Archives for December 2010
Hi, I'm Steve. This is my first blog for BBC Learning English, and I'd like to tell you about new year celebrations here in the UK, as well as some of the things I enjoy doing when I'm on holiday here.
I can't leave you without it:) In a couple of days our Santa (We call him Ded Moroz) will have the most intensive working day, or to be more exactly..night, bringing presents under New Year's trees. But where does he live the rest of the year?
Here all the most interesting things are still coming... You may think a wish on the eve of New Year, you may even write them all on a paper and then burn it while chiming clock is striking (to make sure they all will come true)... But the true magic will be later ;)
Just a quick note on behalf of all of us here at BBC Learning English to thank everyone who has written, commented on or just read the blogs in the last year. You've all been great! In January you will have a chance to catch up with all our past bloggers - students and teachers. It's going to be fun!
We wish you all a happy Christmas, and a peaceful, happy and healthy 2011.
Carrie and everyone in BBC Learning English
As you may know, here we have 2 Xmases:) both on the 25th of December and on the 7th of January. But the main celebrations are on the eve of New Year (with dinner that often turn into breakfast smoothly, trees and presents)...
Many cruel and arguable things happened in Belarus last days. So I'm cruel today, and decided to tell you about a debatable hobby that even attracts foreigners to Belarus.
I'm often asked if Russian and Belarusian languages differ anyhow. Yes! Russian and Belarusian languages are different, though they have a lot in common. But I think Russian people won't understand well good Belarusian speech. So today I'll tell you a bit about my native language.
It's my last day on the blog - I'm off for Christmas holidays from today. But it's December, and so as one thing comes to an end another begins...
Presidential elections are to be tomorrow in Belarus. The most known candidate, I think, is Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has been ruling the country for the last 16 years. What can I say about the person who is the President of my native country greater part of my life? (I'm not so good at math, but seems it's a bit less than a third part of his own life)
Hi Everyone! My name is Val and this is my first ever blog for BBC Learning English. I've recently re-joined the Multimedia Team here in London after a one year break.
Well... It is not possible to ignore 'national' Minsk, when talking about the city :)
Abigail asked to tell more about Minsk and Mensk. Though it is quite a complicated question and I'm not a historian I'll try in short ;)
A lovely blog post about Minsk. After reading it, I feel like Minsk is a person.
You were all set to take us to Minsk, when you thought of another topic - or as you said 'another interesting topic popped up' - which is a very good, very English phrase!
Hello, it's Rob here. I was stuck at home recently and couldn't get to the office. No I wasn't being lazy; the weather was to blame! I know the British like to talk about the weather but the snowfall last week was exceptional. Let me tell you more.
I had already been ready to take you to Minsk, when another interesting topic popped up. Belarusian crafts are so close to Belarusian province and village that I decided not to put it off.
And once again -- Draniki)) specially for Abigail and all those who want to try making it :)
Thanks for your extremely well-written guide to your country and its food. And what fantastic photos! You've made me want to cook draniki and rollerskate in front of the Executive Committee. You've used some very good words and phrases, and I'd like to share these with everyone, and offer some help.
If you are still not bored with Belarusian province, let's go to countryside to complete the picture of it.
I've just come back to my place in Minsk, but I hope you don't mind returning to my native town and starting our trip around Belarus from there :)
As a girl who is trying to be a good hostess, first of all I lay the table ;) Hope you'll enjoy.
Sorry I haven't blogged for ages (goodness, it's actually over 3 months). My excuse is that I was waiting for Andrew to blog. ;-)
Anyway, yesterday I had no excuse as I was at home on a "snow day". Basically this means that I couldn't get in to the office because of the snow. Britain is not very good at dealing with snow - I guess it's because we don't have it very often. So when it starts to snow, the country kind of shuts down. Yesterday there were some trains running, so I made it in to work. But today, nothing....and I only live about 10 miles from the centre of London. Andrew is also snowed in - I've just sent him a message to see if he will do a blog, so you never know, you may have 2 of them to read!
Welcome, Veronika. It's so nice to read your first blog post. You've chosen such an interesting topic. Now I'm just waiting to discover the secrets of Belarusian beauty, fashion and food! So no pressure, then...*
You speak really excellent English, but I would like to offer you some tips, which might help you express yourself even better.
Hi, I'm Abigail, and I'm your teacher for December. Today is not a normal day in England. It's all snowballs and footballs. And some of us are wearing plastic bags on our feet...
I'm very pleased to meet you as a blogger of this month:)
My name is Veronika and I'm from Belarus.