The Daily minute

Friday February 26 , 2021
Your daily dose of English in 10 minutes.

A (usually) daily bulletin of English language usage, English grammar and communication skills tips, lifestyle news and other things of interest.



Маленькие цели для больших перемен в жизни

Short-Term Goals You Can Actually Commit To That Will Change Your Life

A step-by-step guide for making, achieving, and tracking better goals, plus 50 examples to get you going.


Кто «сливает» персональные данные из группового чата?


The assumption of privacy can make you forget how exposed you really are.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and a group chat is always vulnerable to
the biggest gossip on the thread.

Word of the Day

self-reliant (adj.)

Today's word of the day is: "self-reliant" (adj.)

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Transcription: ['selfrɪ'laɪənt]

Russian Translation: полагающийся на себя, самостоятельный, самодостаточный

Definition: able to do things for oneself and not depend on other people

Example: He was not very talkative, he was elegant without exaggeration, and at the same time bold and self-reliant, as none of us were. —  Он был не слишком разговорчив, без преувеличения элегантен, и в то же время дерзок и самонадеян, как ни один из нас.

Synonyms: independent, self-sufficient, on one's own, self-assured

Grammar Tip

Adjective Suffixes

Суффиксы прилагательных

We can make adjectives from verbs and nouns by adding suffixes.

Some of the most common adjective suffixes are:

  • -ful => careful, cheerful
  • -less => helpless, careless
  • -ous => dangerous, nervous
  • -able => washable, sociable, reliable
  • -al => musical, practical
  • -y => cloudy, dusty
Communication Skills Tip

Agreeing With People

Instead of always saying "yes", "sure", "certainly", "of course" you can use other phrases to show your agreement with other people. Here are some of them.

1. I'm with you on that one. - Я согласен с Вами в этом.

2. I couldn't agree more. - Полностью согласен.

3. Yes, absolutely. - Да, конечно.

4. I'd go along with that. - Я бы согласился с этим.

5. You've got a point there. - В этом Вы правы.

6. I couldn't have put it better myself. - Я бы сам не смог сказать лучше.

7. Great minds think alike. - Великие умы мыслят одинаково.