A (usually) daily bulletin of English language usage, English communication skills tips, lifestyle news and FLUENTRUSSIA events and activities. 26 Apr 2018




Word of the Day

Today's Word of the Day is: "showery" (adj.)

Grammar Tip

What's the difference between "good" and "well"?

Business Communication Tip

Negotiation Skills Tip #1:

FR Lifestyle

Among the plethora of Instagram accounts dedicated to brutalist architecture, @mcmxxxv is one of the most popular.

Word of the Day

Showery (adj.)

Today's Word of the Day is: "showery" (adj.)

Translation: дождливый

Meaning: Used to describe weather with light rain that is often not continuous.

Example:  The weather in spring and autumn is usually showery and cool.

Synonym: rainy

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

What's the difference between "good" and "well"?

"Good" is an adjective. This means it describes people, things and places, not verbs. 

These sentences are correct: 

Example: Sam is a good boy.

Example: They live in a good house.

Example: This is not a good place live in.


These sentences are incorrect: 

Example: Sam behaves good.

Example: They eat good.

Example: She sings really good.


"Well" is an adverb. It describes actions.

These sentences are correct: 

Example: Sam behaves well.

Example: They eat well.

Example: She sings really well.

Business Communication Tip

Business Communication Tip

Negotiation Skills Tip #1:

Reaching a mutually beneficial solution by understanding and leveraging the other side’s motivations. A mutually beneficial or “win-win” solution is one that both sides finds favorable, and maintains positive relationships for future interactions. In order to achieve this outcome, you will need to discover what factors would be most influential and agreeable for the other side.

FR Lifestyle

Twenty years of Soviet architecture

Among the plethora of Instagram accounts dedicated to brutalist architecture, @mcmxxxv is one of the most popular.

The account focuses exclusively on Soviet architecture between 1930 and 1950, and features book and brochure illustration, as well as detailed and panoramic shots of buildings and sculptures.

These detailed shots are especially interesting and rare: from the vine-adorned facade of the Azerbaijan pavilion of the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition (VDNKh) to the chandelier in the hall of suburban box office of the Kievsky railway station — things one might not necessarily notice if looking at a building as a whole. There are also closeups of mosaics, otherwise near impossible to study up this close as many are situated high up on walls and ceilings — you'd have to bring binoculars to study them in their natural environment!