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Study Point: 02 August, 2010

Posted by burdujan pe 02/08/2010

Proverb:
Charity begins at home.
= a person´s first obligation should be to help the member of his own family before he can begin thinking of talking about helping others.
= cămaşa e mai aproape decât haina
= drag mi-e de tine dar de mine mi se rupe inima
= mai aproape dinţii decât părinţii

Quote:
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Cel mai bun şi mai frumos lucru din această lume nu poate fi văzut sau măcar auzit, ci trebuie simţit cu inima.
– Helen Keller

Word of the Day:
to socialize
• take part in social activities; interact with others
• a socializa, a pregăti in comun (un program, etc.)

Idiom:
catch on –
E.g. He is a smart child he catches on very fast.
• to begin to understand something.
• a înţelege, a pricepe

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Posted by burdujan pe 26/07/2010

Slang:
chick
= a young woman, particularly an attractive young one;
= amică, femeiuşcă, puştoaica, gagică

Proverb:
One good turn deserves another.
= you help someone – they help you.
= după faptă şi răsplată,
= bine cu bine se răsplăteşte,
= serviciu contra serviciu

Quote:
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Motivaţia e ceea ce te pune în mişcare. Obiceiul e ceea ce te face să continui.
– Jim Ryun

Word of the Day:
blackmail
• a threatening to reveal substantially true information about a person to the public, a family member, or associates unless a monetary demand is met
• șantaj

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Study Point #18.07.2010

Posted by burdujan pe 18/07/2010

Slang:
wicked
= very good, excellent, cool
= foarte bun, excelent
Proverb:
A fool and his money are soon parted.
= a wise man has money because he´s careful.
= banii nu fac casă bună cu nebunii

Word of the Day:
mugging
• assault with intent to rob
• jaf

Idiom:
have a hold of something –
E.g. Since the release of their new product the company has a hold of the market.
• to have complete control of something or someone.
• a avea control asupra

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Study Point #12.07.2010

Posted by burdujan pe 12/07/2010

Slang:
sitting duck
= an easy target
= pradă uşoară
= vânat uşor

Proverb:
Grass doesn´t grow on a racetrack.
= pe cararea bătută nu crește iarba.

Quote:
This one step – choosing a goal and staying to it – changes everything.
Acest pas – alegerea unui țel și hotărârea de a nu-l schimba – schimbă totul.
~ Scott Reed

Idiom:
to lay one’s cards on the table –
E.g. ‘If we are to make a deal we both have to lay our cards on the table.’
• to be honest about opinions and plans.
• a da cărţile pe faţă

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Study Point #04.07.2010

Posted by burdujan pe 04/07/2010

Slang:
Girl Friday
= a female assistant who has a range of duties
= secretară principală

Proverb:
Don´t cry over spilt milk.
= that problem is past – move on
= lacrimile nu ajută
= ce-a fost, a fost
= cu plânsul nu se învie morţii

Quote:
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
Un vis pe care îl visezi singur e doar un vis. Un vis pe care îl visezi împreuna cu ceilalți e realitate.
– John Lennon

Word of the Day:
debit note
• a note indicating an amount owed by a person or company; serves the same function as an invoice
• notă de debitare

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Study Point #27.06.2010

Posted by burdujan pe 27/06/2010

Slang:
swot
= slang term for a student who studies excessively
= tocilar

Proverb:
The best things in life are free.
= We don´t have to pay for the things that are really valuable, like love, friendship, good health etc.
= Cele mai bune lucruri în viață sunt gratuite.

Quote:
Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
Marile noastre succese vin de obicei după marile noastre dezamăgiri.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Word of the Day:
Turnover:
• the amount of business a company does
• circulaţie a mărfurilor, ritm de vânzare a mărfurilor

Idiom:
Keep your options open and don’t burn any bridges.
• Take time before you decide on the best course for you, and don’t make enemies of people you might need in the future.
burn bridges
= a lua o hotărâre irevocabila, a risca totul într-o acţiune fără a privi înapoi

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Study Point #20.06.2010

Posted by burdujan pe 20/06/2010

Slang:
mug
= the human face, grimace
= grimasă, strâmbătură, moacă, mutră

Proverb:
Don´t cast pearls before swine.
= fools won´t appreciate value.
= nu arunca mărgăritare înaintea porcilor

Quote:
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Ca să ai succes, dorința ta de a avea succes trebuie să fie mai mare decât frica de eșec.
– Bill Cosby

Word of the Day:
contingency plan:
• a plan in place in case the original fails
• plan pentru situații de urgență

Idiom:
Bite your tongue!
• Don’t say that or it might happen.
• Ține-ţi gura!

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Study Point #14.06.2010

Posted by burdujan pe 14/06/2010

Slang:
hoodie
= a sweatshirt with a hood
= hanorac

Proverb:
People who live in glass houses shouldn´t throw stones.
= only those who are blameless should blame others
= cine se ştie cu musca pe căciula sa tacă din gura
= cine se ştie cu musca pe căciula sa nu critice pe alţii

Quote:
You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
Nu ești plătit pe oră. Ești plătit pentru valoarea pe care o aduci într-o oră.
– Jim Rohn

Word of the Day:
Ascend
• to move upwards
• a se sui, a se urca, a se ridica

Idiom:
In his mother’s eyes, he could do no wrong.
= in his mother’s opinion, he was perfect.
= în ochii mamei sale, el nu putea să greșească.

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