The Daily minute

Thursday July 22, 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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"A folkloric hallucination": Zvuki Mu, Soviet Russia’s most glorious band

The death of frontman Pyotr Mamonov to Covid-19 marks the end of a group whose ordinary looks and extraordinary performances showed Russians the richness of life.


Успех российского кино на Каннском кинофестивале

Russian Season at the Cannes Film Festival

This year Russia sent six films to the Cannes Film Festival, four in competitions and two in non-competitive categories.

Word of the Day

to check up on (ph.v.)

Today's word of the day is: to check up (on someone; phrasal verb)

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Transcription:  ['ʧek'ʌp]

Russian Translation: получить сведения о ком-л., разузнать, проверить информацию, навести справки

Definitions: To find out information about someone, especially secretly

Examples: 1. It seems Agent Smith was sent down here to check up on us. —  Похоже, агента Смита прислали сюда с целью проверить информацию о нас.

2. I just came to check up on you. — Я пришел просто чтобы проведать тебя. 

Synonyms: to find out, to verify, to double-check, to get a line on smb./smth.

Grammar Tip

Capital Letters

Capital Letters

В английском языке с заглавной буквы пишутся:

1. Названия дней недели, месяцев, праздников: Monday, Thursday, January, March; Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving.

Example: It was a beautiful day in January. — Это был прекрасный январский день.

2. Все значимые слова в заголовках, названиях книг, фильмов, песен, организаций и т. д. (не включая предлоги и артикли): Fifty Shades of Grey, Romeo and Juliet, The Swan Lake.

Example: Yesterday I read a good article called “How to Make (and Keep) New Year's Resolutions." — Вчера я прочитал полезную статью под названием “Как составить (и выполнить) обещания на Новый год”.

3. Личное местоимение I — “я”.

Example:  My wife and I will be glad to see you again soon. — Мы с женой будем рады снова видеть вас.

Communication Skills Tip

Phrases for presentations

Introducing yourself or your topic

  • Hello, everyone. I'm ___ and I'm here to talk to you about ...

Talking about the structure of your talk

  • Firstly ...,
  • then ...,
  • and finally ...

Main body: Sequencing your points

  • The first point I'd like to talk about is ...,
  • our next (factor) is ...,
  • the third and last (factor) is ...


  • So we've looked at ... / Now I'd like to finish with ...

Encouraging questions

  • Does anyone have any questions?
  • Are there any questions?