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some photos of snowy Liberec

Ahoj (every time this rather popular exclamation is mentioned, the image of a 30s pin-up lady saying ‘Hello, sailor!’ uncontrollably occurs in my head)

There’s snow in Liberec! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t. On one of our first conversation lessons, Linda told us that last year there was only one teeny-weeny snowfall, and I have honestly believed these people here aren’t sure what snow looks like since. In the middle of December, there were a few times when the mixture of snowflakes and raindrops fell down from the sky, an I thought that was it. How surprised I was to return here on the 11th of January  and find out some snow piles! (even though they weren’t really much to look at) Continue reading

The Duty of the Strong: the review

Most of our extracurricular (and curricular as well sometimes) English classes were devoted to performing Olympiad-like tasks and training for one of the most crucial event of our lives. That’s my writing part done last autumn.

We had to translate ‘The Duty of the Strong’ and write “an essay giving your arguments, commenting on the ideas expressed in the poem”.

Time given: 1,5 hour.

Word limit for the essay: 250-300 words. Continue reading

a travelling through the USA story

Another short story from my personal short stories archive for you, ladies and gentlemen.

Was written about two years ago, on a tiring spring evening, as my English homework. One of those several times we were asked to write a story, not an essay.

We had to write a story on several conditions:

  • the theme is “Travelling in the USA”
  • should contain a joke and a moral
  • 400-450 words long

So, Continue reading

Как я жила без интернета: увлекательная трагикомедия в трёх с половиной действиях (another one written for the big fat journalism contest last year)

Решено:  новый год – новая жизнь. Папа бросает курить, мама садится на диету, брат-пятиклассник прекращает занимать телефонную линию двадцать восемь часов в сутки, а младшая сестрёнка ест меньше сладостей и регулярно чистит зубки. А я? Что из своей ежедневной жизни современный подросток может несомненно убрать? «Конечно же, Интернет» – хором ответят родители. «Может, лучше нудные нотации?» – закатят глаза мои ровесники. Решив прислушаться сначала к мнению старших, а потом попробовать внедрять в свою жизнь инновации, предлагаемые более юными, я под бой курантов бодро даю себе обещание слезть с информационной иглы, ограничив собственный доступ к Всемирной Паутине. Continue reading