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Tuesday February 19, 2019




Word of the Day

Today's Word of the Day is: “to debug” (v.)

Grammar Tip

Prepositions and Time

Business Communication Skills Tip

This Is How To Keep Most Ambitious Employees From Leaving

FR Lifestyle

Russia’s Iconic Sleeper Trains Get an IKEA Makeover

Word of the Day

to debug (v.)

Today's Word of the Day is: “to debug” (v.)

Transcription: [ˌdiːˈbʌɡ]

Russian Translation: отлаживать (программу)

Definition: to remove bugs (= mistakes) from a computer program

Example: He spent weeks debugging the program.

Synonyms: amend, correct

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

Prepositions and Time

Let’s start by looking at how we talk about time. English speakers use in to refer to a general, longer period of time, such as months, years, decades, or centuries. For example, we say “in April,” “in 2015” or “in the 21st century.”

Moving to shorter, more specific periods of time, we use on to talk about particular days, dates, and holidays . You may hear, “I went to work on Monday,” or “Let’s have a picnic on Memorial Day.”

For the most specific times, and for holidays without the word “day,” we use at. That means you will hear, “Meet me at midnight,” or “The flowers are in bloom at Easter time.”

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

This Is How To Keep Most Ambitious Employees From Leaving

3. BE RESPONSIVE

People change during their careers, and companies should be willing to change with them. What they are excited and energized by changes over time as well. Top associates are a company’s leaders of tomorrow. Being responsive to an associate’s pain points, successes, and aspirations helps them thrive, feel engaged, and often drives them to deliver value beyond their roles.

FR Lifestyle




Russia’s Iconic Sleeper Trains Get an IKEA Makeover

IKEA’s do-it-yourself take on Scandinavian cool has conquered the world.

But now, not content with filling the homes of cash-strapped (испытывающий финансовые затруднения) millennials, the company has its sights set on Russia’s iconic sleeper trains.

IKEA have put their own spin on cabins in a train carriage travelling between Moscow and St Petersburg, transforming uncomfortable bunks into snug (уютный) bolt-holes as part of its Sleep Better campaign. Passengers will get the chance to spend a night in this carriage for free by writing to IKEA with their own impassioned pleas for a peaceful snooze (короткий сон). The train will be whisking (быстро доставить) visitors between Russia’s two biggest cities from 17 February to 6 March.