79 Mutamba Street
21 December 2009
I was glad to recieve your letter, I enjoyed reading about your visit to Nyanga.
During the August to September holidays, I also went on a trip to Mazvikadei Dam where I stayed for seven days. My father drove us in our family car. During our stay we often went canoeing in the dam. I really enjoyed myself despite the fact that on one occassion, I saw some crocodiles on close range. This gave me a terrible fright. Although I was at a safe distance, I dreaded facing the fierce creature.
My cosin, who stays in Banket, later joined us. My parents left me under his care. After I had had enough fun, my cousin took me home in his car. Since then, I have been working on my school project on wildlife. I have also been helping around the house as much as I can.
Give my kind regards to your parents and everyone else at home.
Your friend Rebecca
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READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOW.
Preparing Maize Flour
Mother is always busy these days pounding on the grain in large wooden mortars, preparing maize flour.
The first stage is called de-husking. The maize is stripped from the cobs, then a little amount of water is added to the maize. The maize is then punded in a large mortar. When the grain has been punded, it is put in big flat baskets and separated from the husks. It is then soaked in large pots for at least three days.
The second stage usually comes on the fourth day when the grain in the pots has turned white. It is pounded agin in the mortar, but this time, no water is added. While the punding is going on, the flat baskets are washed, scrubbed and spread in the sun to dry. At the same time, drying mats are also spread outside. She continues to pound the grain and sift it until she is quite satisfied that the flour is read. She then spreads it on the mats to dry. once dry, the flour is then stored in large pots for future use. The baskets and mats are also stored away.
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CHOOSE THE BEST WORD OR WORDS TO COKMPLETE EACH OF THESE SENTENCES.
The Importance of Bamboo
Bamboo is one of the most used building materials. It is very strong and found locally in Zimbabwe. Amazingly, it grows very fast in different climates. Despite its strength, it very light.
Bamboo can be used as the main material in building huts, fowl runs, and making furniture. Its stems are called canes. They become beautiful when exposed to the sun and can be cut to make useful products such as floor tiles.
Africans like to use Bamboo to make their traditional structures such as huts. Bamboo can be used in place of wood. The value of bamboo as a building material and replacement for wood is important because of the shortage of wood and the high cost of energy.
There are other places, besides Zimbabwe, which use bamboo as their building material such as Asia.
It is very important because it is cheap and can be fond locally.
Tawanda Kills an Eagle
Tawana's sharp weapon met with the attacking eagle in mid-air. The big beird made a loud sound and fell to the ground. For a while, it flapped its wings like a butterfly burnt by a bush fire. After a while, it died.
It all seemed like a nightmare to the two boys. The stick fell from Tawanda's trembling hands. They looked at each other speechlessly.
"You, you, you have killed it," stammered Munoda.
"We have!" answered Tawanda harshly.
"But it's you who hit it," said Munoda pointing a shacking finger at his friend.
"To save you!"
"Yes," Munoda admitted. "You could have easily left me at the mercy of the creature. Only God knows what would have happened."
There was no need for more words. The boys, each with a heavy sigh, slowly turned away. They were so overcome with fright that they descended Chegondo Hills without any other word.
Apted from: Twanda, My son by K. Tsodzo; College Pres (1986).