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by Mandy2
Tue May 04, 2004 12:42 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Belgium and Austria
Replies: 5
Views: 9655

By the way, I dont know in which country you live ... but consider that Belgium and Austria might have different electical systems. This could be important when you bring things like a hairdryer on your travels. You might not be able to use them without adapter. Hope you will enjoy your stay. Those ...
by Mandy2
Tue May 04, 2004 12:14 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Belgium and Austria
Replies: 5
Views: 9655

I've been to Belgium a few times when I travelled across Europe. Belgium has 3 official languages: Dutch, French and German. There are approximately 75% of the Belgians who are Roman Catholic and the remaining 25% are Protestant and other religions. The kids are required to learn also English at sch...
by Mandy2
Sat Apr 24, 2004 7:55 am
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Studying punctuation is a waste of time*[]?...(!)-;/:!
Replies: 24
Views: 107422

Punctuation isn't a waste of time. It's important to make the sense of a piece of writing clear. Even while speaking, we pause at certain points for the sake of clarity, right? We're using punctuation marks in written English for the same purpose. Many years ago when I was still in school, I was als...
by Mandy2
Fri Apr 09, 2004 12:26 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Should pet owners be responsible for their pets' behaviour?
Replies: 47
Views: 182534

Anyone who ‘only’ uses a breed's reputation to say that it should be banned is only using that reputation as excuse for a poor understanding of animal behavior. Most dogs, regardless of breed will bite/attack if they are raised in a home that provides poor socialization and/or lack of leadership or ...
by Mandy2
Mon Mar 29, 2004 11:20 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Scholarship, 1 month study English in the USA
Replies: 7
Views: 10495

Many people who couldnt afford to study in another country otherwise, are hoping for a scholarship. But for those who have maybe worked already or have a part time job and a bit money, there might be another option. The institution of "adult schools" seems to be also popular in the USA. I'll most li...
by Mandy2
Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:00 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: excersise ..is it useful or no
Replies: 22
Views: 28797

I believe that exercise is important, when you try to lose weight. Diet alone isn't the answer. Exercise helps to burn calories and it raises your metabolism so you continue to burn more calories even after you stop exercising. And you should change your eating habits in general. A change only durin...
by Mandy2
Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:54 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: When you meet a person who is blind ...
Replies: 5
Views: 12189

we all should treat blind and disable people like normal onces ..... You are right. I second that :-) One of the problems that blind people encounter is, that there are unfortunately public attitudes and misconceptions about blindness which go to the very roots of our culture and permeate every asp...
by Mandy2
Mon Mar 22, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: prepositions
Replies: 4
Views: 5642

Hi, I wasn't sure about all of them, but my boyfriend is a native speaker, so I just went ahead and asked him. Here's what he said: What time do you usually arrive AT work in the morning? (He told me that you might also find the combination 'arriving to work') Bob is a very fast runner. He can run 1...
by Mandy2
Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:45 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Smokers should pay high taxes for cigarettes.
Replies: 68
Views: 193559

I'd just like to add some information about the situation in Germany, just to let you know how things are handled in other countries, Germany in particular. Smoking in Germany became more expense. From March 1 the price of a packet of cigarettes went up by 40 cents, as a new tax on tobacco went into...
by Mandy2
Thu Mar 18, 2004 7:39 pm
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Ill or sick?
Replies: 12
Views: 12284

I was thinking about the usage of sick/ill also and went ahead to ask a native speaker from Texas. Here's what he answered: Here in Texas I think there's no difference however it's my opinion that sick is in much more common use. Ill seems more "polite". Jack *** Dear All, When I hear someone exclai...
by Mandy2
Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:05 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Corruption exists in ALL countries and societies.
Replies: 33
Views: 139297

Yep, it exists everywhere. Germany got just recently another proof. The president of the German soccer club 1860 Munich was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a company that won the bid to build the new arena, one of the showcase stadiums for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. He and som...
by Mandy2
Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:02 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Grammar is a waste of time.
Replies: 79
Views: 305246

I believe that grammar is important, because it encodes meaning and thus promotes understanding. Well, I can't speak for all of you, but when someone learns a foreign language, his/her goal over time is usually that the grammatical system of the language becomes "internalized". That is, the learner'...
by Mandy2
Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:18 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: what is the proper name for this kind of paper .. need help
Replies: 2
Views: 3366

Hello, I visited the website where you got the picture from. There they call it "corrugated board" packing material. (http://www.chuangpao.com.tw/ep40.htm) Is that what you mean or which other name are you looking for? I even found an organization called "European Federation of Corrugated Board Manu...
by Mandy2
Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It's my first time here !!
Replies: 6
Views: 7163

Welcome!

Good to have you along. Hope you get some good info and tips from the site.

So sit down, get comfortable and type away on anything you want to know and talk about.
Looking forward to your posts.

Mandy
by Mandy2
Fri Mar 12, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: International Communication. Why English?
Replies: 128
Views: 319693

Linguistic researchers are claiming more frequently nowadays that the Anglo-American dominance is coming to an end, in terms of global languages. David Graddol, a British linguistic researcher had recently an article about the topic in the professional magazine 'Science'. Well, it's natural to have ...
by Mandy2
Fri Mar 12, 2004 12:51 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: Vietnamese's food
Replies: 16
Views: 19849

Hey guys,
it sounds very delicious. Maybe I'll get a chance to try it.
Anything else (food) that you'd recommend for a visitor to try while visiting Vietnam?
Mandy
by Mandy2
Tue Feb 10, 2004 10:41 am
Forum: Help Each Other with English
Topic: Are you a good English learner? ... quiz here ... be patient
Replies: 6
Views: 9906

Okay, here we go. My score's 121 and the interpretation fits me since I speak 3 languages and am always interested to learn more.

Take care everyone!
Mandy
by Mandy2
Fri Jan 30, 2004 10:27 am
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: Is DNA fingerprinting OK?
Replies: 7
Views: 37269

From my point of view, some reasons for the use of DNA fingerprinting are: the possibility to analyze small amounts of forensic material many years after a criminal incident. The physical stability of DNA is an advantage. DNA testing uses many more variables. That's positive because it strengthens t...
by Mandy2
Tue Jan 20, 2004 11:15 pm
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Best experience while travelling
Replies: 4
Views: 9024

Best experience while travelling

This is a tough question, I know :wink: Looking back to all your travel experiences, think of that ONE time that you will never forget. The one time that ruled all others ... it can be everything like a meeting with a person in another country that you will never forget, a breathtaking sight or land...
by Mandy2
Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:19 pm
Forum: Talking Point Discussion
Topic: No Sex Please, we're British!
Replies: 67
Views: 206241

Sometimes we might get the idea that people who travel to another country know already a lot about it, but it has often much more the character of a fuzzy idea about the foreign people and their behavior and is not always correct. These ideas about another country or its citizens often match the rea...
by Mandy2
Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:42 pm
Forum: Food & Fitness
Topic: When you meet a person who is blind ...
Replies: 5
Views: 12189

When you meet a person who is blind ...

Hey there, I'd like to share something with you. It's a little list called "Courtesy rules when you meet a person who is blind". Just in case you're wondering why I wanna show you this ... I've a few friends who happen to be blind. Sometimes when we talk about our days at work, university or whateve...
by Mandy2
Sun Jan 18, 2004 12:48 pm
Forum: Current News
Topic: What do you think about globalization?
Replies: 6
Views: 32673

It has positive and negative effects that vary not just from country to country but also within a country. Let's assume that you are a low skilled worker in a traditional manafacturing country. Globalization bears the risk that these jobs slip away overseas or your wage decreases because your employ...