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Tshadow commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"9- I thought it would never to end?"
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ella commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"Hello, just to try :) 9.I thought it would never go to the end."
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"Hello, Danny! It is my next try: 3) It was not enough time for me to make up my mind. 4) I didn't notice he left the party so i started asking the questions where he is. 8) She asked what we will do if we were not able to check into any…"
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Diah commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"Hey Tanya, I will give it a try! 1.  Have you ever been there or have you seen it on TV? He stopped looking around and seeing if he was followed. There was no time enough so that I made up my mind. I didn’t notice he was going out of the…"
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Tshadow commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"Dear Danny Clark, nice to meet you too. OK, I'm going to try again :((("
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Elen commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"Ok Danny, thanks for explaining!"
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Danny Clark commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"Dear Tshadow, nice to meet you! I am glad you dared to take part, but let me tell you that only No7 is correct. Please, read my and Tanya's comments and try again, OK?"
Tshadow commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"    Hello, and this is my try :  Have you ever been there or  you have just seen it by the TV? He stopped looking around  to see if he was being followed. There was no enough  time so that I made up my mind. I…"
Danny Clark commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
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Danny Clark commented on Tanya's blog post The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory
"Dear Elen, let me tell you that NEVER with the progressive tenses sounds strange, not to say more. You see, "I will never do it" is good but "I am never going to do it" is incorrect and makes no sense while "I am going never…"

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The legend about Kiev founders


ONCE UPON A TIME there was a royal family of three brothers. One was named Kiy, the second was Shchek, the third was Khoriv and they had a beautiful sister called Lybid. Their parents had been killed by invaders from the East and they were searching for a place to make a new home. When they arrived at the beautiful place where Kiev is located now and saw seven majestic green hills rising above the river , Kiy chose the place as their new home. Kiy and his brothers built a boat and then sailed across the broad and mighty Dnieper River towards the high green bank on the western side. But what should be the name of the new Metropolis? Kiy's brothers and sister decided to name the new city KIEV in honor of their strong and brave elder brother, Prince Kiy. Thus it was the City of Kyiv that was founded on the last weekend in May, in the Spring of the year 482 A.D.


Kiy ruled on the hill which is now called Borichev, Shchek settled on the hill which is now called Shchekovitsa, and Khoriv settled on the third one which after him was called Khorevitsa. And it was thus that they founded the great city over 1,500 years ago. In ancient days this was the land of the Trypilians, Cimmerians, Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans, Antae, Roxolanians and the legendary Amazon women. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, "the Father of History" wrote that Hercules himself had founded this land. According to the legend here was the very place, the Starokievska Hill, where the Apostle Saint Andrew, centuries earlier came as a missionary to Scythia. He had raised a cross on the hills of Kiev and predicted that here a great city would rise one day with many churches to the glory of God. And so the prophecy was fulfilled. Merchants and craftsmen from far and wide soon gathered by the Dnieper River and settled in the Podol, the lower town, which became the center of commerce. Kiev slowly grew through the centuries.

It was in 988, five centuries after the founding, that Prince Vladimer baptisized his Slavic nation. It was here, where the broad street Khreshchatik still marks the place, that the people descended from the hills into the Dnieper River to be baptisized into the Orthodox religion by Greek priests from Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.


The main Ukrainian cathedral

Prince Vladimer built the Desyatina Church, and in 1036 his son, PrinceYaroslav, built Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom) Cathedral as a sister of the famous Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Saint Sophia in Kiev became the Mother Church of Ukraine, and for a thousand years the immortal gold mosaic wall of the Virgin Oranta has been watching over Kiev. The Mongol invasion of 1240 and many others since then did not destroy this "invinsible wall" of Kiev. St. Michael the Archangel, protected this saving remnant of Kiev golden age. It was in the year 1187 that for the first time in history the historic chronicles mention the new name “Ukraine” for the ancient name of this land, which was Rus.


Centuries later, in 1492, the Cossacks of Ukraine, the famous Zaporozhians, came into history as defenders of the Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian nation from Tatar, Turkish, Polish and other invaders. And as Taras Shevchenko, the great poet, said in The Dream: "The First (Tsar Peter, The Great) racked my country dear, The Second (Catherine , The Second) gave the final blow, That brought my land to utter woe...


Shevchenko's "sad Ukraine" has now been reborn in the world "family of free nations". And this city of Kiev, the capital of the ancient Rus, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world today, has become the great gold-topped capital of democratic, free and independent Ukraine.



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The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 13:00 88 Comments

My friends, I'd like you to recall Danny's and my lessons and to correct the mistakes again. Your task is the same as in "Find and correct the mistakes". For those who are newbies or don't remember, I will explain once again.

There may be a few mistakes in each sentence. You should find and correct them all without changing the vocabulary. It is a grammar test. As usual, I will lead you explaining your mistakes.

Are you ready?

Here is your task:

  1. Were you…

Would You Like to Play Jeopardy Again?

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 11:00 17 Comments

Our dear Onee-Chan asked me if we can play Jeopardy again. Sure, we can. The question is whether you would like to play it. So, I would like you to answer three easy questions:

1. Would you like to play Jeopardy without Danny?

2. If yes, when would you like me to start it, now or in September?

3. Would you like to play the Wheel of Fortune?

Thank you very much in advance.

Luci's Challenge: A Letter from My Granny

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 11:30 21 Comments


                                            A Sceleton in a Closet

Moving to a new apartment about a month ago I decided to look through all…


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At 11:44 on August 12, 2017, Likewise said…
Hello Tanya,

I would like to reply you here instead - thank you so much for replying. I know it isn't the right place to start such kind of conversations, so if you feel like you can just delete comments from there, it is up to you.

Though I have to smile a big smile, because regardless what or who is his reason for coming back - He is back! :))

That is what matters.

Have a very nice and lovely weekend to the both of you.
At 15:57 on August 11, 2017, Roman said…
Thank you, Tanya, i will look this link later!
At 18:07 on August 6, 2017, Hurieh said…

Dear Tanya,
I'm sorry to hear this about our dear teacher! I was kidding when I said that he was not helpful. I explained it in my former comment! Though, I'm happy he is OK after all. Danny is a respectable teacher and his absence makes every one wonder why is that. Anyways, I hope we will see him on myEC soon. Please send my special hi to him.
Bests, Hurieh

At 13:45 on August 5, 2017, Hurieh said…

Dear Tanya,

Thanks so much for your kind reply. I can confidently say that you are much more helpful than your lovely hubby Danny! hahahaha

Once I asked him to proofread my paper. He even didn't bother to send back an e-mail and make an excuse! I bet you will back him and explain that he is too busy all the time!

I'm kidding! Please send my greteast salutations to him. 

Stay happy and fine all the time.

Bests, Hurieh.

At 16:31 on July 31, 2017, Roman said…

Thank you for such good words) I am glad to meet you Tanya!

At 17:11 on July 30, 2017, ELF-Noor said…
Hi Ma'am tanya,
I hope, you are fine.
Glad to see you around..

How is Sir danny, we are really missing his presence in MyEC. I hope, He will be fine and Happy in his life.

May You both live long and happy life..^.^
Stay blessed...:)
At 3:46pm on July 28, 2017, Baho26 gave Tanya a gift
At 17:41 on June 17, 2017, Seeker said…


I am fine. Thanks for asking!

Yes, I know Danny had left since I have read his last blog. Actually, I have not words to describe his selfless work for EC. I would like to hear from him again. I am not telling you this formally but really, it is my fervent wish. 

At 4:40 on March 29, 2017, Q.CuIT said…

Hi Mrs Tanya, i want to learn group your English, you can add me in skype: quangcucntt , thank so much

At 8:24 on March 19, 2017, Onee-chan said…

Please share with Teacher Dan, one house a piece of cake. :))))

Wish you a wonderful Sunday, Teacher Tanya. :)


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