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Educational channel devoted to learning English language. Channel in Russian: @violaschool VK: https://vk.com/violaschool Our chat: @violachat Feedback: @tonyprots

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Even though it's more popular in Australia than in other countries, the idiom is still pretty interesting:
— adjective (sometimes hyphenated): very busy; preoccupied with many different things at once.
«Sorry I couldn't make it to lunch today, I've been flat chat with the kids all day.»
— adverb (sometimes hyphenated): at the greatest possible speed, efficiency, or power.
«The whole team is working flat-chat to get this project finished and perfect.»

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«I love chatting up tourists visiting our city, it gives you such diverse and interesting perspectives!»

However, you should be careful as there is also another meaning:
To engage in flirtatious conversation with someone, usually in pursuit of romantic or sexual purposes.
«I was chatting up this cute guy at the bar last night and managed to get his phone number! I hate when people chat me up in bars. I just want to have a nice time out with my friends!»

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That's what we adore.

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"Is the glass half empty or half full?" is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty).

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Our "motivating" topic is continued by this idiom.

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Don't miss the opportunity!

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Continuing our topic of the week:

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Yep, it means «to undergo surgery».

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Laura came into the room, as pale as a ghost. "What happened?" her friends gasped.

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It means something like "an extra enhancement".
Oh, wow, a new post in Viola! That's icing on the cake!
(sorry for that, we are working on the frequency)

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We have two quite different videos for you today.

The first one is all about science.

Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history. What happened before history?

https://youtu.be/dGiQaabX3_o

The second one is actually a part of rap battle history: the most anticipated battle (bright and unique) between Oxxxymiron, Russian rapper, and Dizaster, the American one.

https://youtu.be/ldK9qvRBkMI

Feel free to choose any, both of them do have subtitles. Yet be careful: the second one is 18+ and contains obscene language. https://youtu.be/ldK9qvRBkMI

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That's how we feel about deadlines.

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"We were asked to vote for the candidates for captain by a show of hands."

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Another meaning is: "to travel a long distance". The phrase often refers to a portion of a longer journey.
> Even though we covered a lot of ground on the first day of our road trip, we still have many miles to go.

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Why are universities in America so expensive? This issue has become a hot topic over the past few years as student debt has skyrocketed. While graduation rates have never been higher, youth underemployment has never been this bad. In the past, universities were reserved for the select few who could afford their expensive and selective programs, but getting a degree also meant being essentially set for life.

Today, people with a degree aren't guaranteed a job fitting their specialization, or in fact any job at all. With such uncertainty, many students wonder whether graduation is even worth it, as most are saddled with nearly unbearable student debt which they will be repaying for a long time.

In this video, Business Casual will explore the origin of universities as a business in America, and how their popularization has created a lot of problems for contemporary American graduates. https://youtu.be/HL24_NSSEXo

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We really like idioms and fun videos, руку is a combination of both.

A blogger explains English idioms he's never heard before. How many of them are familiar to you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4kkMG4Zh4I

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Hey, guys!

Our channel remained silent for a while. The reason for this nonsense is that we were preparing some major changes here. The announcement is coming, yet here is the beginning.

Let's begin with our chat — @violachat. Yep, we do have a chat with somewhat 600 thousand messages sent that is featured by Combot as one of the most active Telegram chats in English.

We are proud of the chat but we need to advance. We need topics for conversations, we need moderators and mentors. If you ever wanted to become an admin in our chat — don't hesitate to write @tonyprots with a #ViolaAdmin tag.

We expect a brief story from each of the candidates: who are you, what is your experience of studying English, why on Earth you started learning it and still carry on, what exams have you passed and finally, why on Earth you wish to become an admin.

We expect you to be a patient, outgoing and responsible person. We expect it to be a lot of fun.

Join @violachat and stay hungry, updates are coming.

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Well...

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Motivation by @gudim_public

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Hey, guys!

It's high time you watched Steve Jobs' Speech at Stanford Commencement Address!

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005. https://youtu.be/K688lOpHaXU

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ex.: «The English have raised the simple act of making a cup of tea to a fine art».

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It also works for things, like here:
"The blender stopped working again today—it must be on its last legs".

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Good night.

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anxiety = a state of uneasiness or tension caused by fear of possible future misfortune, danger = worry
(or: intense desire, eagerness)

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Yep, we continue our "deadline" topic.

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Well, that's how we feel about deadlines [2].

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adversity:
1. distress; affliction; hardship
2. an unfortunate event or incident

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Congratulations on Teacher's Day!

The idea of celebrating Teachers' Day took ground in many countries during the 20th century; in most cases, they celebrate a local educator or an important milestone in education (for example, Argentina commemorates Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's death on September 11 since 1915, while India celebrates Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's birthday on September 5 since 1962). This is the primary reason why countries celebrate this day on different dates, unlike many other International Days.

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It's Monday, that is a new video time.

The reason why some countries are rich and others poor depends on many things, including the quality of their institutions, the culture they have, the natural resources they find and what latitude they're on.

The video is both captivating and educational. https://youtu.be/9-4V3HR696k

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A permission slip is a form that a school or other organization sends home with a student to a parent in which the parent provides authorization for minor children to travel under the auspices of the school or organization for an event, such as a field trip.
Meanwhile, an Improper Fraction has a top number larger than (or equal to) the bottom number.

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