Friday, February 28, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 9 (życie towarzyskie i rodzinne)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!

  • Egzaminujący: How do you help your parents with the housework?
  • Zdający: I try to help them by doing simple things at home such as taking out rubbish or doing the washing. Of course I go shopping when my parents ask me to. These are my simple tasks that I try to do systematically.  
  • Egzaminujący: Do you like family gatherings? Why? Why not?
  • Zdający: Yes, I do. It's great to see your relatives and get updated on what's been going on in their lives. Each such family reunion is a chance to meet, talk and strengthen our family bonds. Of course, sometimes you don't want to spend time with this or that person for some reason, but in general, these are those moments everybody should cherish despite of momentary animosities.  
  • Egzaminujący: Do you like going out in your free time? Why? Why not? 
  • Zdający: Hmm.. It depends with whom and where... Going out just for the sake of going out doesn't make much sense, does it? So, if the company is great, if the goal of such an outing is worth the effort and if the destination is attractive, then why not? Spending time with people, especially those you love, is good.


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Nie daj się zestarzeć! Ćwicz pamięć! Co powiesz na wkucie pięciu idiomów?

Let's try: 
  1. to be thrilled to bits
  2. to lie through your teeth
  3. to put on a brave face
  4. to be in seventh heaven
  5. the ball is in sb's court
Do you know any of these? If yes, great! If not, take a look at their meanings below:
  1. być uszczęśliwionym
  2. kłamać jak z nut
  3. robić dobrą minę do złej gry
  4. być w siódmym niebie
  5. kolej na czyjąś decyzję
And now a few examples:
  1. I will be thrilled to bits when you learn these idioms! 
  2. And I'm not lying through my teeth now! :)
  3. So, even if you are getting old, and your memory is becoming rusty, put on a brave face and learn my idiomatic expressions.
  4. In addition, when you do the homework below, I'll be in seventh heaven!
  5. So... the ball is in your court now!
And finally some HOMEWORK for you!
Please write here your own crazy examples with these idioms!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I to wszystko w tym temacie!



Yes... nothing more, nothing less... This is our idiom for today:

THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE

This idiom can be used to say that something has definitely finished and there is nothing that can be added about it.

Short and simple today :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Czy jesteś w stanie ogarnąć dzisiaj pięć idiomów?

Let's try: 
  1. to put your foot down
  2. to sleep like a log
  3. to put your foot in it
  4. to sit on the fence
  5. to rack your brains
Do you know any of these? If yes, great! If not, take a look at their meanings below:
  1. wyrazić stanowczą opinię
  2. spać jak kamień
  3. popełnić gafę
  4. zwlekać z decyzją
  5. wytężać umysł
And now a few examples:
  1. I think it's the right time to put your foot down and become an enthusiastic learner of English!
  2. I am sure there was a day when you were sleeping like a log and you didn't hear people coming in or leaving.
  3. Everybody has experienced it, I mean everybody has put their foot in it with others. I asked someone about their salary a few days ago not knowing he was a really loaded guy.
  4. If you are a man and want to marry the girl of your dreams, do not sit on the fence!
  5. Now, rack your brains to really learn these five idioms! :)
And finally some HOMEWORK for you!
Please write here your own crazy examples with these idioms!

Monday, February 24, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 6 (żywienie, zakupy i usługi)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!


  • Egzaminujący: What do you usually have for breakfast?
  • Zdający: I usually have a cup of grain coffee with honey and a sandwich with cheese and tomato. I don't have big breakfasts. Sometimes I have something sweet such as a chocolate bar or a piece of chocolate.  
  • Egzaminujący: What does 'healthy food' mean for you?
  • Zdający: As far as I understand it, healthy food is food which doesn't make you feel ill or doesn't make you put on weight. It is food that is organic and not genetically modified.  
  • Egzaminujący: Do you like fast food? Why? Why not? 
  • Zdający: No, not really. It causes obesity and I don't want to gain weight. Besides, they use artificial sweeteners which increase sugar levels in our body. On the other hand, many fast food meals are too salty and too spicy, which is not good for our digestion system either. In general, fast food is of low quality and this is the main reason why I am not particularly keen on it.


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Friday, February 21, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 8 (praca, człowiek)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!


  • Egzaminujący: What job would you like to do in the future and why?
  • Zdający: It would be wonderful if I could create my own company and be the boss there. I am an independent person and being my own boss would be great. I am interested in management, controlling and supervising others. It would be very exciting to run my own business and watch it grow.  
  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about your childhood dream job.
  • Zdający: When I was a kid I wanted to be a fireman, like most boys I believe... The problem with my being a fireman was that instead of putting out fires I often was the one who started them in order to fulfill myself as a fireman. Therefore I remember a few situations when I started a fire and could hardly stop it later on, which was dangerous as I could have burnt myself and the house too.   
  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about a job you wouldn't like to do in the future. 
  • Zdający: I definitely wouldn't like to be a doctor. This job is so responsible that I really don't see myself helping others bearing in mind that I could hurt them or, worse, kill them because I wouldn't diagnose properly or would prescribe wrong medicines. This job is not for me at all.


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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Zakład, że nie ogarniesz dzisiaj tych idiomów?

Let's try: 
  1. to spread like wildfire
  2. to add fuel to the fire
  3. to burn your bridges
  4. to get the bit between your teeth
  5. to be up in the air
Do you know any of these? If yes, great! If not, take a look at their meanings below:
  1. szerzyć się, rozchodzić się bardzo szybko (wiecie... ploty, wirusy, itp.)
  2. dolewać oliwy do ognia
  3. palić za sobą mosty
  4. brać się ostro do pracy
  5. stać pod znakiem zapytania
And now a few examples:
  1. I hope that this post today will spread like wildfire!
  2. Zakład, że nie ogarniesz dzisiaj tych idiomów? Ok, ok... I won't say anything more; I don't want to add fuel to the fire :)
  3. Burn all your bridges and follow this blog to learn English with me!
  4. Ok, let's not waste your time. Get the bit between your teeth now!
  5. Will you do your homework below? Well, I don't know; it's still up in the air :)
And finally some HOMEWORK for you!
Please write here your own crazy examples with these idioms!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Do you know how to say 'rzepa' in English?



If you do - Congratulations! If you don't - no problem... it's not the most important word in the world, is it? :) Anyhow, we need 'rzepa' for today's idiom so just to prevent you from looking the word up in a dictionary, let me tell you that 'rzepa' is 'turnip'.

Is there any blood in any turnip? The correct answer is 'No' unless you're crazy and have a plastic turnip filled up with blood... :)

In English there is a nice idiom which means you can't get something from a person if that person doesn't have what you want. Pretty logical, isn't it? But there are some irrational situations when you are asked to provide something you don't have.

The idiom I am talking about is

TO SQUEEZE BLOOD OUT OF A TURNIP

Literally it means 'wycisnąć krew z rzepy'..., which - as we all know - is not possible. So if you ever need to describe a situation like the one I referred to above, don't hesitate to use this idiom! :)

Can you give examples of situations in which you or someone else tried to squeeze blood out of a turnip? I am looking forward to reading your stories!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jak poprawiać na lekcjach angielskiego, żeby nie bolało?

How often do we... teachers of English... have to correct our poor students during our classes? I bet it happens quite frequently... Well, at least, it should happen frequently... as ignoring our students' mistakes or errors is not a good way of teaching any language. Remember: "Silence gives consent".

Of course, mistakes made bu students is a good symptom of learning something, but uncorrected are pretty dangerous as they tend to fossilize over time, which is no good :)

The question is... How to correct students in such a way that they know there is a mistake and they immediately feel a strong desire :) to correct themselves as only such a way seems so natural?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Don't accept ill structured sentences, instead reward good answers!
  2. Make an I-don't-get-it face and wait for the student to correct himself/herself.
  3. Ask the rest of the group to spot the mistake and give you the correct answer!
  4. Refer to some unit in a coursebook where you talked about a particular grammatical or lexical problem and make students find the right response.
  5. Choose the best student in your group and ask her/him if he knows how to correct his/her friends utterance.
  6. Pose a general question to the class and ask for the correct way of saying something.
  7. Instead of making a strange face you can ask a direct question: "Sorry, but I don't understand you. I think there is a mistake in your sentence/question".
  8. Accept the incorrect utterance but repeat it in the correct way stressing the erroneous area.
What do you think? Got anything else to suggest?




Monday, February 17, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 5 (dom)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!


  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about the things you like in the flat or house where you live.
  • Zdający: In general, I like my flat a lot for its emptiness. I don't collect things and try to keep only those items which are in use. If something is not used for some time, I just try to get rid of it somehow. My flat is simple, there is no TV, furniture is simple and there is plenty of room around so I often experience a feeling of freedom. Besides there is a lot of sunlight coming into the southern part of the flat so rooms are bright and this makes me feel full of beans! 
  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about a place in Poland where you would like to live.
  • Zdający: I think I could point at a few nice places where I'd like to live in Poland. Of course I like where I live, but if I could move to other places as well, I'd choose Poznań for it's a great metropolitan city and I'm a city animal. On the other hand, quite paradoxically, I'd love to go and live in a little wooden hut in Białowieża Forest (Puszcza Białowieska) because, much as I love big cities, I also love escaping into the world of nature, tranquility, peace and quiet to find myself at one with nature.  
  • Egzaminujący: Would you prefer to live in a big city or in a village? Why? 
  • Zdający: Just as I've said, I like living in a big city for whatever it has to offer, and as we all know, there are so many things happening in cities, there are more people, more events, more places to spend time in, and generally more of everything... On the other hand, I wouldn't mind living in a village to enjoy a totally different world. So in order to answer your question, I have to say that I'd like to live in a city and in a village interchangeably.


Do you have any questions? 
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Friday, February 14, 2014

St Valentine's Day - how much holiness is there on the day?



It's St Valentine's day again... The world will celebrate the day again... It's interesting that many people who are not necessarily of christian denomination also celebrate the day, which is in fact devoted to this saint person according to the Martyrologium Hieronymianum and first established as this saint's day by Pope Gelasius I in 496.

I guess those who celebrate St Valentine's Day should bear in mind it's a christian day and so it should be celebrated according to christian beliefs. Hence, my question... How much holiness is there in people's celebrations of the day?

I am not going to answer the question and just make this question a rhetorical one and as food for thought since it's a quite paradoxical thing for me... Would you agree? The paradox is that people who are very far from christianity celebrate this day that has been long recognized in the Roman Catholic Church calendar :)

What is your opinion?


As my sign of love to all of you who are reading this post today :) I have a little quiz on St Valentine's Day. It's a universal set of questions that is often used by teachers of English worldwide. Take a look and try to leave one or two or all questions answered...

  1. What happens to the first man that a woman sees on St Valentine's day (in England)? 
  2. What is the color of love?
  3. Which year was the first recorded St Valentine's Day card sent?
  4. Which animal are we supposed to kiss to change it into a prince?
  5. Does the date of St Valentine's Day change?
  6. Why do many people think doves are romantic?
  7. Which bird symbolizes St Valentine's Day?
  8. What does the word 'valentine' mean in everyday usage?
  9. What happens to a person who is struck by Cupid's arrow?
  10. What do white roses mean in the language of love?
  11. Which part of the body must Cupid's arrows hit to be effective?
  12. What do red roses mean in the language of love?
  13. Who are Shakespeare's famous lovers?
  14. What do those in love send each other on this day?
  15. Where is a person who is quick to show feelings of love said to wear his/her heart?   

Looking forward to your answers!




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rzucam Ci wyzwanie! Dasz radę zapamiętać dzisiejsze idiomy?

Let's try: 
  1. to spend money like water
  2. to be up to your eyes in sth
  3. to pull your weight
  4. to keep your fingers crossed for sb/sth
  5. to be on a wild-goose chase
Do you know any of these? If yes, great! If not, take a look at their meanings below:
  1. wydawać pieniądze lekką ręką
  2. być czymś zawalonym, tkwić w czymś po uszy
  3. pracować tak ciężko, jak inni
  4. trzymać kciuki za kogoś/coś
  5. szukać wiatru w polu
And now a few examples:
  1. Don't spend money like water on language courses! Learn English here! :)
  2. You're never up to your eyes in work not to learn a few nice idioms, are you?
  3. Pull your weight and learn these idioms today to show that you can still learn something! ;)
  4. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your learning!
  5. Don't go on a wild-goose chase and follow this blog today!
And finally some HOMEWORK for you!
Please write here your own crazy examples with these idioms!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How do you usually get other people's attention?

Source: http://tinyurl.com/na926m4

Hello to you all on Wednesday! Have you ever found yourself in a situation - let's say at work - when a bunch of people need the same thing from the boss? How do you get your boss's attention? How do you usually get what you want?

Is it by being a pain-in-the-neck person who never stops reminding of themselves and eventually wins what they need? In English there is a nice idiom which beautifully reflects this situation:

A SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE

The idiom can be translated as 'skrzypiące koło dostaje smar'... Would you describe yourself as a 'squeaky wheel' that 'gets the grease'?

In other words, are you a person who complains the loudest and attracts attention and to finally get what you need?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Would you like priests to deliver sermons from pulpits?



Do you know the name of a place from which a priest used to preach sermons in church? No? Well, in Polish it's called 'ambona'. Here is the compound:

CHURCH PULPIT

I don't know how many of you remember those days when you heard a sermon being preached from a church pulpit... I am old enough to remember. My grandmother took me to church every Sunday for a mass and despite the fact I didn't understand much from the preaching then, I do remember that a priest would climb a church pulpit and speak long and emotively so that people would often cry...
I think it was good that priests preached from church pulpits. I can't give you any arguments for this, but I feel it was better than preaching almost straight from the altar.

What is your opinion? 

Monday, February 10, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 4 (kultura)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!


  • Egzaminujący: What kind of art would you like to get to know better and why?
  • Zdający: If we consider photography art then I'd like to learn more about it. Why? Well, it's usually a great challenge to take a brilliant photo. Most photos we see around are pretty amateur so it does take some skill, sensitivity and a taste of perspective. You are truly an artist if you are able to capture something that makes others fall in love with your picture on the spot.
  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about your favorite actor/actress.
  • Zdający: Frankly, I don't have my favorite actors, but if I am to choose someone, I guess it would be Bruce Marchiano. He's an American actor who is famous for his portrayals of Jesus Christ in movies based on the Bible. I am really fond of him since he's a great person, his portrayals of Jesus are so convincing and natural. With his loving attitude and smile, and peaceful and caring approach to others, he's simply made to play Jesus.  
  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about the films you like or don't like watching.
  • Zdający: I like watching films which can change me for better, films which make me think of what person I am, films which show me good in people, and films which make me feel optimistic about this world, where we often see bad things, bad behaviors and lots of sin. Therefore, it's hard to find a movie which is really worth watching. Most films are so superficial and don't give you much opportunity to think, leave alone any chance of changing you for better.


Do you have any questions? 
Comments? 
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Friday, February 7, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 7 (nauka i technika, świat przyrody)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!


  • Egzaminujący: Tell me about a machine you would like to be able to operate.
  • Zdający: I've always been interested in helicopters and I think it's an example of a great machine which I would like to operate. You need to know how to control the collective (wałek zbiorczy), the throttle (przepustnica), the cyclic (drążek skoku okresowego) or the rudder (ster) just mention a few things.  
  • Egzaminujący: What natural resources do you try to save every day?
  • Zdający: I try to save water every day. How? Well, I open taps only when I need water unlike many people who let water flow regardless of whether they need it or not. I always control the stream of water when I a do the washing or clean my teeth or shave. I just turn the tap off when I don't need water and it's the easiest way to save this valuable resource for me.
  • Egzaminujący: What do you do to keep your local neighborhood clean? 
  • Zdający: Not much, to be honest, but whenever I can, I collect some litter and take it to the nearest  bin. I don't do much, but I think it's due to the fact the local government doesn't do enough to inform and encourage people to help each person's local neighborhood clean.


Do you have any questions? 
Comments? 
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Czy jesteś w stanie dzisiaj ogarnąć kolejne pięć idiomów?

Let's try: 
  1. to face the music
  2. to get the wrong end of the stick
  3. to have an egg on your face
  4. to make hay while the sun shines
  5. third time lucky
Do you know any of these? If yes, great! If not, take a look at their meanings below:
  1. wypić piwo, którego się nawarzyło
  2. zrozumieć coś opacznie, niewłaściwie
  3. wyjść na durnia
  4. korzystać ze sposobności, wykorzystać okazję
  5. do trzech razy sztuka
And now a few examples:
  1. f you don't learn these idioms today, you'll have to face the music and talk with me!
  2. I hope you didn't get the wrong end of the stick in my first example :)
  3. I hope I haven't made any mistakes here as I'd have egg on my face...
  4. So... once you have already come to this blog, make hay while the sun shines and learn my idioms!
  5. Try again! Third time lucky! :)
And finally some HOMEWORK for you!
Please write here your own crazy examples with these idioms!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

It's not good to describe anybody as 'ugly' but...



...the English language has an idiom which compares an ugly person to something...

Do you know what it is?

Funny as it may seem, it's a stick (patyk)... Isn't it surprising? Since when have sticks been ugly - this I don't know... but this is what speakers of English are likely to say when they want to talk about someone who is really ugly. Weird but true...

The idiom for today is:

AS UGLY AS A STICK

A few examples from the Net:
  • Some might say she was as ugly as a stick. Not me. I don't insult sticks. 
  • ...posting of an apparent "hot" Asian chick modeling next to a sports car, which did not go over very well considering she was as ugly as a stick.
  • We've been lucky so far in that poor Theodora is as ugly as a stick. 
  • I'm stalking you...even if I am as ugly as mud..or is that as ugly as a stick...
  • And your hair was parted down the center, so no matter how beautiful your dress or face were, you still looked as ugly as a stick in a swamp.
  • An arm without bangles is as ugly as a stick of bamboo.
What do we use in Polish to say someone is ugly? The only things that comes to my mind is 'brzydkie kaczątko'...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Have you ever milked a cow?

Technology here, technology there, technology everywhere... Don't you feel a bit sad that we're living in a world where life without the Internet, all those gadgets, phones, e-solutions and stuff is virtually impossible? I remember when I was a small boy and spend time at my grandmother's in a place called Oględa :)
Source: http://tinyurl.com/pg524k4

She had a farm, and on that farm she had different animals. Can you imagine what my life looked like when there was neither computers, the Internet, nor anything else to do with the so popular today virtual world. I woke up to birds' songs, had breakfast together with other family members and went out to play or do things outdoors. Wonderful! Most of the day I spent alfresco... wandering about the place and occasionally thinking up crazy activities or just helping either my granny or her son Peter :) I saw many times how my granny was milking her cows but once she asked me to try myself... And then... I had to touch - with my own hands what you see in the picture, i.e.

COW UDDER

Nowadays, many children would either think it's disgusting, appalling or a totally unattractive activity. Besides, why should anybody do it if milking cows is already automatic. Still, I remember this feeling of being so close to an animal and trying to milk a cow. Since then I have never had a similar opportunity but I do cherish that moment a lot. Now matter how technologically advanced this world is, such simple things as milking a cow can be an unforgettable experience.

To my mind this world is going too fast and it's going so e-lectronic and virtual that we rarely experience such moments as the one mentioned here. Shouldn't we perhaps slow down a bit and look around to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding world?

What do you think? Got a story like this? Share here! I hope I am not the only one who thinks like this or am I? ;)    

Monday, February 3, 2014

matura ustna: rozmowa wstępna 3 (szkoła)



Zapraszam na serię powtórkową przed maturą ustną 2014 :)

Dzisiaj proponuję przyjrzeć się kilku przykładowym pytaniom z rozmowy wstępnej na maturze ustnej z języka angielskiego. Mam nadzieję, że moje przykłady pomogą Wam ogarnąć przygotowania do egzaminu!


  • Egzaminujący: Tell me what subject you would like to study at the university and why.
  • Zdający: I've always wanted to study Chemistry. Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you. You can find it in the food you eat, in the clothes you wear, in the water you drink... you name it. Chemistry is sometimes called the 'central science' as it interconnects other sciences, for instance physics, biology or geology.
  • Egzaminujący: Is learning foreign languages at school a good idea? Why? Why not?
  • Zdający: Of course it is! Where else could we learn a foreign language so early if not at school? Schools are the best places to start as not everyone can afford to go abroad to learn a language when he or she is 6 years old, which is the time when children start their education in Poland. 
  • Egzaminujący: How do you usually prepare for exams?
  • Zdający: It's a tough question for my scrupulous planning of revision sessions is perfect indeed. However, when it comes to making my plans come true, is a different story. I am not a very systematic person and when I've already made some plans, I often struggle with myself to stick to them. Anyhow, I try to do my best and I am usually prepared before the big day so then I can relax and I know I don't have to panic.


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