The Daily minute

Tuesday July 20, 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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How to Make Laziness Work for You

Historical evidence suggests that laziness—commonly defined as a “disinclination to activity despite having the ability to act”—is an enduring part of human nature. This is true despite warnings about laziness from sources as ancient as the Bible to promises of wealth and prosperity from eliminating laziness in modern self-help books.


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5 Mandatory Athletic Exercises for Non-Athletes

As we age, our natural tendency is to do fewer athletic movements. Lifters will often stop sprinting, jumping, and playing altogether. Granted, the risk-versus-reward ratio does change over time, but neglecting athletic-based movements altogether isn’t the answer.

Word of the Day

Vibe (n.)

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

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Transcription: [vʌɪb]

Definition: a person's emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others

Russian Translation: атмосфера, аура, настроение, отношение

Synonyms: atmosphere, feeling, aura, ambience

Example: 1. This place has a good/bad vibe. — У этого места хорошая/плохая аура.

2.  I get positive vibes when I listen to music. — Музыка заряжает меня положительной энергией.

Grammar Tip

Parallel structure

In writing, parallelism is a similarity of construction of adjacent word groups. Faulty parallelism occurs when different constructions are used to present comparable or equivalent ideas.

Here are some examples of faulty parallelism:

Hiking is more fun than to swim.

Hiking” is a Gerund. “To swim” is an Infinitive. To correct the sentence, we should go with a matching grammatical form:

Hiking is more fun than swimming (or) To hike is more fun than to swim.

Communication Skills Tip

Engaging the listeners and showing interest

Engaging the listeners

  • Someone told me about ... — Мне рассказывали, что ...
  • You're not going to believe this, but ... — Вы не поверите, но ...

Showing interest

  • How amazing / surprising ... — Удивительно!/Неожиданно
  • That's awful / incredible ... — Это просто ужасно/невероятно
  • No way! — Никоим образом! И речи быть не может!
  • You're joking! — Вы шутите!