Mother Nature is speaking (in Julia Roberts’ voice)!

Hi!

This video really blew my mind! Recently, due to some political and social affairs, I’ve had this overwhelming feeling that mankind has undertaken a wrong course of action and somehow our civilization is heading for self-destruction. A few days ago I came across the series of videos „Nature is Speaking” released by The Conservation International (http://www.conservation.org/nature-is-speaking/Pages/default.aspx). These seven videos are narrated by some film industry celebrieties who give voice to Nature components. We hear from Water, the Coral Reef, The Ocean, The Soil or The Rainforest (amazing Kevin Spacey!). I find these short films visually beautiful but most of all really powerful and thought-provoking. This video starring Julia Roberts as Mother Nature makes you realize the essential, the basic, the most crucial of all issues- the thing which apparently we have all forgotten about. Just watch it and bear this clear message in mind (please).

 

to thrive– kwitnąć, rozwijać się

to falter– osłabnąć, załamywać się, zachwiać się

aeons ago – całe wieki temu

species– gatunki

to starve– głodzić

to feed– karmić

soil– gleba, ziemia

stream– potok, strumień

to regard– brać kogoś pod uwagę, cenić, okazywać komuś szacunek

to disregard–  lekceważyć, nie zważać na coś, okazywać brak poszanowania

fate– los

to go on– trwać, kontynuować (istnienie)

to evolve– ewoluować, rozwijać się

 

Listen to JULIA ROBERTS As The Voice Of NATURE

“ Some call me Nature, others call me mother nature

I’ve been here for over four and a half billion years

Twenty-two thousand five hundred times longer than you

I don’t really need people but people need me

Yes, your future depends on me

When I thrive, you thrive

When I falter, you falter or worse (?)

But I’ve been here for aeons

I have fed species greater than you, and

I have starved species greater than you

My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests,

They all can take you or leave you

How you chose to live each day whether you regard or

disregard me doesn’t really matter to me

One way or the other your actions will determine your fate not mine

I am nature

I will go on

I am prepared to evolve

Are you?”

 

 

 

Spring is in the air:)

Hi folks!

Spring is almost here – definitely when you look out of the window you can spot the diffindeks 2erence. Warm wind, sunny and longer days and more cheerful people in the streets. Farewell to gloomy (ponury) and grey wintertime days. Just to say hello to the forthcoming season today we’re gonna learn two English proverbs related to a bird which is said to be a „badge” (oznaka, atrybut) of spring! Namely the swallow (jaskółka).

Hey ho, let’s go!

one swallow doesn’t make a summer- jedna jaskółka nie czyni wiosny

it’s best to be your own man– powiedziały jaskółki, że niedobre są spółki

Do remember these wise sayings!

Take care!

EE

indeks

Have we met before?

Hello English eaters!
SPforum_introduce_yourselfSince school started again a few weeks ago, it certainly is a great opportunity to meet a lot of new people and make friends for life🙂

But in order to do that, you have to know how to *introduce youselves*(=przedstawić się) properly and so *make a good impression*(=zrobić dobre wrażenie).

Remember the good old „Hi! What’s your name?” and „My name is…” to start with, and have a closer look at some less standard introductions.

1. *I’m so pleased to meet you!*(=Bardzo miło mi cię poznać!) – have you just been introduced to a new person and you want to tell them how nice it is meeting them? Well, this is just the right phrase to use on such an occasion!

2. *I’ve heard so much about you!*(= Tyle o tobie słyszałem/am!)– in case the person you’re being introducedkeep calm to is well known, this is just the right English small talk phrase to tell them during the introduction!

3. *I’d like you to meet someone!*(=Chcę ci/wam kogoś przedstawić) – this is a typical way of introducing a new person to one or more people.

4. *I am indeed! And you must be…*(=Tak, to ja! A ty to pewnie…) – when someone else approaches you and calls you by your name, and you’re pretty sure who that person is, this is the right English small talk phrase to use: “Hello, is it Mark?” – “I am indeed! And you must be James!?”

5. *Please, call me…*(=Mów mi…) – a few minutes into the conversation with a new person you may want to lighten up the mood by giving the other person a permission to call you by your name or a more friendly version of your name: “And by the way Michael…” – “Please, call me Mike!”

6. *Have we met before?*(=Czy my się skądś nie znamy?) – in case you really don’t recognize the person saying hello to you, you can use this phrase to ask them if you’ve met before. Yes, it’s a bit awkward, but there’s really no better way of putting it!

That’s it for today.
Have fun meeting new people and remember to always be polite!

Autumn is here!

Hi Guys! Autumn is here! 12003244_792347127542440_5858839965148518120_n

Below you have a list of autumnal words to practice for today:

Acorn – żołądź
Autumn – jesień
Apple – jabłko
Brown – brązowy
Chestnut – kasztan
Colourful – kolorowy
Comfy – wygodny
Falling leaves – spadające liście
(REMEMBER! 1 leaf … but 2,3,4 and more leaves)
Foggy – mglisty
Golden – złoty
Hay – siano
Halloween
Harvest – zbiory, żniwa
Heater – grzejnik
Nuts – orzechy
Pumpkin – dynia
Rake – grabie
Rainy – deszczowy
Red – czerwony
Sunny – słoneczny
Warm – ciepły
Windy – wietrzny
Wollen sweater – wełniany sweter
Thanksgiving– Święto Dziękczynienia
Turkey – indyk
Umbrella – parasol
Yellow – żółty

Is autumn your favourite season of the year?

Be careful of false friends!

Hi guys!

We do hope you don’t have any false friends among your mates. Have you ever heard of false friends in English grammar? Well, they do exist and you need to be extremely careful with these words. False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects that may look (=wyglądać) or sound (=brzmieć) very similar (=podobnie), but their meaning is completely different!

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We chose some of the most common ones! Read them carefully and let never a false friend surprise (=zaskoczyć) you again!

actual – rzeczywisty, faktyczny
present, current – aktualny

chef – szef kuchni
boss – szef

dress – sukienka
tracksuitdres

eventually – ostatecznie, końcowo, koniec końców
alternatively – ewentualnie

extra – dodatkowy, zbędny
super, great – świetny, ekstra

genial – towarzyski, uprzejmy, miły
splendid, of genius – genialny

lunatic – wariat
sleepwalker/somnabulist – lunatyk

novel – powieść
novella/short story – nowela

receipt – paragon
prescription – recepta

wagon – wóz
car, carriage – wagon

Have a great day and lots of real and devoted friends in you life!

Really handy HAND-related vocabulary!

Hi guys!

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How are you doing? Today we’ve got a really HANDY video for you:) Again we strongly encourage you to learn some vocab with engvid.com! James has a new lesson on HAND-related vocabulary and expressions! Learn the names of all the fingers, plus some common idioms. Enjoy it!

handy– przydatny, praktyczny, użyteczny

Today is Women’s Day!

Hi there!

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Somewhere in between buying and getting chocolates, flowers (like tulips or roses), receiving beautiful wishes and taking part in various „women-only” events, go through the list of expressions connected with women prepared by English Eater for this special occasion.

1. That’s my girl! – by this exclamation you say that you are proud of someone.
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2. Superwoman – a woman of outstanding mental and physical abilities.
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3. The girl next door – an ordinary woman, who is not rich, famous etc.
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4. Mother wit – native intelligence; common sense.
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5. Girl thing – something that women do; something that appeals to women.
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6. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – a proverb which means that there is nothing as unpleasant as a woman who has been offended or whose love has not been returned.
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7. Cover girl – an attractive woman whose photograph is featured on a magazine cover, also used to describe beautiful women.
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8. A golden girl – someone who is successful and admired.
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9. Old wives’ tale – a proverb or piece of advice that is commonly accepted as truth and is handed down the generations, but is sometimes false.
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10. Old girl – a lively old lady.

Happy Women’s Day, Ladies!

10 lovely phrases which will definitely impress your date!

 

valentine-card-vector-setHi guys!
So…how was your Valentine’s Day? Did you go out with someone cute? For sure you did! Just to make your amorous skills even better here are 10 lovely words and phrases which will definitely impress your date (and not only on St. Valentine’s Day):

1. To flirt (verb)

If you flirt with someone, you want to show that you like them by what you say or how you act.

You can flirt in a few different ways by speaking e.g. “you look really cute today!” or by text or written communication (eg. “luved how u were smiling in class today xox.”).

Tip: When we write ‘love’ in text or instant messages we often write ‘luv’. This is not grammatically correct and does not exist in the dictionary, but when we write on Facebook, Twitter or text messages we want to be as short as possible. (e.g. ‘luv u’).

Extra Tip: When we sign a message with ‘xox’ it means hugs and kisses or we can just end a message with kisses ‘xxx.’

2. To have a crush on someone (phrase)

If you have a crush on someone, it means you like them A LOT and you would love the opportunity to be more than friends with them. Maybe you should try today ?

3. Would you like to go out with me?

Do you really like someone and want to spend more time with them? Perhaps you want to ask them to go to a movie or go for dinner, but you don’t know how? Never fear, this phrase is really simple and it’s the actual asking that’s more difficult.

4. Serenade (verb/noun)

Beautiful, starry night and a man playing the guitar and singing a serenade (a romantic piece of music) under your balcony? Yes, please!

5. Table for two (phrase)

A MUST if you want to impress your date in a restaurant! Order a table for two and enjoy your company and a candlelit dinner (romantic dinner with candles)!

6. Admirer (noun)

Admirer comes from the verb ‘admire’ and it refers to the person who respects or loves you. Sometimes on Valentine’s Day you may receive a Valentine’s Day card without a name, signed ‚from your secret admirer,’ too shy to reveal their true feelings and name.

7. Be Mine (phrase)

A real Casanova phrase! However, this is a common line in a Valentine’s Day card and it’s a cute way of saying “I’m into you!”

8. Darling (noun)

If you call someone ‚darling,’ it means that you like them. It’s another way of saying my ‘love’ or ‘babe’ or ‘sweetheart’.

9. Candy (noun)

Who doesn’t love candy? The word ‚candy’ refers to any kind of sweet or chocolate and if you’re partner has a sweet tooth (loves sweet things) then giving them a gift of candy on Valentine’s Day is ideal!

10. To fall in love (phrase)

To fall in love means that your feelings develop and you go from liking a person to having a much stronger more passionate feeling for them.

Have a LOVEly evening!

 

Zima, zima, zima…Are you snowbound?

Hi guys!

If you love winter sports, the weather this winter break is perfect for you! Check out some words and expressions connected with snow and cold (and don’t forget to dress warm when skiing, ice-skating or … just sitting at home in front of the fireplace!

a cold snap – a sudden period of extreme cold weather; (Polish: nagłe ochłodzenie)

ex: Each winter an unexpected cold snap surprises everyone.

black ice – a very thin coating of ice found on roads and sidewalks that is difficult to see, and therefore quite dangerous; (Polish: gołoledź)

ex: He slipped and fell down, because didn’t notice that the pavement was coated with black ice.

to hibernate – to sleep through the winter in order to reserve energy; (Polish: zapaść w sen zimowy)

ex: I think I could eat a lot and then hibernate all winter just to wake up in the spring.

snow drift – a deep pile of snow that builds up because of wind; (Polish: zaspa)

ex: Everytime I look out the window on Monday morning all I can see is a massive snow drift, and so I know that my dad overslept and didn’t manage to clear the driveway of snow. Again.

to be snowbound – to be stranded or unable to leave a place because of heavy snowfall; (Polish: zasypany śniegiem; odcięty od świata z powodu śniegu)

ex: Due to the heavy snowfall our house was snowbound, so we didn’t go to school and spent the day playing video games.

whiteout – to be unable to tell the difference between things because of an overabundance of snow; (Polish: brak widoczności z powodu śniegu, śnieżycy/zamieci lub mgły)

ex: I opened the door and all I saw was the world covered with white snow. It was a real whiteout !

Stay warm !

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