Collaboration with J. Basanavičius gymnasium. Exemplary essay writing. By Urtė Bajarūnaitė 4E

Essay

Are role models needed in today’s society?

Choosing wisely which path to take in life is a hard task on its own but it has become even more difficult nowadays due to the world of infinite opportunities and materialism. In such a variety of alternative ways of living a person need someone to look up to. Role models not only help developing certain character traits but also forming moral values.

While the majority of world’s population has sunken into the depths of self-interest and purposeless pursuit of wealth, role models show that spiritual values are still as important as ever. Though it is rather hard for a person not to get seduced by material wellness and not to forget the more important things in life, some stand out of the crowd and demonstrate an inexplicable sense of selflessness and dedication seeking for the greater good. Charity workers, scientists, politicians, teachers or people who are simply trying to make a difference in the world with no intentions of self-promotion or rewards are the ones that restore faith in moral principles. Instances of self-sacrifice for families, nations or development of the world make people reconsider their own values and even reinvent themselves as better individuals.

Today’s society demands people to be self-centered and vicious in order for them to make something of themselves, but role models exhibit qualities which lead to a more purposeful life. The need of adaptation may force one to become indifferent, passive and unconfident. Having a kind-hearted, persistent or compassionate person to look up to motivates to take up these traits. For example, a young girl called MalalaYousafzai, who fought for freedom of education to all in a country overruled by the relentless Taliban, showed extreme courage and determination overcoming hindrances in her way inspiring thousands if not millions of youngsters to be brave and have perseverance in reaching their goals. Following the right icons can embrace the best qualities of a person.

All in all, having a role model in such socially difficult and confusing times is undeniably important so that priorities could be set right and one’s personality enriched.

Author: Urtė Bajarūnaitė 4e

Teacher: Akvilė Katauskytė – Burokienė.




Students answer the question: “What makes a good teacher?”

Students describe what, according to them, a good teacher should be like. Here are some answers: 😀

“A good teacher is always happy. She lets us watch movies, gives us kebabs and never gives us tests”. Deividas

“A good teacher would always listen to the student if he/she wanted to say something. A good teacher would be nice, positive but not angry”. Evelina

“The teacher has to give a part of herself.. The teacher has to be polite and understanding. The teacher has to teach so hard that pupils would understand it very well”. Meda

“A good teacher is the one who makes lessons interesting, always smiles and never shouts. A good teacher lets us watch movies sometimes and doesn’t give us homework. A good teacher cares about our grades”. Aurėja

“A good teacher has to be funny and intelligent. His lessons have to be interesting, it’s the most important thing. When lessons are interesting, children listen”. Ugne

“A good teacher is the one who’s not strict and sometimes says a joke”. Katrina

“A good teacher is the one who makes lessons practical, not theoretical. He always helps the students with their problems. I think a teacher should speak with his students like a psychologist, so he knows what kind of problems they have and how do they live, etc.” Julija

“In my opinion, a good teacher is when he gives a second chance if you fail at exams or he’s just fun to be taught by”. Jore

“A good teacher should always keep the work interesting and fun. A good teacher has to be strict and open-minded”. Alex

“A good teacher has to smile a lot, be smart, sometimes strict but funny”. Ula

“A good teacher should be strict, understanding and welcoming. Also, a good teacher needs to be a good basketball player”. Lukas

“A good teacher should smile a lot because it makes me smile”. Vilte

“Perfect teacher should be kind and caring. The teacher should be strict and do not rage”. Tautvydas

“A good teacher should be helpful, kind, happy and strict, but importantly not too much. Also, he/she should work more with individual students and sometimes make unusual lessons”. Adomas

“A good teacher is the one who teaches us very well, never forgets to write homework in Tamo and always gives us motivation”. Aurimas

“I think a perfect teacher should be understanding. A perfect teacher should discuss important matters with the students to help them form their own opinions”. Giedra

“A good teacher always explains the rules if somebody can’t understand them. A good teacher gives interesting exercises”. Dainius

“A good teacher is the one who can understand our jokes, who makes our lessons interesting. Like that kind of teacher who could make our thoughts about school positive”. Eigirdas

“The teacher should be funny, strict but loving, love her job and the job will love her. Also very caring”. Tomas

“Perfect teacher is who makes lessons original, gives less homework, shows movies more often”. Vesta

“A good teacher doesn’t give homework, is friendly and funny. Good teachers also understand kids. They know that every kid is different”. Jonas

“A good teacher can keep the class quiet while still being funny, nice and active”. Lukas

“A good teacher is the one who helps the students and always respects them”. Augustas

“A good teacher is the one who explains the current subject very well. A good teacher makes the class interesting”. Ignas

“A good teacher always has to be generous, hardworking and funny. A good teacher also has to understand all students because then they can be nice”. Vaiva




My Summer Trip by Miglė Kundrotaitė 7C

This summer I had a long, beautiful and exiting travel around seven states of the USA. They were California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. I love all of them because of their wonderful landscapes which are never the same. I had an opportunity to stand on the native Indian tribe lands, admire majestic views of the nature and explore large cities. I have visited a lot of National Parks. So now I want to tell you about my trip.

The trip started in San Francisco, California where I got into the car and went down on the Pacific coast of California. As we traveled along the Pacific Ocean, we passed Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo cities. Then, being close to the wall of Mexico, we have driven on the Historic Route 66 which was created in 1926. This road is a 2,448 mile journey to the heart of America which extends through eight states of the USA. It became the principal east-west artery. U.S Highway 66 was proclaimed as a “Mother Road”. By 1984 Interstate 40 was complete and the small communities along route 66 were bypassed. Later that route was forgotten because of the Highway 40 which was the simpler and faster way to people to reach east and west.

We have reached Arizona through the Mojave Desert and Colorado River. Sedona city in Arizona is surrounded with large red rocks. Sunsets and sunrises are the most majestic there. We have visited the Palatki Indian tribe home where they lived on the red canyons about 1000 years ago. We saw a lot of their paintings and buildings on the red walls. Canyons are made of water, wind and sun millions years ago. It was very interesting to finally see and touch these giants.

Next in our plans was the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon of Arizona was discovered in 1540. It has area of over 1.900 square miles and contains 277 miles of the Colorado River which is (1400 miles or 2253 km long). The Grand Canyon is probably the world’s most spectacular example of the power of erosion-a chasm 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. The canyon bottom is 730 meters above the sea level. Average depth about one mile (1,6km). The Canyon is cut into a rounded mountain, called the Kaibab Plateau. As the rock walls break down, the chasm gradually widens. Scientists estimate that it has taken from three to six million years to cut the Grand Canyon. The work is by no ways finished. The powerful forces of the rushing river, of rain, snow, heat, frost and wind are still sculpting the fantastic shapes of precipitous bluffs and towering buttes. Many hundred small ruins of ancient Indian pueblos have been discovered in the canyon and on the rims. Five Indian tribes live in the region today: the Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Paiute and Hualapai. There are about 70 species of mammals there, 250 species of birds, 25 reptiles and 5 amphibians species. We saw a lot of deer, lizards, ground squirrels, a coyote, and colorful birds (there are a lot of rare California Condors which are the largest birds in the world).

Next stop was Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend in Utah.

Then we reached the Antelope Canyon which is an underground canyon. It is practically in a desert where the heat is more than 40C. Of course in the underground it’s about 25C. We have had a guided tour. Our guide was a Navajo Indian girl. It was one of my favorite stops on the trip. Antelope Canyon is a favorite subject of photographers.

Next: Monument Valley National Park. A lot of westerns were created here between large red rock monuments.

Zion National Park.

Voted one of the best places to hike in America, enchanting Zion shows off the best of nature’s power and delicate beauty. The red and white walls of Navajo sandstone from the Jurassic Era rise 2,000 feet (609 meters) to the sky. There are a lot of fantastic rock formations, waterfalls, nature arches and other marvels.

Bryce Canyon National Park.

No place on earth looks like Bryce Canyon. It is more similar to Mars. Among the deeply carved ravines of Bryce Canyon are countless ridges, or fins, eroded into bizarre flame-colored towers as hoodoos. The Paiute Indians described them as “red rocks standing like the men they were before Coyote (Indian God Sinawava) punished them for their bad deeds”.

Arches National Park is the best place to see nature’s created natural arches.

Then we drive through Capital Reef National Park where we saw a lot of petroglyphs, White Canyon National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Canyonlands National Park. That was the last National Park in our trip, but we still had a long trip to Washington (not the D.C).

We have reached the Capital of Utah – Salt Lake City. It got the name from the salt lake which is located near city. After we left the city we stopped in the salt desert which is so large that we couldn’t even see the end of it. That desert is famous for Automobile Speed and Endurance Records. The highest speed recorded there was 800 miles per hour (1287 km/h)!

We have driven through Nevada and Idaho to reach Washington State. We have driven 5,500 miles (8,851 kilometers) total. 😉

Questions:

  1. Which Canyon looks more like Mars than Earth?
  2. What is the highest car speed (km) recorded in the Salt Desert?
  3. Which National Park is voted one of the best places to hike in the United States?




My Trip to Scandinavia by Girius

My family and I went on a cruise for 4 days. I visited 3 countries and their capitals.

We went from Lithuania on Friday night at 19:30 by bus and the drive lasted 9 hours. We drove via Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In Tallin we were 5.30 in the morning, then at 8.00 we entered the ferry and traveled to Finland. After 2 and a half hours of sailing we stepped out in Helsinki and had a city tour. We visited Temppeliaukio “Rock” Church which was built from a huge rock in a middle of the city anda Sibelius Monument – sculpture for a composer Sibelius. Then we had a free time, during it we had a meal and had a walk around the market square.Then we went back to the cruise ship and traveled to Stockholm. And for the first time my family and I spent the night at four-seater cabins!!! The cruise ship had a club, a restaurant and a shop. It also had 9 decks, but people lived on 2 to 7 decks. We lived odeck 5.

At 10:00 AM we stepped out from the cruise ship in the city of Stockholm. We walked in the old town which is situated in Gamla Stan island and looked at its architecture. Then after Gamla Stan Island we went to another island – Knights Island, because Stockholm consists of 14 islands conected by 50 bridges.

Then again, we had a free time during which we took coffee and ate the ice cream, after which we returned to the cruise ship and sailed back to Helsinki.

In Helsinki we were at 9.00 AM, so we boarded the ferry to return to Tallinn.There we walked around the city of Tallinn and learned a lot of legends about Tallinn. We also ate lunch in the kebab bar. And then at 17.00 we started the same 9-hour trip back to Vilnius.

I enjoyed this journey, though it was very exhausting, while Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki are wonderful cities and I invite everyone to visit them.

1. How many countries did I visit during my trip?

2. How long does the journey by bus last?

3. How many islands does Stockholm consist of?

Giriotas 😉




Writing an advertisement: “Plant Camp”. By Veronika Poškutė 6D

This camp is for flower lovers. It‘s in Africa, next to Victoria waterfall. It is safe don‘t worry. 😈

Here you are going to do sports. Every morning at 6 o‘clock you’ll need to run or walk around the plants. There is a swimming pool as well. It is open every day from 5 o‘clock to 11 pm.

On Mondays and Fridays there are lessons about African plants. You will find out new, interesting things about them. Natives from the continent people are going to come and they will tell you really interesting facts about their plants and perhaps even demonstrate some of them.

We have nice and comfortable beds. Rooms smell of flowers. You can choose your flower and the room is going to smell like you want.

On Wednesday nights there are parties. They are really cool. You meet new people, dance, the food and drinks are on the house. 💡

The food is very delicious. When you eat it you will be feeling full. You can eat three times a day. There is a bar as well. In a little super market you can buy your own food and drinks, you can buy souvenirs for your family here too.

There are 40 people in our team. We have chefs, swimming pool trainers, waiters, cleaners, helpers, receptionists and other hard-working, polite, patient staff members.

The most important thing is that you can grow your own African or other exotic flowers.

At the end of your camping you can take a flower you have grown… 😉




Special Spring Festival. By Ugnė Tamulionytė 5A

Mother’s day – is a festival which is celebrated all around the world. We celebrate it on the first Sunday of May together with such countries as Hungary, Spain, Portugal and Mozambique. On this special day all mothers around the world are honored by attention, kindness, and special presents of their children.

Generally in most countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.


According to historical documents we could say that the first country which began to celebrate Mother’s Day was England (around 17 century). In such old times children from poor families had to be sent to rich farmers in order to work hard and to earn money for their families. They could come back only once a year. Usually it was around the Easter. And then they could bring some flowers for their mothers from the fields on their way home.

Nowadays the situation has changed. Every country has its own different traditions. For example, it’s very popular to celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia, Canada and USA . Children make presents, flowers, cards on theirs own as an individual hand made gifts. And it’s as popular as Christmas or Valentines Day. In India it is a tradition to let the children make the best dishes for their mothers. In New Zealand families go to the restaurants and show their special attention to their mothers all day. In South Africa children give flowers not only for their mothers, but also for grandmothers.

I like May, because it is full of aromatic flowers such as hyacinths, daffodils, lilies of the valley, jasmines, tulips …

And I have a question for YOU: do you know what is your mother’s favorite flower??? :))

This is my mother’s best photo of spring blossom…




Invented story “The mouse race”. By Antanas Vaičekauskas

One day a guy called Jonas saw 2 mice running next to each other and it looked like they were racing. So he thought – “I want to have a mouse race!”

He started planning the rules. He called one of his friends and asked for help making the rules and he accepted it as a joke. Two days later they finished the rules:

  • Mouse has to be nice and not angry
  • Mouse can’t attack other competitors
  • Don’t touch or do something to the competitor’s mouse or you

    and your mouse is going to be disqualified

  • If you lose don’t be mad and have fun

2 weeks later they organized the event. A lot of people came to watch but not many to compete. Later people started to come more and more and just like that it became a beautiful :mrgreen: tradition!




Happy Mother’s Day! Kids’ Art projects 4 Moms

“Mother’s Day comes once a year. Some think that if they buy their mother flowers and a card that they have fulfilled their obligation for the rest of the year. If we only comprehended a 10th of what our mothers did for us as children, and how they would literally die for us if needed, we would realize that one day is not sufficient. Mothers Day should be a time to remind us that we have been neglecting our duties as sons and daughters. This relationship is sacred let us honor our mothers”.




Golf on Ice. By Matas Tijūnonis and Justas Ringelevičius

About „Golf on ice“

Golf on ice – a name tells you almost everything. It‘s a sport, where you need to play golf on ice. Nowadays it‘s called „Ice hockey“. We will talk about it later. Now, rules: every spring lots of people arrive to one place at the lake. People need to have golf sticks with them. Then, everyone starts by shooting down the ball. And that‘s it. Sounds pretty easy, but you can improve or change the rules yourself.

How it was created?

Someone called it like this, when one good golf player, accidentally threw a ball into a frozen lake. That ball was special to him, so he tried to catch it, but he slipped and slipped, and slipped. And then he thought to use his golf stick, because the ball was a little bit too far. He did manage to reach it and then he struck the ball. And he did it over and over, and it was fun for him. Some people saw everything, and wanted to join the game too. And they thought about the name „Golf on ice“.

End, but not really of „Golf on ice“

Well, about 150 years later, other people thought about „ice hockey“. It‘s seemed to be better than „golf on ice“. That‘s how it ended. But some people still play it, because they still like it. For some families it‘s an annual tradition. But maybe later it will be more popular once more. Would you like to try this sport out in winter? 😉 💡




SPECIAL EGGS. By Ugnė 5a

This Easter was very special to me because I found a new way how to color or decorate my eggs. It wasn’t easy but believe me it was worth doing!

So I want to introduce you this special recipe.

You will need:

Eggs, Silk and cotton cloth, Cotton thread (recommended), Vinegar, Salt, Pot. Let’s do it!!!

1) Take some silk and a wet cloth and tightly wrap the room temperature egg in it. Then you need to take a cotton thread and wrap it on the egg thicker than the egg is wrapped with silk. Because silk almost does not extend!

2) Such dressed egg screwed into another cotton cloth and then tie the ends of cotton cloth (recommendation).

3) Put the eggs into the pot and let the water to cover. Then you need to add 4-6 vinegar and 1-2 of salt for 1l of water.

4) Boil the eggs for 10-15 minutes.

5) Turn of the heat and leave Easter eggs at the pot to cool.

6) And the last and the most important! Put the decorated eggs into the grass or other spring elements and admire it! :).

If somebody asks you how you’ve done this, it’ll be your special secret :)!




Easter Eggs 2017

Who gets the chocolate bunny this year?

Let’s pick the best eggs, SEND US the photos, don’t hide your talent!




The Celebration of Easter. By Milda Žemaitytė

—The date of the Easter celebration is being determined in accordance with the Lunisolar calendar that makes it a “floating” date. This year it’s on the 16th Of April.

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Smoking. By Julija 8B

Cigarette smoke contains many hazardous substances and more than 4000 chemical compounds, which are dangerous to human health.




Vienožinskio Art School. By Ignas Naruševičius 8c

About

Justino Vienožinskio art school is located in Konarskio street 37. You can learn a lot about art and get drawing experience. Usually you have to stay and learn in that school for four years. There are lessons like painting, drawing, sculpture, art history, etc. At the end of fourth trimester we have the last work to do – The diploma work. After that school gives a diploma and the work is finished! It’s possible to attend the art school for more years if art is very special in your life and you want to link it to your future.

The history lesson

We call it the most boring lesson in the school because sitting for two hours in one place and listening to that history simply has no motion. Well sometimes our teacher shows us the modern art or something more interesting than primitive creations. At the end of the lesson teacher gives us test papers. Two weeks later we get our ratings, and thanks to God we only have two lessons a month 😈 . But I still think I can use the history in my future life.

Sculpture lesson

One of the most interesting lessons is the sculpture. The only bad thing is sculpture teacher because he’s very serious and no fun at all. So you would ask „Why do I think it’s the most interesting lesson?“. I like it because sometimes we just need to use our imagination to create something let’s say a sculpture. And usually teacher places ,for example, a scull model and gives us some clay. Then we just need to create a same sized skull, and that’s it.

Painting lesson

We usually paint Natiurmorts (Random junk like old radios or useless stuff). The hardest thing is the shape of the stuff and the shadows. They should look exactly like they are. And after all that hard work we also get dirty! So we need to clean everything, that’s why I don’t like painting that much.

Graphics lesson

This lesson requires thoroughness because cutting on the metal plates with a needle isn’t very easy. We make thousands of scratches just to fill up the background. Then we use poison and chemicals that make the plates shiny. After using those liquids we put the plates under the press and get a stamp. It’s hard work but you get a beautiful creation.

Summer practice

The thing I hate the most. Who the hell wants to attend the art school during summer???!!! Having only one week per summer but its so annoying! We have to sit near well known objects in the old town and paint or draw them, while the sun is shining and all we really want is to go swimming and relax. But there are good sides: you can meet friends and talk about something with them or just skip the lesson whenever you want. 🙄




Interwiev with Aborigines Researcher Elle Taurins. By Ugnė, Neda&Miglė 6C

We are honored to share an interview with Elle Taurins (liet. Eglė Taurinskaitė), who agreed to tell about the Australian Aborigines. Elle is a researcher and lived with Aborigines for two years.

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An Update on “Integrating English into Arts. MatchBox Art Exhibition”.

Talented 5th graders made Christmas gifts, reusing old materials. Just look at this awesomeness 😯

Contest begins soon. Give you votes for your favorite ones, you’ll choose the winners 😉




An Update on Christmas Postcards. Integrating English into Arts.

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“Hawt Chaklet”. By Julius Bruzga

“Hawt Chaklet” Recipe – Julius Style 😎

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Christmas Punch. By Laura Vilpišauskaitė 7C

Christmas Punch

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Potato Pancakes. By Aistė&Karolina 7C

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CHOCOLATE MUFFINS. Prepared by Vėjūnė Strazdaitė

INGREDIENTS

150g sugar

4 eggs

150g butter

150g flour

150g chocolate

1 spoon of baking flour

PROCESS

1.Melt butter and chocolate.

2. Mix eggs and sugar.

3.Pour flour and baking flour. Then mix all ingredients.

4.Put in baking molds and bake 200 degrees about 20 minutes.

DECORATION

I usually decorate with cream and berry on top.

Do you like my present?

Plyz write a comment. 🙄




The meaning of Christmas. By Kotryna 7C

  • Christmas or Christmas Day- is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • This is very popular among people who lived in Europe.
  • Christmas celebrations for many nations include the installing and lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of Advent wreaths, Christmas stockings,candy canes, and the creation of Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

Traditions

ü Decorations

ü Music and carols

ü Traditional cuisine

ü Cards

ü Gift giving

ü Gift-bearing figures

Today

  • Today Christmas is celebratedallaroundthe world. And it is really popular and fun. This celebration can connect the members of family, not just dad, mom or sister, but the aunt, uncle and others, too.
  • Also children buy an Advent Calendar for the time waiting would be cheerful, usually it is chocolate. But also some people make your own. It can be small presents, sweats, chocolate, etc.

    Fried fish with nuts

    We need:

    Øfish(500g)

    Ønuts(100g)

    Ø eggs (1)

    Ø fish spice (2 teaspoon)

    How to make:

    • First chop the fish and add some spice.
    • Shake eggs, chop nuts.
    • Then roll the fish in the eggs and in the nuts.
    • Fry on low heat in oil and can now serve on the festive table.
    • Enjoy your meal!



Eve Biscuits. By Ieva 7C

In Lithuania, the main celebration is on Christmas Eve. The meal, known as Kūčios, consists of 12 meatlessdishesand typically includes herring, sauerkraut, potatoes, mushrooms, beetroot, carrots and stuffed eggs. For dessert there is a stodgy cranberry drink known as kisieliusandbite-sized biscuits called kūčiukai made with poppy seeds.

Since childhood many of us have called these yeasty tidbits “šližikai”, although strictly speaking, this is not a Lithuanian word. They are eatenfromdessert bowls with poppy seed milk poured over them. “Šližikai” are easily made ahead of time, as are most “Kūčios” dishes.

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

450 g flour 180 – 200 ml warm water (not hot!) 2 tablespoons poppy seeds 6 tablespoons sugar 10 g fresh yeast 2 tablespoons oil pinch of salt

COOKING PROCESS:

Mix cream, fresh east and sugar in a large bowl. Add warm water and a half of sifted flour. Dust the batter surface with some flour and let to rise until doubled in size in a warm place.

Add salt, the rest of flour, oil, poppy seeds. Mix everything. Knead the dough until it stops stick to your hands. Place the dough in bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size.

Roll the dough into 1 cm thick rolls and cut in small pieces.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Place kūčiukai on the baking sheets lined with baking paper and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.

Bon appétit!




Austrian Christmas Sacher Torte. By MILDA ŽEMAITYTĖ 7 C

Created in 1832, the SacherTortemust be the most famous chocolate cake in the world today.

When 16-year-old apprentice chef Franz Sachercreatedthe SacherTorteat the court of Prince Metternich in 1832, little did he know the impact his cake would have on chocolate lovers worldwide. The recipe for the Original Sacher-Torte is a well-kept secret, known only to confectioners atHotel SacherinVienna.

Sacher Torte recipe:

  • 7 egg yolks
  • 150 g softened butter
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 1 packet (8g) vanilla sugar
  • 7 egg whites
  • 125 g crystal sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150 g flour
  • Butter and flour for the mould
  • 150 – 200 g apricot jam, for spreading
  • Rum, if desired
  • Whipped cream to garnish
  • For the glaze
  • 200 g dark chocolate coating or cooking chocolate
  • 250 g sugar
  • 150-170 ml water

How to make it:

~ Melt the chocolate slowly (ideally in a bain-marie). Meanwhile, mix the butter with the icing sugar and vanilla sugar until creamed. Gradually stir in the egg yolks. Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C. Grease a cake tin with butter and sprinkle with flour. Whip up the egg whites with a pinch of salt, add the crystal sugar and beat to a stiff peak. Stir the melted chocolate into the paste with the egg yolks and fold in the whipped egg whites alternately with the flour. Fill the dough into the tin and bake for around 1 hour.

~ Remove the cake and leave to cool off (to achieve a flat surface turn the cake out on to a work surface immediately after baking and turn it again after 25 minutes).

~ If the apricot jam is too solid, heat it briefly and stir until smooth, before flavouring with a shot of rum. Cut the cake in half crosswise. Cover the base with jam, set the other half on top, and coat the upper surface and around the edges with apricot jam.

~ For the glaze, break the chocolate into small pieces. Heat up the water with the sugar for a few minutes. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool down until just warm to the taste (if the glaze is too hot it will become dull in appearance, but if too cold it will become too viscous). Add the chocolate and dissolve in the sugar solution.

~ Pour the glaze quickly, i.e. in a single action, over the cake and immediately spread it out and smooth it over the surface, using a palate knife or other broad-bladed knife. Leave the cake to dry at room temperature.

~ Serve with a garnish of whipped cream. If possible, do not store the Sacher Torte in the fridge, as it will “sweat”.




Christmas. By Veronika Poškutė 6D

Do you want to know something new about Christmas? You can know something or not. So let us know!!!

Christmas is the biggest celebrate in a year, in all earth. In Christmas was born Jesus Christ. It is his birthday. In Lithuania we are celebrating image1.jpegit on December 25, but for example in Russia or Ukraine, people are celebrating Christmas on January 6.

Christmas time is about 12 days, from December 25 to January 5. On this day we are celebrating Three Kings. The time before Christmas is called ‘’Adventas’’ and it is for 4 weeks.

The shorter word is Xmas. This is from Greek ABC, the lather X means first names lather from Jesus name ‘’Xristos’’. Then it was called X mass.

Christmas symbols:

  • Xmas tree is the one of symbols. It symbolizes eternal life.
  • Xmas star on the tree symbolizesimage2.jpeg Betliejus star, it is like a God promise for us that he will give us a saver.
  • Candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.
  • Wreath symbolizes love, because true love never ends and wreath doesn’t have end.
  • Santa Claus is a symbol of generosity.
  • Bells remind us how to find sheep. It symbolize the way back to God.
  • Angels tell us that Jesus was born.

Interesting facts:

  • The biggest present in the world was the Statue of Liberty, French gave it to The USA on 1886, it is 46.5 high.
  • Most popular song of all times is ‘’ White Christmas’’.whitexmas-950_0
  • Every year during Christmas time about 34-36 million Christmas trees are sold in the world! 😮
  • The biggest Xmas tree was 82 m. high, it was decorated with 2.8 million lamps. It was in Brazil.
  • The most expensive Xmas tree was in Japan in Tokyo, it was made of 12 kg of gold.
  • In London there was a Xmas tree which was 12.2 m. high and was made of Lego

What do you know about Xmas? Do you like it? 😉




Marilyn Monroe’s characteristics. By Livija Pilipauskaitė 7c

MARILYN MONROE

Marilyn Monroe (her real name was Norma Jeane Mortenson) was born on June 1, 1926 (Los Angeles, California, U.S) and died in August 5, 1962 (aged 36). She was one of the most famous movie stars of all time and a great model too 😆

When she was 9 years old, Monroe was sent to Los Angeles to an orphanage. When she was 11, people tried to adopt the girl once , but after some time she was returned to the orphanage. Later she lived with her aunt Grace McKee. In 1942 Marilyn married James Dougherty, so she wouldn‘t have to to return to the orphanage. The marriage lasted until 1946 when Marilyn met a photographer and started a successful modeling career. After a minor role in series, she signed a new contract with Fox in 1951. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress.

Marilyn was a confident and clever, funny and polite, but since she was always late for filming, there were many conflicts with the directors. Sometimes one scene was refilmed up to 20 times! In real life Monroe hasn‘t been a fan of jewelry, but she loved clothes and wasn’t greedy. She liked to read books, she wasn‘t weak hearted on the contrary she was always a very hard working person. I think she was patient, talkative, generous and also nice! What do you know about this icon? Share your opinion 😎

Awards and Achievements

Became the fastest rising star of 1952.

Crystal star award for the same position in 1959.

Marilyn was nominated for Golden Globe in 1956 as best motion picture actress.

In 1956, she was nominated as the best foreign actress for The Seven Year.

It is believed that Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of drugs or medicine. They say that it could have been a suicide, but this version puts a lot of question marks – the woman renewed relationship with her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio, also intended filming new films. An extremely large dose of medication was found in her body, though. 🙄




Leonardo da Vinci, genius..or? By Justas Ringelevičius

“Learning never exhausts the mind”

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So who were they (“The Beatles”)? By Veronika Poškutė

The Beatles

The band consisted of four people. Those people are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. At first there were six people in this band, but one of them died and another one had to leave the band because their producer said so 🙄 . The Beatles made people sing and play in halls…this was a revolution 😉

John Lennon

He was born in 1940 and died in 1980. He was murdered. The killer was his fan and now that man is in prison. Lennon had two wives Yoko Ono and Cynthia Lennon. He had two sons Julien and Sean. In the Beatles he played a guitar and piano, he sang songs and wrote them.

Paul McCartney

He was born in 1942 and he is alive now. He had three wives, but his first wife was Linda McCartney, I think that he loved her most, but she died. He had three daughters. He wrote songs from the age of 16 and he has written about 200 songs. He was a composer like John Lennon. He sang songs and played the guitar.

George Harrison

He was the youngest in the Beatles. He was born in 1943, died in 2001. He died from lung cancer. He sang and played the guitar in the band. He had a wife and a son. He’s the only one of the group, who wrote his autobiography and it’s strange that he wrote only a little bit about the Beatles, as if they weren’t important at all 😯

Ringo Starr

This guy is the oldest and shortest in the band. He joined last as well. He was born in 1940 and he is alive now like Paul 😳 . Sometimes he sang, but really he played with drums. :mrgreen: He had a wife, but she died, so now he has another one. I think that he was fun. No?

Here is one of their songs:

And what is your favorite band? Comment 🙂




Conspiracy Theories. By Ieva Vapšytė and Beatričė Mažintaitė 8a

Since it’s spooky month, with Halloween around the corner. We will talk about one of our favorite topics… Conspiracy Theories. What is Conspiracy Theory ? Well it’s a belief that behind some terrible events, mischiefs and hidden forces is government, police and even secret occults. Conspiracy Theory can be irrational, paranoiac, but somehow believable, so not deniable, truth?

So grab some popcorn, put on some spooky music and enjoy.

Illuminati, CELEBS DYING

There is a conspiracy theory that the Illuminati is controlling the1-2 world. But let’s go deeper. You probably have heard a lot about the deaths of celebrities. If you noticed, most of the celebrities die from drug overdose, suicide or something similar. But they always die alone and suddenly, even though they were really young.

Many famous people have allegedly been killed by the Illuminati for failure to comply with the plan. Still others were killed as1-1 part of one of these Illuminati blood sacrifices and for the greater good of the organization. Ex.: Michael Jackson

Area 51According to conspiracy theorists, what we can see of Area 51 is just the tip of the paranoid iceberg. The base allegedly features elaborate underground labs, hidden tunnels and research programs dedicated to alien technology.In one particularly colourful and alluring detail, two different alleged former Area 51 employees reported working side-by-side with an alien being named “J-Rod” on cloning alien viruses and on a telepathic translator device. Scary huh ?

Lizard people

Reptilians are purported reptilian humanoids that play a prominent role in fantasy, science fiction, and conspiracy theories. The idea of reptilians oUSA-FISCAL/OBAMA-SHUTDOWNn Earth was popularized by David Icke, a conspiracy theorist who claims shape-shifting reptilian aliens control Earth by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate human societies. Icke has claimed on multiple occasions that many of the world leaders are, or are possessed by, so-called reptilians.

These are just our favourite ones, that make chills run down our backs. It’s for you to decide if it’s real or not. You can always find more on the internet so have fun.

👿 Happy Halloween, everyone !!!




Preparing 4 Halloween! By Miglė K. and Urtė K. 6C

HALLOWEEN!!!

Halloween history is one of mystery and intrigue, the story of Halloween’s past has been passed down through generations. Traditions and adaptations of ancient ceremonies and superstitions have evolved into the holiday we know and love today.

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ evening also known as Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses”.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. The history of Halloween has evolved. The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada. Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing.

Three interesting facts about Halloween:

  • The first Jack O’Lanterns (crafted pumpkin) were actually made from turnips.
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb (379.203kg).



Great Britain vs Lithuania. By Vakarė Kuklytė 8C

Great Britain vs Lithuania  😯 

After growing up, quite a lot of people in Lithuania go to an another country to find a better place. One of the most popular countries is England. But what’s so different about Britain, what makes a lot of people leave our country every year?

 To be honest, these countries aren’t all that different, but on the contrary there are some things that may be appealing for some people. The weather in Lithuania is mostly balanced, but still leaning more towards the colder temperature. It’s cold when it’s winter, it’s warm when there’s summer. In UK, it rains. A lot. And the weather isn’t that warm, really. Probably the biggest difference these two countries have is their level in the educational system. Britain is known for it’s great universities and schools, conversely, Lithuania is not famous for being a home for many, many smart people, because we’re not that good to be honest, really. While it may be surprising, Lithuania and England share more similar things that different. The food we eat is meat, fish, and other stuff. While it is not totally the same, but it’s not like they’re eatinglithuania-vilnius worms and we eat plastic. Correspondingly, our architecture is just as old as theirs, they have quite a lot of beautiful, senior buildings, like we do! The nowadays music that these countries listen to is pretty much the same – pop! But, if we would have to talk about traditional music, then ours would be much, much more “traditional” and old.

So, which country would you chose to live in? The tea sipping monarchy kingdom, or a small country which isn’t half bad either?

Comprehension Check:

1. Are these two countries really that different from each other? Explain your answer.
2. Does it rain a lot in the UK? What are the reasons?
3. Can You describe the weather in Lithuania?
4. Which country is higher when it comes to educational level? Examples?
5. Do we share more different, or similar things? What kind?
6. Do you know which drink in really popular in Great Britain?
7. Do the two countries have some similar old buildings? Name some.
8. What is the main music genre that we and UK listen to?
9. The form of government that England possesses?
10. Which of the two countries do you like more? Why? Stat your reasons 😎



Japan and South Korea: The Differences and Similarities. By Julija Minauskaitė 8B

Japan and South Korea: The Differences and Similarities

What are the differences and similarities between Japan and South Korea? That is a question I asked myself too many times. Now, since I know everything better about these two amazing countries, I am going to tell you plenty of similarities and some very big differences between South Korea and Japan!

 Both Japan and South Korea have many traits in common.

Firstly, their food culture is very similar. They both use chopsticks during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Eat their staple food: rice and soup, and most importantly they eat quietly. It is their part of traditional food culture.

Secondly, they share some big similarities in their language, especially grammar structure. Koreans have 14 consonants and 21 vowels, however Japan has three different writing systems. Nevertheless, if Koreans wants to learn Japanese language, it is easy to learn it for them, because of the grammar similarities they have. Typically, Koreans and Japanese people are very kebudayaan_darangee_village_korea_selatanhardworking. It is normal for them to work 6 days a week, without getting paid extra! But after work, they instantly become party animals. Now about rush hours. Big cities like Tokyo or Seoul are basically very crowded, so during rush hours be prepared to be sandwiched between people and be bumped or hit without apologies. They simply don’t have the energy to apologize.

However, there are plenty of differences between these two countries.

Both countries have very strong work ethics, however Koreans are slightly different. They are more “American Style” on how they think and speak. They are quicker to offer their opinions and are more likely to tell you something directly and forwardly and be less concerned with what everyone thinks about them. But people in Japan are fairer. If you lose your wallet in Japan, people would pass it to the police officer and you’ll get it back, but in Korea… Maybe you’ll get your wallet back, but not money.

About sense of style. People in Korea seem to fall in love with the same thing every time. When there’s something in style, everyone follows it. But in Japan everyone seem to have their own style. They tend to like and wear “kawaii” or cute related things.

Also Japanese animation, (also known as anime) is a very popular form of animations in Japan, which is quickly spreading all around the world. But not only animation is popular. South Koreans have a music style called K-pop. This music industry gets bigger and bigger everyday, leaving Japanese J-pop behind. In one word, Japanese have luck in animation industry, while South Korea– in music.

Japan and South Korea are wonderful countries, full of entertainment and energy. Their culture is interesting and engaging for people all around the globe.

Personally I like Japan for their entertainment and South Korea for their fashion style. And as I said, both, South Korea and Japan are amazing countries to visit and travel around!

😉Are you able to answer these questions? 😈 

1. Why people don’t apologize to you, if they hit or bump into you?

2. Are “kawaii” and cute related things big in South Korea?

3. Does Japan have a luck in music industry?

4. If you lose something in one of these countries, would you get it back?

5. Why people in Japan and South Korea use chopsticks and eat quietly?

6.During what time of day do people use chopsticks?

7. How many days a week does Koreans Japanese people work?

8. Why it is easy for Koreans to learn Japanese language?

9. Where animation industry anime was found?

10. Who are more open-minded?

 

 




Lithuania&Italy. By Povilas Jasvilis 8C

 Today in comparison of these two countries I’m going to compare: terrain, weather, sports, food, islands, volcanoes, capitals, faith, traditions, seas and of course – people.

Lets start of with the terrain. Lithuania: The terrain is marked by many small lakes and swamps, and a mixed forest zone covers over 33% of italian-mauntainsthe country. Lithuania is pretty flat ,it doesn’t have a lot of mountains. On the other hand Italy is full of mountains, almost 40% of the Italian territory is mountainous. A little about the weather :In Lithuania It’s mostly very cold, barely warm. And it’s very rainy. Italy: Very hot, sunny rarely any storms or rain. Sports In these two countries are very different . In Lithuania they play basketball. Mainly because Lithuanians are very tall. On the other hand, in Italy they are short and they play soccer.

About food: In Lithuania people eat italian-cuisine“heavier” food for example meat. In Italy they like to eat something more light like pasta or pizza.

Italy gets washed by these Seas: the Adriatic sea , Ionian sea and Tyrrhenian sea. Lithuania gets washed only by the Baltic sea.

A little about Islands: Italy has 3 islands they are: Corsica, Sardinia and of course Sicily. Lithuania obviously doesn’t have any islands. Now about Volcanoes: Italy is a volcanically active country, containing the only active volcanoes in mainland EuropeActive and non active volcanoes: Ischia , Larderello , Linosa , Lipari , Panarea , Pantelleria , Roccamonfina , Sabatini complex , Salina  , Montecristo , Mount Vesuviusmount-etna-eruption, Vulsini , Monte Vulture etc. Lithuania has 0 volcanoes and that’s because were not in the seismic zone.

Capitals: Lithuania’s capital is Vilnius, containing 500k people . Italy’s capital is Rome , containing 2.6 mil. People. There is about as much people in Rome as in Lithuania.

Faith is the biggest thing that these countries have in common. They are both Catholic.

Traditions: Lithuania and Italy share mostly the same Traditional festivals because they are both Catholic.

As I already mentioned People in Italy are a lot shorter than people in Lithuania . Most Italians have dark brown or just brown hair. In Italy you will rarely see any blonde – haired people.

Comprehension Check:

  1. Which of the two countries is more mountainous? Lithuania or Italy?
  2. What’s the weather in Italy? How often does it storm in Italy?
  3. Why don’t Italians play basketball?
  4. By how many seas does Italy get washed? What are the names of those seas?
  5. How many Islands does Italy have? What are the names of those Islands?
  6. Is Lithuania a volcanically active country? Why?
  7. How many people does Lithuania’s capital have? Does Italy’s capital have less people or more?
  8. Are the traditions of Lithuania and Italy similar? Why?
  9. What county has the only active volcanoes in mainland Europe? Name several.
  10. Can an earthquake hit Lithuania? Why?

 

 




About China and India. By Augustė Stravinskaitė 8C

This Chinese character “Fu” means Blessing Good Fortune Good Luck. Fu is one of the most popular Chinese characters used in Chinese New Year.

Countries differ  from each other  in many aspects, however, they  all  have some similarities that can be compared. Every country in the world has own festivals that are celebrated in different ways and at different times. China and India also have festivals that differ greatly.

China and India being culturally diverse societies celebrate  festivals in their own peculiar ways. Although most Indians festivals cost very little because people are quite poor. they are extremely colorful  and joyful. People love Holy festival of colour during which they cover each other with paint and enjoy this very much. Chinese on the other hand, have expensive and luxurious festivals with do not bring much joy because they are less colorful and more serious. However a lot of Chinese do not even understand the importance and value of festivals.

To sum up it does not matter what festivals people celebrate they are all different, but at the same time important roles in various cultures.

Comprehension Check:

1.Why does India have so many festivals which cost very little?

2.How do locals celebrate The Holy festival ?

3.Why are Chinese festivals so serious?

4.What is the importance of Indian festivals?

5.What is the importance of Chinese festivals?

6. How do people celebrate The Holy festival?

7. Why are festivals in India better than the ones in  China?

8. How do people in different countries celebrate festivals?

9. Does every country in the world have it’s own festivals?

10. How are the 2 festivals different?




Australia and Lithuania. The similarities and differences. By Audrė Baublytė 8D

Australia and Lithuania. The similarities and differences

How similar are Australia and Lithuania? That is an unusual question. Just like all countries they are different, but the better question is how similar are they?

At the roots Australia and Lithuania can seem similar, but when you look closer you notice some major differences. Lithuania is in the Eastern Europe, however Australia is a country and a continent. Lithuania has a cold climate, unlike Australia which has an insanely hot climate. Lithuanian food is more calorie dense, has more fat, but Australian food is less calorie dense and has less fat.

Now let’s look at the bigger picture. Both Lithuania and Australia are democratic countries. Similarly to Australia, Lithuania has a very beautiful landscape.

Now that we have compared the two countries I can explain why I chose to write about these two countries. I wanted to find two countries that at first sight seem to have no similarities, because that’s what makes it fun for me to write and hopefully for others to read.

Australian food has less fat. Lithuanian food has more fat and is more calorie dense.

Comprehension Check:

  1. Name 2 differences between Australia and Lithuania.
  2. In what continents are both countries?
  3. Why did I choose to write about these two countries?
  4. What are the differences between the foods of these countries?
  5. Name 2 differences between these two countries.
  6. Describe Australia’s flag.
  7. Witch country is bigger? More economically powerful?
  8. Why do you think Australia’s and Lithuania’s foods are different fat and calorie wise?
  9. What animal is Australia known for?
  10. Over all are these two countries more similar or different?

 




UK vs USA. By Kotryna Liutkutė 8C

Most of people don’t know any differences and similarities between England and America. Some people even think that UK and USA is the same country!

Here’s the list of similarities and differences between these countries. Correspondingly, UK and USA have various of music genres, and most of this countries popular music and songs  are known in all over the world. Compared to this fact, we know that UK and USA speaks the same language. This is why most of popular songs are English, because:  1) We can understand words 2) This music is just for fun. However, UK and USA has some differences. Even though, UK  is a strong country, but USA’s economy is one of the best in the world. Economy shows how powerful and populated the country is. Conversely, UK’s population is about 40 million, while USA’s population is more 10 times bigger. It’s difficult to say, which country is better. Everyone wants to visit USA to see the White house, while other visits UK, because it’s cheaper, quicker and everyone wants to meet the queen and other family members.

Still , we‘re happy that these 2 countries are not identical. Traditions, music, clothes, religion and history is everything that makes these countries and their cities unique 😳 

Comprehension check:

  1. What is the capital of the USA?
  2. In which state of America is Buckingham Palace???
  3. Who is the president of UK?
  4. Is it cheaper to visit UK than USA, explain?
  5. How many people live in the US?
  6. Which similarity between these countries is the most important in your opinion?
  7. Do Americans speak the same language as British people, what’s the difference?
  8. Which country has a monarchy?
  9. Which country celebrates „Thanksgiving Day“?
  10. How people say the word cookie in England?



United States vs United Kingdom. By Juta Kvederaitė 8B

Many of us know the US and UK, but how well do we know the differences and similarities between these two countries? Apart from their location in the world (United States is in North America, while United Kingdom is in Europe), are they more diverse or not? Let‘s find out.

United States‘ primary language is American English, unlike United Kingdom‘s – British English. British English uses a lot of the letter „u“ (favourite, behaviour, colour, humour, neighbour), while Americans like theletter „o“ – humor, behavior, favorite, neighbor, color. There are some different words too – british people don‘t say „hood“ of the car, instead – bonnet, it‘s not cookie, but biscuit, etc. However, British and American English have far more similarities than differences. If you can understand one style, you should be able to understand the other style.

What about the economy? The United States currently have a GPD (Gross domestic product is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period) of $17.9 trillion which is the highest GDP in the world, meanwhile the UK has $2.85 trillion which ranks 5th in the world. In addition, US has a lower rate of unemployment (6,2%), unlike United Kingdom‘s 6,3%.

The difference in demographics is also quite big. There are 324M people living in the United States. This make the United States the 3rd most populous country in the world, making UK the 22nd with 65M people. On the other hand, if we would look at a world map we‘d see that United Kingdom doesn‘t have as nearly much land as the US.

Speaking of people, ethnic groups differ in these countries as well. Most common races in US are – 72% white, 13%lack, 5% Asian, 10% other. The most common races in UK are – 87% white, 7% Asian, 3% black, 2% mixed and 1% other.

Food in United Kingdom and United States is definitely distinguished too.

Traditional food examples in UK: Yorkshire Pudding. This dish is not usually eaten as a dessert like other puddings but instead as part of the main course or at a starter. Made from flour, eggs and milk, is a sort of batter baked in the oven and usually moistened with gravy.

Fish and chips. Fish deep fried in flour batter with chips (fried potatoes) dressed in malt vinegar. This is England’s traditional take-away food or as US would say „to go“. Fish and chips are not normally home cooked but bought at a fish and chip shop (“chippie” ) to eat on premises or as a “take away”.

Traditional food examples in US: Apple pie. According to a pie chart from the American Pie Council, apple really is their national favorite – followed by pumpkin, chocolate, lemon meringue and cherry.

Thanksgiving dinner. It‘s a meal of turkey, dressing (old loaf bread or cornbread, onion and celery, sausage, fruit, chestnuts, oysters – whatever your mom did), cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole with the French-fried onion rings on top, and pumpkin pie.

Visiting the United States or the United Kingdom would be super fun and tasting their food would be delicious, however, if you are planning to stay there for a while, depending on your financial state, choosing whichever of these two won‘t make a big difference.

 Comprehension Check:

1. What is the GPD of the United States?

A) $2.85 trillion;

B) $19 trillion;

C) $17.9 trillion.

2.How many people are currently living in United Kingdom?

A) 50 million people;

B) 65 million people;

C) 66 million people.

3. Is apple pie the traditional thanksgiving dinner‘s dessert?

4. Which country uses the letter „o“ in their language a lot?

5. Which country has a higherasian ethnicity‘spercentage?

A) United States;

B) United Kingdom.

6. Is American English different than British English?

7. Which country has a higher unemployment rate (6,3%)?

8. Where are the United Kingdom and the United States located?

9. What does the word ‚bonnet‘ mean in the United Kingdom?

10. Is Yorkshire pudding in the UK served as a dessert?

11. Is the US the most populated country in the world?




South Korea v.s Lithuania. Are we really so different? By Gintarė Butkytė 8C

Everyone knows that Europe and Asia are very different. But they are actually alike, since Asia is slowly taking over Europe. 😉

People in Korea and Lithuania have a similar music taste. Europeans mostly listen to Pop music. That’s almost the same in Korea, only it’s called K-pop. Although, in Korea, boy and girl bands are more popular than solo artists, since Koreans love the dances they do while singing and music videos they’re shooting.

Also, Asian food is getting popular in Lithuania really fast. There’s loads of Sushi stops, Chinese restaurants. The only Korean restaurant in Lithuania opened two months ago in Vokiečių street, Vilnius. Similarly, in Korea there are lots of shops where you can buy traditional European food. and drinks. Both countries like spreading their cultures.

Koreans like Lithuania so much, since it’s a pretty calm country at the moment. There are lots of Korean immigrants. Likewise, lately people from Lithuania often choose to visit East countries.

However, both countries are very different at the same time. Main difference between Lithuania and South Korea is that people look completely different. Asians have a very limited hair and eye color variety.  All of them are naturally born with black or brown hair. Same with the eyes. So it is really unlikely for Asian to be blonde or have blue eyes. On the other hand, Lithuanians are more mixed with other countries so they have more eye colors “to choose from” like blue, green, grey etc. and they have bigger eyes with double eyelids.

Greetings in Lithuania are often just a handshake or a hug. In Korea, they don’t do such things. Koreans always bow to each other or at least nod (Even if it’s just two friends meeting!) while saying hello. It doesn’t matter if you know the other person or not. It is necessary to give respect to others.

Lithuanians usually call each other by their first names. On the other hand, Koreans have certain words to call other people. For example, for a word ‘brother’ people say either ‘Hyung’ or ‘Oppa’. Koreans never call their parents by names. It is really impolite.

So, in conclusion, both countries aren’t really similar yet. But there are some things they’re already sharing. I think it’s quite possible that those two countries are going to be even more similar in a while.

Comprehension check:

  1. Do Koreans call their parents by their names?
  2. Does Korea have European shops in their country?
  3. Why do Koreans bow to each other?
  4. Do Koreans bow to strangers? Why?
  5. What does ‘Hyung’ mean?
  6. Why do Koreans love Lithuania?
  7. Are boy and girl bands more popular than solo artists in Korea?
  8. Are both countries getting similar?
  9. When did the only Korean restaurant open in Lithuania?
  10. How many Mongolian restaurants are there in Lithuania?



My trip to Washington State. By Miglė Kundrotaitė

On June 24th my parents and I flew to America. We were living in the Washington State, Seattle city. On June 26th we were going to Sequim city with ferry.

                                             OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Waves boom along wilderness beaches and mix with snow-fed rivers. Ancient trees shelter wildlife. Rugged peaks embrace glaciers and sub-alpine meadows. Coast, forest, and mountain ecosystems combine to create this spectacular wilderness park.

A view to Seattle from a ferry

The Olympic Peninsula is home to eight American Indian tribes that developed complex hunter-gatherer societies and continue to keep their traditions alive. European explorers who ventured here in the late 1700s heralded the way for homesteaders. The Olympics were set aside as a national monument in 1909 and further protected as Olympic National Park in 1938. Today the park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, testimony to its rich resources.

Olympic National Park protects the largest old-growth forest in the Pacific North-West. Its unique character begins with ancient trees that took root 200 to 1,000 years ago. Elks and deer. They are the most popular animals in Washington State. After travel to Sequim we came back to Seattle.

We were visiting Lithuanian graves in Roslyn city. A lot of Lithuanians were working in mining. They immigrated to United States in the beginning of the 20th century. We were going to a lot of trails. And traveling around Seattle for two weeks.

 And our last trip was to the east of Washington.

EAST WASHINGTON

Our hotel was in Winthrop city. It is a small town with old houses.

We saw a lot of beautiful views there. The climate there is very interesting: in the West Washington, Summers are not very hot and winters are not very cold. And in the East Washington summers are hot and winters – cold.

We were in America for three weeks and then came back to Lithuania.

 

 




Interviews with our popular teachers:))

Interview with our school library director Irena Karpaviciene

  1. Why did you choose this profession?

I started reading in a library when I was 7 years old. At that time the children’s library was in Vilkaviškis city centre culture house. There were some clubs in that culture house too. I was a very curious girl and attended art and Esperanto language clubs. In the children library I spent long hours… There were awesome librarians working then in the library. The library itself was very cozy and quiet and there were a lot of books.

When I chose profession I felt that I wanted “some” interesting job. When you work in the library each day you can learn something new and meet new people. The librarian job can help you to find out what creative you are. The librarian job changed in the last ten years. You need to have new knowledge and skills and, of course, it is impossible without and internet now. If you want to know how libraries worked earlier, ask your grandparents!

A lot of people think that librarians’ job is only to read books. It’s a myth! We are working with books and read like everybody else – only at our leisure.

  1. What famous person inspired you?

I am inspired by Seneca’s wisdom, St Augustine contemplations and all people who are brave and wise. I want to be like them.

  1. What do you usually do at your leisure?

Usually I am reading. For sure, I watch films, visit other cultural events, communicate with family and friends.

  1. Who did you think to be in childhood?

When I was six years old, I was interested in circus. I had a flexible body wanted to become a circus artist… But it didn’t last long.

  1. Do you listen to the music?

Yes. Music helps me to concentrate, relax and I feel happier then. Also it gives me new energy.

  1. What music do you like?

Different. From classic to pop: from V.A. Mozart to Jazzu.

 I don’t listen to hard metal music.

  1. What is your favorite movie?

I can mention a lot of movies I like, but I think that 2010 year movie “My name is Kan” (Editor. Karan Johar) is the best.

  1. What is your favorite writer?

        There are a lot of great writers, that’s why it is hard to choose one.  Perhaps today it would be easier to say what books I would not read. My answer, however, could affect other readers; therefore, I will not mention authors of those books. I always liked those writers that wrote for children and youth: H. K. Andersen, Hoffman, Brothers Grimm, A. Lindgren, T. Janson, A. de Sent Exuperi, J. Marcinkevicius, V. Zilinskaite, Vile Vel, K. Gudonyte, G. Morkunas and many others. I had great pleasure reading J. Gaarder, W. Shakespeare, E. M. Remark, A. Miunte and others. Each writer is unique in his or her own way. Right now on my desk there are books related to my work but when I have a free minute, I like reading detective stories or fiction. More and more often I start reading electronic books.

Urte Kundrotaite and Migle Kundrotaite, 5c

Interview with our physics teacher Adomas Eikevičius.

  • Let‘s start, for the beginning, with a banal question: Why did you choose this profession?
  • Well, I have been thinking of being a teacher for a long time now. I chose and went to a physics faculty there came more and more opportunities for me to do things with students.
  • I joined my friends and started a summer camp called „Link-iniciatyva“, which takes place in the middle of the woods, in the countryside, where we do all sorts of crafts and constructions that usually involve hammering, drilling or chainsawing. We build tree houses, springboards for diving and sometimes somewhat artsy. I took part in „The young researcher“ which got me into visiting schools and doing educating, slow-motion videos.
  • Now, what is your favorite music?
  • Oh, it‘s definitely blues and reggae. I like Lithuanian groups like the „Ministry of Echology“, „Garbanotas Bosistas“, then of course the classic blues players.
  • You said you were thinking of being a teacher in school, so what teacher made the biggest impact on you?
  • Probably my mathematics teacher, I used to go there and solve math problems voluntary. However, my parents are teachers, but they don‘t think my choice of  being a physics teacher is a good decision, but I like it and I‘m proud.
  • And what are you most afraid of?
  • Frozen lake’s ice. There was this incident which could have gotten into a disaster and the moment of seeing a cracking ice and the streaming water gave me goose bumps… But it would be nice to overcome my fear and cross the frozen curonian lagoon. It wouldn‘t be dangerous, if it froze with thick ice.
  • Do you know who might inspire you?
  • It‘s Walter Lewin, a cool dutch physic at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and someday when I‘m older, I would like to be just like him.
  • How do you spend your free time?
  • Well, I really like being in the nature. I try to spend my time there as much as I can. I go hiking with my friends, play basketball at least once a week, and when it‘s warm I go for a run!
  • Could you tell us about your plans for the future? Any goals?
  • Learn how to do a salto 😀 I would suggest everybody to do a salto if they want a good mark 😀 But really I want to continue to work as a teacher, join different education projects that will give me more knowledge since I haven’t finished pedagogical studies. And it would be awesome to get a doctors degree!
  • Reporter: Jogailė Čojūtė 8a

The interview with History teacher Simona Stankutė

 Q: Why did you choose to be a history teacher?

  • A: I always wanted to be a historian. History was a very interesting subject for me. I decided to study history at a university, because it seemed like it was a very interesting and very useful for everything. I never wanted to be a teacher, but in the 4th year of my studies, when I was doing my practice, I tried the profession of a teacher and I am a teacher to this day because it is interesting and it isn’t boring.Q: What other subject would you like to teach?A: When I was choosing my profession, I had to make a choice between history, history of art and geography.Q: Who would you be, if you weren’t a history teacher?A: If I wasn’t a history teacher, I would have a degree in diplomacy and I would be a politician. I probably wouldn’t live in Lithuania. I would be an assistant or a representative of another diplomat.Q: What advice would you give to young people who would like to be historians?A: First of all, you have to read a lot and you have to decide if the information you are reading is correct or not. I think that one of the most important things that a historian must have is a critical and objective view of the information that you are given. Historians always check their information in at least 3 different sources.Q: What behavior of your students do you dislike the most?A: Probably squeaking.Q: Who is the most fascinating person in history?A: I am impressed by Napoleon. He was interested in history, he was a smart and an ambitious man and he wasn’t stupid. I also like the ancient Greek philosophers and Martin Luther (not to be confused with Martin Luther King). I am fascinated by Hitler’s oratory skills, but I despise pretty much everything else about him. If we look at Lithuanians Jonas Basanavičius and Vytatutas the Great are interesting.
  • Reporter Dominykas Dautoras 8A

An interview with our school’s headmaster Gražina Šoblickienė

  • Let me ask you, how did you get into the position that you are in right now, our school headmaster?
  • Well, I always wanted to be a part of some sort of school, an organization for education. Always, even though I didn’t choose pedagogical studies at university, I was specializing in VU economical cybernetics. My both parents were teachers so that thing kind of convinced me to choose this “profession”. In the beginning I was a kindergarten teacher, then an elementary school teacher, then middle school, then high school so these things grew and grew until I won a competition and became our school’s headmaster!
  • Wow! Now, do you listen to music? What’s your taste in it?
  • Oh yes, I do listen to music. This is the main factor that helps me relax and release my mind. But I listen all kinds of music: a splash of American groups, sometimes even old fashioned music like Abba, Joe Dassin, then there’s Adele or Shakira. Nevertheless, I do like classical music and I enjoy going to classical music concerts. Even M.K. Čiurlionis “In a Forest” or “The sea” is very admirable for me.
  • What or who inspires you?
  • Oh there’s this person – John Hattie. He is an education researcher in Melbourne and wrote some genius books about how to work in a school and the ideas he gives really motivates me. If his ideas came true, school would be an ideal place.
  • Oh really? Well then, how do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?
  • I take care of my cute plants, I like looking at how they grow in time. I spend my free time reading books, and listening to music we already talked about. These things help me loosen up and enjoy the present… But don’t get me wrong, I like working. Opportunities and projects you can build at work are a fun part of life! Oh, and I enjoy going to the cinema to watch interesting movies! I just love the smell of popcorn..!
  • 11Then do you have a favorite film?
  • Yes, the film directed by Quentin Tarantino, “KILL BILL”. Those two hours of my life were amazing. I also love Pedro Almodovar’s movies, he’s a great artist.
  • Oh yeah. But can you tell me, what are the plans for our school’s future?
  • According to John Hattie, the teachers, not just students create the perfect school. I just hope we all learn on how to educate kids the right and appropriate way for them to experience life. We must teach them things they need to know. They are all very creative, and that requires a guide to showing them the right path. Those guides are the teachers. It is my goal to fulfill this idea.

Reporter: Jogailė Čojūtė 8a, 2016/04/05.

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