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The official informational newsletter of WorldCenter Multilingual school


January 2011


Your teachers Pet Phrases Anna Isayeva: Meteoric Success – very quick success It is a second nature to me – I was born to do that Business Acumen – very good entrepreneurial skills Explore all the avenues – to investigate all the possibilities Consider the following scenario – let's have a look at the following thing Display an insatiable appetite for English – to like it immensely Keep your chin up- not to give up

Dasha Baevskaya: Chill out! - relax A narrow escape – a way of getting away from a dangerous situation It will blow your mind! - It will make you wonder Thank God It's Friday – I guess meaning is clear) Don't be a pussy – don't act like a coward (offensive)

Svetlana Yaroshenko: Extreme viewpoint- very dubious You are adorable! - amazing Sicilian relationships – a love-hate relationship Don't be sheepish! - don't be shy! Your arguments are unconvincing, inconsistent and groundless – you suck!

Pet quotations of Masha Makarenko: 1. Love is like a ghost. People like talking about it, but only few of them have seen it. 2. The best way to overcome a temptation is to run into it. 3. Man is like a toilet: either occupied or full of dirt. 4. Woman is like weather: today it can shine, tomorrow it can rain.


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Grandfather Frost!

Santa Claus!

Who brings happiness and gifts while Christmas and New Year Eve? Definitely Grandfather Frost.. or…Santa Claus???? Common businesses, resembling appearances and just a bit different names. So are they the same people and how to distinguish them between them?

The Clothes By implication cold weather and severe Siberia Usually the short coat is tightened with the black leather conditions force Grandfather Frost to take on belt, shortcut trousers and black boots and a hat are on. absolutely warm coat to the heels and thick gloves. The shape of his hat is different from the Santa Claus’s one. The Colour Every colour can be possible there. Red, blue, The colour of Santa Claus’s clothes is an unchangeable green, however the white colour is obligatory. combination of red and white. The Beard Very long straight beard is covered with snow Accurate white beard with small curves which are pretty and disheveled by gusty wind. attractive to the children. The Nose His nose is frankly red! This is an outcome of Red again!! Oh – it is just a cool make up! strong frost - not alcohol! Height and weight Tall and strong . To some extent he looks severe Small, funny, plump and a bit merry ;))) however he is and strict but in fact Frost appears to be so cute and hearty. completely kind and a fair old man. An Assistant Snegyrochka is known as his granddaughter. Unfortunately – he does not have a soul mate. Santa Being young inquisitive lady she adores all sufficiently enjoys the companionship of deer he owns. forest creatures and has big heart. The Vehicle A stunning sleigh with 3 horses and numerous Open sleigh is pulled by 12 deer regaining their power bells delivers Grandfather Frost to the awaiting for flying along the star sky on Christmas Eve! kids. Bringing gifts It is believed that he has a bottomless bag filled Santa pops in every house and leaves gifts in the socks with presents. He brings gifts only to obedient that children hang in the fireplace. kids after recited verses or even a song. History and origin The portraits of Santa Claus and Grandfather Frost were developed by years. Many people added a lot to the history and origin of these two personages. But among numerous ancestors there was a real man – archbishop Nickolas (Nickolay) who lived in Myra (Turkey). Once he saved lives of three young ladies from dismal existence by leaving invisibly a small bag with gold in their house. As a result girls had a chance to get married with dowry. Due to his kindness people started to call him Saint Nicholas. In conclusion I would like to say that every year these two old men in red make wishes of million kids come true with the help of fabulous winter and a power of magic. Obviously they are not rivals but a reflection of the imagination mixed with festive anticipation of a miracle. Counterparts whose mission is to bring happiness to every child’s heart! By Tanya Isayeva (CAE)

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Christmas tidbits

Do you know how “Merry Christmas” is said in different countries? Arabic: Milad Majid! Brazilian: Feliz Natal! Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo! English: Merry Christmas! French: Joyeux Noel! German: Fröhliche Weihnachten! Greek: Kala Christouyenna! Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie! Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie! Russian: Счастливого Рождества! Spanish: Feliz Navidad! Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun! Ukrainian: З Рiздвом Хрiстовим

It’s interesting to know! What do WorldCenter students usually ask Santa Claus for?  A lot of computer games  New mobile phones  New lap tops and PSPs  Fashionable clothes  New make up and perfume  Holidays abroad And what are you expecting to get for Christmas this year? (Here’s a great chance to leave a message for Santa Clause. Don’t forget to write your name!)


Let this Christmas like a wizard, like a precious amulet bring you health, liveliness and joy! May this Christmas surround you with the warmth of love and kindness! The most important things that a man has are the feeling of truth and the true feelings. I wish you both! Merry Christmas Christmas is time to give and take love! May Christmas make all your days merry and bright! May this Christmas be as special as you are my dear friend! Do not forget that love and kindness raise the soul. Do not be afraid of giving your love and kindness to people! Merry Christmas! By Marina Cherkez (Head teacher for young learners)

 _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________  _________________________________ You know that there’s a nice tradition in Britain to leave some food for Santa Claus in return for the presents he brings for children? So if you want Santa Claus to return next year with pleasure and better presents you can use this information)) Here is a list of food Santa Claus would like to get: 5. Cookies or biscuits with a glass of lemonade or milk 6. Chocolates! Yum! Yum! 7. For reindeer a bundle of sweet meadow hay, a bunch of reindeer moss and a crisp red apple 8. Barley sugar sweets in case Santa Claus feels airsick 9. Strong peppermints to keep him warm on frosty nights 10. And of course the traditional Christmas dish – fat turkey with apples


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Christmas in Ukraine

If you ask me ‘Why do you love winter?’ I will answer without hesitation ‘Because of Christmas’ Ukraine is rich for its Christmas traditions but in the conditions of modern life some of them change and some of them are not supported by people. However in many Ukrainian families people are trying to save old traditions, passing them from generation to generation. Christmas holidays include three feasts. The first day is a celebration for the birth of the Holy child Jesus. The second day is celebration of Mother of Jesus. The third day is a holiday Saint Stepan, who died for the faith in Christ. Ukraine celebrates Christmas on the 7th of January in line with Gregorian calendar, as in many other countries where people are Orthodox. On Christmas Eve all family gathers for a Holy dinner (Svyat Vechir). For this evening they set and decorate a Christmas tree in the flat. In some houses you can see shed that illustrates the birth of Jesus, which can also be found in all churches and near main Christmas tree in every city. Also there is a tradition to bring didukh in the house, it is a sheaf of wheat or oat of special forms: with four legs and a large number of nodes that symbolizes prosperity for next year. But now it is changed for a small decorative didukh. Before the dinner people put hay under the dining table. It symbolizes the manger of the baby Jesus. The table is covered with the best family’s tablecloth and there is garlic in every corner of the table to make demons go away. An extra place is always free for the souls of dead relatives. People put Christmas bread in the centre of the table and also light a candle which symbolizes Jesus, the light of the world. When the children see the first Star in the evening sky, (which symbolizes the trek of the Three Wise Men), the Sviata Vecherya may begin. The dinner begins with a prayer near the candle and the traditional Christmas greeting "Khrystos rodyvsya!" (Christ is born), to which all respond "Slavite yoho!" (Let us praise him). Traditionally on Holy dinner we prepare twelve dishes that represent twelve apostles. The main dish is kutia, which is prepared from wheat and honey, ground poppy, and nuts. In many families this dish is prepared only on that day. All members of the family must taste a little kutia, which symbolizes prosperity for the coming year. On the Christmas table we also serve: holubtsi, purohy (vareniky), mushrooms, mushroom soup, fish, herring, kapystniak, compote of dried fruits. For dessert there are pampushkas with jam. In some families there is a tradition to hid coins in a few vareniky and those who find them will be rich next year. After Christmas dinner all dishes on the table are left for the whole night for the souls of the dead relatives. During the dinner children go under the table and cluck. It is said that if you do it you’ll have the earliest chickens but these day this is only a tradition. Children get chocolates or money fro this. On Christmas people also kolyaduyut’ (sing Christmas carols). Adult sing at home after dinner and children go from house to house performing Christmas songs and Christmas poems (vinchivku) and get money for this. The dinner lasts for a few hours, holiday mood is in the air and nobody wants to go away. However the next day all families go to the church early in the morning. On Christmas day young people organize Vertep. It is a staging that illustrates a Bible story about the birth of Jesus with Christmas songs. It is always interesting and funny. By Oksana Vasuluyk. Pre-intermediate 1


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Thanksgiving Day in Ukrainian Family Three years ago my grandfather visited our family. He has been living in New York for more than twelve years so this is very important for him to get together with his relatives he hasn't seen for ages. There is only one day in a year when all Americans stay at home with their families and eat a big dinner. This is Thanksgiving Day. My granddad brought the tradition of holiday celebration to our family and now it is solidly rooted. Hope you don’t mind me starting this narration with a short pre-history. I consider this to be interesting and important, after all, there can be people who don’t know such facts of American history that’s why I decided to fill you in on it. The pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621. They sailed to America on board the "Mayflower" ship in search of religious freedom. They were among the first European settlers in America, the Native American Indians. The pilgrim first winter in the New World was very difficult. They arrived too late to grow many crops. Without fresh food half of the pilgrims died. The following spring the Indians taught the pilgrims how to hunt, fish, plant and survive in America. The crops did well and in the fall of 1621 pilgrims had a great harvest. They were thankful and decided to celebrate with a Thanksgiving feast. They prepared a dinner of turkey, corn, beans and pumpkins. They invited their Indian friends to share this feast. The Indians brought food for the feast too. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

Turkey is still the main dish and

pumpkin pie is the most popular dessert. However, the history of the holiday is not easy as it faced a lot of obstacles on its way. First, the holiday was celebrated on different days. For that reason during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, looking for ways to unite the nation gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a day of Thanksgiving. Later, Franklin D. Roosevelt, seeking to lengthen the Christmas shopping season, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November, which secured the position of Thanksgiving Day in the American calendar. Now, inherited my granddad's experience of celebrating this day, I went to the shop to buy food for our family dinner. My grandfather hoped that our relatives will enjoy his idea to try the celebration of some new holiday. He was right, because as we all know there will never be too many holidays especially if this can help you to summon all family in one place. All members of my family were happy. They were talking, eating turkey, sharing some funny stories and simply enjoying the dinner. I had a nice time with my family. I can say now, that Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays. I consider this American tradition to be nice and interesting. It was one of the most interesting and special days of November.


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Leadership Qualities: Acting the Part It is not enough to be an innovative, visionary, strategic thinker to qualify as a leader. You also need visible qualities such as confidence and the ability to communicate clearly.  Get out and about. Introduce yourself to other people. Network until you drop. Speak up at meetings. Sit in the front row at presentations. Volunteer for high-profile tasks, such as chairing the events, meeting clients and giving presentations.  Allow yourself to shine. Deliver clear, positive and inspirational messages with enthusiasm. Delete the whining, moaning and waffling.  Make a great entrance. You have your three seconds in which to make a first impression. Do not walk into the room with the stress of the journey on your face. Take a moment to compose yourself. Breathe, straighten up, and relax your face.  Walk with confidence and energy. Never loiter or lurk. Wear a focused expression.  Listen. Appear to have time for other people. Active listening makes you appear charming and in touch.  Mingle. Choose a group or an individual to approach them with energy. Use body language to mirror the group mood while waiting your turn to speak.  Never fiddle. Do not play with jewelry, pens, spectacles or your hair. This signals anxiety which distracts the listener and can suggest incompetence.  Dress the part. Whatever the corporate culture always appear well groomed. Look like a LEADER! Based on 'Organizational Behaviour' by Buchanan and Huczynski The eight secrets of success: meet a lot, sniff a lot, talk a lot, listen carefully, change a lot, delegate, disappear and move on. A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it. Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972) U.S. president.

Vocabulary of accomplishment To have an infinite capacity for smth

– to be very good at smth

To be a high-flier – to be a very successful person To be destined for great things – to be born to reach the top To have a meteoric rise to prominence – to become well-known quickly To be a budding pianist – to be a very promising smb To have rocketing success – to be very, very successful To move heaven and earth to achieve smth – to do everything possible and impossible To be life and soul of the party – to be a person everyone likes to spend time with To fire smb's enthusiasm – to make someone want to do smth very much To be a change agent – to be the person to generate new ideas and move forward


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Change the Tune How often did you catch yourself doodling and drawing something absent-mindedly on a piece of paper? I bet that not on a single occasion. Even this innocent activity can be interpreted in various ways to disclose your personality and feelings about the future. So, let's try a little experiment. Take a piece of paper and a pen and draw first things that come to your mind when you think about the future and changes you are going to face. Don't cheat! Draw exactly the object you conceived of. Now let's check: Emotional responses Anxiety, fear an dread

Typical drawings ship swamped by tidal wave, houses being demolished

fear of personal catastrophe

gravestones, menacing clouds, unhappy faces, football team with some dead members

anger, violence, revenge opportunity for personal

weapons, ugly people


ugly duckling becoming a swan, smiling faces, flourishing tree

false happiness

holiday scenes, oasis, idyllic surroundings

optimism and paradox

kamikaze and astronaut


piles of paperwork, long queues of people, very small tree in an empty landscape

a future journey

castle in the air, beach scenes, horse in the valley, boats close to an island

So, now you know the way you respond to changes. Even if you didn't find yourself in these interpretations, don't lose heart. You may read it as one of the similar ones. Don't get upset if you are not satisfied with the given interpretation. Remember that change is a very flexible thing and can be modified any time we want. Everything is in your own hands, dude!


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To Do List 2011 (New Year Resolutions) 11. To Polish our English to Perfection and even beyond 12. To Make up a lot of Friends and become a mighty member of WorldCenter Community 13. To Expand our outlook and broaden our horizons 14. To Double over with laughter at our lessons 15. To Contribute our wisdom to the World Scribbler 16. To Take part at the staging and performing for the Saint Valentine’s Day 17. To Watch a few dozens of English Films and be an adamant listener of the BBC website 18. To Make something crazy, unforgettable and adventurous 19. TO ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULL WITH WORLDCENTER

New Year Day Prayer Dear Lord So far this year I've done well. I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Amen Eight Indications of a New Year Hangover 

Trying to gain control of the situation, you continue to tell your room to "Stay still."

Looking at yourself in the mirror induces the same reaction as drinking a glass of fresh paint.

The bathroom reminds you of the fairground cry, "Step right up and give it whirl!"

You set aside an entire afternoon to spend some quality time with your toilet.

You replace the traditional praying on your knees with the more feasible praying in a fetal position.

Your catch phrase is, "Never again."

You could purchase a new fridge on the proceeds from recycling the bottles around your bed.

Your new response to "Good morning," is "Be quiet!"

World Scribbler Mailing List Group Sending out monthly calendars, information about the SClub current events, photos, World S c r i b b l e r issues and much more. You may find it very interesting especially if you miss a session. The group email also gives you an opportunity to exchange your ideas with the rest of the S-Clubbers. Let’s form our mighty WorldCenter community.

This could be the place for YOUR article!! (World Scribbler editors are now accepting your masterpieces about the S-Club sessions, your Success Stories, poetry, etc. Don’t lose this opportunity to become famous!!)

2011 World Scribbler. All Rights Reserved. Editor-in-Chief: Ganna Isayeva, editorial team: Tanya Isayeva, Marina Cherkez. You can contact us via: Email: OR in the main office of the WorldCenter, 29b Schorsa, Donetsk, Ukraine, 83055


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