Make It Snappy

Make it snappy is an idiom used to encourage someone to hurry up. However, snap is also the colloquial noun for an informal photograph. So when LOS Make it snappy this means an opportunity to improve your language skills by studying a selection of pictures personal to us - and there's no hurry at all. Simply check out the stories and key words with each snap, and get a good understanding of the relevant vocabulary.

Traveling with a Baby

Marianne, Buenos Aires

Traveling with a baby does not have to be a daunting or fear-inducing experience. That is why I started Bébé Voyage, a community of globetrotting parents providing collectively-sourced, local knowledge and practical advice on traveling with a baby. From fellow Bébé Voyageurs I learned how to keep a toddler entertained on long-haul flights, how to handle baby jetlag and what are the best strollers for air travel. But the best part about Bébé Voyage is that we have federated a tribe which believes in the value of empowering children to be curious, open-minded, global citizens and lifelong travelers by exposing them to new cultures and experiences to build a better, more peaceful world for all. Perhaps that is a lofty goal, but I believe it is our best shot at world peace! 

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A Gallery Wall

James, Columbus

Do you like pictures? I do. Collecting pictures can be one of the most enjoyable pastimes. There is so much variety! You can choose among drawings, etchings, lithographs, engravings just to name a few. These can be found anywhere at varying prices and of the most diverse subjects. It does not take long to amass quite an impressive collection of pictures varying styles and sizes. When you have achieved this then you can assemble a “gallery wall” where you hang them all together in interesting patterns. Some people like to unify the arrangement by presenting each picture with a similar frame or with matting of the same color. You could also choose to frame and mat each picture individually. It is entirely up to you and depends on your own aesthetic preferences. The most important thing about a gallery wall is that you like the effect. You can always add more to the collection and change the arrangement as you like.

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A Trip to Yorkshire

Misha, Prague

Have you ever seen the Yorkshire landscape with its dry stone walls dividing green meadows, bleating sheep, munching cattle and cloudy skies above? Well, the Yorkshire scenery is one of the most fascinating pictures I have ever seen in my life. When I was staying in South Yorkshire for a couple of months in 2009, I visited lots of places including the North Yorkshire Moors National Park which influenced me with its picturesque scenes and natural beauty. After seeing and coming across sheep in the most bizarre places you can ever imagine, I really believe that there are more sheep living in this area than people. No wonder that Shaun the Sheep comes from this place, too.

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Sunshine Junkies

Martin, Stockholm

Sunshine is in short supply during the Swedish winter, and many Swedes often travel abroad to get away from the cold and dark. In March 2017, my family took refuge in Gran Canaria for a week. This holiday was our three-year old son’s first time at the seaside, and this picture shows Samuel on the seashore close to our hotel. His eyes sparkled with happiness and amazement when he first encountered the Mediterranean Sea. I will never forget watching him romp on that pebbled beach. Or shall I say I will always remember watching him romp on that pebbled beach instead? 

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Chart Topper

Martin, Prague

This photo doesn’t evoke any feelings at first glance. Yet it makes me emotional every time I look at it. Why is that? Firstly, I started using this way of course design after reading one of my favourite books „Use Your Head” by Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps. Secondly, I created this Young Learners course in collaboration with two of my colleagues, Eva and Misa. We had a lot of fun together. Moreover, we found that working in small, properly managed teams is far more effective and efficient than doing everything on your own. And finally, who do you think benefits most from our collective work experience? Needless to say, our students have a blast when we teach this course! 

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Making a Meal of It

Rory, York

I know I am getting on a bit. I know. But I am not so old that I need a carer. Except, as you can see from this snap, one of my daughters got a taste last year of what it might be like when I eventually need help in everyday situations! I had taken a bad fall from my bike and suffered an injury to my wrist. This resulted in me having to wear some medical strapping so that I couldn't even cut up my food! Maybe I kept the support on a little longer than absolutely necessary. But she needs the practice!

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A Trip to the Eternal City

Gabriela, Prague

This picture was taken in Rome in 2015. I saw such this amazing city for the first time in my life after so many years being in contact with Italian. My dream came true! I spent a couple of days here: together with my husband we walked through famous places such as Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi and many others, tried real tasty pizza and travelled by overcrowded trams – the Italians use adjective „pieno zeppo“ for this purpose. Rome includes everything that can inspire you to learn Italian: ancient monuments, legendary films, famous novels (Alberto Moravia's Roman Tales took place here) and aborigens ready to help when your GPS refuses to work. I was enthusiastic about this trip and I know that I will return – now I have done it at least in my memories.

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My Window View

Martin, Prague

When I was a kid, I got interested in football. I played it for about ten years. People said that I had a talent for anticipating the moves of players on the pitch during the game, so my coach and teammates made me captain. As a full-back, I didn’t score many goals, but my team relied on me when it came to stopping fast and skilful opposition strikers. Twenty-five years later my wife, another talented child footballer, and I bought a flat overlooking the football pitch of Bohemians 1905, the oldest football club in the Czech Republic. You might describe this as an early version of Freeview!

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A Conference Room

Sofia, Prague

This is the WTA Tour World Championships in Los  Angeles 2005. The best eight ladies were invited to participate in this prestigious contest ($ 3,000,000 prize money for the tournament) supported by the Sony Ericsson and Octagon companies. As an active tennis writer and commentator, I was invited to LA to cover this event for the Russian media. At the end of each day's play we  were allowed to meet the best tennis players at the press conference and also to arrange one to one interviews. In this picture you can see me and my two American journalist colleagues answering questions in the press center and helping the media to get more inside information on the players. The secret is that my American colleagues and, of course, I speak perfect Russian. That helps us to get exclusive information from certain tennis players, some of which we were sharing during this press conference. We didn't even need dictaphones to record the ladies' answers as we would remember every single word. We are trying to keep a serious face in this picture, when we actually want to laugh at the idea of us being on the other end of the microphone for a change. A nice memory of a good feeling of joy and professional friendship.

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Let's party!

Rory, York

In this picture from June 2015, I am celebrating my 60th birthday at a surprise party. You can see me on the left of the snap holding a drink, with my pal Alan on the right preparing to play. My friends, who are all talented musicians, are expecting me to sing, but have you spotted the problem? That's right. I am in the process of forgetting the words whilst Alan is in the process of forgetting the tune! Not so talented after all, maybe!

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Camping Adventures

Martin, Stockholm

Between 1990-2010 I went camping and hiking with my fellow scouts almost every weekend. We learned an awful lot about nature and how one should behave when out there. This photo is from my favourite place in Labske Piskovce. I would return to this place once a year, always in winter, to enjoy the peace and quiet. Here’s some basic camping gear vocabulary.

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