You feel a fierce desire to post something in English but you don't want to scare off your @friends? Here's a special blog for it!

The rules are:
1. No Russian language here.
2. No fighting and abusing and bad words using. Wow, a poem.
3. Okay, you can use bad words but only if you really feel like it.
4. No "Gosh man your English sucks" comments.
5. No Daleks are allowed.
6. Mark your posts using tags this way: @yournicknamehere
7. Enjoy!

The owners are Literally L. and Natalie as is. A decent design is coming.
multitran google

Blog about differences between British and American English

Separated by a Common Language.

It doesn't talk about obvious and well-known differences (like 'cell' and 'mobile' or 'pants' and 'trousers'), but rather about less obvious and often quite unexpected differences like 'pumps' and 'court shoes' or meaning of 'dressing' (it could mean both 'seasoning' and 'stuffing', imagine that!).

The blog also has some pretty awesome people following it so make sure to check the comments section as well!

@темы: links


apple blossom
does any of you, nice people, have a tumblr blog?

@темы: question


Live. Die. Repeat.
Hello there!

I've been browsing the Intenet and found an article that read Today Realore is known as a successful developer and publisher that provides a full range of services including games' producing, distributing and marketing.

And this "games' producing" feels wierd to me, I'm not sure you can write so. And it really stuck to me, but different grammar readings don't quite help.
What do you think?

@темы: question



hi, guys. I`ve read this russian post and thought that we could do the same in english. why not? It`s really interesting.
tell 5-10 facts about your friends or relatives. you can do it in any form you like
my friends

@темы: good mood


For people ailing to pass TOEFL

TOEFL IBT experience description.
Might be useful for people unsure of themselves (there're good preparation tactics mentioned) and people very sure of themselves too (hidden stones and ways to prepare for them).

Might be also useful to people taking other tests.


Lynn Visson "Where Russians Go Wrong in Spoken English"

Wonderful avva recommended a good book about troubles Russians have with English language. It's not about grammar or pronunciation, but about differences in cultural background and mentality, lack of knowledge about American lifestyle and unspoken traditions.

It seems a little bit outdated, but still will be a big help for someone wishing to understand English beyond word-for-word translation.

@темы: books


John Browns body
Макс Планк смотрит на тебя, как на дерьмо
I know it's not exactly the right place to post this question, but since you're so nice and speak English...
So guys.
How does one deal with Analytical Writing section of GRE, if said one, while otherwise talented (read: math geek), couldn't put two words together even in native language even to save her life? The only plan I could come up with is pretty similar to this

@темы: question


I have two questions))

1) Does anybody have a blog (besides this one) where he or she writes in English? Maybe you're on blogger or LJ... or whatever)))
Let's gather;-)

2) Do you watch any series in the original? What are they?)

@темы: question, suggestion


Нет ничего более вечного, чем то, что обмотано синей изолентой.
Um, today in my English class we found some mismatch in use of closing phrases in letters, "Yours sincerely" and "Yours faithfully". The Oxford Dictionary said that the first is used to close letter when recipient is addressed by name and the second is used when he is not. But in workbook they were used the other way. And I also stumbled upon similar usage at one English site. Can someone explain this to me?

@темы: question


hello, guys.
is there anybody, who aren`t sleeping now too? why?

@темы: good mood


молодой динамично развивающийся
Listen, if A.O. “Nashville’s-the-Greatest-Movie-Ever” Scott can recommend a film aimed at video-game-junkie twentysomethings, whose themes and characters are as important to him as a Surgeon General’s Warnings is to Don Draper, there’s probably something there.

Please help me understand what the HELL does it mean.

The quote is taken from this article --

upd: another mystery solved

@темы: question


Kate Fox - Watching the English

Would anyone be interested in reading this wonderful book together? Perhaps by posting parts of it to the community and discussing it in the comments?

Kate Fox is an anthropologist who devoted her life to the research of various aspects of English life. She started out mostly focusing on violent behaviour and studying of unusual groups of people, such as horse-racers, but this book, Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, is mostly about hidden, everyday stuff that people tend to overlook, ignore or not wonder about.


Small sample of the text

I highly recommend this book even if no one is interested in public reading. It's very entertaining and smart, and will make you laugh more often than not.

@темы: suggestion


Жизнь бьет ключом... больно и по голове!
I read book. My English isn't perfect and I can't translate this phrase - strands of long.
who know how it songs on Russian? All phrase - I woke up, strands of long, dark hair sticking to my forehead.
I can understand approximately translate "strands of long" here. But may be this is idiom, and I don't know it.

@темы: books, question


Мегакрендель: заколебарь, жаболекарь, зомболекарь, лежебокарь
Some completely useless (but nevertheless funny) information from Wikipedia:

Jigging, not to be confused with gigging, is the practice of fishing with a jig.
Gigging, not to be confused with jigging, is a practice of hunting suckers, flounder or frogs with a gig.


Let's talk about weather!

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." - Sir James Dewer
Hiya, guys!

I'm kind of new fellow in your group. I know, everybody hates these endless greetings for the hell of it but don't worry. I'm not one of them, I've got a very good topic to discuss.
Weather! :gigi:
Well, yeah, you can remark that it's outdated and pretty boring but let's put it this way: each of us will write the temperature in his city down, say how it affects him or her (any complaints are acceptable (in the network of this community)) and dream about the temperature she or he would like to have instead of present one. How does it sound?

I'll be first.
It's about 25 degrees below zero in Saint-Petersburg. Very cold. I feel frozen all the time. Would you like to know how many clothes I'm wearing in order to keep myself warm? )))) Absolutely unbelievable quantity of calid clothes! Two pair of socks among them)))

The worst is the situation in my college. They say the central heating system is working but we don't feel it. We have terribly cold classrooms and lessons seem to go on forever. At home you can overload yourself with hot tea or coffee and bury in warm blankets. Obviously, you cannot do it at study. Besides, we are not allowed to wear overclothes inside. Absolutely stupid rule in these weather conditions, don't you think? We are breaking the rule, of course, but it's not very helpful. We still feel cold and it makes us to play hooky. :D I'm so grateful that I'm not working at the moment. You're not allowed to play hooky at work, are you?

So, it's understandable that right now I'd like to be in California or in some warm place in Australia. :lip: Actually, I'd like to live there all the time, not temporarily. :shuffle2: Would you like to live in another country, by the way, or do you like your native country no matter what?

@темы: lytdybr


Sad story or source of entertainment: Russian with English grammar and vice versa

You know that you have had enough English around you when you say: «ты делаешь меня выглядеть маленьким».

Raise your hand those who caught themselves mixing up two languages' grammar after a particularly intense dive into other culture!

@темы: @smallq, question


Good day everyone)

Жизнь бьет ключом... больно и по голове!
I read what you wrote and understand... I'm stupid... When I was in America, I understood most than now. Need to read a books on English and remember.
Sorry for my English. :shy:
And I need your help. I have a written test. I made all tasks except one. Have a sentence, need write questions to each word. It's easy!- think I, but this sentence so foolish...

"Today England is one of the leading countries in the world"

1. When do England is one of the leading countries in the world? Is it correct?
2. Which countries is one of the leading countries in the world?
3. Which England is Today?..

Don't now. What else? Is it correct? Yes, I now, it's easy, but not with this sentence((

@темы: question


A poll))

Got a question)) I think everyone understand that all of us make mistakiiies from time to time. The question is: do we want others to rub our noses into the fact point them out?

Вопрос: Do we?
1. Yes 
15  (68.18%)
2. No 
1  (4.55%)
3. I'm a Dalek and I do not care. 
2  (9.09%)
4. ExTeRmInAtE! 
4  (18.18%)
Всего: 22

@темы: question


Мегакрендель: заколебарь, жаболекарь, зомболекарь, лежебокарь
Probably nobody of you knows the answer, but anyway. It's about algebra.

Well, you certainly know what a field is. I mean, a piece of land where some grass is growing and some sheep are grazing and so on. Now, in algebra a field is a set where two binary operations are defined and certain axioms are satisfied. For example, the real numbers form a field.

As you may know, in Russian (and in many other languages), just as in English, the same word is used for fields (in algebraic sense) and for grasslands. By the contrary, in such languages as German or Spanish (and, of course, not only there) mathematical fields are called bodies. You know, two legs and two arms (sometimes fewer), a head etc.

Does everybody know the origins of that field/body split?

Some additional confusion arises due to the fact that there is also a thing called body in Russian mathematical terminology (that's how they call a division ring).

P.S.: What the hell is a Dalek? How the hell do you pronounce it? Everybody seems to be talking about Daleks in this community.


Writing a story (sentence-by-sentence)

Making science sexy
And this is another game.
Here we write not a word, but a whole sentence.

I'll start.

It was around 5am when I forsed myself to open my eyes.

Speak out