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,