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Saturday August 24, 2019




Word of the Day

Today's Word of the Day is: to appreciate (v.)

Grammar Tip

Modal Verbs To Express Prohibition

Business Communication Skills Tip

How to Build Positive Communication Skills

FR Lifestyle

The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture

Word of the Day

to appreciate (v.)

Today's Word of the Day is: to appreciate (v.)

Transcription: [əˈpriː.ʃi.eɪt]

Russian Translation: ценить, отдавать должное, быть благодарным

Definition: 1. To recognize how good someone or something is and to value him, her, or it 2. Used when you are thanking someone or showing that you are grateful

Examples: 1. I began to appreciate the difficulties my father had faced. 2. We really appreciate all the help you gave us last weekend. 

Synonyms: value, respect, take a liking to

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

Modal Verbs To Express Prohibition

We use the verb must in the negative form (mustn’t) to express that something is strictly prohibited. 

Examples: 1. You mustn’t be rude to your parents. 2. You mustn’t drive without a license. — 1. Ты не должен грубить родителям.  2. Запрещается ездить за рулем без водительских прав.

Can’t is also used to say that something is not allowed or against the rules. 

Examples: 1. You can’t take pictures here. — Здесь нельзя фотографировать. 2. You can wear jeans, but you can’t wear trainers in that bar. — В этом баре можно носить джинсы, но нельзя носить кроссовки

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

How to Build Positive Communication Skills

Here are some tips that will make your working relationships more productive

 

1. Know that every person in your workplace, including you, has his own agenda (список дел). This means that each person is working toward the goals that are most important to him. Talking about what is important to you and listening to what is important to your co-workers is an important piece of the communication foundation at work. When possible, communicate how your agenda could also benefit your co-worker's.


2. Apologize with sincerity when necessary. Everyone makes mistakes. It's the recovery from them that is important. When you make a mistake at work, take responsibility for your actions and sincerely apologize. Do not assign blame (приписывать вину). Explain what happened, without shirking responsibility (избегать ответственности) or blaming, and express how you will avoid similar mistakes in the future. When possible, try to make amends (загладить вину, реабилитироваться).

FR Lifestyle

The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture

A Good American Book On Russian History (B2, C1)

In The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture (Vintage Books, 1966), the recently-deceased American author James H. Billington provides a sweeping (широкомасштабный) yet penetrating exploration of Russian culture from ancient Kievan Rus, to the Soviet epoch.  Billington sets himself apart from (отличается от других) other 20th century scholars on Russian history by drawing attention to the pivotal (решающий, исторически важный) role played by the rituals and theology of the Orthodox Church in shaping Russian culture across the centuries.  As the church returns to prominence in Russian culture and society, Billington's analysis is vital for tracing Russia's trajectory--past, present and future.  Billington's writing style is accessible to upper-intermediate students, but may exhaust the reader with an incredible array of historical personages and events throughout the book's 500+ pages.  This book will be a challenge for speed-readers, but is well worth the effort.