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Keeping it brief #1 (permalink) Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:46 am   Keeping it brief
 

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The secret of a good advertisement in a newspaper is to say it in as few words as you can. That way you cut the cost down. And even better is if you can use abbreviations. If you're trying to sell your house, it's a good idea to use these shortened forms: gdn for garden lge for large, bds for bedrooms and so on. It's probably just as well people don't actually talk like that

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Keeping it brief #2 (permalink) Fri Oct 16, 2009 18:55 pm   Keeping it brief
 

Hi Alan,
It is very useful article, but I can't guess the meaning of the abbreviations if I didn't know it!
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Keeping it brief #3 (permalink) Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:14 am   Keeping it brief
 

Is the abbreviation be used while writing an essay at school?
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Keeping it brief #4 (permalink) Sat Dec 12, 2009 19:40 pm   Keeping it brief
 

Dear Alan,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Have a nice Holiday!

Best wishes,

Cesar Lopez Petrovich.
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Keeping it brief #5 (permalink) Sat Dec 12, 2009 19:42 pm   Keeping it brief
 

Hi Cesar,

Thank you for your good wishes and Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to you also.

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Keeping it brief #6 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:05 pm   Keeping it brief
 

thanks a lot for all your essays;I found the listening exercises a bit difficult;but I must admit I didn't listen twice or more times; I just listened once ;the recording was not that good; some parts of speech I didn't hear at all;anyway they are my favourites ...........
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AN HAPPY NEW YEAR, ALAN.
Rosette from algeria.
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CHALLENGING TEACHING PROBLEM? #7 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 16:24 pm   CHALLENGING TEACHING PROBLEM?
 

Good morning Alan

Please if you can help me give me your idea and your opinion.....and thanks much for your answer.

My question: WHAT IS YOUR MOST CHALLENGING TEACHING PROBLEM?
OR: WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE YOUR MOST CHALLENGING PROBLEM
WHEN YOU BEGIN TO TEACH?

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Keeping it brief #8 (permalink) Sun Dec 13, 2009 16:36 pm   Keeping it brief
 

Hi Achi,

The most challenging aspect of teaching for me is the hope that you will be understood.

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Keeping it brief #9 (permalink) Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:58 pm   Keeping it brief
 

Hi Alan,

Thank you for this interesting essay.
Can we use these shortened words in a formal language?

MArry Xmass and Happy New Year too.

Best regards,
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Politically Correct #10 (permalink) Mon Dec 14, 2009 17:59 pm   Politically Correct
 

Hi Alan,

The conclusion of the story was quite humurous.I didn't expect it. I had a good
laugh.

Its a good one though.

Thanks for the many essays you had written and I got to know some of the
cultures of English people in England through some of the earlier essays you had
written.

Well, I believe Christmas is big-very big in the western countries and I

" Wish You & Your Team A Blessed Christmas! "

Question:-
Politically correct- is an expression describing what is the right way to behave.

Why the word politically is used to describe the expression above?

Doesn't the word politically means connected with the state, government or public
affairs.

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Keeping it brief #11 (permalink) Mon Dec 14, 2009 20:14 pm   Keeping it brief
 

Hi,

It has become a fashion to use the expression 'politically correct' when referring to what is the right way to react to certain issues such as 'race' 'sexuality' 'feminism' 'disability' and so on because over a period of time certain laws have been created to suggest that this is what you should do/say and that is what you shouldn't say/do.

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Keeping it brief #12 (permalink) Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:45 am   Keeping it brief
 

Hi alan thanks a lot for your abbreviations and Merry Christmass & Happy New Year
Regards
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Keeping it brief #13 (permalink) Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:38 am   Keeping it brief
 

Hi,

This is a good topic to ask for a fortune from the founders and admins. I mean, since this topic is about abbreviations or shortened forms.

Im thinking about my nick for a long time now. To me it looks quite long and I prefer shorter ones. Hence I dare ask here if its possible to shorten it to the first letter in each word of it. Id like "foah". Id be very grateful.

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Keeping it brief #14 (permalink) Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:47 am   Keeping it brief
 

Hi Michael,

I'm sure this is possible. Ask Slava, he will know how you can change it. By the way the word is 'nickname.'

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Keeping it brief #15 (permalink) Wed Dec 23, 2009 18:02 pm   Keeping it brief
 

HI ALAN ,
I keep it brief: I wish you and your team a merry christmas and a happy new year!!!!!!!!
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