Tuesday, 30 November 2010


There are many things we used to do.
Well, I used to advertise for Fashion, I used to be slim and I used to be young.... Of course this was a long time ago.... if you don't believe, have a look a the Fashion cover photo. Well, I had to increase (and enhance :-) it a bit so that you recognize me.

YOUR TURN:  In a few sentences tell us how YOU USED TO BE, WHAT YOU USED TO DO.

Monday, 29 November 2010

My first biography lines

Watch Princess Diana's biography

You may have a grandparent or great grandparent who, although not part of the written history, is part of your family history through what they did. Most of them had an outstanding period in their lives of which must be proud. You found about it orally directly or indirectly but it has never been written.You are going to be their most incredible biography writer.

THEY HAVE A HECTIC STORY - a picture is worth a thousand words

These people did not use to be necessarily poor or homeless.
In a paragraph write your own side of their story. Include: how old do you think they are, what they did before (education, jobs, families). ATTENTION PLEASE: you have to write the story as if you were the person in the photo. Have a look at Alin's very nice example in the comments below.
So your story will start like:
e.g. I am..........(fictional name) and I'm homeless...I was born in ............I used to.............. but now........... or something like that.

So put yourselves in these persons' shoes, try to experience what they are feeling, thinking, etc.
What can be some of the causes that led to poverty. Explain.

Sunday, 28 November 2010


What did you do yesterday?

NEWS TIME - you're a reporter

It's news time! All you have to do is WATCH TV, read the News on the Internet, in the newspaper, listen to the radio and then in about 50 words, let your colleagues know about something interesting, exciting, not necessarily bad news (we have a lot  of that). Explain why you chose that news a  mention the source you used.

Eg. Although not necessarily breaking news, I read on Yahoo news about a thrilling event: Prince Williams' wedding with Kate Middleton in spring or summer next year. William offered Kate his mother's blue diamond ring as engagement present. There are many speculations about her wedding dress, the church where the event will take place. Their wedding day, April 29th has been declared a Bank holiday. Sales and travels are expected to boost during that period.

 Prince William and Kate Middleton

Now it's your time. Keep us posted! Don't forget to rephrase the event in simple language.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

If it happened in the past you add -ed, but these things often play tricks on me...

In this task you are going to write an 80 word narration (80 means +/- 10 words) about the following topic:  AN EXPERIENCE THAT CHANGED MY LIFE. We all have moments, experiences, people that in one way or another changed our lives a little or to a greater extent. Don't forget to check the verbs in the past tense before you submit your comment.

This is my own example. I was a student in the IXth grade of a technical high-school. One day our Romanian teacher asked us if we would like to take part in the local olympics and I said yes. I won the first place and then had to enrol to the next phases. He made me aware of the fact that I had more literary and artistic inclinations and that it was a pity for me to continue the technical career. This early experience changed my life as it helped me discover myself.

Saturday, 13 November 2010


Yes, this is me in a very special place. Can you guess the place, time of the year and of the day?

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


Vedeţi imaginea la dimensiunea completăDear students, this is a challenge rather than a post. I challenge you to read the comments made by different students and hunt for mistakes - spelling or grammar errors. The winner - i.e. the one who finds the most mistakes - will get a prize. Surprize!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


In this task you are supposed to ask your colleagues ONE SINGLE QUESTION. This will be a general question, not about past, not about future but about our eternal present. It can refer to yourselves, daily lives, to the town we live in (business, entertainment, accomodation, transport, education, health), our university.

Do you know what the population of our town is?
What MA specialization in English does our university offer?
How long does it take to travel from the airport to the town center by car?
When was our university founded?

Other students will be able to answer these questions, so if you are the first to know the answer to the question, please send the answer. You can start by answering the above questions :-)