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Linka написал(а):

the different is that they smile because they have to, but our shop assistants smile when they want to, doing it in most cases sincerely

I guess, if you are working in customer service - you have to smile and be nice to ALL customers!!! Sincerely you can be with friends.

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Linka написал(а):

what books, magazines, newspapers, web-pages do you read for pleasure and for educational purposes? (the answer presupposes those you read in English)

I regularly read The Telegraph and BBC News - online, and I like reading the Baby Centre materials - loads of interesting parental stuff there!
as for books - I must confess I haven't been able to read a book since August ( :blush: ) and the last book (meaning a book in English) I read was 'Ask Supernanny' by Joe Frost.

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biggie написал(а):

Baby Centre materials

liked it.

I do use thefreedictionary resourse for self-improvement, read the times on-line.
In the process of reading Eat, Pray, Love.
liked Shopoolic series.

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Irina написал(а):

I've found a good opportunity to practice my English with native speakers.

Usually I have only 30 minutes for this forum when our daddy makes doughter ready to sleep. If I have some more time, I read news, check e-mail. So, I have no time to practise EL vey often. :-(

Irina написал(а):

This is my biggest dream!

Yeah, the idea's really good. I hope, I'll give such opportunity for my child.

Linka написал(а):

what books, magazines, newspapers, web-pages do you read for pleasure and for educational purposes?

I took some books from my friend. She brought them from USA. But it was long ago.
My last book with English was Magic Box,3 in November.  :D  (I worked with a boy)

biggie написал(а):

Baby Centre materials

what's this?

Irina написал(а):

if you are working in customer service - you have to smile and be nice to ALL customers

While working in advertising agency I had to smile everyone & be positive. But our people don't like this. They prefered to share their problems with us & waited for sympathy. There were some specimen who told us about their wives & naughty children. :-)

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ksanka написал(а):

biggie написал(а):
Baby Centre materials
what's this?

just google "baby centre" and you'll see

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For those who're interested in the Baby Centre info: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby?intcmp … allourbaby (you don't have to google now ;)
I spent my last pregnancy reading their materials and they still send me newsletters on the development milestones for my youngest :)

Linka написал(а):

In the process of reading Eat, Pray, Love.

I'd love to read that one too! how about swap when you're done with it?

Отредактировано biggie (26-04-2014 23:56:29)

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biggie написал(а):

I'd love to read that one too! how about swap when you're done with it?

I have it in an electronic form, send to me your e-mail and i'll forward the book. 

Honestly, I do prefer reading real books, but more and more often I read e-books in pdf just because it is easier to get, faster to read and if it proves to be boring I just press SHIFT+DEL.

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In order to somehow activate the topic let's decide on a problem and brainstorm on the solutions it might have. I suggest we take gender discrimination or stress at work, or any other you guess might be relevant here.

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Well, that's what I've found on stress at work:

'A Yale University study found 29 percent of workers feel "quite a bit or extremely stressed at work." Job stress is something we all employees face, and each of us handles that stress differently. Stress does not have to be a negative thing, and learning how to cope with and manage stress is imperative to maximizing our job performance, prioritizing safety on the job and maintaining physical and mental health.

Instructions
1. Know the symptoms of job stress. These are not limited to, but may include apathy, negativism/cynicism, low morale, boredom, anxiety, frustration, fatigue, depression, alienation, anger/irritability, physical problems (headaches, stomach problems) and absenteeism.
2. Maintain your perspective. While jobs are disposable, your friends, family and health aren't. If an employer's expectations are taking a toll on you, start looking for a new job/new employer.
3. Alter your existing job. If you enjoy working for your employer but your job has become too stressful, or even to monotonous, ask your supervisor adjusting your job to fit to your skills.
4. Take a break. If you're having an especially bad day and can feel the tension mounting, get away for a bit. Take a walk outside to get some fresh air while removing yourself from the negative situation. Finding some quiet, meditative time, even if for five or ten minutes, can reduce stress.
5. Talk it out. A great way to reduce stress is to talk it out, or "vent" to someone you're close to. Hearing yourself describe your concerns aloud may help you think about a new solution to your problem, and sharing your frustrations with someone else may reinforce the importance of seeking change to resolve the issues.
6. Develop an ally or two at work. Knowing that others in your situation "get it" can create camaraderie and relief.
7. Maintain a positive attitude, and stay away from those who exhibit negativity.
'

I highlighted point 2 'cos that's something really worth remembering!
I wonder if there's any research on motherhood-related stress http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/madhouse/wacko2.gif

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Girls, what about changing real books?
& I have an idea of @English@ meetings for a cup of tea. To have practise in spoken English.. How do you like the idea?

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biggie написал(а):

I wonder if there's any research on motherhood-related stress

I think that Britain scientists have such reseachs. :D
As for me motherhood-related stress is staying at home & impossibility to communicate with many people as I used to. At my work I had different phone talks, met with bosses & agents  but now I speak predominantly with a 1-year child & sometomes it hesiates me.

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biggie написал(а):

motherhood-related stress

I've got it! Found a few hours ago: http://www.livestrong.com/article/15820 … otherhood/
Perhaps nothing new to you, but at least it provides some reading practice.

ksanka написал(а):

an idea of @English@ meetings for a cup of tea. To have practise in spoken English.. How do you like the idea?

What a lovely idea! Our tongues do get stiff when it comes to speaking English after all this time off work.  http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/he_and_she/girl_sigh.gifUnless you can talk to native speakers (using skype?)

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Here's a New Year joke:
Quit smoking

A young man at a New Year's party turns to his friend and asks for a cigarette.

"I thought you made a New Year's resolution to quit smoking," his friend says.

"I'm in the process of quitting," the guy replies. "Right now, I am in the middle of phase one."

"And what's phase one?"
"I've quit buying."

And about mums:

Four-year-old Daisy and her friend were on the seat in front of their mothers in the bus.
"Look," said her friend, looking out of the window. "Moo-cows."
"They're cows," said Daisy firmly. "Moo-cow is a word for babies."
"Look," said the friend, turning round to her mother. "Cows."
"Yes, dear," said Mum. "Moo-cows."

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biggie написал(а):

"Yes, dear," said Mum. "Moo-cows."

:D

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biggie написал(а):

While jobs are disposable, your friends, family and health aren't.

good point

ksanka написал(а):

Girls, what about changing real books?

i'll compose a list of what I have now and add up here a bit later

ksanka написал(а):

How do you like the idea?

like it:))) It would be great to meet and talk:)) do feel lack of oral practice these days.

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That's my list of the books that I can lend to read:
1. Mike Gayle    My Legendary Girlfriend
2. M. Gayle       Turning Thirty
3.Helen Fielding Bridget Jones’s Diary
4. Roddy Doyle  The Snapper
5.John Cheever  Stories
6.A.Christie A Carribean Mystery
7. Who wants to be a Millionaire? (collection of quiz show questions&answers)
8. John Grisham The King of Torts

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biggie написал(а):

I've got it! Found a few hours ago

http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/artists/just_cuz/JC_ThankYou.gif The article helped me to understand myself.

Linka написал(а):

i'll compose a list of what I have

I'll do it tomorrow..

biggie написал(а):

What a lovely idea!

Linka написал(а):

It would be great to meet and talk:))

So we should choose date & time.
This week I have husband at home-so he can be a babyseater ))) Or we'll meet next year?

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ksanka написал(а):

we'll meet next year?

I guess next year is fine, too much preparation for celebration these days

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biggie написал(а):

That's my list of the books that I can lend to read:1. Mike Gayle    My Legendary Girlfriend2. M. Gayle       Turning Thirty3.Helen Fielding Bridget Jones’s Diary4. Roddy Doyle  The Snapper5.John Cheever  Stories6.A.Christie A Carribean Mystery7. Who wants to be a Millionaire? (collection of quiz show questions&answers)8. John Grisham The King of Torts

my books
Andrews V.C. Petals on the Wind
Flynn K. A Long and Lonely Road
Daikey J. Night Way
Steel D. The Ranch
Coudge E. Trail of Secrets
L. Erdrich The Beet Queen
I have some more at parents' place, so i'll send the list later

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I'm sorry I haven't done the list yet - daughter is ill again & husband has a high temperature (((

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ksanka написал(а):

daughter is ill again & husband has a high temperature (((

wishing sooner recovery

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My poor kid's lying in her bed with an earache and she's vomited - for no obvious reason... I'm going bananas  http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/big_madhouse/wacko3.gif

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what's happened? All children are ill!
Not very good beggining of the new year (((

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ksanka написал(а):

All children are ill!

not all childreh, I've a migraine the second days & i'm hung up from a pain http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/madhouse/suicide_fool-edit.gif

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there are times when everything seems to be wrong, just because our children are ill, but time flies and in a couple of days I do believe that they will jump with joy and bring happiness to you:)

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well) hi there) I'm a newcomer here) so happy new year  :shine:

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Lus написал(а):

well) hi there) I'm a newcomer here) so happy new year

you're welcome.

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hi, Lus!

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hi, ksanka)))

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Honey Any,
Lus,
it's great to see you here!
I guess there could be more people writing here but they seem to be watching us...
Hey people,  :flag: why not stop being just viewers and join us? :writing:

ksanka написал(а):

what's happened?

nothing very unusual taking into account the weather and seasonal holidays (=crowds everywhere in public places).
took my girl to the doc today to prove my guess - she's got otitis... and she kept whining the whole evening nоt so much because of the pain but 'cos she's going to miss her swimming-pool

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