Happy New Year to All

0Прощаюсь с большинством из вас до окончания новогодних каникул, где-то 12 января или скоро после.

Если у кого повышенный энтузиазм – я к вашим услугам. В течение праздников буду в городе.

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На завтра, 29 декабря

Почитаем вот этот кусочек из гл. 8 “Алисы”:

She waited for some time without hearing anything more: at last came a rumbling of little cartwheels, and the sound of a good many voices all talking together: she made out the words: ‘Where’s the other ladder?—Why, I hadn’t to bring but one; Bill’s got the other—Bill! fetch it here, lad!—Here, put ’em up at this corner—No, tie ’em together first—they don’t reach half high enough yet—Oh! they’ll do well enough; don’t be particular—Here, Bill! catch hold of this rope—Will the roof bear?—Mind that loose slate—Oh, it’s coming down! Heads below!’ (a loud crash)—’Now, who did that?—It was Bill, I fancy—Who’s to go down the chimney?—Nay, I shan’t! You do it!—That I won’t, then!—Bill’s to go down—Here, Bill! the master says you’re to go down the chimney!’

‘Oh! So Bill’s got to come down the chimney, has he?’ said Alice to herself. ‘Shy, they seem to put everything upon Bill! I wouldn’t be in Bill’s place for a good deal: this fireplace is narrow, to be sure; but I think I can kick a little!’

She drew her foot as far down the chimney as she could, and waited till she heard a little animal (she couldn’t guess of what sort it was) scratching and scrambling about in the chimney close above her: then, saying to herself ‘This is Bill,’ she gave one sharp kick, and waited to see what would happen next.

The first thing she heard was a general chorus of ‘There goes Bill!’ then the Rabbit’s voice along—’Catch him, you by the hedge!’ then silence, and then another confusion of voices—’Hold up his head—Brandy now—Don’t choke him—How was it, old fellow? What happened to you? Tell us all about it!’

Last came a little feeble, squeaking voice, (‘That’s Bill,’ thought Alice,) ‘Well, I hardly know—No more, thank ye; I’m better now—but I’m a deal too flustered to tell you—all I know is, something comes at me like a Jack-in-the-box, and up I goes like a sky-rocket!’

‘So you did, old fellow!’ said the others.

‘We must burn the house down!’ said the Rabbit’s voice; and Alice called out as loud as she could, ‘If you do. I’ll set Dinah at you!’

There was a dead silence instantly, and Alice thought to herself, ‘I wonder what they will do next! If they had any sense, they’d take the roof off.’ After a minute or two, they began moving about again, and Alice heard the Rabbit say, ‘A barrowful will do, to begin with.’

‘A barrowful of what?’ thought Alice; but she had not long to doubt, for the next moment a shower of little pebbles came rattling in at the window, and some of them hit her in the face. ‘I’ll put a stop to this,’ she said to herself, and shouted out, ‘You’d better not do that again!’ which produced another dead silence.

Alice noticed with some surprise that the pebbles were all turning into little cakes as they lay on the floor, and a bright idea came into her head. ‘If I eat one of these cakes,’ she thought, ‘it’s sure to make some change in my size; and as it can’t possibly make me larger, it must make me smaller, I suppose.’

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Провел первый урок по Скайпу. Не страшно

Занятие прошло на удивление легко. Технических проблем минимум. Барьера особо не чувствуется.

Так что готов, если надо, заниматься по скайпу. Обращайтесь.



Tuesday, Dec. 22 2015

This Tuesday we’ll read the following part from Chapter IV (The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill) of Alice in Wonderland. Here:

‘Mary Ann! Mary Ann!’ said the voice. ‘Fetch me my gloves this moment!’ Then came a little pattering of feet on the stairs. Alice knew it was the Rabbit coming to look for her, and she trembled till she shook the house, quite forgetting that she was now about a thousand times as large as the Rabbit, and had no reason to be afraid of it. Continue reading

For Tuesday, Dec. 8 2015

(1) Читаем вслух. По очереди. Задача – научиться говорить громко и четко. Просьба распечатать.

CHAPTER IV. The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill

It was the White Rabbit, trotting slowly back again, and looking anxiously about as it went, as if it had lost something; and she heard it muttering to itself ‘The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets! Where can I have dropped them, I wonder?’ Alice guessed in a moment that it was looking for the fan and the pair of white kid gloves, and she very good-naturedly began hunting about for them, but they were nowhere to be seen—everything seemed to have changed since her swim in the pool, and the great hall, with the glass table and the little door, had vanished completely.

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Ситуативные диалоги

Давайте во вторник попробуем разыграть диалоги. Вот вам наборы фраз к различным ситуациям: в аптеке, при посещении доктора, в такси.

At the pharmacy

– Hi, how may I help you?
– Hi there, I’d like to pick up a prescription.
–  Alright, give me the doctor’s note.
–  Here it is.
– Alright, one moment please.
– Also, there’s something else I wanted.
– Alright, what do you need?
– Do you have any anti-itch medication?
– What kind of itch is it?
– It’s itches due to bug bites.
– Oh, okay. There’s some down the third aisle.
– Alright. What does it look like?
– Well, there are many brands. Some can be used for more than just bug bites.
– Cool, thank you!
– I’ll have your prescription drugs ready shortly.
– Thanks! Hm, my daughter hurt her wrist the other day. Maybe I should get a brace for it.
– There are some bandages and braces over there, if you’d like to take a look.
– Okay, I think I will. The pharmacy sure has a lot of helpful things.
– Yes, it does. Do you own an emergency first aid kit?
– No, I don’t. Should I get one?
– Yes, you should. They’re extremely helpful. In fact, let me get one for you from the back.
– Perfect, thanks! I wonder if I need anything else…
– Well, if you need anything, you can always come in and ask.
– Alright, thanks. Is my prescription ready?
– Yeah, here it is. You’re all set!
– Alright, thank you!
– Have a nice day!

(Взято с http://www.multimedia-english.com/videos/lesson/-pharmacy-model-conversation-eslconversation-4487)

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Welcome to Uncle Pasha’s class

Вот уже год, как каждый вторник, по вечерам, в самом центре Кандалакши, работают курсы английского языка для взрослых. Ведет их преподаватель с 20-летним опытом работы и канадским образованием, Павел Владимирович Войтинский. Стать его учеником может человек любого возраста и с любым уровнем начальной подготовки. Единственное требование к ученикам – мотивация. Если вы вам действительно нужно знать английский, если вы действительно хотите его знать – Welcome to Uncle  Pasha’s class.

На занятиях "вторничной" группы

На занятиях “вторничной” группы

Каждое занятие продолжается 1,5 часа и состоит из нескольких блоков.

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По каким материалам учат английский москвичи

Во время своей недавней поездки в столицу зашел в пару книжных магазинов и посмотрел, какие учебники нынче в ходу.

Рад отметить, что “тяжелая” грамматика уступила место ситуационным подборкам фраз. Обилие учебников типа разговорников. Наборы карточек со словами.

Чтение художественной литературы провозглашено “методом”, изданы книги с обильными комментариями и словарями.

Много неадаптированных книг.

Так что мы тут вполне в тренде.

Был бы в Кандалакше спрос, я бы накупил книг и пособий. Но т.к. работаю я с 7 человеками максимум, не решился тратить деньги потенциально впустую. Сейчас, по возвращении, вроде как и жалею.

(Исхожу из того, что предложение более-менее отражает спрос, а не успех продавца в обеспечении своему товару заметного места на полках.)

Business as usual starting Thursday

В четверг утром возвращаюсь в Кандалакшу. Соответственно, приглашаю всех желающих возобновить занятия. В частности, “вторничная” группа встречается в обычном режиме, в 18:30, со вторника, 20 октября.

В Москве числа до 20-го, но на связи

и призываю учащихся пользоваться консультационной поддержкой дистанционно. А то за три недели все забудется. Пишите (manfriday@yandex.ru), спрашивайте, можно по скайпу провести сессию (Uncle_Pasha_2011).