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Joe Liro, 21 июля 2017:

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What does it mean to have…

1. … butterflies in your stomach
2. … ants in your pants
3. … cold feet
4. … a green thumb
5. … a bee in your bonnet

6. … your nose to the grindstone
7. … your foot in your mouth
8. … two left feet
9. … a rule of thumb
10. … a lead foot

11. … done something by the skin of your teeth
12. … your shoulder to the wheel
13. … a nose for news
14. … itchy fingers
15. And what about … in one ear and out the other

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Joe Liro, 18 июля 2017:

Here are the weather-related idioms we worked with last week.

1. be snowed under
2. chase rainbows
3. raining cats and dogs
4. on cloud nine
5. save for a rainy day
6. take a rain check
7. under the weather
8. bag of wind / windbag
9. come rain or shine
10. don’t rain on my parade
11. fair weather friend
12. the eye of the hurricane
13. calm before the storm
14. tempest in a teapot
Joe Liro, 16 июля 2017:

Gloria and the Riddle


“Gloria and the Riddle” is an episode of the situation comedy “All in the Family” which aired 1972. In its day, “All in the Family” was the first American TV show to touch are topics that were typically considered taboo on television.

The principal characters are Archie Bunker, a blue-collar worker, and his wife Edith, a housewife. Their daughter, Gloria, is married to Michael Stivic, and the two of them live with the Bunkers. Archie and Michael argue frequently, and Archie derisively calls Michael “Meathead.” Michael’s and Gloria’s values are influenced and shaped by the counterculture of the 1960s and the two couples represent the real-life clash of values between the so-called Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers.

In this episode, Gloria’s friend Tammie tells them a riddle, and the men and Edith are unable to solve it. As they grope and stumble for a solution, they expose their own biases and illustrate several stereotypes. Watch the episode and identify as many stereotypes as you can. Who expresses the stereotype? And what is the stereotype?

One additional small assignment: Can you think of any stereotypical images of Russians? Americans? Texans? Let’s make a list of them when we meet.

Joe Liro, 15 июля 2017:

This coming week (Week 4) we will be speaking about Cultural Differences and Stereotypes. Here is a link to some material we will be using:


Joe Liro, 10 июля 2017:
This week we will be look at technologies of the future.

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Here are a number of quotations about technology and its place in our lives. Please be prepared to read one or more of these during our meeting and well as to comment on the significance of what you read.

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we`re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. --Steven Spielberg

Technology is nothing. What`s important is that you have a faith in people, that they`re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they`ll do wonderful things with them. --Steve Jobs

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. --Bill Gates

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. --Carl Sagan

I have mixed feelings about how fast things are changing as a result of technology. There`s no denying that through technology there are amazing things being created that help people with diseases or help people`s dreams come true. But there`s also this obsession. Social media is the most dangerous of them all. --Amanda Crew

In the 20th century, we had a century where at the beginning of the century, most of the world was agricultural and industry was very primitive. At the end of that century, we had men in orbit, we had been to the moon, we had people with cell phones and colour televisions and the Internet and amazing medical technology of all kinds. --David Gerrold

Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion. --Ray Kurzweil

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Joe Liro, 9 июля 2017:

Here is the link for Week 3 of English for IT groups:


Joe Liro, 3 июля 2017:

This week in the United States we observe Independence Day. It commemorates July 4, 1776, the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted. You are likely to hear these words and phrases as part of the celebration.

Independence Day
July Fourth
John Hancock
Yankee Doodle
Star-Spangled Banner
Hot Dogs

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Technology will be the principal subject of our discussion. The power point presentation contains many words and expressions associated with Technology. Here are some others:

High tech
State of the Art
Cutting Edge
STEM education
Glass ceiling
Silicon Valley
Silicon Gulch
dot com revolution

Give some thought to some specific ways in which technological advances have changed our lives. What businesses have folded? What products are not longer produced? As an example, remember photographic film? It is almost impossible to buy it today.

Joe Liro, 2 июля 2017:

Here is the link for Week 2 of English for IT groups: