czwartek, 15 lutego 2018


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


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 %

niedziela, 21 stycznia 2018


Ready, steady, go! It finally started - the sales! Most of us have been looking forward to it for so long. We have been planning to go on a shopping spree and blow it all. Thanks to the development of new technologies lots of people do their shopping online. I agree it is more comfortable, saves time and unnecessary stress connected with standing in queues (or lines). However, a real craze takes place on the spot - in shops. Crowds, long queues to changing rooms and cash desks, clothes scattered around. I'm too old for that (that's why I mostly buy online). If you are a real bargain hunter, you can get a good deal and get a good value for money. The graetest advantage is that if you change your mind, you can take back the haul and get a refund. Just remember to keep the receipt. Enjoy your shopping!
look forward to - czekać na coś z niecierpliwością 
go on a shopping spree - iść zaszaleć w sklepach
blow - przepuścić pieniądze
do shopping online - robić zakupy przez internet
stand in a queue - stać w kolejce
a cash desk - kasa
bargain hunter - amator okazyjnych zakupów
get a good deal - zrobić dobry interes
get a good value for money - dostać towar wart swej ceny
change your mind - zmienić zdanie
take back - oddać (towar do sklepu)
haul - łup, zdobycz
get a refund - otrzymać zwrot pieniędzy
keep a receipt - zatrzymać paragon

coat / blouse % - Zara
trousers - Erdem H&M
bag - Mango
shoes - Stradivarius %

czwartek, 11 stycznia 2018


It is said that stress is one of the lifestyle diseases and we should avoid stressful situations. Well, easier said than done. As for me, I struggle through the stresses and strains of modern life and convince myself to take things easy. It seems to work out but... why have I woken up in the middle of the night recently and have been thinking about the project I've been working on (that's why I don't have time to post an entry on my blog!)? During a day I appear to be as cool as a cucumber and don't give a damn. When I'm about to meet the deadline, things are getting hot for me and I'm all tensed up. I talk to myself - Marta, easy! You're just gonna have to let this go
So I've decided to unwind and write the new post. It's time to be in a mellow mood
lifestyle diseases - choroby cywilizacyjne
to avoid stressful situations - unikać sytuacji stresujących
to struggle through sth - dawać sobie jakoś radę z (czymś)
the stresses and strains of modern life - stresy życia codziennego
take things easy - nie przemęczać się
to be as cool as a cucumber - zachowywać stoicki spokój
not to give a damn - gwizdać na wszystko
things are getting hot for me - pali mi się grunt pod nogami
I'm all tensed up - cała jestem spięta
easy - wyluzuj
You're just gonna have to let this go - musisz odpuścić
unwind - odprężyć się, rozluźnić się
to be in a mellow mood - być odprężonym
 coat / bag - Zara
blouse (old collection) / boots - Mango
skirt - H&M %
sweater - Erdem H&M

niedziela, 10 grudnia 2017


Balanced diet is the best way to be healthy, as they say. But what does it mean? Let's have a look at a health pyramid which has evolved a lot since its prototype. So-called health experts and dieticians do their best and make sure we lead happy, healthy and slim lives. That's why, they suggest that we do some sports, it can be anything - walking or cycling to work instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of a lift, etc. It isn't necessary to take up a sport which can be quite expensive and time-consuming. Everyday simple activities will do
We should eat 4-5 regular meals a day. Vegetables and friut should be the basics of our diet. Next, wholegrain products, such as bread, pasta and brown rice. Dairy products - if you don't like milk, it can be substituted for natural yoghurt or kefir. Red meat is said to be overrated and it shouldn't be eaten in excess. Instead, we should eat legumes, fish, eggs and lean meat. When it comes o fats, we should opt for plant oils, like olive oil or rapeseed oil. Last but not least, sweets (which can be substituted for fruit) and salt (substituted for herbs) are bad, bad, bad... and should be eliminated. 

a little something - małe co nieco
balanced diet - zrównoważona dieta
dieticians - dietetycy
be healthy - być zdrowym
do sports - uprawiać sporty
take up a sport - zacząć uprawiać jakiś sport
instead of - zamiast
time-consuming - czasochłonny
do - wystarczyć

wholegrain - pełnoziarnisty
dairy products - nabiał
substitute for - zastępować czymś
overrated - przereklamowany
legumes - rośliny strączkowe
opt for - wybierać
lean meat - chude mięso
rapeseed oil - olej rzepakowy
By the way, what are you going to bake for Christmas? Cheesecake? Poppyseed cake? Well, when Christmas comes, you can't eliminate the tradition. Enjoy the baking time :-)
coat / scarf - Zara (old collection)
dress - H&M
boots - Mango %
bag - Zara
cap - H&M (old collection)

niedziela, 3 grudnia 2017


Christmas is coming and we have been able to feel it in the air, on TV and the radio and of course in shopping malls for a few weeks. My friends, relatives and neighbours have been talking about the household chores that need to be done before Christmas, like cleaning the windows and giving the house a thorough cleaning. OMG!, I thought. As a mother hen, I experience the daily grind with two beloved men - my son and my husband. When I hear someone talking about "a thorough cleaning," I try to change the subject as fast as possible and walk away towards much safer topics. Then I feel a little guily that again I won't manage to polish my house to a shine. Fortunately, I get over it quickly.

What are your household chores?

change the sheets - zmieniać pościel
clean the windows - myć okna
do household chores - wykonywać prace domowe
do the washing / laundry - robić pranie
collect the children from school - odebrać dzieci ze szkoły
load / empty the dishwasher - ładować / rozładowywać zmywarkę

make the bed - ścielić łóżko
mop the floor - myć podłogę
put the rubbish out - wynieść śmieci
put the washing out / hang out the washing - wywiesić pranie
water the plants - podlewać kwiaty

jacket - Stradivarius
blouse / bag - Zara
boots - Mango %
skirt - Mango (very old collection %)
cap - H&M (old collection)

niedziela, 26 listopada 2017


"Only in photographs would your kin look nice", as they say. I believe there is a germ of truth in this saying and that is why I'd like to revise with you some phrases connected with family conflicts and problems. Off we go...

argue / quarrel / fight - kłócić się
They have completely different characters and often fight with each other.

be grounded - mieć szlaban
Tom came home after midnight last Saturday and was grounded for a week.

be strict with sb - być surowym wobec kogoś
Anna's parents are very strict with her when it comes to school.

cheat on sb - zdradzić kogoś
Tom cheated on his girlfriend so she left him.

have an argument / a fight / a row - pokłócić się
She is bad-tempered and often has arguments with everybody.

lose one's temper - stracić panowanie nad sobą
Teachers shouldn't lose their temper during classes.

love-hate / stormy relationship - burzliwy związek
Mark and Julie have broken up and made up again for months - they have a real love-hate relationship.

run away from home- uciec z domu
Teenagers often run away from home when they want to seek their parents' attention. 

 coat - Tiffi (very old collection)
blouse - Zara (old collection)
trousers / bag / boots - Zara
cap - H&M (old collection)