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Friday October 19, 2018




Word of the Day

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

Grammar Tip

"Could" for Ability

Business Communication Skills Tip

Do These Things Every Day to be Happier and Filled With Less Regret

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The World’s First Rapper Was Actually a Soviet Poet, says Russia’s Culture Minister

Word of the Day

to gain (v)

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

Transcription: [ɡeɪn]

Translation: 1. получать, приобретать; 2. увеличиваться, прибавлять

Meaning: 1. to get something useful or positive; 2. to increase in something such as size, weight, or amount

Example: The end objective was to gain control of local commerce.- Конечная цель заключалась в том, чтобы получить контроль над местной торговлей.

Synonyms: 1. obtain, get, acquire; 2. increase in

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

"Could" for Ability

Could is an important modal verb in English. It is used for ability, possibility, and requests.

Could for Ability

“Could” is the past tense of “can.” These modals are used to show ability.

Here are some examples:

Example: Present: I can play guitar.- Я умею играть на гитаре.

Example: Past: I could play guitar when I was younger.- Я умел играть на гитаре, когда я был младше.

As a negative, it is “could not”. It is contracted as “couldn’t”.

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

Do These Things Every Day to be Happier and Filled With Less Regret

2. RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL

Some sources of unhappiness and regret in our lives are beyond our control. Ruminating over them won’t make them better, but it can sap joy from our lives. Conversely, taking ownership of what we can control and making decisions accordingly can lead to fewer regrets.

One of the very small things that we can all control is just to be nice to other people and to be responsive to when other people go out of their way and do something well for you or just they do a good job. You can be more generous with compliments. Also, if you see that there’s some way that there was a misunderstanding then being quick to take proactive action can help to settle things more quickly.

Nieves says that regret can become a habit. If you’re a regretful person, you may find ways to look at a situation from a negative perspective. If you can find ways to reframe the decisions you made–looking at why you made them and learning from them–and treat yourself with compassion, you can dilute feelings of regret, she says.

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The World’s First Rapper Was Actually a Soviet Poet, says Russia’s Culture Minister

Hip hop might have come to life in the United States, but the first rapper was really one of the Soviet Union’s greatest poets — at least according to Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.

Speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Medinsky named Vladimir Mayakovsky as an original MC, claiming that rap would soon be recognised across the world as a new Russian artform thanks to the country’s openness to new artistic movements (движения).

“Ballet isn’t a Russian invention, but now it’s known across the world as part of Russian culture,” he said, according to Russia's RIA Novosti. “For a long time, this love for rap among Russia’s urban (городской) youth annoyed me. But I started to try and pay a little more attention. I talked to my son and listened to what he was listening to, and I started to get the sense that sooner or later we’ll also say that rap is a Russian artform,” he said.

For now, it appears that Medinsky’s reinvention (преобразование) of Mayakovsky as a rap star has already gained some fans. “I told my son that the first rapper was Mayakovsky,” he said. “He told everyone in his class. They read [his poetry] and they all agreed.”