It has been pretty busy two weeks
About two weeks ago I became a student-teacher in one of the schools of my native town. it’s obvious that such change affected my life pretty much — so much, that I have had almost zero amount of time for study or hobby. Now I’m working with kids of 3rd and 5th grade and they are unbelievably amiable and cute.
The difficulty of being a teacher turned out to be underestimated, nevertheless, I succeeded in continuing reading another part of my pleasure reading book. This week I’ve started reading new chapter, chapter eight, called “THE FAMOUS MR. JEFFERSON” and I can’t stop thinking about the fact that Mr. Jefferson had learned French, Italian, Spanish and wanted to learn German by his arrival in Philadelphia. I have always been amazed by people that are able to learn more than two languages, and it’s an intriguing feeling to understand that Thomas Jefferson was one of them. This time it was the part about Jefferson and Adams’ alliance — it made me think about the way American rugged individualism was bent to create the basis of society of freedom. Isn’t it strange that without Jefferson’s ability to convene people of all political grounds and work with them there were no modern America, the country of individuals?
Now let’s move to the words that were unfamiliar for me, the list is shorter than usual but I hope to find more elaborate words for the blog next time.
Contentious means causing, involving, or likely to cause disagreement and argument; спорный, вздорный; synonyms controversial; antonyms agreeable
Example of usage: It was still a contentious argument.
Rapt means giving complete attention, or showing complete involvement, or (of attention) complete; восторженный, увлеченный; synonyms delighted; antonyms nonchalant,
Example of usage: The children, rapt, watched the cartoon.
To loom large means to become very important and often cause worry; казаться важным.
Example of usage: Like Peter Jefferson, John Adams, Sr., loomed large to his son.
Ethos means the set of moral beliefs, attitudes, habits, that are characteristic of a person or group; дух, облик, характер, моральная цель; synonyms spirit, ideology, mentality; antonyms body
Example of usage: The ethos of war was all around him.
Visceral means based on deep feeling and emotional reactions rather than on reason or thought; полагающийся на инстинкт; synonyms innate, instinctive; antonyms materialistic
Example of usage: The second matter on Jefferson’s mind was visceral.