Sunday, 19 December 2010

What do you know about Christmas?

A CHRISTMAS LEXIS LIST & CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS & CHRISTMAS IDIOMS
Secret Santa, also known as Kris Kringle in England, is a Christmas tradition that involves the exchange of anonymous gifts. Secret Santa is common in the workplace and among members of extended families as a way of restricting gift-giving and saving money.
White elephant is something which is costly to maintain and difficult to get rid of. Typically, white elephants are also rare and very valuable, complicating the situation for their owners. Any number of things can be a white elephant, from a palatial home to an extravagant necklace. According to legend, the concept of the white elephant has its roots in Southeast Asia. Historically, Southeast Asians regarded the white elephant as lucky, because a white elephant supposedly appeared to the mother of the Buddha right before his birth.
Yankee Swap is another variation on the Secret Santa game. It’s usually played as part of a family or friend gathering or office party during the winter holidays, and it is most popular in places like North America, especially in the US and Canada. It’s essentially a game in which gifts are given, but they’re usually either used items or gag gifts.
Gag gifts are usually inexpensive novelty items intended to get a laugh. It could be anything from Betty Boop boxers to a coffee mug with a hilarious one-liner, cartoon characters or the faces of past presidents.
Tinsel - a decoration consisting of thin strips of shiny metal foil, traditionally used at Christmas
Bauble - any kind of Christmas decorations (glass balls or other shapes)
Holly - an evergreen plant with prickly dark green leaves and red berries. In Celtic mythology, winter and summer were represented by twin kings, the "Holly King" (winter) and the "Oak King" (summer). Therefore holly was symbolic of life and spring to come.
Trimming the tree – decorating the tree is called ‘trimming the tree’.
Manger – historically, a small wooden trough that animals ate hay from. Jesus was put in a manger after he was born, so some people set up a manger with a plastic baby in it and animals around.
Feast Day – a special day to honor a saint; commemorates birth into life eternal, the earthly death date
Carving the bird – cutting the meat and handing it out to people is called ‘carving’ the bird
Wreath -  a circular band of flowers or leaves used to decorate the front door of homes at Christmas.
Poinsettia – this plant is also commonly used to decorate at Christmas
Heirloom ornaments are traditionally passed down through generations of a family. They can be anything that is special to someone in that family and deemed worthy of preserving for future descendants.
Garland - woven leaves, colorful plastic material, popcorn, wooden beads etc is usually placed on the tree after the lights and before any other decorations.
A Christmas tree skirt is a rounded skirt with an open side that is used to cover the Christmas tree stand.
Christmas tree flocking is artificial snow that is applied to a Christmas tree.

like turkeys voting for Christmas

 If people are like turkeys voting for Christmas, they choose to accept a situation which will have a very unpleasant result for them.

like Christmas came early

When you receive some unexpected good news or good fortune, you can describe it as Christmas coming early. The good news/fortune is a ‘present’.

cancel someone’s Christmas

This is a humorous expression that can be heard in gangster movies. The idea is that you are so angry with someone that you are going to kill them; that person will not live until Christmas!

Christmas comes but once a year

Because Christmas only happens once a year, we should be kind and generous as it is a special time.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

PROFILES: Ana-Maria Vasilache, Bucharest, Romania

1st prize in the Lexis ... and the whole world is yours! contest
                                                            
English takes you higher
                                                            
For English is not a simple word,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
For English gives you wings and teaches you to fly
That's why! That's why!
In time of war, in time of peace
English is like a mother's kiss.
It's a blessing hand above your head,
It's a curtain that protects you from the bad.
Having English known,


Is like the battle is already won.
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Your walk through life turns into a happy dance
'Cause every piece of knowledge takes you further.
That's why English takes you higher. 

This is what Ana- Maria's teacher and group-mates say about her.
ANA-MARIA VASILACHE about herself: " I bet all the people who know me will say I have a big mouth...However,  I am not always that talkative. A lot of times I feel the need for space and quiet, and that's when I start painting or writing. It gives me a feeling of calm which cannot be given by anything else."
TEACHER RALUCA SERGHEI: " Who is Ana? If you meet her once, you can't forget her. She is one of the most talented teenagers you will ever know. She's got a a strong personality, and when she knows she's right, she will never give up arguing. But, in the end, she is a special and sensitive person, just as  all artists are."
RAMONA- DANIELA LETZNER ( FCE STUDENT ): " I have known Ana for four years, but she still surprises me every day. She is a great friend, and you can spend an amazing time with her, if you get to know her. Her joyous nature always makes her smile and laugh, and you just can't remain untouched by that. Also, she is very gifted, and with the brush her mind can create amazing images and extraordinary pictures, full of strong emotions."
MIHAELA DUTA ( FCE STUDENT): '' I met my friend, Ana, in a Lexis camp. Ever since I have known her, she has been a sociable and talkative girl. She can make friends very easily, and talk about any subject for hours. Her paintings are beautiful, they are not something that anyone can create. I am sure she will be a great artist, or whatever she wants to be, because she is ambitious and unconventional."
We definitely hope so. Ana-Maria impressed us a lot. (LexisTopStudents blog)

PROFILES: Adelina Iacob

Adelina was awarded the 3rd prize in the "Lexis ... and the whole world is yours!" contest.
She studies English at Lexis Marasesti-Unirea, in Bucharest. This is what she wrote about herself in a letter:
Hello.
 My name's Adelina and I'm 13 years old. I've been with Lexis for 6 years and I really enjoy it because the group is so funny and cool and because I love English. My hobbies are rollerskating, swimming, playing basketball, diving, writing
 songs and stories about aliens and FBI investigations. I love America and everythings related to it. I disapprove of people who smoke and I really can't stand football...IT'S TOO MUCH ON TV!!! I also love animals, dancing and my Physics teacher. He's so funny and believes in UFOs.
P.S. My favorite subjects are English, Physics, P.E. and I also like Geography and Maths, but not too much
                                                                                              Love,
                                                                                                        ME.
This is Adelina: brief and to the point. We hope she'll become a famous writer. Maybe, another Agatha Christie was born.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

1 DECEMBER - Celebrations Around the World

ROMANIA  - the Great Union Day (also called Unification Day)
December 1, 1918 – the National Assembly of all Romanians in Transylvania, Banat and the Hungarian Country convened in Alba Iulia and decreed, by unanimous vote, the union of Transylvania with the Romanian Kingdom.

PORTUGAL - Restoration of Independence from Spain in 1640

ICELAND  - Independence Day
Although not a public holiday, many Icelanders celebrate it. On December 1, 1918 Iceland became independent from Denmark.

NEW ZEALAND - Chatham Island province Anniversary Day

USA
  • National Pie Day is also celebrated on January 23 by tossing a cream pie in your best friends face. The best way to celebrate this day is to:
-         bake pie
-         eat pie
-         teach pie making
-         share pie
-         sing pie songs, read pie books, quote pie poems etc. Crazy! Enjoy pie!
  • Rosa Park’s Day  On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama she refused to obey the bus driver 's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
  • Eat a Red Apple Day (origin unknown) This is one of those "made up" food holidays, but it's a great reminder to incorporate fruit into our daily diet.
The United Nations’ World AIDS Day is held on 1 Dec. to honor the victims of the AIDS pandemic.

MEXICO
Every six years, the federal government is changed on December 1.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

What a good language school never teaches

A good language school never teaches about indifference, fecklessness or bull-headed resistance. A good language school doesn’t limit itself to teaching content, or skills. Good language teachers don’t provide their students just knowledge.

We give our students ownership over their performance by developing the students’ competences. This is what we do at Lexis; this way, the teachers and the parents can describe the students’ progress in terms of:
• pragmatic competences
• sociolinguistic competences
• strategic competencies


I haven’t mentioned the intercultural and existential competences which are two aspects we are going to deal with some other time.

We also select the texbbooks carefully; the ones that provide more than just reading texts, grammar and vocabulary. We prefer the coursebooks in which the learning aims are clearly explained and plenty of ideas are given to help the students with their learning strategies.

Thus, the learners are helped to recognize what they know and what they can do with the language. From an early age they are given the possibility to realize why they are studying, and what they can actually do with the language and how they are progressing.

Mr. Lex

Thursday, 11 November 2010

PROFILES: Stefana Stoica, Sibiu, Romania

1st prize in the Lexis ... and the whole world is yours! contest


Stefana has been a Lexis student for 7 years. She is now an FCE Student, even if she ‘s only 13.
“Stefi might be short, but she has a big heart and a wide smile. She is  competitive, funny, hardworking, optimist, cheerful, smart, determined and…. I could go on and on. We all call/pet  her  “the little one” but I really and truly think that she should be called “ the great one”- Mirela Radu- her teacher for 3 years

Stefana :”  I have 3 hobbies : spending time with my friends, reading science- fiction books. And I like LEXIS. Lexis has been teaching me not only English, but also the value of friendship and respect. I just love it and I wish I could become a teacher like the ones from Lexis”
LexisTopStudents has published just fragments from Stefana's ppt video presentation and poem.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

PROFILES: Ioana Dicu, Bucharest, Romania

Ioana Dicu is an English student at Lexis Mozart. " Ioana has been a Lexis student since she was in primary school. At present, she's a B - Senior student with exceptional writing skills and an interest in computers." (Mrs. Florentina Tudor, Lexis branch director)

In her essay for the Lexis ... and the whole world is yours! contest, Ioana proves a well-organized writer. In a simple style, she mentions different fields of activity people cannot do without the English language.

"Frankly speaking, it is highly essential to know the language for communication. ... In this computer age, English is the only language that any one can understand. So to say, it has become as an ideal language for expressing our feelings. Unless we have fluency in English, it would not be possible to use a computer. ...
But not only the computer world is dominated by English language.
  • tourism
  • education  "More and more people are leaving their countries to study abroad. ... Without a medium level of English the studies are impossible. Education enhances the role of the English language." 
  •  "The Internet world is an English world. It is very hard and almost impossible to translate each and very relevant web page in other languages, despite the fact the there are attempts to do so. In e-commerce or in education, like I said before, English is bound to grow. Imagine a networking site like Facebook or Twitter in some other language than English? It will be a very funny way of networking around the world."
 Definitely, no other language can take us around the world. Networking in another language? Yes. But just locally.
LEXIS TOP STUDENTS has reached a conclusion: Ioana is going to be successful in one of these activities: photography, writing or IT. 
Good luck! 

    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    A Lexis Q & A Collection

    Have you ever wondered ...
    • What is the Sun like inside?
    • What makes black holes black?
    • Where dinosaurs brainy?
    • Who drove war chariots?
    • Who was Mr. Bentz?
    • What is Mischief Night?
    "A Lexis Question & Answer Collection" is guaranteed to entertain and inform our fans aged 7 to 100. Let the contest begin!
     CIVILISATIONS    You probably remember that around 8000 BC people began to grow crops and keep animals. These early farmers settled down and lived in small villages, which later grew larger and became towns.
    • Which was the largest known ancient city ? (Clue: Over 6000 people lived there by 6250 BC.) 1 point
    • What animal was first tamed? When? 2 points
    • Did Stone Age people hunt wild animals? What was the largest? 1 point

    Monday, 1 November 2010

    Who is Mr. Lexis ?

    Mr. Lexis is this cute little mascot. He was born 15 years ago in Ploiesti, Romania when a Lexis Schools branch was opened there. Although still in his teens, Mr. Lexis has a lot of experience to teach English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, writing and to give you advice on how to prepare for international and national exams.
    He'll answer all your questions about the Trinity College London examinations, the Cambridge ESOL exams and extracurricular activities.
    Mr. Lexis is not just a picture. He really exists and you'll
     see him as soon as we receive a picture of him from Ploiesti.
    Mr. Lexis'  first lesson will be posted soon. The topic is What a good language school doesn't teach. Do you know?

    A village called ... Earth (1)

    Supposing you shrink the Earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the present human ratios remaining the same, it looks something like this:







    57 Asians                                    52 females                        70 non-Christians           70 non-white
    11 Europeans                              48 males                           30 Christians                  30 white
    14 from the Western Hemisphere
    8 Africans

             89 heterosexual                                                                 6 possess 59% of the entire World’s wealth
             11 homosexual                                                                                       80 live in substandard housing
                                                                                                    70 are unable to read
                                                                                        50 suffer from malnutrition
                                                                                          1 is near death
                                                                                          1 is near birth
                                                                                          1 has college education
                                                                                          1 owns a computer
    When one considers our world from such a perspective the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent. The following is also something to ponder:
                …if you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than a million who will not survive this week.
                …if you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million in the world.
                …if you have food in the refrigerator, clothes to wear, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep, you a richer than 75% of this world.
                …if you have money in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

    If you can read this message you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

    You don’t know exactly what happened in the past. You don’t know what is going to happen in the future. Ironically, you don’t even know what is happening 100 metres away from where you are right now. What are other people doing? Where are they? What are they experiencing? You don’t know. There are so many things you don’t know, many questions you cannot answer.

    What are the things you do  know, though? The questions you can answer. The things that you have experienced, the things you experience. What is happening in your reality? How does the world look like when seen with your eyes?

    One of the things we all have in common is that we all exist at the same time.
    Some create, some dream, some give, some gain. Some are afraid.
    Teachers have the antidote to fear – knowledge.

    Anonymous writer

    Sunday, 31 October 2010

    NEW POST CATEGORIES FOR LEXIS Fan Page

    Starting next week, Lexis Scoli de Limbi Straine is going to offer their Facebook fans three new categories: A Village called ... Earth, A Lexis Question and Answer Collection and Learn with Mr. Lexis


    Saturday, 23 October 2010

    Wednesday, 20 October 2010

    LEARNING is FUN





    Regulamentul oficial

    ORGANIZATORII SI REGULAMENTUL OFICIAL AL CONCURSULUI
    Concursul este organizat si desfasurat de SC Lexis SRL (cu sediul in Piata Pache Protopopescu nr. 10, sector 2, Bucuresti) in Parcul Alexandru Ioan Cuza

    RESPONSABILITATE
    Prin participarea la concurs, toti participantii sunt de acord si se obliga sa respecte toate cerintele si conditiile impuse de Organizator prin prezentul Regulament Oficial, nerespectarea acestora atragand raspunderea personala si exclusiva a participantilor.
    1. Concurentii vor purta echipamentul propriu complet de protectie (casca, cotiere, genunchiere) pe toata durata desfasurarii concursului.
    2. Este interzisa orice demonstratie freestyle, acrobatie pe role, pe traseul rezervat concursului.
    3. Este interzisa introducerea si consumarea alimentelor si bauturilor in zona rezervata concursului sau de incalzire a concurentilor.
    4. Parintii si insotitorii nu vor depasi spatiul rezervat publicului, nu vor fuma pe durata desfasurarii activitatilor cu copiii si nu-i vor lasa pe copii nesupravegheati inainte si dupa terminarea concursului.
    5. Este interzis ca pe traseul de concurs si in zona adiacenta sa se organizeze intreceri, actiuni zgomotoase si sa se arunce ambalaje, substante sau obiecte care sa puna siguranta copiilor in pericol sau sa determine intreruperea concursului.

    DREPTUL DE PARTICIPARE
    Concursul este deschis participarii tuturor elevilor cu varste cuprinse intre 8 si 14 ani. Concursul este un eveniment public; participarea la concurs constituie acordul parintilor sau al sustinatorilor legali ca participantii, numele castigatorului si fotografia acestora sa poata fi facute publice si utilizate gratuit in materiale audio, foto si video de catre Organizator.

    ACORDUL PARINTILOR

    Numele si Prenumele concurentului..............................................
    Varsta concurentului:.........................................
    Scoala Gen nr.: .................................................
    Sucursala Lexis: ...............................................
    Numele si prenumele parintelui......................................................
    Act identitate:............ Seria....................Nr...................................
    Adresa:...............................................................................................

    Am citit si sunt de acord cu conditiile de participare. Declar ca fiul/fiica mea nu sufera de nicio afectiune contraindicata participarii la concurs.

    Semnatura parinte :………………………………………
    Data :

    Tuesday, 12 October 2010

    PROFILES: ANDREI CLAUDIU MATAOANU

    I don’t know whether Andrei Catalin – from Lexis Mozart - has plans for his future career. He’s eleven and most kids his age have dreams. Some would like to become astronauts, others think they will be sports stars one day. What I know for sure is that Andrei can use English efficiently to write about a famous tourist attraction in Romania.

    He has a chance to become a man of science. He proves excellent qualities of a keen observer:


    The Bear’s Cave was discovered on September, 1975 by the miner from Chiscau, a village in the Apuseni Mountains. In the 1970s, the people were looking for marble to export, but when they blew up the cave and saw the beauty of it they decided to save it for tourist purposes.
    The cave is 1500 m long, but only 900 m are arranged for visiting. The rest of it, about 600 m long, is now a scientific reservation. In this second part was found a bear’s sleeping place. Usually, the female bear after it gives birth makes such a sleeping place. Also, the men found, many bear pawsprints on the wall. 
    Inside the cave there are limestone stalactites and stalagmites and many fossils of about 15,000 years old.
    The temperature inside the cave is 10 C degrees all the time.

    As any child his age, Andrei must have been fascinated by the legend of the scared bear and the attractive names given to the rooms and different types of formations: Magic Place, Lily Lake, Snow White’s home, Santa Claus, Rocket Ready for Launch, Candle’s Gallery, The Curtains, Old men’s council, Spaghetti etc

    Watch the stalactites and stalagmites; they want to become columns. And they will. In 20 years, a 1 cm³ of limestone is added. Come back over 12,000 years to see the columns!!
     Every year the Bear’s Cave is visited by 200,000 tourists from around the world.
    The cave is one of the tourist attractions of Romania.


    Like a true ambassador of your country, you’ve convinced me. If one day Romania needs a Minister of Tourism, you can be one. If you want to recommend the foreign visitors of Lexis Top Students Blog another beautiful place to visit, please write.

    Looking forward to publishing your new article.

    Friday, 8 October 2010

    PROFILES: CLAUDIA HARSAN, Bucharest, Romania


    Claudia is a B-Senior level English student at Lexis Schools of Languages – Oltenitei Branch. During the holiday she went to an English Summer Camp at Cheile Gradistei in Romania, where she had a great time. She is the 1st prize winner in the "English ... and the whole world is yours!" online contest.

    Why did she choose an English Camp to go to?
    “I wanted to improve my English in a funny way. So, I decided to spend some time at DAD UK camp with my friends and neighbours. I thought that it was very difficult to communicate with the British teachers and the advanced students but I didn’t give up.”
    She made an excellent decision.
    “ My teacher Caroline was kind and helpful. We had lessons and workshops everyday, on interesting topics: British culture, Irish dances, grammar, vocabulary etc.”
    But what she liked best were the sports and entertaining activities: horse riding, archery, climbing, mountain biking, swimming, paintball, orienteering (learning to use a map and compass to get from one marked point to another).”

    I totally agree with her when she emphases that as a student of English the whole world was hers.
    “It was a rewarding activity that requires communication, concentration, co-operation of team members. I enjoyed hanging out with lots of cool people. I would recommend everyone to give such an experience a try.
    With love,
    Claudia”

    She came back from the camp determined to improve her English.

    Good luck, Claudia! All the best to your friends - Ada, Horia, Claudia, Sergiu, Maria and Simina!

    Friday, 1 October 2010

    AND THE WINNERS ARE...!

    The English ... and the Whole World is Yours! contest has come to an end. It's been a long way, but definitely you and we enjoyed the whole of it: the summer days, the travels, the new friends, the new experiences.
    261 entrants submitted into the three age categories. We were amazed by your creativity and enthusiasm and the variety of topics.
    We are pleased to announce the winners:
     JUNIOR GROUP (aged 9 -12)
    1. Harsan Claudia           Bucharest
    2. Mataoanu Andrei         Bucharest
    3. Dicu Ioana                 Bucharest
    SENIOR GROUP (aged 12 - 15)
    1. Stoica Stefania           Sibiu
    2. Ion Iulia                    Bucharest
    3. Iacob Adelina             Bucharest
    CERTIFICATE GROUP
    1. Vasilache Ana Maria    Bucharest
    2. Stefanescu Luana       Bucharest
    3. Gutu Anamaria           Bucharest
    Congratulations to the 9 winners and thank you everyone for participating!
    I wish everyobody success in the coming academic year!

    Thursday, 30 September 2010

    FACEBOOK 5631


    Deschiderea anului academic la scolile Lexis Romania are loc ca in fiecare an la 1 octombrie. Ca in fiecare an, Lexis Scoli de Limbi Straine a creat diferite prilejuri de reintalnire a cursantilor inainte de sunetul primului clopotel.

    In ultimele zile, vechii colegi - copii si adulti - s-au bucurat sa se revada cu profesorii lor intr-o atmosfera relaxanta, fara carti si caiete: dupa amieze cu aer britanic la o ceasca de ceai, plimbari si picnic-uri in afara oraselor sau ceremonii de inmanare a diplomelor Trinity si Cambridge in piata centrala a urbei.

    Pentru prima data insa, au participat la aceste evenimente sau au transmis mesaje fanii scolilor Lexis de pe Facebook. Le multumim celor 5.631 de fani pentru comentarii, remarci haioase, informatii valoroase, fotografii, muzica si urari.

    Comunitatea Lexis de pe Facebook, formata in ultimele patru luni, va functiona ca un domeniu academic, un campus in care si-au gasit deja locul spirite tinere de toate varstele care stiu, sau vor sa invete sa foloseasca cele mai sigure instrumente de control pe care le detine civilizatia umana: cunoasterea, prietenia si comunicarea.


    Lexis Brasov si Lexis Ploiesti aniverseaza 15 ani de activitate in Romania. In acest an scolar, cele doua sedii ofera cursantilor 25% discount din taxa scolara.

    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    I CHALLENGE YOU! CAN YOU WIN?

    The time limit is three minutes. Let’s start with a couple of Maths problems:

    1. If I am three times as old as my daughter, but five years ago I was five times as old as my niece, how old am I now?

    2. My neighbour is twice as old as his son. Next year his age will be the same as the digits of his son’s age reversed. How old is my neighbour and his son?

    3. George is now twice as old as Peter was when George was as old as Peter is now. If you add their ages together you get 91 years. How old they?

    4. When asked her age by a reporter, a famous movie star claimed that she was 30 years old, failing to mention that she was only counting workdays (Mondays to Fridays). How old was she really?

    Solve the following anagrams. The solution is a single word, a clue to which is given in the anagram:

    1. The classroom
    2. It eggs us on
    3. Voices rant on

    Can you answer the following logic puzzles?

    My neighbours are the Browns and the Smiths. All the members of the two families have blond hair and blue eyes. As they don’t look different, one can only distinguish them by the fact that the Browns always tell the truth, while the Smiths always lie. I once met three children and I wanted to know what family they belonged to. The first muttered something I didn’t understand. The second clearly answered he was a Brown. Immediately, the third exclaimed to the second: “You are a liar!” What family did the third child belong to?

    ANSWERS
    Maths problem

    1. 30
    2. My neighbour is 72 and his son is 36.
    3. Peter is 39 and George is 52
    4. 42

    Anagrams

    1. Schoolmaster
    2. Suggestion
    3. Conversation

    Logic puzzle

    The Browns

    Saturday, 18 September 2010

    22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.19

    The Netherlands (also referred to as Holland)
    • a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy

    Capital: Amsterdam
    Big cities: the Hague (the seat of the government), Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven
    Population: 16,491,852
    • the majority is ethnically Dutch
    • others are Indonesian, German, Turkish etc.
    Language: the Dutch language and Frisian (official languages)
    70% of the total population have good knowledge of English; 60% also speak German and French
    Facts: The Dutch people are among the tallest in the world (an average of about 1.81m for adult males)
    Religion: Roman Catholicism, Protestant, Dutch Reformed, Lutheran, Muslim (5%)
    Great people: Erasmus, Spinoza (philosophers),
                         Rembrandt, van Gogh(painters)                                                                

    Tourist attractions:
    • Madurodan miniature city (built in 1952), a miniature town built on a
    1:25 scale. The first mayor was Queen Beatrix (in 1952), the then
    teen Princess Beatrix. Now, the mayor is elected by a youth council of
    25 pupils from schools in the region.
    • The tulip gardens
    • The windmills
    The national anthem: the oldest in the world (1572)

     Technology:
    • Dutch company Philips invented the audio cassette, the video tape, the CD, the CD-ROM
    • Dike constructions to control floods (Two thirds of the country is vulnerable to flooding. 2000 years ago most of the Netherlands were covered by swamps. 10% of the surface has been taken from the sea.
    20% of the Netherlands is below sea level.)

    Saturday, 11 September 2010

    22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.18

    In some parts of the world school has started, in some other parts school will start soon. In Romania, school starts on Monday 13. We are all looking forward to a great year: good schools and educational programmes, best teachers and ambitious students. Happy First Day of  School to my friends and all the children in the world! Learn and have loads of fun!

    NIGERIA, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is located in West Africa. As a federal constitutional republic, is comprises thirty-six states and the Federeal Capital Territory, Abuja.
    History
    There is evidence showing that human habitation of the area dates back to at least 9000 BC.
    Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to begin trade in Nigeria in the port they named Lagos.
    In 1900 the territory came under the control of the British government, which moved to consolidate its hold over the area of modern Nigeria. On January 1, 1901 Nigeria became a part of the British Empire (British protectorate).
    On October 1, 1960, Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Key sectors
    • the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world
    • one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world
    • mineral resources which include natural gas, gold, iron ore, coal, lead etc. Despite huge deposits of these natural resources, the mining industry in Nigeria is still in it infancy.
    • It also has a manufacturing industry which includes leather and textiles
    Population
    Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. With a population estimated to 154,729,000, distributed as 51.7% rural and 48.3% urban.
    Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups, with varying languages (the number estimated is 521 living languages). The official language of Nigeria, English, was chosen to facilitate the cultural and linguistic unity of the country.

    Religion
    Nigeria is apparently divided between Islam and Christianity between North and South.
    Sport
    Soccer is Nigeria’s national sport. The national team, the Super Eagles, has made the World Cup in 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2010.

    Saturday, 4 September 2010

    22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.17

    Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, occupies the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres and a population of about 4.8 million. It is a sparsely populated country, but rich in resources: oil, forests, natural gas, minerals. Norway is ranked highest of all countries in human development due to its higher education, universal health care and social security system. In a 2007 survey, Norway was also rated the most peaceful country in the world.
    History
    Archaeological findings indicate the area currently constituting Norway has been inhabited since at least the 10th millennium BC. In the first centuries AD, Norway consisted of a number of small kingdoms.
    During the Viking Ages the Viking seafarers started expanding and after 872 AD when Harald Fairhair united their tribes, many Norwegians started traveling to live in England, Iceland, Britain and Ireland. The Irish cities of Dublin and Limerick were founded by Norwegian settlers.


    Facts
    • Because of the large latitudinal range of the country and the varied topography and climate, Norway has a larger number of different habitats than almost any other European country. There are approximately 60,000 species in Norway and adjacent waters (excluding bacteria and virus).
    • The Constitution was adopted in 1814 and was inspired by the US Declaration of Independence and the 1776 French Revolution.
    • Norway is a constitutional monarchy with a parliament and government, wherein the King is the head of state, Prime Minister and the head of government.
    • Languages of Norway: the Norwegian language, Sami, Kyen. Norwegian is similar to the other languages in Scandinavia, Swedish and Danish. The three languages are mutually intelligible.
    • the Norwegian cinema received international recognition; as early as 1951 a documentary film of the Kon-Tiki expedition won an Oscar Academy Award.
    • Great names: the classical composer Edvard Grieg, 19th century writer Henrik Ibsen, Christian Dahl, impressive painter,

    Friday, 27 August 2010

    22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.16

    GUEST AUTHOR from the Republic of Moldova
    EUGENIA ROTARU - Linguata Scoli de Limbi Straine ( Branch Director - Linguata Orhei)










    Moldova – officially the Republic of Moldova – is a parliamentary republic.

    History
    In Antiquity, Moldova’s territory was inhabited by Dacian tribes.
    In 1812, in accordance with the Treaty of Bucharest, the Ottoman Empire ceded the eastern half of the Principality of Moldavia to the Russian Empire.
    In 1944, the Soviet Army re-established Moldavia as a Soviet region.
    Large towns
    Chisinau (capital city), Tiraspol, Balti, Ungheni, Orhei.

    Moldova is known for its wines and the rich soil that has made the country one of the most productive agricultural regions.
    Religion: Eastern Orthodox Christians
    Population: 3,383, 323 inhabitants
    There is a controversy whether Moldovans and Romanians are the same ethnic group and whether their language is the same.
    Moldovans are very proud people, and in my opinion, they should be of their country and culture. Eugenia’s message will help you understand why the are proud and happy:


    “Moldova- is the best country to live, to learn, to make friends, to find opportunities, and grow! Moldova, due to some facts, is a country which being independent for about 20 years has got its typical political governing style. (It is the most discussed topic nowadays because of the Referendum that takes place on September 5, 2010 and supports the idea of changing present Constitution adopted on July 29, 1994).
    The capital of the Republic of Moldova is Chisinau and the present position of the president has been vacant for about a year. The official language of the country is Romanian, people living here are called Moldovan. The country is special because of its natural beauty and ancient places. Orheiul Vechi, Saharna, Tipova, Hincu monasteries lay in the most picturesque landscapes ever. People are hard-working and sociable. Zdob si Zdub, Dan Balan, O-Zone, Nelly Ciobanu - are those who sing for us and express our Moldovan matter. Traditional food is usually served on Sundays when people get together for family meals, they serve zeama- chicken broth with noodles and mamaliga- some kind of corn porridge, with mujdei- garlic sauce, some pickles, some sour cream and branza- a special sort of cow/ sheep cheese, and of course, some fried meat and a glass of red tasty home-made wine. Pofta buna- bone appetite! And welcome to our country”!

    You can also go to: http://www.linguata.md , if you want to find out more about the young Moldovans, their interest in learning languages and their achievements.













                                                              

    Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    BRAIN TEASERS - HOW SMART ARE YOU?

    Let your mind go and solve the riddles below:

    1. I do not have any special powers, but I can predict the score of any
        football game before it begins. How can I do this?


    2. Jimmy's mother had 4 children. She named the first Monday.
        Named the second Tuesday. The third is named Wednesday.
        What is the name of the fourth child?

    3. You are driving a bus. At the first stop, 2 women get on. The second stop, 3 men get
        on and 1 woman gets off. Third stop, 3 kids and their mom get on, and a man gets off.
        The bus is grey, and it is raining outside. What color is the bus drivers hair?

    4. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

    5. I left my campsite and hiked south for 3 miles. Turned east and hiked for 3 miles.
        Then turned north and hiked for 3 miles, at which time I came upon a bear inside my
        tent eating my food!
       What color was the bear?

    6. A man lives on the fifteenth floor of an apartment building. Every morning he takes the
        elevator down to the lobby and leaves the building. In the evening, he gets into the
        elevator, and, if there is someone else in the elevator, or if it was raining that day, he
        goes back to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the tenth floor and walks up five
        flights of stairs to his apartment.

    7. A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man
        replies, "Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man's father is my father's son."
        Who was in the photograph?

    8. What is full of holes but can still hold water?

    9. How can you make seven even?

    The answers will be published on September 1.
    ANSWERS
    1. I can predict the score before it begins. Well, the score before any football game is always zero to zero!
    2. Jimmy.
    3. Whatever color your hair is! Remember, you are the bus driver!
    4. Mt. Everest. It was still the highest in the world - it just hadn't been discovered yet!
    5. White. The only place you can hike 3 miles south, then east for 3 miles, then north for 3 miles and end up back at your starting point is the North Pole. There are only polar bears in the north pole, and they are white!
    6. The man is a dwarf. He can't reach the upper elevator buttons, but he can ask people to push them for him. He can also push them with his umbrella.
    7. His son.
    8. A sponge.
    9. Take away the "s".

    Saturday, 21 August 2010

    22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.15

    MALAYSIA - federal constitutional monarchy. It consists of 13 states.
    Capital city - Kuala Lumpur
    Population - 28 million people (indigenous, aboriginal and of Chinese and Indian descent)
    Malaysia's head of state is Yang di-Pertuan Agong,an elected monarch.
    Facts:
    - the earliest evidence of human habitation dates back 40,000years
    1786 - Britain established its first colony
    1957 - independence for the Federation within Commonwealth was granted
    Language: Malay (official national language,English and Manglish or Street English

    Friday, 20 August 2010

    AN OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS

    Dragi părinţi şi copii,

    Vom continua să lucrăm la cele trei bloguri create pentru voi şi anul şcolar viitor. In mai puţin de ½ an am câştigat câteva mii de vizitatori români şi din alte peste 20 de ţări. Anul acesta sperăm la o participare intensa a elevilor şi părinţilor.

    Nu este deloc complicat. Un blog este un fel de jurnal online. Este creat ca un website unde administratorii posteaza ştiri, fotografii şi jocuri în ordine invers-cronologică. Pe o latură a paginii puteti găsi o arhiva cu articolele publicate, comentarii etc.
    Vom folosi blogul pentru a vă informa în legatură cu ce se întâmplă în şcoală şi pentru a publica lucrări ale elevilor şi fotografii.

    Pentru că nimic nu este mai important decât modul cum comunicăm, vom insista asupra comentariilor de calitate pentru că:
    • comentariile online sunt asemănătoare cu scrisorile: formula de salut, corpul comentariului, încheierea şi salutul
    • se respectă ortografia, puctuaţia şi paragrafarea
    • inainte de publicare, textul se corectează
    • comentariu înseamnă comunicarea cu autorul şi constă într-o întrebare, apreciere sau completarea articolului
    • un comentariu bun trebuie să fie relevant şi să se refere strict la articolul analizat
    • in comentarii nu se dezvăluie informaţii personale.
    • nu se acceptă insultele, vocabularul nepotrivite,aprecierile jignitoare sau injurioase

    Avem convingerea ca blogging-ul oferă o excelentă ocazie de a învăta şi exersa comportamentul şi modul de exprimare online care nu seamănă întotdeauna - şi nu trebuie să se confunde - cu discuţiile de pe Messenger sau uneori cu limbajul You Tube.

    Exigenţele site-urilor completează instrucţia academică şi au un efect constructiv dacă sunt corect monitorizate şi activitatea copiilor supravegheată.


    Mioara Iacob

    Administrator
    Blog, Lexis Blogger, Blog!
    Lexis4Communication

    Monday, 16 August 2010

    22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.14

    Italy - Interesting facts you might not know

    Capital - Rome (founded in 753 BC)
    4th most visited country
    Over 20% of Italy's population is over 65 years old
    The average life expectancy - 79.54 years
    The flag was introduced during Napoleon's 1797 invasion and was
     inspired by the French flag. The three colours represent 3 virtues: hope (green), faith (white) and charity (red).

    Italy has over 3,000 museums and is visited by almost 40,000,000 tourists yearly.

    There are three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli.

    Pizza was invented in Naples in 1860's and is one of the few words which is understood all over the world.



    Great inventors and inventions

    Leonardo da Vinci - the concepts of airplane, parachute, tank, robot
    Marconi - the radio
    Salvino D'Armate - the first wearable eye glasses

    Other inventions:
    • the piano, the thermometre, the electric baterry, the barometre,  the nuclear reactor, the nitroglycerine, the wireless telegraphy, the typewriter, the icecream cone