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Tanya's Blog (77)

Happy Valentine's Day!

My dear friends! After reading the official EC blog dedicated to this great holiday, I decided to add some more romance. Sure, all the legends about Valentine are just legends. Feeling of love is just a biochemical reaction. But this illusory feeling is so powerful that it makes people create great masterpieces and destroy civilizations. Have you ever thought why the red color…


Added by Tanya on February 14, 2018 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

A Blog Challenge: NEITHER/EITHER

Well, when I am up to something, I usually realize my ideas. So, here we are with one more piece of English grammar.

Speaking about our everyday life, business, science and many other things, we often want to make a statement about TWO people, ideas, options at the same time or to connect two alternatives in one sentence. Fortunately, we don’t have to reinvent a wheel as we have all necessary ” tools”  in English grammar. These are words NEITHER/EITHER. Let’s start…


Added by Tanya on February 6, 2018 at 14:00 — 19 Comments

To Onee's Challenge: Not Only...But Also

Hi, my friends! I was not active for rather long because of a few reasons. I was busy not only teaching but also nursering my little grandniece (almost 5 years old), my big kid (i.e., my hubby thinking about retirement) and our lovely pets (of different age). But my hubby went on a business trip, my grandniece's mom took a health leave and I am able to write a few lines here at last! So...

Not only do I want to thank our dear Onee for…


Added by Tanya on February 6, 2018 at 12:22 — 16 Comments

Onee's Writing Challange: The Breaking EC News

Hi, ladies and gentlemen! Here is the breaking news on our EC channel! Stay with us!

After returning to EC megalopolis, one of our favorite teachers suddenly changed his traditional orientation and started going nuts! His traditional learning blogs about idioms, phrasal verbs and grammar have been replaced by his sarcastic blogs deriding learners’ mistakes. He must have rested his brains somewhere in the jungle of the blunders he faces every day! He writes down all your…


Added by Tanya on November 13, 2017 at 16:46 — 10 Comments

Streetwear or Stylish Wear? What is in Fashion this Halloween?

Wearing a witch’s costume and high-heeled knee-long boots these days has reminded me of my favorite comfortable clothing I prefer to all others. This style won most of young hearts long ago but now it is about to become one of the most popular among people of any age.…


Added by Tanya on October 30, 2017 at 17:00 — 30 Comments

Luci's Halloween Challenge

My friends! My story is based on "Viy" story by the famous Ukrainian/Russian writer Nikolay Gogol. On the other hand, it is also based on my memories about your mistakes and Danny's blogs. So, there we go!

In the middle of the night I woke up lying on the path in the dark forest.  Suddenly I heard soft steps nearing stealthily. I…


Added by Tanya on October 26, 2017 at 17:00 — 27 Comments

Grammar Test IV

Hi, my friends! It is time to post one more grammar test, isn’t it? You know what to do! You should correct all the mistakes without changing the meaning of my sentences. This test is not easy but it is not the toughest I can propose. So, here you are!

  1. At the bar I didn’t recognize the guy stared on me despite he rode the same with me cab.
  2. We were standing by window and watched the falling down snow.
  3. Serving the dinner, the committee went on to work.
  4. I…

Added by Tanya on October 17, 2017 at 13:00 — 98 Comments

Grammar Test III

Hi, everyone! Despite your not being very active on my last test, I decided to post one more as teachers never give up trying to teach you at least something. So, you know what to do, don't you? Just make my sentences correct!

Here is your task.

  1. I didn’t know was he able to answer to my question as he didn’t attend last briefing.
  2. She listened to his singing. His voice had sounded charmingly.
  3. Mother made her son don’t to lean out from window.
  4. He…

Added by Tanya on September 20, 2017 at 13:00 — 112 Comments

The three little pigs or why to build wooden houses in the storm area

I believe you all know the story about the three little pigs two of whom were too lazy to built their houses with bricks. The result is well-known. If they hadn't had the third hardworking brother, they would have become a delicious dinner for a hungry wolf. But the third brother who had made his house with bricks managed to serve them the cooked wolf for desert.



Added by Tanya on September 12, 2017 at 15:52 — 12 Comments

Irma, no excuse, you made us almost homeless

Hi, my friends! I hope you will exscuse us for not being active these days. You may know that hurricane Irma hit Florida a few days ago and now it is recognized as the most severe huricane in history. We are lucky to be in Ukraine now, but we have lost at least a half of…


Added by Tanya on September 11, 2017 at 14:23 — 20 Comments

Grammar Test II

Hi, my friends! I'd like to think you are waiting for one more test. Today is Day of Knowledge in my country, the beginning of the academic year. So, here I am with your new task. This test is almost the same as previous. And you know what to do, don't you? You have to correct all the mistakes in each sentence. 

  1. She had looked forward for him to come.
  2. I didn’t see his coming and scared with his voice.
  3. He stopped to study so that he would earn for…

Added by Tanya on September 1, 2017 at 9:44 — 29 Comments

The Grammar Test to Refresh Your Memory

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…

Added by Tanya on August 11, 2017 at 13:00 — 106 Comments

Would You Like to Play Jeopardy Again?

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.

Added by Tanya on August 8, 2017 at 11:00 — 15 Comments

Luci's Challenge: A Letter from My Granny


                                            A Sceleton in a Closet

Moving to a new apartment about a month ago I decided to look through all the papers and documents kept at my home for many years. There were…


Added by Tanya on July 31, 2017 at 11:30 — 21 Comments

Danny's Challenge: Travel in Time

If I could travel in time, I would return to 70's or even 80's in Western Europe and America. I'd like to be at the begging of our feminization. I don't mean the country of my origin as our women have been independent and equal for more than 100 years. Well, a few previous generations of Western women made the revolution in attitude to us. Now, we enjoy our being free and independent, our being equal and even superior. But why have we started considering men as a tool for making sex and…


Added by Tanya on June 7, 2017 at 15:00 — 15 Comments

Indifference Kills!

Well, I have been a member of EC since 2009 and many of you know me well enough. And I tell you, before joining EC I searched through all the network. There is no site like this! I am happy and proud of being one of its members. There were active and passive periods of my being EC member, but I have always been  aware of what is going on here. I believe, you don't think I am postng this blog because Danny is my husband. I am posting it as we both are teachers.

Teachers are to teach…


Added by Tanya on June 5, 2017 at 14:00 — 31 Comments

To Danny's Challenge

If somebody wears a gold liripipe on his biretta, it is just a tribute to his doctorate degree, but nothing more for me. Our same mortarboards sit next to each other in the closet and I am sure that my biretta always asks her companion what its master is up to. And, I tell you, his master is always up to something! To be a good chemist is a true temptation! He always knows the right mix to make a man get drunk or to make a lady feel excited. He is a great…


Added by Tanya on February 2, 2017 at 14:31 — 13 Comments

Happy New Year to Everyone!

My dear friends! I am really sorry I can't often be here now. But I'd like to tell you, I love you all! I love you jokes, your kidding, your mistakes and your reaction to our corrections. I love your being so curious, positive, smart and alive! Dan and I stick here because you are better than many of our real students and we feel like doing something useful here. I like our…


Added by Tanya on December 29, 2016 at 16:40 — 12 Comments

Let's Discuss and Estimate your Fables

My dear friends! I have promised to start the discussion of your fables and parables, so here I am with all your great stories. You know what to do as it is not the first time we ask you to criticize your stories and choose the best (the “like” list is more preferable as usual). I like all the stories. They are so different, but all are so smart. So, let’s see whose story is…


Added by Tanya on November 17, 2016 at 12:00 — 54 Comments

Power of Music: Desirable or Scaring

I've decided to write this blog after Mary's "Hallelujah" in Sing a Song group. She posted her discussion dedicated to Leonard Cohen who died last week. I believe that most of you have heard this song. It sounds in "Shrek" animation and has been sung by so many famous singers and arranged by so many composers. The question is why? Some melody influences us so much that we can't…


Added by Tanya on November 15, 2016 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

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