А у нас в Afternoon tea & English начинается месяц искусства, а еще начинаем публиковать мини-советы для подготовки к экзаменам. Учим английский интересно :)

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English: Mail vs Email

Something I notice with a lot of non-native English speakers is the use of “mail” to mean “e-mail”. In English, it’s important to distinguish between these, because “mail” by itself just means “snail mail”, the actual physical letters from the post office.

“He mailed it to me” or “She sent me mail" immediately puts in my mind a physical piece of mail. "He emailed it to me” or “She sent me an email” would be the correct way to say it if you received it in an e-mail.

(I’m a native English speaker from the northeast United States, so I can’t speak for other English dialects. Other native speakers, feel free to add information. Questions/comments are also welcome!)

Еще немного пословиц/поговорок:

1. East or West home is best - В гостях хорошо, а дома лучше
2. Better late than never - Лучше поздно, чем никогда
3. Out of sight out of mind - С глаз долой, из сердца вон
4. No sweet without sweat Не вкусив горького, не видать и сладкого
5. Have a heart! Сжальтесь!, помилосердствуйте!
6. Too good to be true Невероятно, не может быть / не верится, что это правда
7. Look who’s talking! Чья бы корова мычала, а твоя бы молчала! (look who’s calling the kettle black)
8. There is no place like home В гостях хорошо, а дома лучше
9. While there is life, there is hope Пока дышу [живу] - надеюсь
10. The early bird catches the worm Кто рано встаёт, того удача ждёт

Tips to Learn English

Learning a foreign language like English is always a tough challenge for the budding learners. Many believe that a foreign language can be mastered only by living in a foreign country, by making friends with the native speakers and by cramming boring grammar principles. But in fact, anyone can learn English by following some simple basic tips that will not only make learning easier but also enjoyable.

1. Identify your preferred learning technique

Everyone has their own way of learning. A learner might be comfortable with a particular learning technique. This particular technique becomes their preferred way of learning. The first and foremost thing while learning English is to identify one’s preferred way of learning. You might find it interesting to learn through visuals or a thematic approach, or you may even learn better by listening to English news and songs if you prefer to take a more auditory method. In short, try to identify the particular path you would like to take in your journey to learning that will help you to learn quickly and easily. One such technique which is useful for all learners is interaction in English. Try to interact in English as much as possible. Speak in English with your friends, siblings, parents and teachers. Make it a habit to only talk in English. Initially, you will find it difficult to converse but the key is to continue despite all the problems. Once you get the hang of it, things will start falling into places and you will gradually get into the groove.

2. Make reading a daily ritual

Read a newspaper every day. It will not only improve your knowledge of the language but will also keep you abreast with all the current affairs and issues. Even if you do not read the entire newspaper, reading the editorial page is a must as this is the page that showcases the best of writing skills, introduces high quality vocabulary and improves the reader’s English tremendously. Reading books, magazines and journals is also a great way to improve the flow of English. This entire exercise will also improve your grammar greatly.

3. Build your vocabulary

Building a decent vocabulary is an integral part of perfecting a language. There are several ways to learn fresh words every day. Use flash cards or take the help of small notes with words and their meanings scribbled on them. Pin these notes and cards in your room or around your house and take a look at them whenever possible. The more you see the words, the more they get etched in your memory. Start reading a dictionary for new words and their meanings. You may also make it a habit to carry a small pocket dictionary everywhere, so that you can manage to pull it out as soon as you come across an unknown word.

4. Refresh your vocabulary by using it in your daily conversation

The whole purpose of learning fresh words is to keep them alive and active after they have been learnt. This can only be done by using them in your day to day conversations. Try to recall and use the freshly learnt words according to the appropriate contexts. Do not try to fit in the words just to use them but do try to think of ways to place them effectively. This will enhance memorizing and will in turn give them permanent space in your stock of words.

5. Don’t just learn single words; idioms, proverbs and collocations are also necessary

Learning new words is the first step to improve English vocabulary, but it is equally important to widen the realm of your expressions. English language is full of idioms, proverbs, collocations and the like. All of these help to broaden your boundaries of describing a situation and thus facilitates expression.

6. Practice public speaking

By now you must have already started to interact with everyone in English. When you feel comfortable, take it a step ahead by practicing public speaking. Agreed that this is extremely intimidating and scary, but the very purpose of the activity to break even the last few shackles of fears and nervousness. Play public speaking games by selecting different topics and giving short speeches on them. This will not only be an interesting activity in developing your knowledge of English but will also enhance your personality by manifolds.

7. Say goodbye to fear and say hello to motivation

It is natural of a learner to feel nervous and scared of making mistakes. But don’t let your fears win over you. Remember that it is absolutely fine to make mistakes as you are learning a foreign language. All of us make mistakes through the process of learning something new. So it is nothing to feel intimidated of. Try to feel relaxed and motivated to learn this immensely rich and potentially sound language. Follow all the steps mentioned above. Internet is full of infinite free resources. Use it for help and to gain more knowledge regarding English learning. With so much of help around, you are bound to get better with time. When you do, don’t forget to reward yourself!

Irregular Verbs Poems (Pt. 1)

Оригинальный способ выучить неправильные глаголы - запоминать такие нехитрые стихи. Мы уже постили похожий стих раньше - и приносим вам вторую партию! ;) Удачи!

Как постичь глаголов ряд,
Ведь не все, как shut-shut-shut,
Hit-hit-hit и cut-cut-cut?
Не об стену ж beat-beat-beaten,
Лучше в рифму write-wrote-written.

Wake-woke-woken up, с утра
Разболелась голова.
Feel-felt-felt температуру,
Take-took-taken my микстуру.
Пол в квартире sweep-swept-swept,
В чистоте всё keep-kept-kept,
На досуге dream-dreamt-dreamt:

Как удачу б catch-caught-caught,
На Карибы get-got-got.
Всю работу б do-did-done,
Чтоб на остров run-ran-run,
Или лучше fly-flew-flown,
Если путь не know-knew-known.

О финансах think-thought-thought,
Пару акций sell-sold-sold.
К турагенту drive-drove-driven,
Тот советы give-gave-given,
Мне в деталях tell-told-told.
Я дыханье hоld-held-held.
Он задорно speak-spoke-spoken,
Глобус чуть не break-broke-broken.

Я терпенье lose-lost-lost:
Сколько ж это cost-cost-cost?
За услуги pay-paid-paid,
Дома завтрак make-made-made,
С аппетитом eat-ate-eaten,
SMS-ки write-wrote-written.

The 70 most commons irregular verbs

This is a list of the most common irregular verbs in English. (Pre-intermediate level) 

Verb (infinitive) →  Past simple  →  Past participle

become → became → become

begin → began → begun

break → broke → broken

bring → brought → brought

build → built → built

buy → bought → bought

catch → caught → caught

choose → chose → chosen

come → came → come

cost → cost → cost

cut → cut → cut

do → did → done

draw → drew → drawn

drink → drank → drunk

drive → drove → driven

eat → ate → eaten

fall → fell → fallen

feed → fed → fed

feel → felt → felt

fight → fought → fought

find → found → found

fly → flew → flown

forget → forgot → forgotten

forgive → forgave → forgiven

get → got → got (BrE) / gotten (AmE)

give → gave → given

go → went → gone

grow → grew → grown

have → had → had

hear → heard → heard

hide → hid → hidden

hit → hit → hit

hold → held → held

know → knew → known

learn → learned → learnt/learned

leave → left → left

lend → lent → lent

lose → lost → lost

make → made → made

mean → meant → meant

meet → met → met

pay → paid → paid

put → put → put

read → read → read

ride → rode → ridden

rise → rose → risen

run → ran → run

say → said → said

see → saw → seen

sell → sold → sold

send → sent → sent

set → set → set

show → showed → shown

sing → sang → sung

sit → sat → sat

sleep → slept → slept

speak → spoke → spoken

spend → spent → spent

stand → stood →stood

steal → stole → stolen

swim → swam → swum

take → took → taken

teach → taught → taught

tell → told → told

think → thought → thought

throw → threw → thrown

understand → understood → understood

wear → wore → worn

win → won → won

write → wrote → written

Ejemplos de oraciones en el archivo de audio.

“Brand new” doesn’t necessarily have a literal translation in Spanish. But, you can use absolutamente nuevo or the more colloquial cero kilometros or nuevo de paquete/fabrica. “Newish” is also quite rare in Spanish.