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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I'm not very fond of it either, anymore.
    I know. Anyway it's daytime where you are and it's about midnight here. I have lived some eight hours more today than you. The weather is surprisingly warm here in Moscow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Here's a little vocabulary test. See how you get on

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    An isolated word may have many meanings. Be honestly to click the word you have seen, or studied or known before. If you have a problem to see the following tester, please click this link
    I would like to know what the native language of the test maker is. It is definitely not English. (Emphasis added.)

    (Because you have seen a word before doesn't mean you know it.)

    ~R

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    I know. Anyway it's daytime where you are and it's about midnight here. I have lived some eight hours more today than you. The weather is surprisingly warm here in Moscow.
    It is 23 F (-5 C) here today. That is the coldest so far this season.

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    It is 23 F (-5 C) here today. That is the coldest so far this season.
    It's +7C here in Moscow. Such a warm day in winter was registered hundred years ago. Usually winters in Moscow are cold and snowy. We haven't had any snow this year yet. Hope it'll snow soon.

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    It's +7C here in Moscow. Such a warm day in winter was registered hundred years ago. Usually winters in Moscow are cold and snowy. We haven't had any snow this year yet. Hope it'll snow soon.
    I suspect you will get your wish.

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    I suspect you will get your wish.
    Thanks very much! Everybody is waiting for it as there is a saying : Snowy year rich year.

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    Thanks very much! Everybody is waiting for it as there is a saying : Snowy year rich year.
    The Inuit must be loaded!

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    The Inuit must be loaded!
    And the people in Buffalo, NY.

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    I always advise my students to read a dictionary. I tell them to choose five words and try to remember. So if they learn five new words a day they will know 1825 words in a year and more than 9000 in five years. For free comminication with foreigners half of it will do.

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    Yesterday we had the last lesson of the term in the 8th grade. We decided to play a vocabulary game. It was like this. I wrote two words on the blackboard and told them to form new words with the letters of those two words. They had to keep to the rule, i.e not to use other letters in their words. Those two words were: " WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE".
    I told them to form 100 new words in 20 minutes. Two of them succeeded. The others had from 50 to 75 words. I was very happy and gave them very good marks.

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