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Monday February 17, 2020




Word of the Day

Today’s Word of the Day Is: “to abolish” (v.)

Grammar Tip

The Indefinite Article a/an

Business Communication Skills Tip

Social skills that you might need for career success

FR Lifestyle

"Kalashnikov" — on screen starting from February 20

Word of the Day

to abolish (v.)

Today’s Word of the Day Is: “to abolish” (v.)

Transcription: [ə'bɔlɪʃ]

Russian Translation: прекратить, ликвидировать, упразднить

Definition: to officially end a law, a system or an institution

Example: This tax should be abolished. – Этот налог должен быть ликвидирован.

Synonyms: to put an end to, to terminate, to cancel


Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

The Indefinite Article a/an

Артикль a/an не употребляется с неисчисляемыми существительными (кроме нескольких особых случаев). Вместо него можно использовать определяющее слово some в значении “сколько-то, некоторое количество”.

Example 1: I need some advice.  — Мне нужен совет. 

Example 2: Would you like some tea/a cup of tea?  — Хотите чай/чашку чая? 

Example 3: I read a book and listened to some music. — Я почитал книгу и послушал музыку. 

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

Social skills that you might need for career success

1. SHOW AN APPRECIATION FOR OTHERS

Everyone wants to feel special, so a strong starting point is to make them feel great about themselves. If people have had a “win” of some kind, mention that, congratulate them, show that they are special in your mind. If you don’t know them personally—say in the case of a recruiter—do your research before you meet, and compliment the recruiter on his success rate in placing candidates. If you’re talking to your boss, mention that you appreciate the feedback she gave you on your last presentation.

Don’t worry that you’ll sound flattering (льстивый) when you compliment the other person. Often what seems like overzealous praise (слишком усердная похвала) to you will sound like the absolute truth to the person with whom you’re speaking.


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"Kalashnikov" — on screen starting from February 20

One of the most anticipated Russian movies this winter

Sergei Bodrov and Konstantin Buslov have directed a movie about the biography of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer (конструктор, создатель) of the AK47 assault rifle (автомат).

The movie will tell of the trying times (испытания, трудное время) endured by the self-taught designer before he realized his dream. Kalashnikov was a tank commander during World War II, and, gravely wounded (смертельно ранен) in 1941, he could not return to the front. When he was in hospital, he kept reproaching himself (упрекать себя) for "sitting out the war in the rear"... while making his first weapon designs in a notebook. At the age of 29 he created the rifle that was to bring him world fame.

The main role in the film is played by a rising star of Russian cinema, Yuri Borisov. And the film itself is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the designer's birth, which was marked in 2019.