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Friday December 6, 2019




Word of the Day

Today's Word of the Day Is: "mindset" (n.)

Grammar Tip

Commas — The Final Don’t And Do

Business Communication Skills Tip

Useful Phrases for Online Profiles and CV

FR Lifestyle

Decorate Gingerbread Houses

Word of the Day

mindset (n.)

Today's Word of the Day Is: "mindset" (n.)

Transcription: [ˈmaɪnd.set]

Russian Translation: менталитет, мышление, мировоззрение

Definition: a person's way of thinking and opinions

Example: More than anything, we have the same mindset for this. — Что самое важное, у нас одинаковые взгляды на это.

Synonyms: mentality, way of thinking, attitude


Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

Commas — The Final Don’t And Do

1. В сложных предложениях можно использовать союзы и слова-связки (Connectors), а также другие знаки препинания  — например, точку с запятой (Semicolon, ;). Часто это лучше, чем поставить только запятые. 

Example: It was a sunny day, so I went shopping; there were bargains galore. — Был солнечный день, и я отправился за покупками. Можно было сделать множество выгодных приобретений. This is better than: It was a sunny day, I went shopping, there were bargains galore. 

2. Не забывайте поставить запятую, если ее отсутствие повлияет на смысл предложения. Как в этом шутливом примере:

Example: 1. Mom gets inspiration from cooking, family and cats. — Маму вдохновляет приготовление еды, ее семья и собаки. 2. Mom gets inspiration from cooking family and cats. (God save the family and the poor cats)

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

Useful Phrases for Online Profiles and CV

Talking about languages — Иностранные языки

• As someone who is fluent in English and a native speaker of Russian

• As well as having a working knowledge (практическое знание) of…

• I am accustomed to working in an English-speaking environment.

Showing determination — Как продемонстрировать нацеленность на результат

• I am convinced that…

• I take pride in my work and am extremely conscientious (добросовестный, исполнительный).

Listing your achievements — Перечисление ваших достижений

Consistently (систематически, постоянно) improved client satisfaction through a more personalized service.

• Gained extensive experience in…/Received the Award for Excellence…

FR Lifestyle

Decorate Gingerbread Houses

New Year and Christmas Traditions

You might remember these pastime (занятие, развлечение) from your childhood, or maybe you’ve only seen this in movies. Either way, it's sure to make your holiday season even more festive (праздничный).

Decorate Gingerbread Houses

Some families still enjoy this old custom, but if yours doesn’t, make it one of the Christmas traditions to start this year. The construction of the house can be left up to a grown-up to prepare ahead of time. This involves making and cutting out the gingerbread dough (тесто для имбирных пряников) into house shapes and baking the pieces, then “gluing” them together with frosting. Because this can be time-consuming and frustrating for kids, just do the fun part with them instead. Gather lots of different types of candy and treats, give each kid a bowl of frosting, and let them go to town creating their own unique masterpieces—it’s OK if it’s not picture-perfect.