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A little exercise earns you a free subway ride

21 Nov
  • Can you think of the best way to get fit?
  • Have you ever tried some of them? Did they work?
  • Think of some ways you could get exercise and make some money at the same time.

 

Ever wished you could ride the subway for free? Well, if you are living in Moscow and willing to do a little work, you can.

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Vystavochaya subway station has a vending machine set up that will count how many squats are done. If the person is able to complete the task within two minutes, it will print out a free ride ticket. Of course, for those keen to avoid turning up at work stinking of sweat, cash payment which is 30 rubles (about $0.93 for a single journey) continue to be accepted.

The special machine is part of a wider campaign being run by Russia’s Olympic Committee to promote next year’s Winter Games in Sochi and to encourage people to get in better shape.

“We wanted to show that the Olympic Games is not just an international competition that people watch on TV, but that it is also about getting everyone involved in a sporting lifestyle,” Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The machine will be available until December 3, while the games start in February. Other activities are planned to get people involved in the Olympics, including exercise bikes that produce electricity to charge cell phones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCOdiM4gJq8

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Everyday expressions

21 Nov

People talking

Look at some common expressions in English. Can you guess what they mean?

  1. You can access our company website twenty four seven (24/7).
  2. It’s almost 7 o’clock. Let’s get the ball rolling.
  3. I have no plans for the next couple of days so I am going to take it easy.
  4. I will get to you tomorrow I have to sleep on it.
  5. I can’t afford these shoes. I am broke.
  6. Having a car is a must if you are planning on living in Connecticut.
  7. Don’t forget, you must be there at 6 am sharp.
  8. You´d better steer clear of the bakery if you want to lose weight.
  9. I know this place like the back of my hand.
  10. If you had time would you give me a hand?
  11. Look at all eye candy at the party!
  12. I haven’t hanged out with my friends in ages.
  13. I am sick and tired doing the same things over and over again!
  14. I didn’t feel like going out but Jean talked me into it.
  15. I tried to keep my cool when he was yelling at me.
  16. I´ve been driving since I was a teenager, so it´s second nature.
  17. I saw her in the mall yesterday but she just blew me off.
  18. Tomorrow she’s going to the DMV to take her driving test. I hope she’ll pass.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed for her.

 

 

Answer

  1. every minute of every day
  2. to start something
  3. to relax
  4. to take some time to think about one’s decision
  5. to have no money
  6. something necessary
  7. exactly
  8. avoid
  9. very familiar to you
  10. to help
  11. something or someone attractive and pleasing to look at
  12. for a long time
  13. to hate
  14. to convince
  15. to remain calm
  16. easy and natural for someone
  17. to ignore
  18. to wish someone luck

Past Perfect

19 Nov

Put the verbs in brackets into the Pat Perfect to complete the following sentences.

  1. She said she was really sorry for what she …………………… (do).
  2. It wasn’t surprising that she was so tired because she …………………… (not / sleep) for three days.
  3. They were very excited because they …………………… (not /see) a lion before.
  4. They road was blocked because a truck …………………… (break down).
  5. She couldn’t afford a pair of shoes because a day before she …………………… (spend) all her money.
  6. He felt very nervous on the plane because he …………………… (not/fly) before.
  7. The police couldn’t arrest the burglar because when they arrived, the burglar …………………… (leave).
  8. When he …………………… (pay) the bill, we left the restaurant.

 

Answer

  1. She said she was really sorry for what she had done.
  2. It wasn’t surprising that she was so tired because she hadn’t slept for three days.
  3. They were very excited because they hadn’t seen a lion before.
  4. They road was blocked because a truck had broken down.
  5. She couldn’t afford a pair of shoes because a day before she had spent all her money.
  6. He felt very nervous on the plane because he hadn’t flown before.
  7. The police couldn’t arrest the burglar because when they arrived he had left.
  8. When he had paid the bill, we left the restaurant.

 

What a difference a word makes!

29 Oct
Vain 

A vein

 A vice

 A vise

Holding undue high regard for oneself

A blood vessel or a mineral deposit

A negative habit

A tool with a closable jaw for holding objects

What a difference a word makes!

29 Oct
A team

 

To teem

 

A track

 

 

A tract

 

An organized group of people or animals

 

To abound in or have much or many of

 

A path or course taken; a mark left by a person, animal, or thing; or a measure of recorded input

 

An expanse of land or water

 

What a difference a word makes!

29 Oct
To pray

Prey

 

A prophecy

To prophesy

To speak to God or another deity

The victim of a predator; to victimize

 

A prediction or foretelling

To foretell

What a difference a letter makes!

29 Oct
To gild

Guild

 

To hear

Here

 

Heard

Herd

 

Hippie

Hippy

 

 

Hoarse

A horse

 

Holy

Holey

Wholly

 

To coat with a thin layer of gold

Being culpable for a crime or offense;  the word also refers to remorse

 

To detect sound through the ear

An adverb telling where

 

The past tense of to hear

A gathering of animals; to gather species into a group

 

The flower children of the 1960’s

One who has large hips

 

 

A condition of the throat that makes the voice husky

A four-footed animal with a mane and long tail

 

Sacred; it also refers to a divine power

Something  which is full of holes

Completely, entirely, or exclusively