• Barack Obama’s Christmas Message. 24.12.2009

    [flv]http://www.blab-club.ru/wp-content/uploads/video.flv[/flv]Президент США, Барак Обама, поздравляет участников клубных встреч в Blab Club и всех посетителей нашего сайта с праздником Рождества Христова.

  • Between or Among

    В чём разница между словами: «Between» и «Among»? Ответ узнаете из этого аудио-ролика.


    Hello Chuan!Well done! Jackie said the location was fantastic. It’s among the trees, between the mountains and the sea, and not too far from the station. Between and among are both prepositions, and they are usually followed by nouns. Let’s look at between first.

    Between is usually followed by 2 nouns, like this: …between the mountains and the sea The nouns can be single, plural or uncountable. The important thing is that between identifies them as 2 separate, individual things (or groups of things). Here are some more examples:

    Is there a connection between unemployment and crime?

    He shared the money equally between Jake and Mary.

    In fact, it is possible to use between with more than 2 things, as long as they are separate things. Listen:

    He shared the money equally between his 3 grandchildren, Paul, Callum and Nuala.

    Now among, or amongst, gives the idea of being part of a group of many, so it’s usually followed by a plural noun phrase. Jackie says her house is: …among the trees And some more examples:

    Her exam results put her among the top 10% of students in her group

    It gets very lonely, living among strangers

    Ok, let’s summarise. Between distinguishes 2 or more separate things — and is followed by countable or uncountable, single or plural nouns. Among means ‘one of many’, and usually goes with plural nouns.

     
    between

    clause between noun(s) — referring to individual things
    He shared the money equally between Jake and Mary

    among

    clause among plural nouns
    Her exam results put her among the top 10% of students in her group
  • Sin City

    [flv]http://www.blab-club.ru/wp-content/uploads/sin-citylarge.flv[/flv]

    Отрывок из фильма «Город грехов» Роберта Родригеса.

    Английские и русские субтитры.

  • Capital Radio: Flirty 10.30 Show

    Кусок живой британской речи.

    Подкаст Лондонского радио «Capital Radio».

    Если вы влюблены, но ваша природная скромность не позволяет рассказать о ваших чувствах, звоните в передачу Flirty 10.30. Ведущий программы сделает это за вас. А если вам ответят взаимностью, то вы получите в подарок романтический обед в одном из ресторанов Лондона.

  • Jennifer: Phrasal Verbs (pronunciation)

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myoGqVpwKm8[/youtube]

    Фразовые глаголы, третья часть. Как правильно произносить предложения с фразовыми глаголами.

  • Jennifer: Phrasal Verb (structure)

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcOivE5XH3g[/youtube]

    Фразовые глаголы, часть 2. Дженнифер рассказывает о разных типах фразовых глаголов и особенностях их использования.

  • Jennifer: Phrasal Verbs (introduction)

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLeNXRHBnpA[/youtube]

    Первый, из серии уроков Дженнифер о фразовых глаголах. В этом уроке она отвечает на три вопроса. Что такое фразовые глаголы? Когда мы их используем? Как мы их используем?

  • Coupling: the pause.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws8S-2ohZiE[/youtube]

    Отрывок из комедийного телесериала BBC «Спаривание». Как долго может длиться пауза в телефонном разговоре, если назначаешь свидание в первый раз?

    English subtitles

  • Coupling: How to Dump Your Girlfriend.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpduBS_kNPQ[/youtube]

    Комедийный сериал BBC — «Спаривание». Несколько полезных фраз для мужчин, которые пытаются бросить наскучившую подружку 🙂

  • What pisses you off?

    Английский без цензуры. Несколько ярких (хотя и не очень литературных) фраз, которые помогут Вам выразить свои чувства в случае сильного раздражения.

    Pain in the neck/rear/ass/bum(British English)/but(American English): describing anything tedious, difficult, annoying or irritating. Also used to describe people who are annoying, irritating or difficult to deal with:

    My boss is a real pain in the ass (neck/butt/rear); he’s constantly complaining about my work, but he won’t tell me how to improve it.

    Ball ache (Br. E) is used to talk about something annoying or tedious, usually that you don’t want to do.

    I love my dog, but having to walk him in all weathers is a real ball ache.

    Bitch is used to talk about something very difficult to do. Often used with intensifying adjectives such as real, total.

    My driving test was a real bitch, but I passed on my third try.

    I spilt red wine on my shirt, and it was a real bitch to get it out.

    Bitch is also used to denote something generally annoying or unpleasant:

    The Swedish summers are beautiful except for the mosquitoes; they’re a real bitch!

    Bitch is also used to denote women who are perceived as acting in an unpleasant manner. This usage often collocates with the intensifying adjective fucking.

    My ex-wife is a fucking bitch, she tells my children terrible things about me that aren’t true.

    It gets on my tits (Br. E)

    That awful song my neighbor plays totally gets on my tits. If I hear it one more time, I will scream!

    It gets on my nerves

    My office chair squeaks every time I make the slightest move; the squeaky sound is really getting on my nerves.

    It pisses me off (both)

    We have to get a cordless phone, because constantly tripping over the phone cord totally pisses me off.

    It tees me off clean variation of to piss sb off.

    It drives me crazy:

    The new guy at work is always picking his nose when he thinks nobody’s looking. It’s driving me crazy because it’s so disgusting.

    never  offensive
    (Grandma-safe)
    sometimes offensive
    (use with caution)
    nearly always offensive
    (use with extreme caution)
    to tee sb* off
    to get on sb’s nerves
    to drive sb crazy

    to be a pain in the neck
    to be a (royal) pain

    to piss sb off
    to get on sb’s tits

    to be a pain in the rear/butt/bum/ass
    to be a bitch
    to be a ball-ache (said about things only, not people)

    None of these expressions are as offensive to most people as the REALLY taboo words (e.g., fuck, cunt), but you should definitely use the «Grandma-safe» alternatives if you are unsure.