Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml en-gb 30 Mon 29 Dec 2014 14:10:49 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml Ashish http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=93#comment15 Hi Marina,I’ve been back again but a bit later than I’d planned previously. Thanks for another interesting piece. It’s really nice a writing that surely will make a sense of nostalgia in everyone, I think. While I was reading this blog, I also was thinking about my parents, how they’d tell stories and histories during my childhood. In fact, it’s great that you’ve got the collection from your parents and others. I'm really unlucky in this case as I'd no such collection that will help me reminding the golden time of my past. Can you imagine that how lucky you are in this sense? It’s surprising that the ‘Black and White’ photographs are also bright till now!Keep these as long as you can. Imagine the view that how much it’ll be surprising to hand over these to your inheritor!Thanks.Ashish Sun 22 Aug 2010 16:18:47 GMT+1 Varisha http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=87#comment14 Hi Marina,Thanks for sharing your family history with us. You have such a nice mixture of nationalities in your family. I was just thinking whether the culture you follow reflects your ethnically diverse family or just follwing the traditions of Kazakhistan. Although I am not fond of sunflower seeds but I believe there are so many benefits for eating them and I try to include them in my diet occasionally. I love the flowers though and it does not take too much effort to grow them. Looking forward to your next blog.Negee Thu 19 Aug 2010 12:12:20 GMT+1 BBC_fan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=81#comment13 Hi there!First of all I'd like to say that I like your style of writing. I was pleased to read a facsinating history of your family. The fact that you have so many nationalities in your family is so impressive. What surprised me the most is that somehow your korean grandpa and beloraussian grandma found each other and finally ended up with falling in love with each other! Amazingly!:-)Best wishes,BBC_fan Thu 19 Aug 2010 02:22:10 GMT+1 Naheed http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=75#comment12 Hello again Marina,I forgot to add one more thing about sunflower seeds. I like them very much they are delicious:)Naheed Wed 18 Aug 2010 19:25:42 GMT+1 Marina http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=68#comment11 Hi dear friends! I'm so glad that you like my stories and understand them although I've made so many grammatical mistakes :)) I promise to answer all your questions a little bit later!Marina Wed 18 Aug 2010 15:49:46 GMT+1 Slim http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=62#comment10 Hi Marina!I am from Poland. I am Polish and everybody from my family is Polish too ;). Thanks a lot for your blog - I find it very interesting and read all your stories. Cherry jam is delicious, especially that made by my mum ;). I use to add sunflower seeds to the bread, which I make myself. I also add pumpkin seeds and such bread is very healthy and tasty.Looking forward to your next postSlim Wed 18 Aug 2010 11:40:55 GMT+1 Maria http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=56#comment9 Hello Marina,I'm Maria from Poland. On the latest Monday I also was in Warsaw. Do you like our capital city? Many Polish have ambivalent feelings about this town and say that is ugly and dirty. It will be nice to know how foreigners look on our capital.But this is not the most interesting case that I want to ask you. How the Kazakhs treat their history, especially the period of being one of the republic of the USSR? The Kazakhs consider its as an occupation or rather as an normal situation? And what about now? As the nation do you like the Russian and politics that they are leading or you are rather more sceptical about them? I'm really interested in Kazakhs-Russian relation so it will be great if you write something about it.Thanks a lot for your blog. It's really nice to read your posts. I'm eagerly waiting for the next one.Best wishes from Poland,Maria Wed 18 Aug 2010 05:57:22 GMT+1 danny http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=50#comment8 Hey Marina I like your openess by sharing with us your memories about your wonderful and warm family.These chidhood memories will be with you for ever.It's a real personal and ptivate treasure.By the way my grandpa was from Ukriana he left this place when he was 18 years old.But till his last days when he was 90 y.o he used to drink his tea from a Samovar.He used to put a cube of suger in his mouth and to "draw" the tea slowly and noisy a little bit...He didn't use teaspoon to stir the suger.I see that the Samovar can combine some of us like Pary from Iran and Aliass from Pakistan - at least in our memories.Keep writingDanny from Israel Tue 17 Aug 2010 20:49:55 GMT+1 Cross_the_Bridge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=43#comment7 Hi Marina,thank you for your post, especially for the photos of your relatives. The black and white colours give a touch of sweet nostalgia, don't they ?I've never tried sunflower seeds and even for me it is hardly possible do find them. What do they taste like ? Why are they supposed to be useful ? Maybe because in the past people had little to eat ?Just a note, when we prepare cherry jam we get rid of the pits almost at the end. After cherries have boiled enough they are manually sieved by a rough sieve. The pits remain above and the pulp of cherries drops belove.Looking forward to your next post.Bye Tue 17 Aug 2010 20:46:08 GMT+1 Rose_federer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=37#comment6 Idon know what can i say about my family .my parntes ended their 's marriage when iwas eight idon have alot of memories with my father .sometimes when he come ididnt feel enything .but my paine still with me. Tue 17 Aug 2010 17:20:16 GMT+1 Rose_federer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=31#comment5 Hi every one its frist time here my english isnt good so iam here for learning . my name is haifa iam a libyan girl iam 30 and i like learning english .i have funny resone maby to pepole but to me its great resone iam abig fan roger federer i have alot of friends fans of roger we are chating on websit and i hope to be friend to all. Tue 17 Aug 2010 17:06:21 GMT+1 Pary http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=25#comment4 Hi Dear Marina , It 's too nice to open BBC blog when there is a new entry from you . I save the pages and read them when I have free time in my work place So hope don't mind my late comments . It was nice to hear about your home town even still I don't know how to pronounce it! And hope to know more about Almaty via your Blog . You are lucky that you love your Job ,Most people do their Job because there is no choice to make their life ! thank you for your latest post . WE still use Samavar in Iran and I have seen some people using it ( with coal ) in their picnics ! I love sun flowers and it 's seed , too. WE used to plant them in our garden in my childhood and I will love to plant them if somday have a garden , too. Here we make cherry Jam and I like it a lot . Ok my time is up ...cheers Tue 17 Aug 2010 09:21:50 GMT+1 eklips2010 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=18#comment3 Hello,marina.I'm from South Korea, and it's always feeling good when people around the world talk about South Korea. I read all your stories,quite interesting. ^^(Smiling Emoticon in Korea). there's one thing that I want to correct a word. "pec-il" → "Bec-il", "hvegap" → "Hwan-gop"If you have any questions more about S,Korea,check out my facebook,and add me as a friend^^ [Personal details removed by Moderator] Tue 17 Aug 2010 08:58:25 GMT+1 angela http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=12#comment2 Hi Marinai'm first here. i can't wait to reply your blog.because i'm Korean.i can't speak English well, so i can't write long.It's interesting story.thank you. Tue 17 Aug 2010 08:53:30 GMT+1 Naheed http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=6#comment1 Hello Marina,Thinking of old days is always a great flash back into the past and especially in childhood. I really loved the pictures you shared with us and reading about your past days is as if I was seeing it all happening in front me eyes. I have never tried cherry jam but over here the homemade jam which is made in almost every home is mango jam and it's worth a try. Looking forward to you posts.Naheed from Pakistanstudent blogger June 2007 Tue 17 Aug 2010 08:00:22 GMT+1 Aliass http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2010/08/things-aint-what-they-used-to.shtml?page=0#comment0 Hello Marina, I really like your stories. I agree with you that smoking is dangerous for health, as it can cause various diseases. I also used to eat jam in childhood and my favorite one was Mango jam. Marina the Russian word you used "samovar" is almost has the same pronunciation we have in Persian language "Samavar" (A medium water tang.Thanks for sharing your experiences.Aliass Hussain Changazi.Pakistan. Tue 17 Aug 2010 03:39:24 GMT+1