Monday, June 30, 2014

What's your opinion?

"Every time I catch myself trying to figure out other people's motives, I'll stop and ask myself: "What did I say or do that prompted the action? Why did I react to it as I did? Does what happened make a major difference to me, or am I making something big out of a trifle?"
Leave off that excessive desire of knowing; therein is found much distraction There are many things the knowledge of which is of little or no profit to the soul."
- Thomas a Kempis

What are your thoughts on this?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

KURS JĘZYKA ANGIELSKIEGO OD PODSTAW - POZIOM A1

Zapraszam serdecznie na kurs języka angielskiego od podstaw (poziom A1)!
Kurs organizuję online dla 5 pierwszych osób!
Po zebraniu grupy uruchamiamy kurs online, zajęcia będą odbywać się trzy razy w tygodniu po 90 minut za pomocą Google Hangout
(dla niewtajemniczonych :) - jest to rozwiązanie podobne do Skype).
Pierwsza godzina zajęć GRATIS :)
Zajęcia prowadzę intensywnie przez cały miesiąc lipiec!
Zapraszam starszą młodzież i/lub dorosłych.
Cena za godzinę bardzo atrakcyjna: 10zł/45min.

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Zapisy do 3 lipca 2014

Możliwe są zajęcia również na innych poziomach zaawansowania!
Zajęcia online nie różnią się niczym od zajęć f2f.
Zapraszam! :)
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What's your opinion?

"At the Day of Judgement we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done."
- Thomas a Kempis


What are your thoughts on this?

Friday, June 27, 2014

What's your opinion?

"All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace."
- Thomas a Kempis


What are your thoughts on this?


What's your opinion?

"A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver."
- Thomas a Kempis


What are your thoughts on this?


Thursday, June 26, 2014

What's your opinion?

"Wherever you go, there you are."
- Thomas a Kempis


What are your thoughts on this?

What's your opinion?

"Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse for impossibility, for it thinks all things are lawful for itself and all things are possible."
- Thomas a Kempis


What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's your opinion?

"The more humble and obedient to God a man is, the more wise and at peace he will be in all that he does."
- Thomas a Kempis


What are your thoughts on this?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What's your point of view?


"If God were our one and only desire, we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance."
- Thomas a Kempis

What are your thoughts on this?

Monday, June 23, 2014

What's your point of view?

"Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book."
- Thomas a Kempis

What are your comments on this quote?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What's your point of view?

"Be not angry that you cannot make other as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be."
- Thomas a Kempis

What are your comments on this quote?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Phobias & manias: monophobia

What do you think of this world? Isn't it crazy in the worst sense of the word? I mean... there are so many people on this planet, the Earth has shrunk in many ways... we're living in a global village. Each person is virtually able to get connected to any other nook on this world. Lots of people go online to build networks of friends and once they have as many as possible they stay in touch on FB or elsewhere... I am wondering whether this really makes people happy and socially fulfilled? My impression is that there are so many people who suffer from...

MONOPHOBIA

that is the fear of being alone... Aren't people today afraid of being alone... with their own thoughts, with their own lives? Just to spend time offline and on their own to think things over, to allow themselves to investigate their souls... 

A few examples from the Internet:
  • So, his wife is suffering from monophobia (the fear of being alone) and he wants to help her overcome this irrational and debilitating fear.
  • Like most phobias the causes of monophobia usually start in childhood. 
  • A person suffering from monophobia might believe that he or she will die or collapse or do something terrible when...
  • My monophobia makes me nervous when I'm alone.
  • As a result, an agoraphobic stays at home; a claustrophobic avoids all lifts, a sufferer from monophobia is afraid of being alone...
My question to you:
Do you think you might be suffering from monophobia?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Have you ever eaten 'pstrąg'?

I have eaten...

TROUT

It's very healthy and delicious fish. I had it many a time in our Mazury (the Polish Lake District) and also in Pomerania. 

It's just perfect when it's fresh and fried or grilled.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • The growth of trout is very dependant upon the environment.
  • One of the best was to cook trout is very simply to bake it with a little flour and salt.
  • The Sea Trout is very similar in appearance to the Salmon.
  • Make sure your trout is very fresh for the best flavour.
  • Barbecued trout is very popular!
My question to you:
Have you ever eaten trout? Do you like this fish? How did you have it prepared? Is this your favorite fish?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Are you a student? Do you go to school?

Well... I have a question to you... Since there is a lot of talk about school systems, especially in terms of how ineffective they are, what negative emotions they evoke, I've started wondering whether it really can be true... So... if you are a student and you still go to either primary, lower-secondary or upper-secondary school... please share your thoughts on what feelings your school evokes.

  • Are you afraid of going to school?
  • Are you happy to be at school?
  • Do you have friends there and it makes you happy?
  • Are you bored?
  • Do you find your school interesting?
  • Do you feel motivated at school?
  • Are you afraid of some teachers?
  • Do you like your teachers?
  • Anything else?

Leave your comment!


Friday, June 6, 2014

What does the future hold for our posterity?

Hello!
Today I'd like to share a few proficiency level words with you...

  • POSTERITY
  • REVERE
  • VIRTUOSI
  • SUREFIRE
Do you know any of these words? 
Let's take a look at them.

POSTERITY are the people who will live in the future; they are our off-spring, our descendants... future generations. In Polish: potomność, przyszłe pokolenia.

REVERE - this is a verb which means to really respect and admire someone or something; to honor someone or something greatly; to respect someone or something deeply. In Polish: czcić.

VIRTUOSI are the people who really skilled at something, especially at playng instruments; they have great talent and gracefulness; they are geniuses. In Polish: wirtuozi.

SUREFIRE is an adjective which describes someone or something that is very likely to succeed. In Polish: pewny, niezawodny.

My own examples:
  • To be honest, I am worried about our posterity. The world is going in a dead end direction and I am afraid the future doesn't look very bright.
  • I do revere people who live righteously.
  • It's amazing how many virtuosi there are these days. Their skills are just stunning. 
  • Which political party is a surfire one to win in the coming elections?
Can you make your own sentence about yourself with any of these words?


Thursday, June 5, 2014

How often do you go to a post office?



Do you think post offices are slowly becoming obsolete? I myself visit a post office quite regularly, but aren't post offices threatened by private couriers and other post-office like service providers?

However, since post offices are still in operation, it's good to know a few practical words :)

  • zip/post code - kod pocztowy
  • delivery - dostarczenie, doręczenie
  • office box - skrzynka pocztowa
  • package/parcel - paczka
  • postage and packaging (P&P) - opłata za parkowanie i wysyłkę
  • enclosure - załącznik
  • post office - poczta
  • sender - nadawca
  • first-class - priorytet
  • postman - listonosz
  • letter - list
  • second class - zwykła poczta
  • addressee - adresat
  • post master - naczelnik poczty
  • self-addressed envelope - koperta z adresem zwrotnym
  • postal charges - opłaty pocztowe
  • permanent address - stałe zameldowanie
  • postcard - kartka pocztowa
  • printed matter - druki
  • recorded delivery - polecony
  • snail mail - poczta tradycyjna
  • stamp - znaczek
How often do you send things? What do you think of the postal service in Poland? How often do you get real letters? Do you think sending a letter is cheap or expensive? What postal services do you use most? 



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Do you remember some of the fairy tales you heard when you were little?



I guess many of us heard about these guys:

  • Ali Baba i czterdziestu rozbójników
  • Piękna i Bestia
  • Kopciuszek
  • Jaś i Małgosia
  • Czerwony Kapturek
  • Pinokio
  • Kot w butach
  • Śpiąca Królewna
  • Królewna Śnieżka
  • Calineczka
  • Tomcio Paluch
  • Brzydkie Kaczątko
Do you know how to talk about these characters in English? Let's do a little matching exercise! Who is who? Can you guess?


Which of these characters is your favorite? Why?






Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What do you think of paranormal abilities?

My personal opinion is that the following are to be avoided at all cost:



In Polish we have the following saying: "Ciekawość to pierwszy stopień do piekła..."
In English they say:

Curiosity killed the cat.

Let's not be easily killed then... WARNING: do not interfere with paranormal powers as this may have a very negative impact on you.

Have you ever tried any of these paranormal experiences? Would you agree that experimenting with these paranormal activities will not do you any good... quite opposite? 


Monday, June 2, 2014

Wyposażenie mieszkania. Znasz te słowa?

I'd like you to look at the following words and try to say which of these items can be found:

  • in a kitchen?
  • in a utility room?
  • in a bathroom?
  • in a bedroom?



Which of these items don't you have? Would you like to have them? Why? Why not? Are there any other items you'd like to put on the list here?

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