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|Monday, February 14th, 2011|
Посмотреть транскрипцию к видеоролику и пройти тест можно на сайте English Learner
|Wednesday, October 27th, 2010|
|Monday, August 30th, 2010|
|Saturday, July 24th, 2010|
I found beautiful service to communicate with other people in English. It is site: postcrossing.com
You register there your real address and can send 5 postcards for 5 people all over the world. In the same time 5 another users of “postcrossing.com” from other countries send postcards to you. When your letter come to the addressee you can send another one.
It’s amazing. Real postcards with real stamps are very cute in our time of email and skype.
Invite all your friends into postcrossing.com and into Talkyourenglish!
By the way, you can tell what pictures on postcards and stamps you want to receive.
|Friday, November 6th, 2009|
|Friday, May 15th, 2009|
|Monday, December 15th, 2008|
Have you any versions of translation of this: "Immortal Beloved".
It's problem for me because in russian it must be without gender. not male, not female...
|Tuesday, November 18th, 2008|
Hello to all who read my first post!
I'm from the capital of Siberia, from Novosibirsk. It is the 3d largest city in Russia. All people which never been in Novosibirsk usually know about it that it is very cold here, a lot of snow and bears are walking in the streets)
it is a part of true. Actually it isn't cold the whole year but it may be +10 today and -10 tomorrow). It's really a lot of snow (winter come to us last week) but bears live in our Zoo. It famous not only in Russia because many rare animals reproduce themselves very well in it. So, unique ligr (son of lion and tiger) live there.
Also here the largest theatre of Russia is situated - Novosibirsk State Academic Opera& Ballet Theatre - it named Bolshoi Theatre of Siberia. It well known all over the world.
If it is interesting I can tell about it more fully next time & post some photos... Current Mood: satisfied
|Thursday, November 13th, 2008|
When I was six years old, I became a student of my local school. I didn't like to learn there. We had to study songs about Lenin, the Math, had to sleep in there, and so on. It was disgusting. Our teacher was woman who made us keep quiet. I don't remember a lot, but I know that I didn't like the school all the time I was studying there.
Education changes a lot. Life changes much too. When I was young, there were only four TV channels. Now I have thirty seven ones. Our only entertainments were the hanging around in the yard with the dudes. Now kids play a lot of PC games, watch TV and sometime come to play in the yard.
My son is six years old now. He studies in the school in the first class now. It's absolutely different than we did. First of all, they have no any bad appraisals there. Only "good" and "very good". It's because bad appraisals may discourage children to learn. I think it's very cool especially for kids who don't study well for first time. There was good episode in Simpson's. Bart wanted to study, but his teacher suppressed him, told him that he was stupid. He found the exit from that situation and became a clown. Now the school system supports kids and doesn't show them that they are stupid, I hope.
The second difference is the books and exercise books they use. The exercise book are full of pictures and coloring. They are painting much more than learn to write. We had only one lesson of painting per week.
I think it will be absolutely different people we are.
|Sunday, November 9th, 2008|
I didn't write here for a long time. Sorry.
I wanna speak about an alcoholism. I have many friends, who are clever, well educated and communicable ones. But noone of them have the good careers. All they work on the jobs with low salaries. This strikes them much but they do nothing. They even have not cars, live mostly with their parents. I do just the same. Another guys, who are not so clever and bad educated – make good careers. It's like paradox. I know there is an English proverb – If you are so clever – show me your money. Maybe we are not so clever as we think about.
I tried to discover this paradox and I found that all my friends are career-losers because of drugs: alcohol & marihuana mostly. Every day they meet their buddies to drink or smoke. It's not like disease, they make it for fun. Everyday. Our life is like the endless holiday, full of adventures. Pub-crawling is the favorite sport. In result we have no time for something to do. When we drunk – our life seems so beautiful, and the career doesn't matter.
Have you or your friends the same problem? Ha?
|Tuesday, March 25th, 2008|
Good mood to exit...
Hi to those, who read it!
Today is one of the strangest days of march. There are many reasons to feel crappy, but still not enough to feel THAT crappy: yesterday i moved to the new appartments which i don't like. Previous owners left me a cat -- which i also don't like and today i finished to re-read Hemingways A Farewell to Arms
and the ending is in the way that nobody likes. Plus the weather is very favourable for nothing but suicide, homicide or drinking some strong alcohols and i will do that today with friends -- this is something which makes me feel better. But still -- no good mood.
I thought i will never return back to my live journal, but here i am. The reason for restart is also to reach somebody, but i don't know whom yet..... And no photos in this post -- photos can't make this day brighter.... http://www.vechirnij.kiev.ua/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3994&Itemid=149
-- may be thi will help -- it was writtent by a friend of mine but she suffers from deppression as well, so the recipy is not good enough.
And this night i step over another threshold -- 28 years, looks so much to me.... Current Mood: crappy
|Monday, March 24th, 2008|
I beg you for help!!! Please!!!!
What is the english for "МКАД" ????
I need it sso much!!!
|Wednesday, March 19th, 2008|
This post is for for all of you but for feebsicle
especially. Under cut there is Odessa
- a city on the bank of the Black Sea. There were the greatest Jew community in times of Russian Imperia. Many Ukrainian, Russian and Jewish writers and artist are from there. I was there last year and have some photos for you.( Read more...Collapse )
|Saturday, March 15th, 2008|
Every country in the World has some administrative districts. I live in country where all districts are strongly subordinate with center - the capital Kyiv. Majority of the laws are raised (I am not sure I say right this word) in the capital. In Russia there are many autonomic states, because of national reason (Tatars, Ossetes, Chechenians etc.). USA has almost independent states. Why do states have so much freedom and independency from Washington? Was there some historic reasons of that? And do Canadian states have so much independency as in USA?
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2008|
That's again me with my unique links ;-) Hope I don't bore you.
It's well known that watching English TV is a good method of learning language. So today I'll tell you about the greatest ever online TV service. This is a completely new technology called Peer-to-peer TV
. The best and simplest programme using this new technology is LiveStation. You can't just download it from their website - http://www.livestation.com
. It's necessary to register there and wait about a day until they verify your account. After that's done you'll be able to download the programme and watch about FIVE English-spoken news channels. For me there are all the three British channels I watch: BBC World (wich isn't a free channel, by the way), Euro News and Sky News. I'm really impressed by this programme because none of Moscow's cable or satellite TV providers allows to watch all these channels.
Best attitudes, yours Roman.
|Tuesday, March 11th, 2008|
|Thursday, March 6th, 2008|
|Wednesday, March 5th, 2008|
I love my city
Yes, I have not mistaken: not "like" but "love". Now I live near my workplace, and go to the center of the city or to other its districts rarely, but... May be you know this feeling - when you almost can not help crying of happiness, of tender, of knowing that you are here, and it means that you are all right and all is as it has to be. Once I have read in journal of some young Russian girl, who had visited Kyiv and liked it very much, that when she was here she had the feeling that somebody very kind was always near her. I know who it was. It was the soul of my city - kind, loving, and proud.
You know, when Soviet Union stopped its existance, there was a big problem for some people: imagine - you live in the biggest country in the world, you are a patriot, you think that you are very lucky to be a citizen of this country, and OOPS! there is no such a country at all! And now - where is your motherland?
It was not a problem for me at all. Frankly speaking, I didn't feel all this great country as my motherland - it was too big for me. Not because I was a great patriot of independent Ukraine at that time - I just didn't think about it. But I was born in Kyiv and live here all the time. And Kyiv is my motherland. And I love my city and its soul - kind, loving, and proud. And I hope it loves me too :-) Current Mood: thankful
This community is awesome!
Hello everyone! I am another native English speaker. Nice to meet you!
I think this community is an excellent idea. I joined because I am interested in learning about different cultures around the world, and I am also interested in what other cultures think of western English-speaking countries such as Canada and the USA.
Like other native English speakers in this community, I like to learn about the origins of the English language as well as other languages. English is a Germanic language, meaning that it stems from the same branch of the Indo-European languages as German, Dutch, Danish, Flemish, Swedish, Icelandic and Norwegian languages.
I found that people who speak German often have a very easy time learning the English language (and vice versa) because of the similarities in grammar and the spelling and pronunciation of words.
Here is an interesting language tree I found:
I am from Canada, so my English spelling is slightly different from American English, and closer to European English.
For example, people from the USA spell these words like this:
Favor, honor, color, favorite, theater, center
But Canadians and Europeans spell them like this:
Favour, honour, colour, favourite, theatre, centre
Canada is a bilingual country. Our two official languages are English and French. Most people on the western side of Canada speak English, while more people on the eastern side speak French too. I live on the western side, but I know a little bit of French.
I meet a lot of people where I live who speak English as a second or third language. I've noticed that many non-native English speakers have a much more descriptive and poetic way of expressing their thoughts in English. It might be because of certain phrases or sayings from their native language and culture, but in my personal opinion I think it is because native-English speakers take their own language for granted. There are so many English words to use that it is impossible to know all of them! But, because of western culture, most of our English is "dumbed-down" and it has become normal to have a very limited vocabulary. Because of this, when you people become more fluent in the English language, it is most likely that you will have a better vocabulary than most native English speakers!
If you have any questions about anything I said, don't be afraid to ask me!
|Sunday, March 2nd, 2008|
The life sailing
When you have complete view of your life - it’s all going well. You know what you have to do, and what you have not. The purpose can be so far off but you see your way to it and do all to reach it. That’s so called “right lifestyle”. All big bosses live like that. Their psychological troubles turn into the willing to be higher, richer and so on. That’s why they look successful. My boss is absolutely disappointed because of my unwilling to do career. And I know why I don't do that. The majority of my friends have no idea what they want. So do I. We live with no rules and no purposes. It’s like to be a ship. When you don’t know where you sail - it absolutely doesn’t matter where wind is blowing from. My best friend is psychologist, he know all about human souls. But he can’t change himself. Knowledge doesn’t do us happy, because we haven’t any good purposes. We even married not because of love but because of the boredom or desperation. Every new idea can capture us, and so quickly leave us. Last year I bought a bike and decided to travel with it in Crimea. I and my friend psychologist crossed all the peninsula on our bikes. All these were great - to sleep in mountains, to eat only what you can cook on the fire, to smoke marihuana under stars. It was fun. We have no purposes. That’s why we are happy to fall into unexpected adventures. And they make us happy.