Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Talk soon!

MATURA USTNA Z ANGIELSKIEGO 2012 - Zadanie 1 - Przykładowa rozmowa - PAŃSTWO i SPOŁECZEŃSTWO

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Egzamin maturalny z języka angielskiego
Zadanie 1

Time: 3 minutes
Preparation: 30 seconds

Let’s start with Task 1. Read the task. You have about half a minute for that. Then we’ll start.

Can we start now?

Egzaminator: As you know I am writing an article on juvenile delinquency (przestępczość nieletnich). Tell me what the situation in Poland is please.

Zdający: Well, the most frequently committed crimes (popełniane przestepstwa) are vandalism (wandalizm), drunk-driving (jazda pod wpływem alkoholu) and shoplifting (drobne kradzieże sklepowe). What's more I am afraid these crime rates are growing and something should definitely be done about it. What we see, though, is that little is done to tackle (dotknąć) the problem of juvenile delinquency.

Egzaminator: I see. What about punishment? Shouldn't it deter (powstrzymywać) crime?

Zdający: Well, the truth is that the Polish system of law is not very effective and many youngsters get away with (unikać kary) a mere warning (ostrzeżenie) while, I think, they should be imprisoned or at least fined.

Egzaminator: So what are the types of punishment in Poland?

Zdający: Well, there are a few types, for example a fine (kara grzywny), or a term of imprisonment (areszt), but more often than not juveniles are simply sent to correction centers (poprawczak) or are granted a probation officer (kurator sądowy).

Egzaminator: I see. So what do you think the typical causes for juvenile delinquency are?

Zdający: Probably many... But what comes to my mind is lack of care (brak opieki) and love from family. I may also mention immaturity (niedojrzałość) of juveniles themselves. Lat but not least it could be bad influence from your the environment they live in.

Egzaminator: Oh, I see. Thank you having given me an insight in (wgląd w) the situation in Poland.

Thank you.

Let’s move to Task 2.

HTH Any comments? Talk soon!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

What's your favorite gadget?

The poll is closed now. Let's take a look at what your favorite gadgets really are :) I guess it is not very surprising to have learnt that most people's number one is


The subsequent winners are:

  • Touch Screen Phone (38%)
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Digital Camera & GPS Device (15%)
  • iPod & iPhone (7%)
Why are notebooks so popular? Well, there are probably many advantages of using notebooks... Let's take a look at some of them. For me, the most cherished advantage is portability (przenośność) and the fact that you can do just as many things as with a regular PC. Would you add anything else?

P.S. Most recently I have learnt that HP Pavilion dv6-6050ew is quite a cool one. Would you recommend it too? What notebooks do you use? IS there any notebook brand you would particularly dissuade from buying? Why?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MATURA USTNA Z ANGIELSKIEGO 2012 - Zadanie 1 - Przykładowa rozmowa - ZDROWIE

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Ok, zerknijmy dzisiaj na kolejny zestaw. Tym razem jest to zestaw dot. tematu maturalnego ZDROWIE (kliknij na zestaw by powiększyć).

Zadanie 1
Time: 3 minutes
Preparation: 30 seconds

Let’s start with Task 1. Read the task. You have about half a minute for that. Then we’ll start.
Can we start now?
Egzaminator: Hi Aneta...  I see you look miserable today. What's wrong?
Zdający: Well, I have been suffering from (cierpię na) strange pain (dziwny ból) in my stomach and a headache for some time now... I don't know what's going on. I feel that I may have a temperature too.
Egzaminator: I see. It doesn't sound good. Are you taking any medicines?
Zdający: Nope. I am not taking anything as I don't really know which medicines to take. I guess I should go to a doctor to hear a diagnosis (usłyszeć diagnozę) and get a prescription (dostać receptę).
Egzaminator: Yes, absolutely. Didn't you have a pizza yesterday? Maybe it is the reason why you're feeling bad today.
Zdający: Yes, it's possible although I didn't feel there was anything wrong with that pizza. Maybe it's just a regular cold or something... I slept by an open window and felt cold so that could be the cause of my condition. But why should I have a stomach ache then? It's strange.
Egzaminator: Well, I guess there's no point guessing. It's better to see a doc. 
Zdający: Yes, you're right. If you agree, I would like to make an arrangement (umówić się) with my doctor for tomorrow. Therefore, if you agree, I would like to have a day off (dzień wolnego). Is it possible? I guess Tom may replace me tomorrow. He perfectly knows my duties here.
Egzaminator: Of course. Don' worry about tomorrow. Just see your doc and get well soon (szybko zdrowiej).
Zdający: Thanks.

Thank you.

Let’s move to Task 2.

HTH Talk soon!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

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MATURA USTNA Z ANGIELSKIEGO 2012 - Zadanie 1 - Przykładowa rozmowa - PRACA

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Tak może wyglądać przykładowa realizacja Zadania 1 na temat PRACA (kliknij na obrazek z lewej, żeby zapoznać się z przykładowym zestawem).
Time: 3 minutes
Preparation: 30 seconds

Let’s start with Task 1. Read the task. You have about half a minute for that. Then we’ll start.

Can we start now?

Egzaminator: Hi Magda! I've heard you were working as an au pair during your holidays. Tell me something about it.
Zdający: Well, yes. I was working as an au pair and I had many duties. I had to take care of two small children. For example, in the morning I had to prepare breakfast for them and take them to the kindergarten. After that I had to pick them from the kindergarten and in the evening it was my duty to play with them.
Egzaminator: Wow! It seems you had a lot of work...
Zdający: Yes, indeed. I had to demonstrate a few skills when I was applying for this job. I had to prove I could drive a car, speak English and talk to kids...
Egzaminator: I see. What about remuneration?
Zdający: Well, to be honest I didn't earn much. It was approximately $500 a month, but I really like even this little money. I could always spend it wisely on many things such as entertainment, education, etc.
Egzaminator: That's cool.
Zdający: This is not all. I have forgotten to tell you that I also received extra bonuses if I really had a tough day with those kids.
Egzaminator: That's amazing. I wish I could work as an au pair this year.
Zdający: Ha! That's not all. Although I really had to work hard on some days, when I had some free time, I really enjoyed it to the full. We often went on excursions with my host family, I often went to discos with my American friends, and I had enough time to learn English!
Egzaminator: This is all so encouraging! I am sure I will go for an au pair post this year!
Zdający: Yeah. I guess it's really worthwhile.

Pamiętaj, że zawsze musisz odnieść się do każdej chmurki i ją rozwinąć, tak jak w powyższym dialogu.

Thank you.Let’s move to Task 2.

No właśnie, tak to może przykładowo wyglądać :) Mam nadzieję, że ta przykładowa, wymyślona przeze mnie rozmowa przyda się Wam, żeby deko ogarnąć Zadanie 1. Postaram się teraz publikować w miarę regularnie inne przykładowe rozmowy na pozostałe tematy. Talk soon!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Who are you at work? Find yourself...

We learn or work with different people. Have you ever thought about how others see you in your class or office? Who are you at school or at work? Are you one of the following types?

It is someone who works long hours and doesn’t seem to have a life outside the office.

It is someone who always wants to get a job exactly right, even though it may take an extremely long time.

It is someone who is very quick at solving problems, especially mechanical/technical/mathematical ones.

It is someone who likes to tell stories and spread rumors about colleagues.

It is someone who likes to cause trouble for others.

It is someone who goes to great trouble to look busy but is probably not very productive.

It is someone who has an unusual interest in the workings of office machinery, computers, etc.

It is a manger/supervisor who makes inferiors work unnecessarily hard.

It is someone (especially in middle management) who cannot say no to superiors and lacks the courage to challenge decisions/regulations.

Have you recognized yourself among these types? Have you recognized any of your friends? Write about weird behaviors of people you work with... Talk soon!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Are there many vandals in your area?

Another weekend has passed and young people were enjoying themselves a lot during the two magic days when they were 'painting the town red'. This is just an idiom, but in many cases it is a sad reality... What do I mean? Well, I just mean that there are many young people who, while intoxicated (pod wpływem) and on their way back, really paint the town red... either with paint or blood, destroy many things on their way and deliberately (celowo) damage public property or things belonging to other people, usually for no apparent reason (wyraźny powód)... What do you call a person who behaves like this?


In Polish we also have almost the same word, i.e. 'wandal'.In my area I often see many signs of vandalism, especially on Monday morning when I drive to work... It is so sad that many people do not respect other people's or public property.

What are the causes of vandalism? I guess the most common cause is just being under the influence... But in many cases, by destroying property vandals also demonstrate their racist or religious hatred (nienawiść). In many other cases it is just ill-founded jealousy (chora zazdrość), which is often the result of bad parenting. Sometimes people just are evil as they were born that way... When it comes to graffiti... it is slightly different, as vandals often think of themselves as 'rebellious artists' (buntowniczy artyści) and want to show their different point of view and be respected by their peers through acts of destroying property by leaving their graffiti in places they should stay away from. They often cut through fences, slip past security to mark their presence...

HOMEWORK: Are there many vandals in your area? How should the problem of vandalism be solved in your opinion? What are the typical acts of vandalism in your area? What are the causes of vandalism in your place of living?

MATURA USTNA Z ANGIELSKIEGO 2012 - Zadanie 3 O czym pamiętać?

Hello! Zajmijmy się dzisiaj szybkim omówieniem Zadania 3 na maturze ustnej z angielskiego w tegorocznym wydaniu :)

Na Zadanie 3 masz około pięciu minut. Rozpoczynając to zadanie egzaminator powie "Read the task and think about what you'd like to say. You have about a minute to preapre." Jak widzisz, zanim zaczniesz cokolwiek mówić, masz minutę, żeby zastanowić się nad swoim zestawem. Po upływie tego czasu - jeśli sam/a nie zaczniesz, usłyszysz pytanie "Can you start now?"

Teraz, w zadaniu tym trzeba się nieco wykazać... Jest to chyba najtrudniejsza część egzaminu ustnego, bo wymaga od Ciebie wykoanania trudniejszych rzeczy. W części pierwszej tego zadania musisz przeanalizować szybko przedstawione obrazki i wybrać ten, który Twoim zdaniem będzie bardziej odpowiedni do zrealizowania Twojego zadania... Poza tym, dokonawszy wyboru, musisz uzasadnić swój wybór. Dodatkowo, w tej części trzeba też wypowiedzieć się, dlaczego odrzucasz drugi obrazk (drugą propozycję). Na wykonanie tej części zadania masz około dwóch minut.

Następnie egzaminujący mówi coś w rodzaju "Thank you. I will now ask you two questions." W zestawie dla egzaminującego są cztery pytania, z których wybierze dla Ciebie dwa. Również masz około dwóch minut, żeby uwinąć się z odpowiedziami na te pytania. Jak odpowiesz na pytanka, usłyszysz "Thank you. This is the end of the exam."

W tym zadaniu dostajesz punkty za uzasadnienie wyboru, za uzasadnienie odrzucenia, za poprawną odpowiedź na pytanie pierwsze i drugie. Pamiętaj, że zawsze musisz odnieść się i rozwinąć każde swoje uzasadnienie i każdą swoją odpowiedź. Poza tym, tak jak w każdym innym zadaniu na maturze ustnej będzie oceniana poprawność, wymowa, płynność i zakres struktur gramatycznych (tj. musisz pokazać, że znasz strone bierną, zdania warunkowe, różne czasy, mowę zależną itp.).

Pamiętaj, że każde przeformułowanie pytania w tym zadaniu (i w zadaniu 2) uważa się za pomoc zdającemu i tracisz na tym punkty... Pamiętaj także o tym, że w pierwszej części tego zadania egzaminator nie może Ci przypominać, że masz wybrać obrazek i uzasadnić swój wybór oraz że masz uzasadnić odrzucenie pozostałych obrazków, bo o tym łatwo jest zapomnieć. Wtedy egzaminator może jedynie zadać Ci pytanie czy masz jeszcze coś do dodania... Dlatego jak usłyszysz takie pytanie, to potraktuj to raczej jako podpowiedź, że jeszcze czegoś nie zrealizowałeś/aś :)

No i jeszcze słówko na temat tego magicznego stwierdzenia 'odniósł się' i 'rozwinął się', bo te aspekty są oceniane we wszystkich zdaniach maturalnych, także i w tym. Więc na przykład, jeśli chcesz uzasadnić wybór obrazka, musisz się to tego aspektu odnieść... Jeśli powiesz "OK, I have chosen the first picture." - to się odniosłeś/aś... Żeby jednak się 'rozwinąć' musisz coś dorzucić, na przykład "I have chosen the first picture because..." - i tutaj w zależności od tego jaka tematykę Twój zestaw porusza, musisz się wykazać nieco słownictwem, rozwinąć temat, itp.

Tak to z grubsza wygląda :) Mam nadzieję, że trochę rozjaśniłem nowy format matury ustnej z angielskiego 2012 :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Are you a bigot?

Let's talk about


Who is it? It is a person who has strong and often unreasonable opinions, especially about religion, race or politics, and is intolerant of those who do not share his/her opinions or beliefs. In Polish they are often called świętoszek or dewot :)

Take a look at some nice examples from the Net:
  • Sounds like a real bigot. I didn't realize having tattoos and piercings was unreasonable. Thanks for clearing that up, Jerry!
  • I know perfectly well that my words will never convince you because you are a real bigot and will never listen but to the fabulous superstitions ...
  • Her mother, who Rosalie describes "as a real bigot," made some bigoted remarks to Rand that ended the friendship between the mother and ...
  • Would you date a real bigot?
  • I am a "religious bigot," a self-avowed "religious bigot," and a proud one at that!
  • Archie Bunker was a bigot – and rightly laughed at for his bigotry.
  • If I thought he was a bigot, I wouldn't support him.
Are you a bigot? What do you think of these people? Is being a bigot a good or a bad thing? What is your opinion?      

조선민주주의인민공화국's tyrant...

Today I wanted to talk about North Korea's leader, i.e. Kim Jong-un, who I guess should be described as


Who is a tyrant? Well, it is a ruler who has absolute power and who rules cruelly and unjustly. In Polish wa have a very similar word and it is tyran. Am I wrong to call the man a tyrant? If so, please dispel my beliefs. Who is North Korea's next leader? This is Kim's youngest son - Kim Jong un (in his late 20s).

Why do I think Kim Jong un is another tyrant? Well, as far as I know North Korea's propaganda machine will traditionally do whatever it can (and it can do a lot...) to build up the same personality cult for Jong un that his father and late grandfather enjoyed. 

This means, the cult will be built by him acting in a more or less the same way as his predecessors, i.e by running large concentration camps, capturing political prisoners and tormenting their relatives, torturing and executing innocent people, forcing labor, esp. child labor and many others... 

How else can you call a person who does all these things? Calling such a man a tyrant is just being way too delicate.

The question is... Why nothing is done to change the situation of these poor people there? Why has this world been passively looking at the horror of North Koreans for so long knowing that all possible human rights are violated in that country? 

Take a look at a few documents to learn more about the incredibly hard life of the persecuted in North Korea:
Go and see some appalling images here.

Looking forward to your comments on this...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Do you do yoga?

I used to be interested in yoga myself just like many other people in the West who didn't understand the history behind it. Yoga for me was simply a means of physical exercise that was supposed to help me relax and to strengthen my body. Recently, however, I have learnt that the philosophy behind yoga involves much more than physically improving yourself. It is an ancient practice of Indian origin, believed to be the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment. Today I know it is not the right path...

The word "yoga" itself means "union", and the goal is to unite  our temporary self with the infinite Brahman, which is the Hindu concept of "God". This god is not a literal being, but is an impersonal spiritual substance that is one with nature and the cosmos. This is what is known as "pantheism". It is a belief that everything is God, it is a doctrine that views the universe as a reflection of God. Since everything is God, the yoga philosophy does not distinguish between man and God.

There are different aspects of yoga, one of them is Hatha yoga. Its main focus is on the physical body through special postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. It is believed that Hatha yoga prepares the body for the spiritual exercises in order to achieve enlightenment. The practice of yoga is based on the belief that man and God are one, which is not true - at least for me, as this way of looking at things is a kind of self-worship under the cover of a high level of spirituality.

Now, there is a question arising that a Christian should ask himself, is it possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga (and consider it just a method of exercise) without incorporating the spirituality or philosophy behind it? In fact, yoga originated with a blatantly anti-Christian philosophy, and that philosophy has not changed and it still teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. Thus, yoga practitioners are encouraged to look for the answers to life's difficult questions within their own conscience while Christians are obliged to look for answers to existential questions in the Bible. In this way, yoga makes people vulnerable to deception from God's enemy, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God.

Besides we are to adhere to one of the Ten Commandments, i.e. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. In Corinthians we also learn that whatever we do, should be done for God's glory. The apostle Paul in his letter to Philippians also tells us to fix our thoughts on what is true and honorable and right, to think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable, and to think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise as.

Talk soon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Do you know the new oral MATURA format POLL RESULTS...

The poll has just closed and it seems that 45 percent of respondents say they do not know the new format of the final secondary school oral exam in English that is implemented in Poland. How are they going to cope with the exam requirements if the exam is to be held so soon? Here are a few links to useful websites telling you more about the exam:
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Do you think you will be put out to pasture soon?

The other day during a class I was wondering how to express a situation when you make someone stop working at their job because they are too old to be useful to work more. I thought of a nice Polish phrase "wysłać kogoś na zieloną trawkę" and was wondering if there was a similar phrase in English... And you know what? There is! It sounds almost the same as in Polish:


The phrase is really useful and very popular. Take a look at some examples from the Internet:
  • Just put me out to pasture now. It became very apparent tonight that I'm old. I can't pretend that I'm not anymore.
  • It is time to put him out to pasture so that someone who actually understands the game of football and offensive tactics can call the plays for the Texas offense.
  • When they put me out to pasture I hope I fare better than Korrd." -James T. Kirk
  • Please don't put me out to pasture. I have lots of good years left. This vice president has reached retirement age.
  • This vice president has reached retirement age. It's time to put him out to pasture.
 Are you going to be put out to pasture? Would you like to be put out to pasture? What do you think of putting people out to pasture at the age of 67?   

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day!

Yeah! It is March 17 and another St Patrick's Day! Who is St Patrick? He is the patron saint of Ireland although Britain was his homeland. Why is he so Irish? Well, as a 14 year old boy he was captured and taken to Ireland, where he was kept as a slave and had to herd sheep. Then, when he was in his 30s, he returned to Ireland but as a missionary to convert the Celts. And why is the shamrock a symbol of Ireland? Well, the legend has it that Patrick used the plant to explain what the Holy Trinity was :)

I have some other questions for you to test your knowledge about this day. I challenge you to these questions! Leave your answers in your posts!

1.    St Patrick’s Day is celebrated to commemorate which event?
2.    Which is the day St Patrick died?
3.    Where was St Patrick born?
4.   Which color is associated with St Patrick’s Day?
5.    What does the shamrock signify on the Day?
6.   What does leprechaun mean?
7.    What is the language of Ireland?
8.   Which church is regarded as the most famous one dedicated to St Patrick?
9.   In Ireland, what does the color green stand for?
10. What colors are there on the Irish flag?
11.  What was St Patrick’s name at birth?
12. How long did St Patrick’s mission in Ireland last?
13. What happens if you don’t wear green on St Patrick’s Day?
14. What does ‘Erin Go Braugh’ mean?
15. What profession does the leprechaun supposedly practice?
16. According to legend, what should you never do if you catch a leprechaun?
17. If you catch a leprechaun and take your eyes off him, what happens?
18. Who was St Patrick?

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Are you a boor?

Today, let's look at a 'fantastic' group of people, i.e. the boorish :) A representative of this group is just...


Who's this? Well, to put it simply, it is a person who behaves in a coarse and bad-mannered way. In Polish we call these guys 'gbur', 'cham' or 'prostak'. There are multitudes of such people around us. Why are they boorish? Well, there could be many reasons... This is not so important perhaps. What is important though, is to show these as much understanding as possible. It is often not their fault they are boorish :) So next time you come across a boor, just try to understand him/her and be just kind :)

A few examples from the Net:
  • Jeremy Clarkson is a boor, but he's only...
  • Obama is a boor because only a low class, rude person with no manners would reject the declaration of the Village elders in the media that ...
  • According to Noonan, Obama is a boor, because he's so in your face, all the time, with all his appearances on health care insurance reform.
  • He is a boor because he conceives himself to be intellectually superior and rather coyly presents to cover this, a cloak of excessive humility and modesty.
  • Fox News suggests Barack Obama is a boor because he doesn't play basketball with girls.
  • When Tom is around Myrtle he is a boor, because he brings up Myrtle's husband which he does in an attempt to remind her that she is nothing ...
To sum up, everybody is a boor to some extent so let's not feel superior to those whom we thought of as boors :) 

HOMEWORK: Leave a post with your short story on either your or someone else's boorishness :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Would you say there are lots of charlatans these days?

I have a feeling there are more and more of them nowadays.... don't you think? Let's take a look at this word... Who is...


Well, the simplest definition would be to say that this is a person who deceives others by pretending to have special skills or knowledge. These are usually guys who claim to know some secrets about medicine, but more often than not it is not true.

In English the word charlatan has a few synonyms such as a quack, a witch-doctor, or a medicine man. The word charlatan is not so popular in everyday life as this word has some negative associations, but I have a feeling there are quite many people who offer different sorts of alternative treatments although they have no idea about medicine. Of course they would never call themselves charlatans, but I know they are :)   

In Polish, we have a similar word for a charlatan and it is 'szarlatan'

OK, what's your standpoint on charlatans then?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

MATURA USTNA Z ANGIELSKIEGO 2012 - Zadanie 2 O czym pamiętać?

Dzisiaj chcę zająć się Zadaniem 2. Ta część egzaminu polega na opisaniu ilustracji i udzieleniu odpowiedzi na trzy pytania. Opisując ilustrację najlepiej jest się trzymać pewnego schematu, tzn. po pierwsze trzeba powiedzieć kto znajduje się na obrazku, po drugie - co robi i po trzecie - gdzie jest. Oczywiście, jeśli ktoś nie ma z mówieniem większych problemów, warto, żeby każdy z tych elementów rozwinął nieco bardziej :) Na czym to miałoby polegać? Ano na tym, żeby mówiąc o osobie/osobach z obrazka powiedzieć o nich nieco więcej, np. jak wyglądają, w jakim są wieku, jakie są między nimi relacje, itp. Mówiąc na przykład o tym gdzie się znajdują warto dorzucić, że znajdują się w pomieszczeniu takim i takim, że pomieszczenie to sprawia takie a takie wrażenie, że znajdują się w nim takie i takie meble, przedmioty, itp. Wreszcie mówiąc o cznnościach, warto podnieść jakość swojej wypowiedzi określając poszczególne czynności osób na obrazku jakimiś ciekawymi przysłówkami, np. They are sitting comfortably on a sofa and watching a match attentively. Warto też wykorzystywac przymiotniki do opisywania rzeczowników... Weźmy to samo zdanie... They are sitting comfortably on a big sofa and watching an interesting match attentively. Generalnie im więcej detali opiszesz, tym ciekawiej :)
Następnie, egzaminator zadaje ci trzy pytanka, na które musisz odpowiedzieć, najlepiej najpełniej jak się da. Nastaw się raczej na pytania szczegółowe, tzn. zaczynające się od who, where, which, how itp. Jeśli jednak pojawi się pytanie ogólne typu 'Do you...' 'Are you...' - to zazwyczaj na końcu dorzucone zostanie niewinne 'dopytanie' 'Why?', którego nie wolno zignorować :) Jeśli podczas opisu obrazka uda ci się powiedzieć na tyle dużo, że uprzedzisz pytania egzaminatora, to tego pytania już nie otrzymasz, i będzie po wszystkim :)
Ważne, żeby dobrze wsłuchac się w zadawane pytania, ponieważ każde przeformułowanie pytania będzie liczyć się jako pomoc i odbije się na sumie punktów... I tak przeformułowanie jednego lub dwóch pytań będzie cię kosztować 1 punkt, a przeformułowanie wszystkich - 2 punkty. Oczywiście, zawsze możesz poprosić o powtórzenie pytania i nie ma to wpływu na twoje punkty! Jeśli czytając tego posta masz więcej pytań, pisz... chętnie odpowiem! Talk soon!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Do lackeys irritate you at work?

Hi! Today I would love to focus on a beautiful English word

A LACKEY (sługus, pachołek)

Who is this? It is a person who probably irritates you in your workplace as it is a person who follows another person's orders completely without ever questioning them! In Polish such is a person is often called 'sługus' or 'pachołek'. I guess there are probably many people like this in every company. Well, sometimes you have no choice and have to do things, but in many other cases lackeys are lackeys because this is their way of life... or maybe this is their way of getting promoted... or maybe I am just wrong... If so, correct me :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

MATURA USTNA Z ANGIELSKIEGO 2012 - Zadanie 1 O czym pamiętać?

Tak jak pisałem wcześniej, Zadanie 1, to sympatyczna rozmowa, gdzie zdający musi zrealizować tzw. 'chmurki', a egzaminujący wciela się w rolę osoby mówiącej tylko po angielsku, dlatego trzeba pamiętać, by nie używać polskich słów w angielskich zdaniach, ponieważ 'nie zostaną one zrozumiane' przez egzaminującego, a usłyszysz raczej pytanie typu: "What do you mean by 'pierogi'?

Realizując zadanie 1 możesz, a czasem nawet musisz, zadawać pytania, by właściwie przebrnąć przez rozmowę z egzaminatorem.

Rozmowa ta powinna być jak najbardziej naturalna, jednak na zdającym ciąży obowiązek zrealizowania wszystkich 'chmurek'. Egzaminujący musi z kolei tak prowadzić rozmowę, by umożliwić zdającemu realizację 'chmurek'.

Realizując zadanie 1 musisz pamiętać, że czas na przeprowadzenie rozmowy nie może w żadnym razie ulec przedłużeniu. Chodzi o to, by realizując poszczególne 'chmurki' nie skupić się za długo na jednej czy dwóch 'chmurkach'. Trzeba koniecznie monitorować czas.

Musisz uważać też na to, kto rozpoczyna rozmowę. W swoim zestawie będzie wyraźna informacja na temt tego, kto ma zacząć. Nawet jednak jeśli się zestresujesz, to obowiązkiem egzaminującego jest i tak rozpoczęcie konwersacji bez szkody dla twoich punktów :)

Realizując kolejne 'chmurki' musisz starać się zrealizować 'chmurki' i każdy temat rozwinąć dorzucając do swojej wypowiedzi inne, dodatkowe informacje. Ważne jest, by się rozwinąć :)

Niebawem postaram się napisac coś na temat zadania 2 i 3. Talk soon!

A message to native speakers of English :)

Dear English-speaking Visitors :) Since I have noticed you come to my blog quite often... maybe just by accident or perhaps on purpose, I would love to encourage you to leave your posts here to co-create this blog about the English language, its fascinating vocabulary, grammar and lots of other things concerning this beautiful language. I would love to hear your practical tips on language learning and to share nice words you know with many Polish learners of English. Also, should you be interested in Poland, the Polish language or our culture, we may discuss these things here too. Cheers!

Friday, March 9, 2012


Wracam teraz do zaczętego wcześniej tematu nowej matury ustnej z języka angielskiego. Jeszcze raz przypomnijmy sobie co nas czeka już za parę tygodni :) Ustny egzamin z angielskiego będzie składał się z trzech zadań i jest obliczony na około 15 minut.

No i tak... Zadanie 1, tak jak opisałem to wcześniej tutaj, to odrywanie ról. Zadanie 2 natomiast jest już nieco trudniejsze i polega na opisaniu obrazka i udzieleniu odpowiedzi na jego temat. W zadaniu 3 z kolei - powiedziałbym, że najtrudniejszym - chodzi o to, by zdający wykazał się umiejętnością wyrażania opinii oraz argumentowania swoich racji.

Zmianie ulegną też kryteria oceniania zdającego. Teraz bardzo istotne będzie rozwinięcie swojej wypowiedzi i jej jakość, czyli to, co bogactwo wypowiedzi, jej adekwatnośc, użycie różnych struktur gramatycnych, tak zwana poprawność gramatyczno-leksykalna (czyli błędy w gramatyce i dobranych słówkach), ale także wymowa i płynność wypowiedzi.

Co zatem nowego? Większy nacisk zostanie położony na jakość używanego języka, a nie jak było wcześniej, na komunikację.

Do tematu wrócę jeszcze później i będę mówił o ciekawostkach dot. tego egzaminu :)

Have you ever used a pawnbroker's services?

The word I wanted to talk about today is


Who's is that? Well, it is a person who will lend you money in return for an article you possess, e.g. a watch. In Polish, we call these guys 'właściciel zakładu zastawniczego' or 'właściciel lombardu'. Such a person has the right to sell the article if the money is not repaid within a certain time. In other words, it is a moneylender who takes property as security deposit.

My question is: "Have you ever used a pawnbroker's services?" What pledges (zastaw) did you leave with a pawnbroker? Do you think pawnbrokers are useful? Is there a pawn shop in your town?

Let me also give you a few nice Internet examples with this word:
  • Her father was a pawnbroker who ran a very profitable business.
  • Joe is a pawnbroker who seems to deal mainly in secrets – that is, he trades people's deepest, darkest secrets for cash.
  • ...his grandfather was a pawnbroker who started off as a cooper and carpenter originally, and they were all...
  • His target is a pawnbroker who rips off poor people to the advancement...
  • Supposedly, over a thousand years ago, there was a pawnbroker who helped someone.
  • Robert Miller was a pawnbroker who died in 1900. He had businesses in Saltcoats, Glasgow and Kilmarnock.
  • Madame is a pawnbroker who squeezes money from the poor by giving them very small amounts of money for their valuables which she is then...
Talk soon!    

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Is it easy to be a woman today?

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries on March 8 every year. Today, it is March 8!

The day is meant for acknowledging the achievements, contributions and struggles of the women from all over the world.

Now, let me take this opportunity to wish all women
Happy Women's Day!

Let me also share this wise and truthful quote about women I have found recently...

A woman is like a tea bag –
you never know
how strong she is
until she gets in hot water. 

And since I am a man myself, I need to say that I do agree with what Joseph Conrad once said... 

"Being a woman is a terribly difficult task,since it consists principally in dealing with men."

Happy Women’s Day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What does the life of a squatter look like?

The word for today is


Who is a squatter? We may say it is a person who enters and lives in unoccupied property without permission and without paying any rent. Sounds like it is one of the cheapest ways of living. What you do is you spot some nice abandoned place, move into it without permission and that's it! :) Sounds like fun but would you ever try living this way yourself?

Let's talk about the life of a squatter? What does it look like? Have you ever thought of finding yourself in a squat? How would you live?

Here is a nice BBC article on squatting. I hope this will be a good source of inspiration for leaving a post here. :) Talk soon!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Are you a convalescent?

I guess I will be soon as I am currently suffering from a nasty cold. The weather now is so changeable that one can easily catch a bad bug. Anyhow, let's take a look at our word today, which is


Who's this? The basic definition is that it is a person who is spending time getting well after an illness, a person who is recovering from an illness or who is recuperating.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • He was a convalescent soldier, going from the hospital to his regiment, and altogether too much of an invalid for the exchange.
  • From the time they are convalescents, the men are encouraged to make body movements which become progressively more active.
  • While in England he was a convalescent at 3rd Northern Hospital at Sheffield.
  • Jenny's motivation is the deep, passionate love she has felt for Adam ever since he was a convalescent officer.
  • Bertha ought to be able to write me every once in a while, while she is a convalescent.   
Therefore, my question today is "Are you a convalescent?" In addition to that, I would also like to ask "What were you suffering from? Are you a successful convalescent? How long have you been a convalescent?" Talk soon!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How to change recidivists?

The word I would love to look at today is


It is a person who keeps going back to a life of crime even after being punished. We may say that, in other words, this is an incurable criminal or, as such people are often described, a hardened criminal. This is a person who repeatedly regresses and relapses into a life of crime.

It's hard to reclaim (resocjalizować) such a person. Hence, my question is 'How to change recidivists?' Should they just be kept isolated? Should they be punished more and more severely each time they commit a crime? Should any other idea be implemented? Do you have any suggestions? Cheers!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Which political party are you a stalwart of?

Hello on Friday! It's the best day of the week for many as you will remember one of the recent polls :) Today I want to talk about another nice word, i.e.


What does the word mean? This is a beautiful noun that refers to a person who is loyal to a political party, an organization, etc. The word refers to a person who is a supporter of a party or an organization, etc. It's a person who may also be described as an admirer or a friend of a party or an organization.

The same word also functions as an adjective and refers to a strong and brave person who is able to support some organized body or an association.

Let me give you a few examples to illustrate how our magic word can be used:

  • In 2012 he joined CCR where he remains a loyal stalwart.
  • WOŚP has always had its stalwart supporters and fierce opponents.
  • Jaś has always been one of the club's stalwarts.
  • It's just to a few loyal stalwarts that the party survived.
  • Mayor of Ostrołęka is a Law and Justice (PiS) stalwart. 
So, just to close this post, are you a stalwart? Which party, organisation, association or club do you support?

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Which European country is worth visiting this summer?

    The poll is closed now! The results are really nice! Poland wins! Spain comes second! This is so positive! I wish to hear more ideas from you on which places are really worth recommending in Poland! Would you rather recommend staying in big cities or maybe in some rural and remote places you know of :) Please share your experiences!

    I have already been to Szczecin, Gdańsk, Warszawa, Kraków, Poznań, Białystok, Kielce, Zakopane, Olsztyn and probably a few other Polish cities. Which other Polish places would you suggest visiting? Why? And why do you think Spain is better than say... Portugal?


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