Google+

English for everyone

Monday is a Lucky Day

Monday is a Lucky Day

Monday is a Lucky Day


Monday is a Lucky Day by Yuri Teplyakov
from the magazine Youth
“Wind north-west, hurricane force. Vessel heavily coated with ice. Losing stability. Engines working at capacity.
Just before putting out to sea the captains of the fishing trawlers received a storm warning.
“If you run into trouble make for Russkaya Bay.”
But, there it is, in black on white, on the sea-going fishing vessel’s lienee: No limitations. That means you can sail off to any point on the oceans of the world. How are you going to get there if you spend your time waiting around for good weather? A storm? So what. After all, the heart of your ship throbs with the power of 300 horses and there are no limitations on your grazing grounds.
More »

How Kangaroo Got His Tail

How Kangaroo Got His Tail

How Kangaroo Got His Tail


How Kangaroo Got His Tail. Australian folktale
Long ago, before kangaroos had long tails and before wombats had flat heads, the animals played and lived together.
Kangaroo and Wombat were great friends and spent every day together. But at night each one liked to sleep a different way. Wombat liked to sleep indoors, warm and snug. Kangaroo liked to sleep outdoors beneath the stars. Each thought his way of sleeping was the best.
Then one night a terrible storm cracked open the sky, and harsh winds and rain scoured the land. Kangaroo was outside and was miserable in the cold, wet night. He knocked on Wombat’s house and called to Wombat to let him come in and warm up. But Wombat thought of how much room Kangaroo would take up, so he refused to let him in.
More »

Key to the Door by Sergei Voronin

Key to the Door by Sergei Voronin

Key to the Door by Sergei Voronin


from the magazine NEVA
Sergei Voronin was born in 1913. After finishing a technical school at the Leningrad Metal Works, he became a turner, and then worked with geological expeditions, and in journalism. In 1947 his first volume of short stories was published. He has written a full- length novel, On His Own Soil and a shorter one, Unwanted Fame.

So that was all. . . All that was left to do was to close the door and take the key from the lock. Right until that moment she had still been hoping. Perhaps he would come. Just come to see how they were getting on. After all, between them there had been something that would never be forgotten.
The room was quite empty. It was time to go. It was a gloomy room, the sun came in only in early morning, and that was in summer, no other time of year … Then it shone in at 5 a.m. At first it lit up the right-hand side and then the whole room was filled with golden air.
“What’s the time,” he glanced at his watch.
It was five.
“Must you go?”
“It doesn’t really matter now …”
“Why not?”
More »

Do not blame the moon

Do not blame the moon

Do not blame the moon


Don’t blame the moon by Lev Sukharevsky, M.D.
A frantic mother brought her 10-year-old son to the children’s clinic. “There’s something wrong with the boy. He’s talking in his sleep. Sometimes he sits up in bed and even walks about the room. His eyes are open but he doesn’t see a thing.”
The boy had all the symptoms of somnambulism—a rather complicated disorder. Before describing the treatment the boy was given, I would like to say something about the disease itself.
Ilya Mechnikov, the Russian physiologist, demonstrated that the human body, while continuing to improve and develop, retains a number of vestigial organs and latent instincts—something inherited from the anthropoid ape, our remote ancestor. According to Mechnikov, sleepwalking—or in the scientific term, somnambulism—is one of these manifestations.
More »

The boy who yawned by Yuri Yakovlev

Yuri Yakovlev

Yuri Yakovlev

He would yawn infuriatingly during lessons. He would screw up his eyes, wrinkle his nose and open great gaping jaws. After that he would shake his head vigorously to drive away sleep, and gaze intently at the blackboard. In a few minutes he would yawn again.
“Why do you keep yawning?” Zhenechka asked, convinced it was from boredom. There was no point in continuing her questioning, for he was one of those silent souls.
One day he brought a bunch of slender twigs into the classroom and put them in a jar of water. Everyone laughed at his twigs and somebody even tried to sweep the floor with them as if they were a birch broom.
He took them away and put them back in water. Every day he changed it.
Zhenechka laughed at him, too.
More »

The Third Son — Short Story by Andrei Platonov

The Third Son - Short Story by Andrei Platonov

The Third Son — Short Story by Andrei Platonov


A Short Story by Andrei Platonov from the book In the Beautiful and Violent World
An old woman living in a small town had died, and her husband, a seventy-year-old pensioner, was at the telegraph office sending out to six different addresses in various republics six identical telegrams: “Mother passed away come home father.”
The elderly clerk took her time counting the money, getting confused over the change, her hands shaking as she wrote out the receipts. Then she stamped them. The old man gazed meekly at her through the wooden hatch, vague thoughts flitting through his head as he tried to distract himself from his sorrow. He felt that she, too, had a sad and troubled heart—perhaps she was a widow or by some evil fate a wife deserted by her husband.
More »

Interesting riddles in English

Interesting riddles in English

Interesting riddles in English


1. A man removed the hands and the face. He cleaned and oiled them, then put them back in place. How is that possible? — Мужчина снял руки и лицо. Он очистил и смазал их, а затем поставил их на место. Как это возможно?

2. There were two spies escaping from the enemy over the Alps into neutral Switzerland during the war. As they began to feel safe, one spy starts to tell the other what he found out in enemy territory. The other tells him to speak quietly.
“Why?”, asks his friend a little perplexed. “There’s nobody around for miles. I could scream and not a soul would hear us up here!”
“Ah,” replied the other, “haven’t you heard? There are mountain ears!”
What mountain ears? What did he mean?
More »

Phrasal verbs — Фразовые глаголы

Phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs

act on — влиять, действовать на
act out — притворяться, изображать

add up — иметь смысл
add up to — составлять

allow for — 1) учитывать, вводить поправку; 2) выделять, предоставлять
allow of — допускать

answer back — отвечать грубо, дерзить в ответ, огрызаться
answer for — отвечать за / нести ответственность за что-либо
answer to — 1) соответствовать; 2) откликаться, реагировать
More »

Proper Name Idioms and Their Origins

Proper Name Idioms and Their Origins

Proper Name Idioms and Their Origins

Aaron’s rod — жезл Аарона; символ власти; страсть к обогащению
В культуре израильтян жезл был естественным символом власти, как инструмент использовался пастухом для управления и руководства своим стадом. Жезлы, как Моисея, так и Аарона, старшего брата Моисея и пророка Божьего, были наделены чудотворной силой во время эпидемий чумы в Египте. Во время Седьмого Исхода Бог посылает Моисея и Аарона к фараону, наставляя Аарона, что, когда фараон потребует чуда, он должен бросить свой жезл, и тот станет змеем. Когда он это сделал, колдуны фараона аналогичным образом бросили свои жезлы, которые также превратились в змей, но жезл-змей Аарона поглотил их всех. Уолт Уитмен (1819-1892), американский поэт, эссеист и журналист, говорит о нашем времени: «Змея мага в басне поглотила всех других змей, а зарабатывание денег – это наш магический змей, который остался единственным хозяином поля». Д. Х. Лоуренс (1885-1930), английский писатель, поэт, драматург, эссеист, литературовед и живописец, назвал свой роман «Жезл Аарона» (1922). Жезл Аарона так же является названием для различных цветущих растений.
More »

Вербицкая М. В. Forward. Английский язык для 11 класса. Unit 10

11 klass ForwardВербицкая М. В. Forward. Английский язык для 11 класса. Unit 10 Newsworthy? – Заслуживает внимания?

Read, listen and talk about news and media, photography, films. — Читайте, слушайте и говорите о новостях и СМИ, фотографии, фильмах.
Practise quantifiers; singular and plural nouns. – Практикуйте определители количества; существительные единственного и множественного числа.
Focus on taking notes while listening, presentation skills: emphasis. — Сосредоточьтесь на заметках во время прослушивания, навыках презентации: подчеркивание.
Write a report. – Напишите доклад.

a ‘Journalism is literature in a hurry’. Matthew Arnold, British writer — «Журналистика — это литература в спешке». Мэтью Арнольд, британский писатель

b ‘The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.’ Thomas Jefferson, American president — «Человек, который ничего не читает, лучше образован, чем человек, который ничего не читает, кроме газет». Томас Джефферсон, американский президент
More »

Страница 1 из 6412345...102030...Последняя »