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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.