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niedziela, 13 lipca 2014

Czytam właśnie wywiad z brytyjskim socjologiem we wczorajszej Wyborczej: "Tolerancja to nie płytka obojętność".

Frank Furedi zwraca uwagę m.in. na to, że chwaląc dzieci za wszystko, nie stawiamy im zbyt wysokich wymagań. Przez to później na studia humanistyczne trafiają ludzie, którzy nie słyszeli nawet o rewolucji przemysłowej. Jest to problem złożony i niestety pojawia się również w polskich szkołach i na polskich uczelniach. Podobno studenci studiów humanistycznych nie potrafią pisać prac, nie znają podstawowych terminów czy wydarzeń z historii, języka polskiego, literatury. Wiem, że zabrzmię bardzo staro, ale "za moich czasów było lepiej"...

A chwalenie za wszystko? Za wszystko nie należy chwalić. Kiedyś zamierzam napisać dłuższy wpis o chwaleniu, ale teraz wspomnę tylko, że warto dziecko chwalić za wysiłek, a nie chwalić je dla samego chwalenia. Poza tym, zauważyłam, że dzieci stają się bardzo interesowne, nie chcą wykonywać zadań, poleceń, czy próśb, gdy wiedzą, że nic za to nie dostaną. Od razu mówią wprost: "a co z tego będę miał?", "a dostanę piątkę?". Jeśli tak ma wyglądać nasze przyszłe społeczeństwo to ja dziękuję bardzo. Gdzie można kupić bilety na Marsa? :P

Na uspokojenie zdjęcie maka (poppy) i makówki z mojego ogrodu :)

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środa, 13 listopada 2013

Pewnie już grzybów nie ma, ale przeczytajcie artykuł z BBC o grzybie gigancie znalezionym w Polsce!

Giant mushroom found in Polish forest

26 September 2013 Last updated at 20:15 BST

A massive mushroom has been found in a forest in north-western Poland.

The boletus, which weighs 3kg and has a diameter of 40cm, was found in the Bydgoszcz forest by a man from Ciechocinek.

He says part of the mushroom may be used in a Christmas dish.



Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24292021

Pod tym linkiem znajdziecie również krótki reportaż na ten temat!

sobota, 26 października 2013

Great emotional and intellectual resources are demanded in quarrels; stamina helps, as does a capacity for obsession. But no one is born a good quarreller; the craft must be learned.

There are two generally recognised apprenticeships. First, and universally preferred, is a long childhood spent in the company of fractious siblings. After several years of rainy afternoons, brothers and sisters develop a sure feel for the tactics of attrition and the niceties of strategy so necessary in first-rate quarrelling.

The only child, or the child of peaceful or repressed households, is likely to grow up failing to understand that quarrels, unlike arguments, arc not about an)1hing, least of all the pursuit of truth. The apparent subject of a quarrel is a mere pretext; the real business is the quarrel itself.

Essentially, adversaries in a quarrel are out to establish or rescue their dignity. I fence the elementary principle: anything may be said. The unschooled, probably no less quarrelsome by inclination than anyone else, may spend an hour with knocking heart, sifting the consequences of roiling this old acquaintance a lying fraud. Too late! With a cheerful wave the old acquaintance has left the room.

Those who miss their first apprenticeship may care to enrol in the second, the bad marriage. This can be perilous for the neophyte; the mutual intimacy of spouses makes them at once more vulnerable and more dangerous in attack. Once sex is involved, the stakes are higher all round. And there is an unspoken rule that those who love, or have loved, one another are granted a licence for unlimited beastliness such as is denied to mere sworn enemies. For all that, some of our most tenacious black belt quarrellers have come to it late in fife and mastered every throw, from the Crushing Silence to the Gloating Apology, in less than ten years of marriage.

A quarrel may last years. Among brooding types Kith time on their hands, like writers, half a lifetime is not uncommon. In its most refined form, a quarrel may consist of the participants not talking to each other. They will need to scheme laboriously to appear in public together to register their silence.

Brief, violent quarrels are also known as rows. In all cases the essential ingredient remains the same; the original cause must be forgotten as soon as possible. From here on, dignity, pride, self-esteem, honour ate the crucial issues, which is why quarrelling, like jealousy, is an all-consuming business, virtually a profession. For the quarreller's very self-hood is on the fine.

To lose an argument is a brief disappointment, much like losing a game of tennis; but to be crushed in a quarrel ... rather bite off your tongue and spread it at your opponent's feet.

 

Artykuł pochodzi z książki przygotowujący do egzaminu CPE.

 

Vocabulary:

- apprenticeship - szkolenie

- fractious - wybuchowy

- attrition - ścieranie się

- nicety - przyjemność

- mere - zwykły

- adversary - przeciwnik

- be out to (lunch) - to be crazy

- by inclination - ze skłonnością

- quarrelsome - kłótliwy

- sift - przesiewać, badać

- enrol - zapisać się

- perilous - niebezpieczny, ryzykowny

- neophyte - neofita, początkujący

- vulnerable - podatny, narażony

- all round - wszechstronny, uniwersalny

- tenacious - trwały, nieustępliwy

- gloating - triumfujący, zwycięski, rozkoszny

- brooding - straszny, złowieszczy, napawający lękiem

- on their hands - w swoich rękach

- scheme - plan

- laboriously - mozolnie, pracowicie

- row - kłótnia, awantura

- be on the line = be at risk



poniedziałek, 21 października 2013
The best neighbour I ever had was an Italian restaurant. Emergency lasagne available night and day, change for the launderette on Sundays, a permanent door-keeper against gatecrashers and policemen with parking tickets. Even if our fourth floor bath water did run dry every time they filled up the Expresso machine, I miss them still.

Bad neighbours can blight a house worse than dry rot but there is no insurance against them, no effective barricades in the compulsory intimacy except a decent caution and conversation ruthlessly restricted to matters of meteorology. And it only takes a tiny breach in the wall of platitudes to unleash appalling dramas of persecution and passion.

And what can be done if the people next door breed maggots or wake up to the Body Snatchers (or some other punk group) in quadrophonic or poison the cat with their slug doom? What happens when one man's trumpet practice is another's thumping headache, when two neighbouring life styles are just incompatible? There are three basic responses to what the law calls Nuisance:
surrender, retaliate or sue.

Joan and Andrew live next to a couple who have been having screaming, shouting and banging fights two or three times a week for the best part of five years. 'It sometimes gets so bad that our whole house shakes, pictures rattle on the wall,' said Joan. She has tried sympathetic chats, face to face confrontation and even recourse to the local social services department and the police when she feared that the child of the family might be at risk. 'Every time I say something, she is apologetic but says she can't help it. I don't think the child is subject to physical abuse, but the verbal onslaughts are frightful. It's worrying as well as infuriating but it seems there's nothing to be done. There would be no point in bringing an action against them, it's just how they are. '

Retaliation - or crash for crash - is a dangerous game which calls for nerves of steel and considerable perseverance. It is a winner take all strategy from which
there is no turning back, because it becomes a war of escalation and the side which is prepared to go nuclear wins. Michael's neighbour in Surrey made every summer afternoon noxious with the sound of his motor mower. Negotiations got nowhere so Michael bought an electric hedge trimmer and plied it right where the neighbour's wife liked to sunbathe. Neighbour opened up with a chain saw. Michael lit bonfires full of wet leaves when the wind was westerly. Neighbour left his car engine running with the exhaust pointing through the fence. Michael served an ultimatum: either an end to hostilities or he would sow a plantation of ground elder right along his side of the hedge. Legal, but a lethal threat to neighbour's well-tended acre and a half. Mowing now takes place on weekday evenings and the weekends are silent.

There are two main areas where the law has a role: in boundary disputes where the tide deeds are not clear and in cases of nuisance from noise or fumes or some other persistent interference in someone's peaceful enjoyment of their home. The remedies available in case of nuisance are either an injunction -
a court order to stop it - or damages in compensation for the victim's suffering.
There is only one thing worse than having to take your neighbour to court,
and that is letting your fury build up so long that you lose your temper and end up in the dock yourself like Mrs Edith Holmes of Huntingdon who was driven mad by her neighbour's incessant hammering, drilling and other DIY activities between 7.30 and 11. 30 every night. She ended up throwing a brick through his done-it-himself double glazing and had to plead guilty to criminal damage. A merciful magistrate gave her a conditional discharge and allowed only £35 of her neighbour's £70 claim for compensation. The neighbour, he said, was an expert and could do his own repairs.

But judges and ten-foot walls and conciliation and bribery can only do so much. In this one vital area of living you are entirely at the mercy of luck, which may deal you a curse or a blessing regardless of any attempts to arrange things otherwise.
Artykuł pochodzi z książki przygotowującej do egzaminu CPE.

Vocabulary:

- laudrette - pralnia samoobsługowa
- gatcrasher - nieproszony gość
- blight (a house) - niweczyć, niszczyć
  to cast a blight on sth - to spoil sth
- insurance against sth - ubezpieczenie na wypadek
- barricades - barykady
- decent - przyzwoity, porządny, skromny
- ruthlessly - bezwlędnie
  ruthless = cruel
- it takes a tiny breach in... - a hole in a wall for protection (wyłom)
  be in breach of sth - to be breaking a particular law or rule (naruszać, łamać prawo)
- platitude - frazes, banał
- unleash - uwolnić, wyzwolić
- appalling - przerażący, straszny, obrzydliwy, wstrętny
- breed - hodować, wychowywać
- persecution - prześladowanie
- thump - walić, grzmotnąć, walnąć
  thumping headache
- retaliate - odwajemnić
  to retaliate against sb with sth
  in retaliation for
- the best/better part of = most of
- recourse - uciekanie się do czegoś
  without recourse to
- onslaught - a very powerful attack
- noxious - trujący
- maggot - larwa (mięsna), robak, robal
- slug - lazy person
- mower - kosiarka
- electric hedge trimmer - elektryczne nożyce do żywopłotu
- ply - posługiwać się
- open up - ujawnić
- sow - siać
- elder - czarny bez
- lethal - zabójczy, zgubny, śmiertelny
- boundary - ograniczenie
- deed - czyn
- persistent - trwały
  persist in doing sth - trwać, utrzymywać się
- interference - wtrącanie się, ingerencja
- nuisance - niedogodność, udręka, niewygoda
- injunction - nakaz, zakaz sądowy
- to lose one's temper - tracić panowanie nad sobą
- be driven mad by - oszaleć przez coś
- incessant - bezustanny, nieustający
- double glazing - podwójna szyba
- plead guilty to - przyznawać się do winy
- merciful - litościwy
- conditional discharge - zwolnienie warunkowe
- conciliation - pojednanie, postępowanie pojednawcze
- be at the mercy of luck - być na łasce szczęścia
- regardless of - niezależnie od
wtorek, 23 lipca 2013

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2 artykuły z BBC:

Royal baby: Pregnant Kate taken to hospital

  The duchess's due date had never been officially announced

The Duchess of Cambridge has been taken to hospital in the early stages of labour, Kensington Palace has said.

She travelled by car from the palace to St Mary's in Paddington, west London, with her husband the Duke of Cambridge.

The couple do not know the sex of their first child, who will be third in line to the throne.

"Things are progressing as normal", said a spokesman. The next official announcement is likely to be that of the birth.

The world's press have been camped outside St Mary's for days in anticipation of the birth. The due date had never been officially announced but had widely been expected to be mid-July.

Royal vehicles were seen at a back entrance to the hospital at about 06:00 BST, with the announcement coming from Kensington Palace an hour-and-a-half later.

The couple travelled to the hospital without a police escort, their spokesman said.

Formal announcement

The duchess is being tended by a top medical team led by the Queen's former gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who delivered the Countess of Wessex's two children.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child will be third in line to the British throne

Assisting him is Alan Farthing, the former fiance of murdered TV presenter Jill Dando and the Queen's current gynaecologist.

She will give birth in the hospital's private Lindo wing, where Prince William and his younger brother Prince Harry were born.

The Duke of Cambridge has been with his wife on annual leave and will have two weeks' paternity leave from his job as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

It is believed the next time the couple will be seen in public is when they appear on the steps of the hospital with their baby.

The way the birth will be announced is steeped in tradition. It is custom for news of royal births and deaths to be attached to the railings of Buckingham Palace, but in this case it will be displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of the palace.

The Queen, senior members of the Royal Family, and the duchess's family - if they are not at the hospital - will be told about the birth first

Then a royal aide will take a bulletin, signed by key medical staff, from the hospital to the palace under police escort.

After the note is displayed, an announcement will be posted on Twitter and Facebook, and the media will be informed.

Under new laws to succession the baby will remain third in line to the throne regardless of gender, and the gender of any subsequent siblings.

The new royal baby will be the Queen's third great-grandchild. It will be expected to take the throne following reigns by Prince Charles and then Prince William.

The couple announced they were expecting their first child in December after the duchess was admitted to hospital suffering from severe morning sickness.

Since the announcement, the duchess has carried out 19 days of public engagements before going on maternity leave in the middle of June.

Catherine's final public appearance before the birth was at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married at Westminster Abbey in April 2011, watched on television by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23402103

Royal baby: Kate gives birth to boy

A formal bulletin confirming the birth of a baby boy has been displayed at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace has announced.

The baby was delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing 8lb 6oz.

The palace said in a statement that the duchess and the baby were "doing well" and would stay in hospital overnight.

The news has been displayed on an ornate easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in line with tradition.

A bulletin - signed by the Queen's gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, who led the medical team that delivered the baby - was taken by a royal aide from St Mary's to the palace under police escort.

The document said: "Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm today.

"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well."

The Kensington Palace press release said the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news," it said.

And the Prince of Wales, in a separate statement, said he was enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time", adding that it was "an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine".

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: "I'm delighted for the Duke and Duchess now their son has been born. The whole country will celebrate. They'll make wonderful parents."

And Labour leader Ed Miliband, also writing on Twitter, said: "Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I wish them and their son all happiness and good health."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23413653

 

The Prince of Wales said this evening:

“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.

"Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

Vocabulary:

to be in labour - rodzi

morning sickness - poranne mdłości

to deliver a baby - urodzić dziecko

 

Więcej słówek związanych z ciążą: Pregnancy and childchood

I coś po polsku, jak ktoś się zmęczył:

- wiadomość z rana: Księżna Catherine trafiła do szpitala

- i coś do pośmiania:  Poród Księżnej Kate okiem internautów

 
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