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понедельник, 27 декабря 2010 г.

75. England Stories Series: the Lake District

The next place to visit in England after Stonehenge is the Lake District. The Lake District is also known as "The Lakes" or "Lakeland." It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in England, and has been extremely popular among the English tourists since the 18th century when traveling to the continental Europe was restricted. The Lakes are located in the northeast of England and are approximately 55 km across. The district is one of the most well-attended national parks in England. Surrounded by the Cumbrian Mountains, it incorporates over 20 lakes.

среда, 15 декабря 2010 г.

74. England Stories Series: Stonehenge

If you ever want to travel to England, and you have no idea where to start your tour, Stonehenge is a must. It was founded around 3,000 BC, but there is no agreement as to how this place was once used. Some people think that it could have been a sun worship site, others – the healing center. Yet there are those who believe that Stonehenge was simply a market place, a place where people gathered on a regular basis just to do their shopping. One way or the other, what remains a mystery is not only the function of this landmark in the ancient times, but also the process of building it. The stones are perfect shape, and they are mounted one on top of the other very meticulously. How our ancestors could have done it using just simple tools remains unknown. Yet, Stonehenge never fails to impress us.

суббота, 11 декабря 2010 г.

73. English for Managers and Business Consultants: New Year's Resolutions

There is a very common New Year's tradition in English-speaking countries. On the New Year's Eve people write down a list of their New Year's resolutions (goals or plans) that they would like to achieve in the coming year. Some want to lose weight, others to gain it. Some resolve to start working out on January 1, while others decide to go on a vacation to some exotic country. At the end of the year such list with New Year's resolutions is reviewed again to see what has been achieved. Have you written your list yet?

However, one of the most challenging tasks is not to write the list, but to "stick to it". The business consultant in the following video gives some practical advice on how to attain your New Year's resolutions. Please, watch the video and complete the assignment below.

понедельник, 6 декабря 2010 г.

72. Intermediate Listening: Audrey Hepburn (3)

71. Intermediate Listening: Audrey Hepburn (2)

Here is the second part of a three-part program about Audrey Hepburn. Watch it and complete the assignments in the comments line.

70. Intermediate Listening: Audrey Hepburn (1)

This post is a part of a three-part program on Audrey Hepburn. The story is beautiful because it is shared by Audrey's son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer who was asked to relate the story of Audrey, an actress, a mother, and the "best friend." Audrey Hepburn's story has touched a great number of people, and I hope that it will touch you as well. Her life was beautiful because she chose to live a part of it not for her own sake, but for the sake of others. We can truly live when we are willing to give what is most precious to us in this life to those who need it most...

69. Intermediate Listening: Movie Trailer - Gia

пятница, 3 декабря 2010 г.

66. Is Facebook a Disease?

This is a very true reflection of our reality today. Social media is playing a greater role today than it did years ago. People are literally born on social networks, spend a greater part of their lives there, and then find themselves communicating virtually more than in real life. Where do you find yourself? Can you list some of the good, the bad, and the ugly things that Facebook (or any other social network) has brought into your life? Feel free to post a comment after you watch this ironical video on social network revolution. PS: the video that was posted here before has been changed. Hope you'll enjoy this one.



понедельник, 29 ноября 2010 г.

65: English for Beginners: The House Song

Now that you know the objects in different rooms of the house, learn a new song with the Beavers. This song can help you review the use of Present Continuous Tense as well. Pause to practice, then sing along!

64: English for Beginners: In the Kitchen

This is another short clip that can help you learn the names of the objects in the kitchen. Watch the video, pause to repeat words and phrases, then go into your kitchen and practice what you have learned. Don't practice just words, practice sentences, just like in the video.

63: English for Beginners: In the Living Room (Clip)

Watch this video and learn the names of the objects in the living room. Practice listening, repeating, and saying these words to describe your living room. Enjoy!

62: English for Beginners: In the Bathroom (Clip)

Watch this video and practice saying the new words to describe your bathroom. Pause the video, repeat the new words, then go into your bathroom and name the objects that you know.

61. English for Beginners: In the Bedroom (Clip)

This is a short video that has words about a bedroom. Watch the video several times, pause to repeat the new words, then practice describing your room!

понедельник, 22 ноября 2010 г.

60. Reflecting diplomacy in your TOEFL essay


In my previous post (#59) on my top twelve writing tips for TOEFL preparation, the issue of "presenting the balanced view" came up, and I would like to elaborate on that and invite your comments on the topic. To make my post more interactive and less boring, I would showcase a part of my student's essay and suggest one way of how you can express your view without being called an extremist.

вторник, 16 ноября 2010 г.

59. Top Twelve Writing Tips for TOEFL



A number of people have asked me for the best advice on preparation for the writing part of TOEFL exam. I have decided to compile all of the tips into one post. I hope it will be a helpful resource for you.

четверг, 28 октября 2010 г.

57. Intermediate LC: Beyonce Knowles

56. Intermediate LC: Angelina Jolie

55. Intermediate LC: Princess Diana

53. Pre-Intermediate LC: My father's Son - Joe Cocker

52. Pre-Intermediate LC: Sting & Mary J.Blige - Whenever I Say Your Name [CLIP MANIA]

51. Pre-Intermediate LC: True Colors by Phil Collins

вторник, 12 октября 2010 г.

45. English for Beginners: 12 Months (are in a year) Song

44. English for Beginners: Days Of The Week Song

43. English for Beginners: Color Song ESL

42. English for Beginners: The Rainbow Colors Song

41. English for Beginners: Alphabet Sounds

понедельник, 11 октября 2010 г.

40. Human Resources : Types of Outplacement Companies

39: Human Resources : Tips for Motivating Employees

38. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Motivating Employees: New Employee Syndrome

37. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Employee Motivation: Instant Employee Morale Booster

36. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Employee Motivation: Elements of Greatness

35. Advanced Pronunciation: Emma p4

33. Advanced Pronunciation: Emma p2

34. Advanced Pronunciation: Emma p3

32. Advanced Pronunciation: Emma p1

31. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Fear of Failure

30. English for Managers and Business Consultants (Reading):Ten Tips for Stress Management

29. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Stress Management Part II

28. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Stress Management Part I

среда, 22 сентября 2010 г.

вторник, 21 сентября 2010 г.

четверг, 16 сентября 2010 г.

16. Conversational English: The Flatmates episode 27, from BBC Learning English

14. Education vocabulary: Greg - MSM Information Technology Management

13. Conversational English: The Flatmates episode 25, from BBC Learning English

12. English for Business Consultants and Managers: Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki

11. English for Programmers: What is Server Virtualization

среда, 15 сентября 2010 г.

10. Conversational English: money expressions

9. English for Business Consultants and Managers: Guy Kawasaki

7. English for Programmers: Citrix XenDesktop with four client displays

6. English for Managers and Business Consultants: Guy Kawasaki

среда, 8 сентября 2010 г.

5. English for Programmers: Choosing a Server

4. English For Programmers: VDI

3. English for Programmers: Virtualization Desktop Strategies

2. English for Programmers: Data Center Cooling

1. English for Programmers: APC by Schneider Electric