Thursday, February 28, 2013

wordsearch: travelling (1)

What about some really easy task today? I would like you to find 10 common words connected with traveling (podróżowanie) in the word square. You can read the words vertically and horizontally, both forwards and back-to-front. I already asked you to find words on traveling the other day, but this time it's a new selection.

Copyright 2012 - English Direct

 


Good luck!

P.S.
Just leave the words you will have found in your comment to this post!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Which is your favorite wine?

I have to say, I do like wine, especially red, and especially dry :) I don't drink very often but when I do I like to really enjoy it.

Which of these is your favorite?
Source: Flickr.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Carmenere
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Gamay
  • Gamacha
  • Gewurtztraminer
  • Grenache
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Montepulciano
  • Moscato
  • Nebiolo
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinotage
  • Primitivo
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Shiraz
  • Syrah
  • Tempranillo
  • Verdejo
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel
I myself love one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties, that is Cabernet Sauvignon. Since I was in Bordeaux and was visiting a beautiful vineyard there with a wonderful castle nearby... There, I could taste this wine in the castle's wine cellar. Deliciously wonderful experience!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Matura ustna - Zadanie 3: PRACA

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

Czas: 5 minut

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

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

Egzaminator: Can you start now?

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

Zdający: I have to say I like making some extra money (zarobić dodatkowe pieniądze) during summer holidays, especially when I could work in a country where it's possible to practice English. Looking for a job is not new to me as I have already done so a few times. So now I feel like I am given this opportunity (szansa) once more :) I see there are three jobs I could choose from... a vegetable seller (sprzedawca warzyw) at a market stall (na stoisku na rynku), a waiter, and a fruit picker (zbieracz owoców)... If I am to choose (Jeśli mam wybrać) something, I would like to be a waiter. My reason for taking this offer is that I love working with people and I really like jobs that are hectic (szalony). Besides, a waiter is likely to make a lot of money in tips (na napiwkach), especially if I work in a high end (wyższej klasy) restaurant.

I am rejecting (odrzucam) the other offers because they really don't match (nie pasują do) my personality... Being a vegetable seller at a market stall seems to be rather mundane (nudny) and you have to dirt yourself (ubrudzić się) weighing vegetables. The other thing is I am not very fond of haggling (targowanie się) with customers, and you have to admit (przyznać) that people often want to pay much less just because you're selling at a market stall. When it comes to working as fruit picker... Well, it doesn't appeal to me either... Not only can it be physically hard (ciężka fizycznie), but more than that, it is not interesting. You are usually on your own struggling with (walcząc z) reaching out for an apple (sięganiem po jabłko) standing on a low ladder (drabina). Frustrating and poorly paid.     

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

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

1. What are the advantages of working abroad?
There are many. First of all, it's a priceless work experience. All of a suddent you find yourself far away from home doing some work in a different environment, in a different culture, with speakers of a different language. All of these factors can be really invaluable as you can profit from them if you are only aware of how beneficial this experience can be. The other advantage is that you choose your own career and if you choose wisely, it can bring you a lot of joy. Moreover, working abroad usually means making more money than at home. Last but not least, you obviously make many new friends and you are given the opportunity of tasting a foreign culture and life, which is something you can't buy in a shop. You have to live through it.

2. Are holiday jobs popular among Polish teenagers? Why/Why not?
Since we became an EU member, I have a feeling that working abroad has been increasingly growing in popularity among Polish teenagers. Now that the boarders are open and we are granted equal opportunities as other EU citizens, many people want to try this experience and see what's it like to find yourself working abroad. Besides, many teenagers want to polish the language of the country they're going to. To many teenagers staying away from home and making money working abroad is a test of their maturity. It's a great challenge and a way of boosting their self-esteem.   

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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Matura ustna - Zadanie 3: nauka i technika

Hello! Dzisiaj zapraszam na kolejny zestaw maturalny. Tym razem z obszaru tematycznego NAUKA I TECHNIKA.


Czas: 5 minut
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Egzaminator: Read the task and think about what you'd like to say. You have about a minute to prepare.

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

Egzaminator: Can you start now?

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

Zdający: I see I have to manage (musze się zająć) a very challenging (ambitnym) task. I have to prepare a presentation on using new technologies by a young generation

Having analyzed (po analizie) all the pictures, I have come to a conclusion that the first picture should be the most appropriate (właściwy) for such a presentation. Perhaps it's not the best picture I have ever seen, but it's main advantage (zaleta) is the message it tries to get across (przekazać). What I mean here is that the picture suggests that the old-fashioned (staromodny) way of studying from paper books can be transformed into e-learning by using state-of-the-art (nowoczesny) devices (urządzenia) such as laptops with more and more exciting educational software (oprogramowanie edukacyjne). The picture has all I'd need to convey (przekazać) this message. 

In the case of two other pictures, as I see it, they're too general and, in fact, not really that relevant to my task. For instance, the second picture shows a rather private situation in which a girl is using her mobile. I don't think she is using the phone for learning purposes (cele naukowe). Theoretically, the third picture could be acceptable but it misses out on something (czegoś mu brakuje) too. I can't see the link (związek) between traditional and modern learning. Besides, the picture isn't so encouraging (zachęcający), either.             

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

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

1. How are technological devices used at school?
I am afraid Polish schools can't offer much in this respect. There aren't so many technological devices that are used by students for learning. I guess the most popular devices are still computers which are used mostly in IT classes. They are not used at all in other subjects like in other countries, e.g. England. 

2. How is technology used at home?
Technology at home is more popular. These days we have quite a rich offer of all sorts of devices that are supposed to help and entertain us at home. On the one hand, we use these devices to save our time and to make our housework easier, e.g. washing machines, fridges, computerized heating systems. On the other hand, we also use these devices to relax and learn, e.g. computers, laptops, cameras, iPads, etc.    

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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

What do you know about Southeast Asia?

Today I want to talk about the area that is made up of ten countries:
  1. Brunei
  2. Burma
  3. Cambodia
  4. Indonesia
  5. Laos
  6. Malaysia
  7. Philippines
  8. Singapore
  9. Thailand
  10. Vietnam
We don't know much about these countries, do we? We hear about this or that country from time to time in the news. What makes this region so specific is the fact that all these countries are linked together by waterways. You can hardly avoid water there as the region is surrounded by oceans.

Since the climate in the region is hot, people farm rice which is the staple crop in Southeast Asia. The region is also rich in rainforest. Unfortunately, human activity consisting in cutting down these trees makes many people leave their indigenous habitat and settle down in cities.

For instance, the Penan people are known to live in the rainforests of Sarawak and it is them who are said to be suffering the most from deforestation.

What is also interesting is that people in the region live in very interesting houses... houses built on stilts (domy na palach). This solution is to protect those guys from floods during torrential rainstorms (ulewne burze).

It's also interesting to know that Singapore is one of Asia's richest countries. It owes it to its location, i.e. a point of contact between the Far East and the West.

Let's go to the capital city of Thailand for a while... Most of the city is below sea level so it had to develop a fantastic network of canals. Thus, it's a great tourist attraction to go to market by boat because traders also bring their goods to market by boat.


Of course, there are lots of other interesting things about these countries. In this post I just wanted to touch this amazing piece of our Earth. So...

If you are from any of the region's countries... please tell us more about your country! If you have visited any of those countries, also write here! TIA

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Are you a soup gourmand?

I think I am... I like different soups and there are so many of them... Unfortunately, as I have already said, I neither have the skill nor time to experiment with soups...
Here, I have a few soups for you today:
  • consomme (oczyszczony rosół/bulion)
  • cock-a-leekie (szkocka zupa z pora i kurczaka)
  • broth (rosół)
  • chowder (zupa rybna z owocami morza)

This is how you say these words: consomme, cock-a-leekie, broth, chowder.

consomme
cock-a-leekie
broth
chowder


My personal experience:
Soups are great! They stimulate our senses, help us slow down and curb our appetites! Besides, soups can be healthy is you know how to make them. What's more, soups aren't expensive to prepare and add protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber to our diets. Soups are great when you have them in fall and winter because they are comforting and filling... Why? A bowl of soup is hot and savory and thus it's the best weapon against chill out. I love broth the most. 

What's your favorite soup? Do you know any quick to make soup recipes to share here? 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Are you a cheese expert?

I am not... although I tried some of English cheeses when I was there... There was a time when I often ate blue cheeses (sery pleśniowe). People have different opinions on blue cheeses... Some say they're too rich and thus unhealthy, and some say that they're rich in vitamins and minerals thus healthy... I guess the answer is moderation... If you don't eat it too often, then it may enrich your diet.

Anyhow, these are some of cheese names I wanted to share with you today:

  • gouda
  • stilton
  • camembert
  • parmesan
Do you like cheese? What about blue cheese? How do you like having it? Is cheese healthy or unhealthy? 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The other day I was asked how to say ŻYWA GOTÓWKA

The other day I was asked how to say 'żywa gotówka'... We were talking about spending money, etc. with one of my students and I was asked this. I'd like to share this word with you today...

HARD CASH

My personal experience:
We live in a world where we use e-money very often; I mean we use credit cards and other bank instruments to perform financial transactions, etc. I guess that in many developed countries people are forgetting what hard cash is...Hard cash had its value at the beginning of the 17th century in Europe as people had no access to any virtual cash back then. Paper money revolutionized the economy and now physical money is becoming obsolete. I have a feeling that for the past few years countries have been moving away from using had cash to the advantage of virtual cash. Personally, I am fond of hard cash more than virtual money. However, all those new trends force us to perform financial operations electronically using the money that we don't even see...

My question to you:
What do you think the future of money is?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Do you like seafood?

I tried frutti di mare on a few occasions... I remember my trip to Bordeaux where I was treated to seafood...  I tried a few things then... 

Let's take a look at a few nice words...
  • mussels (małże)
  • oysters (ostrygi)
  • scallops (skalopy)
  • prawns (krewetki)
Have you ever tried seafood? Do you like any of these things in particular?

      

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The other day I was asked how to say POUCZENIE

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

The answer is:

CAUTION 

My personal experience:
Many years ago policemen were more likely to caution people (udzielić pouczenia). Today, you get a ticket and that's it. Those guys are not willing to listen to your stories any more :) I guess policemen a few years ago were more compliant and understanding... or maybe I just had bad experience a few years ago... BTW, have you had any encounters with foreign police? Any comparisons? 


My question to you:
Have you ever been cautioned by policemen or did you have to accept the ticket instantly? How was it?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Which cake is your favorite?

Hi there!
I guess everybody has a sweet tooth (słabość do słodkości) to some extent. Today I have four words connected with cake types. Take a look...

And here are the names:

  1. ginger cake (piernik)
  2. gateau (ciasto z kremem i bakaliami)
  3. sponge (biszkopt)
  4. Swiss roll (rogalik z konfiturą)
My fave is ginger cake. I could have it each day. Its smell and flavor are just gorgeous! I love when it's moist and hot :) This is the way I like it made... I myself add a spoon of honey and raisins too...




Which do you like most? Why?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Do you know anything about these sauces?

Hi there!
I have always admired people who know all those funny names of sauces... How much do you know of the following ones?

And here are the names:

  1. hollandaise (sos holenderski)
  2. bechamel (sos beszamelowy)
  3. mornay (sos Mornay)
  4. Bearnaise (sos bearneński)
Do you know anything more about these sauces?
cod and Bearnaise
bechamel
mornay
hollandaise

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sposób na języki? Sprawdź MULTIKURS!



Każdy pracodawca poszukuje teraz pracowników władających co najmniej jednym językiem, a każdy chciałby móc spokojnie porozumiewać się z obcokrajowcami. Niestety, na co dzień brakuje nam czasu i sił, by po zajęciach i pracy jeździć jeszcze na kursy językowe i spędzać dużo czasu na lekcji.

Na szczęście są kursy online, które zyskują sobie coraz większą popularność, nie tylko wśród studentów. Jakie są ich zalety? Korzystasz z nich, gdzie chcesz i kiedy chcesz, wystarczy mieć dostęp do internetu. Na naukę poświęcasz czas tylko wtedy, gdy masz na to siłę i ochotę.

Program nauczania realizujesz we własnym tempie, dostosowanym do twoich własnych możliwości, a nie do grupy innych uczniów. Wbrew pozorom do nauki języka nauczyciel nie jest niezbędny. W kursach językowych platformy Multikurs.pl program jest ułożony tak, że różnorodne kursy i ćwiczenia z powodzeniem go zastąpią.

Kursy intensywne Multikurs.pl  nauczą cię gramatyki, słownictwa, rozumienia ze słuchu i czytania w obcym języku. Kursy słówkowe nauczą tysięcy słówek dzięki innowacyjnemu Systemowi Inteligentnych Powtórek. Dzięki animowanemu kursowi konwersacyjnemu poznasz słownictwo potrzebne w najczęstszych sytuacjach komunikacyjnych.

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Got any experiences with Multikurs? Share here...

Friday, February 15, 2013

What do these words have in common?

Hi there!
How are you after St Valentine's Day? How did you celebrate the day, if you did...?

My post today is very simple today. In fact it's a question:

What do these words have in common?

And here are the words:
  1. WHEAT
  2. RYE
  3. OATS
  4. BARLEY
Can you classify these words somehow? What is the name of this group? Which of these words is your favorite?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What is love?

Have you ever thought about it? Well, Valentine's Day is a good opportunity to think of what LOVE is...

Here's a nice skit on definitions of love... Take a watch:




Whenever I come to think of love I immediately think of what St Paul once wrote... His words about love is the essence of love to me. Today, so many people think they have love while they don't...

This is what Paul says (1 Corinthians 13)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

And in Polish:

Gdybym mówił językami ludzi i aniołów, a miłości bym nie miał, stałbym się jak miedź brzęcząca albo cymbał brzmiący.
Gdybym też miał dar prorokowania i znał wszystkie tajemnice, i posiadał wszelką wiedzę, i wszelką wiarę, tak iżbym góry przenosił, a miłości bym nie miał, byłbym niczym.
I gdybym rozdał na jałmużnę całą majętność moją, a ciało wystawił na spalenie, lecz miłości bym nie miał, nic bym nie zyskał.
Miłość cierpliwa jest, łaskawa jest.
Miłość nie zazdrości,
nie szuka poklasku,
nie unosi się pychą;
nie dopuszcza się bezwstydu,
nie szuka swego,
nie unosi się gniewem,
nie pamięta złego;
nie cieszy się z niesprawiedliwości,
lecz współweseli się z prawdą.
Wszystko znosi,
wszystkiemu wierzy,
we wszystkim pokłada nadzieję,
wszystko przetrzyma.
Miłość nigdy nie ustaje,
nie jest jak proroctwa, które się skończą,
albo jak dar języków, który zniknie,
lub jak wiedza, której zabraknie.
Po części bowiem tylko poznajemy, po części prorokujemy. Gdy zaś przyjdzie to, co jest doskonałe, zniknie to, co jest tylko częściowe. Gdy byłem dzieckiem, mówiłem jak dziecko, czułem jak dziecko, myślałem jak dziecko. Kiedy zaś stałem się mężem, wyzbyłem się tego, co dziecięce. Teraz widzimy jakby w zwierciadle, niejasno; wtedy zaś zobaczymy twarzą w twarz: Teraz poznaję po części, wtedy zaś poznam tak, jak i zostałem poznany.
Tak więc trwają wiara, nadzieja, miłość - te trzy: z nich zaś największa jest miłość.

Now... choose just one, short fragment of this extended definition of love and leave it in your comment to this post saying no more...

A teraz... wybierz tylko jeden, krótki fragment tej rozszerzonej definisji miłości i zostaw ją w swoim komentarzu do posta nic więcej nie dodając...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Is falling off a log as easy as ABC?

Aloha! How are you doing today? It's the first Monday after our beautiful winter holiday in our Mazovian Province... How did you spend your holidays? Did you go away or did you stay in? I spent most of this time at home and... working... Anyhow... let's talk about how to say that something is very easy in English... 

There are a few easy-to-remember ways of saying something is really easy... Take a look:

  • as easy as pie
  • as easy as ABC
  • as easy as anything
  • as easy as falling off a log

All of these in Polish refer to our expressions 'bardzo łatwy, prosty'. If we wanted to translate each of these literally, the first one would go 'łatwy jak (zrobienie) placka', the second would literally mean 'łatwy jak alfabet', the third, 'łatwy jak cokolwiek innego', and the last would read as 'łatwe jak spadnięcie z kłody'. It's interesting how creative English people are. On the other hand it's sad we don't have an equally colorful simile to say that something is extremely easy. Well, we do say 'proste jak drut' but then in English they would say 'as clear as crystal'

Anyway, if I wanted to choose my favorite expression for 'very easy', I think I'd go for as easy as falling of a log... It's a bit lengthy, but on the other hand it's most logical for me as falling off a log is really easy :) It is obviously easier than making a pie (especially for me), and easier that ABC (especially when you come to think of the North Korean ABC). I don't particularly like the 'as easy as anything' simile because 'anything' is definitely not easy for me...

My question to you:
Which of these expressions is your favorite? Why?   

Monday, February 11, 2013

What comes to your mind when you hear the word 'Australia'?

I guess we usually tend to think of the following:

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Sydney and its Opera House
  • kangaroos
  • koala bears and
  • bush fires
These are my associations... Australia seems a different world to me... It's so far away from Poland and thus we have so little knowledge of Down Under (the nickname often used to refer to Australia and New Zealand).

Anyhow, I wanted to write a few things about Australia as I got inspired by Raszka, who is this blog's follower and who is currently in Australia :)

Australia is in many ways similar to other countries in the world... After all we all live in one big village, but on the other hand it is so unique and one of a kind that makes it unequaled.


Most Australians live in big cities like Sydney and this is the city that many people consider Australian's capital, while it's Canberra. Still Sydney is the largest city of all. Also, few people realize that Australia's monarch is Queen Elizabeth II! Besides, if you asked many Poles on whether or not Australia's population is bigger than Poland's, many would probably say Australia's...  Nothing more erroneous! Australia's population is over 22 million while Poland's is over 38 million!

I forgot to write that Aboriginal people were the first to settle in Australia... When? Over 40,000 years ago! Why are Aborigines so interesting? They have strong artistic traditions and therefore their art is popular around the world.

The official language in Australia is English. Why? Well... British settlers first came to Australia some 200 years ago and brought English with them :) It doesn't mean that Australia is homogenous though... In the last 50 years many people have come into Australia from other parts of the world, especially from Europe and Asia. Italians, for this matter, came to Australia after WWII. Australia is also quite poplar with people from New Zealand, China, Vietnam, India, the Philippines and Greece. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Poland comes 19th on the list of countries whose citizens had decided to immigrate to Australia.

My question to you:
Have you been to Australia? What is your experience of the country? Why would you recommend living there?




 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The other day I was asked how to say IROKEZ

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

The answer is:

MOHAWK HAIRDO/CREST
 
Hmmm... What do you think of this hair style? Do you like it? This is how we can describe the hairstyle... It's a hairstyle in which the scalp is shaved aside from an upright strip of hair from the forehead to the back of neck...


My personal experience:
I have never worn this hairdo... but I see that there are many versions of mohawks ranging from those really delicate ones, through moderate to quite extreme (see the picture above). I am wondering why this is so popular these days? Is this a recurring trend from some past era or is it just something completely new? What do women think of this hairdo?


My question to you:
Have you ever worn a mohawk hairdo? Do you like it worn by men/women?

Friday, February 8, 2013

What is the most popular section in newspapers?

Hi there! Do you read newspapers? What is the most section in newspapers? Many people say this is the section with death announcements...

A death announcement in a paper is called an...

OBITUARY

In Polish an obituary is called nekrolog, klepsydra, notatka żałobna. So, do you think that obituaries is the most often-read column in papers? Obits, as they're often abbreviated, may be so popular because they give us an insight and perspective about how other people live. If you read an obituary column in your local paper, then you get 'updated' on what age people pass away. You may also spend time thinking or praying for certain people. There are probably many other reasons why people read obits. What are yours? This is how you pronounce the word obituary


A few examples from the Internet:
  • I often read obituaries with great pleasure, and I read the...
  • Many archived obituaries are available for a small fee through a search on the newspaper's main obituaries page.
  • The FTC warns that some criminals often read obituaries and attempt to contact...
  • We often read obituaries of famous people...
  • Short, concise obituaries are usually used for local newspaper announcements.
  • When I did live in my hometown, I still didn't often read obituaries. If someone I knew died, I'd usually find out about it through Facebook...
  • Many obituaries are written while the subject is still alive...   

My question to you:
Do you read obits? Why? Why not?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

wordsearch: travelling (1)

What about some really easy task today? I would like you to find 11 common words connected with traveling (podróżowanie) in the word square. You can read the words vertically and horizontally, both forwards and back-to-front.

 

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Good luck!

P.S.
Just leave the words you will have found in your comment to this post!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Matura ustna - Zadanie 3: praca

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

Czas: 5 minut

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

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

Egzaminator: Can you start now?

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

Zdający: I have to say I like making some extra money (zarobić dodatkowe pieniądze) during summer holidays, especially when I could work in a country where it's possible to practice English. Looking for a job is not new to me as I have already done so a few times. So now I feel like I am given this opportunity (szansa) once more :) I see there are three jobs I could choose from... a vegetable seller (sprzedawca warzyw) at a market stall (na stoisku na rynku), a waiter, and a fruit picker (zbieracz owoców)... If I am to choose (Jeśli mam wybrać) something, I would like to be a waiter. My reason for taking this offer is that I love working with people and I really like jobs that are hectic (szalony). Besides, a waiter is likely to make a lot of money in tips (na napiwkach), especially if I work in a high end (wyższej klasy) restaurant.

I am rejecting (odrzucam) the other offers because they really don't match (nie pasują do) my personality... Being a vegetable seller at a market stall seems to be rather mundane (nudny) and you have to dirt yourself (ubrudzić się) weighing vegetables. The other thing is I am not very fond of haggling (targowanie się) with customers, and you have to admit (przyznać) that people often want to pay much less just because you're selling at a market stall. When it comes to working as fruit picker... Well, it doesn't appeal to me either... Not only can it be physically hard (ciężka fizycznie), but more than that, it is not interesting. You are usually on your own struggling with (walcząc z) reaching out for an apple (sięganiem po jabłko) standing on a low ladder (drabina). Frustrating and poorly paid.     

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

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

1. What are the advantages of working abroad?
There are many. First of all, it's a priceless work experience. All of a suddent you find yourself far away from home doing some work in a different environment, in a different culture, with speakers of a different language. All of these factors can be really invaluable as you can profit from them if you are only aware of how beneficial this experience can be. The other advantage is that you choose your own career and if you choose wisely, it can bring you a lot of joy. Moreover, working abroad usually means making more money than at home. Last but not least, you obviously make many new friends and you are given the opportunity of tasting a foreign culture and life, which is something you can't buy in a shop. You have to live through it.

2. Are holiday jobs popular among Polish teenagers? Why/Why not?
Since we became an EU member, I have a feeling that working abroad has been increasingly growing in popularity among Polish teenagers. Now that the boarders are open and we are granted equal opportunities as other EU citizens, many people want to try this experience and see what's it like to find yourself working abroad. Besides, many teenagers want to polish the language of the country they're going to. To many teenagers staying away from home and making money working abroad is a test of their maturity. It's a great challenge and a way of boosting their self-esteem.   

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

similes: Have you ever experienced anything dull?

How many a time have you participated in something that almost bored you to death? I guess each of us has found themselves in such a situation...

Now think of where and when you were dying of boredom last time and answer to yourself the question whether or not whatever you experienced then was really...

AS DULL AS DITCHWATER

In Polish we often use the phrase NUDNY JAK FLAKI Z OLEJEM (literal translation is: as boring as tripe with oil)...

The first question is... What is boredom? Is it what you experience when there's no excitement and you're not stimulated? Does it refer to a state of passiveness and inactivity? Or perhaps it is lack of interest in something? Or maybe it's lack of fun? What is fun then? Well, this is an even more challenging question to answer as everybody find fun in different things... Fun is very subjective, isn't it?

I'd like you to consider making friends with Jesus Christ... as He gives you the excitement that is more than whatever you can experience in this world... Of course, there are many people who would say that being a Christian means no fun at all as you have to give up all the 'pleasures' of this world... What is more, when you truly believe in Jesus, you will see that these 'pleasures' are no pleasures at all and in the long run they bring nothing but depression and damage to all spheres of your life... Jesus will give you “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”(Romans 14:17). Give yourself to Jesus and you will become a child of light in this dark world... and you'll never be bored again :) because to growing, committed Christians life is never boring! Why not? As there is always more work to be done as regards faith, there's another relationship to build and another person to serve! How can this be boring? Jesus also said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (john 10:10)... Why not test this yourselves?

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