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English Lesson 2 for the Native Speakers

Posted on October 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM

There are no reasons to not know the proper forms of greeting and address of people one already knows or may meet, yet there is too much confusion by old and young, alike.

The young will “hey” you verbally, in social media and even in written correspondence, such as business emails and letters.

The old may have even learned to “hey” from the four well-dressed Brits in the sixties. After all, when Sir Paul sings “Hey Jude,” he doesn’t earn any demerits.

But when my 17-year-old trainee writes an email starting with “Hey guys” I remember Rose R., my now deceased former mother in law. “Hay is for horses,” Rose said to anyone who’d “hey” her. She was not a proper lady by any means. She was a working class woman who spent her entire life in service to her family, and her manicure clients. But Rose had the benefit of excellent schooling and she knew her native language very well.

Those were the 1930s, and 40’s, when three of the four cornerstones of American education were pounded into young minds by demanding teachers who accepted no excuses. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic – the three R’s of English education were beloved by Rose R… She was first, like all children of the time, taught the primary 2 R’s – Respect and Responsibility – by her hard-working poorly educated family, who wanted their children to do better. There was a time in that long ago America, when children were first taught how to be good students, so that once they were in the classroom they would want to learn from their teachers.

The fourth cornerstone of American education came from the word beginning with a “P”. Patriotism was taught at home and at school. There was no alternative to patriotism in that long ago America. Except to become a traitor and a coward. Those were the draft days of long ago, when every boy knew that he may some day be called upon to defend his country in the battlefield. And every girl knew that she may some day lose a brother or a sweetheart to a war far away from the American soil.

None of that is true in our days. So the boys throw their “heys” and the girls add “hey guys” when addressing other girls.

We have lost the meaning of Respect, Responsibility, Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic and Patriotism and I want it back. So, stop heying me! My name is Marina, when you are my age, or know me very well, or are related to me, or a friend, or if I gave you permission to call me by my first name.

If I did not - you will address me as Ms. Berkovich until further notice!

Got it?

The Myth, Mystique and Offense of Christopher Columbus

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 9:10 PM

When I first conceived the move to America, I knew so very little about it.

The 1970’s. Long gasoline lines, anti-police protests, protests by the blacks against exploitation by whites were pretty much the USSR nightly TV newsfare.

At school it was the petitions to free Angela Davis: at home – the bass of Paul Robson came from the radio. There was a cute children’s story I loved that about the spelling of Mississippi, one of the longest rivers of America. And yes, the Kennedys! First John, the president, then his brother, Robert, the would-be president, brutally assassinated by the contra-something forces.

Contra-what? It was so easy on that side of the Iron Curtain. You clearly knew who your enemies were. At least from my cheap seat in the poorly compensated and even poorer yet connected layer of the workforce.

There was this one historical truth I understood about America from the get-go of my self-education –a man named Christopher Columbus discovered it. Who was he? Why he sailed there? Like everyone else who studied the century of greatest discoveries, I knew that Columbus sailed to the West looking for India and gold. He found the people we now call Indians prefacing with American. That is never confusing to an European, because we know geography much better than modern Americans, and also have paradoxes like Georgia, a former Soviet Republic, not a state in what now is United States of America.

Europeans have been rewriting their history for at least two thousand years. Other cultures, longer.

History is prone to revisionism, because most of it consists of eyewitness accounts of events, retold, re-edited, and re-recorded until distortion. Events, however, begin out of facts. And facts, no matter how twisted, are those tidbits of history that despite best efforts of revisionists, remain constant, for as long as there is a trace. Historical discoveries, mathematically speaking, need to pass the four questions test: Who? What? When? Where?

And Christopher passed it with flying colors.

OK, so he did not actually discover the entirety of the Western Hemisphere. He never stepped foot on either of the continental Americas – North or South. Maybe, that’s why they are not named after him!? Duh!

OK, too, that he actually was not the very first European to set foot on the Western Hemisphere’s terra firma. The Vikings! The Jews fleeing into Diaspora, who have reached the South American continent and left legends and stone carvings… There undoubtedly have been others…Undocumented. Unheralded. Unrecorded to the annals of history.

Columbus’s quest has been well documented, celebrated and then berated. His achievements, almost from the very first, were denounced by those who benefited most from his discovery. The civilized world begrudged him this legacy, yet has no choice but to live with the fact of it. There were always anti-Columbus forces at work. Since before his First Voyage, and certainly after it.

Fact IS: On October 12, 1492, Columbus, being the leader of the expedition, discovered “America.”

In those 526 years ago days, it was indeed the leaders who claimed all titles and gains. No biggie here! Go study history, and all other academic disciplines!

Good education will help conquer the ineffective bored youth! There is so much uproar this year, so much revisionism and destruction of acceptable traditions. I am not surprised, since this year is marks 100 years since the wildest, the most horrific revisionism of history began with Bolshevik Revolution. They are contra-something!

I’m concerned for Columbus, predominantly, because as a Jew by birth, he is in the path of Socialist/Bolshevik/Communist terror, and that is why, in my opinion, he is being vociferously discredited for something which was normal and commonplace by standards of his day – slavery. There is so much to be said about slavery that it requires its own space. Next time. The revisionists, i.e. the anarchists in whose footsteps the destroyers always follow, demanded the removal of the Columbus Statue from Columbus Square in NYC so violently that NYC police had to guard it 24/7, on overtime!

Christopher Columbus, I have no doubts, never lived to fulfill his own expectations. He was quite ill from the age of 41, the age of his greatest discovery, to his death, at probably 54 years. The reason “probably” always qualifies his birth date, is because his birth was only notated in the Hebrew manner. His family converted to Christianity while in Kingdom of Genoa, which they soon after left to never return. Their Christian lives are all that is known to the outward world. Their Hebrew lives were those of the rest of the countless maranos, Jews who converted to Christianity in order to survive the adversities of the Inquisition.

Columbus’s body rests with honor and respect at the Cathedral of Seville, where I paid him a visit once, silently thanking him for guiding me to the shores he helped put on the map.

There are violent demonstrations on the American television. There are/were some gasoline lines following the severe hurricanes we just underwent. Angela Davis is now a respected leftist elder, with an agenda to destroy America as I love it. So are many of the anti-Columbus protesters. They want socialism. I don’t think it’s funny. I think it’s scary. I’ve already lived it. I know the price of socialism. They want to put their people through it. None of the diseases the Europeans introduced to this wonderful land of America is scarier than socialism.

If America stops honoring Columbus, it will be socialist. That will be slavery, indeed.

 

English Lesson 1 for Native Speakers: In Conjunction

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 11:55 AM

My very first English lesson happened when I was about five in my Soviet Union pre-school.

Here’s what we were taught to sing:

Good morning, good morning, good morning to you.

Good morning, good morning, we are glad to see you.

I was obsessed with the sound of foreign words, which seemed to just roll off my tongue in a mysterious way.

It was the day when, I believe, I understood the blessing human beings have in understanding other humans’ way of communicating.

Jumping forward. It took me another 20 years to master the English Language. While I was learning, I first had to drop the inhibition of being corrected when I mispronounced or misused a word, and all such other countless inhibitions (excuses?) that so many foreign speakers are afraid to shed. Thankfully, I was in America, where most people do not use English properly. In conjunction with that I learned to always appreciate when people improve my English and I hope you do, too.

On with the lesson:

Homophone is defined as follows: each of the two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g.: there and their. 'There' means a place. 'Their' means a bunch of 'her,' ‘his,' 'your' and 'my.' There is also a conjunction of “they are.” It is "they're." And if you need explanation for that, I can’t help you any further.

I reel when I see seemingly educated and/or smart people of all ages post to social media a confusion like “I’m their now” or “There good people.”

In my USSR classrooms we were fed propaganda in volumes that exceed the vast quantities modern day American students are fed today. There were only twenty minutes, I guess, of subject-matter learning in every forty-five minute lesson. So, I’m not here to chastise you. I’m here to help you discern and master the difference. Vive le difference! Oops – wrong language!

My Friend David C

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 3:10 PM

My friend David C was born on November 7th in the USSR.

"What a joke!" he used to joke, smiling sardonically, because deep down he kinda liked being born on The Great October Bolshevik Revolution Day." It made him special. Everyone remembered his birthday. It was so hard to forget the day ingrained in our Socialist being by our Socialist Educators. David was so anti-Soviet, anti-Socialist, anti-Communist, anti-USSR. More so than many people I have met and I've known plenty who were anti- all that through my journey.

David loved to tell fibs about his Jewish grandma, She was probably the most beloved woman in his life. Except Luba. But David's Jewish grandma tales were numerous and hilarious. I wish I could at least recall one, but no - they all left me. The laughter never did. And that's how I remember David -- always ready to make me laugh,

Oh, I was a very tough customer then. Depressed and unconsolable at the onset of our friendship, I became stronger and clearer daily under David's fellowship. He was patient, wise, and very intelligent. Not in the traditionally expected way, but in the best possible of ways, because David was a philosopher. Lonely, heart-broken, responsible and committed are words that come to mind. Unattractive is another,

David endured separation from the love of his love best he could, but in the end it got him, along with the incurable aggravated debilitating MS.

We all went far, his companions of the early days in America. Some became rich, some excelled in their careers, all got married, some got divorced, some had kids. He was deprived of all that. After suffering privately, sheltered by his family from outside interference, from the age of 27, he had a massive stroke, and became completely submerged into his immobile world. What thought went through his brilliant mind, what anecdotes, what romances, what dreams he fulfilled, only he knew.

27 years after he got ill, he died on Lenin's birthday, a couple years ago - a lasting joke! I am convinced, he is laughing with me as I write down this tribute to my very dear unforgettable friend.

I love you, David C. Always do!

Roses for Gorsuch

Posted on April 7, 2017 at 8:30 PM


Hatred

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 5:05 PM

   Hatred is the ultimate form of expressing envy. All the hate-Trump people, in lesser or greater from, are experiencing the uncontrollable surge of envy at the win of the other party candidate. It is also being fueled by the expert envy-fuel-mongers, who like to strike matches amid the envy fumes permiating the air.

Another riot, another policeman murder, another hastily concucted social justice issue, or newly resurrected struggle of an old extinguished cause. Another hate.

A long time ago, I must have been in my early twenties, a wise man said: be careful for love and hate burn off the same match.

Every love is in danger of becoming a hate. Just look at the feminists. They truly love women. It is the envy they have that's turned that love into hate of women who disagree with them. Like me. Yet when I was a working mom, alone among men, too busy to realize the disadvantages of being a career woman, like caretakers having more influence on the children than their mother over time. I lost when hate took over love and envy dominated.

Kind of makes me an expert on living in between the damage of all these emotions. And now I am observing the country I love going into hate seizures triggered by envy because someone they love lost.Learning to lose is a really good lifeskill. Like learning to be wrong.

Why did Hitler and his party hate the Jews to the point of The Holocaust - envy! No matter what, no matter how hard they try, the envious people are always comparing someone's successes to their own failures, instead of comparing their own failure to their own actions that caused it. Example: Hitler was not a great painter, failed to gain entry to the Academy, and blamed others, whom he deemed less talented than himself, yet who were free of envy and erhaps had better, freeer, form or methods of expression, and were admitted and/or became well-known.

Early 20th century was the time to prove oneself worthy of acceptance into society as a painter, writer, or poet. This time, our time, the early 21st century is the time to prove yourslef capable of saving a nation from useful idiots, Islamic terorists and other evil forces so determined to derail the wonderful train of USA. Envy! The entire world envies the US. Yes some who envy are still capable of love, and others turn that love into hate.

Your choices are only yours, but they affect everyone.

21st Century Feminism: Heels, a backward move

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Whenever my husband and I get dressed up to attend a big deal event I still put on my high heel shoes. Not as high as I regularly wore in my tweenties and thirties, but high enough to slow me down,

Sans heels, I walk as fast as my husband and have no problem keeping up with his pace. However, with heels, I am always seven steps behind him, like the Japanese wives... No matter how I ask, remind, beg and demand, we can never get in sync when I'm all heeled up. My husband, you see, walks only at his own pace. He can lag bahind pnly 4-5 steps and then - off he sprints. It is not out of disrespect to me. It is because he, as a very busy and very creative man, immediately upon walking he starts assessing his own whatevers that are happening in his brain at that moment. Took me a while to adjust to this. And now, I am totally OK with it; morever, I just give him directions like a back-seat walker, "turn left," "fix your coattails." And if I am completely exhausted - I just sit on the nearest bench, chair, anything and wait for him to bring my low heels out of the car. But that's usually on the way back, after the event.

This brings me Melania Trump and the envy of her haters. Those self-righteous, self-proclamed feminists, majority of whom whould not recognize true trailblazing faminism as it stared at them, are holding Mr. President in contempt for walking in front of his wife. Melania's heels are way higher than mine ever were. They are always photograthed on the way to the event. DT is probably not unlike my husband, thinking of whaever the important thoughts cross his mind, not about Melania's inability to keep up with his walking pace.

So to all you arrogant hate-filled no-goodnicks - here's what I say - you have no geniuine claims! Your artificially concocted causes and allegations of discrimination, your meaningless speeches, and purists' opinions are making every woman who actually asserted herself in a male world despite adversities cringe or turn in her grave.

You do not know what feminism is! Like every concept of your liberal leftist progrerssives' sponsored propaganda, you diluted the essense of feminism with crocodile tears of your spoiled or damaged nature. You do not do females any service, or credit. So put on your high heels and run the marathon or something like it.

Stop telling me that I am subsurvient to my husband because I trail him when I chose to wear faminine attire.


Meeting Dr. Zuhdi Jasser

Posted on February 23, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Today is 100 years since the February Revolution which overthrew the Romanoffs in Russia - Google it to learn more! After that came the Bolshevik Revolution, which among other actions subdued all Islamic nations in Russia’s collection of subdued nations and kept violent Islam from spreading while Socialism was in control. I am not against Islam. I do, however, understand it the least of the 3 religions sharing the same God. I am afraid of terrorism, which is 100% Islamic! Dr. Jasser understands the conflicts his religion poses to an average human being. He is full of hope to educate his people and all others, so that progress can be made. Not the kind of progress that was forced upon the world by denials under Obama. Real progress. The kind that comes from conversations, arguments, and conflict resolutions by real peace seekers. The kind of peace-seekers whose honor would not allow them to be entered into Nobel Peace Prize consideration at the onset of their work. But I hope that some day, Dr. Jasser will be getting that Nobel recognition for the work he has commenced. As I posted last night and a friend of mine just noted, if all Muslims were like Dr. Jasser, we would have peace between Arabs and Jews in 5 minutes. Regrettably, Dr. Jasser, who is a great man of wisdom, an American patriot, knowledgeable about history, religion, faith, geography and human nature, for right now, is still an exception. He started an organization to help other decent Middle Eastern and other regions’ Muslims to coalesce and reform their hijacked religion from under the tyrannical spread of ISIS. How fortunate was I, a Jewish woman, who grew up under the ego of antisemitic Socialist tyranny, to meet this Islamic man last night! I’ve met many Arabs, Christians and Muslims. He represents the best Islamic countries ever had to offer - insightful wisdom and generations of refined intelligence convergent onto the descendant of Aleppo Syria family. I asked a question at the end of his Q&A: Must be a difficult time to grow up as a Muslim child in USA these days. Do you have a strategy on how to bring the young people into 21st century? Dr. Jasser’s answer was, inasmuch as I can remember it a day later: I ask my children when they have trouble with it, would you rather live in Syria, or Iran, or anywhere else in the Muslim world, without regard for human rights? He continued to explain that in creating reform Muslim movement, their goal is that democracy will prevail with the youth, and they will become like all other US nationalities and religions - American first and foremost.

44 years ago my favorite teacher in the world died, a Russian woman, who made this Jewish girl proud to be a carrier of the Russian language and culture, who could not talk freely, muzzled as all USSR was, but gave me enough references to become a decent human being for life. Interesting, isn’t it, how life turns and what impact various people make on us during our short lives.

Trump is to Hitler like Obama to God

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:15 PM

It the era of fakes the real is struggling for acceptance by the fakers. It's a logical development in the world where reality TV blurred any recognition of reality.

It is irresponsible and destructive to compare Capitalist Donald Trump, a self-made man, who was revered by his very destroyers until he became a Republican frontrunner in the 2016 election field, to a man who destroyed 12 million people by murdering them without the use of weapons of mass destruction. Hitler, the fanatical, ruthless, hatred-driven specimen of a rare sort, was exterminating certain nationalities one person at a time in one of the bloodiest and insane exterminations of 20th century perpetrated by the man who identified themselves as socialists.

Hitler's fanatical followers, as if mesmerized by his smooth, if dramatically loud delivery of speeches tailored to brainwash generations, committed the actual atrocities. Their commander in chief set them on a kill. Only the very evil at heart are so poised to destroy. But USA was a Superpower back then not to trifle with. We won! The Devil hid itself.

Obama, a man so revered over the 8 years of high-profile ascension to the office of ultimate democracy, turned the Office, the House and the country of US President into a mockery of the sacred system of US Constitution. Only the very evil at heart are so poised to destroy. And only the very ignorant and naive are so willing to be duped... the useful idiots... or rather the useless ones...

The entire rise of Islamic Terror via Obama's insistence at every turn that Islam is a religion of peace and restriction, by ways of guiltyfying, any free speech against Islam, terror, ISIS, Muslims and their invasion of Western civilization with a purpose and order of organized conquest and subjugation, makes Obama a comlisitor. Certainly on the Oh, Devil! side.

Trump, on the other hand, is the savior in a fashion of St. Patrick, who wants to rid USA, and the Western civilized world with it, of the snake Obama and Hitler before him fed so well - the hateful Hydra of anti-Capitalism and anti-Civilized World forces.

If you are one of the people who are comparing Trump to Hitler, you are not only showing your poor understanding of history, you are devaluing the tragedy of the 12 million that happened in the 1930's and 1940's in Europe.

Trump is a powerful man with strong convictions. The kind of a leader this nation did not have in nearly 30 years. But his message is not hate, not murder, not terror. In fact, it is just the opposite. He is speaking out for you, because if he does not rescue this country of ours, Obama's Hydra will eat it. It is the newly retired from US top position Devil, the Socialist-Islamist-Democratic-Progressive-Liberal-Left Hydra, The Obamination!

Day 7-8 Melania and The Liberals

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Melania is a beautiful intelligent woman, who speaks many languages and is holding her own in this powerful family. The attacks she and her child were subjected to thus far are appauling. I, for one, made fun of the Obamas for naming their daughter Natasha (Sasha for short) because that is stupid! Natasha and Sasha are 2 absolutely distinct names, but the Red fervor the Obamas displayed there says it all. But I was never-ever-ever making fun of their girls. Only the liberals (read tyrants) of the modern day can terrorize children of the president.

One liberal imbecile refused to interview Melania because she speaks with an accent. That is what passes as "liberal" values these days.

Synonyms of LIBERAL are tolerant, unprejudiced, unbigoted, broad-minded, open-minded, enlightened; More permissive, free, free and easy, easygoing, libertarian, indulgent, lenient. That, my friends is not present in the "liberal media" and "liberal masses"... If you pick an argument over this - you are the intolerant member of "liberal masses." Unless you are in media, of course. Then you are altogether another creature. But more about that another time.


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