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четверг, 21 ноября 2013 г.

Discussion Health and Health Problems

Today the topic for discussion  is health and health problems.
We'll read a poem, watch a video and do a test. So,let's start.

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.



video

1Who meets the patient in a waiting room?  a) a doctor  b) a nurse  c) a receptionist
2 What should the patient do firstly? A) fill out the form b) read the form  c) wear the uniform
3Who meets the patient in the examination room? a) a doctor  b) a nurse  c) a receptionist
4.What didn’t the nurse do at the examinations room?   a) measure the blood pressure  b) take the temperature c) look at his tongue
5.Nutritions are a) tobacco products  b) the food we eat c) physical exercises
6. This food isn’t healthy a) fruit and vegetables b) chicken and fish c) French fries and pizza.


среда, 20 ноября 2013 г.

For those who are sad

Hello,friends!
How are you? I hope you are OK.
 But for those who are sad ,disappointed, depressed, or tired I recommend to see this wonderful video to cheer you up!





Uncle Albert:
I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It's getting worse ev'ry year

The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I'm a merrier me
It's embarrassing!
The more I'm a merrier me!

Mary Poppins:
Some people laugh through their noses
Sounding something like this "Mmm..."
Some people laugh through their teeth goodness sake
Hissing and fizzing like snakes

Bert:
Some laugh too fast
Some only blast - ha!
Others, they twitter like birds
Then there's the kind
What can't make up their mind

Uncle Albert:
When things strike me as funny
I can't hide it inside
And squeak - as the squeakelers do
I've got to let go with a ho-ho-ho...
And a ha-ha-ha...too!

All:
We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So ev'rybody can hear
The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we're a merrier we!

How do you laugh? 

Just for fun! In a family circle

вторник, 19 ноября 2013 г.

English Pronunciation Study: What did you do Today?


How to mark the European day of Languages ?

Hello, friends!
Do you know that  26 September  is proclaimed as the European day of Languages?
My colleagues and our pupils like this holiday. It gives us the opportunity to recognize ourselves as the members of the great European community, and it is very important for people living in a small provincial town. 


It has become a tradition to celebrate  the European day of Languages with a big concert .  Our pupils, who study Russian, Ukrainian, English, German and French at school, act out funny plays, sing popular  songs, present merry dances, recite poems of famous writers with  great pleasure! 



Certainly, it wouldn’t be possible without the help of highly- qualified teachers of our  Foreign Languages Teachers’ Union.

Have you got any traditions of celebrating this Day in your school or city? Can you share your ideas with me and other readers?

Hope to hear from you soon,

Irina

среда, 4 сентября 2013 г.

If Friendship were a cake, which ingredients would it have?


The Cake Of Friendship
 Michelle Flores

Preheat the oven of love
With plenty of secrets and hugs

Mix in giggles and laughs
That make your sides split in half

Bake with the love and care
And all the things you both should share

Decorate with the frosting of trust
This is really a must

Enjoy the cake do not eat it fast
Just like your new friendship make it last.

 What ingridients would you add , friends? 

Note
a must - something that you definitely need in a particular situation
Good binoculars are a must for any serious birdwatcher.


вторник, 3 сентября 2013 г.

My letter to you!


My dear friends!
 
Learning languages is an interesting but hard work,isn't it?  I hope, the publications in my blog were of some help to you. I did my best to post different materials for developing students' skills and creat a well-wishing, friendly community.
It's my pleasure to meet new readers on the blog's pages! And now I want to ask you to leave your comments here: if you like the posts, what is useful for you, what would you like to find here.

Good luck,
Irina

Reading ? For what?

 

Reading the world in 196 books

 Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge – to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned. 

 I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and the odd Australian and South African book, my literature collection consisted of British and American titles. Worse still, I hardly ever tackled anything in translation. My reading was confined to stories by English-speaking authors.

Read more here:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20130715-reading-the-world-in-365-days

Ways of expressing future actions : Will - be going to – Present Continuous


понедельник, 2 сентября 2013 г.

The rules of behaviour for ladies and gentlemen

Dear Friends!

Today I'd like you to read the extract from Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (Chapter Five The Dancing Cow)
It's one of my favourite books which is full of wise thoughts and curious situation. And this one - when you have to choose between the comfort of your well-settled life and exciting but unsure future - is  typical nowadays, isn't it?

What would you prefer: to continue living the respectable but boring life or start something new? Please, leave your comments here!

The Red Cow — that’s the name she went by. And very important and prosperous she was, too (so my Mother said). She lived in the best field in the whole district — a large one full of buttercups the size of saucers and dandelions standing up in it like soldiers. Every time she ate the head off one soldier, another grew up in its place, with a green military coat and a yellow busby.

She had lived there always — she often told my Mother that she couldn’t remember the time when she hadn’t lived in that field. Her world was bounded by green hedges and the sky and she knew nothing of what lay beyond these.
The Red Cow was very respectable, she always behaved like a perfect lady and she knew What was What. To her a thing was either black or white—there was nothing in between. Dandelions were either sweet or sour—there were never any moderately nice ones.
She led a very busy life. Her mornings were taken up in giving lessons to the Red Calf, her daughter, and in the afternoon she taught the little one deportment and mooing and all the things a really well brought up calf should know. Then they had their supper, and the Red Cow showed the Red Calf how to select a good blade of grass from a bad one; and when her child had gone to sleep at night she would go into a corner of the field and chew the cud and think her own quiet thoughts.


All her days were exactly the same. One Red Calf grew up and went away and another came in its place. And it was natural that the Red Cow should imagine that her life would always be the same as it had always been—indeed, she felt that she could ask for nothing better than for all her days to be alike till she came to the end of them.
But at the very moment she was thinking these thoughts, adventure, as she afterwards told my Mother, was stalking her. It came upon her one night when the stars themselves looked like dandelions in the sky and the moon a great daisy among the stars.
On this night, long after the Red Calf was asleep, the Red Cow stood up suddenly and began to dance.


 She danced wildly and beautifully and in perfect time, though she had no music to go by. Sometimes it was a polka, sometimes a Highland Fling and sometimes a special dance that she made up out of her own head. And in between these dances she would curtsey and make sweeping bows and knock her head against the dandelions.
“Dear me!” said the Red Cow to herself, as she began on a Sailor’s Hornpipe. “What an extraordinary thing! I always thought dancing improper, but it can’t be since I myself am dancing. For I am a model cow.”




вторник, 27 августа 2013 г.

Song Present Continuous


To my mind ,this is a good song for practising questions and answers . What is your opinion?

Fashion girl's vocabulary


  • Match-  if one thing matches another, or if they match, they form an attractive combination; to provide something that is suitable for a particular situation, person, or purpose.
  • Go with - to seem good, natural, or attractive in combination with something.
  • Suit -  if a style or something that you wear suits you, it makes you look good.
  • Fit -  if clothes fit, they are the right size for you.
  • Try smth on - to put on a piece of clothing in order to see how it looks and whether it fits.
 
Examples 
What a lovely dress! I'd like to try it on!
The dress doesn't fit me: it looks a bit big.
Oh! This new blouse really  suits her!
Which bag goes best with this suit?
I've bought a wonderful blue dress and now I need a pair of shoes to match.


 
 

понедельник, 26 августа 2013 г.

Family Tree (funny poem)

Dear friends!

I'd like you to read this amazing poem ! You'll find here  a good portion of humour and full "family" vocabulary



                                                           Painter Norman Rockwell

My Family Tree
by Akshita Singh

My mother's brother's sister's name is Grace
She's my aunt and likes to go from place to place
My mother's sister's brother's name is Brad
He's my uncle and he is my cousin's Dad

My grandmother on my mother's side
Is my maternal gran, she is my grandfather's bride
She also is my father's mother-in-law
And not surprisingly they often go to war

My cousin is the nephew of my mother
His father happens to be my mother's brother
My aunty's niece is in fact myself
hope you're not too confused, because I can't help


Idioms and phrases - The Free Online Dictionary

Dear friends!
 
You really ought to use The largest dictionary of idioms and phrases currently in use in British, American and Australian English as it include  over 12000 phrases and expressions!

The idiom dictionary is compiled from the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms and the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms.
The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with confidence. The Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms, based on the 200 million words of American English text in the Cambridge International Corpus, unlocks the meaning of more than 5,000 idiomatic phrases used in contemporary American English. Full-sentence examples show how idioms are really used.

 http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

воскресенье, 25 августа 2013 г.

Video IELTS & TOEFL – How to give your opinion


Is it funny or not?


I DIDN'T GO CAMPING    by     Kenn Nesbitt
I didn't go camping.
I didn't go hiking.
I didn't go fishing.
I didn't go biking.

I didn't go play

on the slides at the park.
I didn't watch shooting stars
way after dark.

I didn't play baseball

or soccer outside.
I didn't go on an
amusement park ride.

I didn't throw Frisbees.

I didn't fly kites,
or have any travels,
or see any sights.

I didn't watch movies

with blockbuster crowds,
or lay on the front lawn
and look at the clouds.

I didn't go swimming

at pools or beaches,
or visit an orchard
and pick a few peaches.

I didn't become

a guitarist or drummer,
but, boy, I played plenty
of Minecraft this summer.


 http://www.poetry4kids.com/

  • What do you think about a total computer addiction ?

суббота, 24 августа 2013 г.

My picture story : Prague


Oh Prague!
 People from everywhere come here to admire the majestic beauty of this city! You can hear different languages around.

 This is a modern city with the medieval spirit filled  its narrow streets and lanes!  The houses, towers, bridges, castles, squares are terrific  and  inspirational! A guide    will tell you a lot of horror  stories from the past  and then add that  at night it is possible to meet  some  ghosts in the streets of Prague!

Every hour a big crowd   gathers in front of the  Prague Astronomical Clock ,called Orloy, to watch the short show of apostles passing above the heads that has been performing  here  since   1410.

среда, 21 августа 2013 г.

Video How to understand native speakers' questions in English


I like this video and hope, you'll like it too !

Develop listening skills : Disney's cartoons

Hello,friends!
I'm sure, you like  Disney's cartoons.   They are a special world of dreams and hopes and, of course, our best memories from childhood, as well. 
 On the other hand, they are, no doubt, an awesome source   for studying  English : rich everyday vocabulary, interesting expressions, correct pronounciation !
So, today let's  develop your listening skills watching this video 
 "Belle (Little Town) - Beauty and the Beast (1991)"




This idiom is often used in English ,so I recommend you to memorise it with the synonymous :


And now ,  you can check yourself.The lyrics are below!


Belle:
Little town
It's a quiet village
Ev'ry day
Like the one before
Little town
Full of little people
Waking up to say:
Lady:
Bon jour!
Man carrying grain sack:
Bon jour!
Egg man:
Bon jour!
Washer woman:
Bon jour!
Baker:
Bon jour!
Belle:
There goes the baker with his tray, like always
The same old bread and rolls to sell
Ev'ry morning just the same
Since the morning that we came
To this poor provincial town
Baker:
Good Morning, Belle!
Belle:
Good Morning, Monsieur.
Baker:
Where are you off to, today?
Belle:
The bookshop. I just finished the most wonderful story
About a beanstalk and an ogre and a -
Baker:
That's nice. Marie!
The baguettes! Hurry up!
Townsfolk:
Look there she goes that girl is strange, no question
Dazed and distracted, can't you tell?
Woman:
Never part of any crowd
Man:
'Cause her head's up on some cloud
Townsfolk:
No denying she's a funny girl that Belle
Man I:
Bonjour!
Woman 1:
Good day!
Man 1:
How is your fam'ly?
Woman 2:
Bonjour!
Man 2:
Good day!
Woman 2:
How is your wife?
Woman 3:
I need six eggs!
Woman 4:
That's too expensive!
Belle:
There must be more than this provincial life!

Bookseller:
Ah, Belle!
Belle:
Good morning, sir. I've come to return the book I borrowed.
Bookseller:
Finished already?
Belle:
Oh, I couldn't put it down. Have you got anything new?
Bookseller:
Not since yesterday.
Belle:
That's all right. I'll borrow . . . . . this one!
Bookseller:
That one? But you've read it twice!
Belle:
Well, it's my favorite! Far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise -
Bookseller:
If you like it all that much, it's yours!
Belle:
But sir!
Bookseller:
I insist.
Belle:
Well, thank you. Thank you very much!

Townsfolk:
Look there she goes that girl is so peculiar
I wonder if she's feeling well
With a dreamy, far-off look
And her nose stuck in a book
What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle
Belle:
Oh, isn't this amazing?
It's my fav'rite part because --- you'll see
Here's where she meets Prince Charming
But she won't discover that it's him 'til chapter three!
Woman:
Now it's no wonder that her name means "Beauty"
Her looks have got no parallel
Shopkeeper:
But behind that fair facade
I'm afraid she's rather odd
Man:
Very diff'rent from the rest of us
Townsfolk:
She's nothing like the rest of us
Yes, diff'rent from the rest of us is Belle!

Lefou:
I got it Gaston! Wow! You didn't miss a shot, Gaston! You're the greatest hunter in the whole world!.
Gaston:
I know.
Lefou:
No beast alive stands a chance against you. --- And no girl, for that matter.
Gaston:
It's true, LeFou. And I've got my sights set on that one.
Lefou:
The inventor's daughter?
Gaston:
She's the one - the lucky girl I'm going to marry.
Lefou:
But she's -
Gaston:
The most beautiful girl in town.
Lefou:
I know, but -
Gaston:
That makes her the best. And don't I deserve the best?
Lefou:
Of course you do!

Gaston:
Right from the moment when I met her, saw her
I said she's gorgeous and I fell
Here in town there's only she
Who is beautiful as me
So I'm making plans to woo and marry Belle
Bimbettes:
Look there he goes
Isn't he dreamy?
Monsieur Gaston
Oh he's so cute!
Be still my heart
I'm hardly breathing
He's such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!

Woman 1:
Bonjour!
Gaston:
Pardon
Belle:
Good day
Woman 2:
Mais oui!
Woman 3:
You call this bacon?
Woman 4:
What lovely grapes!
Man 1:
Some cheese
Woman 5:
Ten yards!
Man 1:
One pound
Gaston:
'scuse me!
Cheese merchant:
I'll get the knife
Gaston:
Please let me through!
Woman 6:
This bread -
Woman 7:
Those fish -
Woman 6:
it's stale!
Woman 7:
they smell!
Men:
Madame's mistaken.
Women:
Well, maybe so
Townsfolk:
Good morning! Oh, good morning!

Belle:
There must be more than this provincial life!
Gaston:
Just watch, I'm going to make Belle my wife!
Townsfolk:
Look there she goes
The girl is strange but special
A most peculiar mad'moiselle!
Women:
It's a pity and a sin
Men:
She doesn't quite fit in
Townsfolk:
'Cause she really is a funny girl
A beauty but a funny girl
She really is a funny girl
That Belle! 
                                                                              
                                                                                    
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