A difficult week

The previous week turned out to be hard for me. I felt really tired in the evenings, and I don’t even know why. I guess it’s just because of terrible weather, lack of sunshine and fresh air.


Firstly, I learned how to play baseball and golf. These sports are very popular in the US so it was cool to learn some basics.

Secondly, as we were talking about baseball, we learned a lot of idioms which come from this sport. Here are the most interesting, in my opinion.

To throw smb a curve ball — сильно удивить, ошарашить.

To hit a homerun — иметь оглушительный успех, добиться успеха.

To be way off base — глубоко ошибаться.

Right off the bat — сходу, не раздумывая.

To be out in the left field — быть странным, нелепым.

Also, I learned some facts about such sports legends as Usain Bolt, Michael Jordan, Ole-Einar Bjørndalen, Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, etc.


On Thursday English class we were presenting our small “talk-shows” with sports stars and I liked it. It was more interesting than a usual conversation and we managed to use a lot of material about the Olympics and practice sports terms.

Besides, I guess I presented my speech on “The most inspiring athlete” well, but I really want to get rid of the habit to look at my papers during the presentation.


This week I challenge myself to keep reading the books from my World’s Literature list because we need to have read quite a big part of the book “The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel”. I’ve read several chapters already but so far I can say only one thing about the novel — it’s completely weird. But I’ll have to say something else after all because we’ll write a test on it.


I visited a few of my groupmates’ blogs and found some interesting facts and thoughts. For example, Victoria started her personal website and I think it’s cool. Also, I watched the video which Nastya wrote in her last post about and I found it pretty curious. It’s amazing how many metaphors people can find to explain life and the one presented in video is definitely unusual. And, finally, I really agree with Kate that it’s especially important to take care of our health now.

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