Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TOEFL tests / incomplete sentences / Advanced level # 21
Popular Idioms

Q1      Lightning never strikes in the same place……
           (a) before                      (b) twice                        (c) secondly                       (d) thrice 
Q2      If you watch a kettle, it never……
           (a) cooks                       (b) stew                         (c) boils                             (d) heats

Q3      Look before you…….
           (a) leap                          (b) strike                       (c) rush                              (d) go

Q4      Don’t count your chickens before they are…….
           (a) born                         (b) fed                           (c) hatched                         (d) stolen

Q5      It’s all right to tell a………lie.
           (a) red                           (b) white                       (c) blue                               (d) black

Q6      There’s no fool like an…….fool.
           (a) aged                         (b) ancient                    (c) elderly                           (d) old

Q7      Let……. dogs lie.
           (a) sleeping                    (b) snoozing                 (c) dreaming                       (d) barking

Q8      Strike while the iron is……..
           (a) heating                      (b) heated                     (c) hot                                 (d) soft

Q9      Politeness costs………
           (a) a lot                           (b) a little                     (c) much                             (d) nothing

Q10    Never look a gift horse in the………
           (a) mouth                        (b) eye                          (c) nose                              (d) teeth

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Concentrate on little things

I like the people around me.
I like the joy, and this way joy comes back to me.
I like friendship, and this way my life is blessed,
And my days are full of smiles.
I don’t have to possess a thing to enjoy it all.
There is so much to gain
If I concentrate on little things,
And on  ordinary little people.

There are so many surprises
And so many wonders to be discovered.
In all things there is a memory of lost joy.
Being able to see this is the art of living.

I know, for sure, that it is impossible
If heaven has not come to me first.
Heaven must start on earth wherever people are friends
And where kindness is passed on with joy,
Form hand to hand.
But, of course, every sky has its clouds.
I am not always in the best of moods
And friendships becomes like dried prunes.
Still, that is not a problem to feel sad about.

Life is a compulsive adventure, with God and people,
In a world of give and take.
I want to be neither a hero nor a martyr.
But a funny little man, who gathers the forgotten flowers
And laughs at the big people of this world
Who sit on power and riches.
I like the people around me.
I like the joy, and this way my life is blessed,
and my days are full of smiles.

Friday, January 30, 2015

TOEFL tests/ Incomplete Sentences/ Advanced level #  20


Q1 I told them I ….. just going out for a short walk.

(a) would                     (b) am                        (c) was                            (d) will

Q2 He asked me what I ……. with the paint brush.

(a) did do                       (b) had done                          (c) will do                       (d) have done

Q3 She told me …… carefully on the icy roads.

(a) to be driven                                 (b) to have driven                       (c) to drive             (d) to be driven

Q4 I wonder what ….. happened while I was away.

(a) will have                        (b) has                           (c) was                         (d) had

Q5 She wonders why I never ……. abroad by plane.

(a) travel          (b) have been travelling            (c) has travelled                 (d) will have travelled

Q6 Quite honestly all I was doing was simply …… polite conversation.

(a) made                         (b) making                        (c) having made                    (d) makes

Q7 He was wondering what …… promoted him to take no notice at all.

(a) has                           (b) have                             (c) had                         (d) having

Q8 I was asking myself what in all honesty she …… do next.

(a) will                            (b) would                    (c) shall                          (d) had   

Q9 He actually denied ….. anything of the sort.

(a) to do                         (b) done                         (c) did                        (d) doing

Q10 He came into the room and demanded …. what was happening.

(a) to know                         (b) knowing                      (c) know                        (d) having known

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In love again                 

Being in love is wonderful
just like Spring in your heart.
Everything is different.
Everything glows.
If you’re in love
everything is pretty and sunny
because up to now
you’ve become half blind,
blinded by the depressing,
heavy view of life.
There are many sides to being in love.
But there is one kind of love
that we need more  than ever before
in our complicated, problem-laden society,
in our society which has had an overdose of psychiatry.
It is being in love
with ordinary everyday things.
Recent discoveries
have not been discoveries of wisdom,
but discoveries of speed
that don’t bring us one step
closer to happiness.
Discover again with me
the ordinary things,
the simple charm
of friendship ,
a few flowers for a sick person,
an open door, a welcoming table,
eating plain old fish and french fries
or a hamburger,
lazing in a garden chair
gazing at the sky,
a handshake, a grin,
the quiet of a church,
a child’s drawing,
the opening of a bud,
the chirping of a bird,
a row of poplars,
a stream, a mountain, a cow…
Life becomes a feast
if you can enjoy ordinary everyday things.
It is Spring! Yippee!
I’m in love again
-with ordinary things
Don’t forget
that every day is given to you

as an eternity to be happy.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Robert H. Goddard and the power of Imagination

WHEN ROBERT  H. GODDARD, America’s pioneer rocket expert, was growing in Massachusetts, he loved to study things around him to  see how they worked. His father did everything he could to help him learn. He gave him a telescope to look at the stars and planets and a microscope to study plant cells and bacteria. He even  gave him a subscription to Scientific American, which told Robert about the latest discoveries of the world’s great scientists.

Robert Goddard was born in 1882, more than 20 years before the Wright brothers flew their first airplane. Not a strong boy, he was often absent from school because of illness. But when he could  not be in school, he would study on his own. The things Robert learned would wake up his imagination and give him ideas for experiments he wanted to try.

 One time, using a thin sheet of aluminium, he tired to make a balloon. He filled it with hydrogen gas, but the balloon did not rise. The aluminium, of course, was too heavy.
 Another time he tried to make diamonds by heating graphite, which is a form of carbon. This experiment also failed, but Robert was not discouraged.  Even when his  experiment did not work out as he hoped, he always learned something new and went on to try another experiment. His imagination never failed. Robert was especially interested in all kinds of flights. For example, he studied how birds fly and how they soar or change direction quickly. He also studied butterflies to learn how their wings work.

 When he was 16 years old, he read a novel by H.G. Wells called The War of the World’s.this story of Martians traveling millions of miles through space to Earth became one of his favourite books.

 One October day, two weeks after his 17th birthday, Robert climbed an old cherry tree his back yard in order to prune some of its branches. As he started to work, he began to wonder whether a machine could rise high from Earth and travel through space to other planets. He sat in the tree, looking far into the sky, and tired to imagine how the machine would work.

 That day he told himself that he would devote his life to inventing a flying machine, a rocker-powered machine that would travel far from Earth into space.
 From that time on, he was a very serious student. He learned everything he could about science and mathematics. Using his imagination and the things he learned, he began to experiment with rockets. 

After he became a professor of physic, he spent every minute of his spare time trying to make bigger and better and better rockets. Soon he became known as the man who wanted to fly to the moon.
  Every time he launched a rocket, he learned something new. He was doing things no one had done before. In fact, he was inventing the science we call rocketry

Goodard’s rockets became ever bigger and more and more powerful. Realizing that a rocket would work best if it used liquid as the fuel, in 1926 he launched the first liquid fueled rocket in history.

 One test in 1929 was noisy enough to bring police and news reporters to Goddard’s launch site. He was told not to launch any more of them in Massachusetts.

  So in 1930 Robert Goddard looked for a new place to launch his rockets. He decided to move his laboratory to Roswell, New Mexico. There he set up shop and continued his experiments. His rockets flew higher and longer, helping him learn many things about the science of rocketry.

  Others also profited from Goddard’s experiments. His writings and patents were studied by rocket scientists in other country. The German government in 1930’s believing that rockets could be used as missiles in warfare, began to develop them. The first long-range missiles, the German V-2 rockets that  struck England during World War II, were designed almost exactly like Goddard’s rockets.

 Robert H. Goddards received 214 patents for his inventions. He did not live to see the day when the first person walked on the moon, but he had learned enough to know that his dream of leaving Earth and travelling to the moon or Mars could become reality. It was Robert Goddard’s imagination that showed us the way into space.

Monday, January 12, 2015

TOEFL tests/ Incomplete Sentences/ Advanced level #  19


Q1 The trouble with him is that if you push him too far, he’s likely to shout at you and lose his …….

(a) cold                                     (b) coldness                      (c) cool                            (d) ice

Q2 There’s no hope for him now because he’s lost his …… and has gone completely crazy.

(a) glasses                          (b) stories                                (c) jewels                                    (d) marbles

Q3 At the very last minute she broke down in tears and lost her …….

(a) skill                                    (b) nerve                          (c) sense                             (d) feeling

Q4 First he started shouting and then he began to throw things round the room and it was clear he had just lost his …….

(a) rag                                     (b) cloth                              (c) cover                            (d) sheet

Q5 Depsite his great age we realized that he’d not lost his …….. because he was still able to deliver a wonderful speech.

(a) feel                             (b) contact                         (c) touch                           (d) feeling

Q6 Do you mind repeating that last bit again as I seem to have lost the …… of your argument?

(a) length                             (b) string                        (c) cord                                (d) thread

Q7 When it came to diving the profits  we lost ……. because we didn’t get our fair share.

(a) off                                         (b) out                               (c) in                          (d) through

Q8 As she was walking across the tightrope at the circus she lost her …… and fell to the ground.

(a) control                                (b) direction                                    (c) balance                        (d) sense

Q9 After a while I got fed up with the film and began to lose …… in the story.

(a) thought                               (b) following                          (c) thinking                      (d) interest

Q10 There’s no harm in trying your luck there because after all you have ……. to lose.

(a) less                      (b) nothing                        (c) a little                          (d) least

Monday, January 5, 2015

Personal concern

I must never imagine I’ve dealt with love
If I only feel ‘friendly’ towards the people around me.
This is woolly sympathy,
An illusion of friendship.
I put myself at ease.
I do nobody any harm.
I let everyone else get on with life.
Hold it!
If I am a perfect citizen,well off and safe under my glass dome,
with my very own atmosphere,
that is exactly how I became an accomplice
to that collective indifference
which strangles our society.

If I really want to love
I must give myself fully to a deep and true concern
-above all for those few people
closest to me,
those who are entrusted to my care,
those people who share the same roof with me,
who work with me each day,
who travel with me,
who romp and play and laugh with me.

This kind of concern is binding and drags me away
from my own small protected little world.
This concern is essential if I am not to shrivel up.
I must never postpone it,
not even if it disturbs my peace and tranquility.
Perhaps it does me good to be disturbed.
Perhaps it is good to be occupied
with acts of kindness to others,
and that this sometimes involves pain and sorrow.

And that some day
I may even have to carry the burden of anxiety
without being able to talk about it to other people.
Personal concern is the fruit of real love.
I may even cause to suffer,
But ultimately, it brings with it the best of all gifts.

It gives life.
It gives colour to my existence,
And even, at odd moments,
An immense feeling of profound gratitude

-a foretaste of an unknown paradise.