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An essay to read and one to write for Christmas

December 15, 2009 1 comment

Here is an example of balanced essay. Please read it and fill in the gaps with the words you think most appropriate. Pay attention to the structure and the linking words Read more…

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Categories: 3. Lifestyles, Christmas

Linking Words

December 11, 2009 1 comment

Linking words help you connect ideas and sentences, so that people can follow your thoughts. Find below a list of the most common linking words with examples on their use. Read more…

How to Write a Discursive Essay

December 11, 2009 2 comments

Writing is like a journey: you start with a blank sheet of paper and what appears on it at the end of the trip depends entirely on you. You should go through every stage of the essay writing process described in this guide.

Write an essay that:

  • is focused;
  • is logical;
  • is clear;
  • is well-structured;
  • makes a point;
  • grabs the reader’s interest from the first lines;
  • does not pad;
  • provides illustrative evidence;
  • gives credits to sources.

So, how do we approach this arduous task? Follow this guide and you’ll manage to get an impressive piece of writing. For a 200-250-word composition, you need to devote about one hour of your precious time divided into the following steps: Read more…

Categories: 3. Lifestyles

I’ll Do it but only if You’ll Help

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Pledgebank is a site to help people get things done, especially things that require several people. We think that the world needs such a service: lots of good things don’t happen because there aren’t enough organised people to do them.

How does it work?

PledgeBank allows users to set up pledges and then encourages other people to sign up to them. A pledge is a statement of the form ‘I will do something, if a certain number of people will help me do it’. The creator of the pledge then publicises their pledge and encourages people to sign up. Two outcomes are possible – either the pledge fails to get enough subscribers before it expires (in which case, we contact everyone and tell them ‘better luck next time’), or, the better possibility, the pledge attracts enough people that they are all sent a message saying ‘Well done—now get going!’

Easy, isn’t it? Why don’t you try to post a new pledge on the wall?  Let’s see who gets the highest number of suscribers! Read more…

Categories: 3. Lifestyles, Noticeboard

Interview with a real estate agent

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

When buying a house, one can turn to a real estate agent to have access to a wider variety of houses on offer. A real estate agent will show you the house that best suits your needs but, how do we enter into negotiation? what shall we ask about? Watch this video and tell me, is it an appropriate approach?

Shocking, isn’t it? Of course you can’t ask for a cage to lock your wife in!! That’s completely out of question! But, don’t worry, this is a piece of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, a 2006 mockumentary comedy film written, produced by, and stars the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in the title role of a fictitious Kazakh journalist travelling through the United States, recording real-life interactions with Americans. In most cases the film’s participants were given no warning, they are not real actors.

So, after watching a don’t-you-ever-dare-to-do-so example, listen now to Read more…

Categories: 3. Lifestyles

Comparisons

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Although comparisons are odious, they are helpful to make the picture when someone is explaining something to you.

You’ve been studying comparisons for years now but, this year, we are going to pay attention to  modifiers which highlight how big the difference is.

So far, you all knew:

1. We use comparatives to compare two things.

My house is smaller than my friend’s house.

2. We use superlatives to compare one thing with the rest of the group it belongs to.

This is the most expensive hotel I’ve ever stayed in.

How are they formed? Easy peasy… Read more…

Looking for a flat

November 23, 2009 Leave a comment

When looking for a flat, newspapers or the Internet are great sources of information since most people advertise their homes there.

An effective add must include all key elements regarding the description of it. If you miss an important detail, a prospective home buyer/tenant might pass over your home listing.

Important points to cover are: Read more…

Categories: 3. Lifestyles