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Word and Phrase Origin: redtape

Submitted by harryterrafrank on Чт, 01/22/2015 - 19:35

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red tape
The practice of tying official documents with tape of a reddish hue began
in seventeenth-century England. By the nineteenth century its use to mean
inaction or delay caused by official sluggishness had become well established.
Early in the 1800s, Washington Irving described a bureaucrat thus: “ His brain was little better than red tape and parchment.”
… Morris Dictionary of Word & Phrase origins (1962)

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Cat

Submitted by Wataru. on Чт, 01/22/2015 - 07:10



Somehow, they are many cats in my neighbourhood. You know they make some creepy sounds when they angry or fight each other. I can't describe that sounds  well right now but in my best like this "Funnnnneee". Can you imagin that? They don't make that sounds quite often. I wish someone would invented an aimal translater in the future.

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The country you want to live in

Submitted by hotice0987 on Чт, 01/22/2015 - 01:33



I would like to live in Holland one day, because my sister used to live there for about 3 years, and she sent many beautiful pictures and postcards to me, which attracted me a lot. Also, I am a big fan of tulips, and Holland captures my interest. Most important of all, I am a person who enjoys the convenient city life and embraces nature, and Holland’s tranquil country sides and advance cities life is my ideal choice. This is the reason why I would like to live in Holland.

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How You Say Matters #161 to 170

Submitted by harryterrafrank on Ср, 01/21/2015 - 21:22

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`161 deliver a one-two punch ダブルパンチを食らわす
`162 deliver the goods 結果を出す
`163 deserve a pat one the back 称賛に価する
`164 dip one`s toe in the water 様子を窺う
`165 dis(disrespect) けなす
`166 do one's (own)thing 自身の好きなことをする
`167 do`s and don`ts 心得
`168 Don`t believe any of that stuff. そんな話は一つも信じないで下さい。
`169 Don`t burn your bridges behind you. 退却の道を断つな
`170 Don`t get me wrong. 誤解しないでね

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Hello!!

Submitted by antuannyc on Ср, 01/21/2015 - 16:13



Hi everybody!

My name is Antonio, I'm Spanish. I am 31 years old and I was born in Guadalajara, a city near Madrid. Now I'm living in Madrid. I'm trying to learn English, I have exams now in February and I would like to improve my writing and speaking, so if you are interested in exchange your English for my Spanish I would be happy to do it :)

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Snow!!

Submitted by Wataru. on Ср, 01/21/2015 - 05:24



It's been a rainy day. It will become a snow later night according to some weather cast. So today is the best day will makeing some hot soup for dinner and go to the bed earlier. I wish I won't be bothered by tone of snow tomorrow morning. I used to love snow when I was younger but now, No!

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Your Day, Your Quote: 25 Jan

Submitted by harryterrafrank on Втр, 01/20/2015 - 19:45

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25 Jan:私は自分が何人かの人間から成っている、
    そして自分の中で今の瞬間優勢な人間が
     必ずいつか他の人間に負ける。
    I am made up of several persons and
the person that at the moment has
the upper hand will inevitably give place
to another.
---Somerset Maugham(1874-1965)
born on 25 Jan

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Here we go again

Submitted by jogito on Пнд, 01/19/2015 - 15:07



Here we go.. ...again!

First of all, I would like to apologize for those people I couldn't speak on Skype last year. I'm positive I'll catch up with you.

Actually, I'm still busy but I promise I'll do my best -specially when it came to organizing my time- and try to be an active member of the writing/correcting stuff.

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