Записи с темой: чатимся/just chatting (список заголовков)

I fuckin` love grammar! I fuckin` love vocabulary! I fuckin` love idioms! OMG I fuckin` love ENGLISH!!!
17.09.2018 в 21:56
Пишет StarpunkD:

17.09.2018 в 21:13
Пишет Эрл Грей:

Каким будет английский язык через 100 лет. Блог британского ученого

Будущее английского – это множество английских

Один из способов предсказать будущее — вспомнить прошлое. Английский язык является международным, то есть используется значительным количеством людей по всему миру. Как ни странно, его можно сравнить с латынью домодерной Европы.
Распространившись на волне успеха Римской империи, классическая латынь оставалась стандартным письмом по всей Европе долгое время после падения Рима. Но народная («вульгарная») латынь, используемая в речи, продолжала меняться, вследствие чего сформировались новые диалекты, породившие со временем нынешние романские языки: французский, испанский, португальский, румынский и итальянский.

читать дальше

Источнег знаний

URL записи

URL записи

@темы: чатимся/just chatting, употребление/use, лексика/vocabulary


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD

Мне часто задают различные вопросы, касаемые изучения / преподавания английского языка на разных ресурсах (дайри, ask.fm, formspring, в личку, итп).

Сегодня я решил собрать некоторые из вопросов и свои ответы в кучу и выложить сюда. Надеюсь, вам это будет интересно и полезно ;)

читать вопросы-ответы

Задавайте ваши вопросы касаемо изучения английского!
С удовольствием на них отвечу!
запись создана: 30.07.2013 в 05:41

@темы: чатимся/just chatting, вопросы/questions


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
Изучающим язык будет интересно:

В принципе, на этой теории я строю работу со своими студентами.
запись создана: 23.10.2017 в 06:16

@темы: чатимся/just chatting


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
Anyone up for a nice discussion?

Choose any topic and write a comment stating your opinion about it.

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


Lateral Thinking Puzzles.

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
Today I give you some lateral thinking puzzles. These are logical riddles that require out of the box thinking.

In the comment section you can write the number of the puzzle and your idea of a solution :) Or you can answer yes/no questions about the situations, and I will answer :)
Of course, you can also click the links below and find all the answers there, but where's the fun in that?

1. You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose? There is a way to make everybody happy. What is it?

2. Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don't know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they've got their man?

3. A man lives in the penthouse of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. Upon his return, however, he can only travel halfway up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way - unless it's raining. What is the explanation for this?

4. How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?

5. Bad Boy Bubby was warned by his mother never to open the cellar door or he would see things that he was not meant to see. One day while his mother was out he did open the cellar door. What did he see?

6. A man and his son are in a car crash. The father is killed and the child is taken to hospital gravely injured. When he gets there, the surgeon says, 'I can't operate on this boy - for he is my son!!!' How can this possibly be?

7. There are six eggs in the basket. Six people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?


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


How language affects our thinking and the look on life

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
Here's a very interesting article (it's in Russian, though) about how our native language affect the way our brain thinks. Some really cool theories are discussed there.


What about you? Do you agree with the ideas, suggested by the article or not?
запись создана: 15.11.2015 в 20:05

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


Muzzy in Gondoland

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
I think that everyone studying English is ought to watch this.
An absolutely must see wonderful piece of educational animation.

If you don't know where to start learning English, you can start with Muzzy, for sure. :)

Это первый мульт. Все остальные ютуб вам или предложит, или оно очень просто гуглится по запросу MUZZY.

@темы: видео-уроки/video-lessons, уровень: beginner, уровень: elementary, чатимся/just chatting


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
I laughed like crazy over this picture:

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

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


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD

This is Halloween...

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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!!!


An interesting video for language learners.

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD

Go, Iceland!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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


Learner styles!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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


How I studied English!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
Очень хочу поделиться со всеми историей о том, как человек учил язык.
Надеюсь, она послужит мотивацией, ну и вообще, может, кого-то подтолкнет к изучению языка.
Любого, пусть даже и не английского.
И вообще дискуссия там очень классная в оригинальном посте. Почитайте обязательно.

19.05.2013 в 23:39
Пишет Шаян:

Почти год спустя
Знаете, некоторые решения, которые меняют твою жизнь, приходят, как озарение. Как вспышка молнии, как... я не знаю, внезапное просветление. И ты не задумываешься, насколько трудно это будет, ты просто идешь вперед, несмотря ни на что.

Почти год назад я стояла на кухне, ощущая себя в тупике. Ощущая себя в тесноте. Не в отчаянии, а в состоянии, когда ты не можешь больше терпеть, и надо что-то менять. И я хотела перемен. И чтобы эти перемены случились, я пошла учить английский.

Несколько дней назад, я оглянулась назад, на весь тот путь, что проделала, и не поверила себе. Господи, я начинала читать, ничего не зная. У меня была только свора фичков и контекстуальный словарь. К счастью, тогда мне не нужно было больше. Я смотрела сериалы на английском, не понимая их почти совсем (да я и сейчас теряюсь, а ВВС так вообще чертов темный лес). Я продиралась сквозь язык, как сквозь куст терновника. Я запретила себе все, кроме постов дайри, друзей и работы. Все остальное на английском. День за днем, вечер за вечером, бесконечно. Я читала вместе с ридером фики, я читала вслух до хрипоты, я металась от неверия к бессилию. Но... я сделала это.
Я просто вспомнила все это, и вдруг подумала: как я смогла? - и другой вопрос: Смогу ли снова?
Сейчас - это просто. Я бегло читаю фики, почти не напрягаясь, я разговариваю, я понимаю. Господи, а ведь еще недавно все было так сложно. А с каждым днем все легче и легче.
Но я на сто процентов уверена, что еще через год я скажу: и как я так говорила-писала, это же позорище-то, так хреново знать грамматику.
Потому что не все спокойно в Датском королевстве. Я знаю о том, что моя грамматика - это ужас, но она не хочет усваиваться, что моя голова порой не понимает, зачем это усваивать в той или иной степени. И что все идет медленно, со скрипом, но идет. Но идет, потому что я не одна. Потому что меня окружают замечательные люди, которые поддерживают и питают меня, которые забирают всю неуверенность.
Мои друзья, мой преподаватель по английскому (знаю, что прочитаешь это, респект тебе и уважуха отдельные), мой бойфренд. Они верят в меня, потому что я верю в себя - у меня все получится, все будет.
Смогу ли я пройти этот путь снова, сначала? - да не вопрос.

Есть некоторые решения, которые меняют твою жизнь. Где-то год назад я решила учить английский, и знаете, значение этого шага трудно переоценить. И дело не в том, что я могу получить, зная язык, а дело в том, что я уже получила.
Первое, и самое ценное - это как будто мир распахнулся передо мной. Может, не весь мир, но очень большая его часть, и у меня появился инструмент для его лучшего познания. Я невероятно ценю жизненный опыт и познание, как таковое, и язык дал мне это. Он распахнул мне двери, и я смогла узнать людей, которые живут на другом конце планеты. И не просто узнать, а заглянуть изнутри: чем живут, чем дышат, о чем мечтают.
Второе, что мне это дало - путешествие в Австралию. Это был эпичный опыт, и блин, я снова удивляюсь: как смогла? - но смогла же.
Третье - это же так интересно, заниматься подобным!

За этот год я получила столько знаний, столько всего, что просто потрясающе. А все, что я делала - это просто бесстрашно шла вперед. Шла, даже когда казалось, что света впереди нет. Но поняла лишь одно: если света я не вижу, это не значит, что там его нет.
Я по-прежнему боюсь, по-прежнему испытываю неуверенность, но я рада, что сделала этот шаг вперед.

Ура :crzjump:

URL записи

@темы: чатимся/just chatting


Who do you ship?

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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!!!


I know what you did this summer!

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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!!!


Some English humour ;)

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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


Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
By the way, if you`d like to ask a question or to set a topic for a chat, feel free to add new posts to this community. As long as the posts are connected with English, it's OK.

@темы: чатимся/just chatting


Your fav character [IN ENGLISH ONLY!!!]

Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently------->StarpunkD
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!!!