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  • Message 151

    , in reply to message 150.

    Posted by zl_bbc (U14552627) on Monday, 24th September 2012

    Hi Alex,
    I am goggling on this thread what you have posted here now....
    I see that you are as a fixture on the BBC, as we say it in my countrysmiley - winkeye.
    I didn't know that this forum has been working so many years. I only have had the Internet since 2010. But BBC is not unknown for me, because in 1990-1992
    I had subscribed the BBC magazine "The BBC Learning English for learners of English" and still have these ten magazines.
    I remember the times when I we learned the Russian language, we had "Druzba" in a school, and I had a few pen friends (girls) from Russia - from Leningrad, Riga and I don't remember where they were from.
    And now, we are writing in English.

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  • Message 152

    , in reply to message 151.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Monday, 24th September 2012

    Wow! Zl! You're a treasure! Please wait - I will reply later today!

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  • Message 153

    , in reply to message 152.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Monday, 24th September 2012

    Sorry for this delay, Zl.

    Have a look at this thread:

    Alas! Our dearest friend Anneliese has passed away earlier this month.... She was the only Board member I knew who had a lot of "BBC English Magazine"s. I have just several issues. And now you reveal that you also possess that treasure! It is amazing! Are you looking at those magazines now and then?

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  • Message 154

    , in reply to message 153.

    Posted by zl_bbc (U14552627) on Tuesday, 25th September 2012

    I am only occasionally on the "Communicate!" when I find something what I am interested in. I saw that sad information about Anneliese... She had posted jokes on "Ask a question" last days before she died. She appeared full of optimism as she wrote....

    I have ten issues of "BBC English" from Oct/1990 to Aug/1991. I have been looking at them very rarely since I've had the internet, because it is very tiring to search something. The internet is quicker. I remember that there is a very good explanation of the usage of the word "ever" in one of the issues.
    I posses even other treasures - magazines "L'amitie / Friendship" from 1982 to 1992, but these was probably printed only in my country as help for students learning French and English.

    BTW, are you from Ukraine? My granddad ( father of my dad) had come from that part of the world to Slovakia in cca1920, and I have the name which is not found in Slovakia and Google didn't found anything about our family either. My old ancestors were probably somewhere in Belarus / Poland /Ukraine as we found out from documents on the web from old times when Europe looked totally different.

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  • Message 155

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 25th September 2012

    Can you read in Polish? I suppose you can because I am able to catch a bit of Slovak. When I understand something, Marie always tells me that it is not Czech, but Slovak smiley - biggrin If you can speak Polish, I may show you a page, when they mention my ancestors.... They moved from Warsaw to the East of Ukraine. My city was the capital of Ukraine before the War.
    By the way, talking about magazines.... I subscribed for quite a long time to the Polish magazine "Mozaika angelska" and even subsribed to "Mala Mosaika" for my children. Those magazines though were bilingual - English-Polish. But one Polish book became a milestone in my learning of English! It was called "Read and Enjoy" by Bogdan Krakowian. It wasn't obvious for me before that book that it is possible the MONOLINGUAL language learning! It was a revelation then! And later I happened to know the BBC English teaching programmes and they changed my "learning life" completely! Now they broadcast only bilingual programmes and I think this is a big mistake. But when I listen to the programmes in French or Arabic (which I do not understand), they are virtually monolingual for me smiley - biggrin They started by the way broadcast a new series on the Feed 3 (new for that channel of course) - you may listen to it from that French page that I showed in the "Ask a Question" forum. It is called "Pocketful of Words" - quite good programmes!

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  • Message 156

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    Posted by zl_bbc (U14552627) on Wednesday, 26th September 2012

    It is another topic what we are "talking" here now, but interesting. I can understand Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian, etc. because they all are Slavonic languages. But some words are totally different when they are written, and it is rather difficult to understand the written text for me. I was very good in Russian, but now I don't use it and I not always can understand written text in azbuka and I forgot to write in azbuka too. I can understand what our Polish neighbour on the market say, but not always. Sometimes we have to help with hands and explain another way.
    My grandfather spoke Slovak, Hungarian and German, and not Ukrainian or Russian, because these languages were mostly used in that part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire ( I didn't known granddad, because he died early cca 6year before I was born). It is interesting how Europe looked before the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I am not good in history, but I've found some information on the web that this part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was a Polish and a Lithuanian territory too. So we are mixed from various nations and languages here.

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  • Message 157

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Sunday, 7th October 2012

    Hi, Zl!

    How are you? Did you manage to install a dish?

    I tried to search the Web for the "BBC English Magazine" or "Mozaika Angelska" - and no trace of it! Even on Amazon! Even on E-bay! Incredible.... And I happened to see some BBC English series online, but it is a drop in the ocean! Internet really could be a very good means for teaching and learning English (any language actually), but so far they are using less than 0.001 percent of its potential! Because it was wrongly arranged from the very beginning....

    Slovak, Hungarian and German? Incredible! Three completely different languages! Knowing Slovak you may understand a bit of Polish or Ukrainian, but not German or Hungarian! Hungarian is supposed to be one of the most difficult languages in the World!

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  • Message 158

    , in reply to message 125.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Wednesday, 7th November 2012

    Nori writes;

    Dear Andrew and all,

    Astrology for me is just a statistical theory which is just like
    telling a person what his characters are by asking his blood
    type. My blood is A-typed. And A-typed person is supposed to
    be trustful, nervous and diligent. Yes, that exactly applies to me.
    I am a person who don't believe in this kind of fortune tellings.
    However, it's a nice way to know what you are and how you
    are supposed to act. I am a Taurus and by Chinese twelve animal
    years, I am a snake who was born in May. I get an image of myself
    easily from books pertaining to Taurus, snake, and which month I was
    born. Brain storming myself, that's just what it is.

    Japanese people are always curious to know what kind of blood type
    a stranger has. And that's why most of the Japanese people know
    their own blood type. I think you are seldom asked what type of
    blood you have except by doctors or nurses at hospitals.

    It was posted to the Mailing List exactly 10 years ago - on the 7th of November 2002!

    And that's what Kumiko wrote almost exactly a year after - on the 12 of November 2003!

    Kumiko from Japan writes

    In Japan, we too sometimes describe people's personalities by their
    blood types. For example, type A people are careful and responsible.
    Type B people are individualistic and independent. Type O people are said
    to be competitive and realistic. Type AB are rational and fair to others.
    These are just part of the personality description for the blood types.
    I don't know whether or not this theory is reliable. But as far as I'm
    concerned, this description matches my personality.I wonder if other
    countries have the similar theory.
    Why the beginning of November? Is there some special date connected to that custom?

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  • Message 159

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 13th November 2012

    And on the 18th of November 2003 Jennifer and Ramgopal wrote on this issue:

    Ramgopal from India writes...

    Dear Friends,

    Please note that there is no rationale in all that crap about blood
    groups and personality of their owners. I don't want anyone of you to
    take it seriously. I simply put it out for the sake of starting a new
    thread of discussions in our group. Come to think of it ?. If it were so
    scientifically correct, is there anything stopping parent/s to resort to
    effect a 100% replacement of a particular group of blood with the one
    the one they wish their child would like to match it's personality in
    later life ? Something akin to foetal sex-determination test by
    ultrasound. In Rh (Rhesus) incompatibility cases where the Rh factor of
    husband and wife are different, I have heard of rare cases where the new
    born's blood was changed, through transfusion, to match either of their
    parent's, a procedure to save the child from complications related to
    conflict of antibodies in the blood it was born with.

    As in astrology, there may be instances of accidental coincidence and
    people would have tried to derive a formula out of it with some success.
    And that explains why Rodrigo's father is not aggressive despite his O
    Neg. blood group. Theory of probability or in common parlance 50/50
    chance comes in to play.

    Please do not experiment with your blood. In Psychiatry, it is said that
    we are all born with characteristic personality traits, something like
    the signature tune of a radio station. It is next to impossible to
    alter this permanently. Nevertheless, modification to some degree is
    possible with conditioning of mind through suggestions by a good


    Jennifer from Taiwan writes:

    Dear all members,

    Whether blood type or horoscope is a set of statistic data, which shows
    the most common traits that will appear in a person within a certain
    category. Some description has become a stereotype before you get to
    know the person. Those data should be regarded as reference data. After
    all, the personality of a person will be influenced by external factors,
    such as environment, family or friends surrounding him. Also getting
    along with or spending time with a person is the best and accurate way
    to know them.

    Best regards,
    Jennifer, Taiwan

    Enjoy it!

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  • Message 160

    , in reply to message 159.

    Posted by Nimsara (U15511154) on Wednesday, 12th December 2012

    Hi everybody

    We should not forget the history. Therefore, let's try to refresh our minds again.


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  • Message 161

    , in reply to message 160.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Wednesday, 12th December 2012

    Would you like to read about something specific, Nimsara?

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  • Message 162

    , in reply to message 161.

    Posted by Nimsara (U15511154) on Thursday, 13th December 2012

    Hi Alex S

    I prefer to read about Philosophy or Nature of Science, Civil Engineering & Building Construciton related topics.


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  • Message 163

    , in reply to message 162.

    Posted by lubnatsi (U3977409) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    How many years now, Alex?

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  • Message 164

    , in reply to message 163.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    In September it would be 16... Not too much! BBC English (then "English by Radio" started to broadcast (TO TEACH ENGLISH!!) back in the times of the World War 2.... Who knows - maybe by ceasing their teaching they will ignite a new war?

    If ignorance is a good thing?

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  • Message 165

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    Posted by lubnatsi (U3977409) on Thursday, 21st February 2013

    I think my membership is more than 6 years but I am not sure... Anyway.... I am bad at remembring dates and years. I only know by heart the date of my birth!Only! Really! smiley - biggrin

    But I remember that I became a member of Mailling List at first and without starting it , I was informed that Mailing List's closure (so I could not use it) but this board's stating. And my adventure and jouryney started since then without stopping!

    Dear Alex, ignorance is the main reason why this world suffered such as having two world wars... If a person can tame oneself, can resist being not manupulated, provocoted even in hard times,resits being not greedy etc... respect.... etc...

    This world will have warsss in the future.

    This platform was really a good platform to understand cultures etc.... In fact such boards must be increased in the web. If people share something and communicate eachother instead of playing bloody games (war games), this world would be really better.

    Ignorance... A bad or good thing.... We will see in our lives and around the world! smiley - sadface

    Till now ignorance has won in this messy world and will keep showing its bad sides even with a grin like a Cheshire cat ... smiley - winkeye


    Take care of yourself, smiley - rose


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  • Message 166

    , in reply to message 165.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Thursday, 21st February 2013

    ignorance is the main reason why this world suffered such as having two world wars...   Yes! But every coin has two sides.... Two great wars boosted amazing achievements in science and technology - planes, cars, ships, breakthroughs in physics, medicine, communications... Due to the wars we have new power sources, space rockets... even Internet! And the "BBC English" was also a "brainchild" of a war - "COLD WAR"!

    If a person can tame oneself, can resist being not manupulated, provocoted even in hard times,resits being not greedy etc... respect.... etc...   Alas! Such behavior is unnatural - it is "against the Nature". Fight, competition, "crime" - are natural.... That's why they succeed... By the way, have you heard about the latest executions in Japan?...
    This platform was really a good platform to understand cultures etc.... In fact such boards must be increased in the web. If people share something and communicate eachother instead of playing bloody games (war games), this world would be really better.  These were my exact thoughts when I joined the Mailing List back in 1997! smiley - biggrin I hoped that maybe we will be able to change this World just a little bit.... smiley - biggrin

    smiley - rose

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  • Message 167

    , in reply to message 166.

    Posted by lubnatsi (U3977409) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Alas! Such behavior is unnatural - it is "against the Nature". Fight, competition, "crime" - are natural....

    So, you and Tatsunori do agree with it but when it comes to punishmenet, it changes and you disagree...

    By the way, have you heard about the latest executions in Japan?...

    Yes, I heard, Three of them (total was 133) punished on Monday-- with Capital Punishment.

    Anyway.... Let's pass this matter!

    and say....

    FAREWELL to this boards .... smiley - winkeye

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  • Message 168

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    So, you and Tatsunori do agree with it but when it comes to punishmenet, it changes and you disagree...  Punishment is always SUBJECTIVE, so it it "unnatural".... What do I agree with Nori? Nori believes that punishment could be FAIR. I say that punishment may be more or less reasonable but never fair!

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  • Message 169

    , in reply to message 168.

    Posted by lubnatsi (U3977409) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Alex, let's put an end to this matter. smiley - winkeye

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