Thursday, January 31, 2013

Herbs: tarragon

Hiyah! I've got another herb today... In English, it's called...


In Polish we call it ESTRAGON. This is how you pronounce the word tarragon.

And here again... I need to admit I have no knowledge at all of this herb. I am sure there are many people coming to this blog who know much more about this herb. What are its health benefits? How do you use it? How do you buy it? How does it taste? Could you please share some of your experience with tarragon?

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Tarragon is out of season in Britain at the moment so we're...
  • Tarragon is a member of the daisy family, although it rarely flowers in Britain.
  • The magazine said that tarragon is grown in the UK but the British season does not kick off until April which leaves retailers and suppliers...
  • Tarragon is not a particularly attractive plant...
  • French tarragon is considered to be the best...
  • Tarragon is no stranger to our kitchens, but seems unfairly confined to...        

My question to you:
How could I use tarragon and what for? What super qualities does it have we should all know of?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Herbs: marjoram

Howdy! Let's continue the herb story...Today is another herb I have little knowledge of... It's called...


It's just MAJERANEK. But despite the fact that I hear of it here and there I know very little about it. Will you enlighten me on marjoram please? This is how you pronounce the word marjoram.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Add the filled chicken pieces, add some marjoram leaves to the pan, then...
  • Just take some marjoram from your walk-in pantry...
  • Found this chalk hill blue in a field on Charlton down on some marjoram.
  • Give it an extra dimension with some marjoram, basil and oregano,” says Kyle.
  • This is essentially the recipe that I use, except I don't use any cornflour and I put some marjoram in.            

My question to you:
What do you know of marjoram?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Herbs: lovage

Ey up! Let's talk about herbs (zioła) today... And these are NOT the 'zioła' many people could think they are... :) I do look up to people who not only can cook edible dishes :) but who also know all the herbs and have the knowledge of how to use them...

Here's a herb, I have no knowledge about whatsoever... The herb is called...


In Polish we would say it's LUBCZYK. And this is how you pronounce the word lovage.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Add lovage to the recipe later than you would the chopped celery.
  • Add lovage to green salads, potato dishes, and salad dressings, the stems can be...
  • Add lovage and vegetable broth and simmer until the celery root softens. 
  • Place in a clean pot, add lovage and slowly add milk.         

Will anybody tell me more about what to use lovage with? How? What is it used for? What are health benefits of using lovage? Is it tasty?

My question to you:
Share your knowledge of LOVAGE please...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Phobias & manias: agoraphobia

Hey! I have recently come across another phobia word... In fact I am wondering whether there could really be anybody suffering from 

This word refers to an abnormal fear of open spaces; in Polish we have almost the same word and it is agorafobia. And this is how you pronounce the word agoraphobia.

Surprisingly, there are quite a few people who truly are afraid of open spaces...

What is interesting... these people, to be more specific, are afraid of finding themselves in public places, the fear is very likely to set in especially where there are large numbers of people. Thus, agoraphobia sufferers usually prefer staying inside, and feel safe in their homes.

I have read somewhere that agoraphobia is caused by a dread of being embarrassed or helpless somewhere in a public place while having one of these panic attacks...

A few examples from the Internet:
  • This program is amazing and I def recommend it to people who suffer from agoraphobia...
  • Those who suffer from agoraphobia are extremely aware of bodily sensations, such as increased heart rate...
  • I suffer from agoraphobia and I hope my video might do some good for someone!      
Here's a vid of a person talking about agoraphobia...

My question to you:
Do you know anybody who suffers from agoraphobia?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Phobias & manias: kleptomania

Hark! This is another word for today...


This word refers to a mental disorder characterized by compulsive and uncontrollable stealing; in Polish we have exactly the same word (well, the pronunciation is a bit different) and it is kleptomania. And this is how you pronounce the word kleptomania.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • A person who suffers from kleptomania generally will feel an urge or tension to steal a vast category of items ranging from paper clips to laptops....
  • Although there's no cure for kleptomania, treatment with medication or psychotherapy may be able to help end the cycle of compulsive stealing...
  • Do you know someone who suffers from kleptomania?
  • Kleptomania disorder is very difficult to treat, and no complete cure for kleptomania has been found.
Take a watch of this nice vid here:

My question to you:
Do you ever have an unruly urge to steal something? Do you know anyone suffering from kleptomania?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

similes: Are you a changeable person?

They say women are...




First, let's explain the word... If you're changeable, then you are subject to change; you're capricious and you're a fickle person, i.e. inconsistent. In Polish we say 'zmienny', 'niestały', 'ruchomy'.

Is this true from your point of view? Are you a woman? If so,  you could tell us whether or not it is really true. If you are a man, you could share your observations with us, couldn't you? I have been married since 1997... so it's 16 years this July... and I have to say that I am quite positive on my wife's changeability as there is virtually none, which is something that shatters the aforementioned theory... and pleases me a lot :) However, the general belief is that women ARE changeable, so I'd like you to share your story with us :)

In Polish we often say 'zmienny jak chorągiewka' (as changeable as a flag) or 'zmienny jak kameleon' (as changeable as a chameleon). Now, when I come to think of this comparison, I have to say I prefer the Polish way of talking about changeability...It's probably because the weather in Poland is not as changeable as, say, in England... Moreover, we don't pay too much attention to how changeable the moon is either... Anyhow, do you think there should be an alternative simile like this... AS CHANGEABLE AS WOMEN? :)

If you're a woman, my question to you is:
Are women really changeable?

If you're a man, my question to you is:
What are your observations about women?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

words that begin with ex- expel

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


The word simply means wygonić, usunąć, wydalić, wykluczyć, wypędzić, wyrzucić. In English we could define this word as to drive out, to banish, to eject.

The word is pretty useful I guess. You might be expelled from a country, from school or from an organization. On the other hand, you can use this word to talk about releasing liquid, smoke or air.

So, if you're a smoker, you might take a drag on your cigarette and expel the smoke slowly... :) You also expel air from your lungs when you breathe...

Let's take a look at a few examples from the Net:
  • In 1797, Senator William Blount of Tennessee was expelled for treason, with charges...
  • Shakespeare will be expelled from NCEA exams at the end of the year and won't be back any time soon...
  • Greece's triple-jump champion was expelled from the Olympics after posting a tasteless tweet about Africans and the West Nile virus...
  • For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.
  • The plaintiff, Julea Ward, a former student at Eastern Michigan University, was expelled from the school's master's degree counseling program...
  • Illegal migrants will be expelled from Ukraine in the course of five days.                 
My question to you:
Have you ever been expelled? How does it feel to be expelled? Have you ever expelled anybody?

Looking forward to your valuable posts impatiently!

to dismiss officially from a school, college, etc.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Do you often act as an adjudicator?

The word for today is


It's a person who is appointed to preside, arbitrate or act as a judge in a dispute. In Polish we would use the words such as sędzia, arbiter, or osoba rozstrzygająca spór. Here you can hear how the word is adjudicator.

Here are a few examples form the Net:
  • She commented on the use of standard letters and paragraphs when she was an adjudicator.
  • From 1993 until 2010, Jacqueline was an adjudicator-Member of Solo Singing for The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and...
  • There was an adjudicator watching us.
  • He frequently was an adjudicator at Eisteddfods and an examiner for the...
  • Mr. Pickering was an adjudicator in England for the International Trombone Festival finals.
  • He was an adjudicator on the panel of judges for the HSBC International...     
As you see from the sentences above, an adjudicator does not necessarily refer to a legal person. It may be a non-legal person who acts as a sort of judge or arbitrator. Sometimes when your kids fight you also have to become an adjudicator, don't you? A kid sometimes is a great adjudicator when parents have a squabble :)

My question to you:
Do you often have to act as an adjudicator?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Would you like to be an expatriate?

We talked about vagrants the other day... and today we'll talk about another sort of person... I wanted to focus on a person who has a place to live, but it's a place in a foreign country. Who am I talking about here?


Who is an expatriate? Well, it's just an exile or, in other words, a person who lives in another country. Some people become expats because they have to, other because they want to.  

These are the four ways you can become an expat:

Once you do become an expat... you have to learn how to live in another country, You need to learn its language, culture, etc. Hence, if your employer makes you become an expat, they usually want to make up for this  by offering you all sorts of benefits. Here's a page that will enlighten you on this...


My question to you:
Would you like to be an expat? Which of the four ways would you choose for yourself? Why?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Would you ever like to try the life of a vagrant?

The word I would like to discuss today is...


First, a vagrant a person who has no home or job and who lives by going from place to place, begging or stealing... Listen to the pronunciation of the word vagrant.
I often think of what it would feel like to be a vagrant... I see those guys in different places and I am full of respect to them as I know that the situation they're in is the result of having got muddled up in life. On the one hand, their life is obviously hard and difficult but, on the other hand, they are free from possessions and some of them are happier than many a rich person...

I hold Ted Williams in particularly high regard. Do you remember the guy who gained widespread media attention when people heard his golden voice on You Tube in January 2011? He was on the news in Poland too. Ted is a voice-over artist today. What a story!

This is Ted's website: Take a look and find more info about this former vagrant. Also listen to an interview with Ted here.

Here's the famous vid:

My question to you:
What do you think of vagrants? Would you ever like to try the life of a vagrant?

Friday, January 18, 2013

similes: Have you ever got really drenched?

I have... I remember that when I was a teenager my brother and I were coming back from our granny's and a really violent storm set in... Since we weren't very far away from our destination, we decided to start running. It was raining cats and dogs so after a minute each of was


This means we were very soaking wet and utterly bedraggled... Honestly, not a nice condition to be in...; in Polish we would say we were 'przemoczeni do suchej nitki'. In fact, the English simile makes more sense to me and it's easier to imagine a rat that is wet throughout than 'sucha nitka'...  However, it must be said that this simile is not particularly popular in English. Of course, it does exist, but people tend to say soaking wet or wet throughout instead of this rather longish expression...

My question to you:
When were you as wet as a drowned rat?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The other day I was asked how to say STRZĘPIĆ JĘZYK

The other day I was asked how to say 'strzępić język'... If I remember correctly, we were talking about personality traits and somebody was talking about a friend of his who was very talkative. At that point he also needed to say 'wiecznie strzępi język'. So today we'll look at this wonderful phrase...


Well, what does it mean to waste one's breath? The simplest definition that comes to mind is to talk a lot and in vain... In Polish we also say 'mówić jak do ściany', which is actually a nice thing as in English we can also use exactly the same phrase, i.e. to talk to the wall.

My personal experience:
Frankly speaking, I don't like talkative people. Most people today prefer talking rather than listening to others, which really frustrates me sometimes. There are many situations in which other people's ideas, opinions, etc. can never be uttered because others take control of the 'dialogue space'.

My question to you:
Do you like people who talk a lot? Do you ever have problems voicing your opinion? Why?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


words that begin with in-: indigestion

My last post was about steak tartare... Iwona commented on the post saying that this dish once upset her stomach... Thus today I want to talk about a nice word which is...


This word refers to a condition of your stomach which causes difficulty in digesting food; in Polish we call it niestrawność. And this is how you pronounce the word indigestion.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Antacids are a type of medicine that can provide immediate relief from indigestion.
  • If you are suffering from indigestion but have also lost weight recently, yet...
  • Many women suffer from indigestion during pregnancy.
  • You should also consult a doctor if you suffer from indigestion regularly, you have prolonged symptoms that are not...
  • The acid then attacks the stomach wall, which causes gastritis and pain from indigestion...          

My question to you:
What's your best way of dealing with indigestion?

Monday, January 14, 2013

The other day I was asked how to say TATAR

The other day I was asked how to say 'tatar'... I do hope you know what I am talking about... It's a meat dish. You make it by finely chopping or mincing raw beef or (especially in Austria, Belgium, France) horse meat.

You may serve it with capers, onions and seasonings. Some people also add a raw egg yolk.

Anyhow, the word 'tatar' in English is...


My personal experience:
I remember I used to eat steak tartare when I was a child. My father often used to prepare it. And... to be honest I quite liked it. It's a great dish if you know how to season it well. However, I am afraid I wouldn't force myself to have 'the horse meat' based version... Anyway, I don't eat tartare these days. I guess I have turned to having other things than meat... and raw meat in particular :)

Now... what are your own experiences? Have you ever eaten raw cow or horse? :) How do you like this tartare best?  

My question to you:
Have you ever tried steak tartare? What do you think of eating raw cows and horses?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

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, January 5, 2013

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, January 4, 2013

compounds: river estuary

Let's talk about compounds... What are compound nouns in English? These are nouns which are composed of two or more words, just like this one


It's a place where the river current meets the sea tide and in Polish we call it 'ujście rzeki'. This is a picture showing the Vistula estuary in Poland:

These are the top ten facts on estuaries (the source):

  1. An estuary is a body of water partly surrounded by land where fresh water (woda słodka) from rivers and streams (strumienie) runs into and mixes with salt water from the ocean. Estuary is another name for bay (zatoka), sound, inlet, harbor, lagoon – what's important is the mixing of fresh and salt water.
  2. Estuaries are among the most productive natural systems on earth due to the mixing of nutrients (substancje odżywcze) from land and sea, producing more food per acre than the richest Midwestern farmland.
  3. There are 102 estuaries in the U.S according to the EPA. Of these, 28 have been designated by their states and the federal government to be of national importance.
  4. Our coastal regions today are the home for 110 million people – a number that is expected to increase to 127 million by the year 2010.
  5. People love estuaries for their beauty and for fishing, swimming, boating, diving, wildlife viewing, hunting, learning, and working. In 1993, over 180 million Americans visited estuaries – about 70 percent of the entire U.S. population.
  6. Estuaries have many different types of habitats, vital to many important species of plants, fish, and other wildlife. Habitat – one could also say "home" – includes shellfish (mięczaki) beds, sea grass (trawa morska) meadows, salt and fresh marshes (tereny podmokłe), forested wetlands (mokradła), beaches, river deltas, and rocky shores.
  7. Estuaries and coastal waters provide essential habitat for over 75 percent of the commercial fish catch and 80-90% of the recreational catch of fish.
  8. Fishing, tourism and recreational boating – which depend on healthy and productive estuaries – provide more than 28 million jobs for our nation. Commercial and sport fishing alone contribute $111 billion yearly to the nation's economy.
  9. There's a lot we don't know yet about estuaries, like exactly how many acres of estuary habitats have been and continue to be destroyed. We do know that the level of habitat loss in some of our nation's most important estuaries is approaching 80 to 95 percent.
  10. We can save estuaries and their habitats! Join us in working to help turn the tide through a national commitment to restoring one million acres of estuary habitat by 2010 and bringing one of our nation's great national treasures – its estuaries – back to health.

My question to you:
What beautiful estuaries do you know of? 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The other day I was asked what the difference between NARZECZONY and NARZECZONA was...

The other day I was asked what the difference between 'fiancee' and 'fiance' was. People often confuse the two words because they look similar and people often don't know how to pronounce these words... Well, let's look at the two words...

FIANCÉE - it's a woman engaged to be married

FIANCÉ - it's a man engaged to be married

A few examples from the Net:
  • Is my fiance just jealous or upset that I am going to be leaving him for a few days?
  • My fiancée is pushing me away and after years trying to make things work, I've lost most of my hope...  
  • I have to know if my fiance is my stepbrother...
  • I don't know how many carats it is - my fiance told me when we first got engaged, but I've completely forgotten because I just don't care.
  • This is my fiancee, Meg.
  • This is my fiance's ex-girlfriend.
  • She is my fiancee and at some point we will get married but not right now.
My question to you:
Describe your fiancee/fiance. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What is your New Year's resolution?

Have you thought of what New Year's resolutions to make yet? People have lots of different ideas about what to change in their lives, what they should take up or go off. 

More often than not people give up what they had promised themselves and backslide... Why is this so? Well, I think the most important thing is your own motivation... just like in the case of learning a language (of which I was writing the other day...)

What is your motivation then? What is your drive? Are you planning to do certain things just because you are selfishly focused on yourself? The thing is that in many cases this is the only factor... We rely so much on ourselves, on our own powers to stop or start whatever we wish. Such a way of thinking is not good of course since we ourselves are too weak to control things, especially those we wish to fight in ourselves. Thus we need to remember that a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting it.

Where should we find motivation to successfully accomplish our New Year's resolutions? As far as I expect and probably to many people's disappointment, I have to tell you that all positive motivation you will always find in God. Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 adds, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” So you really believe in God this should be just enough for you to trust His as we all feel encouraged in Psalm 37:5-6 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun."

Just  to recap... make sure that God is the center of your New Year's resolution! If He approves of your resolution, and when you trust Him, you are guaranteed that you will be able to fulfill anything you dream of, which is what I wholeheartedly wish you in 2013! :)


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