Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Make Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls on

Cooking vocabulary ... It is a place where all of the class wasn't familiar with. Our teacher, Michelle started this class with representing gadgets, utensils and other equipments.

When Michelle asked me to give an example of using verb "peel", I remembered the cucumber and apple. But these examples are probably not so common as for instance peeling banana. Anyway, the verb peel became a part of active vocabulary for me.

We discussed about the verb "thaw" partly due strange pronunciation, partly about using this word.

We needed to focus on the verb "knead" because the video which we was going to watch had a title "How to Knead Dough"

The comprehension exercise helped us to memorize a new vocabulary from the video.
And here is recipe of our desired Cinnabon cinnamon rolls:

This class was very intensive and fun.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Old Method of Teaching English with New Tools (a few notes after the class on on March 24, 2015)

Stefanie, the teacher of the school on divided the reading class for three parts:

The students need to read the text which was kept and shared for editing on Google Docs  on their own. The task for students is to highlight the words or phrases which they are not familiar. The tools of Google Docs allow to use definite color for each student.

Explaining and discussion about highlighted word and phrases is a next step. During this exercise we can google the words using pictures search feature on
Watching video using Youtube application on Google Plus Hangouts is the last part. It is much easier to understand context after studying vocabulary during the previous two parts.

The theme of the class is also important. In this case we read script and watched video from movie Friends.

Here are material from the class.

The One With All The Cheesecakes
Written by: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Transcribed by: Eric Aasen
With Help from: Aaron Howard-Miller
[Scene: Chandler and Monica’s, Chandler is sitting at the kitchen table eating cheesecake. The box it came in is also on the table.]
Chandler: Ohh. Mmm.
Rachel: (Comes in the front door and walks towards the kitchen.) Hi.
Chandler: Hey, you have got to try this cheesecake.
Rachel: Oh, y’know I'm not that much of a sweet tooth. I—(Chandler puts a forkful of the cheesecake in her mouth.)—Wow. My God, so creamy. Oh my God, this is the best cheesecake I have ever had. Where did you get this? (She reaches over to look at the label on the box.)    
Chandler: (nervously) It was at the front door. When I got home. Somebody sent it to us.
Rachel: Chandler, this is not addressed to you. This is addressed to Mrs. Braverman downstairs. (Gasping) Thief.
Chandler: I—no! I didn't read the box before I opened it. And you can't return a box after you've opened the box.
Rachel: Why, why not?
Chandler: Because it's too delicious.
Rachel: Chandler, you stole this cheesecake. That is wrong.
Chandler: No-no-no! It is going to be okay, because Mrs. Braverman is gonna send away for a free one and that way we all win! The only losers are the big cheesecake conglomerate, (Reading the label) Momma’s Little Bakery. (Pause) I feel terrible, I’m a horrible, horrible, horrible person.
Rachel: (taking a bite) Oh, I’m sorry what?
[Scene: Monica and Chandler's, Rachel enters to find Chandler staring at another cheesecake box.]
Rachel: Hi!
Chandler: Another cheesecake came! They delivered it to the wrong address again!
Rachel: So just bring it back downstairs, what’s the problem?
Chandler: I can’t seem to say goodbye.
Rachel: Are you serious?! Chandler, we ate an entire cheesecake two days ago and you want more?
Chandler: Well I’ve forgotten what it tastes like okay?!
Rachel: It was cheesecake. It was fine. It had a buttery, crumbly, graham cracker crust, with a very rich yet light, cream cheese filling… (Pause) Wow! My whole mouth just filled with saliva!
Chandler: (closing the box) Y’know what? Forget it! We are just hungry! We have not had lunch! We are just light-headed! So let us go out and have lunch and forget about the cheesecake.
Rachel: Yeah and we’ll drop it off downstairs so that we’re not tempted.
Chandler: Good idea. Where do you want to go to lunch?
Rachel: Momma’s Little Bakery, Chicago, Illinois. (They exit with the cheesecake.)
[Scene: The Lobby of Chandler and Rachel’s building, Chandler and Rachel are returning from lunch.]
Chandler: Well, thank you for lunch.
Rachel: What? Wait a minute, I didn’t pay, I thought you paid!
Chandler: So apparently we just don’t pay for food anymore. (Rachel laughs then Chandler notices something.) Do you see what I see?
Rachel: (gasps) It’s still there! (The cheesecake they returned to Mrs. Braverman is still lying in front of her door.)
Chandler: Mrs. Braverman must be out. (They move closer to it.)
Rachel: She could be out of town. Maybe she’ll be gone for months.
Chandler: By then, the cheesecake may have gone bad. We don’t want her to come back to bad cheesecake.
Rachel: No that could kill her.
Chandler: Well, we don’t want that.
Rachel: No so we’re protecting her.
Chandler: But we should take it.
Rachel: But we should move quick.
Chandler: Why?
Rachel: Because I think I just heard her moving around in there.
Chandler: Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go! (Rachel grabs the cheesecake and they take off upstairs.)

[Scene: Joey and Rachel's, Rachel and Chandler are eating the cheesecake right out of the box.]
Rachel: (taking a bite) Oh my God! That is so good!
Chandler: I’m full, and yet I know if I stop eating this, I’ll regret it.
Joey: (entering) Hey!
Rachel: Hey!
Joey: (seeing what they’re doing) What do you got there?
Rachel: Oh it’s umm, it’s tofu cake. Do you want some? (He makes a disgusted noise and heads for his room, Chandler follows him in.)
[Scene: Joey and Rachel's, Rachel is eating the cheesecake and Chandler enters and catches her in the act.]
Chandler: Are you eating the cheesecake without me?!
Rachel: (with a mouthful) Mm-mmm. (Nods no.)
Chandler: I will give you a hundred dollars to whistle right now. (She tries to whistle and blows little chunks of cheesecake out of her mouth.) How can you eat the cheesecake without me?!
Rachel: Oh, what are you going to do?! Are you gonna go run tell Monica?! Are you gonna tell Joey?! No! Because then you will have to tell them what we did! We are desert stealers! We are living outside the law!
Chandler: Y’know what? I don’t trust you with this cake anymore! And I got it first, and I’m takin’ it back! (Grabs the cheesecake and heads for his apartment.)
Rachel: What?! What?!
Chandler: Oh yes!
Rachel: Wait a minute!
Chandler: Oh yes!
Rachel: Oh no-no-no-no-no, no you don’t!
[Cut to Chandler and Monica’s as they enter.]
Chandler: Oh yes! Oh yes!
Rachel: You think I trust you with it?! No! We’re gonna split it! You take half and I take half!
Chandler: Well that’s not fair, you’ve already had some!
Rachel: What? Oh, well then y’know what? I think Monica would be very interested to know that you called her cheesecake dry and mealy.
Chandler: What do we use to split it?
Rachel: Okay! (Grabs a knife and cuts it in half.) All right, pick a half.
Chandler: (examining the cake) Okay well, this side looks bigger. Uh… There’s more crust on this side. Y’know? So, maybe if I measured…
Rachel: Oh for God sake just pick a piece!
Chandler: All right, I’ll pick that one. (Points.)
Rachel: That’s also the smaller piece. (Puts the piece onto a plate.) Okay, there you go. Enjoy your half my friend, but that is it. No sharing. No switching, and don’t come crying to me if you eat your piece too fast. (As she’s saying that she is backing out the door, when she finishes she turns around to return to her place, stumbles and drops the cheesecake on the floor.) Oh!!!!
Chandler: (gloatingly and holding his piece) Ohhh!
Rachel: Okay, you gotta give me some of your piece.
Chandler: Oh-ho-ho-ho-no! No! No switching! No sharing, and don’t come crying to me! Ha-ha-ha! I may just sit here and have my cake all day! Just sit here in the hallway and eat my… (Rachel knocks the plate from his hand and it falls on the floor. That process leaves just the forkful Chandler has, Rachel starts to go after that little bit and Chandler retreats into his apartment.)
[Scene: The Hallway, Chandler and Rachel are on their knees with forks trying to salvage what they can of the cheesecake off of the floor.]
Rachel: Oh! Yay! Look! There’s a piece that doesn’t have floor on it!
Chandler: Stick to your side!
Rachel: Hey, come on now!
(Joey finishes climbing the stairs and sees them. Chandler and Rachel both stop and look up at him. Joey sits down on the step.)
Joey: (pulls out a fork) All right, what are we havin’? (Starts digging in.)

I believe that the old method which our teacher Stefanie used in the class is very interesting. It inspired me to write this post here on my blog.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let’s take a Trip with

Task: Please type a short story about one of your favorite trips.
Thanks to the feature Google Plus Hangouts screen sharing we can travel around the world using Google Maps. When our teacher Allison asked us about our favorite places, I answered that my favorite trip was to the Portuguese island Madeira and I showed it to the class.
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This island is located in the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful, unforgettable nature.  It takes/requires about 8 hours to complete the journey from Moscow to Funchal (capital city of Madeira).

I remember the excursion to the mountains. We stayed above the clouds.

Using Google Maps we experienced the virtual trip during the class.
Travel in that region of the world will stay in my memory forever.

This story was written after Allison’s class on March 15, 2015. The purpose of the class was to understand the difference between the words travel, trip and journey.


The highlighted letters show some mistakes which were corrected by teacher  Allison ghoclass after the class on

Saturday, March 21, 2015

How to Give a New Life to Your Computer (Linux is Coming)

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Linux is the third most popular operatiNG system for Desktop computers and the first aMong free and open systems. We can MAKE our old computers WORK very fast in this system, it is like giving our computers new life.

I’VE been exploring this system only three weeks and feel LIKE a new fan of THIS system. Here are some recommendations for people who decide to follow me in thIS interesting deal.

First of all download the program from the site. I chose Linux Ubuntu 14.04. It needs only 15 minutes TO INSTALL. And after that you are inside the new environment on your computer.
Linux includes lots of benefits from other programs. We can find inside Linux THE Internet browser Firefox, Office’s programs. Other programs could be installed. When I TALKED about my new hobby during the conversation in Google plus Hangouts, I saw a very intensive response from other people. Some of them shared their experience of using it, others revealed a big interest in exploring it.

And I’d like to mention one more benefit of studying this system. It is possibilE to practice English and communicate with A very big COMMUNITY THAT useS this gorgeous system. I know now that Linux is coming, let’s keep up with the times.


The capital letters show some mistakes which were corrected by teacher Audrey Ross during the class on

I needed to install Skype and teamviewer after installation Linux Ubuntu 14.04.2. without command sudo (but it needs to update the system using command sudo apt-get update). I followed to System Settings - Software & Updates - Other Software and picked all options including Canonical Partners. After that I chose a distribution Ubuntu 12.04 multi arch on Skype-site and after downloading the system offered me to install it through Ubuntu Software Centrer. Teamviewer was installed using the same method. The goal was achieved !

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Some prepositions practice with Cassidy on

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1.) Don't use with arrived preposition to.
Ex.: He arrived at the train station (not to the train station)

Use expression:
explain something to someone;
married to her;
on the 1st floor;
at that moment.

2.) Use at when we are talking about general, not specific place.
Ex.: I was at the shops (not in the shops).
Note: When we specify place we use in. For example: I'm at home, but more specifically, I'm in my room.

3.) Use arrive in or come to with countries, cities, villages. When it is a general place (airport, shop etc) we use arrived at.

4.) We use to for describing moving from one place to another (She went to the gym).

5.) We use something or somebody good or bad for us for describing it, when don't mean a specific actions toward us.  If a person acts toward us in positive or negative way, we use preposition to.
Ex.: Fruit is good for my body. He is bad to her, he is always hits her.

1b with arrived we don't use to  
2b because it is a general place not specific Ex: I'm at home in the room  

7a to + verb

8a explain something TO someone  
11b married TO her


A scary story

This Summer I spent a couple of days (1) …… friend Alice's town. We stayed (2)………her cottage, which had 2 floors. It was a remote village, (3) in the middle………… nowhere, let's say (4) ………. 2 hours far from the next village. Alice and I were sharing a room (5) ………the 1st floor; then one night just (6)………….. 4.30, a scream woke me (7) …… “Oh no, Alice!” I thought. Immediately I looked (8) …………her bed, but it was empty. I got out (9)….....bed to the room where Alice used to sleep, but it was empty, too. I went(10) …………………trying not to make any noise; I had decided to be courageous, but (11)……that moment I saw a terrifying shadow (12)………..the kitchen and I thought that it would be a good idea to phone the police. I crept (13)……………….…. the dinning room because that was where the phone was. However, I was looking(14) ……….my shoulder to keep an eye(15) ……….the shadow, when I cut my hand (16)……….a glass.  “I'm not going (17)………… shout, “ I thought. But when I saw my hand covered (18)…………. blood and discovered some more glass and more blood, I decided “I'm going to shout!”. So I shouted so loudly that the shadow started to move, and it was moving (19) ……………… me! I picked (20)………. a piece of glass (21)…………the floor to die (22)………dignity but when the owner of the shadow appeared (23)…………….the corridor she asked me: “What's the matter?” “Alice!!?? “ I said, “but you are dead!” “Oh, thanks.” “No. The blood. The scream and…the glass.”  “The blood is ketchup, the pieces of glass were the ketchup bottle and my scream was caused (24)…………the bottle when it fell (25) ……………my foot.”

1in 2at 3of 4about  5on  6before  7up    8at  9of  10downstairs  11at  12in  13towards    14over  15on  16on  17to  18in  19towards  20up    21from  22with  23in  24by  

These notes were written in the Cassidy’s classes 15/02/2015 and 26/02/2015