Showing posts from September, 2007

PR problems

Recently I have discovered quite nice podcast for Business English yet there are no transcripts there. I have written down one of the dialogs, from the episode A-8 PR Problems.

This is a dialog:

OK, the next item on our Agenda is the recent problems with PR. Our last product release sparked off some controversy. Can you give us more details?Well, the problem stems from out last release having a design problem the result of which is we sold about 7500 machines that don't work.I see. And this brought about the recent problems with negative reports in the media?Yes, customers complained and our service department compounded the issue by not performing well. All kinds of problems ensued.So the downside is our reputation is in serious danger, but the upshot is that we've learned a little about damage control. We'll have to devise a strategy with a view towards repairing the damage.If you download mp3 and then open it in Windows Media Player you can read dialogs after switching on…

Do you want to dance?

Yesterday I was on a concert by some German musician playing really nice music -- smooth jazz. The place is nice with frogs and dancing balls, we can dance all the time :)

When it comes to the English language: there were some Americans I guess and they constantly use: hi bro, one of them had some problems at home: My kid is freaking out and I must run and when they wanted to change the table someone said: What about grabbing the table with five chairs?

What is lying on bed?

We usually have sheets, covers and pillows on our beds. Pillows are covered with pillowcases (pillowslips) and we cover ourselves with duvet* or even with some kind of blankets, especially in winters.
Bedspread is used to decorate our beds.

In the morning, after waking up we have to get up also, some of us hate it and like staying in beds -- others are used to jumping out of them after the alarm goes off.

* comforter in American English

Some fun with changing avatars in SL.

Saturday's impressions

Have you ever been to Moscow? Do you know if you can understand Russian? Now we have such opportunities in SL.

What do you think of European Day of Languages? I hope that it will be a great event.

Fridays in Second Life

It seems that as long as skypecasts don't work we will meet in SL. Apparently most of us still prefer skypecasts but SL is a good replacement for a small conference room. Everyone can join and take part in a meeting regardless of his or her voice quality... if you cannot talk you can listen to and type your part of activity.

Yesterday we were simply talking about how to do something in SL and then we played a quiz, Margaret who learned much about scripting created lots of objects to choose from and what make us laugh.

Earlier, in the afternoon, some of us attended Petra's class during which we were trying to develop the story about Mariola, and it is a good way to improve your reading and writing skills.

Some pictures from our Friday's meeting with: Margaret, Ivan, Garfield, Aleksander, Robert and me :)

Petra's class.

Maxie and her friends are preparing European Day of Languages in SL.