Записи с темой: that's useful (список заголовков)

Let's play - term-guessing

Не бойтесь же: вы лучше многих воробьев. (Св. Евангелие от Матфея, 10:31)
So, about slang and new terms - I promised to focus on it)

I suppose you lot know the great sites "Word Spy" and "Urban Dictionary"? There you can find the "new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and other recorded sources."

There are many pretty funny words there) You want to know what are the "refrigerator rights", "ego wall", "wikiality", "football widow", "to google"?)

Let's play a game!)


Ready? Steady? Go!


Round One

1) ego wall
2) football widow it is... guessed by Electronic Elric
3) ad creep
4) dramality
5) to google it is... guessed by Kleo Scanti
6) zombie computer it is... guessed by Loreleia
7) warm line
8) voicism
9) stealth parenting
10) speed dating


If this is interesting, we'll play it on a regular basis)

So, ta-da! The Links: "Word Spy" and "Urban Dictionary"

@темы: let's do it (a new idea tag), lol, that's useful, translation


Second Part

Летать, так летать!
S.R Gardiner
Cavaliers and Roundheads
Part 2.
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First part.

Летать, так летать!
S.R Gardiner
Cavaliers and Roundheads
Part one.
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всё у Птицы вовремя
Hi, everybody)
Some months ago I found a site, where you can watch TV-shows and films in English (some of them can be downloaded). Most people have torrents for it, but for those, who do not use them, the site could be a real treasure chest. You have to invest a little time in searching, but I think it's worth it.
So enjoy)


@темы: links, that's useful


Running by

FYI* small but important difference.

A person, who is translating from one language into another in written form is a translator.
A person, who is doing the same thing in oral form (parallel or sequential) in an interpreter.

*For your information

Oh, yes, and there is a very common language in the US that does not have translators at all, only interpreters. Can you guess what it is?

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Food culture

So I'm kicking off the Food in the English-Speaking World discussion.

First off, one has to realize that English-speaking world is BIG. Indian cuisine is about as different from Canadian, as Zimbabwean from Turkish. I'll be talking mostly about American, Canadian and British, since I know those best.

Some people think American food is a derivative of English and some think it's hamburgers and French Fries. Neither is exactly true, or even close to truth. Although, yes, Americans do eat pot roast, hamburgers and pound cake.
US is an extremely multi-cultural country, and was multicultural to begin with. Dutch, Spanish, French, British, Italian, Irish, Chinese and Indian foods are all over the place and they penetrated so far into the "national" potluck that most people here don't think of them as "foreign" foods anymore. For example, today in out hospital cafeteria you can get:
Muffins and pound cakes - British
Stuffed halapinos - Mexican
Strawberry parfait - French
Spagetti and meatballs in pineapple sauce - the cross between Italian and Hawaiian, I imagine...
Pizza - Italian
Macaroni salad - American
Apple pie - Dutch
and so on. And I did actualy go down there to check.

So, what that means is you can find anything you want here, as far as food goes, or nearly anything. Including salted cucumbers, сметана, and кисло млeко. But you might have to search for a bit.
Now, "sour cream" is prepared very much like "сметана", except is is done with cream, not milk, and it is never diluted with water or milk. So it looks like Russian творог, thick and smooth, not liquid at all. If you want it to look like Russian smetana you can dilute it with full-fat milk or cream.
"Curd" is not actually творог but a kind of consistency for milk products. "Творог" is "cottage cheese". Cottage cheese can be large curd, small curd, smooth and whatnot else. Most cottage cheese made in the US is made along the Northern European recipies (Skandinavian, Northern French), so it looks chunky (small or large curd). But you can buy cottage cheese that is smooth and a bit sour to the taste, like Russian ones, you just need to go to a farmhouse or specialty Eastern European store.
Salted cucumber (preserved in salted water with spices) and pickled cucumbers (preserved in vineager water with spices) can both be found in the US. But mostly cucumbers are pickled, with a few salted here and there, as opposed to in Russia, where there were a few pickled and mostly salted. Salt was hard to get here for a long while, so people used vineager to preserve pretty much everything.

Last thing for now. Americans pasteurize their foods to the fare-thee-well, probably with a battle-cry of "No bacteria remains crawling!" So if the milk does not go sour for a week and sour cream stays good for a month that does not mean they have preservatives or artificial additives; it just means that they are well-pasteurized. Which is usually a good thing, although cursed inconvenient when you are trying to make sour milk for pancakes.

Questions? Comments? Disagreements? Corrections?

@темы: discussion, that's useful


BBC Learning English

Kleo Scanti
Spread your wings and fly!

It's a great source for those who want to learn the British English.

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World Wide Words

"We are on a ship, but we have no idea where we are in relation to Earth". || Stargate Fandom Team ||
World Wide Words is a weekly newsletter by Michael Quinion, Thornbury, Bristol, UK.

It's all about English - words, their meanings, phrases, weird and old words, new-coined words, silly or non-casual words' usage, mistakes etc...
Michael Quiniom writes about English from a British viewpoint (as site header says), that is also interesting.

I'd recommend a sample article - "How many words: how many in the language and how many does any one person know?"

The site conains more than its newsletter, but weekly e-mail issue has a nice virtue of falling by itself into mailbox every Saturday. :)

@темы: links, that's useful


Project Gutenberg

I suspect that almost everyone knows about this one, but just in case:

Project Gutenberg is a not-for-profit online library of English books which had lost the copyright due to time elapsed from the publishing date. If you want to read Jane Austin, Mark Twain, Stevenson or Swift in original - they're all here. There are also some books in other labguages, but the collections are, predictably, much smaller.


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TOEFL test

TOEFL (test of English as a foreign language), is a required exam for almost any college in an English-speaking country. In the times I was taking it, almost 10 years ago, they were asking for a score of 550-600 (paper-test) for acceptance. It is a reasonably straight-forward test. As Чиффа reminded me, the results of TOEFL are only valid for 2 years, so one should only take it if one expects to need it shortly.

General information about the test:


Free question samples at the link below.


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About tags and links.

Не бойтесь же: вы лучше многих воробьев. (Св. Евангелие от Матфея, 10:31)
First of all, here is a list of tags which I thought could be useful:

Down there

What other tags do we need?)

Also, about useful links. I suggest that we all have some links concerning English. Let's share. We have a "My Links" option and also we can make a list in epigraph.

@темы: administration, discussion, links, that's useful

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