Let’s read together: ON LOVE

Reading (чтение) – уникальный вариант поддерживать язык на хорошем уровне и постоянно усовершенствовать его! Более того, reading (чтение) – это отличный отдых, полезная информация и хорошее настроение. Особенно, если этот процесс ещё и улучшает английский!

Предлагаю начать наши reading activities с серии мотивационных историй, основанных на реальных событиях “Chicken soup for the soul”. Для облегчения чтения и экономии времени, я перевела некоторые слова, запомните их. Также попытайтесь пересказать историю, чтобы развивать speaking skills. Делитесь с нами retelling (видео-пересказами) в Instagram / Telegram и я дам Вам советы и комментарии.

ON LOVE

The day will come when, after harnessing (=using) space, the winds, the tides (= flushes, waves) and gravitation, we shall harness (= use) for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. 

Tielhard de Chardin 

Love: The One Creative Force 

Spread (= share) love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving (= going away) better and happier. Be the living expression (= appearance) of God’s kindness; kindness (=goodwill,  warmth) in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. 

Mother Teresa 

A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums (=highly populated urban residential area) to get case histories (= medical history kept by a doctor) of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation (=estimation) of each boy’s future. In every case the students wrote, “He hasn’t got a chance.” Twenty-five years later another sociology  professor came across (= found sth) the earlier study. He had his students follow up (= investigate) on the project to see what had happened to these boys. With the exception (=without) of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining (=left)180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors and businessmen. 

The professor was astounded (= amazed, surprised) and decided to pursue (continue) the matter further. 

Fortunately, all the men were in the area and he was able to ask each one, “How do you account for your success?” In each case the reply came with feeling, ‘There was a teacher.” 

The teacher was still alive, so he sought her out (= looked for her) and asked the old but still alert (=watchful) lady what magic formula she had used to pull these boys out (= get out) of the slums into successful achievement (= fulfilment, success)

The teacher’s eyes sparkled (= shine) and her lips broke into a gentle (= kind) smile. “It’s really very simple,” she said. “I loved those boys.” 

Eric Butterworth

Active vocabulary

  • harnessing – использование;
  • tides – приливы;
  • spread – pаспространение;
  • expression – проявление;
  • kindness – доброта;
  • slums – трущобы;
  • case histories – истории болезни;
  • evaluation – анализ, оценка;
  • came across – наткнулся на;
  • follow up – отслеживать;
  • exception – исключение;
  • remain – оставшийся;
  • astound – пораженный;
  • pursue – продолжать;
  • sought out – искал;
  • alert – бдительная;
  • pull out – вытащить;
  • achievement – достижение;
  • sparkle– сверкать;
  • gentle – нежный;

Надеюсь, чтение “Love: The One Creative Force” вам понравилось! Ждем в комментариях ваши отзывы об истории.

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