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Monday July 23, 2018




Word of the Day

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

Grammar Tip

Indirect Speech

Business Communication Skills Tip

Types of Bad Bosses and How to Deal with Them. Type #3:

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Despite the marvels of modern transportation, Vladimir Nesin prefers to see the world on foot.

Word of the Day

Affluent (adj.)

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

Transcription: [æf.lu.ənt]

Translation: богатый

Meaning:  having a lot of money or owning a lot of things

Example: His family was more affluent than most.- Его семья была богаче, чем большинство других.

Synonym: wealthy, rich, prosperous

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

Indirect Speech

Reported or indirect speech is usually used to talk about the past, so we normally change the tense of the words spoken. We use reporting verbs like 'say', 'tell', 'ask', and we may use the word 'that' to introduce the reported words. Inverted commas are not used.

She said, "I saw him." (direct speech) = She said that she had seen him. (indirect speech)

'That' may be omitted:
She told him that she was happy. = She told him she was happy.

'SAY' AND 'TELL'
Use 'say' when there is no indirect object:
He said that he was tired.- Он сказал, что устал.

Always use 'tell' when you say who was being spoken to (i.e. with an indirect object):
He told me that he was tired.- Он сказал мне, что он устал.

'TALK' AND 'SPEAK'
Use these verbs to describe the action of communicating:
He talked to us.- Он говорил с нами.
She was speaking on the telephone.- Она разговаривала по телефону.

Use these verbs with 'about' to refer to what was said:
He talked (to us) about his parents.- Он говорил (нам) о своих родителях.

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

Types of Bad Bosses and How to Deal with Them. Type #3:

3. The Manager Who Likes to Play The Blame Game

You and your team launched a new campaign. Unfortunately, the results weren’t as good as you’d hoped. You report your numbers to your boss and share lessons learned, but it’s not good enough. Your boss wants to know who’s to blame.

How to deal

Come to the table with a reminder of what was agreed upon and what the hopes were for the project. Share a debrief of how prior projects succeeded. Then, transition to the current project, sharing the pros and cons and always emphasizing the positives (and not pointing fingers). By focusing on the team effort versus one specific mistake made by one specific person, you make it harder for your manager to single members out.

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Meet the 68-year-old Russian Who Travels the World Barefoot

Despite the marvels of modern transportation, Vladimir Nesin prefers to see the world on foot.

Despite the marvels of modern transportation, Vladimir  Nesin prefers to see the world on foot. “I ran around barefoot as a kid, and whenever I take my shoes off it’s like a return to my childhood (детство). I’m always struck by a desire to take my shoes off,” says Nesin, who claims (утверждает) to only wear shoes in extreme circumstances (обстоятельства).

He travels alone for the most part, but is sometimes accompanied by others at different stages of the journey. His main companion is his third wife, Veronica, the granddaughter of a First Nations chief in Canada. Together they traversed (пересекли) 55 countries in 10 years. His son from another marriage, Nikita, also has joined him on 33 trips. Those wishing to join (присоединиться) can usually find Nesin online.

“Nobody is ever frightened by the prospect of traveling with me – they know they’ll be safe with me.”

Nesin first set off into the world at the end of the 1970s, in what was then the Soviet Union. He managed to traverse 15 Soviet republics in 20 years. It wasn’t until 1997, when he got his travel passport, that he finally took his first trip abroad. Complications (сложности) arose almost instantly.

Nesin admits that there are places he could visit again and again, including Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Southeast Asia as a whole. He is self-taught in English and Spanish, and also has three books under his belt, all dealing with the topic of barefoot travel. He is now seeking a publisher for his latest work.