Показаны сообщения с ярлыком Famous People Biographies. Показать все сообщения
Показаны сообщения с ярлыком Famous People Biographies. Показать все сообщения

пятница, 8 марта 2013 г.

"Маленький принц" вырос!

Иллюстрация к повести "Маленький принц".
Автор: Кристина Хитрук. http://khstudiodesign.blogspot.com/
В этом году "Маленькому принцу" Антуана де Сента Экзюпери исполняется 70 лет! Ровно 70 лет назад, в 1943-м году, вышло первое издание этой повести, и даже сегодня "Маленький принц" не оставляет читателя равнодушным. Повесть разошлась на цитаты и была переведена на 250 языков. Ежегодно по всему миру продается около миллиона экземпляров "Маленького принца", и вполне оправдано это произведение считается самым лучшим произведением Франции 20-го века.

четверг, 16 августа 2012 г.

A Fascinating Interview with George Sandford: Part 1

George Sandford,
image: www.english4hr.com
George Sandford is a Business English tutor and consultant who is originally from England but is now working in Poland. His website, "English4HR", relates his incredible success story: "Born in Manchester and brought up in London, from a childhood of illiteracy and dyslexia, George has made an incredible journey that has taken him through national and commercial radio appearances, community work, international conferences, working with management gurus and publishing with Cambridge University Press." 

I first came across George Sandford's work through some twitter update. Then I started reading his blog, learned more about his textbooks on his website and realized that this teacher's contribution to the Human Resources language training is unique and very valuable! Just a week ago I wrote to him and asked for an interview, and he responded my five questions about his work in Poland, his experience teaching Business English and why it is important, as well as his textbooks. Today I'm posting the first part of our interview, and tomorrow you'll read the rest! This is a unique interview given to OnlinEnglish.

пятница, 29 июня 2012 г.

Nora Ephron, the author of "You've Got Mail" dies at 71

Image Credit: Michael Loccisano
/Getty Images
source: Inside Movies
Nora Ephron has left a legacy of memorable quotes from the movies that we all love, "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail," and the most recent one "Julie and Julia." She was a journalist, writer, playwright, filmmaker, and a three-time Oscar nominee. Ms. Ephron passed away on June 26 at a hospital in New York, after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia. 

Most of you have seen her movies and remember her wit, sage life wisdom, and an amazing sense of humor that her characters demonstrated in their conversations. Let's remember some of them:

среда, 29 февраля 2012 г.

Whitney Houston: Before and After Drugs

Her voice could not have been mistaken for anybody else's. It would pierce through your entire being, giving you the chills, stopping your breath and slowing down your heartbeat. She shot to fame in the 1990s making hit after hit, including the most memorable I Will Always Love You. Her most remarkable performance though took place in 1991 at Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium. Her signing, flawless, impeccable, and incredibly powerful shook the stadium and the world at large. 

The sad part of her life is her very public struggle with drugs which she claimed to have won, at the expense of her inimitable voice. She died alone, on February 11, 2012, most likely as a result of a drug overdose. In an interview with Diane Sawyer ten years ago she confessed, "My greatest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy." Below you can watch Whitney's legendary performance at the 1991 Super Bowl, and her 2008 performance, shortly after the rehabilitation program.

среда, 4 января 2012 г.

10 greatest "failures" of Jane Austen's life as a writer

Jane Austen,
image from wikipedia.org
It's only the beginning of the year, yet everybody has been incessantly talking about their New Year's resolutions. New Year's resolutions are essentially your plans to accomplish certain things in the new year. The pressure to succeed makes a lot of us restless as time goes by and we seem to want and desire to achieve more than we did last year. That's what's called "a rat race." I hope that you will try to stay out of it as much as possible, whether you enjoy your current job or would like to take the plunge and venture into the unknown. Wherever you are in your career, I thought there're some lessons we all can learn from Jane Austen, now a famous writer, but in the 19th century - a struggling author, fighting for her very survival and never receiving the acknowledgement she deserved directly. Yet, none of the circumstances seemed to have broken her. So, here're 10 of her major "life failures" that still produced such an accomplished writer:

вторник, 13 декабря 2011 г.

Poetry through suffering

Primo Levi was an Italian Jewish chemist and writer that survived the horrors of Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The dark memories of the concentration camp, etched deep in his being, defined and directed his writing after World War II was over. One of his poems, translated from Italian, is currently on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, in the hall that commemorates Holocaust. Last summer, when I went on a tour there while staying in Dayton, OH, I took a picture of Primo Levi's poem and then asked one of my students to translate it into Russian. You can see what came out of this. Share your thoughts on this translation. Some changes that have been made by the translator - do you think they can be justified?

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. 

пятница, 29 июля 2011 г.

127. Nobel Prize Winners: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandala was born in 1918 and is known around the world as a very prominent social, anti-apartheid activist, the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the first democratically elected president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His anti-apartheid involvement cost him his freedom as in 1962 he was sentenced to life imprisonment on a number of charges, including sabotage. He spent 18 out of 27 years of his imprisonment on Robben Island, then was released in 1990. Upon his release he led his party in negotiations towards establishing multiracial democracy in South Africa.

четверг, 7 июля 2011 г.

122. Unending Love: One of Audrey Hepburn's favorite poems

~Written by Rabindranath Tagore - a Bengali poet, writer and composer - this poem itself combines music and poetry in the most appealing way. Even in translation, his poems carry the sound of music that speaks universally to each human being.

Tagore was the first non-European and the only Indian artist to be awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. His short stories, plays and novels depicted the Bengali country lifestyle and reshaped the literature and music of the country.

Shortly before her death, Audrey Hepburn shared one of her favorite poems, penned by Tagore, with her two sons. Read it and enjoy its charming melody!~

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.

вторник, 17 мая 2011 г.

111. Norman Rockwell: an American Painter and Illustrator

A familiar for many Americans print titled "Begging" on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post draws one into a life of light, leisure, and laughter. Look at the faithful dog who's fixed its gaze on that box of sweets begging to get just one candy. Indifferent to her pet, the master continues reading giving no notice to the puppy's demands.

Norman Rockwell painted this scene for a Post Cover of June 1925. His prints and paintings, always cheerful and bright, skillfully concealed the truth about his depressions and emotional disorders. Norman Rockwell has lived through two wars, the Great Depression of the 30s, three marriages, and random visits to a psychiatrist.

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, 18 апреля 2011 г.

102. Intermediate Listening: Norah Jones

Norah Jones (real name Geethali Norah Jones Shankar) was born in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, and concert producer Sue Jones. She started her career of a performer at her church where she sang in the choir. Apart from singing, she took piano lessons and played the alto saxophone when she attended high school. Before becoming a recording artist at the beginning of the 21st century Norah Jones was a lounge singer performing with a number of well-known artists. Her debut album, Come Away With Me (released in 2002) was praised for the skillful blending of acoustic pop with soul and jazz. Don't Know Why (one of the most famous singles from her first record) became #1 hit on the Top 40 adult recurrents in 2003 and received 5 awards.

понедельник, 7 марта 2011 г.

91. Intermediate Listening: Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones

Today's story is about a very famous African-American opera singer of the 1800s, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, or Mme [madam] Jones, as she preferred to be called. Mme Jones was not afraid to be herself and pursued a career that in her day and age was simply impossible for a person of color to achieve. Yet her love for singing and her dedication to pursuing what is right has made her career noticeable and an example for many. Watch the video and complete the assignments below:

понедельник, 6 декабря 2010 г.

72. Intermediate Listening: Audrey Hepburn (3)

71. Intermediate Listening: Audrey Hepburn (2)

Here is the second part of a three-part program about Audrey Hepburn. Watch it and complete the assignments in the comments line.

70. Intermediate Listening: Audrey Hepburn (1)

This post is a part of a three-part program on Audrey Hepburn. The story is beautiful because it is shared by Audrey's son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer who was asked to relate the story of Audrey, an actress, a mother, and the "best friend." Audrey Hepburn's story has touched a great number of people, and I hope that it will touch you as well. Her life was beautiful because she chose to live a part of it not for her own sake, but for the sake of others. We can truly live when we are willing to give what is most precious to us in this life to those who need it most...