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➕ [27] Read More ... 👁 Please add a title nadia0012       December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

Please add a title - December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

29 June 2013

wow, what a change!......I can see more options for posting and editing blog entries - wonderful!

....I have just come back from my parents' house. They live 8 km to the west from Moscow. I was half alive when I came home. It is so scorching! Imagine 30 degrees above zero in such a crowded and big city like Moscow - the heat is killing!  Lots of smelly people on trains in a subway, in busses, on a commuter train.....everybody is sweating.....it's so hot!


Anyway, here is my next blog entry -

This is what my FCE student wrote on the following topic - 

You can see my corrections. I bet there is some more room for improvement which might make this text looks / sound more enhlish-like. What would you change / correct, Leon?

It has been announced that a large shopping centre will be built in the neighborhood. What are the pros and cons of this construction?


Nowadays there are plenty of shopping centers in each town. People go shopping and have a good time in these centers. But if you found out that a large shopping center would be built in THE / YOUR neighborhood, would you be glad?    

In order to answer this question, it is necessary to have a look at the positive and negative aspects (the advantages and disadvantages) of it having a shopping center near your house.

One of the advantages (either 'one advantage or 'one of the advantages') of shopping malls is a big number of shops in a mall. You can buy everything for you and your house in these shops and there is no need to go somewhere else. That is why a big shopping center is better than ordinary (conventional )  ( shops of a smaller size as- you (economize) save your time on driving to many of them.

The second positive thing is entertainment which you can be provided with at mega markets shopping centers. Cinemas, restaurants, cafes and even amusement arcades are often located in a shopping mall, so you can just have a rest during  the shopping or spend your free time there.


On the other hand, there are also some negative aspects. First of all, there a lot of people and cars around shopping centers. Sometimes it is really hard to buy something because of  the crowds and long queues and to park near a shopping center especially at the weekends.


Moreover, the prices at a large shopping centre may be higher than in small shops because of high rent. (the high rent or high rents)


In spite of these disadvantages, I am sure that leaving living near a large shopping centre is a good idea, because you can go to various shops and boutiques varied shop and even have a rest and a good time.


Hipfe's corrections and tips

First a tip. Stick to one spelling, either the American spelling or the British English spelling. (center /centre) In the FCE exam both spellings are allowed but you should consequently use the same.

It might be only me who objects to the change from shopping centre/center to mall or mega-market. I myself would prefer to use only one of them. There is a difference between a shopping centre and a mall. Here a text out of a website:

"Shopping centers in the United Kingdom can be referred to as "shopping centres" or "shopping precincts". Mall primarily refers to either a shopping mall – a place where a collection of shops all adjoin a pedestrian area – or an exclusively pedestrianized street that allows shoppers to walk without interference from vehicle traffic. Mall is generally used in North America to refer to a large shopping area usually composed of a single building which contains multiple shops, usually "anchored" by one or more department stores surrounded by a parking lot, while the term arcade is more often used, especially in Britain, to refer to a narrow pedestrian-only street, often covered or between closely spaced buildings (see town center). In Britain, a larger, often partly covered and exclusively pedestrian shopping area is also termed a shopping center, shopping precinct, or pedestrian precinct."


➕ [29] Read More ... 👁 Please add a title nadia0012       December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

Please add a title - December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

hi again,


today is 5 July.I tried to post a new entry a couple of days ago, but the text did not come out on my blog.....I might have clicked the wrong button, but I was trying to post my entry several times doing various things...


May be I will be luckier posting it today.

Yes!!! it works now!! hurray!!!  it has just been published=)    

Ok, great...so, this is my new entry:

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the end of academic year, all the exams were over for the 11 graders,so it was time for the Graduation party.

As usual, everybody gathered together at our  local concert hall at the official ceremony. School leavers were given their GCSEs, we honoured the brightest students who got golden and silver medals. The students and parents, teachers were excited, proud, overwhelmed by the mixture of nice and confusing feelings. That event marked the end of one stage in the students' life and the beginning of their adulthood.

After a short break the concert started. The students did their best to entertain themselves and others. The parents showed their funny sketch. The performance of the teachers was the hit of the show. At the end all the kids rushed on stage and a fantastic dance was in full swing - everybody was dancing, it was a great thrill to see them doing everything in sync, inspired and enthusiastically. The audience got up and were clapping, singing, cheering the dancers.

I was so touched by the waltz which two golden medalists were dancing. I kept singing it for two or more days after the party.

I found out that it was the song by  Sting. I found it on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wmaUw_I33g

Then I saw another video by Sting where he played the guitar and an Americn balerina was dancing to his tune.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGufiv5PB2A

I googled on her. She happend to be a famous Alessandra Ferri. Have never heard of her though...=(((. I kept reading about her. She used to dance with Mikhail  Baryshnikov. Baryshnikov starred in some films. I saw them. Was amazed. Read  about Nuriev and Nijinsky. Found out that there is a film about the life of Nijinsky. Saw it. Mmmm.......interesting.

Then I saw 'One Last Dance' with Patrick Swayse - a wonderful film.

Could I have thought that a wonderful waltz would lead me to a marvellous dancing / cinematographic travel for a few days?.....amazing, isn't it?

(lucky me - I am on holiday now =)  )     

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Please add a title - December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

16 July

➕ [36] Read More ... 👁 Please add a title nadia0012       December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

Please add a title - December 28, 2013, 7:26 pm

16 July, Tuesday

I wrote another blog post , clicked on 'post' and - it disappeared! =((((I am trying to re-write it once again.....

I just wanted to say that today I came across some exciting information - they are going to broadcast live the performance on the National Theater in London here in one of Moscow cinema theaters! It is a new cultural project between Russia and the UK. Thye started it last summer and showed 'Frankenstein' with Benedict Cumberbatch.


Leon => one of Moscow's :) 

On 18 July they are showing 'Audience' with Helen Mirren.

I wish I could go to Moscow and see this performance.



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