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  • Good mobile phone manners / Lifetime
  • Robert Downey Jr. Is Back On Track / Cinema
  • Nomenclature of ROCK BAND / Music
  • Being American / Сultural differences
  • Advertising / Business english
Good mobile phone manners

Good mobile phone manners / Lifetime

Modern technology may have provided us with mobile phones and the convenience of instant communication, but it’s also created a lot more ways to irritate or offend. The ways in which this indispensable little gadget can cause offence are legion.

Robert Downey Jr. Is Back On Track

Robert Downey Jr. Is Back On Track / Cinema

At 43, he’s a witty, charming, fun-loving, entirely off-slant kind of guy who got his start in mid-Eighties teen comedies like Weird Science and Back to School, spent a year on Saturday Night Live during its worst season ever, received his best early notices playing a doomed drug addict in Less Than Zero and then hit the Oscar-nominated big time with Chaplin, in 1992. For about 20 years, he was also a Hollywood profligate of the first water, a thoroughly doped-up Absolut-loving wastrel.

Sherlock Holmes: 5 Things You Didn't Know about him

Sherlock Holmes: 5 Things You Didn't Know about him / Cultperson

If we measure an author by the vitality of his characters – how much they “come to life” – then Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sits alone at the top. Through pastiches, parodies, scholarly research, and more, fans of Conan Doyle and his iconic creation, master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, have animated the characters and events of the 60 Sherlockian stories written by him to a degree that would make Frankenstein jealous.

Nomenclature of ROCK BAND

Nomenclature of ROCK BAND / Music

Most of the bands often have very unusual name, we have tried to list the origins of some popular bands both past and present.


AC/DC – 1) It is said that one of the band member saw it on an appliance and thought it had something to do with power. (It does mean “alternating current / direct current”.)  The band used it not realizing it was also slang for a bisexual - the band claims NOT to be bisexual.

How To Protect Yourself Against A Dog

How To Protect Yourself Against A Dog / For men

A dog may be man’s best friend, but even the most docile one can turn in the blink of an eye. No matter how much we tame and train them, so long as man is man and nature is nature, there will always be an underlying threat between the two. In fact, dog attacks account for 4.7 million injuries in the U.S. every year, with pit bulls, rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes being the most dangerous. Nonetheless, dogs are among the best pets you could own. In general, they are giving, playful creatures, and the loyal ones will risk their lives to guard their masters.

How to find a good guy (guy’s perspective)

How to find a good guy (guy’s perspective) / For women

Finding yourself a little bit lonely lately? Feel like you’re not good enough for any guy out there. You’re always “getting played” in the end? This guide will tell women how to attract a good man FROM A MAN’S POINT OF VIEW. I’m the “relationship” kind of guy, so this is the guy most of you girls are looking for.


What’s the Color of the Year?

What’s the Color of the Year? / Fashion

As a person who follows fashion, I’m always surprised at how trends materialize. I sometimes suspect that one winter night in 2003, all the shoe designers banded together and said, “From now on, everything will be pointy.” Or perhaps all the women’s-wear designers had a secret conclave where they decided that 2008 would officially be the Year of the Leggings. It’s amazing that from such a diverse bunch of designers, there seems to come an eerily similar group of styles, patterns, colors, and cuts. 

Being American

Being American / Сultural differences

We all know that apple pie, the Pac-Man phenomenon*, and colour without the ‘u’ are American, as are even more minor things, such as the pronunciation of ‘lieutenant’. However, the broader sorts of things aren’t generally well-recorded, unless you don’t look in encyclopedias and fact-guzzling guide books.
Americans may tell you that the United States of America was founded on independence, liberty and freedom. For many, these virtues and others -democracy (and with it, often, apathy), the principles set forth in the Bill of Rights and patriotism...

I teach my child English: How to make your child speak English?

I teach my child English: How to make your child speak English? / English for kids

Kids are very good at differentiating between languages. My three-year-old tot has his mother speaking English to him, father – Russian, and he goes to a daycare where they speak Ukrainian. He’s doing just fine. But as for answering me in English - that’s the real problem because the exposure is not enough.


Advertising / Business english

Advertising is a form of communication that typically attempts to persuade potential customers to purchase or to consume more of a particular brand of product or service.
Many advertisements are designed to generate increased consumption of those products and services through the creation and reinforcement of “brand image” and “brand loyalty”. Every major medium is used to deliver...

Morning Magic: Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm

Morning Magic: Why the Early Bird Gets the Worm / Health

I may not have been an early bird since birth, but after years of training myself to jump-start my day, my body naturally wants to get a move on as soon as it’s light outside. In fact, I’m now almost incapable of sleeping past 8 a.m. 

Let’s go Dutch?

Let’s go Dutch? / Idioms

Why not British or French or Chinese or German?


Why are there so many idioms containing “Dutch” in English? 
Basically, because the English disliked the Dutch. In the 17th century, England and the Netherlands were at each other’s throats. Both wanted maritime superiority for economic reasons, especially control of the sea routes from the rich spice islands of the East Indies. The Dutch were powerful... 


Top Names for Cats!

Top Names for Cats! / Vocabulary

What are the most popular pet names? For the second year in a row the name “Max” has taken top honors as the nation’s most popular pet name according to research by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI).

Fifteen Mangled and Misused Phrases

Fifteen Mangled and Misused Phrases / Word play

Much to the chagrin of English experts and grammar gurus across the country, there are some common colloquialisms that many people still can’t quite get right, thereby turning our idiomatic expressions into idiotic exclamations. Even though we’re finally homing in on some of our quirkier linguistic misfires, some people literally couldn’t care less about using these axioms properly, regardless of the consequences to our beloved language.

Knock-knock joke

Knock-knock joke / LifeUP

No-one is really sure where the original knock-knock jokes originated from. The best guess is that they are a form of ‘call and answer’ which were used to identify people by castle guards after dark in the Middle Ages.

The jokes are based on English wordplay and puns. To some extent knock-knock jokes can be sources of information on the cultural references, brand names, etc., assumed to be “known” within a given culture.

GAVIN HIGHLY (by Janet Frame)

GAVIN HIGHLY (by Janet Frame) / Fiction

Did it happen this way? The land lay like stone, and one night, all night long, rain pelteddown on it the way people, they say, hammerhard on a stone to find blood. And in the morning the land was cut in two by a deep flow of creek, clotted with red weed — Gavin Highly’s creek.

Разница в значении символов

Разница в значении символов / Nota bene

В сегодняшней сессии вопрос-ответов мы поговорим, в основном, о синонимах: разница и использование глаголов из групп синонимов со значениями хихикать, кричать, дрожать, хватать.

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