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пятница, 24 февраля 2012 г.

Основные грамматические структуры для чтения Джейн Остин в оригинале - часть 2


Всего месяц назад мы разместили статью со списком основных грамматических структур для чтения книг Джейн Остин. Четыре структуры, перечисленные в январском сообщении вызвали оживленный интерес, и в связи с этим, сегодня мы размещаем следующие четыре конструкции, которые и по сей день могут употребляться как в устной, так и в письменной речи. 

Чтение Джейн Остин на английском языке приносит огромное удовольствие только в том, случае, если Вы хорошо распознаете эти конструкции. Просмотрите следующие фразы, их перевод на русский язык и примеры из романа Джейн Остин "Эмма". 

вторник, 3 января 2012 г.

Основные грамматические структуры для чтения Джейн Остин в оригинале

Английская неадаптированная классика теперь доступна широкой аудитории, и из этого списка можно выбрать книги разного уровня, и если выработать стратегию работы с неадаптированной литературой, вполне реально осилить и эту неподъемную ношу. 

После первого вдохновенного прочтения Оскара Уальда или Артура Конан Дойля, возникает желание почитать что-то посерьезнее. Конечно же, женской половине нашей аудитории, непременно вспомнится Джейн Остин и ее остроумный юмор, с которым она описывает светскую жизнь 18-го века. Не раз приходится слышать, что на английском языке романы Остин читаются сложно и грузно.

вторник, 6 декабря 2011 г.

People of England: The Nine Days' Queen

At some point in her life this noble woman was declared Queen of England, but following the short period of her reign her residence was moved to the Tower of London. Her time in power lasted only nine days; at the end of this period she was convicted of high treason and ultimately executed. Consequently, she is often referred to as the "Nine Days' Queen." Who was this mysterious queen?

понедельник, 3 октября 2011 г.

People of England: Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and the last representative of the Tudor Dynasty. Two years after Elizabeth's birth King Henry VIII executed Anne Boleyn on the grounds of adultery and treason which later proved unconvincing. Following her mother's execution Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. During her older sister's reign (Queen Mary I, also known as the "Bloody Mary") Elizabeth had been imprisoned for almost a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels. 

четверг, 29 сентября 2011 г.

Practice some Cockney English!

Now that you know some of the characteristics of the Cockney English dialect as it was presented by George Bernard Shaw in "Pygmalion" I would like to share a fun video made by Gareth Jameson, an actor and speaking coach from London, England. Mr. Jameson has a website through which he offers his services to a great audience attempting to perfect their speech. The name of the website though may sound quite ambiguous to an American reader.

среда, 28 сентября 2011 г.

What language did Eliza Doolittle speak in "Pygmalion?"

Professor Higgins had a challenging task before him as he had to train an uneducated flower girl how to speak properly. At the beginning of the 20th century the proper pronunciation played an essential role to securing a good job and thus guaranteed financial stability. Actually, the trend hasn't changed much since the play was written in 1912. To this day, you can get more business overseas if you speak clearly and effortlessly and if your accent is not as discernible. 

вторник, 27 сентября 2011 г.

"Pygmalion" celebrates 100 in 2012: Meet Professor Higgins!

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In the preface to the 1916 edition of "Pygmalion", George Bernard Shaw expressed his idea for creating Henry Higgins, the English Phonetics Professor, in the following words, "the reformer England needs ... an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play."

понедельник, 26 сентября 2011 г.

"Pygmalion" Ready to Celebrate its 100 Birthday!

Eliza Doolittle
Very few people know that 2012 will mark a 100 Birthday of one of the most unique plays written by George Bernard Shaw titled "Pygmalion" (1912). In Greek mythology, Pygmalion was known as the creator of a female sculpture that came to life. The fascination with Greek mythology impacted quite a number of English playwrights of the time, Mr. Shaw being one of them.

In the play, Mr. Henry Higgins, the early 20th century Phonetics professor and the perfectionist of the standard English pronunciation, makes a bet with his colleague, Pickering, that it would take him 6 months to turn a bedraggled street girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a refined lady simply by teaching her to speak properly. Exactly how did Eliza Doolittle come to being? 

понедельник, 13 июня 2011 г.

118. People of England: King Henry VIII


King Henry VIII was by far one of the most notorious kings of England. He reigned from April 21, 1509 until his death in 1547 and was the second of the Tudor dynasty after his father, Henry VII had passed away. Apart from squandering the majority of his father's hard-earned wealth, Henry VIII was known to have been married six times. His psychological insecurities had led him to see treason in every person around him, thus he decreed two of his wives to be beheaded as he had suspected them in marital and political infidelity.

пятница, 10 июня 2011 г.

117. Lessons learned from King George VI: The King's Speech


Reading through the May issue of Reader's Digest (May 2011, p. 20) I came across an interesting article on "How to Master Your Presentation: 5 Lessons from The King's Speech" by Jesse Desjardins from slideshare.net. If you haven't yet had a chance to watch this wonderful movie, I suggest you do that soon. If you are in the process of learning anything watching this movie will definitely encourage you. If you are a teacher, you will be enthused and inspired. To read more about King George VI as well as the story behind the movie and to watch the movie trailer check out one of OnlinEnglish recent posts by clicking here.

вторник, 31 мая 2011 г.

115b. England Stories Series: Buckingham Palace



Buckingham palace is the home and the primary residence of the British Monarch. Originally named Buckingham townhouse, it was built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham. A little over half a century later, the building was purchased by King George III to be used as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and thus was referred to as "The Queen's House." Architects John Nash and Edward Blore enlarged and updated the structure in the 19th century. The "House" became the official residence of the British Monarchs in 1837 upon the accession of Queen Victoria.

среда, 25 мая 2011 г.

113. England Stories Series: Althorp Estate

Althorp estate is located to the north-east of London and covers the area over 14,000 acres (over 60 km2). The estate has been the ancestral home of the Spencer family since the 16th century. It was here that a little girl Diana Spencer spent her childhood and adolescence. Little did she know what was in store for her. Ever since she married Prince Charles and became a part of the royal family, Princess Diana had become an object of admiration for her femininity and charitable works.

пятница, 29 апреля 2011 г.

107. People of England: Prince William and Catherine Middleton



The wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton seems to have magnetized people from all over the world. Millions of people have been "glued" to their TV screens to watch the beautiful royal wedding.

Prince William was born on June 21, 1982, the elder son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. He received his education in four schools of the UK and completed his degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Following his mother's example William was involved into a variety of charities, raising awareness of AIDS/HIV, working with inner-city disadvantaged groups, granting patronage to a charity that assists the homeless people.

четверг, 28 апреля 2011 г.

106b. People of England: King George VI


George VI was King of the UK and its Dominions from December 11, 1936 until his death in 1952. Being the second son of King George V, he was not considered immediate heir to the throne. His elder brother, Edward VIII, was expected to continue dynasty, but abdicated the throne to marry Ms. Wallis Simpson, an American, twice divorced, of very obscure past and no royal descent. Despite the counsel from the family against this marriage, Edward made a resolute decision to pursue Wallis Simpson rather than the throne, leaving his brother, George, in charge of all the country's affairs.

понедельник, 25 апреля 2011 г.

105. England Stories Series: Manchester


Manchester is a large city with the population close to half a million people. Greater Manchester (the area around the city) totals over 2 million people. Located in the south-central part of North West England (see the map below), it is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east. Manchester is most of the time thought of as the first industrialized city in the world. The first railway station was built in Manchester, and it is here that the scientists developed the first programmable computer.

понедельник, 28 марта 2011 г.

96. England Stories Series: Liverpool

Liverpool is more than just the birthplace of Beatles. It is a major British seaport, a home of two greatest football teams, magnificent cathedrals, and a key destination for the art lovers. Liverpool has a large and diverse population of over 400,000 people. It is known to be the town of Britain's oldest Black community dating back to 1730s. The immigrants from Africa came to Liverpool as seamen, the children of traders sent for education, and freed slaves. However, Liverpool has a large population of the Irish and the Chinese, and it is no longer surprising to see a whole range of International events and celebrations held in the city, as well as to taste a variety of foods from all over the world. Because of its diversity, Liverpool is often referred to as the "melting pot" of cultures.

понедельник, 21 марта 2011 г.

95. England Stories Series: Westminster Abbey


Westminster Abbey, or the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, is more than 10 centuries old. It is a large church built mainly in the Gothic style and located in the capital of England, London. Westminster Abbey has served as the traditional coronation and burial site of the British Monarchs since 1066. The original site had been established a century prior, around 960, as a Community of the Benedictine monks. The Gothic-looking edifice of the Abbey as we know it today was built by Henry III three centuries later in 1245 who was the first monarch to be buried there.

вторник, 1 марта 2011 г.

89. England Stories Series: Bath

Bath is a city located in the south-west of England, a little over 150 km west of London. Bath was first established as a spa resort by the Romans in 43 A.D. Since then the city has been renowned for its naturally hot springs, the only ones in the entire United Kingdom. When the Romans first discovered Bath with its natural hot water reservoirs, they built a network of luxurious baths that have been preserved exceptionally well until today.
The first-century Roman baths and the city's architectural masterpieces blend in well with the elegant neoclassical structures of the 18th century.

пятница, 25 февраля 2011 г.

88. England Stories Series: Trafalgar Square in London

Trafalgar Square is located in the very heart of London and is famous among tourists for its picturesque views, spectacular cultural events, historic heritage, fountains and... pigeons. The landscape of the Square, with its well-known Charing Cross (a juncture of three important streets in London) and a 44-metre Nelson's Column guarded by four bronze lions at its base, was initially developed by John Nash and then finished by Sir Charles Barry in the middle of the 19th century.

понедельник, 14 февраля 2011 г.

87. England Stories Series: London Eye

London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe that is located on the banks of the river Thames in the capital of England, London. It was designed by a team of seven architects. The height of this structure is 135 meters. London Eye was erected in 1999 as the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by two other observation wheels in Nanchang and Singapore. It is the most popular attraction of the English capital, attended by over 3.5 mln. tourists annually.