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vitalba paesano
27-04-09, 10:16
An interesting news for grey panther speaking English:

Amazon top of the online shopping websites
A total of around 16.7 million online
shoppers has put Amazon at the top of the list of last year’s most
popular online shopping websites, knocking online marketplace
eBay into second place.
For the first time, clothes beat books
There were also changes in the product category rankings. Measured in
terms of the number of online shoppers, for the first time, clothing (12.6
million online buyers) beat the well-entrenched long-time leaders, books
(12.4 million). Next came event tickets (10.3 million), CDs (8.8 million),
followed by hotel reservations (8.6 million).
Along with the two latter categories (both of which were up 2.3 million),
marked growth was also recorded by DVDs (+1.8 million), flight tickets and
medical products (both +1.2 million), clothing (+1.1 million) and face and
bodycare products (+1.0 million).

998R
08-06-09, 18:25
Hi dear friends, I've been busy in these last weeks, how are You doing? I am attending a legal english course, very interesting.
www.englishforlaw.it

vitalba paesano
08-06-09, 20:37
happy to meet you again. If you are interesting in legal english, probably you could find it ok for you! best regards vp

Catherine Redgwell, University College London
Robert McCorquodale, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

International & Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) publishes papers on public and private international law and also comparative law. It has maintained its pre-eminence as one of the earliest and most important journals of its kind, encompassing human rights and European law. The journal encourages innovative and original articles that explore the interconnectedness between the legal subject areas, moving across the boundaries that divide the law in a way that provides vital analysis at a time when formal distinctions, in scholarship and between jurisdictions, are becoming less relevant. The ICLQ attracts scholarship of the highest standard from around the world, which contributes to the maintenance of its truly international frame of reference. The 'Shorter Articles, Comments, and Notes' and 'Current Developments' sections particularly enable the discussion of highly topical legal issues.
Published Quarterly
Published for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (http://www.biicl.org/)

998R
08-06-09, 21:31
Very interesting, thanks Vitalba!

998R
06-10-09, 06:50
Dear friends, I found very interesting and useful this site:
http://esl.about.com (http://esl.about.com/)/
If You need to improve Your legal english skills look here:
http://www.englishforlaw.it/

998R
25-11-09, 06:12
Hi everybody, how are you doing? It's some time that I'm absent, beg your pardon!

Roberto Gioffredi
28-11-09, 21:30
Hi everybody, how are you doing? It's some time that I'm absent, beg your pardon!

Hi! I've seen the sites yu've suggested and I think that they are very interesting.
In Internet there are a lot of interesting sites that help us to improve our english.
I used to see The International Herald Tribune on-line because they gave the chance to listen to the lecture by voice of almost all the articles and it was very usefull, beenig uptodate to real life. But unfortunatly it isn't available any more.
Now I find interesting all the sites that VOA Voice of America have on Youtube.
In the site of VOA you can subscribe to Special English and they'll send you each week several articles about various items that you can print, listen and be aquainted about way of saying used in the American society. All that is absolutely free.
Warm regards,
Roberto

vitalba paesano
29-11-09, 09:31
To our friends that like to read in english, something interesting, i suppose! bye- vp

Roberto Gioffredi
02-12-09, 12:11
To our friends that like to read in english, something interesting, i suppose! bye- vp
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Very interesting attachment, indeed.
I believe that the reviewed book (Il grande Inganno de Web 2.0 by Fabio Metitieri) is worthhwile to be read. I'll get it.
Thanks Vitalba and warm regards,
Roberto

vitalba paesano
17-12-09, 16:05
To our friends that like to read in english, something interesting, i suppose! bye- vp
Thanks to GfK Eurisko

Roberto Gioffredi
21-12-09, 16:04
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Tips-on-shooting-snow-and-ice-4721?p=Tips%20on%20shooting%20snow%20and%20ice%20o n%20Ephotozine

Roberto Gioffredi
16-02-10, 20:25
I know that my english is quite poor but I think it could be enough to make me understand. Even when I speak in Italian language I've some problems. I'm sure that even if I'd have to sustain an examination about Italian Grammar I'll have some problems!
I've studied English language at the Shanker Institute, many years ago and what I know about that has always been enough to allow me to work abroad.
I'm conscious that my knowledge must be improved and I think that my learning will never get to the end.
With this post I desire to invite GPs friends to discover together some interesting sites on Internet that can help us to maintain and improve our knowledge about this language that's so useful.
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Till some months ago, I found very interesting the site of the IHT International Herald Tribune that for each article had the mp3 file so that was possible to ear the lecture by a speaker. Unfortunately this service is not longer available.
That was useful because the read articles were referring to actual facts.
If someone of the GPs friends know something similar, please, let me know.
Now, I suggest a brilliant initiative about VOA Voice of America that can be seen in the attached link below.
In the site there's the section called Special English that help people to improve their knowledge about English language.
Each article talk about real things, referring to actual facts, science, medicine, etc.. and it's possible to ear the audio files that are read slowly and with useful explenations.
It's possible to subscribe and doing that, periodically we can receive that on our e-mail.
On the site there are a lot of other interesting tools, useful to improve and to practice english language, like cross words and other things.
The site:
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/
The written articles in Special English:
http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/programs.cfm
http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm
VOA Video on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/voavideo?blend=3&ob=4
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Warm regards,
Roberto
ps- I forgot to write that it's all free.

Colette
18-02-10, 09:04
Very useful
Thanks a lot:)

Roberto Gioffredi
28-02-10, 12:16
This important exibition will be held from May 1st to October 31st.
I suggest to have a glance at the Official Web-Site.
"The emblem, depicting the image of three people-you, me, him/her holding hands together, symbolizes the big family of mankind. Inspired by the shape of the Chinese character"?"(meaning the world), the design conveys the organizers' wish to host an Expo which is of global scale and which showcases the diversified urban cultures of the world."
http://en.expo2010.cn/

Roberto Gioffredi
04-03-10, 13:52
Attached here you can find an interesting pics-presentation about cities that, due to several motivations, have been destroyed and then rebuilted..or attending to be, too.
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1969086,00.html

vitalba paesano
04-03-10, 15:45
Attached here you can find an interesting pics-presentation about cities that, due to several motivations, have been destroyed and then rebuilted..or attending to be, too.
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1969086,00.html
Thank you Roberto, you really are a friend, because every day you tray, like us, to improve this site so that it can become better and better. Thank you!

Roberto Gioffredi
05-03-10, 16:22
To all the Grey-Panthers' women:
At Cape Cod (USA), on March 6th, 2010, will start the meeting 'Geek Girl Bootcamp'.
http://www.geekgirlcamp.com/
I think that's an interesting opportunity for all the women that are very fond on Information Technology.

Attilio A. Romita
09-03-10, 19:33
This is the real story of an old self made man who made also his special surname.

Moishe Plotnik's Chinese Laundry

Walking through San Francisco 's Chinatown , a tourist
from the Midwest was enjoying the artistry of all the
Chinese restaurants, shops, signs and banners ....
When he turned a corner, he saw a building with the sign,
"Moishe Plotnik's Laundry."
"Moishe Plotnik?" he wondered. "How does that belong in Chinatown ?"
He walked into the shop and saw a fairly standard looking
dry-cleaners. But he could see that the proprietors were
clearly aware of the uniqueness of the store name, as there
were baseball caps, T-shirts and coffee mugs emblazoned with
the logo "Moishe Plotnik's Chinese Laundry."
The tourist selected a coffee cup as a conversation piece to
take back to his office. Behind the counter was a smiling,
old Chinese gentleman who thanked him for his purchase.
The tourist asked, "Can you explain how this place got a name like 'Moishe Plotnik's Laundry?'"
The old man answered, "Ah, evleebody ask me that. It name of owner."
Looking around, the tourist asked, "Is he here?"
"It me," replied the old man.
"Really? You're Chinese. How did you ever get a name like Moishe Plotnik?"
"Is simple," said the old man. Many, many year ago I come this country.
I standing in line at Documentation Centre of Immigration.
Man in front of me was Jewish man from Poland ."
Lady at counter look at him and say, What your name?"
He say, "Moishe Plotnik."
Then she look at me and say, "What your name?"
I say:
"Sam Ting."

Roberto Gioffredi
10-03-10, 10:17
I propose to all the english speaking Gps' friends this articol about Smoking. You can read or listen to the reading, too.
It's one of the 'VOA-Special English' new items.
http://www1.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/Smoking-Leading-Cause-Preventable-Death-87008167.html

Roberto Gioffredi
01-09-10, 14:50
As I've already posted, VOA offers, for free, a weekly feed with text and the relative audio lecture in an mp3 file.
The items are referred to many interesting and up-to-date cultural sections.
Here attached you can find one of the new feed that I've received.
http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/Learning-First-Aid-100794184.html
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This one is interesting, too. Very American!
*Historic Route 66: The Story of America's 'Mother Road'*
http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/Historic-Route-66-The-Story-of-Americas-Mother-Road-101304174.html
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VOA on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/voalearningenglish?v=wall

Roberto Gioffredi
21-09-10, 17:53
I've just received the VOA - Easy English e-mail and I post one of the most interesting items about that.
It's about Leonardo Da Vinci.
Remember that VOA Service is free and if you subscribe will receive periodically very useful items, to improve your english language.
You can download the .mp3 files, too, so that you could be able to use it with your i-Pod.
http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/Leonardo-da-Vinci-One-of-the-Greatest-Thinkers-in-History-102911564.html

Roberto Gioffredi
23-10-10, 21:28
A nice subtitled song for all the GPs' English speaking friends..
Katy Perry..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9QY-cpSTv4
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Copy and paste from the site
http://www.coolamericanenglish.com/wuvegas.php

help me out - colloquial way of saying "help me"
it's all a blur- i can't remember clearly
'cuz- short form of word "because" (same as word "'cause")
hangover- the negative effects of drinking too much alchohol the night before (headache, feeling sick)
to be broke- to not have any money
fake ID- "ID" is an identification card. Fake is an ID card that is counterfit or not yours (usually used to buy alchohol).
motel- a small hotel
spare me- means "don't give me", "don't say", or "don't do" something to me
dirty looks- unfriendly looks(to look at someone in an unfriendly way)
cash out- to trade in something of value for money (usually gambling chips)
shut up- be quiet, or stop talking
put your money where your mouth is- to show you have as much money as you say or act like
vegas- short form of "Las Vegas"
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I hope to read about many friends that appeared in this forum space..and disappeared. I'm still a student in English language and It'll be a pleasure to exchange our experiences and suggestions.
Warm regards to everybody!

Paola1952
26-10-10, 14:25
Hi everybody.
I'm quite rusty with my english: despite my 15 working years in an american computer company - where I were in touch with my colleagues in France, Germany, Holland and, obviously, America (Massachussets) - now I'm afraid I'm going to miss it.
So I started an on-line english course (english-test.net) for my memory training.
I also read english books: soon I will start "the lost symbol" (D. Brown).
Do you know it? Have you read it?
Bye
Paola
(beg your pardon for my mistakes)

Roberto Gioffredi
27-10-10, 13:20
Hi everybody.
I'm quite rusty with my english: despite my 15 working years in an american computer company - where I were in touch with my colleagues in France, Germany, Holland and, obviously, America (Massachussets) - now I'm afraid I'm going to miss it.
So I started an on-line english course (english-test.net) for my memory training.
I also read english books: soon I will start "the lost symbol" (D. Brown).
Do you know it? Have you read it?
Bye
Paola
(beg your pardon for my mistakes)

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I dare say that your knowledge about english language is enviable.
I'll have a glance to the site you were writing about. Me too, have the necessity to brush it up. I've used the english language for my job, not only for abroad missions but even for the necessity to stay up-to-date with particular technologies.
Now that I'm retired, I'm using that only for tourism and to read news and informations on Internet.
I'm conscious that I've to improve it.
Unfortnately I've to admit that I've lost the fluency that I had several years ago.
I studied at the Shenker Institute (I reached the 88th level) and it wasn't a problem, for me, to do simultaneus translations in conferences.
Since I'm retired (5 years), I've spent a lot of time to study Spanish language. Spanish is easer than English.
I've read about the Dan Borwn book, The Lost Symbol, but I think It's too long and I don't like the author. I've read two books about Dan Brown and, in all sincerity, I don't like his manner of writing.
Warm regards,
Roberto

Paola1952
29-10-10, 09:36
Thanks, Roberto, for your kind msg.
Well, I should say that Dan Brown is not among my favourite writers too but, since months ago this book was at special offer on Amazon site, I bought it, with "The lost throne" (kuzneski) (who is he?) and "the heretic's treasure " written by S. Mariani who, is spite his surname, grew up in Scotland.
Now I'm reading "the Heretic Treasure" and I find it quite easy: so far, I had to look up few words on the dictionary (by the way, may I suggest you this other site: wordreference.com - I think it is very useful, not only as dictionary, but for the word explanation)
Beyond the quality of the book, I just want to refresh my vocabulary which is to be likely to fade, if it is not kept well rehearsed.

regards
Paola

Roberto Gioffredi
29-10-10, 22:30
Thanks, Roberto, for your kind msg.
Well, I should say that Dan Brown is not among my favourite writers too but, since months ago this book was at special offer on Amazon site, I bought it, with "The lost throne" (kuzneski) (who is he?) and "the heretic's treasure " written by S. Mariani who, is spite his surname, grew up in Scotland.
Now I'm reading "the Heretic Treasure" and I find it quite easy: so far, I had to look up few words on the dictionary (by the way, may I suggest you this other site: wordreference.com - I think it is very useful, not only as dictionary, but for the word explanation)
Beyond the quality of the book, I just want to refresh my vocabulary which is to be likely to fade, if it is not kept well rehearsed.

regards
Paola
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Paola,
thanks for your answer. I've put the WordRefernce link into my preferred sites, I think that It could be very useful. I don't have great experiences about reading book in English language, except several little books when I used to study English language. Now, I find very interesting the opportunity that VOA give to us to improve American-English. All the lesson-articles are in, what the call,' 'Special English'. The articles are about many culture branches, the speaker reads the articles slowly and there are many explanations about particular words o slang words. If you don't know about that, you can find useful informations reading some of my previous old posts.
Till several months ago I used to read to 'The International Tribune' on-line. It was very interesting because there was the possibility to listen to the reading of the principals aritcles, but now this chance isn't available any more.
I wish you a happy weekend and I hope to hear you soon,
Roberto

Maria Bertuzzo
30-10-10, 07:13
I carefully followed your conversation, useful as training for you and for those who want to stay there behind, like me right now, maybe even come to tell us about your favorite reads Italian, I would say to Robert: I would some Spanish lessons? I'd like to wish you both a good weekend. Maria
ps: if there are errors is the fault of Google translator!

Roberto Gioffredi
30-10-10, 22:41
I carefully followed your conversation, useful as training for you and for those who want to stay there behind, like me right now, maybe even come to tell us about your favorite reads Italian, I would say to Robert: I would some Spanish lessons? I'd like to wish you both a good weekend. Maria
ps: if there are errors is the fault of Google translator!
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Dear Maria,
it's a pleasure to read about you in english language. The on-line traslators are very useful and don't worry if the translations ins't perfect. The important thing is to understand the general meaning of the sentences.
Frankly, I'm not a great books reader and if I should say the true, I love only several old italians writers, like Manzoni, Tomasi di Lampedusa and a few others.
Referring to the Spanish lessons in order to learn Spanish language, there are a lot of opportunities.
I've studied with DVDs and there are a lot of opportunities with new multimediality. Personally, I suggest to you to start with a DVDs course.
After the first impact, you'll be able to verify your real interest about this language and you'll be able to choose the better way.
The 'Instituto Cervantes' (Very Important Cultural Spanish Institution) give to everybody the chance to follow courses at any level, on line. These course are not free.
http://www.cervantes.es/default.htm
In Youtube, too, you can find many lessons for Italians students that wish to learn this marvellous language.
This is my favourite (I've suggested this link to my youngest son, too):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmgVkYgpmn4
Warm regards,
Roberto

Maria Bertuzzo
31-10-10, 09:25
Thanks for the reply Robert, I must say that when the words are simple even I can understand without a translator (I always ask for Attilio to put the translations but to hurry and read on the fly, he is kind and always does), certainly writing is difficult for me and I rely on Google.
Thank you for the advice relating to the Spanish, a language which is not difficult to understand, many words are similar in my dialect, and I've always loved, I will go online in their spare time and see if I will want to study it. ..
Too bad that all'Uni3, not teach, for now I could only follow a course in English, I memorize the words (English), this is, sometimes I do, now I read the translation you google me. .. everything is,
for now good Sunday, the next opportunity, I continue to follow,
Maria

Attilio A. Romita
31-10-10, 23:02
On my experience the only way to be able to use a foreign language is to experience the language.
When I was a young student, at Cartagine time, I learned more french language by 25-30 one hour lesson where mr. Prano, the professor, asked me to forget italian and to speak only english. 30 hours of French speaking was better than 5 years of French lessons at scool.
I studied english, 50 years ago, at an English school and I was able to read books, but I didn't say more than good morning or good bay.
Five days in the States in a Company, where no one spoken Italian and I have to to discuss and to win a real businness game, was the trigger to win my language incompetence.
If an English professor read this note, he will find a lot of problem, but I understand my ideas.
If I wrote the note in Italian, could be he understand nothing.
Queen Elisabet is not happy how my misuse of her language, but she understand me!:)

Paola1952
03-11-10, 09:57
and foreign languages, generally speaking..
I well remember, during my school times (Cartago time for me, as well!!)
a lot of long, amazing, meaningless sentences to be translated, full of grammar rules. I believe that nobody could speak like that..
As a result of my 5 years of english, the very first time I met an english boy asking me: do you speak english? I found myself surprised (Oh my God! Do they really exist? and do they speak in that way? It is not how they taught me!!)
So, I could only reply few confused words...
What a shame!
Fortunately, I learnt the "true" english during my job and I noticed that sentences were not so long, and were not so grammaticaly complicated.
I also remember that my boss told me: the first and most important thing, is to make yourself understood.
Regards
Paola

Roberto Gioffredi
03-11-10, 19:28
As I've told in a previous post, I think that there are several modern methods that can be very useful to learn a sufficient knowledge about English language.
It depends on the method we use.
I have had a personal experience with the Shenker Method and after many others previous schools I reached a good level without any abroad experiences.
The Shenker Method is very difficult and require a great application but I think that it works, indeed.
Yours faithfully,
Roberto

Paola1952
05-11-10, 14:35
On the whole, I do agree with you, Roberto.
I just want to say that I'm afraid that the teaching method still in use in our schools is pretty obsolete.
There is not need for everyone to go abroad: the modern technology offers us a lot of ways and means.
But my feeling is that sometimes the easiest things are the most difficult to put into practice.
bye.
Paola

Maria Bertuzzo
13-11-10, 09:35
good weekend!

Roberto Gioffredi
26-03-11, 10:44
I've studied English language for many years in my life and each day I've something to learn. New terms are appearing each day, in the field of technology and in the colloquial way of comunication.
There are new ways of saying that are not reported in tradictional dictionaries. To have a glance at Urban Dictionary can be usefull in these cases.
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The page is opened on the acronym 'LOL'..that is widely used in messaging.
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http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lol