Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve!

Hey on this special day! :) I have picked out a few words that people often associate with New Year's Eve and decided to make up a few sentences with them... It's not a very ambitious story, still, it has some value as it contains many nice words you should learn to talk about any New Year's Eve :) 


First, at midnight you have to sing Auld Lang Syne, which is the Scottish song about remembering the good old times :)


Of course people go to BALLS (bale) with BALLOONS (balony) and drink BUBBLY (musujący) champagne :) They look at the old CALENDAR (kalendarz) and wonder how quickly this old year has passed... When it's just before MIDNIGHT (północ), people start the COUNTDOWN (odliczanie). Tradition has it that at midnight people in TUXEDOS (smokingi) raise TOASTS (toasty) and exchange WISHES (życzenia). After that everybody continues CELEBRATING (świętowanie) the New Year! People throw CONFETTI, there is a lot of DANCING (taniec) and EXTRAVAGANZA (przepych, widowisko). Father Time (Stary Rok) leaves and the New Year is welcomed with lots of CHEER (radość) and FIREWORKS (sztuczne ognie). People GATHER (zbierać się) and drink from GOBLETS (kieliszków). Everybody is HAPPY (szczęśliwy), some wear fancy HATS (kapelusze) and everyone MAKES MERRY (radować się)! MUSIC (muzyka) is on till the early hours of January 1 :) People often celebrate by lighting SPARKLERS (zimne ognie) and throwing STREAMERS (serpentyna).  Lots of us make VOWS (ślub) and RESOLUTIONS (postanowienia). This is how farewell to the Old Year is celebrated... in general :) Everyone hopes the New Year will be better, richer and happier :)

Just as a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around...

May the New Year add a new beauty and freshness into your life!


This is what it all looked like in London last year:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

What's the object?

What is it?

Can you guess what object it is? The photo was taken from a close distance and this is the main difficulty :) Try to guess!

 
What about this one! Good luck!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

MATURA USTNA - Zadanie 3 - szkoła

Za chwilę wracamy do szkoły... więc dzisiaj, z myślą o maturzystach, temat związany ze szkołą :) Zapraszam do przestudiowania przykładu odpowiedzi do Zadania 3 matury ustnej z języka angielskiego.


Czas: 5 minut

Egzaminator: Read the task and think about what you'd like to say. You have about a minute to prepare.

[Po upływie około minuty, jeśli będzie taka potrzeba, egzaminator wbija się z tekstem następującym...]

Egzaminator: Can you start now?

[Teraz masz około dwóch minut, żeby uporać się z dwoma zadankami. Po pierwsze wybierasz jakiś obrazek z zestawu i uzasadniasz swój wybór. Po drugie wyjaśniasz dlaczego odrzucasz pozostałe obrazki.]

Zdający: So I am going to sing up for a final secondary school exam preparatory course (kurs przygotowujący do matury) offered by a private school. It's an interesting task indeed as both pictures really appeal to me (podobają mi się) at first glance (na pierwszy rzut oka). I presume I would choose the first one as it talks about friendly atmosphere and experienced teachers, which are, in fact, the two factors (czynniki) I believe are crucial (istotne) here. If atmosphere at school is friendly, if you feel motivated to go there and if, at the same time, you feel encouraged (zachęcony) to study there, it's just enough to foster (wspomagać) your learning. Experienced teachers only add to the value (dodawać wartości) of such a school. If they are truly (naprawdę) experienced, they will know how to make the most of even the weakest student. 

Simultaneously I am rejecting (odrzucam jednocześnie) the other picture. On the face of it (z pozoru) the picture doesn't look that bad. I could even think of choosing this school were it not (gdyby nie była) juxtaposed (zestawiona) with the previous one. When I come to think of what I actually see in the photo, I feel effectively repelled (skutecznie zniechęcony). Neither the man in the foreground (na pierwszym planie) looks inviting (zachęcająco), nor the whiteboard (biała tablica) in the background (w tle). The teacher - it he is a teacher - doesn't look professional. To my mind, he is a bit insane (szalony). The board with all the pseudo-clever (pseudo inteligentnymi) drawings, diagrams, formulas and what not (i czym tam jeszcze) looks just messy (w nieładzie) and chaotic. I have no idea how the picture goes with its slogan 'Effective methods, fast results.'     

[Teraz przeczhodzimy do drugiej części tego egzaminu, w której egzaminator zadaje ci dwa pytania. Na tę część zadania masz około dwóch minut.]

Egzaminator: Thank you. I will now ask you two questions.

1. What's the best way to prepare for exams?
It's a tough question. I guess there is no 'the best way' that would be universal for all. It's a very individual thing as each person should come up with his or her own effective ways of studying, revising, etc. Maybe there is a set of general hints one can analyze and pick out those hints that would work for him or her. My standpoint on this issue is that you should experiment with different learning techniques and simply remember those ones that work best for you.

2. Are exams really necessary? Why/Why not?
Aren't they? My feeling is that they are really necessary as they are intended for checking your knowledge. Students should be evaluated by their teachers to see whether or not they make progress. Exams aim at judging your knowledge in a specific time frame and in analyzing whether the student has mastered a certain course of study satisfactorily.   


Egzaminator: Thank you. This is the end of the exam.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

MATURA USTNA Zadanie 3 - żywienie

Dzisiaj zapraszam do przestudiowania przykładu odpowiedzi do Zadania 3 matury ustnej z języka angielskiego.
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Czas: 5 minut

Egzaminator: Read the task and think about what you'd like to say. You have about a minute to prepare.

[Po upływie około minuty, jeśli będzie taka potrzeba, egzaminator wbija się z tekstem następującym...]

Egzaminator: Can you start now?

[Teraz masz około dwóch minut, żeby uporać się z dwoma zadankami. Po pierwsze wybierasz jakiś obrazek z zestawu i uzasadniasz swój wybór. Po drugie wyjaśniasz dlaczego odrzucasz pozostałe obrazki.]

Zdający: Well... This task is a challenge for me as I have never thought about learning to cook... I have never been good at cooking and such an idea has never crossed my mind (przejść przez myśl)... Since I have to choose one of these pictures, I suppose I'd be inclined (byłbym skłonny) to choose the third one. Why? Although I don't particularly (szczególnie) like the man in the picture, I think, I would like to try the dishes (dania) he has prepared. I have a feeling that whatever he's made here are very healthy (zdrowe), low-calorie (niskokaloryczne) and appetite arousing (pobudzające apetyt) dishes.

When it comes to the other two pictures... I am definitely not keen on (nie przepadam za) grilled stuff so I wouldn't like to watch a program presented in the first picture. Besides, the man doesn't look professional enough (wystarczająco profesjonalnie) in the photo. On the other hand, in the the second picture the woman looks very professional but the food she has made doesn't appeal to me (nie odpowiada mi) at all. As far as I can see, it's a pizza, which is fast food. Since I know too well from my own experience how troublesome (kłopotliwy) it is to lose weight (stracić wagę) since I used to eat fast foods very often, I would never like to learn how to make pizzas or other similar dishes...  

[Teraz przeczhodzimy do drugiej części tego egzaminu, w której egzaminator zadaje ci dwa pytania. Na tę część zadania masz około dwóch minut.]

Egzaminator: Thank you. I will now ask you two questions.

1. Who watches cookery programs? Why?
To my mind such programs are watched by people who have a lot of free time on their hands. I don't think these people watch cookery programs because they want to learn anything as these shows usually teach how to make some sophisticated dishes, which is hardly useful in everyday life... I think watching cookery programs is simply a sort of entertainment rather than a desire to learn a new recipe.

2. How important is it to be able to cook?
Hmm... It is important not to be lost in the kitchen and to be able to prepare a few simple dishes when it's necessary. I believe it's more important to be able to read, and whenever you feel like preparing something on your own, you just grab a recipe, read it carefully and do what they say in there... In fact this is what 'the ability' means to me...  

Egzaminator: Thank you. This is the end of the exam.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!


Should I add anything more?

May you find love this Christmas
May your heart fill with cheer
May you feel so special
May it last all through the years

May you find love this Christmas
May there be a smile on your face
May you forget those sad times
May they leave without a trace

May you find love this Christmas
May God bless you my friend
May the happiness you share
May it start a new trend

May you find love this Christmas
May you be surrounded by friends
May it be joy this season brings
May it never come to an end

May you find love this Christmas
May you spread it all around
May you enjoy doing just that
May you spread it all over town

May you find love this Christmas
May you dig deep within your heart
May you share that great love
That maybe on your list or chart

May you find love this Christmas
May you find lots of joy
May you share it equally
With every little girl and boy

May you find love this Christmas
May it be better than ever before
May your love flow freely
May it start from that Heavenly Shore...

I wish all my readers, followers of this blog and everybody else... a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

What's the object?

What is it?

Can you guess what object it is? The photo was taken from a close distance and this is the main difficulty :) Try to guess!

 
What about this one! Good luck!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Why do we celebrate Christmas?

We celebrate Christmas each year, but do we know why we do so? Is it because it's always been so? Is it because we'd feel bad without celebrating the holiday? Is it because December is the right time to do so? Well... Love is the true meaning of Christmas just as John (3:16-17) once said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."


I think, all Christians should be aware of this simple truth that God through sending His son to us showed us His incredible act of love, and this is why we should cherish this special gift of God's becoming a human being... Jesus Christ. Some might wonder why did He send His son? The answer is simple... out of pure love because He knew we needed a Savior. That's why we should celebrate, and praise God for what He did for us, at the same time sharing love with others, especially the poor and those less fortunate.

So, let's celebrate and be merry for "God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

My question to you:
How do you usually celebrate Christmas?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Animal sounds: chirp

It's December 20, 2012... and, despite calendar hasn't really started yet, it truly is at full swing! 10 degrees Celsius below zero, snow up to your knees, and snowbanks all around... Today I've just thought of how wonderful spring is with all the greenery thriving and birds' singing... I think I really miss waking up to the chirping of birds in the morning. This makes me want to share another word with you...


CHIRP

This is both a verb and a noun and means either to utter the short sharp sound of a bird or just a short sharp sound of a bird itself; in Polish we would say 'ćwierkać, świergotać, zaćwierkać, ćwierkanie'.



A few examples from the Internet:

  • A NASA twin spacecraft has captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts- these sounds mimic the chirping of birds.
  • There are quiet lawns to relax upon, listening only to the chirping of the birds and the humming of bees...
  • Mrs. Page and I wake to the chirping of the birds daily.
  • The chirping of small birds, the sound made by the swift course of a flight of small...          

My question to you:
Do you miss birds' chirping? Do you ever notice birds' chirping? Do you like the sound of chirping birds?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Is this my penultimate post?

Of course it is not! I hope, I will be able to produce many more posts... Anyhow, today I wish to focus on the word:

PENULTIMATE

This is an adjective and refers to something or someone that is not last but next to last; in Polish we say przedostatni. And this is how you pronounce the word penultimate.


A few examples from the Internet:
  • It's the penultimate episode of the series tonight.
  • The V Festival is an annual music festival held in England during the penultimate weekend in August.
  • Pay day is the penultimate working day of each month.
  • The Epistle of Jude, often shortened to Jude, is the penultimate book of the...
  • This is the penultimate draft of the article.
  • It will be the penultimate opportunity for racegoers to see him in the flesh as...
  • The event will be the penultimate event on the 2013 European Tour...          


My question to you:
Think of your life for a second... Is there anything you have done or you're planning to do for the penultimate time? What is it?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What's the object?

What is it?

Can you guess what object it is? The photo was taken from a close distance and this is the main difficulty :) Try to guess!

 

 
What about this one! Good luck!

Monday, December 17, 2012

How to complain?

Today I wanted to give you a few ways of expressing complaints. I hope you will never have to complain about anything, but we all know what life is like, don't we? These are a  few of my suggestions:

  • I have got a complaint about... - Mam zażalenie dotyczące...

  • I have a complaint to make. - Mam pewne zażalenie do zgłoszenia.

  • I'm sorry to have to say this, but... - Przykro mi, że muszę to powiedzieć, ale...

  • I'm writing to complain about... - Piszę, aby złożyć zażalenie w sprawie...

  • I would like / I wish to complain about... - Chciałbym / Chcę złożyć zażalenie na temat...

  • I am afraid I have a number of complaints about... - Obawiam się, że mam kilka zażaleń dotyczących...

  • I must express my dissatisfaction with... - Muszę wyrazić swoje niezadowolenie na temat...

  • I would like to hear your explanation for this situation. - Chciałbym usłyszeć Pani wyjaśnienie tej sytuacji.

  • I would like a full refund. - Chciałbym pełnego zwrotu poniesionych kosztów.

  • Could you please make arrangements to refund all my money? - Czy może Pan powziąć kroki celem dokonania zwrotu wszystkich pieniędzy?

My question to you:
Do you know other nice expressions? Send them in!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fish: plaice

Today I just need to talk about a nice and... tasty type of fish which is...

PLAICE

This word refers to type of a European flatfish; in Polish we call this fish flądra, płastuga, gładzica. And this is how you pronounce the word plaice.


A few examples from the Internet:
  • Try this delicious plaice recipe with its unusual couscous topping...
  • The commercial fishery for plaice is very important to the European seafood sector...
  • I had a lovely piece of plaice. Very tasty.
  • Obviously I don't know what plaice tastes like so I must be wrong.
  • For instance, plaice tastes completely different to cod, but as far as I'm aware, they live a similar lifestyle in similar areas of sea and ocean.
  • Try this delicious plaice recipe with its unusual couscous topping.             



My question to you:
How do you like plaice best?

Friday, December 14, 2012

words that begin with in-: insipid


Let me suggest another great word today:
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INSIPID

It is an adjective and it means that something is uninteresting, lifeless, bland, without any flavor and dull; in Polish we have almost the same word and it is bez smaku, banalny, bez sensu, mdły, bezbarwny, nudny. And this is how you pronounce the word insipid.


A few examples from the Internet:
  • So sad: on the show, it really looked phenomenal, but it was just insipid.
  • Instead, the coverage was just insipid. It was three Times reporters basically sitting around the watching paint dry and pretending it was...
  • At worst, it was just insipid and kind of boring, which is to be expected for a premiere that has to set the stage for an entirely new storyline.
  • To my taste the lavender has a bit more depth and flavour the other two seem a bit insipid so I was going with the lavender...
  • Tea is very insipid after good coffee.
  • It was at first a very insipid diet, though common enough in many parts of Europe, but grew tolerable by time...            

My question to you:
Have you experienced anything you could describe as insipid?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

MATURA USTNA Zadanie 3 - SPORT

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Dzisiaj zapraszam do przestudiowania pierwszego przykładu odpowiedzi do Zadania 3 matury ustnej z języka angielskiego.

Czas: 5 minut

Egzaminator: Read the task and think about what you'd like to say. You have about a minute to prepare.

[Po upływie około minuty, jeśli będzie taka potrzeba, egzaminator wbija się z tekstem następującym...]

Egzaminator: Can you start now?

[Teraz masz około dwóch minut, żeby uporać się z dwoma zadankami. Po pierwsze wybierasz jakiś obrazek z zestawu i uzasadniasz swój wybór. Po drugie wyjaśniasz dlaczego odrzucasz pozostałe obrazki.]

Zdający: So I have to choose one of the suggested extracurricular (dodatkowe) sports classes. Wow! Let's see what I can choose between here... In the first picture I see swimming classes and in the other some kickboxing workout (trening). Well, let me think which of these appeals more to me... In fact both options seem attractive. I am passionately fond of (pasjonuję się) sport and if I could, I'd choose both classes. But since I have to choose just one, I guess, I'd go for swimming... Why swimming? Well... first of all this way of exercising gives the ability to work my body without severe impact to my skeletal system and since occasionally suffer from backache, this would be an ideal solution for me. Besides I could easily develop my muscles, which - as you may guess - means a lot to a teenager. Finally swimming offers the body a wide range of motion that helps joints (stawy) and ligaments (wiązadło) stay loose and flexible. There are other aspects, but let me now say a few sentences why I'd reject the other alternative...

I am not that much interested in martial arts (sztuki walki). I am a very peaceful (pokojowy) person and kickboxing with all its kicking (kopanie) and punching (walenie pięściami) is not really for me. Of course, I know that practicing punches and kicks doesn't mean I have to go and fight, but still I'm not very keen on (nie przepadam) this way of getting fit (nabieranie kondycji).    


[Teraz przeczhodzimy do drugiej części tego egzaminu, w której egzaminator zadaje ci dwa pytania. Na tę część zadania masz około dwóch minut.]

Egzaminator: Thank you. I will now ask you two questions.

1. What other new sports could students do at school?
Well... I think virtually all sports could be done at school provided there is money to organize all necesssary facilities, etc. But since I am a down-to-earth person, I think schools could offer something for each season of the year. For example in fall schools could encourage people to practice boys' soccer, cross country, field hockey, tennis, volleyball, or even golf. I believe that many students would love to have more of basketball, swimming, maybe wrestling or bowling. And spring is perfect for baseball, softball, track and field and lacrosse. Unfortunately Polish schools are so poor that we can all but dream about such a wide range of classes...


2. Why do you think some students dislike sports at school?
I presume those students simply don't understand how important doing sports is. I understand that some of them don't feel comfortable as they think sports is not their strong side and feel less able than others, but still thanks to sports classes students can stay healthy and fit. Doing sports also improves concentration and helps your mind develop. Besides, it decreases anxiety and stress. To my mind, the advantages really outweigh the disadvantages, especially when lots of young people tend to spend more and more time in fron of their PCs...


Egzaminator: Thank you. This is the end of the exam.

What is it?

Can you guess what object it is? The photo was taken from a close distance and this is the main difficulty :) Try to guess!

 
Try this one! Good luck!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The other day I was asked how to say: przysiady, brzuszki and pompki...

The other day I was asked how to say 'przysiady, brzuszki, pompki'... We were talking about exercise types and getting fit with a group of my students. Since these are very commonly used words, I'd like to share them with you too...

First: PRZYSIADY

SQUATS 

My personal experience:
Well, I think squats are good for girls... :) However, I can't say this type of exercise is bad... It really is difficult if you want to do honest squats... When you do some 50, you appreciate this exercise even more :)


Second: BRZUSZKI

SIT-UPS 

My personal experience:
This one is more challenging... How many could I do? Well, being as old as I am, I can still manage a 100, which is a good score for me...

Third: POMPKI

PRESS-UPS 

My personal experience:
And this one is really good for men :) We often see the so-called tough guys doing these in hundreds... mostly on TV :) What about real life? Well, this is my favorite exercise frankly speaking but the problem is that I don't do press-ups regularly, which obviously affects my performance. But I feel quite ok when I do 50 at a time. I try to force myself to do press-ups each day, but more often than not... laziness takes over...


My question to you:
Which of the three exercises are you good at? Do you practice them regularly? How often a week?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jak uczyć nastolatków?

Hmm... Bez wątpienia jest to bardzo oryginalny materiał do pracy, szczególnie z punktu widzenia nauczyciela, który ma ambicje, żeby w procesie swojego nauczania osiągnąć na tej grupie 'ucznia' jak najlepsze wyniki... Ale jak to osiągnąć?



No cóż... na pewno jest to niezłe wyzwanie. Żeby zrozumieć dlaczego jest to wyzwanie trzeba mieć jako takie pojęcie o tej grupie uczniów... Nastolatki stają się wyzwaniem dla nauczyciela w okresie między 13 a 19 rokiem życia, choć z wiekiem wydają się stawać bardziej do ogarnięcia :) Wspomniany okres, to czas burzliwego rozwoju... chyba w każdej dziedzinie życia. W tym też okresie nastolatek ma bardzo wysoki poziom wrażliwości (wbrew wszelkim pozorom) na to co dobre i to co złe. Oczekuje też, że nauczyciel będzie się do niego odnosił z należytym szacunkiem i będzie postępował wobec niego uczciwie. I nie chodzi o to, żeby raptem nauczyciel stał sie kumplem z podwórka, ale żeby starał się nastolatka zrozumieć, docenić i aby go szanował. Zbyt bliska relacja między nauczycielem a grupą nastolatków, będzie raczej traktowana podejrzliwie i raczej nie rokuje dobrze...


Ponadto w tym szalonym okresie, nastolatki często starają się zami ustalić swoją tożsamość, wartość, itp. Ze strony nauczyciela oczekują tego, by mogli być zauważeni jako jednostki indywidualne, które mają swoją własną filozofię życia. Pierwszą rzeczą jaką nauczyciel powinien właściwie zrobić, to zaakceptować właśnie taki stan rzeczy z pełnym poszanowaniem odrębności poglądów czy czegokolwiek przy jednoczesnym zachowaniu swojego zdrowego rozsądku i nieustannego podejmowania trudu merytorycznej dyskusji...

Poza tym, nauczyciel powinien dawać nastolatkom pole do wykazania ich własnej odrębności, do własnego zdania pamiętając, że to nauczyciel w klasie jest tą osobą, która ma wszystko, co dzieje się na lekcji w sposób pozytywny kontrolować i przetwarzać w taki sposób, aby budować swój autorytet w grupie nastolatków jednocześnie kształtując ich na wielu płaszczyznach, w tym i w swoim przedmiocie :)

Wiele nastolatków sądzi w tym okresie rozwoju, że wiedzą wszystko, co według nich wiedzieć powinni, a to czego nie wiedzą, często uważają, że nie jest to im do szczęścia potrzebne... Warto też pamiętać, że hormony i związki chemiczne atakujące ich mózgi i ciała nie zawsze pomagają im w podejmowaniu słusznych decyzji, co skutkuje takim czy innym zachowaniem...

Dlatego obowiązkiem nauczyciela jest niejako chronić nastolatki przed nimi samymi w trakcie wspomnianych wyżej dyskusji, które trzeba prowadzić... ale z głową, ponieważ nastolatki mają tendencję do upierania się przy sprawach, które w istocie mogą im zaszkodzić...

W Księdze Przysłów (22:6) jest taki mądry tekst:

Wdrażaj chłopca w prawidła jego drogi, a nie zejdzie z niej i w starości.

Chodzi o to, że rodzice, nauczyciele powinni właśnie pokazywać swoją osobą takie wartości, dzięki którym zdobędą zaufanie nastolatków. A co to za wartości? Z grubsza... uczciwość, poszanowanie drugiego, sprawiedliwość, rzetelność,  otwartość, zrozumienie, pasję, wiedzę, mądrość życiową, umiejętność dyscyplinowania w taki sposób, który będzie tylko motywował... Nauczyciel powinien dawać dobry przykład samym sobą, wykazywac się wyobraźnią i tak kierować grupą, aby była zaangażowana. Nauczyciel powinien być dobrym słuchaczem... Dzisiaj każdy lubi dużo mówić... a nastolatkami warto zwyczajnie usiąść i ich posłuchać...

Do czego zmierzam? W sumie do prostej rzeczy... nauczyciel krzykiem i surową dyscypliną skazany jest raczej na porażkę, ponieważ nastolatek więcej nauczy się obserwując niż słuchając... Dyscyplina powinna być tutaj rozumiana jako takie postępowanie, które wdrażamy w taki sposób, aby nie denerwować nastolatka (czyli nie w złości i frustracji) i myśląc o jego dobru...

Chcę też powiedzieć o jeszcze jednej rzeczy... Nauczyciele często zapominają, żeby ustalić konkretne zasady w pracy na lekcji... i ich konsekwentnie przesrzegać! 

Nie wolno nam też zapominać, że nastolatek na pewno doceni dobry humor, przekonanie, że to co nauczyciel robi, robi z przekonaniem!

No a teraz konkretnie... Sądzę, że w grupie nastolatków dobrze jest wykorzystać następujące zasoby:

  • nastolatki uwielbiają muzykę, muzyka odzwierciela to z kim i czym się identyfikują, więc warto tak zbudować lekcję angielskiego (tutaj już konkretnie o angielskim...) na bazie upodobań muzycznych swoich uczniów... wystarczy inteligentnie wydębić od nich czego słuchają i na kolejnych zajęciach obudować konkretne zagadnienie gramatyczno-leksykalne właśnie taką muzą :) 
  • wiemy, że nastolatki we wspomnianym wieku cenią sobie nade wszystko uznanie kumpli, dlatego praca w grupach, moim zdaniem, to fantastyczne rozwiązanie na lekcji, pod warunkiem, że zadania dobierzemy takie, które będę idealnie dopasowane do ich zainteresowań, pozwolą im się wykazać w sposób, o którym mówiłem wyżej... czyli znowu nie wolno zaniedbać inteligentnego wywiadu ze swoimi nastolatkami...
  • idealnym sposobem jest wykreowanie role-plays, ale takich, które pozwolą nastolatkom wyrazić ich emocje... jest to bezpieczny sposób na poznanie tajników ich dusz, serc... poza tym role-plays gwarantują świetną zabawę, a dla wnikliwego nauczyciela, są kopalnią informacji o uczniach (do wykorzystania w przyszłości)
  • nauczyciel powinien zdobyć, jak już zauważyliście, cenną wiedzę o swoich uczniach (jest cała masa różnych sposobów pozyskania tej cennej wiedzy) i powinien ją umiejętnie wykorzystywać na zajęciach organizując swoją i ich pracę
  • nastolatki lubują się też w rywalizacji, więc warto od czasu do czasu przygotować jakąś ciekawą zabawę, grę, która pozwoli im wykazać się swoją wiedzą na tematy, które ich zainteresują, co przełoży się na podniesienie ich własnego prestiżu w grupie, a nauczyciel zdobędzie kolejne punkty za wstrzelenie się z zadaniem...
Reasumując... myślę, że nauczyciel musi poznać swoich nastolatków, musi być autentyczny, szczery, ale zdyscyplinowany (sam), wymagający, kreatywny i podchodzący do nastolatków z życzliwością, zrozumieniem i szacunkiem. Docenienie pracy nastolatka i wczucie się w jego potrzeby na pewno zaowocuje wspaniałą współpracą. Nauczyciel zbuduje swój autorytet, a samo nauczanie stanie się przyjemnością.

Jakie są Wasze spostrzeżenia?

How to suggest, give advice and recommend?

Today I wanted to give you a few ways of suggesting, giving advice and recommending. It's always good to know several practical phrases which can even save your life sometimes :) These are a  few of my suggestions:

  • Why don't you (do sth)...? - Dlaczego nie (zrobisz czegoś)...?

  • Why not (see a doctor)? - Dlaczego nie (pójdziesz do lekarza)?

  • Don't forget to... - Nie zapomnij...

  • You should/shouldn't... - Powinieneś / nie powinieneś...

  • I think you should... - Myślę, że powinieneś...

  • It would be a good idea to... - Dobrym pomysłem byłoby...

  • Make sure you (do sth)... - Upewnij się, żeby (coś zrobić)...

  • It's always a good idea to (do sth)... - Zawsze dobrym pomysłem jest (coś zrobić)...

  • If I were you, I'd (do sth)... - Gdybym był na twoim miejscu, (zrobiłbym coś...)

  • I advise you to (do sth)... - Radzę ci (coś zrobić)...

  • Have you thought of/about (doing sth)? - Myślałeś o (zrobieniu czegoś)?

  • You had better (do sth)... - Lepiej żebyś (coś zrobił...)

  • I suggest (that) you (should) (do sth)... - Sugeruję, żebyś (coś zrobił)...

  • My advice would be (not) to (do sth)... - Radziłbym ci (nie) (robić czegoś)...

  • I would recommend (doing sth)... - Sugerowałbym (zrobienie czegoś)...

 
My question to you:
Do you know more? Send your suggestions in!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The other day I was asked how to say CYKLINOWAĆ...

The other day I was asked how to say 'cyklinować'... We were talking about houses with one of my students and I was asked this. Since this is an interesting word, I'd like to share it with you too...

The answer is:

TO SAND 

My personal experience:
Well, I have never sanded any floor to be honest. I didn't need to :) Each time I moved into a new flat I invested into panels :) Since I like laminate wood planks, I have never thought of anything else even though I had enjoyed a glued parquet flooring...


Here's a link on how to sand floors :)

My question to you:
Have you ever sanded your floors? Are you good at it? Any practical tips?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

words that begin with ex- exterminate

Another EX- word today! Let's take a look at this - rather sad -word:

EXTERMINATE

This one should sound familiar... The Polish language translates it as wytępić, zniszczyć, wykorzenić... In English we could define this word as to eliminate, annihilate, eradicate, destroy... 

I have a question to you... What do you associate the year 1492 with? Is your answer: With the discovery of America by Columbus? Well, you're right... However, there are people who associate this day with the beginning of extermination... Who are they? Native Americans for whom the world after 1492 was never the same...

Because of the extermination of Native Americans many indigenous tribes seized to exist. On Columbus's return to America the Taino population of the Caribbean was slain within the period of three years. And we're not talking here about hundreds or thousands of people... but about five million innocent people who were refused their right to the land they had always lived on... White man... sounds so proud, doesn't it?

Columbus is considered a hero to many, but should he be indeed? The history of the Columbian era knows of lots of horrid cruelties that happened to those indigenous people in America. Massive hangings, cutting children into pieces and then using them as dog food are just a few examples... 

I don't want to go on about this for too long. I just wanted to use this short reflection of mine to illustrate the word extermination. But at the same time it's really worth thinking of how many cases of extermination the world has experienced so far in both Americas, Antipodes, France, German South - West Africa, Ireland (War of the Three Kingdoms), Philippines, Qing Empire, Russian Empire, Ottoman Empire, Soviet Union, Germany and occupied Europe (Poland), Croatia, massacres of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia, etc...

Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • This category contains songs about the extermination of indigenous peoples, particularly during the period of European colonialism and expansionism.
  • The Holocaust, which involved the extermination of millions of Jews.
  • In 1889, William T. Hornady, Superintendent of the National Zoological Park, wrote a detailed report of what he termed the "extermination" of the species.
  • Why did God command the extermination of the Canaanites, women and children included?
  • The official Nazi term for the extermination of Jews during their occupation of Poland was the euphemistic phrase Endlösung der Judenfrage.                  
My question to you:
Why do people kill other people?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

Are you a great person?

The other day I was inspired by very wise words once uttered by Thomas Carlyle, who said

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
Wielki człowiek pokazuje swoją wielkość przez sposób, w jaki traktuje maluczkich.

Why was this sentence so inspiring for me? Well... It just made me think of how few genuinely great men there are today. Wherever you go, you experience other peoples' superiority, they take pleasure in humiliating others, proving they're better than others. Why can't there be more understanding and love among people? Whatever you think, all people are virtually the same. Everyone has a heart and this is where the source of love is. 

We, as people, are all unique no matter what our background, color, race, ethnicity, academic or socioeconomic status is... We should loo at others as special beings made in the image of God :) What has happened to our culture? Are we really becoming so drained out of feelings and the ability of looking at others with our hearts?

We all crave for acceptance, appreciation and love while what we see in everyday life is lack of all these three. If everyone tried to change themselves, all of our self-esteem would go high and our confidence would skyrocket! Why are there more and more people who live isolation? Everybody has a need to belong! People need to be understood and listened to... Every person wants to mean something in their lives, to feel respected and valued. Why is is so difficult for many to understand these simple things?

We all should try to be great and show our greatness by treating each and every person with due respect, love and caring. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

similes: Do December as-dark-as-pitch nights scare the crap outta you?

December is a nice month... Days are so short and before you notice, it gets darker and darker...  Nights are usually

AS DARK AS PITCH

...which means... very dark, very black in color, as black as coal :) Are you afraid of the dark? Why are we afraid of darkness? 


Fear is the oldest mechanism man is equipped with. Thanks to our fear we're able to respond relatively quickly to danger. We grow afraid when we see that our own resources do not guarantee security. When we are scared, we perform an incredibly speedy analysis of the current situation and either attack or run. The problem is that when it's dark, we can't assess properly whether we are in danger or not... Then we often tend to overestimate danger and are afraid beforehand. As everyone knows, we're not really prepared to live at night so we expect the worst and start to feel insecure. I risk saying that everyone is afraid of darkness, but certain people are just able to mask themselves better than others...

Are you afraid of darkness?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hope you're not a chain smoker...

Do you smoke? Luckily, I don't... In fact I have never even tried. What do people see in smoking? I really have no idea.  Is it the taste, is it the time spent on your own with a stog (fajka) or is it something else? What kind of pleasure do you get if you are a smoker? Is it a psychological pleasure, or maybe it is a physiological satisfaction? Can't one really get a similar sort of satisfaction from anything else?


As you see, there are so many question we can ask... Anyhow, if you smoke... please tell us why... Is smoking:

  • a reward for you?
  • oral pleasure (I mean... is there any inborn connection between thumbsucking and smoking)?
  • a way of measuring time for you?
  • a substitute for a friend?
  • an addicting way of analyzing the smoke itself? 
  • a way to satisfy your need to play with matches for a while?
  • a way of bringing back your good memories? 
  • just a part of your lifestyle? 
  • a way of forcing your brain to be more effective?
  • a way to help you relax?
  • a way of blowing all your troubles away? 

As you see... we can come up with quite a few reasons... Which of these is yours? Have you ever tried to quit? Why weren't you successful?


Monday, December 3, 2012

similes: Are you ever as gentle as a lamb?

Hmm... Which is better these days being brutal, strong and steep or perhaps

AS GENTLE AS A LAMB

There is no clear-cut answer to this question, is there? Before I express my own opinion on this, let's just study this simile for a second. Who is as gentle as a lamb? Well, it's a person, who is usually very calm and kind. The world would be a real paradise if everybody were as gentle as lambs, wouldn't it? In Polish we would translate it as łagodny jak baranek.

So... are you as gentle as a lamb or are you quite opposite? I guess, to many people being as gentle as a lamb in real life is often associated with being a loser in fact. Is this really so? If one is as gentle as a lamb, does it always mean s/he is a loser? Ok, whatever you think, I would always love to be as gentle as a lamb as this is the Holy Spirit's work :) Thus, if you're not as gentle as a lamb, there is a problem...

One more thing... gentleness does not mean weakness. Everybody should be as gentle as a lamb, but never weak or insecure. I think all of us should be polite and be able to demonstrate restrained behavior toward others. 

The opposites of being as gentle as a lamb is being angry and nourishing a desire for revenge.  In fact, you have to be a really tough person to become a gentle one. Otherwise, you only show your weakness...
  
Let's read Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's wonderful illustration of gentleness in his poem “The Village Blacksmith.” The main character is described thus:

“The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.”

However, in church, as he hears his daughter singing a hymn, the smith is overcome with emotion, “And with his hard, rough hand he wipes / A tear out of his eyes.” This is gentleness. Might restrained. Humility and grace.

So, I wish everybody (including myself) to become as gentle as a lamb in the most positive sense of the word :)

Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • Dog killed by police 'was as gentle as a lamb' Keith Gerein with files from David Finlayson The Edmonton Journal January 31, 2007...
  • Daisy, the mule, was as gentle as a lamb, strong as an ox...                
  • Yet, at other times he was as gentle as a lamb.
  • Because while he was as gentle as a lamb in practice, his words and commitment was as fierce and loud as a lion's roar.
  • Behind her tough exterior, she was as gentle as a lamb, and would never admit how much she cared for us.   
My question to you:
Are you ever as gentle as a lamb?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

What is it?

Can you guess what object it is? The photo was taken from a close distance and this is the main difficulty :) Try to guess!

 
I do hope this time my picture is a challenge! Good luck!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Konkurs matura 2013! Zadanie 32! OSTATNIE!

Hey guys! Zapraszam do wzięcia udziału w konkursie dla maturzystów i nie tylko! Począwszy od 13 października 2012, z różną częstotliwością :) zamieszczam na blogu jedno zadanie maturalne. 

Waszym zadaniem jest oczywiście udzielić poprawnych odpowiedzi na każde zadanie. Za każdą poprawną odpowiedź otrzymujecie jeden punkt. 

Na odpowiedzi czekam zawsze do pólnocy tego samego dnia, w którym publikuję zadanie. 

Nicki wszystkich osób biorących udział w konkursie wraz ze zdobytymi punktami (od największej liczby punktów do najmniejszej) będą publikowane wraz kolejnym zadaniem. 

Zadania są typowymi zadaniami z egzaminu maturalnego z jezyka angielskiego, więc konkurs można potraktować jak niezłą powtórkę do egzaminu! 

Wszystkich zadań jest 32, czyli trzydzieści dwa posty publikowane czasami dzień po dniu, a czasami z jedno lub dwudniową przerwą :) 

Osoba, która zdobędzie największą liczbę punktów, zdobędzie nagrodę książkową, którą wyślę pocztą po uprzednim podaniu adresu do wysyłki na adres english.direct@wp.pl Zapraszam do zabawy!  

Zadanie 32

Uzupełnij każde z niedokończonych zdań, tak aby zachować znaczenie zdania wyjściowego. Wymagana jest pełna poprawność ortograficzna wpisywanych fragmentów zdań. Za każdą poprawną odpowiedź otrzymasz 1 punkt.

1.      When did you begin writing your diary? How long _____ writing your diary?
2.      He doesn’t like woodwork, so I am almost sure that he bought this table. He _____ this table because he doesn’t like woodwork.
3.      Why did you drink this liquid if you knew it was dangerous? What _____ drink this liquid if you knew it was dangerous?
4.      I don’t feel good evaluating somebody else’s work. I am _____ somebody else’s work.
 

 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jak zachęcić się do nauki angielskiego?

How ya doing? I guess everyone knows that you can't learn any language overnight whatever commercial you've ever heard! It's a process which usually lasts... And it lasts, and lasts, and lasts... unless you are a systematic, motivated and creative learner! :)


So how to learn in a way that could motivate you? The following ideas should help you test and choose the most effective strategies...  

  1. Pamiętaj, że nauka języka to proces stopniowy i nie nauczysz się języka przez noc, ani przez tydzień, ani przez kilka tygodni, jak mówią niektóre reklamy...
  2. Zadaj sobie jedno ważne pytanie: czy naprawdę chcesz się uczyć języka, dlaczego się chcesz nauczyć i czy jesteś gotowy/gotowa na systematyczną, sumienna pracę?
  3. Zorganizuj swoje życie tak, abyś każdego dnia zawsze miał/a czas na angielski i... co ważne... abyś każdego dnia czegoś się nauczył/a. Pamiętaj, że w przypadku nauki języka ważne jest 10 minut każdego dnia, niż jednorazowo 2 godziny.
  4. Najlepiej zrób z nauki angielskiego nawyk... Jeśli będziesz uczył/a się systematycznie, z czasem zaczniesz żyć angielskim. A jeśli zorganizujesz swoją naukę w miły sposób, będziesz chciał/a do niej wracać jak najczęściej :) Zrób ze swojej nauki absolutnie odjazdowy nałóg!
  5. Z drugiej strony straj się nie popaść w rutynę, w sensie takim, że swoją naukę będziesz strał/a się zawsze w jakiś sposób urozmaicić. Chcę tu powiedzieć, że warto jest eksperymentować i testować różne techniki i szukać takiego zestawu technik uczenia się czytania, słuchania, mówienia czy pisania, które będą dla Ciebie najlepsze! Nie uwiązuj się też jednej sprawności na dłużej, tzn. w poniedziałki możesz próbować mówić i czytać, we wtorki, pisać i słuchać, w środy poznawać słówka, we czwartki zrobić sobie powtórkę, itd.
  6. Znajdź sobie w realu, czy przez Skype ludzi z którymi bedziesz mógł/mogła poćwiczyć angielski. Możesz umówić się z kolegą/koleżanką z grupy/klasy, że spotykacie się online i gadacie wyłącznie po angielsku... lepiej lub gorzej... ale zanim się zorientujesz, będziesz lepiej mówić. Warto poszukać też kogoś w swoim wieku, kto nie mówi po polsku, a także uczy się angielskiego. Idealnie, jeśli znajdziesz sobie osobę, która jest rodzimym użytkownikiem języka :) Nauka z kimś zawsze jest ciekawsza!
  7. Tak dobieraj materiały, żebyś był/a tym co robisz zainteresowany/a! Nie pozól, żeby cokolwiek zniechęciło Cię do nauki! Materiałów dzisiaj jest całe mnóstwo... wystarczy się deko rozejrzeć. Jeśli będziesz uczyć się języka na interesujących Cię materiałach - zwiększysz diametralnie swoją efektywność!
  8. Nie zakuwaj gramatyki na sucho! To raczej bez sensu! To co przeczytasz z gramy od razu straj się zastosować w praktyce. Buduj zdania o sobie, o swoim zyciu! Praktyka czyni mistrza! W końcu języka uczymy się po to, żeby go konkretnie używać, a nie po to, żeby znać regułki.
  9. Ruszaj buzią! Same czytanie, słuchanie i pisanie nic Ci nie da, jeśli nie zmusisz się do mówienia! Dlatego powtarzaj wyrazy, czytaj na głos, gadaj do siebie! Ćwicz na głos! Może to faktycznie brzmi dziwnie, ale gwarantuję, że to działa!
  10. Staraj się być dla samego/samej siebie cierpliwym/cierpliwą! Tak jak już wspomniałem, nauka języka, to długi proces i wymaga czasu i ćwiczeń. Nie zniechęcaj się! Niech każda pomyłka mobilizuje Cię jeszcze bardziej!
  11. Korzystaj z Internetu! Sieć oferuje dzisiaj takie zatrzęsienie możlwiości, że właściwie masz wszystko w zasięgu myszki :) Korzystaj z tych zasobów ile się da! Wystarczy wpisać w wyszukiwarkę kilka haseł typu "English exercises", "language exchange", "English e-friends" itp. a zostaniesz zasypany/a materiałami, pomysłami itp. Samo szukanie już nauczy i podpowie Ci ciekawe rozwiązania!
  12. Jeśli nadal nie bardzo to wszystko widzisz, napisz w komentarzu co Cię boli jeśli chodzi o naukę tego pięknego języka :) Obgadamy ten temat razem :)

words that begin with ex- exasperate


Another EX- word today! Let's take a look at this amazing word:

EXASPERATE

This one doesn't sound familiar, does it? Well... The Polish language translates it as rozdrażniać, pogarszać, rozgoryczać, rozjątrzać, wzmagać. In English we could define this word as to make very angry, to infuriate, to annoy...

Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • He was exasperated by the continual interruptions.
  • Professor Lopez was exasperated by her students' lack of interest in Literature.
  • The manufacturers of Kleenex and Sellotape are exasperated to find people using kleenex and sellotape as ordinary words for facial tissues...
  • Ms Merkel's allies are exasperated at what they view as an unrealistic British stance...
  • Nurses are exasperated by the slow pace at which prescribing is expanding...
  • However, German officials are exasperated by what they see as...
  • German officials are exasperated by what they see as London's slide towards Europe's margins, a move underlined by the British parliament's...
  • Trade is facing continued recessionary headwinds in 2012 and these are exasperated by economic and monetary problems across its key...                    
My question to you:
What are you exasperated with right now?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

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