Записи с темой: in english only!!! (список заголовков)


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
That would be the first task.

Can you tell me something about yourself? You can use the following plan for help:

Favourite food
Favourite book and movie
What do you usually do in your free time?
Any other things you wish to share... :)


My name`s Anna and I`m 25. I teach English which is also my hobby. I love studying foreign languages. That's why I study Japanese and French. I`m also an Internet-addict. Can't do anything about is so far.
In my free time I usually surf the web or read some slashy fic... he-he.
I`ve got a lot of books which I adore, but I think the one and only is The Lord of the Rings. Yeah. As for the movie... Right now it`s probably 'Judas Kiss' with Richard Harmon and Brent Corrigan.
I`m happily married and we`ve got two adorable cats.
That's it.

* addict - зависимый (ex. - porn-addict, crack-addict, slash-addict etc.)
more useful words and expressions

if you add the words 'check please!!!' I`ll underline all the mistakes in your text so you can work on them :)

@темы: IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, задание/task


Your fav character [IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!]

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Ok, now let's talk about your favorite characters from books, movies, series, anime... whatever... )))

Tell me about one character, that you totally adore... like... WORSHIP! OK?

Where is he/she from. When did you first see him/her? Describe the personality, habits, job, relationships etc.
The more you tell us, the better! Who knows, may be some new people will come to your fandom?
Don't forget to add a photo!

So... I`ll start then...

Right now I`m obsessed with this man. I guess, you recognize him, don't you?

His name's Sherlock Holmes and he is the best consulting detective EVER! Frankly speaking, the only one!
I like the idea of Sherlock living in the 21st century cause the series is absolutely fabulous with lots of gay jokes about Sherlock and John. I love John, too, by the way. He's so cute and adorable, I can't help admiring him!

So... Sherlock... We can't call him handsome, though he is incredibly charismatic, sometimes even charming. He's quite tall and slim, and he's got such pretty curly dark hair. I love his curls! I`m also in love with his awesome prominent cheekbones and this stern look when he's thinking about the case.

I also love his character. Sherlock is a self-confident genius (well... may be he shows off a little too much... but Watson likes it anyway), and energetic when it comes to cracking a case. He can also be rather introverted and unsociable when he's got nothing to do. I like the way his eyes flash, when a sudden revelation comes to him and he feels that he's close to solving a mystery.

All in all, he's absolutely adorable and I recommend all of you to watch this fascinating series. You won't regret it!!!

Here are some useful words for you:

@темы: чатимся/just chatting, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, лексика/vocabulary, задание/task, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Can you guess what the text is about?

Wordle: english2

@темы: лексика/vocabulary, вопросы/questions, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
So... We had a very serious question at the lesson today.

Can Ironman piss in his costume?

So... What's your opinion?

@темы: IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, вопросы/questions, лексика/vocabulary, уровень: elementary


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
From today's English lesson:

- Why were you on the island?
- ...
- ...?
- When Alex wakes up we have amazing sex.

Can you guess what was the dialogue about?

@темы: IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, уровень: elementary


TeacherPhil: How to speak English fast.

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Something cool from Teacher Phil.
I'm a huge fan of his. Watch and enjoy!

@темы: видео-уроки/video-lessons, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, уровень: intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate


Some English humour ;)

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Sorry guys, have been loaded with work recently.
Here are some jokes in English to have fun ;)

WARNING: some of the jokes are rather dirty.


There are three pregnant women, a blonde, a brunette and a redhead all sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. To break the silence the brunette says "apparently the position you do when you have sex determines the sex of the baby, I was on top so I'm having a boy". The redhead then adds "Well I was underneath so that means I'm having a girl". The blonde then says worryingly "Oh sh*t, I'm having puppies".


Man is telling his friend of a recent experience.
'I was walking along beside the railway line' he says, 'when I saw this girl tied to the track. Well, naturally I freed her and ended up having sex with her all night.'
'Did you get a blow job?' asks his friend.
'No' he says, 'I never did find the head.'


There was a black man and he walked into a shop.
A white man came and said colored people are not allowed.
The black man said.
"When black people have tans they stay black when they feel sick they're black when they're cold they are black"
"When white people have a tan they go pink when they feels sick they go green when they are cold they go blue!"


A young man is wandering, lost, in a forest when he comes upon a small house. He knocks on the door and is greeted by an old Chinese man with a long grey beard. “I’m lost,” said the man, “Can you put me up for the night?”

“Certainly,” the Chinese man said, “but one condition. If you so much as lay a finger on my daughter I will inflict upon you the three worst Chinese tortures known to man.”

“OK,” said the man, thinking that the daughter must be pretty old as well, and entered the house.

Over dinner the daughter came down the stairs. She was young, beautiful and had a fantastic body. She was obviously attracted to the young man as well, as she couldn’t keep her eyes off of him during the meal. Remembering the old man’s warning he ignored her and went up to bed alone.

During the night he could bear it no longer and snuck into her room for a night of passion. Near dawn, he quietly crept back to his room so the old man wouldn’t hear, exhausted but happy.

He woke to feel a pressure on his chest. Opening his eyes he saw a large rock on his chest with a note on it that read:

“Chinese Torture 1: Large rock on chest.”
“Well, that’s easy,” he thought. “If that’s the best the old man can do then I don’t have much to worry about.” He picked the boulder up, walked over to the window and threw it out. As he did so, he noticed another note on it that read:

“Chinese Torture 2: Rock tied to left testicle.”
In a panic he glanced down and saw the rope that was already getting close to taut. Figuring that a few broken bones was better than castration he jumped out of the window after the boulder. As he plummeted toward the ground he saw a large sign on the ground that read:

“Chinese Torture 3: Right testicle tied to bed post.”

@темы: IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, чатимся/just chatting


I know what you did this summer!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Hey guys! Sorry for such a long pause!

September is coming to its end already but I can't stop thinking about summer which was so brief and short. So...

Let's talk about SUMMER!!! What was it like? Have you had any unusual experiences? As for me, I've taught pre-school children and I've run my first teacher training programme ever! So it's been all work and no rest for me.

But I hope your summer went a lot better!

I'm waiting for your comments, guys! )))

@темы: чатимся/just chatting, уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: elementary, уровень: advanced, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Who do you ship?

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Let's talk about your favourite pairings, shall we?

There're going to be some fandom slang expressions here, if you don't get the meaning just ask.

And I`ll start with them:

So they're Dean and Castiel from Supernatural and I ship them so hard (intensively) because they just give me the feels (make me very emotional about) I can't handle. It's pretty much the best love story I've ever seen unfolding on the screen, and yes, they are SO canon (you can also use 'so' before verbs, espesially with Present Continuous) and they're SO gonna (= going to) to kiss at the end of season 8!

I like this pairing just because the story very carefully shows us how Cas falls in love with Dean and then falls from Heaven to protect him. And Dean doesn't return the feeling at first, but then very slowly, little by little starts to let Castiel into his life, risking his life for him, etc-etc... until he falls in love big time (very-very-very deeply)! But Dean obviously isn't ready to be out and proud (accept one's homo- or bisexuality openly) yet. But I hope he will! And Cas will be there for him.

So, guys, tell me about your favourite pairing, will you? Not only slash, any you like, actually.

@темы: чатимся/just chatting, уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: advanced, слэнг/slang, лексика/vocabulary, задание/task, вопросы/questions, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Today we have an idiom. :)
A very interesting one for holidays but still. Enjoy.

work your socks off
work your tail off

Meaning: If you work your socks off, or work your tail off, you work very hard.

For example:

We had to get the job finished by Friday, so we worked our socks off to get it done on time.

The sales team worked their tails off this quarter, and they've managed to beat the record for first-quarter sales figures.

Quick Quiz:

His exam's on Monday, so Paul will have to work his socks off if he:
a) wants to cheat
b) wants to pass
c) doesn't want to pass

@темы: уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: advanced, употребление/use, лексика/vocabulary, idioms, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Lend vs borrow

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Learner styles!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Hey! It's been a while!

So, today we're going to talk a bit about different learner styles.
In fact, there are many ways to classify them. But for today let's talk about three particular:


So what do these mean?

If you have a Visual learner style, it means that the main way of getting information for you is through looking at different visual stimuli (texts, pictures, graphs, charts, tables, etc.).

If you have an Auditory learner style, it means that your preferred way of getting information is through audio channels: listening to people talks, music, radio, podcasts, etc.

If you are a Kinesthetic learner, it means that you learn better if any kind of movement is involved, For example, it would be much easier for you to memorise a poem if you walk around the room rather than just sit at your desk.

Why is it important to know your own learner style? Research has shown that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal learning styles. And as a teacher, I find this information extremely valuable, because if I know my students' learner styles, I can select and organize learning material to suit their preferred style and thus foster quicker and more enjoyable learning.

However, people with one purely dominating learner style are rare. Usually we have a combination of two complementing styles. Here I suggest a test to help you identify your preferred styles so that you can use them to your benefit!

Just download the photo and follow the instructions:

And don't forget to comment about your results! ;)

Also, here's where you can read more about this topic if I got you interested:

@темы: IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, задание/task, чатимся/just chatting


Go, Iceland!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
In short it's like this:

Here's a bit of a longer story:

read more

This kinda makes me wanna applaud to Iceland.
What about you? What do you think?

@темы: чатимся/just chatting, вопросы/questions, уровень: upper-intermediate, задание/task, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, уровень: intermediate


Welcome to the Night Vale...

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“Welcome to Night Vale. A small desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and strange lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.”

NightValeRadio’s avatar

For those of you who like mystery and black humour, I`d recommend this podcast. It is a radio show of a fictional little town Night Vale with lots of homour, paranoid vibes, dark mystical stuff and... TOTALLY canon slash. yeah-yeah...

There is some lovely fanart and this is the headcanon for Cecil, the host (my goodness, he's HOT!!!):

enjoy the show here:

P.S. if just listening is hard for you, here are the transcripts: nightvale.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Fan-Made_Trans...

Yes, they are TOTALLY canon:

@музыка: welcome to the night vale

@темы: уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: advanced, slash, podcast, listening, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


An interesting video for language learners.

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This is Halloween...

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This is Halloween...


Are you ready for the horrors of the night?
So you know who dwells in the dark ready to seize you any moment?
Check out this Halloween Monster Book:


@темы: чатимся/just chatting, уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: advanced, задание/task, вопросы/questions, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Idiom: How do you like them apples?

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Just a little task for you people.
Watch this extract:

Now can you tell me what does the idiom mean?

How do you like them apples?

Don't google first, try to guess. Let these questions help you:

What does Will show to the guy in the cafe?
Whose number do you think it is?
Why is Will showing the guy this number?

@темы: уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: advanced, употребление/use, слэнг/slang, лексика/vocabulary, задание/task, вопросы/questions, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


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I laughed like crazy over this picture:

Really, why are these things called "fire distinguishers"?

@темы: IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!, чатимся/just chatting


A real grammar-nazi video

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
A student of mine shared this video with me and it's hilarious!

@темы: употребление/use, грамматика/grammar, видео-уроки/video-lessons, IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!


Loony rhymes)

д-р Мюррей
Адам вовсе не читал комиксов. Им было далеко до того, что творилось в его голове (с)
A sly old troll (his name was Sol)
Lived in the Royal Albert Hall.
He wore a mantle which he once stole
And mischief was his only goal.
He sang his obscene songs at night
And made his water by moonlight;
He never washed his dirty skin
And threw picked bones at the Queen.
She was quite fed up with this troll
And called the famous hunter Cole.
“Bang!” – said the hunter’s lovely gun.
The troll fell down, he couldn’t run.
The end was quick and very sad:
For now this troll is very dead.

Shinmaya aka Fred, thanks for your help! ;)


Loony English!!!