Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Mondays with Crazy English (on Wednesday)

Sorry, sorry, sorry! It's a crazy world, I had a crazy weekend. I'll drive you crazy with the crazy spelling.

English spelling is crazy!

Can you re-write the poem?

 



Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Quiet on the set!

The International Children's Film Festival KINOdiseea started today at 7 o'clock p.m. Founded in 2009, the 3rd edition of the only annual Romanian festival of films for children is taking place at Grand Cinema Digiplex (Baneasa Shopping Centre). The event was organized by Metropolis Film Association.

The opening speech was delivered by - Irina Margareta Nistor - an aristocrat of the world of cinema.

Today's screening: The RUNWAY (Luxemburg, Ireland, 2010)

KINOdiseea's mission is to present and preserve multi-cultural cinema for kids aged 6 to 16 and to offer age-appropriate hands-on activities (acting, photography, dance, parent-child learning), educational seminars and workshops for adults and children.

This year the festival is hosting retrospectives and premieres of feature films, animation and documentaries created by artists across the globe.


The Team:    Daniel Mitulescu (Festival Director)
                     Cristina Constantinescu (Festival Executive Director)  
                     Benjamin Ribout (Artistic Director)
                     Simina Banulescu (International Relations Director)
                     Delia Marcu (Marketing Coordinator)

Children's Jury:    Anastasia Radulescu
                     Brenda Stefanescu
                     Marcu Andrei Solomon
                     Maria Nitulescu
                     Mihnea Iancu
                     Sophia Neacsu (KINOdiseea Jury President)

ECFA Jury:  Celine Ravanel (France)
                     Even Thunes Jensen (Norway)
                     Petr Koliha (Poland)


Read about the most successful films and keep up with news about this annual event in the next posts.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Mondays with Crazy English


English is a Crazy Language Part III
September 30, 1996

Excerpt from "Crazy English" by Richard Lederer 

 

Has it ever struck you that we English users are constantly standing meaning on its head? Let's look at a number of familiar English words and phrases that turn out to mean the opposite or something very different from what we think they mean:
I could care less. I couldn't care less is the clearer, more accurate version. Why do so many people delete the negative from this statement? Because they are afraid that the n't . . . less combination will make a double negative, which is a no-no.
I really miss not seeing you. Whenever people say this to me, I feel like responding, "All right, I'll leave!" Here speakers throw in a gratuitous negative, not, even though I really miss seeing you is what they want to say.
The movie kept me literally glued to my seat. The chances of our buttocks being literally epoxied to a seat are about as small as the chances of our literally rolling in the aisles while watching a funny movie or literally drowning in tears while watching a sad one. We actually mean The movie kept me figuratively glued to my seat -- but who needs figuratively, anyway?
A non-stop flight. Never get on one of these. You'll never get down.
A near miss. A near miss is, in reality a collision. A close call is actually a near hit.
My idea fell between the cracks. If something fell between the cracks, didn't it land smack on the planks or the concrete? Shouldn't that be my idea fell into the cracks [or between the boards]?
I'll follow you to the ends of the earth. Let the word go out to the four corners of the earth that ever since Columbus we have known that the earth doesn't have any ends.
A hot water heater. Who heats hot water?
A hot cup of coffee. Here again the English language gets us in hot water. Who cares if the cup is hot? Surely we mean a cup of hot coffee.
Doughnut holes. Aren't those little treats really doughnut balls ? The holes are what's left in the original doughnut. (And if a candy cane is shaped like a cane, why isn't a doughnut shaped like a nut?)
I want to have my cake and eat it too. Shouldn't this timeworn clich‚ be I want to eat my cake and have it too? Isn't the logical sequence that one hopes to eat the cake and then still possess it?
A one-night stand. So who's standing? Similarly, to sleep with someone.
The first century B.C. These hundred years occurred much longer ago than people imagined. What we call the first century B.C. was, in fact the last century B.C.
Daylight saving time. Not a single second of daylight is saved by this ploy.
The announcement was made by a nameless official. Just about everyone has a name, even officials. Surely what is meant is The announcement was made by an unnamed official.
Preplan, preboard, preheat, and prerecord. Aren't people who do this simply planning, boarding, heating, and recording? Who needs the pre-tentious prefix?
Put on your shoes and socks. This is an exceedingly difficult maneuver. Most of us put on our socks first, then our shoes.
A hit-and-run play. If you know your baseball, you know that the sequence constitutes a run-and-hit play.
The bus goes back and forth between the terminal and the airport. Again we find mass confusion about the order of events. You have to go forth before you can go back.
I got caught in one of the biggest traffic bottlenecks of the year. The bigger the bottleneck, the more freely the contents of the bottle flow through it. To be true to the metaphor, we should say, I got caught in one of the smallest traffic bottlenecks of the year.
Underwater and Underground. Things that we claim are underwater and underground are obviously surrounded by, not under the water and ground.
I lucked out. To luck out sounds as if you're out of luck. Don't you mean I lucked in?
Because we speakers and writers of English seem to have our heads screwed on backwards, we constantly misperceive our bodies, often saying just the opposite of what we mean:
Watch your head. I keep seeing this sign on low doorways, but I haven't figured out how to follow the instructions. Trying to watch your head is like trying to bite your teeth.
They're head over heels in love. That's nice, but all of us do almost everything head over heels . If we are trying to create an image of people doing cartwheels and somersaults, why don't we say, They're heels over head in love?
Put your best foot forward. Now let's see. . . . We have a good foot and a better foot -- but we don't have a third -- and best -- foot. It's our better foot we want to put forward. This grammar atrocity is akin to May the best team win. Usually there are only two teams in the contest.
Keep a stiff upper lip. When we are disappointed or afraid, which lip do we try to control? The lower lip, of course, is the one we are trying to keep from quivering.
I'm speaking tongue in cheek. So how can anyone understand you?
They do things behind my back. You want they should do things in front of your back?
They did it ass backwards. What's wrong with that? We do everything ass backwards.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Mondays with Crazy English

Is it a word, a phrase, an abbreviation, an acronym? How do you spell it? O.K., OK, o.k, or okay? Anyway, it is the most successful Americanism of all time that has spread to many languages. America’s greatest contribution to the English language and its origin was the subject of linguistic debate for many years.
There is even an expert on OK, a historian of this most famous expression, Columbia University professor Allen Walker Read, who decided that the word was first used in 1839 as a humourous abbreviation. President Martin Van Buren, nicknamed Old Kinderhook, was supported by OK Clubs. Old Kinderhook lost, but OK remained However, until 1900 OK remained obscure. Even Mark Twain apparently never used it and Jerome K. Jerome used his humour to emphasize the British reaction towards the American infiltration.

O.K! 
by Jerome K. Jerome (1859 – 1927)

Now, Charles had been brought with care
At number 12 Begonia Square,
And taught when still extremely young
Not to misuse the English tongue.
No words unfit for him to hear
Had ever reached his shielded ear.
For instance, such disgusting slang
As “Gosh” and “Golly”, “Blow” and “Hang”.
Imagine therefore what a pang
His learned father felt one day
When Charles distinctly said “O.K.”
The horrid habit grew and grew;
It seemed the only word he knew;
Whatever he was asked to do —
To eat or drink, to work or play —
All Charles could answer was “OKAY”!
“Charles!” cried his father in amaze,
“When did you learn that vulgar phrase?
Refrain from using it, I pray.”
And meekly Charles replied: “OKAY”  

Now we live in an OK world!
Is it a noun, an adjective, a verb, an interjection, an adverb? It’s all that in colloquial English:
noun
The approving of an action, especially when done by one in authority
The act or process of accepting
verb
To give one's consent  
adverb
It is so; as you say or ask  
adjective
Of moderately good quality but less than excellent  
interjection
Denotes compliance or agreement
Shows sarcasm, doubt or seeks confirmation, assent or approval

How do you find the information? Is it OK? 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Mondays with Crazy English


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OK! What do you hate most? Mondays or crazy, unexpected, strange English idioms and expressions? I hope neither. Learning English is fun, fun, fun!
Let's take the word you learned first: English. Have you ever wondered how many ways you can use it?
1. There are several varieties of English; they are called ENGLISHES.
2. When a text is capable of being translated into English, it is ENGLISHABLE. 
3. So, one might make an attempt TO ENGLISH it. Do you want to conjugate it? Easy.
I ENGLISH
you ENGLISH
he/ she ENGLISHES
If you did it some time ago, you ENGLISHED the text. What about ENGLISHING? Perfectly correct.
4. English people have every right to be proud of themselves; ENGLISHNESS is their cultural identity.
5. What makes the English so different? Their ENGLISHISMS (ideas, manners etc. typical of English people)
6. Many think it's a priviledge of being and Englishman. ENGLISHRY - this is how this state is called. Can you add any more forms?

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Mondays with Crazy English

Do you Have to Be Crazy to Learn English?

What would you think of a teacher standing on top of a building and shouting English? Or classes of English students going to rallies and shouting together the new vocabulary, English idioms and irregular verbs?
Believe it or not, Crazy English is a brand name for a method of teaching English conceived by Li Yang. He invented it while still an undergraduate student, but began promoting it on a large scale after he graduated in 1990. Now, he teaches to crowds of 20 to 30,000. The proceeds from a lecture can gross a million yuan. (NaN.Na CNY = 505,291.41 RON) He plans to open Crazy Chinese offices in Europe. You could learn Chinese in 8 days. Are you crazy enough?

Monday, 22 August 2011

22 WEEKS ROUND THE WORLD - No.22

Wednesday, 5May, 2010, when the journey started, we posted our first photo presentation. We thought that - like Jules Verne - we were going to complete our tour in 22 weeks and write about all the countries our blog visitors are from.
This is going to be our last "22 Weeks" post. We'll continue the geography series under a different category as the number of countries now is 63.
No more travel photos, inspirational stories today. Instead, I've put together videos that will take you to Russia, China and Australia, Israel and Afghanistan.
 Australia
 China
 Australia's Rainforests

Australia - Banana Farming








Australia - Land of Extremes (German version)

Australia - Extreme Country (English version)






Israel (German version)
Afghanistan - German version






Moscow in 4 minutes







Enjoy watching and dreaming!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Reading with young teens - THE WOLF'S TALE

Red Riding Hood thought she knew all about her dear granny.
But she didn't. No one does.
Only me . . . and, now, you.
(Louse Cooper)
 
The Wolf's Tale

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl - Poetry Archive

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) is one of the most successful children's writers in the world: around thirty million of his books have been sold in the U.K. alone. 
Do you think you know the story? There's a big surprise for you. Read the poem and listen to the poet himself!

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Roald Dahl - Poetry Archive

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Look Cute at School


How to Look Cute and Dress Nicely for Middle School (Girls)


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Here are some tips if you only have a shot-in-your-arm of time to get ready before school in the morning.  With this guide, you can look great every day.

  Steps


  1.   Have good hygiene. This is very important in middle school, especially since you are getting older and sweating more. To avoid body odor and stay healthy (and feel healthier!), follow the following tips:
    • Take a shower using a scented bath gel and a soft sponge.  Use warm water and really get clean.  You should always be clean and smell nice when you go to school. Afterwards just put on a light spritz of sweet smelling perfume, (optional) then you are nice, clean, and smelling fresh
    • Wax or shave your legs in the morning or the night before (whichever suits you best). Remember that if you wax your legs in the morning, they will be all red, or if you don't shave, make sure to clean your legs really well and keep them moisturized.  Use a razor with shaving cream on it for a quick shave.
    • Shave your armpits.  Obviously, shaved armpits look better than stubbly ones, but did you know that shaving your pits can also help you to smell better?  Bacteria gets caught in armpit hair, causing body odor.
    • Wash your face using a facial cleanser and use a moisturizer afterward. (Make sure you aren't allergic to the cleanser.)  Facial cleanser helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the face, making your skin less prone to acne, but if you do have acne do not cover it up with a lot of make-up. Try to go for a more natural look
    • Take care of your hair.  Shampoo and condition hair using products from a good quality hair salon or a good brand that you know will make your hair look and smell great. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel. Try to avoid hair dryers!  Always have your hair done nicely.
    • Brush your teeth everyday and night using a good toothpaste, and remember to use mouthwash! Try to stay away from whitening gels, toothpaste, and mouthwash. These products eat the enamel of your teeth, and can be very harmful to your gums.  Nice, white, shiny teeth will make you look beautiful.  Keep on Chapstick to keep your smile flawless.
  2.   Pick appropriate outfits. When you pick out your outfit, always try it on and look in the mirror to see how it looks; if it doesn't look nice on you, try a different outfit that fits your body or goes well against your skin tone. If an outfit looks and feels good on you, don't try on another. Keep in mind, you are going to be in school, so choose something comfy and modest, but cute.
    • Choose your outfits the night before to avoid standing in front of your wardrobe/closet for an hour.
  3. Add accessories. These can compliment your outfit or bring out an accent color, such as bracelets, bangles, charms, rings, earrings.
  4.   Have fun with your hair.  Blow dry, curl, scrunch, or straighten your hair. Don't forget to use a special spray so your hair doesn't get damaged from all the heat. It makes your hair look great and weightless. Especially if you have thin hair. Then use a nice smelling hairspray and spray your hair to keep the frizz away.  Braiding parts of your hair also has a nice, clean cut style and looks sophisticated yet fun.
    • If you really want to jazz things up a bit just style your hair differently. For example, instead of the basic ponytail, go for French braid pigtails, or you can straighten your hair, or curl it.
  5.   Try new outfits.  Remember just because it's a plain outfit doesn't mean it's a bad one. Jeans and a plain white T-shirt work fine, but don't be afraid to accessorize.
  6.   Go a new style. Try a bright neon shirt that has different colors in it; for example a black shirt that has neon heart or peace sign on it. Try wearing some accessories. Add any type of pants that goes with the colors on your shirt, but jeans go with anything. But remember...BE YOURSELF. You should also try to wear a nice plain colored shirt thats flowy but compliments your features one day and see if it works for you. And, you should just make up your own style, and most people will end up enjoying your style and people will try and copy but just remember you started the style and that it looks great!
  7.   Smile. A smile makes every outfit better.  Having the "look" does not matter if you aren't happy with yourself. Try to be different, but don't forget that everyone will respect you if you respect yourself. It makes you the best you possibly can be, being pretty and happy. Don't lose confidence and don't let people bring you down, because some people are just haters; don't worry about them.
  8. Make sure you lotion your face, arms, and legs. This will keep your skin clear, soft and healthy looking.
  9. Just have fun! Middle school is a place to hang out, make some mistakes and learn from them!

  Tips


  • If you have it, use detangler or leave in conditioner. But not too much because it leaves a greasy feeling in your hair. Use scented hair cream/serum so your hair will smell great.
  • If you have short hair, say a bob cut or barely shoulder length, try putting curlers in your hair the night before. Then find a contrast colored hair piece to go with a color theme in your outfit, like a purple shirt and a yellow flower for your hair.
  • If you wear makeup, use it lightly. Make sure you look natural, not  too exaggerated or over the top. A little bit of blush, mascara with curled eyelashes goes a very long way.
  • Ask your friends for tips; tell them to be truthful.
  • Go to small town boutiques and clothing shops. Sometimes you can find stores that are not expensive and cute. Being an individual is important. Some towns have stores that sell slightly used designer clothing for great prices.
  • Expand! Don't limit yourself to one style.
  • Don't be afraid to shop at thrift stores!  You can find really interesting, unique pieces for great prices.
  • Know what to wear the night before!
  • Just be yourself, because it always pays off in the long run.

  Warnings


  • Don't work too hard on dressing up for school. You should always look effortlessly beautiful. School may have friends, but don't forget to learn. Being smart is great.
  • Don't wear see-through shirts. Sometimes if you wear a shirt you could see your bra. Try to wear a tank top or cami underneath to avoid that.
  • Don't try to look sexy; you're only in middle school, so wearing skimpy clothing will only give people the wrong idea.

  Things You'll Need


  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Mirror
  • Hygiene products (deodorant, razor, blow drier, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, lip gloss/Chapstick®)
  • Hair supplies
  • Accessories

  Related wikiHows




Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Look Cute and Dress Nicely for Middle School (Girls).  All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Do you agree? Do these recommendations apply in your country?

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Top Misspelt Words

 Click here:
  Top Misspelled Words 2009
The Romanian students often misspell:
    Wrong!            Correct!
  1. dose                  does
  2. Jhon                  John
  3. whit                   with
  4. fourty             forty
  5. Octomber        October
 For more details and other topics:
http://en.bab.la/news/top-misspelled-words-2009                                                                                                                                                           

Saturday, 28 May 2011

NEW UPDATES - NOUTATI

A new list of idioms has been posted: All about money

Other idioms about:

Sunday, 22 May 2011

NEW UPDATES - NOUTATI

  • Noutati in Legea educatiei (Legea 1/ 2011)
  • Importanta Portofoliului educational la admiterea in liceu
  • Beneficiile invatarii timpurii
  • Cuantificarea si valorificarea performantelor lingvistice
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Sunday, 15 May 2011

700 reasons report and materials | Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

British education is subjected to higher language study quality. Why should the English learn languages?
One of the 700 reasons in this document could be your own reason.

700 reasons report and materials | Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Why do you think learning languages is becoming more and more important?. Can you add the 701st reason?

Sunday, 17 April 2011

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT EASTER?



As learners of English, you should first know the Easter English vocabulary and of course, the most interesting traditions all over the world.

  • Ash Wednesday (March 9, 2011)
  • Palm Sunday (Sunday, April 17, 2011)
  • Holy Thursday (April 21, 2011)
  • Good Friday (Friday, April 22, 2011)
  • Holy Saturday (Saturday, April 23, 2011)
  • Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 24, 2011)
  • Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday, May 1, 2011
The week from Palm Sunday to Easter is known as Holy Week. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. It occurs during the spring, in and around the month of April.
But where did our Easter customs originate? Just what do colored eggs, rabbits, roasted ham, and hot cross buns have to do with the resurrection of our Savior? Why is this spring festival called Easter?
            It is known from history that the apostles and early followers of the Messiah did not observe a holiday called Easter. The word Easter is nowhere found in any ancient Greek or Aramaic manuscripts of the New Testament.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries reveal that the word Easter is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It can be traced to Eostre, the goddess of spring. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia verifies the English word as coming from Estera, a Teutonic goddess.
Other names for Easter:
Based on "Pesach:"In most of the remaining languages in countries with a Christian heritage, the name for Easter is derived from "Pesach" ("פסחא" in Hebrew) the name for Passover:  These include:

Arabic: عيد الفصح (Aīd ul-Figh)
French: Pâues
Greek: Πάσχα (Pascha)
Hebrew: פסחא (Pascha)
Irish: Cáisc
Italian: Pasqua
Persian: Pas`h
Polish: Pascha
Portuguese: Páscoa
 Russian: Пасха (Paskha
 Scottish Gaelic: Casca
Spanish: Pascua
Swedish: Påsk

Based on "Great Day" or "Great Night:" This is used in most Slavic languages:

Bulgarian: Великден (Vělikděn')

Czech: Velikonoce

Latvian Lieldienas (Plural; no singular exists)

Lithuanian Velykos (Plural; no singular exists)

Polish: Wielkanoc
Turkish Paskalya
Welsh: Pasg

Based on "Resurrection"

Bosnian: Uskrs or Vaskrs (literally "resurrection")

Chinese: Fùhuó Jié (literally "Resurrection Festival")

Croatian: "Uskrs," meaning 'Resurrection'."

Korean: Buhwalchol, literally "Resurrection Festival"

Not only names differ, traditions also vary and seem to be changing.
CHINA   The Chinese believed in the sacredness of eggs and gave them as gifts during joyful celebrations. Eggs have been a symbol of spring and fertility. At least 3000 years ago the Chinese painted eggs red for spring festivals.
Historic documentation tells us that in 722 B.C. a Chinese Chieftain gave painted eggs as gifts in celebration of a spring festival.
Bilby
AUSTRALIA   In many communities, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgement, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection. In some communities, real crucifixion is included. The enactments are often nicely staged, costumed and acted, with participants preparing for their roles for nearly the full year leading up to Semana Santa.
In recent years Easter bilbies have also been made. The bilby is a native animal in Australia. It is an endangered species. Chocolate manufacturers decided to make Easter bilbies and give some of their profits to help protect these animals from extinction. Children don't worry about the shape. They just love the chocolate!
Many families arrange for an Easter hunt in their homes or gardens to see who can find
the most eggs on Easter Sunday morning. They then share a meal with their relatives. Traditionally this has consisted of roast lamb, beef or chicken with roasted vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin
AFRICA   Easter has a social dimension as well as a spiritual one. At Easter families come together. They share special food with Christians and non-Christians indulging in boiled or roasted rice with meat or chicken.

Meat being very scarce and expensive in Africa, the laws of abstinence (not eating meat) does not hold good.
In most parish churches the Easter Vigil is anticipated, because there are no lights, usually beginning at 3pm and finishing at dark, around 6pm.

The church is decorated by Vitenge and Kanga, clothes made up in the form of butterflies, flowers, banana trees etc.

Christian hymns are accompanied by the beating of drums and Kigelegele, the high-pitched sounds made by women.

After the Mass, traditional dances are held outside of the church. Then people return home to continue their celebrations with local food and drinks.
The Easter Bunny or Easter Hare (sometimes Spring Bunny in the U.S. is a character depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs, who sometimes is depicted with clothes. In legend, the creature brings baskets filled with colored eggs, candy and sometimes also toys to the homes of children on the night before Easter. The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets in a designated place or hide them somewhere in the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up in the morning.
The Easter Bunny is a counterpart to the Santa Claus of Christmas, as they both bring gifts to children on the night before their respective holiday. It was first mentioned in  Georg Franck von Frankenau's De ovis paschalibus (About the Easter Egg) referring to an Alsace tradition of an Easter Hare bringing Easter Eggs. Eggs, like rabbits and hares, are fertility symbols of antiquity. Since birds lay eggs and rabbits and hares give birth to large litters in the early spring, these became symbols of the rising fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox.

فِصْح سعيد                      Arabic                                                    
Καλό Πάσχα                Greek
Felices Pascuas              Spanish
C праздником Пасхи   Russian
Paşte fericit                    Romanian
Joyeuses Pâques            French
復活節快樂              Chinese (Mandarin)
Buona Pasqua               Italian 
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 GLOSSARY
Cross bun

Kanga clothes
Kigelegele (high-pitched sound made by women)
 

Friday, 8 April 2011

EARTH DAY

Facts

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and was first held on April 22, 1970.
An organization took it international in 1990.
Earth Day is now coordinated globally and is celebrated in more than 175 countries.
In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY.

Lexis Schools of Languages have scheduled classroom and out of the classroom activities to involve the students to plant a tree, a vegetable or flower garden, to create art from things we normally throw away etc. All these activities are incorporated in the English classes.



If you want to learn more about the world in an attractive way, go to:
Konica for teens and teachers
KONICA MINOLTA
Konica for young learners
http://www.konicaminolta.com/kids/endangered_animals/?cid=00K1103Lgoogle_kids 


Photos by courtesy of Lexis Casin and Lexis Pitesti, Romania 
                                                                      

Friday, 1 April 2011

Poetry for Kids Dreaming of Summer - A Poem by Kenn Nesbitt








Isn't this poem great? Don't you feel like leaving now? There isn't much time left. Our recommendation:


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Sunday, 13 March 2011

New updates




New lists of idioms have been added to The English Idiom PAGE.
Are you preparing for English language examinations? TOEFL, ESL, IELTS?
You'll definitely need to understand and be able to use American or British English idioms.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Friday, 4 March 2011

When God Made Moms

By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An Angel appeared and said "Why are you spending so much time on this one"? And the Lord answered and said, "Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands."
The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No Way!" said the Angel.
The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!"
"And that's just on the standard model?" The Angel asked.
The Lord nodded in agreement, "Yes, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head, are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."
The Angel tried to stop the Lord."This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."
"But I can't!" the Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower."
The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord."
"Yes, she is soft",the Lord agreed,"But I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?" asked the inquisitive Angel.
The Lord smiled and replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate."
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."
"That's not a leak." The Lord objected. "That is a tear!"
"What's the tear for?the Angel asked.
The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."
The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Truly, you do all things well... Moms are truly amazing!"
Happy Mother's Day!
By Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)                                                                          American humourist(novelist and columninst)

                                                                                     

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Excerpts from CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE (Part 8)

SUMMER CAMP IN ENGLAND
A unique experience by Sorina Ristea (Lexis Mozart)

I had never been abroad or flown before. I had never been away alone before. Everything started on July 25th 2005 when, at 4 a.m. we boarded the British Airways plane that took us to England. After a three-hour delightful flight we landed on Gatwick Airport, we got on the coach which was waiting for us and were driven about fifty kilometers south of London to the campus of Reading University where we stayed for seven days.

Once arrived there, we were provided accommodation in a hostel called Winchcombe in cosy single rooms overlooking a nice meadow, each one with its own shower room. Lunch was served soon afterwards, then we were tested concerning our English level and finally the groups each of us belonged to were displayed in front of the canteen.

What impressed me the most during our seven-day stay in Reading were the diversity of the programme and the very efficient use of time so that, during the day, there was enough room for these classes of English, three meals, plenty of sports, not to mention the terrific dancing evenings in the Junior Common Room – the students’ club for the campus. Another thing as impressive as the ones mentioned above was our safety protection assured twenty-four hours a day. During this period, one-day excursions to Brighton, Stonehenge, Stratford-on-Avon ( Shakespeare’s birthplace) and Oxford were also organized, where we covered as many sightseeing objectives as possible, What a pity that the days were so short! If only time had been more generous with us! If only the days had been longer so that we could have seen and visited more lovely places!

Unfortunately, the last day in Reading came and ended up with the Diploma Awarding Ceremony and with an artistic programme whose two peak moments were the General Knowledge Quiz – when the students vied with teachers, and the teachers’ singing Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. They were dressed up like students and were conducted by the director of the University who acted as their teacher. It was terrific and absolutely exciting and everybody was exhilarating. Everybody felt like saying: “stay for ever moment, you are so beautiful!” At the very end of the festival we took pictures, swapped addresses and phone numbers with our newly-made foreign friends, and said our farewell to them, We were really sorry it was our last evening there… But, anyway, the best was yet to come – that is the unforgettable extraordinary London experience.

After a pleasant journey, the final destination was reached and nobody could believe their eyes – we were in front of the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square, waiting to receive accommodation. After a short while, this happened and, because it was too late to visit something that day, we just took a stroll in the surrounding area. Not vainly does it keep on being said that “he who is tired of London is tired of life”. I felt it myself during the two-day sightseeing tour in this marvellous cosmopolitan city. There was so much to do and see that you couldn’t even feel the time passing by.

On the first day we visited the British Museum – a real treasure of culture, history and civilization – Trafalgar Square, where we admired that huge statue surrounded by lions, Covent Garden with its famous Odeon Theatre and caught a glimpse of the Prime Minister’s 10, Downing Street residence. The climax of our first-day London tour was walking along the road that links Trafalgar Square to the Queen’s Capital City Residence – Buckingham Palace. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye – a big wheel on top of which a panorama of the city can be seen – were other tourist attractions we couldn’t definitely miss.

On the second day, our visits to Madame Tussaud’s the wax works museum – and to the Planetarium – a kind of cinema having its screen on the ceiling and where we were shown a fifteen-minute documentary about our solar system, not to mention visiting the inside of Westminster Abbey – the most impressive cathedral in London, where the most important events in the royal family took place, as well as shopping for souvenirs and presents in Regent street were some of the most attractive points on our itinerary. Not only was I impressed by being in London – the city of my dreams – and by everything I had seen and visited there, but what really tugged at my heartstrings was the Londoners’ kindness, generosity, helpfulness, innate politeness.

My unique experience ended on August 3rd at Windsor where we made a tour of the city and visited the inside of the Royal Castle. On the next day, we landed on Otopeni International Airport, but even if everybody was happy to see their parents, friends and relatives after a ten-day absence, we looked like waken up from a ten-day wonderful dream. I was in the same mood myself, and it was only after a couple of weeks that I realized I had been in England indeed and, unfortunately, everything was over. It’s been over half a year since then now, and whenever I look at the photos taken their in England – assuredly this happens very often – they remind me of the very best of my unique English experience. I do hope I will visit England again one day.



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