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21:24 

Phasal verbs + Shopping

23:57 

Idioms for Travelling

1. travel light: Don’t pack a lot of items. Bring only what you need.

Please travel light tomorrow. We have a lot of walking to do.


2. hit the road: Depart. Begin a tour.

We’ll hit the road as soon as the bus driver arrives.


3. off track OR off the beaten path: wrong way; away from the main road or route

Don’t go off track. There are some dangerous areas in this city.


4. watch your back: be careful; pay attention to people around you

Keep your wallet in a safe place and watch your back on the subway.


5. call it a day: finish an activity or tour; go home or back to the hotel

You all look tired. Let’s call it a day.


6. get a move on: go more quickly

We’ll need to get a move on if we want to catch the four o’clock bus.


7. a full plate: a full schedule; no free time

We have a full plate tomorrow, so get a good rest tonight.


8. bright and early OR first thing: very early in the morning

We’ll need to leave bright and early to catch the first ferry.


9. hang on or hang tight: wait patiently for a moment

Please hang tight until the driver returns.


10. If worse comes to worst OR If all else fails…: introduces the action to take when no other option is successful.

If worse comes to worst, call the police.



@темы: Vocabulary Games, Travelling and Tourism, Idioms&Expressions, English

18:30 

Differences Between a Tourist and a Traveller

Differences Between a Tourist and a Traveller
You may use the words "tourist" and "traveller" interchangeably, but to some people in the travel community, these titles have different implications. It's not necessary to commit to one title or another; however, you can choose to be more of a tourist on one day of your vacation, then be a traveller on the next. Considering the way you define yourself while travelling can help you get the most out of each trip.
Tourists
It's usually easy for locals to spot a tourist among them. A tourist may carry a camera, guidebook and map at all times and wear the same clothing he'd wear at home. Tourists tend to stay in their comfort zones a bit; they may speak only English instead of trying to learn phrases in the local language; stick to major cities instead of venturing to smaller towns or off-the-beaten-path locales; and stay in areas where the amenities are similar to what they have at home.
Travellers
Generally speaking, someone who considers himself a traveller will try to immerse himself in the local culture rather than standing out. If you're a traveller, you may try to explore the less-travelled areas and explore locations where tourism doesn't drive the economy. You'll interact with locals. Your goals for a trip will be to learn and experience new things, rather than to take a relaxing break from everyday life. A traveller may consider a trip a journey rather than a vacation.
Being a Better Tourist
Being a tourist is perfectly okay. If you're most comfortable around other tourists and want to document every sight with your camera, go ahead, but you may find that making a bit of an effort to blend in will earn you some respect from locals. Leave your white sneakers -- the tell-tale sign of the American tourist -- at home and research the way locals dress, then pack accordingly. Don't let your guidebook dictate your schedule; find some English-speaking locals and ask them for advice on what sights you should see. You may discover a new favourite spot you'd never find in a book. Walk the area on foot or travel by the local transportation to experience the place as the locals do instead of taking guided tours or tour buses.
Being a Better Traveller
If you consider yourself a traveller, you're likely already surrounding yourself with locals. Improve your trip by getting more involved with them. Find a spot in town where everyone seems to gather, like a town square or popular restaurant, and spend the day there. Strike up conversations with people of all ages. Ask questions about the local culture and talk about common interests; at the very least, you'll leave with a broadened worldview. Don't turn your nose up at tourists, and don't avoid popular attractions simply because they're packed with foreigners. Yes, the Eiffel Tower will be surrounded by tourists -- but you should still see it too.

@темы: English, Travelling and Tourism, Vocabulary

19:07 

TED-ed: Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na’vi real languages? - John McWhorter


@темы: English, TED, languages, videos

15:12 

Why Factor podcast - Fanfiction

Fanfiction - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03n3b06

Fanfiction is a global phenomenon with amateur writers creating new stories in the existing fictional worlds of their most loved films, TV shows and books. For many it is an obsession – but why do they do it? And how do the writers whose works are taken on by the fanfiction community feel about it?

It is not for the money; fanfiction is a non-commercial pursuit, although some writers do make the transition from amateur to published author. The most famous example of this is E.L. James, whose blockbuster book: 50 Shades of Grey, started out as fanfiction based on the Vampire inspired Twilight series. Chilean author Francisca Solar tells us how her own Harry Potter fanfiction landed her a book contract.

But turning pro this is not the goal for most ‘fanfic’ writers; it’s the freedom to play with their most loved characters in a uniquely creative world, with very few limits.

@темы: links, Why Factor, Podcasts, Listening

00:52 

Is country life better than city life?

00:32 

Cities or Surburbs


@темы: City, English, videos

23:35 

Cith Life or Life in the Country

BIG METROPOLIS OR BIG GARDEN? CULTURE OR NATURE? URBAN LIFESTYLE OR RURAL RELAXATION?

It seems that more and more people nowadays are moving to the city, searching for employment, entertainment and excitement. However, there are still many people who yearn for a life in the countryside.

So, which is it? Do you crave the action of the city? Or is the country-life the only way for you? Oxford CultureMania debates the pros and cons of living in the city and living in the countryside.

City Living

The Pros

The Culture – In cities there is no shortage of sights to see, museums to visit, concerts to go to, restaurants to eat at, art galleries to explore, and films and plays to see at the theatre or cinema.

The Convenience – People have everything within easy access thanks to the transport system, or even within walking distance. That is why they don’t need to drive for miles in order to get to work, go shopping, or attend medical appointments.

The Opportunities – Living in a city offers people many opportunities that just aren’t available in small towns or villages. There far are more jobs, flats are more plentiful and many more options for schools and universities.

The Cons

The Stress – City living can be incredibly stressful at times: the traffic, the crowds and noise can sometimes feel overwhelming.

The Crime – There is no doubt that city life is less safe than country life. Crime rates are generally higher and some areas of cities can be dangerous.

The Cost – Living in a city is more expensive no matter if it’s going for a meal, going to the cinema, buying a home or anything else.

Country living

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@темы: City, English, Environment, Vocabulary

19:19 

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

I've just come across a video you might enjoy as much as I have))


@темы: videos, TED, English

22:13 

1. Ask for someone's hand in marriage (попросить руки и сердца)
- to ask someone to marry you
After dating his girlfriend for several years the man finally asked for her hand in marriage.
2. Blind date (свидание в слепую) - - a date where the two people have never met before
I went on a blind date in university but it was not too successful.
3. Double dating (свидание, двумя парами) –a date where two couples do something together
It was fun to go on the double date even though everybody wanted to do something different.
- is NOT when one man has two girlfriends, or a girl has two boyfriends. This situation is called two-timing.
“He is two-timing on his girlfriend with another woman.”
4. Two-time («ходить на два фронта»)– To Two time means to secretly date a person while you are dating
someone else at the same time. For example, my friend has John been dating Sheila for one year and he
started to date Jenny last month too. John is two-timing Sheila, John is a ‘two-timer’.
5. On the side («на строну») – is similar to ‘two-time’, but this can also be used for married people.
Brad is married to Nancy, but he’s seeing Wanda on the side.
6. Break (someone's) heart (разбивать сердце) - to cause someone emotional pain
The man broke his girlfriend's heart when he told her that he no longer loved her.
7. Break up (разрывать отношения) - to end a relationship
The couple broke up after dating for more than three years.
8. Crazy about (someone) (сходить с ума по кому-то) - to think that another person is wonderful
My cousin has been crazy about her colleague for many months now.
9. Date (someone) (ходить на свидания) - to go on a date with someone, to have a date with someone
My sister has been dating her boyfriend for about two years.
10. Dig (someone) (иметь симпатию к кому-то) - to like someone a lot
The girl really digs the boy in her chemistry class.
11. Fall in love (with someone) (влюбиться) - to begin to experience feelings of love for someone
The man fell in love with a woman from his university class and they got married several months later.
12. Find Mr. Right (найти идеальную пару)- to find the right or perfect person
The woman is always hoping to find Mr. Right but so far she has not had any luck.
13. Get hitched (пожениться)- to get married
My sister and her boyfriend surprised everyone by suddenly getting hitched last weekend.
14. Go steady (иметь постоянные отношения) - to date one person regularly (not so common recently
but at one time used often by teenagers)
The two students have been going steady for three years now.
15. Head over heels in love with (someone) (потерять голову от любви) - to be very much in love with
someone, to be completely in love
My friend is head over heels in love with someone in his company.
16. Kiss and makeup (возобновлять отношения) - to become friends again after a fight or argument
After they have a fight the couple is quick to kiss and make up.
17. Love at first sight (любовь с первого взгляда) - to fall in love with someone or something the first time
that one sees him or her or it
When I saw the woman at the party it was love at first sight and I knew that I wanted to meet her.
The woman loved the house. It was love at first sight.
18. Made for each other (созданы друг для друга)- to get along extremely well with another person
The man and woman get along very well together and seem to be made for each other.
19. Puppy love (школьная любовь)- infatuation (strong feelings of love) between school-age children or
teenagers, not considered to be real love by adults
The two teenagers thought that their love was the greatest in the world. Other people thought that it was only
puppy love.
20. Tie the knot (пожениться)- to get married
After dating for several years the young couple decided to tie the knot.
21. Get on like a house on fire (хорошо с кем-то ладить) = to get on really well with someone: "They get
on like a house on fire."
22. Have a soft spot for someone (быть очень любящим к кому-то) = to be very fond of someone: "She
has a soft spot for her youngest child."
23. Go back a long way (знать кого-то сто лет) = to know someone well for a long time: "Those two go
back a long way. They were at primary school together."
24. Be in with (иметь привилегии с кем-то, чем-то ) = to have favoured status with someone: "She's in
with the management."
Negative
25. Get off on the wrong foot with someone (иметь плохие отношения с кем-либо) = to start off badly
with someone: "She really got off on the wrong foot with her new boss."
26. Keep someone at arm's length (держать на расстоянии) = to keep someone at a distance: "I'm
keeping her at arm's length for the time being."
27. They're like cat and dog (часто ссориться) = to often argue with someone: "Those two are like cat and
dog."
28. Rub someone up the wrong way (раздражать кого-то)= to irritate someone: "She really rubs her sister
up the wrong way."
29. Be at loggerheads (решительно не соглашаться) = to disagree strongly: "Charles and Henry are at
loggerheads over the new policy."
30. Sworn enemies (заклятые враги) = to hate someone: "Those two are sworn enemies."

@темы: Vocabulary, Relationship, Family, English

20:51 

Sexy Fashion Trends Through The Years


@темы: Clothes, English, Vocabulary

14:38 

Year of weather 2015

Возможно, пригодится для UpperInt и выше

This visualisation, comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites of EUMETSAT, NOAA and the JMA, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2015, with audio commentary from Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT.


@темы: English, Vocabulary, Weather, videos

16:26 

silient B и множественное число




@темы: English, languages, videos

22:45 

idioms with ALL

02:52 

Сравнения - Simile

Simile

as alike as two peas in a pod identical or nearly so

as bald as a coot completely bald

as big as a bus very big

as big as an elephant very big

as black as a sweep completely black sweep = chimney sweep

as black as coal completely black

as black as pitch completely black

as blind as a bat completely blind, may be exaggeration

as blind as a mole completely blind, may be exaggeration

as blue as the deepest ocean completely blue

+ очень много

@темы: Vocabulary, Simile, English

16:14 

Она: Ты знаешь, мы с тобой очень редко бываем вместе... У меня вообще складывается такое ощущение, что мы находимся в отношениях дополнительной дистрибуции...
Он: Не гиперболизируй! Ты сама понимаешь, что скоро сессия!
Она: Ты все рассматриваешь в парадигме сессии! А между тем, я видела тот плеоназм блондинок, с которыми ты сидел на лекции!
Он: А что, блондинки у тебя носят отрицательную коннотацию?!
Она: Если рассматривать их в твоём контексте, то да!
Он: Абсурд! То есть ты хочешь сказать, что какая-нибудь ты и блондинка для меня синонимичны?!
Она: Что??? Ты ко мне уже эпитет «какая-нибудь» применяешь? Вот только не надо оправдываться, что это был анаколуф!
Он: Вот только не надо все сводить к тому, что ты для меня асемантична!
Она: Я и не свожу! Это у тебя проблемы с когнитивным центром!
Он: Да с тобой в последнее время стало возможно общаться только дистантно!
Она: Просто потому, что кое-кто коммуникативно некомпетентен!
Он: Просто потому, что кое-кто мыслит лишь по законам гендерной интерференции! И не следит за собственной иллокуцией!
Она: Ах так! Да ты ... да ты... да ты ... вообще лингвист!
Он: Литературовед!
Она: Русист!
Он: Диглоссный индивид!
Она: Культуролог!

@темы: Linguistics, the little nothing of life, the world go round

03:37 

At the hairdresser's - vocabulary&expressions, videos, and a few exercises

Expressions

• Do you have any openings today?
• What are you looking to do today?
• What are you looking for today?
• How much do you want taken off today?
• How much do you want to cut off your hair today?
• I would like a trim. (trim = cutting off a little bit)
• Can you cut off 2 or 3 inches?
• I have a lot of split ends. Can you cut those? (split ends= when your hair splits in two and is damaged)
• I would like to get bangs today. (bangs= when hair is cut shorter across forehead) (for women only)
• Can you give me a bunch of different layers? (layers = hair is cut in different lengths to better ‘frame’ the face)
• I want a whole new look.
• Can you thin out my hair a little bit?
• Chop it all off. (chop= another words for cut)
• Please take some hair off the top but not too much off the sides.
• I would like a buzz cut. (buzz cut = is shaved very short, like someone in the military)
• I would like…
… to get a perm. (This is a treatment that makes the hair curly)
… to have my hair straightened. (This is a treatment that makes curly hair straight.)
… to have my hair dyed or colored. (This involves changing the color of ones hair.)
… cut a little above the ears
… remove the split ends
… take a little off the top and sides
… trim your bangs

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@темы: Appearance, English, Hairdresser's, Vocabulary, links, videos

00:06 


@темы: Vocabulary, English, Appearance

00:00 

Discussion points - Appearance

Beauty and Physical Attractiveness

Who do you think is the most beautiful person in your country?
Who do you think is the most beautiful person alive today?
Who was the most beautiful person in history?
Who is the most attractive in your family?
Does beauty affect one's success in life?
Is it better to be physically attractive or intelligent?
Is it better to be physically attractive or wealthy?
Is beauty related to power?
Can you think of anyone who is in a position of power that is not physically attractive?
Do people spend too much time and money on beauty?
How much time should be spent on making yourself look better each day?
Who would you say is beautiful that others maybe wouldn't?
What do you think about plastic surgery?
Would you ever have plastic surgery?
If so, what would you change?
Do you think people should have cosmetic surgery to enhance their looks?
If so what is the minimum age when someone should have plastic surgery?
How popular is plastic surgery in your country?
What is the most popular feature for cosmetic alteration?
Do you think self-esteem affects beauty?
Do you think beauty affects self-esteem?
How important is beauty in your daily life?
Have you ever noticed anyone ever feeling pressured to be more beautiful?
What do you think of the proverb, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?"
Do you have any proverbs or idioms from your country that relate to beauty?
What do you think "beauty is skin deep" means?
What are some beauty tips that you could share?
Do you think people with many tattoos can be beautiful?
How many tattoos are too many?
Would you ever get a tattoo?
Do you have a tattoo?
Do you think people with many piercings can be beautiful?
What kind of body piercing, if any, do you feel are acceptable?
What kind of piercing, if any, do you feel are unacceptable?
What personality trait is the most important for inner beauty?
How do you define beauty, using your own words?
Would you ever date someone who was not conventionally attractive?
What makes one person more attractive than another?
Do you think people from different countries than you see attractive the same way?
Is there someone famous that is considered beautiful, that you think is not?
Are beauty pageants good or bad?
Should children be entered into beauty pageants?
Do you think one gender or group worries more about beauty than another?
Would you want your children to be beautiful or talented?
What are some of the drawbacks of being beautiful?
What do you think of celebrities who get plastic surgery?
Do you think it's necessary to have plastic surgery if you are famous in order to be successful?
Do you think skin color affects whether a person is regarded as beautiful or not?
Do you think that fairer skin makes you more beautiful?
What are some advantages of being beautiful?
What makes someone beautiful in your country?
What differs between that idea and the American idea of beauty?
What do you think "beauty is skin deep" means?
How many different adjectives can you think of to describe a beautiful woman or a handsome man

What do these English expressions mean?
  • Pretty is as pretty does.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Beauty is only skin deep.
  • What you see is what you get.

@темы: Vocabulary, English, Appearance

21:48 

Ссылки на сайты с научной литературой на английском

languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/
www.plosone.org/
www.academia.edu/
sci-hub.cc/
gen.lib.rus.ec/
ethos.bl.uk/ (регистрация)
scholar.google.ru/
www.sciencedirect.com/
englishtips.org/nonfiction/science_literature/l...
проект Гутенберга
library.fa.ru/res_mainres.asp?cat=en
плюс ссылка на ссылки)) quiterie.diary.ru/p206504510.htm

@темы: links, linguistics, English

Living environment - Warehouse 14

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