The Daily minute

Wednesday September 15, 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.



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Word of the Day

obstacle (n.)

Today's word of the day is: obstacle (noun)

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Transcription: [ˈɒb.stə.kəl]

Russian Translation: препятствие, помеха, преграда, проблема

Definitions: something that blocks you so that movement, going forward, or action is prevented or made more difficult

Examples: 1. We suddenly encountered an obstacle along the trail. — Мы внезапно столкнулись с преградой на нашем пути. 

2. The question is how to face the same obstacle and still manage to win. — Вопрос в том, как столкнуться с той же проблемой и всё равно победить?

Synonyms: obstruction, barrier, hurdle, impediment

Grammar Tip

What’s the difference between «good» and «well»?

"Good" is an adjective. This means it describes people, things and places, not verbs. Examples:

  • 1. Sam is a good boy.
  • 2. They live in a good house.
  • 3. This is not a good place to live in.

"Well" is an adverb. It describes actions. Examples:

  • 1. Sam behaves well.
  • 2. They eat well.
  • 3. She sings really well.
Communication Skills Tip

Asking for More Information

When we make enquiries, we generally use polite modal forms in English:

  • I'd be interested to know something about... — Мне бы хотелось узнать о...
  • Could you be a little more specific? —  Не могли бы вы подробнее об этом?
  • Could  you tell me a little more about... — Не расскажете ли побольше о...
  • Could I just check some details? — Можно я уточню некоторые детали? 
  • Could you go over that again, please? — Не могли бы вы повторить ещё раз?
  • Would you be so kind as to... — Будьте любезны ...