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.
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17:34 

Aand here we go)))

The First Post)) Here we go with our blog where everyone can write about everything he or she wants to write about with only one condition - it should be in English))
Got any questions, complaints, suggestions, compliments on our universal wisdom and awesomeness? speak out))

18:44 

Cherina
Чертовски упрямая маленькая птичка. (c)
I've read the rules. Clause 7 is really good. I do like it. But how can you see, whether members and guests obey it or not?

19:21 

.Natalie
Making science sexy
So, guys, what are you reading now?
Anything in English?

As for me, I am reading trying to start reading 'The Dune' and listening to 'P.S. I love you' in an audiobook version.
Plus - yeah - I keep reading too many blogs, which slowly kills my English. Because the most common words in my vocabulary now are "sucks", "awesome", etc.
It seems like I REALLY forgot all the proper synonyms of "it sucks".

19:41 

Writing a story together (word-by-word)

.Natalie
Making science sexy
Let's create a story word-by-word.

I start. The next player adds 1 word, the next one adds another, etc.

Once

19:43 

Writing a story (sentence-by-sentence)

.Natalie
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.

21:46 

Заболекарь
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.

12:58 

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

18:37 

Good day everyone)

Dead-Elka
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

02:35 

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

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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

23:42 

Let's talk about weather!

jeezjess
"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

02:15 

Заболекарь
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.

12:50 

Dead-Elka
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

03:09 

Kate Fox - Watching the English

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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.

Contents

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

01:44 

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 -- goo.gl/2UHr

upd: another mystery solved

@темы: question

00:08 

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

@темы: good mood

17:51 

Moonique
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

02:19 

Hey!)
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

05:00 

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

18:16 

Lynn Visson "Where Russians Go Wrong in Spoken English"

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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

18:48 

For people ailing to pass TOEFL

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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.

Speak out

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