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Transcripts [Aug. 19th, 2006|05:22 pm]

Usually it is very helpful to watch a movie peeking into the transcript.
Here and here you can find some for a couple of movies named in the previous post, as well as for some that were not suggested but are good to use as a learning tool to master contemporary English (e.g.The Wedding Crashers)
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Movies that can help you to speak and understand English better [Aug. 19th, 2006|03:54 pm]

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Thursday August 17 2006 [Aug. 15th, 2006|03:05 pm]

Dear friends,
my account of our meeting on Thursday will follow later.

Now I would like to tell you that as planned, we will meet on August,  17 at 17.00 the same place.
The meeting is with a native speaker, participation fee is 60 sh. per 2 hours, PREPAYMENT IS A MUST (please contact me for details maria@isranet.info)

If you are willing to join us, please let me know.
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Articles with names of seasons [Aug. 8th, 2006|05:49 pm]


especially for sova_f 

the definite article (="the") is obligatory after the prepositions DURING, FOR, THROUGH

during THE summer 
(and this was the case, if you remember, I said that during the summer we are going to meet at a certain time, but couldn't explain, why I said "the summer" instead of "summer")

The family moved to the country FOR THE WINTER


If names of seasons are modified by the adjectives  LATE or EARLY, there is NO article:


You are welcome to write down your own sentences


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The price [Aug. 6th, 2006|03:56 pm]

I've contacted 18 native speakers today.
So, I am ready to answer the question that most of you asked me: How much will it cost?

About 60sh for a two-hour meeting
About 80 sh for a three hour meeting


without a native speaker it will be free
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A real-life joke [Aug. 6th, 2006|03:14 pm]


I have just finished talking to a native speaker who is considering joining us this week.
So, imagine us negotiating his "salary".

"Usually I charge xxx (yes, guys, it's a three digit sum) sh. per hour, I mean not per hour, but per 50 minutes. But I really don't know how much to charge you..." - he says
After a short pause he adds: "Well, you know...When I charge xxx per hour, I work with only one student, in your case, THE WORK WILL BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT, I WILL HAVE TO SPEAK MORE"

I couldn't help saying:

"Oh, yeah, speaking REALLY IS an extremely difficult job!"

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August Schedule [Aug. 3rd, 2006|12:18 am]

3.08.06 No meeting 


Topic: War evokes in us all kinds of feelings. Sometimes they are positive, sometimes they are negative. 
Let's practise expressing our feelings in a way other than simply saying "It's disgusting / It's great", or "I am sad" / I am happy" 
Let's speak idioms and phrasal verbs and play language games 

NB Those of you who possess digital cameras - please bring them, as we will need them for the game. 

The following links will help you to find the words and expressions you would like to brush up. 

Phrasal verbs - here 

Please feel free to add anything. 


Topic: Precious moments of our lives. 
Bring up to 5 pictures and share your stories with us. Refresh your knowledge of the Past tenses. 
Describe your nearest and dearest, using new adjectives, idioms  and verbs (appearance, character, etc) 
Learn about and introduce some interesting facts about precious moments in the history of the USA. 

Please feel free to add anything. 

24.08.06 No meeting 

31.08.06 No meeting
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(no subject) [Aug. 2nd, 2006|10:56 pm]


You have probably read about the idea.

It first came to reality thanks to  one of LJ users (I know his name - it's Dima -but I forgot the nickname, so, if you could help me with it - I'd really appreciate) who suggested we could meet in one of the conference rooms of his company in TA.
As at our first meetng the teacher was unaccessible we decided to stay at a cafe - coffee is tasty there, as well as cakes.
So, each of us briefly introduced him/herself, and we proceeded speaking about our hobbies and things we like.
It turned out none of us remembered how to say "загадывать" in English (I supposed there was no exact equivalent and said it would be something like "think of..." Later checked it and it really looks like I was right)
Then we discussed what each of those who came was expecting  from the meetings.
The product of our joint effort was the following
- there should be a certain goal clearly set at  each meeting (e.g. actively use 10 new idioms by the end of it )
- there should be a certain topic at each meeting
- the participants will make presentations 
- the focal point will be to actively use phrasal verbs and idioms
- we will play games.

If I forgot anything you are welcome to add to the list.

The second meeting was with a teacher and later some of us proceeded with it at the caffee (Have I mentioned the cakes?)
the result was:

лестничный пролет
I thought it was "a staircase/stairwell run", but upon looking it up in the dictionary found out it was just a staircase :-/

my idea was  something close to "commemoration", actually it was  - "a commemoration day"

Now try to guess what we were speaking about. 
There was a third word, however, I don't remember it...

After both meetings I was really happy - first and foremost  a start was given to the idea; secondly , I really appreciated the company of extremely bright, intelligent and nice people. (personally I learnedquite a lot - not only about English, but about other things)

Please, check  the schedule and the topic of our next meeting.

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(no subject) [Jul. 29th, 2006|07:30 pm]


Welcome to English Club.
We had our first two meetings in Tel Aviv on July, 20 and July, 27 2006, got acquainted, met the English speaker who was very nice to conduct the second meeting for free and discussed what English Club should be like.

It will take me a couple of days to post information to answer all your possible questions - so meantime please, note that
till the end of August 2006 our meetings in Tel Aviv will take place on Thursdays at 5 o'clock.

For any additional details you are welcome to contact me at maria@isranet.info

When joining the community please introduce yourself briefly and share your ideas  - both will be greately appreciated.

Thank you,

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