A (usually) daily bulletin of English language usage, English grammar and communication skills tips,
lifestyle news and FLUENTRUSSIA events and activities.
Thursday April 25, 2019




Word of the Day

Today's Word of the Day is: "itinerary" (n.)

Grammar Tip

Past Continuous Tense. Use #3: Parallel Actions

Business Communication Skills Tip

Language of Meetings. Tip #3: Giving Your Opinion

FR Lifestyle

Yekaterinburg’s Demolished TV Tower is Being Rebuilt by AR

Word of the Day

Itinerary (n.)

Today's Word of the Day is: "itinerary" (n.)

Transcription: [aɪˈtɪn.ər.ər.i]

Russian Translation: маршрут, путь

Definition: a detailed plan or route of a journey, trip

Example: We planned our itinerary several weeks before the trip.

Synonyms: planned route, route

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

Past Continuous Tense. Use #3: Parallel Actions

We use the past continuous to describe two actions occurring at the same time in the past.

Example: I was reading the newspaper while he was making dinner. - Я читала газету, пока он готовил ужин.

Example: What were you doing while you were waiting? –Чем вы занимались, пока ждали?

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

Language of Meetings. Tip #3: Giving Your Opinion

Now let’s learn some phrases for giving your opinion – with some detail in order to give you some flexibility (гибкость, предприимчивость) in the way you express your opinion:

Strong

I strongly believe that…

I’m convinced that…

 

Normal

I think / believe / feel that…

From my point of view…

If you want my honest opinion, I think that… / To be honest…

 

(use these phrases when you want to express a negative or critical opinion. The word “honest” is a diplomatic way to signal that you are going to say something negative or unpopular)

Weak

It seems to me that…

It’s possible that…

I tend to think (склоняюсь к мысли) that…

FR Lifestyle

Yekaterinburg’s Demolished TV Tower is Being Rebuilt by AR

A team of artists have resurrected Yekaterinburg’s beloved TV tower using AR tech (технология дополненной реальности) to create a new “digital monument”.

A new app will allow locals to glimpse (мельком взглянуть) a ghost of the now-demolished landmark through their smartphone screens. The digital image will appear at specific points around the city, each marked by posters.

The artists hope that the tower’s digital form will now get the new lease of life (новая жизнь) that its real life counterpart (аналог) was never able to experience.

“It’s not enough to build a digital copy of a tower: that’s too simple,” says Slava, the project leader . “The digital DNA of “new tower” gives us the freedom to play. Artists can paint it, reshape it, animate it.