czwartek, 19 kwietnia 2018

A STORM IN A TEACUP

We've had such changeable weather for a while that it is difficult to predict even by forecasters. Most of us follow the weather forecast on TV only to find out that it is totally different from what has been predicted. So we dress in layers in the morning in order to carry all the unnecessary clothes in the afternoon, even though we heard a day before...
It'll be sunny and dry with clear skies and shineshine for most of the day. 
There'll be a light breeze.
It will feel warm with temperatures reaching 23 degrees.
The rest of the day will be sunny, mostly dry, with a few isolated showers.
You can really feel the spring coming.
The weather forecast says it'll clear up later. 
We may expect thunder and lightening in the evening.
A typically foggy late summer morning but the fog should soon clear away. 
It will be windy and towards the evening the wind will bring some heavy clouds. 
Temperatures up to 25 degrees.
It'll be a cloudy day with a lot of rain.
There will be a light mist in the morning but it soon lifts up and it will be sunny and warm.
It will be blowing a gale.
There will be a nasty thin drizzle. However, the drizzle can become a downpour
predict - przewidywać 
weather forecast - prognoza pogody
clear skies - bezchmurne niebo
sunshine - słońce / piękna pogoda
breeze - wiaterek
showers - przelotne deszcze
clear up - rozpogodzić się
thunder and lightening - burza z piorunami
foggy - mglisto
windy - wietrznie
cloudy - pochmurno
light mist - lekka mgiełka
gale - wichura
thin drizzle - rzadka mżawka
downpour - ulewa

coat - H&M (old)
t-shirt / jeans / shoes - Mango
bag - Zara
chain - Mango

wtorek, 10 kwietnia 2018

COULD YOU DO ME A FAVOUR?

Why do we say take photographs if take doesn't even mean robić? The answer is collocations, i.e. fixed phrases. There are loads of them in the English language and they should be learnt by heart, just like other vocabulary preferably in a context. So, do your share and revise some collocations with make and do...
do somebody a favour - wyświadczyć komus przysługę
do your share - robić to, co do nas należy
do homework - odrabiać zadanie domowe
do the shopping - robić zakupy
do a project - robić projekt
do a task / an activity - wykonywać zadanie
do one's best - bardzo się starać
do well - dobrze sobie radzić
do without sb / sth - obyć się bez kogoś/czegoś
make up one's mind - zdecydować się
make a good impression - zrobić dobre wrażenie
make progress - robić postępy
make mistakes - popełniać błędy
make friends - zaprzyjaźnić się
make sb do sth - kazać komuś coś zrobić

trench coat - Zara (old)
linen blouse / bag / necklace - Zara 
trousers - Stradivarius (old)
 shoes - Mango

sobota, 31 marca 2018

DO YOU MIND SHARING?

Everybody would like to find a place of their own. Renting a flat is very popular but quite an expensive solution. Who can afford to pay a high rent and other bills (e.g. electricity and telephone bills) on their own? What's more, the more conveniently located the flat is, the higher the rent. You can choose from apartments in the city centre or in the suburbs and if you don't mind commuting, the second option is just for you. However, if you are a city dweller and like to have all the facilities available within walking distance, go for the city centre. 

Sharing a flat is very popular especially among students and singles as they split the costs. First, you need to find a right flatmate; it isn't easy as a man is a creature of habit. In addition, you never know what this person is like. I remember sharing a room in a dormitory (luckily it was only one weekend) with a really nice girl who studied rahabilitation. At the very end of our stay, she turned out to steal some money from me and vanished. Well, that's life... Then, you need to set the flat rules, e.g. household chores schedule, partying and smoking policies, light-out period. Finally, you can move in with all your stuff which need to be kept somewhere. So you start to furnish your flat (or just a piece of it) and there a new story begins...
find a place of my own - znaleźć swój kąt
rent a flat - wynajmować mieszkanie (od kogoś)
can afford to - móc sobie pozwolić na coś
pay the rent - płacić czynsz
conveniently located - dogodnie położone
in the city centre - w centrum miasta
in the suburbs - na przedmieściach
commute - dojeżdżać do pracy 
a city dweller - mieszkaniec miasta
facilities - udogodnienia

within walking distance - w bliskiej odległości
go for - wybierać 
share a flat - dzielić z kimś mieszkanie
split the costs - dzielić się kosztami
man is a creature of habit - przyzwyczajenie jest drugą natura człowieka
dormitory - akademik
rehabilitation - resocjalizacja 
set the flat rules - ustalić zasady panujące w mieszkaniu
move in - wprowadzać się
furnish - umeblować / urządzać


blazer - Mango %
blouse - Mango
jeans - Mango % (old)
shoes - H&M %
bag - Zara

sobota, 17 marca 2018

THE BEST MEDICINE IN THE WORLD

What would you say if I told you that a wonder medicine really exists? What is more, it is freely available to all of us. You don't need a prescription from a GP - it's up to you how much and how often you take it. Its benefits seem to be countless - it protects us from various diseases, e.g. heart attacks, obesity, depression; it helps to reduce blood pressure and improve circulation. It even improves memory as our brain becomes more oxygenated. What's the best about doing PHYSICAL EXERCISE? You don't need to bleed yourself dry to see the results. It can be anything from a brisk walk, gardening to taking steps instead of a lift. It's also the cheapest drug I've ever heard of - you don't need any special equipment or expensive gear. So stop making excuses that you can't afford it. Get up and move!
available - dostępny
prescription - recepta
it's up to you - to zależy od ciebie
protect from - chronić przed
obesity - otyłość
reduce blood pressure - obniżać ciśnienie krwi
improve circulation - poprawiać krążenie
bleed yourself dry - wyciskać siódme poty
a brisk walk - szybki spacer
gear - sprzęt, ubranie
make an excuse - znaleźć preteks
can't afford to - nie stać mnie na coś
coat - Zara %
bag - Zara (old)
T-shirt / skirt - Mango %
boots - DeeZee (old)
woolen scarf - Bytom

środa, 7 marca 2018

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY


...as they say. What do you usually do when you feel you are coming down with flu? Do you take any medication, get enough sleep and rest a little more than usual? Or maybe you just take a sick leave and stay in? Autumn and pseudo winter in our country are definitely infectious seasons. It is difficult to avoid picking up infections at work or in other public places. And how is it possible that, even though I've been living in the countryside all my life, I have become allergic to nobody knows what (I was diagnosed allergy-based runny nose). The GP said there was nothing to worry about and I would make a full recovery. She prescribed the right treatment but didn't refer me to a specialist. Although I seemed to be recovering, I suddenly took turn for the worse
I felt a bit under the weather and ended up longing for a holiday to recharge my batteries
come down with - zachorować na
take medication - zażywać lekarstwa
get enough sleep - wysypiać się
take a sick leave - brać zwolnienie lekarskie
stay in - zostać w domu
infectious - zakaźny
pick up infections - złapać infekcje
be allergic to - mieć alergię na
worry about - martwić się o
make a full recovery - w pełni wrócić do zdrowia
prescribe treatment - zalecić kurację
refer sb to a specialist - skierować do specjalisty
take turn for the worse - pogorszyć się
feel under the weather - czuć się źle
recharge my batteries - naładować akumulatory

coat - Zara %
dress - H&M %
boots - H&M %
woolen scarf - Bytom (Allegro)
bag - Mango %

czwartek, 15 lutego 2018

MONEY TALKS

When was the last time you said "I must go to the bank?" In the era of online everything, this statement can seem a little weird, can't it? We don't often visit our bank in person. What's more, some banks don't even have their local branches and exist just online. We can open or close an account, deposit or withdraw money online. We make payments by online transfers from the comfort of our home. When we need some cash, we can get it out of a cashpoint (cash machine or ATM) located on every corner. When it comes to bills, they can be paid by standing orders or direct debits. Even if we want to take out a loan, we can do it online or over the phone. Don't worry, banks will charge us for their services anyway but at least we can save some time and avoid queues. Just be careful not to have an overdraft, as the interests will be real, not virtual. 
local branches - lokalny oddział

open / close an account - otworzyć / zamknąć rachunek bankowy
deposit money - wpłacić pieniądze
withdraw money - wypłacić pieniądze
make payments - dokonywać płatności
online transfer - przelew internetowy
cashpoint (cash machine / ATM) - bankomat
standing order - zlecenie stałe
direct debit - polecenie zapłaty
take out a loan - zaciągnąć kredyt
charge - pobierać opłatę
have an overdraft - zrobić debet
interest - oprocentowanie
coat/jacket %/trousers/boots/bag - Zara
blouse - Mango
sweater %/belt - H&M

czwartek, 1 lutego 2018

RELATIONSHIPS

Hi guys! I've been a little time-poor recently but I managed to prepare a few phrases relating to affection and relationships for you to revise. Let's get started!
be fond of somebody - lubić kogoś
Tom is really fond of Anna.

confide in -  zwierzać się komuś
Among my family and friends I can only confide in my sister.

date somebody - chodzić z kimś
Luke is dating his next door neighbour.

easy to get on with - taki, z którym można się dogadać
My colleague Anna is easy to get on with.

feel sick to death of somebody/something - mieć kogoś/czegoś serdecznie dosyć
I occasionally feel sick to death of my job.

know somebody by sight - znać kogoś z widzenia
I know this man only by sight, we've never talked to each other.

love at first sight - miłość od pierwszego wejrzenia
Do you believe in love at first sight?

relate to somebody - znaleźć z kims wspólny język
I find it difficult to relate to one of my students.

stay in touch with - utrzymywać z kimś kontkt
My sister still stays in touch with some of her primary school classmates.

take care of - zajmować się kimś, troszczyć się o kogoś
As a real mother hen, I take care of my little son.

take somebody/something for granted - uważać kogoś/coś za coś oczywistego;
nie doceniać

He takes his mother for granted.
 
coat/dress % /bag/beret - Zara
scarf - Mohito (old collection)
boots - H&M %