them all.