Разговоры на английском / English discussions
Здесь я предлагаю Вам тренировать свой разговорный английский в небольших обсуждениях. Участвовать могут все - от начинающих до продвинутых студентов.
Каждый день я буду писать комментарий с новой темой обсуждения (музыка, искусство и т. п.) и под этим комментарием Вы можете писать свои мысли о данной теме. Единственное правило - все комментарии должны быть на английском. Пишите с ошибками, пользуйтесь в крайнем случае Гугль-переводчиком, но не пишите по-русски! Пользуясь одним английским, Вы быстрее привыкнете к нему и Вам легче будет его учить.
Идея этих разговоров на английском не моя: она взята из вот этих идентично составленных разговоров на итальянском.
В этом обсуждении даны 4 темы для разговоров (музыка, литература, хобби и природа). Другие темы даны в других частях этих разговоров (ссылка на следующий разговор в начале этого поста).
Here I offer you a possibility to train your English in short discussions. Everyone can participate, from beginners to advanced students.
Every day I will write a comment with the new topic of the discussion (music, art, etc.) and below the comment you can write your thoughts about the topic. The only rule is that all comments must be written in English. You can make mistakes, even use Google translate (as a last resort), but write in English! This way you will quickly get used to it and it will be easier for you to learn it.
The idea of these English conversations is not mine: it is taken from these identically composed conversations in Italian.
I wrote here four topics for discussion (music, literature, hobbies and nature). The other topics will be in the next discussions (the link to the next discussion in the beginning of this post).
Hi everyone! At first I want to thank you Algarve11. I liked this idea. I like pop, rock and indie music. I adore dancing, but it may be another topic. I use english singer's songs to learn English. I download the song I like and its lyrics and sing. This way I can remember new words and the whole phrases with them. It helps me a lot and I enjoy it. And it's really cool to listen to your favourite songs and to understand.
Today's discussion will be about literature.
What books do you read? Do you like detective stories, drama, fantasy? If you do, why? Were there books that helped you to learn a language?
Write about these and other aspects of literature.
If you'll decide to write a comment related to this topic, please write it as a "reply" to this comment (it will help to avoid confusion and see more clearly which comment is related to this topic, and which to the first one).
Hi! I really like reading especially sci-fi, fantasy, detective and live stories. Today I want to talk about the book I read when I was at university. It had a huge effect on my personality. That was "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert. A. Heinlein. I understood how different people can be. That book taught me tolerance and liberality. People are not perfect creatures. All of us has own weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages. Michael was born and raised on Mars. He didn't know people, didn't undesrtand them, he was like Mowgli. He had to learn everything. And he handled with it. He tried to make the world better. He shared his knowledge with people. Ok, it's an amazing book for me, really.
Thanks for sharing this. I'll try to read this book as soon as I will finish with The Dead Souls.
By the way, The Jungle Book (since you mentioned Mowgli) can also teach tolerance and even a bit of wisdom. It's a great book.
Do you always read in English? And what detective stories do you like?
Now I don't read in English too much, mostly in Russian and Ukrainian. If I have time. I read a lot works by Agatha Christie. The latest book I read was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. That was someting new for me. Mysterious phenomena, chase, murders. And the action of the book took a day. Everything happens too quickly.
I like to read, but i don't have time. I read before. My favorite books: "Idiot" Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, "The Master and Margarita" Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov, i like Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol, "Poirot" Agatha Christie's. Unfortunately now I can not take the time to read.
That's a pity.
I also like Poirot, thought my favourite Christie's detective is Miss Marple.
I like Gogol's Dead Souls, which I'm reading now. However my favourite writer is Dickens: in Russian I actually have read all of his novels (and it wasn't so easy!). When I first read him in English (that was Dombey and Son), it was fantastic, a thousand times better than the translation! I especially love reading Little Dorrit, David Copperfield, Bleak House and Great Expectations.
I like books because my imagination is rich. i think that a book is the best gift. So i got "Misery" by Stephen King the year before last, it was something new for me
One my friend was recommended to me books of abroad classics. I read "A clockwork orange" by Antony Burgess and "Martin Eden" by Jack London was my latest book
Earlier i liked an ancient greek mythology, now i know many stories about gods) My favorite myth is about Arachne.
also i like books about psychology, i just begin to meet them.
In my childhood i read more. The reading books was my only leisure except for handiwork
I wish to read something in English, but my knowledges are so small
i think it's thriller, a little horror
i like how Anthony Burgess applied russian words in "A clockwork orange", this peaks my interest.
The idea of "Misery" is cool, it is a novel about other novel. Unfortunately, i don't remember how it was written, but the storyline is vey good
Hi folks! I hope my most favorite book has not yet been read. I love reading very much and I have been read a lot since my childhood. One of my old book's love is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I also like Anna Gavalda, Akunin, Bunin. Currently I'm reading “1984” by Orwell in English. It’s one of the most famous dystopian novels. The last book I read was “Words and Rules” by Steven Pinker. This book should appeal to English teachers and language lovers.
Literature is my love. No joke, I understand HER as a person sometimes (for better understanding search for W. Bouguereau's "L'Art et la Littérature", "Muse" by Anna Akhmatova, Mikhail Osorgin's "To my beloved. A piece of compliment " (Возлюбленной (Похвальное слово)). I like to read Russian XIXth century literature: Dostoevsky, Nekrasov, Gogol, Pushkin, Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy and so on. You all know these guys, I'm sure. I think I prefer realism after all, probably because mysticism is doubtful and sentimentalism is exhausting. Russian writers are special, their world view is unique and so different from the others, like French or English. I'm not saying they are better, though. They are just not the same. This makes them all precious. Russian emotions are so wild yet mild, absurd and meek. Sometimes I really feel that "Russian man got his vast soul's door opened" (у русского душа нараспашку). I got a lot of favourite books, can't even write them all down and explain why do I adore it so much, but here's the trio that just came up to my mind: 'Idiot' by F. Dostoevsky, 'The House with the Mezzanine' by A. Chekhov, 'Hunter's notes' by I. Turgenev. I wish to read some antique poets and philosophers too, Virgil and Homer, Ovid and Seneca, Plato and Aristotle at least. And I've never read the Bible too, it's a disgrace of mine. I'm looking forward to conquer "The Brodsky's list" (список Бродского) one day. Speaking about English literature, I haven't read many of it. I've read "Alice in wonderland" with pleasure, finding out lots of new words and grammatical constructions. I'm trying to read 'Crome Yellow " by A. Huxley (in English, of course). I must admit it is not that easy and I have to google many words! I wonder if I could read Shakespeare in English with fully understanding someday. Thanks for your attention, pointing to my mistakes is welcome.
Hi! Just some small corrections: "I haven't read a lot of it/much of it." "With full understanding."
Shakespeare is really difficult even for native speakers, because he uses many old words and constructions and many familiar words have different meanings. He's not as hard as Chaucer though! Keep up the good work!)))
I quite understand you when you say that literature is your love. In my opinion, such love sometimes can last for a longer time than love to a person. You'll never be disappointed in literature (or music, in my case), thought you very well can be disappointed in some person. But that's just my opinion. :)
Of course Russian literature is very different from others, but probably so is every other country's literature. Only it's not easy seeing the difference sometimes (especially if it's a foreign literature).
I like Gogol's and Pushkin and I want to read Tolstoy some day. I also have read Alice in Wonderland in English and I want to read Through the Looking-glass (I read it long ago in Russian).
Shakespeare is very-very difficult (I once tried to read him a bit, but stopped very soon).
O, and you're not the only one with disgrace upon you. I also haven't read the Bible. :)
Oh, Leo Tolstoy is a very peculiar person (and I recommend you to use his last name with his first name to escape any confusions, because there are lots of Tolstoy's family members in Russian history and at least two more Tolstoys in Russian literature -- Alexei Konstantinovich from XIXth cen. (he is well known for his poem "Prince Serebrenni" about Ivan the Horrible's times and as one of the creators of Kozma Prutkov) and Alexei Nikolaevich from XXth cen. (his famous works are quite unlike -- "The Road to Calvary" (can't say what is it about, haven't read it yet) and "Buratino" (fairytale based on Pinocchio's plot)), his latest woks are full of philosophy and religion, and do you know that he had been excommunicated (not really hard tho), and gave a birth to some socialist-christian movement (толстовцы)? That's incredible!
You asked a very good question! Actually, it is ok to say either way! Normative about the dog is "it" But many people use "he " or "she" for their dogs, cats, birds and even cars and boats!
We love our animal friends, they are certainly a family member and they have gender and personality.. So yes it is perfectly ok to say"he" or "she" about your pet.
Chihuahua...wow..they are very beautiful small dogs.. I imagine they do require lots of care for the hair..
Small dogs are very smart and affectionate and I wish your little friend lots of health!:-))
Hi, i have many hobbies, but at the main I'm lying on the bed and trying to sleep. I don't like what i do, my study spend a lot my powers
Recently i learned to weave a floss and sometimes i do a couple of rows for my new work. Also i can to weave with ribbons and elastics. Maybe you think it so childish, but i enjoy so little things.
In the fifth grade i was fond of origami. I redid all the crafts from one book. I have tried to knit, but all my efforts ended with one red scarf.
I like to draw sometimes, but my knowledges about it are as small as about English language (it is my little hobby too).
Also once i did the pin badges, they are cool i think. Sometimes my friends ask me to make something for them.
One year ago i graduated from music school, i already wrote about this.
I think the life is full of possibilities, you need to try all as possible.
Hi everyone! Today’s discussion will be about music. Please write below this comment everything that comes to your mind when you think about this subject. :)
Tell me and others what kind of music you like, who is your favorite composer / singer, do you play any instrument, etc.
You are welcome here, whoever you are: it doesn't matter if you started learning English just two days ago, or you're an advanced student. You're free to make as many mistakes as you like. I'll be waiting for your comments!
Oksana, Google translate is very good ,mostly, but it does make weird or awkward translations sometimes..:-))
in this case, you wrote very well..:-))
Edit: just one very little correction.. "very conveniently to write in translate. google"
it would be better to say here: " it is very convenient to write in Google translate."
Greetings, I'm so glad I can finally write about this subject to someone. So, about my music preferences. I think I can't choose only one genre, I do like folk, religious (orthodox and catholic hymns and psalms) music, some opera arias (for example, "tutte le feste al tempio" (I may've typed it wrong, sorry for all the opera lovers and Italians here) from "Rigoletto"), but I am also fond of funk and thrill music, punk and screamo: in my opinion I have to try all of the genres to be able to pick ones to my liking and understand the music industry better. Thank you, that's all for this time. Pointing to my mistakes and correcting them are appreciated.
I happened to be both English and Russian speaker(both fluent)
Only if you do not mind, may I correct you, to help you?
"I like to listen to music depending ON my mood.."
.."but on the main it is rock" ..this does not sound right to English speaking ear. "on the main" there is no really such expression. maybe you wanted to write "but the main thing (that I like the most, or: one music style that I like the most) is rock.."..
great idea, excellent post , thank you!
Hopefully more people will be interested to practice here.. I can help to correct those that do not mind it..
As for the topic, music
well I personally like all styles, and listened to pretty much everything , from classical to rock and hip hop , and even heavier groups in the past.. Now I listen to whatever resonates with my inner mood/situation..
Some singers/groups that I like are Bryan Adams, Oasis, Verve, Coldplay, Train, Bono and U-2, Pearl Jam, and many old classic rock groups,also Russian rock in the past..But it really depends ..and also there are many performers, I do not know the names of, that I hear in different places..
I'm glad to see you here.
Listening to music helps the brain to work (sometimes). So go on listening to music, it's a very good thing!
I do hope that more people will see this post in the next 2-3 days especially, because once it will be gone off the list of popular discussions (or will be number 25 there) nobody will ever notice it and the discussion will die out.
I am asking you all (if you want this discussion to get more participants) to "like" the discussion (the sign ^ ). Because it is already number 13 in popular discussions and number 19 in new discussions. Maybe if you "like" it we can change it's position in the Popular group. Thank you!
Hi. I will tell about my favorite music too. I study english three month and sorry for my english. Recently i find one singer in internet. His name Billy Raffoul. I like him. I read the traslations his songs. I do not very like his texts, but i like his music. Sometimes i try to talk english in my head. I mean i try think english. But i do not know how good i make it. And nobody can test me. I want speak english but i know too little words. So i glad to write to you
Hello. It's a good idea, i searched something similar with this topic. I am beginner in English but i hope this thing will help me.
I am a melomaniac, i listen all genres, from classical to heavy music
My favorite band is called MYTH & ROID (myth android), they make anime music. Their style is beautiful.
Recently i heard the first arabesque of Claude Debussy, it was wonderful
Among russian singers and bands i prefer Monetochka and IC3PEAK (they are so mystical guys)
Music is my hard drug. I graduated from music school last year. I some play piano and i am trying to write my own songs (maybe someday i will release it (i hope))
Is it all? It seems i wrote all.
Cool! What do you play? I'm a flutist (or flautist...nobody agrees on the correct name for flute players in English!). I actually started learning Russian because my greatest musical love is Russian classical music, and I wanted to read the words of my favorite composers in Russian instead of (bad) translations.
Algarve11, to be a musical performer is my big dream. But my study is programming. I am sorry because i spend less time on my dream. I just understood it too late. Now my chance is very small, but it is.
Thank you for your answer and this topic.
P. S. also i like Frederic Chopin, Johann Bach and George Frideric Handel (specially in D minor!!!)
Hello. I adore nature. When i go somewhere i always look at the trees and flowers, i listen to the birds singing. There are many beautiful flowers now. Today i saw storks. I like the sea and the mountains. i like traveling. I have dream to see the ocean. I don't like mobile zoos and circus with animals, because animals suffer there.
I propose to separate discussions on individual topics adding references to previous and next ones in the top messages. Something like this:
Tea Club Meeting #123
Hi! today's disscussion will be about Teddy Bears.
Previous Meeting: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/31972791
Next Meeting: TBD
After adding next message for "Tea Club Meeting #124" get it's URL and just replace the TBD reference in previous "TCM #123" message.
Doing things in this way you will keep discussions organized by it's subjects, easy to read and navigate.
I live an a city next to the Japanese sea, and sometimes I feel myself slightly addicted to it. You know, when I visit other cities without the sea, I feel a little bit upset(?) or just unusual, like what do you mean I can't see this gorgeous and passionate endless everlasting surface out of my window?! And there are also many mountains in here, not as high as Himalaya or Kilimanjaro of course, but still. Many of them are closed for visiting due to being private territory, but the others are free-to-visit and the view is breathtaking, even though I can only see the ordinary urban landscapes and nothing more. I'd like to visit rainforests in Africa/South America and harsh taiga and tundra at the north of Russia or some nordic country, but alas, I don't think there will be such an opportunity in the nearest future.
i live in a village and my family's house is near the river(it is a small river, almost stream), there are many high trees here. i like to climb them
As in the majority of russian villages, our have a large field. Every summer i go across this field with my friends to the big hill.
I like nature, pure air and blue sky with stars. In the city you couldn't see this.
Today the sky is cloudy and the wind is cold.
Where I live the year consists of two periods: the dry one and the rainy one (the locals call them summer and winter). Winter usually starts in May, but this year it started in April for some reason, so that the cockchafers (or maybugs) that live under earth till the rains start, had to get out from their holes one month earlier and they flied around in total amazement.
So now, in May, the rains go on and the wind is horribly cold sometimes. I'm waiting for the summer to come.
I'm glad that I live in a part of the US where we have four distinct seasons. I live just outside of Baltimore, Maryland in a very quiet neighborhood with lots of streams and bigger rivers (so we get a lot of flooding, unfortunately). The only season that I wish we experienced more of is winter. I love snow, but our winters are usually just cold and gray without much snow. Sometimes I think about living somewhere where it is always warm and always summer, but I'd miss the snow and spring and autumn too much.