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Re: English Study Group

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:54 am
by aaleks
Ольга wrote:I am much more pro-love-novels than a fan of scientific journals.
However, I have heard that reading of scientific journals is essential if you want to take an IELTS Academic exam.

It is one of the reasons why I don't want to take any language exams. To pass them you have to speak and write about the topics you've never had any interest in and wouldn't discuss in your native tongue. It's probably a very useful way to improve your TL, but I better find another way to do it :)

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:16 pm
by Ani
Ольга wrote:Hi, guys! :D
What do you think of subscribing to New Scientist? https://www.newscientist.com/
I am going to subscribe in August, but I am still in two minds.
I am much more pro-love-novels than a fan of scientific journals.
However, I have heard that reading of scientific journals is essential if you want to take an IELTS Academic exam.


In the one article I read, the writing style was terrible and full of fragments. There were also some errors. I don't think it is worth paying for.
I like to read Quanta
https://www.quantamagazine.org

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:39 pm
by Ольга
Guys, does anybody want to study together?
I'm going to use a textbook Outcomes Intermediate.
Looking for a diligent, studious partner.

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:12 pm
by Mike958
Hi,

i'm interested, i have a B2 level in english so it's depend on what's you are looking for ;) .

Sincerly,

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:19 pm
by Ольга
Mike958 wrote:Hi,

i'm interested, i have a B2 level in english so it's depend on what's you are looking for ;) .

Sincerly,

I've sent a private message to you. ;)

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:53 pm
by Ольга
Guys, let's share our reading lists.
I have read 4 books recently:

"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert;
"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell;
"Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert;
"Little Women" Louisa May Alcott.

All the books I have read in English. All of them are unabridged.

Now I am reading:
"Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie;
"A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway;
"The Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)" by Jerome Klapka Jerome;
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J. K. Rowling.

I am going to read 16 books by the 14 of October.

By the way, guys, what kind of books you can call "life-changing"? I mean the books, which have changed your life immensely. Maybe, some psychological literature, something about healthy food/exercising, some philosophical books or about marketing, time-management, and business?

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:59 pm
by Ольга
The books I am going to read in September:

"Frenchman's Creek" by Daphne du Maurier;
"Twelfth night or what you will" by William Shakespeare;
"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier;
"Tatiana and Alexander" by Paulina Simons;
Agatha Christie, 1930's Omnibus;
"The Sky is Falling" by Sidney Sheldon;
"The Doomsday Conspiracy" by Sidney Sheldon;
"Eleven Minutes" by Paulo Coelho;
"Veronika Decides to Die" by Paulo Coelho;
"The Fifth Mountain" by Paulo Coelho;
Васильев В.А. и др. Фонетика английского языка: нормативный курс.

I have not finished yet "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham, so I will continue reading it in September.

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:07 pm
by jeff_lindqvist
Ольга wrote:The books I am going to read in September(...)


Wow, that's an impressive number of books (and I read a lot).

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:22 pm
by aaleks
It's a lot of books. I think almost half or 1/3 of them I've read in Russian. And, of course, I've watched the old soviet movie Двенадцатая ночь, but never read the book. For some reason I can't read any English book if I've already read its Russian translation. Especially if I've read a book more than once, including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen :( .

Re: English Study Group

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:44 pm
by MiaLaGagoo
How such a group can help you study? I thought people where gathering to practice.