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Записи с темой: уровень: upper-intermediate (список заголовков)
04:33 

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
19:30 

Didn't need to do sth VS Needn't have done sth.

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Didn't need to do something VS. Needn't have done something

Do you know what the difference between these two expressions is?
Can you explain it? You can use Russian here.

If you aren't sure, read these two small dialogues which I made to illustrate the point:

Dialogue 1:

Brian: Let's have dinner tonight. I know a great French restaurant.
Justin: But it's Friday night! All tables will be reserved! We need to book a table.
Brian: No, there aren't usually so many customers there. I'm sure we don't need to book a table.
Justin: No, I want to be sure. Let's book it anyway.
Brian: OK. I'll do it.
------ some time later they come to the restaurant -----
Brian: Look! There are so many free tables! We needn't have booked one/ We didn't need to book one. - both expressions are possible

Dialogue 2.


Brian: Let's have dinner tonight. I know a great French restaurant.
Justin: But it's Friday night! All tables will be reserved! We need to book a table.
Brian: No, there aren't usually so many customers there. I'm sure we don't need to book a table.
Justin: OK. Let's just go there.
------ some time later they come to the restaurant -----
Brian: Look! There are so many free tables! I told you we didn't need to book one. - only this expression is possible
Justin: Yes, you were right. We didn't book it anyway.

Ok. So do you get the point now?

@темы: вопросы/questions, грамматика/grammar, употребление/use, уровень: advanced, уровень: upper-intermediate

20:22 

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

20:31 

Lateral Thinking Puzzles.

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
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?

www.folj.com/lateral/

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

03:35 

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
15:50 

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
16:23 

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
13:25 

May vs Might

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
21:49 

Exercises for writing business letters.

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
13:56 

Idioms about mood and attitude

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Everything's cool – Все здорово;
I couldn't care less – Мне совершенно безразлично;
I had a complete fit – Меня не на шутку разозлили;
I haven't got a care in the world – Меня ничто не тревожит;
I'm having a really peachy time – Я превосходно провожу время;
I'm on cloud nine – Это просто блаженство;
I'm really buzzing – У меня все просто здорово;
I'm totally over the moon – Я безумно счастлив;
I'm walking on air – Я на седьмом небе от счастья;
I've had the week from hell – У меня была ужасная неделя;
She blew her top – У нее крыша поехала;
She threw a wobbly – Она не в себе;
The fur's been flying – Начались серьезные разногласия;
There's a bad vibe round here – Здесь плохая атмосфера;
We've made it up – Мы все уладили.

source: vk.com/eng007

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

23:39 

Dolphins help the fishermen catch fish.

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
21:12 

Colors in English

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Colors in English



Amber - Янтарный
Aqua - Морская волна
Aquamarine - Аквамарин
Azure - Лазурный
Beige - Бежевый
Black - Чёрный
Blue - Голубой
Bronze - Бронзовый
Brown - Коричневый
Chocolate - Шоколадный
Copper - Медный
Crimson - Малиновый
Emerald - Изумрудный
Gold, Golden - Золотой
Green - Зеленый
Grey, Gray - Серый
Indigo - Индиго
Khaki - Хаки
Lemon - Лимонный
Light green - Салатовый
Lilac - Сиреневый
Mazarine - Темно-синий
Olive - Оливковый
Orange - Оранжевый
Peach - Персиковый
Pink - Розовый
Purple, Magenta - Пурпурный
Red - Красный
Sand - Песочный
Scarlet - Алый
Sienna - Охра
Silver, Silvery - Серебряный
Snow-white/ niveous - Белоснежный
Turquoise - Бирюзовый
Violet, Purple - Фиолетовый
White - Белый
Yellow - Желтый

source: vk.com/lazyenglish

@темы: лексика/vocabulary, уровень: advanced, уровень: beginner, уровень: elementary, уровень: intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: upper-intermediate

06:01 

Idiom: Pissing in one's ear

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Pissing in my ear

1.A phrase used to admonish someone when you know they are outright lying to you to try to get over on you.
Quit pissing in my ear mother fucker, I already know what happened.


2.Thinly veiled line of BS aimed at fooling someone who you think is less intelligent then you are.
That fool is straight pissing in your ear and telling you it's raining.

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Pissing...

@темы: уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: elementary, уровень: advanced, употребление/use, слэнг/slang, лексика/vocabulary

22:05 

Useful links for those taking Cambridge Exams.

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
Hey, everyone!
It's been a while, though it's so nice to see new people here!

I know that lots of you are aiming at taking all kinds of exams (Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL etc). I specialize in Cambridge and IELTS, so this is the post with different useful links that'll help you prepare for Cambridge exams. I will be making another post about IELTS, when I have time.

Here's the official site about Cambridge exams. You can find all info about the exam you're interested in as well as recommendations on preparation and sample papers. Do check them out! It's very important that you're familiar with the up-to-date format of exam!
www.cambridgeenglish.org/

When it comes to materials for preparation, this site is number ONE to go to:
englishtips.org/


Here's a very interesting blog about CAE. You should totally check it out.
caeblog.eli.es/

Here's abother blog about FCE. Do visit it, if you're interested in taking this exam.
fceblog.blogspot.ru/

Here's a bunch of useful FCE websites. Surf them. They're cool.
sandymillin.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/useful-fce...

Not many people take CPE, but there are some resources on this exam, as well:
cpesamplewritings.blogspot.ru/
eyecpe.wordpress.com/


Also, remember, that starting with this year 2014 the formats of FCE and CPE changed (now they've got combined Reading and Use of English part) and the same fate awaits CAE in 2015.
So, the newer your student's book for preparation is, the better!

@темы: уровень: upper-intermediate, уровень: intermediate, уровень: advanced, exams, FCE, CPE, CAE

23:17 

Idiom: How do you like them apples?

Dirk_Gently
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!!!

00:44 

I fuckin` love grammar! I fuckin` love vocabulary! I fuckin` love idioms! OMG I fuckin` love ENGLISH!!!
Hello, my dear virtual class!

Цоба Кин
Жених Метерлинка
IQI
Yukino~chan
~Keiko~
Rakhmet
SleepingDevil
Ринпачи
Gojou

Дальше по-русски, поскольку у вас всех реально разный уровень, и мне нужно быть уверенным, что все все понимают на 100%
Если вы читаете этот пост, значит подписались участвовать в проекте, о котором несравненный Том Хатчинсон (о, если б вы знали, как я обожаю этого мужика! он крут, крут, безбожно КРУТ) рассказывает здесь:



Если вы на этот проект подписались, значит, суть в принципе уловили. Но на всякий случай я поясню: суть конкурса состоит в том, что преподаватель курирует проект класса, который должен представлять собой постер на тему Communication in the 21st century - Общение/средства коммуникации 21-м веке.
Постер должен быть либо реальный, либо виртуальный. Так как класс у нас виртуальный, то и постер будем делать тоже виртуальный с помощью вот этого сервиса:
edu.glogster.com/what-is-glogster-edu/

Пока что никому из вас там регистрироваться НЕ НАДО! Все это сделаю я, добавлю вас в свой виртуальный класс, но чуть позднее.

А пока просто скажу, что глогстер - это сервис, в котором можно создать виртуальный постер, включающий в себя тексты, графику и даже видео. Так что возможности поистине огромные.

Времени у нас есть до конца февраля, т.е. ровно 3 месяца. Но вообще моя цель - закончить проект и загрузить его на сайт к началу февраля, так что давайте будем рассчитывать на 2 месяца.
Все-таки 2 месяца на то, чтобы сделать постер, имхо, вполне достаточно.

За декабрь нам нужно определиться с концептом (основной идеей постера), а в январе его выполнить.

Итак, с сегодняшнего дня (30.11.13) и до 7.12.13 объявляю НЕДЕЛЮ МОЗГОВОГО ШТУРМА!
В комментариях ожидаю от вас идеи на тему того, что можно на этом форуме забабахать.
По правилам мозгового штурма принимаются ЛЮБЫЕ идеи. Потом уже решим, как с ними быть ;)

Обсуждение давайте вести на русском (учитывая разный уровень подготовки студентов), но весь материал постера (какие-то конкретные темы, тексты, заголовки итп) должен быть только на английском.

P.S. если кто-то из участников сообщества хочет подключиться к обсуждению - всегда пожалуйста. Но, к сожалению, в проект я больше никого взять не могу из-за ограничений на сервисе глогстер.

 

@темы: задание/task, уровень: advanced, уровень: beginner, уровень: elementary, уровень: intermediate, уровень: pre-intermediate, уровень: upper-intermediate

21:52 

This is Halloween...

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
This is Halloween...




:ghost::ghost::ghost:

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:
techgnotic.deviantart.com/journal/The-Monster-i...

:ghost::ghost::ghost:

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

16:46 

An interesting video for language learners.

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
05:46 

Welcome to the Night Vale...

Dirk_Gently
Shinmaya aka Fred -------> Dirk_Gently
“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...

P.P.S.:
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!!!

23:22 

Go, Iceland!

Dirk_Gently
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

Loony English!!!

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