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Demy 18 April, 2013 - 15:02

Hi, buddy ;) And thanks Jonathan. You are right about narrow windows :) But I have thought that after some replies comments will go right... I have mistake...
Something nice, thank you very - very much for your advices, they are really very importaint for me. So thanks you a lot, you helped me with this ;) Now I will start to think more seriously about it and I hope we will meet each other in Oxford, as soon as possible :) Before I have thought it's impossible but now I more optimistic about it. Also I am thinking about German Universities, maybe I will go there for study. But now it's only my dreams...
i didn't know, that Agatha Kristi was from Oxford?:) It's new for me...Thank you for name of this site, if really I didn't know, that it's possible to to attend versatile courses online for the free...
In my school teachers are severe sometimes like in every school :)
My favourite animal is cat and dog. Also I like too much horses. They are so cute :) My favourite fruite - strawberry, mandarine and peach. Vegetables - tomato and Chinese cabbage.
People in Ukraine it's standard similar with people living in other Slavic countries, for example in Russia. We have the same situation, everybody would like to live in Kyiv :) Or sometimes in big cities as Odessa, Donetsk, Harkov and etc. In Kyiv live a lot of people, there are always trafics. So sometimes even very rich people move by metro, because it's in 1000 times more fast. We have a joke 'If you go by feet in Kyive it's will be more fast :)' It's true... in Ukraine we like to make everything it does not matter what quality, but better more fast :) It's concerns only young people, tinagers and children... We are like to panic without reason. We believe only TV and Internet :) We are very harismatic and we like to sing and dance :) We like New Yourk, but nobudy have ever been there :) We are inpulsive, but very very kind. We say bad things about our country, but don't like to go outside even for a little :) We are Ukrainian people!!! But it's my opinion... so.... ;)
My favourite songs are Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me,We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Love Story :) And you?
I am passing trought teen period with smile :) I love my parents so much and I try not to upset them. I not concider myself rebel teen. I am clear angel ;)))) And what about you?
Some days before I have heard the new song of PSY - Jentelmen. Do you like PSY? Do you like this song? Have you ever plant flowers or trees? What are your favourite hairdresses?

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Natalija 14 April, 2013 - 13:33

Hi, Gigilo92;)
Welcome to this site, it can really help you to improve your English. Here you can find really awesome magazine articles and get to know more about British culture and life in the UK. Do you like this site? How old are you? I'd like to be your friend, and to write to you for practice.
Looking forward to your answer soon;).

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gigilo92 20 April, 2013 - 14:51

thanks, i really like this site .))) i thin it will help me to improve my english, i am 20 years old, my name is giorgi .. what,s you name??? :))

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Natalija 22 April, 2013 - 15:26

Hey, Gigilo92;)
I'm sorry we can't write to each other on this site, since you're 20 years old. I'm afraid that House rules don't allow me to write my full name:(. Anyway, I'm glad I've read your comments.
Greetings from Serbia:).

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JoEditor 21 April, 2013 - 08:32

Hi gigilo92,
We are pleased you like our site, but this is a site for 13-17 year olds. As you are 20, please register on our LearnEnglish site. You are welcome to use all the material on our website to improve your English but only 13-17 year olds are allowed to register and write comments. Please read our House Rules if you have any doubts. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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gigilo92 13 April, 2013 - 16:13

hi all :) i am a new member of this page. i know little english and i wont some practice can anyone to become my friend to talk sometimes for practice?

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Demy 14 April, 2013 - 11:21

Hi, gigilo92 ;) If you want, I can be your friend :) Where are you from? How old are you?
Looking forward to your answer :)

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ellen 12 April, 2013 - 16:53

Hello My friend.
Your score***********************
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You poinys are 96.
İt is very nice performance.
I congratulate!
Result: İf your score is between 90 and 135: You like to be very busy. You like to be with people and you like organizing things for them. One of the following careers will suit you: travel agent, journalist, hotel manager, flight attendant, bus conductor, salesperson and fireman\ woman.
Do you like this game?
Which historical buildings, castles visible? It is enjoying?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you can come back the time, will you make it? What is your favourite authors and books? Do you like tea, or do you prefer coffee?
Do you like history?
See you soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Natalija 13 April, 2013 - 17:15

Hi, my friend Ellen:)
The game was very nice, I enjoyed, but I don't think results are completely right, 'cause I don't like any of this jobs, except journalist and flight attendant, but I prefer other professions. Anyway, thank you for this test, I had fun:).
What're your results, if you had done the test?
I like visiting castles and historical buildings; I visited Belvedere castle in Vienna, Buckingham Palace, London eye, Big Ben, Taj Mahal, and many others, but my favourite is Taj Mahal-it has a lovely love story. It's about a king whose women died(she gave birth to 14 children) and she pleased him to build the most beautiful mausoleum the world has ever seen, and he, since he was deeply in love, obeyed her and in built Taj Mahal in her honor. It was built by 22000 people, and it's situated in India. It's India's the biggest tourist attraction.
And Buckingham Palace-I don't have to say nothing, it says for itself-amazing, beautiful, terrific...I don't know which words to use to express it's beauty and luxury. I like it, because I'm the biggest fan of the Royal family and I like anything about them.
What castles and historical buildings have you visited so far? Could you tell me something about your experience?
I would go back to time;it would be so exciting and I'd like to have a time machine. You?
My favourite authors are Scott Fitzgerald, Leo Tolstoy, Agatha Kristi, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, The Bronte sisters etc. My favourite books are The beautiful and damned, The Great Gatsby, The lord Edgware dies, Ana Karenina... What do you like to read?
I don't like both tea and coffee.
I like history, it's one of my favourite subjects at school. Today I won the first place at history competition:). My favourite historic period is the period of Revolutions; I like French, English and American revolution. Do you like history? Do you have a best friend? Do you think friends are important in the life?
Looking forward to your answer soon:).

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ellen 8 April, 2013 - 17:33

My favorite Eurovision songs are Azerbaijan, Serbia, Ukranie , Albania and Spain. It is very nice music consect.
I have favourite TV series~Ellen Degeneres(America proqramme)
Azerbaijan also has its own food. For example, dolma, stuffed with food, Talysh, Katlet, dovgha, and s on.But there Serbia own food?
I like plant meal of origin foods.
Which are you know language?
Something nice Let us play with you.
Quiz. What you would like to be? Do you know what type of job you would like to have? Answer the questions and see what career specialist says about you. You must say Yes or No. Okey
1.Do you like to travel?
2.Do you prefer to work indoors?
3.Do you like talking to people?
4.Do you prefer to work alone?
5.Are you energetic?
6.Do you like orqanizing things?
7.Are you patient?
8.Do you like animals?
9.Are you noisy?
10.Do you like to work with your hands?
11.Are you artistic?
12.Do you like working with numbers?
13.Do you like children?
14.Do you like looking after people?
15.Are you calm?
16.Are you musical?
17.Do you like sport?
18.Do you like working at night?
19.Do you mind seeing blood?
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20. Do you like talkind on the telephone?
I say the answers points.
See you soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Natalija 10 April, 2013 - 16:53

Hi, Ellen;)
I tried dolma, it's very tasty, it's actually very popular here in Serbia and I eat it very often. My country has many delicious dishes, like sarma(it's a meal very similar to dolma, filled with meat and rolled in cabbage's leaves; than sutlijas- it's rice pudding and my favourite, than we eat so many kinds of pie- made from meat, cheese, apple etc., and so on.
I speak English, French, Spanish, Turkish and I've just started to learn Arabic. What languages do you speak?
And I'm wondering if Azerbaijan and Turkish have some similarities-please answer me that.
Nice quiz;)
1.yes
2.no
3.yes
4.yes
5.yes
6.yes
7.no
8.yes
9.no
10.no
11.yes
12.no
13.yes
14.no
15.yes
16.no
17.yes
18.no
19.yes
20.no

I'm interested to see the answer points as soon as possible;). Looking forward to your answer;).

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Demy 6 April, 2013 - 15:19

Hi, buddy ;) I am sorry, I have being in flight, so I haven't time to answer you quickly.
So have you watched ''Interni''? Do you like it? Me too I like this film film ''Breakfast at Tiffany's''. It's very good film ;)
I like YouTube, because I like to watch videos. I have known about this site randomly, by reading the article of one Ukrainian rector, he has spoke about the best site for learning English. Mutually, I like this site :) It's wonderful!!!
Me too I like sweets . Even more...I can't imagin my life without sweets!!! I eat candies and chocolates very often. Even despite the fact It's not good for health... Some of my favourites sweets are baklava - flaky pastry with nut filling, sprinkled with fragrant syrup halvas - similar halva and Turkish delight - sprinkled with powdered sugar sweet jelly cubes. Suzuki - long "sausages" of grape molasses, in which almonds are very similar to Caucasian and churchkhela mahalepi - sweet pastries soaked in rose syrup, and rice pudding rizogalo. But I can eat every kind of sweets ;)
I haven't favorite quotes, but my motto it's: ''Live & Learn''. And do yo have favourite quotes? Or motto? ;)
So if could learn anything- anything, it's will be language - Chinese or Arabic, but it should be exellent knowledge ;))) If really, it's a little hard question for me :) I can't say exactly one thing :) And what about you???
What was the most exciting place, that you have ever been??? What place would you like to visit? If you will have a ticket in any corner of the world, where will you go?
Looking forward to your answer:)

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Natalija 7 April, 2013 - 08:22

Hi, my dear friend;)
I haven't watched Interni yet, I didn't have much time this week. I've just tried to find it on You Tube with English translation, but I couldn't. I'm wondering if exists an English translation. Anyway, I read the plot on Wikipedia and it seems to be interesting TV series.
I agree with you, this site is wonderful;).
I have tasted baklava, it's very popular in Serbia. It has actually become one of our traditional sweets, and we took that from Turkey. And I like it, but it's a little heavy for my taste, but still delicious.
I like your motto, it's really true. We should focus on life and live it without any hesitation, but to always look for a chance to learn.
My favourite quote is this, by Audrey Hepburn: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
My life motto is Never give up, I think it's the most important to be persistent and to know what do you want.
If I could learn anything, I agree with you, it's hard to choose only one thing, but perhaps it would be the knowledge of ten languages, and the knowledge of the whole world's history. I think it would be really awesome. And I'd like to learn to fly a plane, too.
The most exciting place I have ever been is Taj Mahal in India. It was really exciting, and this place dates from 17th century, and it has a lovely love story. The Mongol king, after his wife's death, who gave birth to 14 children, decided to build the greatest mausoleum the world has ever seen. And he did that, and this building, built by 22000 people, is the biggest Indian tourist attraction. I visited it last year. And what's your the most exciting place?
I'd like to visit Pakistan's valleys, I've heard it has a splendid nature, and I've just seen some photos and I want so desperately to go there, it must be beautiful and amazing. And definitely, if I would have a ticket in any corner of the world, I would go to Pakistan.
How do you like spending time with your friends? What do you usually do together?
Have you ever been to cirque? If you have, did you like it? If not, would you like to go?
Looking forward to your answer;).

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Demy 7 April, 2013 - 14:13

Hi, my dear friend ;) Thanks for your answer.
I have tried to find ''Interni'' in English and I have found. You can put in Google this worlds: ''Интерны с английским переводом'' or ''Интерны на английском языке''. I can give you a name of site, where I have found it, but I don't know have I possibility to put in this site web adres or not....
I really like your mottto and I complitely agree with you. In this life you should be strong, there are not places for weak people.
Hahaha, you make even more unevitable wish, than I have made! 10 languages it's so cool;)
The most excited place, that I have ever been it's was in cruise in Greek island. There I have seen many historic and beutiful places and I really like them all :) So I can't say exactly :) But the best it's Mikonos, there is a lot of beautiful houses with blue decorations and you can take the breathe of ancient history there....
I spend time with my friends, especially in center of the city. Because there is a lot of shopes and restoranes and so on. I basically go with them in concerts and in cafes of different countries food. For example if I and my girlfriends go in Chinese food restoran we can make a beautiful hairdresses with special sticks ;) After we can make a Chinese- style party! I like it ;))) And I often go in shopping. I am not shopoholic, but I like this process and I think it's also very fun :) Also we like to go in parks, especially in the summer, cinema, thetre. And we often go in finess center, but there I go only with friends-girls, not boys ;))) Sometimes we can go together in another cities, but not very-very far, because Ukraine is very big country;) And what about you???
Of course, I have been in cirque. But now I don't go there often, because I don't like it at all. And what about you? Do you like cirque?
Do you like accesories and glasses? Do you were it often? What do you know about Ukraine? Do you know something, because my country isn't popular:)
I am weiting for your answer ;).

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Natalija 8 April, 2013 - 15:41

Hi, Demy:)
Thanks for helping me to find Interni, I've just tried to find, and it's OK now. I'll watch it tomorrow;).
Greek island sounds really nice and exciting place to visit. I've been in Greece once, but solely in Athena. It also has nice places, but I'd like to visit the whole Greece.
I like your way of spending time with friends, I do it similar. I like to go to concerts with my friends, to shopping-it's my biggest enjoyment and I could do it every day, than we often go to cafes; my favourite place for hanging out with my friends is Kalemegdan. It's a park in Belgrade, next to the river Danube, and it so relaxing to go there. We have long walks, talk about versatile things and so on. I also like to go to Ada Ciganlija, it's a a river island and it's called The Serbian sea. I like to swim there, to ride a bike; there are really many interesting things to do.
And I like to organize sleepover parties. I like it, because in that occasion I can really have a great time with my friends, and we usually watch some good film, prepare some food, listen to the music, and talk about fashion. Do you like sleepovers?
And, of course, we go to the cinema and to theatre. The majority of my friends are girls; none of my friends is a boy;).
And sometimes we go to other cities, like you, but not so often.
I've been in cirque several times, and I liked it when I was little, but not anymore. I actually don't like it at all, but I have nice memories about cirque.
I like accessories and glasses, and wear it every day. I'm so looking forward to warm weather, because I'll wear sunglasses. I have a nice collection of sunglasses, in several colors and shapes, and I like the big ones the most. It became my sign;).
And I like jewelry, too, esp rings and earrings. I like to wear some unusual jewelry, and my best friend say that my jewelry can be found in museums;). And I like to wear headbands. I have a big collection in almost any color and I wear it every day.
Do you like wearing accessories?
I know something about Ukraine. I know it's situated in Eastern Europe, the capital is Kiev, and there are lot of big cities, like Poltava and Odesa. I know about some famous Ukrainians; it's Aleksandra Lisovska(or Roxelana), or Hurrem sultan later; I think she was one of the most famous Ukrainians through history; she was born in Ukraine, but later was sold to Turkish sultan Solomon and had a huge influence on him and was the most powerful women in the Ottoman empire. And in Serbia is very popular Turkish series about her life and sultan Solomon's empire. I used to watch it and it's very interesting and exciting. Have you heard for this series? It's called Muhtesem yuzyil(or The magnificent century in English).
And thanks to you, I've been listening to Ukrainian music recently. I like Zlata Ognevich's songs the most, and Ruslana is a famous singer, since she won Eurovision contest in 2004. I don't know very much:(. And my teacher of music was Ukrainian, and she used to sing us Ukrainian songs. I liked her a lot, she was very cheerful and agreeable.
What do you know about Serbia?;) It's not very popular, too. When I talk to some foreigners about my country, they think I talk about Siberia or about Syria. But it's slowly changing:).
And one question-Do you like quizzes? Would you dare to participate in one? I'd like to.
Do you live in a house or in an apartment? What do you prefer?
Looking forward to your answer;).

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Demy 9 April, 2013 - 12:19

Hi, buddy ;)
I am very glad, that you have found ''Interni''. As for my opinion it's very funny Russian humor ;) But I don't know will you understand this humor or not, because you are from another country and you don't know Russian. But I hope, that you will understand this joks, because you are Slavic girl :)
It's very good to hear, that you was in Greece! I was all most in all cities and islands of this country. And I really like it so much ;) I can say for you, that you are right about yor wish, because if you been only in Athens you can't fully understand Greek soul and style of life ;) I wish you came there and I can be your gid, because I know about this country more, than about Ukraine :)))
I like sleepovers. It's so funny!!! I can't say, that I visit it very often, but when I visit it so cool :) The most funnies sleepover in my life was at this New year! We are have really crazy parthy with dances and songs (you can ask why is it was funny, but you try imagin people, that are sing and dance when they haven't voice and can't dance normaly ;)))
Me too I like accessories, jewelry and glasses. I think many girls are the same as we are ;) What about handbags I am a little crazy, because I have so many it, that I already haven't place in my four-doors dulap ;) About sunglasses and belts it's the same;) So we are very-very similar!!!
Ooo, I think, that you know about Ukraine more than me, because I have never watched Turkish series about Roxolana's life and sultan Solomon's empire ;))) But I know about her and I think, that she is'nt good and I don't like when in Turkey Turkish men calls our Slavic girls ''Roxolana'' (and me too, but I don't know why) She isn't good exemplar, because she kills her sons. And I don't like, that she is a part of our history. She isn't patriotic and she is anyhow cruel women.
I complitely agree with you about Zlata Ognevich's songs. As for me she is perfect!!! But Ruslana now isn't popular in Ukraine, but everybody know about her abroad ;) I know, what I say, because I if I have asked foreign people question like this ''What Ukrainian singers do you know'', thay answered Ruslana and after say some Russian singers;) Many foreigners think, that Russia and Ukraine it's the same, but it's different as Great Britain and USA, Serbia and Syria ;)
I know about Serbia, that it's a country in Southeast Europe, in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. The capital and the largest city is Belgrade. Also this country not very big country, but I consider it's beautiful. There you can go in travel, because your country is turistik and there are a lot of turists from Ukraine and Russia and Belarus ;) ''Molitva''- it's Serbian song ;) Serbia all famous for the many different festivals, but I don't remember exactly a name... Sorry...
I like quizzes. It's good :)))
I live in apartment, because it's very popular in my country. But we have one house outside from the city and I like to spend there my free time. I like my apartment and I concider it beautiful, but more I would like to live in house. I have experience of it in Cyprus, there was really very big house and this is more comfortable for me. But Ukraine haven't a lot of place for houses in the center of city, there everything is busy. So in my country more practicable to live in flat ;) And what about you? Do you live in a house or in an apartment? What do you prefer? What wether do you prefer sunny or snowly, hot or cold? Have you ever tried Ukrainian food? Do you like it?
I am glad, that we have a lot of similarities, and it's very nice for me to write to you ;) I am weiting :)

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Natalija 10 April, 2013 - 17:20

Hi, buddy;)
I'm glad you like accessories, too:). I agree with you about Roxelana, she's not a good exemplar, but I didn't know she killed her sons. I thought she killed her stepson. Anyway, history is very interesting. Do you like history?
You know many things about Serbia:). Just like you said, Serbia is popular for many festivals. The most famous ones are Exit, Guča Trumpet Festival, Nisville jazz festival, Mokranjac's days, Belgrade book fair and many others. I like Belgrade book fair the most, because I like books and there I can buy the newest books of my favourite authors. Do you like reading? What're your favourite authors? I like dramas, romantic books and detective books the most.
What festivals take place in Ukraine?
I live in an apartment, too, but it's almost like a house-it has a little garden and it's really agreeable. It's good you have both house and apartment, because the both have advantages as well as disadvantages. People who live in bigger cities usually live in an apartment, because it's popular and practical. I like the both, but house seems to be more comfortable, and the best is that you can have a cat or a dog in a house;).
I prefer sunny weather, I like summers the most. In summer I can eat ice cream, swim, ride, do any sports etc. And winter is so cold and dull...
I didn't know, but I tried Ukrainian food:). When I was little, grandmother used to make me something like deruny. I read on Google it's Ukrainian meal, I didn't know that, and I liked to eat it. I haven't eat it for years.
What do you like the most of Ukrainian food? Have you ever tried any Serbian meal?
I'm glad you like to write to me, so do I:). Looking forward to your answer soon:).

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Demy 11 April, 2013 - 20:33

Hi, buddy ;)
It is visible that we have a lot of similitaries :) Is it approve my new picture? Do you like it?
Thanks for teling me about Serbian festivals. I try to find information about them in Internet and I found it's very intresting, so thank you a lot :)
So I like history, it's one of my favourite subject in school. And I always have good marks in it, that why I like it ;) Also as you, I like reading and I concider it the best timespending, because it's very useful. I have a lot of favourite authors and all most everyday it's new :) My favourite authors for now it's Jodi Picoult, Agata Kristi, Paulo Coelho, Oscar Wilde, Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle. My favourite book is '' My sister's keeeper'' by Jodi Picoult.
What about Ukrainian festivals we have a lot of it :) I can say you names, that I keep in my mind. The festival rock bands of wind instruments "pipe is calling", Rock Festival "pipe is calling.", International Festival , "Festival of partnership" in Lviv, HealthSpirit,,"Bandershtat", , "Iron City", «Akari»."Cossack fun, The festival of experimental music MonoFest, l beach culture festival "KrymTransFest". Soon will be one good festival in Donetsk, so if my parents will allow me I will go there with my friends. I hape they will allow ;)
I complitaly agree with you about apartment and houses. I live in big city, so I live in apartment. Me too I like summer more, than winter :)
I am very glad, that you have tried Ukrainian food, because I never have possibility to try Serbian :( So can you tell me more about it? If tell the truth I can say, that Ukraine have really testy food. It's without any exaggeration ;) My favourite Ukrainian meals are Varenyky (Perogy): Dumplings stuffed with fillings such as potato and cheese, often served boiled, Pyrizhky: Small potato filled buns baked in thickened rich cream and dill, Cabbage rolls (holubtsi/holubchi): cabbage leaves (fresh or sour) rolled with rice filling and may contain meat (minced beef or bacon), baked in oil and carmelized onions and may contain as a baking sauce tomato soup, cream or sour cream, bacon drippings or roasted with bacon strips on top, Borscht (borshch) is a vegetable soup made out of beets, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, dill and you can put something more if you need ;) But I think, that our cuisines have many similar, because our countries very near to each other ;)
If you can come back the time, will you make it? What is your favourite authors and books? Do you like tea, or do you prefer coffee? What is your cherished dream ( if it not secret, of course :) ?
Looking forward to your answer ;)

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Natalija 12 April, 2013 - 15:47

Hi, Demy:)
I like your new picture, it's nice, but the cat was beautiful, too:).
I like history too and it's one of my favourite subjects at school;I'm participating at the history competition and I really like it. I like Agata Kristi's book so much, especially Lord Edgware dies. In my opinion, Agata Kristi is one of the most talented writers of detective romans ever; she knows to keep attention to readers and to create a interesting story. And Oscar Wilde is great, too. I like The picture of Dorian Gray. My favourite authors, except those I've mentioned, are Scott Fitzgerald(I like his books Great Gatsby and The beautiful and damned), than Leo Tolstoy(Ana Karenina), The Bronte sisters(Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights), Jane Austen(Emma, Pride and Prejudice), Charles Dickens(The story of two cities, The great expectations), Collete(The cat) and many others.
I hope your parents will allow you to go to festival in Donetsk:).
Thanks for telling me more about Ukrainian food; Borscht and Varenyky seems to be he most delicious, I'll find a recipe on the Internet and ask my mom to make it:).
Serbian food is very tasty, but heavy at the same time. It derives from Turkish kitchen a lot, because my country was under the Ottoman empire for 500 years, so it influenced a lot. People here love meat in general. We have so many meals from meat-like sarma-it's meat rolled in cabbage leaves, it's delicious, but very caloric; than many kind of pies-from apple, meat, cheese, pumpkin..., proja-it's made from especial flour and with cheese, I like it because it's not heavy to eat; pljeskavica- made from mixture of meats, musaka- made from potatoes, meat and with cream, it's my favourite dish; and sweets-baklava, tulumba,sutlijas- rice pudding, tufahije- it's apple filled with cream, nuts and with some fruit on the top, it's my favourite sweet, and it actually comes from Persia, but people here make it for centuries, so I can say it's a traditional sweet.
I don't like that Serbians eat a meat a lot, because I don't like meat, but I like Serbian kitchen in general. I like tufahije and musaka the most.
I have always wanted to have the chance to go back to time, it would be so exciting. I'd like to have a time machine, which would drive me back to 20th and 19th century. Would you like a time machine?
I've heard the one Iranian scientist says that he had invented a time machine, which shows the future in 8-10 years, but I think it's impossible.
I don't like both tea and coffee; it's too bitter. And you?
My cherished dream is to become someone who''ll do something for the world and for the humanity; I'd like my name to be remembered for doing good things, for helping others and giving my own contribution to the world's improvement. I'd like to do something for women's rights in Asia, they're inferior to men and it's so disappointing. And my biggest dream is to get to Oxford and to become an architect.
What's your cherished dream?
If you could go back to history, who would you like to meet? Why?
Do you have any brothers or sisters? If so, are you on good terms with them?
Looking forward to your answer:).

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Demy 13 April, 2013 - 17:29

Hey, Something nice ;)
Thanks for your commendation. Me too I like your picture ;)
Every time when I read your comments I take more and more shure that we have a lot of similarities, because I'm participating at the history competition as you. It's so nice, Something nice :) Rhyme...
Leo Tolstoy it's Russian poet and I like him too. And I forget to say about Charles Dickens, but you have remembered me.
What about Donetsk, I ask my Mom and she allow me ;) Now I should ask Dad ;)
After you tell me some famous Serbian meal I start to be hungry :) Yumy - yumy.... In Ukraine we eat a lot of yougurt. Do you understand wht I mean? In Russian - smetana. I haven't possibilyty to find it abroad. And Ukrainian dishes are very heavy and oily, but very satisfying. But I don't understand, why don't you like meat? Because it's from animals or just? Have you ever been vegetarian?
I have always wanted to have the chance to go back to time, as you. It can be so cool and it will be great opportunity to learn more history and to see how people live before modern technology. i would like to have a time mashine, but it's impossible for now. But maybe, in future... I hope... I would like to travel in future mostly or in 19th century.
How can you live without tea or cofee? ;) I put sugar and I like more tea and always start my day from it :) And I prefer black tea it's more tasty, but green is more useful.
My cherished dream it's to enter to Europian University and I would like to live abroad in future :) It's will give me great experience. Would you like to live abroad in future? And I'd like to do charity and help the poor people in Africa and Asia. My dream is to make a shelter for homeless animals in Ukraine and ban hunting of animals, that are killed for their valuable fur.
If I could go back to history I would like to meat every Quin and King and some famous Russian people as Jaroslav Mydrij and so on. And what about you?
I haven't brothers or sisters. But I have some persons, that I name my brother and sister ;) Do you have any brothers or sisters? If yes, do you like them? :)
What is your favourite time in day? Between what hours?
In what time do you usually wake up and go yo sleep?Are you an early bird or a night owl?
In what time do you go to school? Can you tell me more about Serbian schools?
I am waiting for your answer :)

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Natalija 14 April, 2013 - 13:28

Hi, Demy;)
I'm glad we are both participating at history competition. It's great your Mom allowed you to go to Donetsk, I wish you to have a great time;).
Yes, I understand what's yougurt, Serbians like it very much. I can't live without it and I like milk products in general,it's both healthy and delicious. In Serbia we eat smetana very often-for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I used to eat meat earlier,but I stopped several months ago, because it became to heavy for my taste and I felt bad after eating it. One morning I came to my mother and said to not prepare meat for me anymore. My parents were very concerned about my decision, because they thought it would influence my health, but after seeing there's no any problem, they don't worry anymore. But I like fish and it very often:), it could be kind of replacement for meat. I'm not a vegetarian completely, because I eat fish, but I just can't live without it.
It's great you'd like to enter European university, I agree with you that it would be a terrific and valuable experience. I'd like to go to Oxford, and it's really hard to enter there, but I've already started with preparation, so I hope that my dream will be fulfilled. I'd like to live abroad, in England. It's my dream since i was 12. It's so kind of you that you'd like to do charity work, I'd like that to. Giving backs are really important, and our little help means a world to people in need. In Africa and Asia are many poor countries, and people don't have a food to eat and a place to live. It's so sad and I'd like to do something to change it. Some youngsters even don't have a chance to study and go to school, and whenI think about it, I find myself lucky to have that chance. I agree with you about animals, they need our protection and I feel really bad after seeing how people destroy nature, and kill animals.
Have you ever been involved in some volunteer activity? Do you like volunteering?
If I could go back to history, I'd like to meet Cleopatra-I admire her power, princess Diana of Wales-she was gorgeous and elegant, and she really helped people in need; I admire her charity work, Mother Teresa-she did so much for humanity, and some Serbians-like Karadjordje-he was the leader in First Serbian Uprising, and he did so much for our country, he made Serbia free of Turkey.
I have an elder sister, and I like her. We are on good terms the most of time, but sometimes, of course, we argue, but it's normal for sisters. But she gives me the best advice and I can learn a lot from her experience, because she's older five years and I can learn on her mistakes. I'm happy to have a sister because I can share anything with her, and she's my person of confidence. Sometimes we don't share the same taste, because she's older-we don't listen to the same music, don't watch the same films, don't like the same books, but we still can understand each other and it means a lot to me It's great you have some persons you name brother and sister;).
I like time between 10 h and 13 h the most, because in that time I have energy. You?
I go to bed about 11 o'clock, and get up at 7 when I go to school, and at 9 at weekends. I used to go to bed even earlier, but I have had many obligations recently, so I just couldn't make it. But dream is very important for me and I'm very nervous when I don't get enough sleep. I like sleeping;). What about you? Do you get up early or late?
I go to school at 8 am every morning. Classes last till 2 h 15 min or till 13 h 25 min-it depends on how many classes I have that day. We have 7 classes three times a week and 6 classes twice a week. It's very exhausting, but I got used to. I'd like that we have few subjects and few classes, and to focus on quality, not quantity. We have 15 subjects and we really have to study hard to get good grades. I'd like us to have more practice, and an opportunity to use our knowledge gained from books in laboratories or something like that. My subjects are: Serbian, English, French, Latin, psychology, history, biology, geography, art-music and painting, physical education, IT, maths, physics and chemistry. I like the majority of subjects, except IT, biology and chemistry. What subjects do you study at school? What subjects you don't like?
We have holidays several times a year-at Easter, at Christmas and New year, 1st May-it's Serbian traditional holiday,and in November we have five days off, and it's called the autumn's rest, and we have the school slava(it's Serbian tradition-we have saints and every house has a slava-it's day when we celebrate that saint, and school's slava is Saint Sava and on that day-the 27th January, we don't go to school, and the 15th February is Serbian national holiday and on that day we don't go to school. School starts the 1st September every year , and it last till June-this year school will finish the 17th June. And I'm looking forward to Easter holiday and school vacation-it's gonna start soon-the 29th April and it last till 6th May. I'm looking forward to Easter;), and I'm looking forward to paint eggs.
Classes here last for 45 minutes and we have breaks-the big break-it's 20 minutes and we go to eat at that time, and we have several little breaks between classes-10 minutes,and the last break is 5 minutes. What're school like in Ukraine? When do you have holidays?
Looking forward to your answer;).

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Demy 16 April, 2013 - 15:46

Hey, Something nice ;) Sorry for a little late answer...
Thank you very much for your wishes :) I think I will have good time too :)
I'm glad that you share with me my views on education in Europe. And I want to ask you? Is it real to study in Oxford? Can you tell me more about it, please... How do you start to prepare for enter to Oxford? Me too I am want to study there, but I don't think that I have SO MUCH money... I know, that Oxford is very expensive.... :(
I like time from 4 o' clock to 6 o'clock, because school is already finished and I can go wallking in city :) Ok, so I am going to tell you about my school :)
I am going in school at 8, allmost every day, but sometimes it's more late.
My school is in classic style with colums and it is very cosy and all the pupils like it very much, it is really home for everyone, not only who studies there but for all the stuff.
It has four floors. The classrooms are light and high. There are classrooms for practically all the subjects — two rooms for English classes, History room, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography, Literature rooms, etc. My subject are Russian, Ukrainian, English, history, psychology, Literature of Ukraine and literature of Russia, biology, geography, art-music and painting, physical education, IT, maths, mechanical drawing (because I am in Matematic school and some other math subjects, even a lot) physics and chemistry. I like every subject, accept chemistry, because I concider is very boring...
There is a computer class in our school, where pupils study computing, one of the most important subjects nowadays. There is a school hall in our school, too/It is situated on the ground floor. Meetings, conferences, concerts and all the celebrations take place there or in our assembly hall, which is situated on the first floor.
Our school has a sports-ground, football field and two basketball fields. Many pupils are fond of sports and they have a good opportunity to go in for different sports there.
I am very thankful to my school and all teaching stuff. When I was only six years old, I entered school to get some knowledge and now I know many things due to my teachers. I have already got secondary education. The teachers in my school are very kind and clever; they give all their knowledge and all their love to the pupils.
There is a good tradition in our school. Every year the school leavers come here to meet their teachers and classmates. Such meetings are very touching and interesting. They take place every first Saturday of February.
What about breaks, it's not very long and it's the same with your school the big break-it's 20 minutes and we go in to school- diner-room and we have several little breaks between classes-10 minutes,and the last break is 5 minutes. Classes lost for 45 minutes (but I concider is very long ;)
We have holidays the same as in Serbia and also in 1st and 2nd and 3d march(It's the day of working), in 8 march (International woman's day). School starts the 1st September every year , and it last till June-this year school will finish the 17th June, because we will have exams. We have a big holidays for one week in Fall and Spring and two weeks in Winter (it's Christmas holidays :).
So I think, our schools have many similarities :) And I am also looking for Easter holiday, but my vacations already finished :( Lucky you are!!1 ;)
Do you like parfum? What is your favourite animal, fruit, vegetable? Can you tell me more about mentalitet of people in your country? And I forget to say, that I became Taylor Swift fun now ;)
I am weiting...

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Natalija 17 April, 2013 - 15:46

Hello, Demy;)
I'm glad we both would like to enter Oxford. I agree with you, it's very hard to get there, and it could be very expensive. I share your views about it, and I don't think I can afford it completely, but I hope to get a scholarship. I heard that they give several scholarships to foreign students, but you have to have a luck to get it. I think that just Oxford's price isn't as much as living in the UK. Life there is very expensive and you need a lot for month bills. A year at Oxford is about 10000$-15000$ and when you add some other expenses, it reaches to 20000$-25000$, it depends on what do you study. But although I don't have that amount of money at the moment, i"m still optimistic and hope to get a scholarship;). The requires are:
You have to have great grades at school, high recommendation letters from your teachers, great CV(your biography, about your accomplishments), than it's good to have some extracurricular activities, like volunteering, summer schools, participating in some educational programs etc. And if you are international students, you have to proof your knowledge and to pass the IELTS test and to get 7.5 points at least. It's a little harder test of English language than usual tests, but if you start to prepare soon, you will make it. And British educational system is very different to other European country's system. They require you to have A-levels or Foundations year. A-level lasts for 2 years and it's equal to 3th and 4th grade in high school, and Foundation year last for a year and you can finish it after you have graduated from a high school. It's important to apply a year before you have graduated, in early October. And I recommend you to go to their site and to find the all information you need. I started with preparation in October last year-I made some researches and have realized that I need to be proficient in English, so I started to learn it seriously. I'm thinking of attending some course or something lie that, and to pass the IELTS test. And I still haven't decided which university I"d like to get in, but I prefer architecture and law, so I have started to read some books about it. It's not as hard as it seems to be; Oxford has been popular in Serbia recently.
I advice you to decide which university to go, to get god grades and knowledge in English and to give your best.
And, by the way, did you know that Agatha Kristi was from Oxford?;) It can really provide you with best knowledge, and the building and campus are so beautiful. And one information-Did you know that some of the best universities in the USA(including Princeton, Brown etc.) offer to students, no matter they are foreigners or from the USA, to attend versatile courses online, free, and I think that those courses are very useful. It last for 2 or 3 weeks and it's via you tube. You can find a subject you're interested in and to apply. If you're interested, visit the site www.coursera.com. I think I'll apply;).
Yes, our schools seem to be very similar;). My school is not as big as yours, it has two stores, but is agreeable. We also have classrooms for all subjects and a sport's ground. Teachers are kind, but some are very severe. Are the teachers in your school severe?
I like parfums a lot, and my favourite is Moschino. And you?
My favourite animal is cat-I have one;); favourite fruit-grapes, strawberries and green apples, but I like fruits in general, vegetable-carrot and cucumber.
People in Serbia are very cheerful in general; they like to have fun and laugh a lot;). But they are very conservative about some things, like marriage, divorce etc. Serbia is a Balcan country, so we live in patriarchy. Families are very close to each other, and a father has an important role in the family. It's the main characteristic in Southern Serbia; people there are very impulsive and have a hot temper, they easy get angry, but they are actually good persons. The mentalitet depends of area where people live. South Serbia is the poorest area in my country, there're the big number of unemployed, so people from there usually move to Belgrade to find a job and to maintain their families. Belgrade is the most developed city and people there have the biggest facilities. Belgradians like to have fun and they are the most ambitious, and sometimes, people from other cities find them proud and vain, but it's not true. They're actually very nice and hospitable, but sometimes reserved. Serbians are also brave, but they slowly accept the changes, and sometimes they are biased and that's the feature of us I don't like.But I like Serbians, they are my people and I love my country, although is has some disadvantages, but advantages as well. And what're people in Ukraine like?
I'm glad you became Taylor Swift's fun;). I like her very much. What're your favourite songs by her? How you are passing through teen period? Are you a rebel teen or you are on good terms with your parents and people around you?
Looking forward to your answer soon;).

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Jonathan - Coor... 17 April, 2013 - 17:22

Hi! Oops, the message window is very narrow when there are lots of replies! Maybe you can start a new message (instead of clicking Reply) to continue this wonderful conversation... please keep it up and keep on writing!
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Jonathan - Coor... 6 April, 2013 - 22:44

Hi Demy! Since you like videos, can I ask you a question? It's about our Video Zone. Did you like any of the videos there? And, what kind of videos would you like to see more of there in the future? It would be good to know what you think. And if anyone else reading this wants to answer, please feel free. Your comments are welcome!
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Demy 7 April, 2013 - 13:29

Hi, Jonathan! Thanks for your question.
I really like all the videos in Video Zone!!! It's good, that this site have so many videos to practice listening, because even when person have good knowledge of English, he or she can don't understand what say British people ;)
So my favorite videos are Time Out London: Routemaster, Britain's Got Talent: Steven Hall, Windsor Castle. It's was first videos, that I have found there ;) I like to watch videos about Great Britain and British people. Also I think it's will be cool if this site will have more videos about animals ;)Because I love them (and not only me) It's my big wish....
Thank you for this wonderful site!

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ellen 5 April, 2013 - 16:40

Hello my nice friend Something nice.
My favorite are subjects English and Geograpy.
I want to be an journalist one day, it's my dream job. I like you job.
It is very nice job.
Yesssssssssssss.
I like travel! It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have the best impressions about Iran Islamic Respublic.It is very nice country.
In the future, I want to be in America. I think yet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I prefer outdoors work, but if I become an journalist, I'll have to work a lot in an office. Working indoors could be very stressful and boring, but journalist is a nice job and I like it.
I plan to extend my hat.And you?
My favotite holiday Novruz! And you?
Do you know Novruz Holiday?
ovruz in Azerbaijan is referred to as Novruz Bayramı. Novruz is a traditional [[Azeri] holiday, which celebrates the New Year, and the coming of Spring. When Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union, celebration of Novruz was generally unofficial, and at times even prohibited.[1] Currently in Azerbaijan, Novruz is treated as an official public holiday.
Usually preparation for Novruz begins a month prior to the festival. Each of forthcoming 4 weeks is devoted to one of the four elements and called accordingly in Azerbaijan. Each Tuesday people celebrate the day of one of the four elements - water, fire, earth and wind.[3] People do house cleaning, plant trees, make new dresses, paint eggs, make national pastries such as shakarbura, pakhlava and a great variety of "national cuisine".[4] Wheat is fried with kishmish (raisins) and nuts (govurga). As a tribute to fire-worshiping every Tuesday during four weeks before the holiday kids jump over small bonfires and candles are lit. On the holiday eve the graves of relatives are visited and tended.[5]
Novruz is a family holiday. In the evening before the holiday the whole family gathers around the holiday table laid with various dishes to make the New Year rich. The holiday goes on for several days and ends with festive public dancing and other entertainment of folk bands, contests of national sports. In rural areas crop holidays are marked.[6]
The decoration of the festive table is khoncha, a big silver or copper tray with Samani placed in the centre and candles and dyed eggs by the number of family members around it. The table should be set, at least, with seven dishes.
Which you favorite Eurovision songs?
Do you like sweets?
Do you have any favourite TV series?
What do you like to eat the most? Do you like fruits and vegetables?
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Natalija 5 April, 2013 - 20:29

Hi, my dear friend Ellen;)
I think that journalism is very creative and interesting job; as a journalist you can travel a lot around the world, get to know more about people and world's newest events etc. As little, I wanted to become a journalist, but I fall in love with architecture later;). I used to write my own magazine, but not any more. I still like journalism and I take part in a school journalist section.
I've heard about Iran, but I haven't visited it yet. It's great that you'd like to live in the USA in the future, it offers plenty of opportunities for teens and youngsters, and it's really a place where your dreams may easily come true. I'd like to go there, but I prefer England to the USA and I hope to live there in few years.
I haven't heard for Novruz holiday yet, but thanks to you, I know now. I've just googled it and saw some really nice photos. It seems to be a very important holiday in your country.
I like holidays so much, even those I don't celebrate. My favourite holiday is Christmas; the biggest Christian holiday, it represents Jesus Christ's birth day and we celebrate it with our family. We all gather together, have a nice dinner and spend a great time. I like this holiday and we have so many traditions about it. I also like Thanksgiving, although Serbians don't celebrate it. I think it's very important and that we all should celebrate it and to use that holiday to thank God for all he gave us. In my opinion, we have so many things to be grateful for, and we shouldn't thank only in this kind of occasion, but every day.
You said you paint eggs for Novruz, we do the same for Easter. We paint eggs in so many colors, but the red egg is the most important, because it represents Jesus, and we don't eat it and keep it to the next year.
My favourite Evrovision songs are Ljubav je svuda(Love is everywhere) by Moje tri- Serbia;); Gravity by Zlata Ognevich- Ukraine, Dina Garipova - What If, Hold me- by Farid Mammadov(he has a good voice, and looks great, he's really handsome). Are the all men in your country like this?;)
What Evrovision songs you like the most? Do you think that participants should sing in English or in their native language? I think they should sing in their native language, because they represent their country. I don't like that some countries have songs in English although they aren't from English spoken area. But they still have great songs;).
I like sweets, esp chocolate, it's my favourite. And I like to eat laduree macarons-it's a French sweet, and it's very tasty, but perhaps too candy. But it's so soft and in some many colors-like red, pink, brown, purple, green etc. What're your favourite sweets? Could you recommend me some tasty Azerbaijan sweets or cakes?
I have two favourite TV series-Gossip girl(American series) and The boarding school(El Internado- Spanish series). But Gossip Girl is the first. It has seven seasons and I've watched it twice and I could still watch it. It's a very exciting drama, about teens on Manhattan, their problems, argues etc. And the fashion in this series is really on a high level-you can see so many nice dresses and learn so many things. Do you have any favourite TV series?
I like fish, fruits and vegetables the most, esp strawberries and grapes. And you?
I have a question for you-Does Azerbaijan language has some similarities with Turkish language? I think it has, but I'm not sure. I read some text on Wikipedia in Azerbaijan to check, and as I speak Turkish, I could understand
something, which led me think that those languages have the same root.
Do you live by any life motto?
How are teens in your country like? Do you like hang out with your friends,and what do you usually do together?
Looking forward to your answer;)...

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