Saturday, June 30, 2012

A thank you post to a visitor from ALDERSHOT, UK


Hi! Just in between my posts :) I would like to thank a visitor from Aldershot, UK for having visited my blog!


Aldershot is a English town in the county of Hampshire. 


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I have never been there myself... although I was in Guildford, which is about 20 minutes away from Aldershot :)What is more, Aldershot (33k) is similar in size to Ostroleka (55k), where I reside :)

As far as I have learnt Aldershot is known for being an army town because is the hub of the British Army. I've found out that it is also twinned with Sulechów in Poland, which is sweet :)


My question to you:
Have you ever been to Aldershot? What interesting things can one see there?

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: LEGS

What about another idiom? Since I experienced an interesting situation yesterday, I want to talk about this particular idiomatic expression today:


TAIL BETWEEN ONE'S LEGS

And? Do you have any ideas what this cutie might mean? I believe everyone has seen this picture...

http://www.streetdogrescue.com

Indeed, this is a sad picture and just taking a look at it should explain the idiom above. The idiom refers to a situation when you feel beaten or humiliated (just like this poor, frightened dog in the picture); In other words, we may say that when you have your tail between your legs, you just run away in fear or defeat, you retreat quickly... In Polish we have a similar idiom which is uciekać/odchodzić z podkulonym ogonem, odchodzić jak niepyszny, czuć się jak zbity pies... 


A few words from myself in this context :)
Hmmm... The idiom today definitely does not refer to a joyful situation. When you are with you tail between your legs, you just feel down in the mouth and even worse... just like a beaten dog... So what are your spirits then? I'd say rather low... In fact, I really don't understand those who humiliate others by shouting at them, showing how debilitated and unintelligent they are... To me, such behavior is nothing more than showing one's inferiority complex and weakness. How to behave when you are humiliated? There are two ways you can choose... One is to start fighting and trying to humiliate your interlocutor... The other strategy is to take what they have to say and bear in mind what Jesus once promised... those who are humiliated would have the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is my model and he was humiliated in a thousand ways... and did not respond, but whenever he was given an opportunity, he explained things to people with love and patience for He knew this would change those people. I guess we should follow this simple principle... If we are truly humble, we don't need to defend ourselves when we're falsely accused or unjustly treated. What we should do is defend the truth, but not our own egos or reputation. 

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:

  • When people criticize him unjustly, he just goes away with his tail between his legs and doesn't tell them that they're wrong.
  • When you did this, you probably noticed that Milo put his head down, lowered his eyes, and slowly walked away with his tail between his legs.
  • ...she will either blow her steam on you and feel like shit or she will look down to the ground and go away with her tail between her legs.
  • A quick little “hey” causes her to slink away with her tail between her legs...
  • She was dominated quickly and walked away with her tail between her legs; the only thing hurt was her ego...           
What's your say? 
How do you react when someone makes you go off with your tail between your legs?  
Looking forward to you posts! :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

words that begin with ex expectant

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

EXPECTANT

Hey! What about another fantastic ex- word? Today the magic word refers to a situation when someone is in a state of anticipation... In Polish we could define this word as oczekujący, wyczekujący... 
 

What do I have to say in this context?
For some reason I come to think of expectant mothers... Isn't it the most beautiful period in a woman's life?  I guess it could easily be called the most joyous time of life. Not only do women look more beautiful but there is something wonderful about how they grow emotionally, how they change inside... Another thing is that being an expectant is just so miraculous as there is a new life who is about to be brought into this world. And suddenly, where there are two, there are three people! :) Isn't it a beautiful and rewarding thing? Of course this word is not only to be used to talk about mothers-to-be... We may also talk about expectant heirs (prawowity spadkobierca), expectant fathers or children's expectant faces when they are awaiting some surprise :)

Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:

  • If you are an expectant twin dad wondering what your twin pregnancy and future holds, help is on the way...
  • It's that time of the week yet again when you've got a pack of hungry, expectant faces at home exchanging longing glances...
  • Packed with helpful information on the typical struggles and feelings expectant fathers face, Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies gives first-time fathers...
  • Here's a guide to pregnancy and birth for the expectant dad.
  • An expectant heir may contract to transfer his or her interest in an expected inheritance to another person or entity.   
               
My question to you:
Are you an expectant mother/father? Were you one? Will you be one? Or perhaps you are an expectant heir :) Share your story!

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: EYE


Hello on a Thursday! The weather is a bit better... at least now in the morning. Today's idiom is concerned with our behavior... We often pretend not to see things around us, which sometimes is good and sometimes not... The idiom I want to focus on today is:

TO TURN A BLIND EYE

Alright... Let's not a turn a blind eye to it and define it... This idiom simply means to ignore sth that you know is wrong... In Polish we have a similar idiom which is udać, że się nie widzi; być ślepym na jedno oko... 

A few words from myself in this context :)
Well...Why do we often turn a blind eye to other people's behaviors? I think the answer is easy... we don't want to stick our neck out and we simply want to avoid any potential problems that could then arise if we decided to see something bad with the naked eye (gołym okiem) :) The question is whether it is good or bad to turn a blind eye... I guess we need to be reasonable and should take the right action even if we feel that it would be easier to just pass it by. Of course, it takes courage and we need to be willing to say or do something that we feel deep at heart is good although we know it is often against others...


Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • How can you turn a blind eye to all those starving children?
  • She decided to turn a blind eye to her roommate's goings-on.
  • But can the leaders of Europe continue to turn a blind eye to the human cost of these adjustments on the poorest Europeans?
  • Don't turn a blind eye to censorship.
  • The truth is we can't turn a blind eye to the possibility that something's gone very wrong with the Appeal.        

What's your say? 
Talk about a situation when someone turned a blind eye to your wrongful act. or Talk about a situation when you turned a blind eye to someone's wrongful act.  

Looking forward to you posts! :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

words that begin with ex- exhort

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

EXHORT

Today I would like to exhort you to learn this fantastic word :) What does it mean? Well, the meaning is napominać, namawiać, nawoływać, popierać, upominać, zachęcać... In English we could define this word as to try to persuade sb to do sth, to encourage sb to do sth, to urge strongly, to advise earnestly... 
 


What do I have to say in this context?
Well, I don't particularly like being exhorted to do things unless they're something nice... But seriously... I exhort you to be good people in everyday life as it pays off.


Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • The boss exhorted the workers not to go on strike
  • The population of Britain, along with tight rationing of most foodstuffs, was exhorted to 'Dig for Victory.'
  • The conference was exhorted to see that victory was a result of team work, not...
  • I was exhorted to call different numbers...
  • The public was exhorted to "exercise every economy" in the use of fuel.
  • British industry, meanwhile, was exhorted to 'export or die', and until well into the 1950s the majority of new British bikes were sold abroad.   
               
My question to you:
Do you remember what you were exhorted to do when you were a kid?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

words that begin with ex- execute

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

EXECUTE

Sounds familiar? Good! The Polish language translates it as wykonywać, dokonywać, nadać formę prawną, przeprowadzić, stracić (kogoś), uprawomocnić, wypełnić. In English we could define this word as to perform an action, to carry sth out, to put sth into practice or put sb to death :), to sign a document in the presence of a witness, and in computers... to run a computer program...


Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • Henry VIII's daughter, Mary I, known as 'Bloody Mary' executed her young cousin and rival, the ill fated Jane Grey, who had occupied England's throne...
  • ...and executed his investiture as the head of the Church of England.
  • The testatrix died very soon after the 2006 will was executed.
  • He had executed his last Will and Testament on...
  • When was Mary Queen of Scots executed?
  • The Plaintiff executed the contract to the satisfaction of the Defendant.
  • He liked to rule by fear, executed his opponents and ordered the ... presided over the foundation of the Church of England...
  • In the next few months Saddam Hussein swiftly executed his political rivals.              
My question to you:
How do you execute your duties at work/school/university?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!  

Who loves fruit?

Since summer has started... although in a kind of rainy way... most of us make changes to our diets by including more fruit into our daily menu :)


Take a look at the following fruit names and try to match them with the correct pictures :)

a
b
c
d
e
f
g
h
i


j

k
l
m

n
 
o

 And the names:


  • apple
  • banana
  • blackcurrants
  • cherries
  • grapes
  • kiwi fruit
  • lemon
  • melon
  • orange
  • pawpaw
  • passion fruit
  • peach
  • raspberries
  • star fruit
  • strawberries
Which is your favorite? Why?


Sunday, June 24, 2012

A warm welcome for my Livemocha friends :)

Dear Livemocha friends! Thank you for having visited my blog! I am very pleased to welcome you here. I was using Livemocha myself for some time learning Russian very eagerly :) At that time we met because either you helped me with my Russian or I helped you with your English or Polish :) 


Now, in return for your help on Livemocha, I may offer my blog, where you can practice your English by reading posts, writing your valuable own post, learning new vocabulary and by asking me all sorts of questions on either English or Polish :)

I would be more than happy to interact with you here. This will also help us develop our relations and, I am sure, will help us all develop our language skills and knowledge.

Thank you once more for visiting and following my blog!

P.S.
I am still an active user on Livemocha as I have returned to helping others by correcting their written and spoken linguistic output.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

How to be the best dad in the world?

Hey! It's Father's Day today! I am one of those guys who has been given this wonderful privilege of being a father too! My son has already given me hugs and gifts, which makes me really proud of having a great son and being his dad. What does it take to be a great dad today? Well, this is such a tough task these days... However, I believe it is worth considering the following secrets shared by the best fathers :)

1. SHOW RESPECT TO THE MOTHER OF YOUR CHILDREN. This is one of the best things a father can do for his kids. Respect and support your wife. Your kids sink in the atmosphere you create with your wife. If it is full of mutual respect, then it will guarantee your kids' growth and proper development.
2. GIVE CHILDREN YOUR TIME. This is one of the hardest things to do as fathers usually find it so difficult to devote their precious time to kids. The way you spend your time with kids shows how much you love them. If you always look tired and have no time for them, do not be surprised that whatever you say to them remains pure double talk. Those precious moments you can spend with your kid are really to be cherished... and if these moments are lost... they are lost for ever...
3. EARN YOUR OWN AUTHORITY. This is also one of very difficult tasks to accomplish. Why? The answer is rather simple. It often happens that children 'talk' ti their father only when they have done something wrong... Those conversations are not nice then and what kids usually remember is that 'talking to Dad' means only trouble. A similar case is when fathers try to build their authority by demanding from kids to respect them... We shouldn't be surprised then that kids simply avoid 'talking' to fathers if these talks are often associated with fear, shouting or other unpleasant things... What's the solution? Talk to your kids! The earlier you start, the better! Make sure your kid come to you willingly and wants to tell you his/her problems. Make sure he/she wants your advice! Make sure you can give him/her your support! Find time, shut up and just listen to you kids.
4. LOVE BUT DEMAND. All kids need role models and discipline which is understood not as punishment but as setting out the limits. Remind your kids of negative consequences of wrongful deeds, but praise good ones. Remember, you've got to be a father that demands and disciplines his kids in a controlled and just manner not forgetting about showing love and respect.
5. BE A ROLE MODEL. Yes. Again, it's difficult, but remember that you are the person your kid will copy even if he/she is not really aware of this. A girl who spends time with her loving father learns that she deserves to be treated with respect by boys. This is what she'll be looking for in a husband-to-be. A father can teach his son what really is important in life by being honest, modest and responsible.
6. BE A TEACHER. If you teach your kid what is wrong and what is good, he/she will be able to make good choices in the future. An involved father always tries to discuss situations and gives examples to help him/her understand and learn the basics of life.
7. HAVE MEALS TOGETHER. Remember that a table is a place which unites people, especially family members. It gives a feeling of belonging. "Sharing your bread" is one of the most important things you do together. Having meals together is a great opportunity to look at each other, to talk about things, to laugh... It's a great time for you to listen to your kids and to give your kids support and advice if needed. So... do have meals together and cherish this time.
8. READ TO YOUR KIDS. Everybody knows what this 'developed' world looks like. TV and computers dominate family life and it is really important not to waste time watching it brainlessly alone. Instead, switch the TV off and try to encourage your kids to read books. Instilling love for books into children's life early is very important as it is one of those things you can't buy with money. If you really need to watch something, make sure you can watch something valuable together.
9. SHOW FEELINGS. Fathers are often thought of as tough men who should neither have nor show any feelings. This is terribly wrong! Do show feelings. Your kids need security that is born out of their conviction they are wanted, accepted and loved by their parents! So hug and kiss your kids. This is the simplest way of showing your love.
10. YOUR ROLE AS FATHER NEVER ENDS. Even when your kids are older and ready to leave their family nest, or even when they are already adults, they still need you! They always seek your life wisdom and advice regardless of whether it concerns your kids' studies, their new job, love life, etc. You will always play the most important role in your kids' lives even when they start their own families...

Do you agree?           

Friday, June 22, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: EYE

It is still rainy... but nevertheless I am glad it's Friday and the weekend is ahead... In fact rain doesn't matter so much as this weekend offers a few great quarterfinals matches! Germany are playing Greece today, Spain are playing France tomorrow, and England are playing Italy on Sunday! Who do you keep your fingers crossed for? BTW, I've just used another body parts idiom... :) Anyhow, the proper idiom for today is   


TO BE ONE IN THE EYE FOR SB

Oh, another beautiful English idiom! Why do I love them so much? The key word in this idiom is EYE! Let's look at what this beauty means now... It refers to a situation when something is a disappointment, a setback or a defeat for someone...  



The Polish language also has an idiom for such a situation: (coś) jest nauczką dla kogoś... So, for instance, if one of your colleagues whom you didn't like for some reason was promoted, then it is one in the eye for you :)

A few words from myself in this context :)
I remember that over ten years ago I was driving a Polonez Atu from Olsztyn... (Yeah, Olsztyn again...) and it was my second car after a red Fiat 126p so I was happy to have been driving almost a limo :) The weather was good, the conditions on the road were perfect so I decided to speed up a bit... I overtook one car, then another, and then... I wanted to overtake another car when I noticed a fast approaching car from the opposite direction... I panicked as my engine turned out to be too sluggish to overtake that car and since there were cars behind me... I didn't want to slam on the brakes... Luckily, the left shoulder was wide enough so in order to avoid a head-on collision I decided to use it...  Yeah, I know, I know... I was a disaster, but I was young and stupid... Anyhow that situation was definitely one in the eye for me... :)

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • Was it one in the eye for Google when Nokia struck a global deal with Yahoo?
  • One thing is for sure though - a great performance by the three of them on Sunday against Stoke would be one in the eye for Rooney...
  • The prize has long eluded Mart so it would be one in the eye for him if...
  • That'll be one in the eye for her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie...
  • Her award will be one in the eye for her detractors...
  • One in the eye for her vile captors.
  • ...so this re-release is one in the eye for them...            

What's your say? 
Talk about a situation when something didn't go according to your plan and it was one in the eye for you...
Looking forward to you posts! :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: SPINE



Hi on a rainy day! I can't say we have been enjoying either good spring weather here... It has been raining for the past two days. Since we're soon going to Berlin to sightsee the city... and if the weather is like today... it makes me think of another idiom for today, which is

TO SEND SHIVERS DOWN ONE'S SPINE

Another nice idiom, isn't it? Let's explain the focus words in this idiom. The first one is shivers (a sudden attack of the chills, in Polish - dreszcze, ciarki) and the other one is spine (a spinal column of a vertebrate, in Polish - kręgosłup).


And this is what this idiom means. It refers to a situation when something or someone :) makes you feel a sudden attack of chills that is felt all down your spine; to put it simpler it a feeling of being frightened or excited that you experience down your spine. In Polish we have a almost the same idiom: ciarki przeszły mi (od tego) po plecach... 

A few words from myself in this context :)
So now you know what I am writing about this idiom in the context of weather. If it rains, just the thought of it sends shivers down my spine. I guess nobody likes sightseeing when it is raining... Then you can't walk leisurely, you can't take pictures, you have to carry an umbrella, an there is no time for really enjoying the city...


Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • It sent shivers down my spine when I saw my fatherʼs land become deserted and devoid of vegetation.
  • Love this song, but today it sent shivers down my spine.
  • Something the PM said sent shivers down my spine.
  • Seeing my first TV script come to life sent shivers down my spine after four years of knock-backs and...
  • When the strings kicked in with those vocals it sent shivers down my spine and...
  • The rendition of The Millennium Prayer sent shivers down my spine.
  • The theme sent shivers down my spine, and the Orchestra were just fantastic...             

What's your say? 
What usually sends shivers down your spine?  

Looking forward to you posts! :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: HAIR


Hi there! Maybe Wednesday is not the best day to talk about relaxation as it is the middle of the week. But, on the other hand, it is perhaps the middle of the week when we need to relax a bit more to gather strength for the remaining days... Anyhow, let's talk about our today's idiom, which is:

TO LET ONE'S HAIR DOWN

What a beauty! The key word in this idiom is HAIR! And what does the idiom mean? Well, it simply means to relax, to behave informally, to get comfortable or, otherwise speaking, to rid yourself of any restraints


The Polish language also has an idiom for such a situation: pójść w tango, wyluzować się, iść na imprezę... The problem is that when we say 'pójść w tango', we often think of going to a party to dance and drink..., while the English idiom is kind of more general and simply refers to all other ways of relaxing yourself...

A few words from myself in this context :)
Well, what to say? I just can't wait to have some holidays. then I'll let my hair down. This year has been really tough, just like all previous years perhaps... Anyhow, I am really looking forward to having a great time with my family during summer and I'll make sure to let my hair down in Berlin, then in Kalisz, then in Dobre Miasto, then hopefully in Łeba and maybe somewhere else... We'll see. :)


Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • Sara, UK my boss is very strict, but sometimes he let his hair down and take us all for a pizza.
  • A little loud, great to watch the locals let their hair down and have fun...
  • Lauren Pope was missing from his side as he let his hair down at London's Rose Club.
  • Stars let their hair down after the awards...
  • Simon Cowell let his hair down as he officially confirmed the line-up for...
  • When not in the office, he likes to let his hair down playing a spot of badminton or envisaging himself as a giant robot while reading one of his many Gundam...
  • The Prince Regent liked coming here to let his hair down and groove, and people from all over Britain have followed suit ever since.
  • At Bop Local parents can let their hair down and still get home at a decent hour...        

What's your say? 
How do you usually let your hair down?  

Looking forward to you posts! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

words that begin with ex - exacerbate

Another EX- word today! Let's look at the amazing word

EXACERBATE

What is it? Well, Polish translates it as pogarszać, rozdrażniać, rozjątrzać. In English we could define this word as to worsen, to intensify, to aggravate...


Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • Callaghan retorted that the US Government was only exacerbating the situation by insisting the British maintain so substantial an overseas defence presence.
  • If the government cuts more jobs this will only exacerbate the deficit crisis
  • Of course, the business was only exacerbating issues simply by...
  • Goldman Sachs will only exacerbate its problems by complaining.
  • The company was only exacerbating matters through suing the girl.
  • Kareem's concern that a statue hadn't been resurrected in his honor was only exacerbating the issue, rubbing salt into the wound.
  • However, he was only exacerbating what the British and Italians had already started.
  • That will lead to a devastating hyperinflation that will only exacerbate the political dynamic.          
My question to you:
Will Smuda's resignation only exacerbate the already difficult situation in Polish football?

Looking forward to your posts impatiently!   

Monday, June 18, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: HEART


Hello on a Monday! Let's talk about something that many people have problems with nowadays, i.e. expressing feelings. Here is another nice English idiom whose main two words are HEART and SLEEVE:

TO WEAR ONE'S HEART ON ONE'S SLEEVE

It's a nice idiom, isn't it? Your heart is the hub of all feelings. Therefore if you wear it on your sleeve, all your feelings are revealed. In other words you make your feelings and emotions obvious! 

And this is what this idiom means. It refers to a situation when you expose your feelings, when you express your feelings. In Polish we have a similar idiom: mieć serce na dłoni... 

A few words from myself in this context :)
Why is it so hard for many people to wear their hearts on their sleeves? I guess the answer is rather simple. The world today is so morally decayed and people don't trust one another. The consequence being they are reluctant to openly, honestly talk about their feelings. Being honest means being truthful. The fact that people are not honest is a mark of unhealthy human interaction and people lie and hide their true feelings because they want to gain in finance, power or have other temporary satisfaction. Would you agree?


Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • But her power will defy you when she wears her heart on her sleeve.
  • She makes me laugh. I think she is true to her self and wears her heart on her sleeve and I like that.
  • Ten-year-old Sprig wears her heart on her sleeve, so when her father,...
  • Lauren if anything wears her heart on her sleeve which showed when she went to confront the girls that have continually bitched about her...
  • "When it comes to singing, Sheena wears her heart on her sleeve - at times tender, hilarious, feisty or bitter - and the audience respond."       

What's your say? 
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? When do you know you can wear your heart on your sleeve?  

Looking forward to you posts! :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: BACK

It is with great sadness that I am writing today's post... Poland lost their life or death match with the Czech Republic yesterday in Wrocław :( This is the reason why I wanted to talk about another body part idiom today with the word BACK (plecy).

Let's take a look at the idiom I have for today:


TO TURN ONE'S BACK ON ONE'S SOMEONE

Well, well, well... The question is: How many Polish football fans will turn their backs on our national football team after such a shattering loss? Today Poland has woken up with a terrible moral hangover and most people keep asking themselves the question: Why did we lose? Why?! 

The idiom refers to a situation when someone ignores or forgets someone, especially a friend who needs your help or support. You also turn your back on someone when you want to show that you are not interested in them any longer and that you are reluctant to be with them, to talk to them, etc... In Polish we have a similar idiom: odwrócić się do kogoś plecami, tzn. przestać okazywać komuś zainteresowanie, zacząć kogoś lekceważyć, odnosić się do kogoś obojętnie...

A few words from myself in this context :)
Obviously when someone turns his/her back on you, it doesn't feel good. It usually happens when either you hurt someone or that person proves not to be a genuine friend of yours (especially when you are in trouble and you counted on that person). What is even more surprising, when you turn your back on someone the feeling is also terrible or even worse.Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Similarly, Colossians 3:13 proclaims, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” These are the truths we should follow regardless of whether we are Christians or not. :)

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:

  • He said: “My wife turned her back on me. “I was left on my own so my...
  • While I completely turned my back on God he never turned his back on me and he intervened and brought his life back to me and turned my life around.
  • Even after she had turned her back on Me, I still tried to draw her by My spirit, but she would not listen.
  • Steve answered curtly and turned his back on me.
  • Kimberley was unhappy with what was shown on the programme and thought I'd gone against her and she turned her back on me.
  • He turned his back on me as if I had mortally offended him...
  • My God never turned his back on me and I knew he was watching over me.    
What's your say? 
Has anybody turned their back on you recently? Why? Have you ever turned your back on anyone? Why?  


Looking forward to you posts! :)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Will Poland leave the group? (poll closed)

Heya people! It's just a few hours before the team's final Group A match is held in Wrocław. Poland are playing Czech Republic today! What a day! Will we be able to leave our group? In my most recent poll 53 per cent expressed their optimism in this matter :) I do hope they are right.


The Poland - Czech Republic match is scheduled today for 8.45 pm CET. If the Polish team win the match, we will qualify for the quarterfinals!



As we have learnt Rosicky injured an Achilles tendon during Tuesday's 2-1 win over Greece and had to be substituted after the first half. I know it may not be very polite to wish "Little Mozart" (as this is his pitch nickname) would be absent today. This would be a really tough blow as the Czech Republic is obviously interested in reaching the quarterfinals, especially that it would be for the first time since 2004.


The Czech team are a point ahead of us having beaten Greece. It is a great opportunity for us to seek a first victory in this tournament. So let's keep our fingers crossed for Poland at 8:45 today!

My question to you:
What will the result of the Poland - Czech match be today?

Friday, June 15, 2012

And here we go again! Let's just talk about "feet" for a while :) as my idiom for today is:


TO GET COLD FEET

Wow! The idiom sounds a bit macabre when you come to think of getting someone's cold feet, say... on a plate? :) Luckily... it's not that bad...    

The idiom refers to a situation when someone feels reluctance, fear or hesitation... In Polish we also have an idiomatic phrase for this (although no feet are mentioned here...), which is dostać stracha...

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • Then a couple of days later I get an email, asking if I've got cold feet, and do I want to try a pair of Ugg style boots and do a review on my blog...
  • Vince and Penny were about to get married when he got cold feet and left her waiting at...
  • But after a 10 day cooling off period, the authority got cold feet and pulled...
  • My husband and I obtained permanent residency shortly after getting married but I got cold feet and didn't want to leave the UK.
  • Alastair Wardrop got cold feet and refused to say anything about...
  • I guess he got cold feet and didn't want to show up.     
What's your say? 
When do you usually get cold feet? Why?   

Looking forward to you posts! :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

words that begin with ex- expropriate

Another EX- word today! Let's look at the amazing word

EXPROPRIATE

What is it? Well, in Polish we translate it as wywłaszczać, skonfiskować, zabierać, zagarnąć. In English we could define this word as to confiscate, to take away, to deprive someone of ownership...

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Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • A woman whose flat in Cospicua was expropriated by the Commissioner of Lands has been awarded €50000 in compensation, six times more...
  • Notably, in 1945, by decree of General Charles de Gaulle based on the untried accusations of collaboration, the Renault company was expropriated from...
  • Another UK company that owned a Hato and used to produce meat to export to UK was expropriated.
  • Before it was expropriated from Spain's Repsol oil company, YPF used the Stela Polaris, which flies...
  • The family Hugo von Hofmannsthal was expropriated in 1938 and emigrated to England.
  • This Quinta, originally part of the 'British Country Club', was expropriated by the Government in 1980.      
My question to you:
Has anything ever been expropriated from you? What were the circumstances?

Looking forward to your posts impatiently!   



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: NOSE

Do you feel like learning another nice idiom today? I bet you do! Today I am going to write about a nice idiom that refers to a plethora of situations in our lives... I guess many people have already experienced or experience regularly this nasty kind of behavior when people are too much involved in our own business...

Let's take a look at the idiom I have for today:

TO POKE ONE'S NOSE INTO STH

And? Am I right to say that each of us has probably experienced other people's poking noses :) 

The idiom refers to a situation when someone interferes in someone else's business... In Polish we have a similar idiom: wtykać nos w (nieswoje sprawy)...

A few words about myself in this context :)
I believe that it is inherently wrong to poke your nose into other people's businesses. I don't like when someone is too nosy (wścibski). At large, I don't mind talking to people about things but when I detect they are getting too close to the border of my privacy, then my mind tells me to either quit the conversation  or to skillfully parry questions from such nosy-parkers. I think poking one's nose into other people's business is fine as long as you are driven by genuinely pure God's love and in accordance with what Paul once said :) "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"... and I agree with him :)

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • Every time Mr. Nosey poked his nose into other people's business something very bad happened to nose... :)
  • She poked her nose into the Olly Tweet affair too.
  • He poked his nose into everything, gave advice where it wasn't wanted, and knew everybody's secrets before anyone else did.
  • Susan Bates poked her nose into a new pub opening on the Danforth and...
  • The assumption being that she had poked her nose into something which didn't agree with her and covering her up would stop her doing it...
  • He has poked his nose into many issues, but his views on...  
What's your say? 
What are the most frequent issues people often poke their noses into? What is the profile of a person who loves poking his/her nose into other people's business?  


Looking forward to you posts! :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

words that begin with ex- extol

Another EX- word today! Let's look at the amazing word

EXTOL

What is it? Well, in Polish we translate it as wychwalać. In English we could define this word as to exalt, glorify, praise, laud...


Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • The Song of Solomon is a lyric poem written to extol the virtues of love between a husband and his wife.
  • She extolled members to rally together in the face of such attacks - the strongest means of fighting back.
  • The British columnist recently wrote a piece for The Daily Mail in which she extolled the difficulties of going through life as a “tall, slim blonde.”
  • And he extolled the British accomplishment in a biblical witticism that afforded his readers the pleasures both of self- righteousness and a wink at that sort of...
  • And I was utterly enthused and besotted by the range available to me, and at the time we extolled the virtues of this wonderful breakfast spread, but it wasn't...   
My question to you:
What virtues would you extol nowadays! Why?

Looking forward to your posts impatiently!    

Sunday, June 10, 2012

PARTS OF THE BODY IDIOMS: BLOOD

Hello! What about another idiom on a Sunday? I am impatiently awaiting the Poland - Russia match on Tuesday and just the thought of it makes my blood run cold...

And this is in fact our today's idiom:

TO MAKE ONE'S BLOOD RUN COLD

Yeah... Let's talk about blood. The word 'blood' is quite popular and many people know it... It is also used in a couple of nice idioms like the one above...



The idiom refers to a situation when a sound, sight or, just like in my opening sentence..., a thought frightens you very much... In Polish we have a similar idiom: mrozić krew w żyłach...

A few words about myself in this context :)
There have been quite a few situations which made my blood run cold... Let me tell you about one of these... It was a few years ago when I was coming back from Olsztyn in my small blue car... At some point on the way I was about to pass a lorry coming from the opposite direction. Suddenly, the back door of the truck opened and dozens of steel sheets were flung out of the truck. They covered the road in front of my car fracturing the tires, some fell onto my car and damaged the varnish, some just flew close the windshield... Consequently, my blood run cold, I lost control of the car and was able to halt the car to a stop just on the edge of the road... Had I skidded a few centimeters farther, I would have found myself in a ditch... So, I guess it is one of my true life stories, which really made my blood run cold...  


Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • The terrible story in the newspaper made my blood run cold.
  • What she saw in the middle of the room made her blood run cold.
  • Terrorist attacks made my blood run cold, admits Pietersen but he may return...
  • The very word made my blood run cold and suddenly our lives were...
  • I have to admit that when I moved to the UK from the USA, the idea of seeing a dentist here made my blood run cold...
  • "Mrs. Lynde says it made her blood run cold to see the boys climbing to the very tops of those big trees on Bell's hill after crow's nests last Friday," said Marilla.   

My question to you:
Talk about your last experience which made your blood run cold.  


Looking forward to you posts! :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Poland - Greece 1:1

The ball is in the game! Thousands if not millions of people were watching the first opening game of Euro 2012 yesterday! Poland were playing Greece and... Whoa! What a match that was! A real Greek drama full of unexpected twists...


I guess most football fans' guru was Borussia Dortmund's striker Robert Lewandowski, and it was him who scored us the first goal with a monster header from the left of the box.

Just take a look what happened in the 17th minute!


What a beauty!

Unfortunately, our national happiness didn't last long... As Salpingidis scored an equalizer for Greece in the 51st minute... :(

I also need to add that it's a great pity that Szczęsny (from Arsenal) had to be shown the red card. However, Tytoń will be a good replacement in the goal I believe, which is what he proved yesterday... The players in defense Perguis, Wasilewski, Boenisch and Piszczek also did a great job. It would be unfair not to mention Obraniak, the attacker.

Anyhow, for some reason the Polish team lost their power in the second half of the match. Maybe the high level of humidity at the roof-closed stadium was the reason... I know it may sound a bit ridiculous though... The Polish team left the locker rooms rather dissatisfied as they, and whole Poland, had hoped for a better result, to be frank. Anyhow, let's be proud of this as we still don't know what to expects with our next encounter with Russia next week... I have some mixed feelings having watched how they played against Czech yesterday... The championship is underway...

What are you feelings after the Poland Greece match? What are your predictions when it comes to the Poland Russia match?  

Friday, June 8, 2012

BODY PARTS IDIOMS: MOUTH

Hi! Today we'll look into a mouth :) I guess most people know the word 'mouth'... We may describe it as a facial feature above the chin and below the nose or as a part of the body used for eating and communicating... In Polish it is just BUZIA, dzióbek, gęba...

The idiom I want to present today is:

TO BE DOWN IN THE MOUTH

The idiom means to be discouraged, depressed, gloomy or just sad..., in Polish być przygnębionym, mieć depresję, być w złym nastroju, z nosem na kwintę... 

A few words about myself in this context :)
To be honest I do my best to avoid being down in the mouth, but as you may guess life is brutal sometimes and each of us feels down in the mouth at times. This is pretty normal. What takes some skill and knowledge is not to surrender to the feeling. I have learnt what to do when I feel that a bad spirit of depression is trying to overwhelm me... And believe me it works! What is it? Well... let it be my secret...  :)  


Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • Everyone was down in the mouth before the game.
  • After working hard on a project for four years, Charles was down in the mouth when the project was canceled and he was laid-off.
  • The Roman Orator was down in the mouth; finding himself thus cheated by the money-changer.
  • Later on I learned that Steiger almost always was down in the mouth and, if he was in a good mood, had a wistful look about him.
  • Little Becky was down in the mouth after her cat, Ebony, ran away, but smiled again when the new little kitten walked in.  

My question to you:
If you give me your ways of coping with being down in the mouth, then I'll share my secret way of successfully dealing with this awful condition.  


Looking forward to you posts! :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

words that begin with ex- excavate

Another EX- word today! Let's look at the amazing word

EXCAVATE

What is it? Well, in Polish we translate it as wykopać, odkopać, przekopać, wydrążyć or prowadzić wykopaliska. In English we could define this word as to uncover something under the earth by digging...


Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • I have excavated a few other palaeolithic cave sites in Israel and Wales, a mesolithic site in Yorkshire and a Roman military camp in...
  • All this takes place about 10300 years ago, in the part of southern England that...
  • I excavated a few more seventeenth-century skeletons in the full gaze of the...
  • Further to the south, the Greek Archaeological Service excavated a few burials belonging to another burial plot, the 'South Cemetery'.
  • But at last British archaeologists have excavated it, and discovered its remarkable secrets.
  • I have excavated a wide variety of British historic and prehistoric periods, including the Neolithic, Iron Age, Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval...
My question to you:
Have you ever excavated anything valuable? What was it? When? Where? Tell us something about it!

Looking forward to your posts impatiently!      

PARTS OF THE BODY IDIOMS: STOMACH

Hello! Let's talk about STOMACH (żołądek)... To put it simply, a stomach is an organ which digests food...

The idiom I want to present today is:

NOT TO HAVE THE STOMACH FOR STH

The idiom means not to feel brave or determined enough to do something unpleasant, in Polish nie mieć wystarczająco dużo odwagi, by coś zrobić; nie mieć tzw. żelaznych nerwów

A few words about myself in this context :)
With age I feel that I have less and less stomach for things I used to do when I was a bit younger :) Would I have the stomach today for going on a roller-coaster (amusement ride in which small cars move quickly on tracks that curve and dip sharply), which is what I did a few years ago in Disneyland, Paris. The experience was just amazing, but in order to survive a ride like this you really need to have the stomach for it :)  

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Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • I have no stomach for arguments...
  • I have no stomach for a fight today...
  • I said "go down", but she didn't have the stomach for it...
  • Q: Why didn't the skeleton eat the cafeteria food? A: Because he didn't have the stomach for it! :)
  • We didn't have the stomach for the last round...
  • It would have been easy to think that we didn't have the stomach for another war...             

My question to you:
Give an example of a feat you performed some day because you had the stomach for it.  


Looking forward to you posts! :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

words that begin with ex- expire

A warm (as it's rather chilly outside) hello to you on Tuesday! Today I wanted to talk about another 'ex-' word:

EXPIRE  

This is a very common word in English as people often talk about a whole range of things that expire... The maning of the word in English is to come to an end or to die...Yeah... But what does the word mean in Polish? The meaning is tracić ważność, wygasać, upływać (o terminie). In literary texts the word 'expire' may also mean wyzionąć ducha, umrzeć...So as you see there are potentially lots of situations in which we may use the word 'expire'...

Let's take a look at a few examples form the Net:
  • Our television license expires next week.
  • The contract between the two companies will expire soon.
  • “I wrestle bulls”, he said, then he expired where he stood. 
  • The poor man expired at about six o'clock in the morning, having lingered three or four hours in great agony.
  • Unfortunately, she expired when I was 13. 
  • It sounds like your fixed-term contract expired when you started maternity leave, but they wanted to keep you on and so...
  • He is currently with Virgin but only till his contract expires when he will be transferring to BT.   
My question to you:
Are you a perfectionist? How much time in advance are you stressed because your document is to expire? Has any document of yours expired recently?


Sunday, June 3, 2012

PARTS OF THE BODY IDIOMS: HAND

And another body part idiom is coming today! This time the key word is HAND (part of the body at the end of the arm, dłoń).


And the idiom I have for you today is:

TO LEND SB A HAND

The idiom means to help, to give assistance, in Polish podać pomocną dłoń, pomóc

Let's take a look at a bunch of examples from the Net:
  • ... the times she lent me her hand and her shoulder to cry.
  • She lent me her hand and her patience...
  • Lend me a hand please, Mum...
  • Could you lend me a hand with this piano? I need to move it across the room.
  • If you feel inclined to lend me a hand by donating or joining in my training I would be most thankful.
  • If you can lend me a hand with these reports, we might finish earlier...        
My question to you:
When was the last time you lent someone a helping hand? How did you feel about it? Who is the person who always lends you their hand?  


Looking forward to you posts! :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

words that begin with ex- extremities

Hey! Today I wanted to talk about another EX- word, and it is

EXTREMITIES

What does this word mean? Well, it refers to an end part of a limb of the body (i.e. the hand or foot); farthest or most remote part. In other words, your extremities are the outermost parts of your body, especially your hands and feet :) In Polish we would talk about kończyny...





Take a look at this fantastic piece of music about 'shaking your extremities'... 


A few examples from the Net:
  • How to improve circulation in your extremities...
  • Shake your extremities. All your arms and knees. I want'em, shake em'...
  • Cross your extremities. I'm waiting for a call back from the insurance peeps.
  • Cross your extremities. I'm waiting for a call back from the insurance peeps.
My question to you: How do you keep your extremities in fine form? What cosmetics do you use? When?

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