poniedziałek, 25 czerwca 2018

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S WHAT?

Do you know how much you know and don't know? And the most important - do you know how to say it? Let's make sure you know...
I KNOW:

I know what's what - wiem co w trawie piszczy.
I'm pretty sure - jestem całkiem pewien.
I know it like the back of my hand - znam coś jak swoje 5 palców.
I know it by heart - znam to na pamięć.
I know it inside out - znam to na wylot.
I'm fairly positive - jestem całkiem pewien.
I'm certain it is - jestem absolutnie pewien.
I DON'T KNOW:

I haven't a clue - nie mam pojęcia.
I don't know off the top of my head - tak bez zastanowienia to nie wiem.
I've never heard of him - nigdy o nim nie słyszałem.
I don't know offhand - tak na poczekaniu to nie wiem.
I know next to nothing (about) ... - wiem tyle co każdy o ... 
I haven't the faintest idea - nie mam bladego pojęcia.


trench coat - Zara (old)
blouse - Mango
trousers - H&M
shoes - H&M %
bag - Zara

poniedziałek, 18 czerwca 2018

PHENOMENAL US - CHALLENGE 16

Dziki Ogród / Wild Garden

#phenomenalus #phenomenaluschallenge #phenomenalusdzikiogrod #phenomenaluswildgarden

What's your favourite season of the year? I definitely love the spring when the first flowers, like snowdrops and crocuses come out. The nature comes to life and all the trees, plants and flowers start to blossom out. It gets warmer and warmer and I can finally shed heavy winter clothes.

The summer is eagerly awaited by those who love scorching weather (not to mention all the pupils, students and teachers). When I walk through a forest, I can see enormous oaks and birches, various bushes and plants, like a daisy or forget-me-not.

The autumn is so colourful when leaves turn yellow, red and brown. I can walk enjoying the Indian summer and pick up chestnuts on my way home.

When it comes to the winter... freezing weather, icy roads an pavements, snow-covered cars which need to be cleared. On the other hand, pines and spruces remain green covered in snow, magic Christmas time, children ski and sledge, make a snowman...

Well, I can't decide. Each season of the year has so much to offer.
snowdrop - przebiśnieg
crocus - krokus
come to life - budzić się do życia
blossom out - rozkwitać
shed - zrzucać (np. ubrania)
scorching - upalnie
oak - dąb
birch - brzoza
bush - krzak, krzew
daisy - stokrotka
forget-me-not - niezapominajka
Indian summer - babie lato
chestnut - kasztan
freezing - mroźno
icy - oblodzone
pine - sosna
spruce - świerk

dress - H&M (very old)

wtorek, 12 czerwca 2018

...WEEP, AND YOU WEEP ALONE

There is a saying in English: Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone. Is that true that we are usually taken with cheerful and optimistic people, not gloomy and miserable ones? It all depends on our character but I believe it is mostly true. Let's focus today on the second part of the saying...
weep - płakać, szlochać
weep for sb - opłakiwać kogoś (dead person)
weep with joy / rage - płakać z radości / wściekłości

sob - szlochać, łkać
Foregive me! he sobbed.
sob one's heart out - wypłakiwać sobie oczy 

cry - wykrzykiwać (=shout); płakać (=weep)
Look out! he cried.
cry for joy - płakać z radości
cry bitter tears - gorzko płakać
cry for the moon - pragnąć gwiazdki z nieba 

wail - płacz, zawodzenie; zawodzić
We could hear the wail of children in our neighbour's house.
Oh no! he wailed. 

howl - wyć, ryczeć
howl with rage / pain - zawyć z wściekłości / bólu
howl with laughter - ryczeć ze śmiechu 

whimper - kwilić
The baby was whimpering in the cradle.  

jacket - Mango
trousers / shoes - Mango (old%)
top - H&M
belt / bag - Zara  

poniedziałek, 4 czerwca 2018

PHENOMENAL US - CHALLENGE 15

Piasek pustyni / Sand of a Desert

#phenomenalus #phenomenaluschallenge 
#phenomenaluspiasekpustyni #phenomenalussandofadesert
 
Better late than never, as they say. I've finally faced the challenge of the PHENOMENAL US group. I hope it won't be a one-time post with the group and I will be able to meet the challenge more often. Taking advantage of the situation, I've decided to prepare a short revision of phenomenal and challenging phrases. Off you go...

phenomenon (l.poj)- zjawisko, fenomen
Hating other people on the internet is a strange and inexplicable phenomenon to me. 

phenomena - (l.mn.)
Tornadoes are widespread phonomena in the USA.
 
phenomenal - wyjątkowy, niezwykły
It is said that this plant has phenomenal healing powers. 


take up a challenge - podjąć wyzwanie
We took up a challenge to write a new project.

meet / face the challenge - sprostać wyzwaniu

present a challenge - stanowić wyzwanie
Bringing up a child presents a great challenge nowadays. 



dress / necklace - Mango
shoes - Mango (very old)
bag / belt - Zara

środa, 23 maja 2018

HOW ECO-FRIENDLY ARE YOU?

We've all heard about the greenhouse effect, global warming, deforestation, climate change, endangered species, air pollution, melting of glaciers, wasting of natural resources and other environmental disasters. It doesn't matter if you are red or black - we all should definitely be GREEN. 

What do you do to protect the environment? Let's hope you are not one of those people who claim that individuals cannot make a difference and minimise their impact on the environment. I believe everyone can... sort rubbish into four containers, not leave the water running when it's not necessary, turn off the light when you leave a room, avoid buying unnecessary things, use a recyclabe bag while doing shopping, cycle or use public transport whenever possible. And last but not least, make an effort to consume less. This is probably the most difficult. On one hand, an undemanding attitude to life has been promoted. On the other hand, we are attacted by aggressive advertisements, pop-ups and hoardings

I wish you only "green" choices and may the "green" force be with you.  

deforestation - wycinanie lasów
endangered species - zagrożone gatunki
melting of glaciers - topnienie lodowców
wasting of natural resources - marnowanie surowców naturalnych
protect the environment - chronić środowisko
make a difference - zmienić coś
minimise one's impact on the environment - zminimalizować swój wpływ na środowisko
sort rubbish - segregować odpady
avoid buying unnecessary things - unikać kupowania niepotrzebnych rzeczy
use public transport - korzystać z transportu publicznego
consume less - zużywać (czegoś) mniej
an undemanding attitude to life - minimalizm
pop-up - reklamy pojawiające się podczas przeglądania stron internetowych
hoarding - billboard



dress and bag - Mango
shoes - Mint&Berry 
necklace - Mango (old) 

poniedziałek, 14 maja 2018

SHE'S GOT THE LOOK

There are many verbs which can be used to describe the way we look at somebody or something. We can catch a glimpse of, have a glance or cast a glance of somebody and all these phrases mean to have a quick look. Not to mention love at first glance. For instance, I caught a glimpse of my friend Tom among the crowd at the party. And of course I always have a glance at the shop window whenever I pass a shoe shop. What is more, I take or have a peek at my favourite blogs regularly. 
I remember my teacher glaring at me when I talked a bit too much with my classmate. You can have or take a peep at my new posts once a week (more or less). And when I go out with my little son, I fix my parental gaze on him so that he can spend time safely.
catch a glimpse of - ujrzeć przelotnie
have a glance - rzucić okiem
cast a glance of - rzucić okiem
love at first glance - miłość od pierwszego wejrzenia
take / have a peek at - zerknąć
glare at - spiorunować wzrokiem
have / take a peep at - zerknąć na
gaze - wpatrywać się

dress - Mango
bag - Mango % (old)
heels / scarf - Zara
pearls - Apart (old) 

czwartek, 26 kwietnia 2018

SOAPS - TAKE THEM OR LEAVE THEM

Are you old enough to remember Dynasty or Niewolnica Isaura? Well, it started then - soap opera fanaticism. Let's face it, some people are totally hooked on them and believe they have cliffhanger endings, compulsive acting and topical storylines. It seems women tend to enjoy them more than men but I'm convinced that quite a few men watch them too. Others claim that soaps are a complete waste of time (but watch them anyway). I suppose it's an easy way to switch off and chill out for a while. 
Bold and beautiful (Moda na sukces), Zbuntowany anioł, M jak miłość - Brazilian, American, Venezuelan, Polish and finally Turkish - it doesn't matter. It's compulsive vewing. Who cares the plot is far-fetched, hackneyed and how on earth so many terrible things can happen under one roof? If you ask me they are a load of rubbish and I've definitely got better things to do than waste time watching soaps. 
be hooked on - być uzależnionym od
cliffhanger - trzymający w napięciu
compulsive acting - fascynująca gra aktorska
topical - dotyczący aktualnych problemów
compulsive viewing - nie można się od tego oderwać
plot - fabuła
far-fetched - naciągany
hackneyed - oklepany
a load of rubbish - stek bzdur


shirt and shoes - Zara (%)
linen trousers - Mango
bag - Zara (old)