Saturday, 25 March 2017


1)I honestly think that the video of Sugata Mitra about new way of studying is as brilliant as simple, The idea of education based on encouragement, 24/7 accesss to the Internet and collaboration seems ideal for those who have a thirst for knowledge. But it`s not a viable option for getting a higher education or passing exams with flying colours. Why? It is my firm conviction that children from 12 to 18 need instructor who would not only praise but correct the mistakes and deduct marks. They are not ready to acquire enough knowledge without any control.

2)The second video also appeals to me. To grasp the importance of alturnative education, we should realise that everyone is unique, and culture of standartalization only suppresses natural learners inside us. We used to descriminate those  who don`t have a natural talent for math or physics because it comes from the old school. The experience of Finland underlines the importance of curiousity of children because it is their right to get the appropriate climate but not the regime.

3) I take the view that today we demand too much from children. Our system of education aimed to provide everyone with perfect knowledge not only in core subjects but also in any sphere: from chemistry to politics. The pupils and students try to cover a lot of ground burning the midnight oil to achieve full marks in tests.
It`s common knowledge that our system needs some improvements but it`s not about making the process of studying even more dificult. If you can`t help, at least don`t hurt.

There is a result of one little brainstorming:

Monday, 13 March 2017

Feelings. Emotions. Body Language.

Let me see... Aha, we are going to deal with emotions and ways of their expressing, so today I`m really excited with creating this post. First of all, ask yourself how do you feel today? Are you delighted with how everything is going on or feel discontended from time to time? Are you someone who wears your heart on your sleeve or used to bottle all the emotions? But in both cases some of your gestures and postures could reveal your true state. To illustrate it, I decided to make some pictures of my friend`s body language.

In the first one ma queen is inspired and derived the pleasure from the calm and pleasant evening. After a day full of stresses she seems to be in high spirits with her favourite music and candle around.

The second one illustrates her emotions after some hours in the gym. Dasha looks, and, what is more important, feels on top form. As she says, time for workout makes her day and gives her a burst of energy for studying.

After classes and hours of workout there is also some time for meditations. If you have mixed feelings about sth and it increases your stress level, take some time to relax and distract from everything. That is what helps Dasha to be cool, calm and collected.

 After meditations she feels on the top of the world because of a great sense of achievement.That`s really important to compliment yourself because you deserve it. Be like Dasha.

She claimed that she felt miserable and discontended without me at previous weekend. So, she found sth that gives her the state of euphoria even during my absence. Brr, I have mixed feelings about it.

And some of my friends are also involved.

Thanks everyone) That`s all for today. See ya❤

Communication. Discourse Markers. Proverbs

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Word families. Word formation.

Are you still afraid of words "arachnophobia", "photosyntax" and "metrology"? Can`t get the way of appearing long pseudoclassical words? It is impossible for phylologist to be productive in learning lenguages without knowing Greek and Latin roots and prefixes!First and foremost, forget about your phobia and let`s learn it in a proper way. For example, if you  know the meaning of its component arch (leader), consequently, you will catch the meaning of the related words such as monarch, patriarchy, archangel.  The similar connection have generation, gender, genesis which were derived from the root gen - (birth, produce). Understanding this concept of formation could be incredibly beneficial for multilingual translators and interpeneurs. Don`t underestimate it!)

Upstream Upper-Intermediate B2+ Student`s Book
Unit 10

Living for a Century

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dear Noname,

   How are you doing in your studying after such a long break?
I could only imagine how challengeble was the process of building your vocabulary. To take long wordlists in, you must have found your own way  by trial and error. But now we have a choice to use an immense asset of mnemonic techniques to work out in easiest way. Can you believe that there is no need to go through writing down a word hundreds of times to get better? Now you could explore different ways and find a method which would work for you.
 This online dictionary will help you not to simply know a definition but also provide with relavant examples of using and synonyms. With Cambridge Dictionary you can learn the gist of the word with remarkable ease instead of frustrating long explanations.

One of my favourite dictionaries which could help you to expand your vocabulary with modern collocations is Urban Dictionary. It is a viable option to find out differnt meanings of the word but do not forget to pick and choose the appropriate one. There are a lot of irrelevant and offensive definitions which do not make you a favour.

The third one is effective in achieving your goal - rich vocabulary. Free Dictionary provides you not only with definitions but with a wide range of interesting exercises and tasks. They definetely help you to know it like the back of your hand without getting sick and tired.

Knowing the definition of the word is only the tip of the iceberg.  To learning the words in managable  chunks could assist Free Visual Dictiomary. Colourful scheme will help you to have got a good  head for remembering connected words.

The last tool which I use was a funny game which make a great contribution to your vocabulary. Timer of Word Machine makes you to get the hang of brisk recalling words that you know. 

I hope that these tools would be useful in taking new words in. Good luck)

There is a link for Quizlet:

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Tips on Using Dictionaries

The part and parcel of building your vocabulary is using the dictionary. From now you` re the closest friends with Longman or Oxford or even another version from the wide range of modern dictionaries. But what to do next with long definitions that slip your mind in a day or two? How to make the most of looking words up in the dictionary even if you do not have a good head for it?
 There are some tips which help you take new collocations in with remarkable ease:

     First and foremost, find your perfect monollingual dictionary. Sometimes it takes more time to identify the gist of definition but it definetely lets you to build up the confidence and spend less time to make  progress. Of course, using billingual dictionary on and off if you`re unsure about meaning word is allowed.

     Then, take this process seriously. Get familliar with all the abbreviations to know exactly what part of speech the world belongs to. Also, the good suggestion would be not leave the introduction the first page out to understand how words are devided. Do not forget to check additional information as pronounciation, synonyms of the word and examples of using to know it like the back of your hand.

    As the last point,  fun should not be an alternative to learning! Racking your brains on wordlists  make you obviously sick and tired of it. Try to guess the meaning of a word from context before checking it and sometimes open the random page and choose for learning the word what you like the most.

The word which I usually mispronounce:

MISCHIEVOUS \ˈmis-chə-vəs\
- behaving in a way, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage

Words that I often confuse:

PRINCIPLE -\ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəl\
1)a moral rule or standart of good behaviour
I never gamble, as a metter of principle.

2) a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how sth happens or work
The country is run on the socialists principles.

PRINCIPAL - \ˈprin(t)-s(ə-)pəl
1) first in order of importance
The principal reason of this meeting is to reach the desicion that we all agree on.

2)the person in charge of a school
The school principal suspended Tom for two days.

3) an amount of money that someone invested in a bank or lent to the person or organization so that theu will receive interest on it from the bank, person, or organization.
She lives off the interest and tries to keep the principal intact.

Words that entered the dictionary in 2016:

n.colloq. a humorous alteration or mispronunciation of human being

  Fraser Coast (Queensland) Chron. (Nexis) 3 Sept. 8   A teacher asked her students to use the word ‘beans’ in a sentence. ‘My father grows beans,’ said one girl. ‘My mother cooks beans,’ said a boy. A third student spoke up: ‘We are all human beans.’

to express the opinion that a good outcome has arisen by chance rather than a result of good planning,astuteness

  Field Feb. 109/3   More by luck than judgment, I was in the right place when Charlie made his exit and I bowled him easily.


a period of bad luck superstitiously believed to be the consequance of breaking a mirror or of another action or accident.

  Sunday Independent (Nexis) 13 Apr. (Features section) 2   We should risk seven years bad luck and break all the mirrors in the house.