Monthly Archives: January 2013

Monday, Tuesday…

This song is great to learn how to listen to the lyrics.

First, here is a helpful picture.

Photo: poznáte písničku? :-)

Now, try to listen to the song and identify each of the pictures above.

The Cure – Friday I’m In Love

Thanks for the tip, Strawberry 🙂

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As you wish

 

Did you know that the word as can be used as three parts of the speech? preposition, conjunction and adverb? Me neither, but that is why we learn something new every day. Let’s dig in.

  • Adverb
    • It’s not as well made, but it’s twice as expensive. (extent or degree)
    • He was never seen as the boss, rather than as a friend. (manner or role)
  • Conjunction
    • As you wish, my lord. (in the same way)
    • As I came in, she left. (at the same time)
    • As it’s too late, I quit. (because)
  • Preposition
    • What is your opinion as a parent? (in the role of)
    • You are not as tall as me. (basis of comparison in the objective case)
    • On this issue they thought as one. (in a manner similar to)

I am not pretending that I understand how are the example sentences in the preposition different from sentences in adverbs or conjunctions. Both Wikitionary and The Free Dictionary agree on that though, so there you have it.

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Full of yourself?

This idiom might not mean anything pretty, but that doesn’t mean we should not be aware of what it mean.

full of oneself means thinking that you are very important in a way that annoys other people

  • “Ron couldn’t stop talking about his latest song. He is so full of himself.”
  • “Brooks could be pretty full of himself but, because he’s such a star, people were still thrilled to see him.”

Don’t use this idiom lightly, it might be quite offensive to people who find themselves on the other end of it. There is also a more direct (and, probably more offensive, even though you can hear it using jokingly) version :

full of it means to be completely wrong, false, or worthless.

  • “Oh, you’re so full of it, that just isn’t true!”
  •  “Sometimes he’s right, but on this topic, he really is just full of it.”

And of course, we need a little joke to remember our idiom of the day Smile

At Least They Keep Their Hubris Inside Themselves

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Why is six afraid of seven? Learn English by laughing at simple jokes

I really like classic American jokes for children. They are so simple, everybody knows them, but for someone who learn English as their second language, they are not just completely new and unexpected. They are a reward. If you know another language so well that you can understand the humor (even children humor), you are on the right track.

Many of the jokes for children are in the form of question and answer. It is similar in Czech, too, but I don’t remember having that many of these.  Let’s try few animal jokes.

Q: What do you call a bear with no ears?
A: “B”!

Q: What do you get from a pampered cow?
A: Spoiled milk.

Q: Why are teddy bears never hungry?
A: They are always stuffed!

Q: Where do polar bears vote?
A: The North Poll

See? Just reading the second joke, we learned that pamper is synonym with spoil, and that if a milk expires, it is called a spoiled milk. As you see, many of these jokes are based on how different words sound similar (homophones) or can mean many different things (homonyms and polysemes). The word “Pole” sounds similar as the word “Poll”.

Other jokes use very elementary knowledge, something all children know, such as the units of length, and use alternative meanings of these words. This is a great example:

These are simple jokes, but if we want to learn the language, we need to start at the beginning.

So, can you guess why six is afraid of seven?

Because 7 8 9.

Get it? Smile

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Happy New Year

Here are some useful words connected with the beginning of the new year.

  • New Year’s Eve – silvestr (doslova: předvečer nového roku)
  • hangover – kocovina
  • fireworks – ohňostroj
  • resolution – předsevzetí
  • feast – hostina
  • I’m stuffed! I couldn’t eat another bite. – Jsem nacpaný. Už se do mě nic nevejde!
  • Happy New Year! – Šťastný nový rok!

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