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The TIP TOP team would like to welcome everyone back! We hope you had wonderful holidays and are now feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to start learning English again!

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And we hope you are enjoying the Indian summer!

 

This is what the British and Americans call the beautiful weather which we are having at the moment. It is an unusually warm, dry period that sometimes occurs during September and October. The name, Indian Summer, is thought to come from north America.

The Native Americans (once called “Indians”) found the warm, hazy conditions especially good for hunting. At this time of year, they were very busy building up their food stocks for the long cold winter ahead. The European settlers observed the Indians’ activities and adopted the expression “Indian summer.”

 

Vocabulary

Indian summer – Spätsommer, Altweibersommer

to occur – eintreten, auftreten

Native Americans - Eingeborene

hazy conditions  – trübe Wetterbedingungen

build up food stocks - Lebensmittelbestand aufbauen

to adopt the expression – den Ausdruck übernehmen

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What can the Olympics and Paralympics teach you?

 

Every four years the world is given the gift of the Olympics. For a few weeks, nations come together to let their top athletes compete on a level playing field. It is mind-boggling to see what these young men and women can accomplish with their bodies – great feats of skill, determination and courage bringing them to the pinnacle of athletic achievement.

When we think about what it takes to become a world-class athlete capable of competing at Olympic level, we realise that there are some significant lessons for all of us to learn. The secret of these athletes’ success can be found in the combination of two fundamental ideas: desire and dedication.

A 22 year old man doesn’t simply wake up one day and find himself on the Olympic basketball team. No, it started years before. In fact, it probably began when he was only six or seven years old. Perhaps his father took him to a basketball game and that little boy said, “Some day Daddy, I am going to be a basketball player.” That was the first sign of desire. Desire is key. World-class people start with desire. But we all know people who dream of big things but never accomplish those dreams, don’t we? Why is that? After all, they have desire. They want it. However, the engine that drives the dream is dedication. Desire tells you what you want while dedication gets it for you.

Someone might see a young gymnast and say, “Wow, that looks easy.” What they don’t realise are the years of practice, the years of getting up at 4.30 every morning and going to the gym before school. It is the dedication of the young athlete – the numerous times of failing in practice, the many times of falling off the equipment and faithfully getting back on – that turns a “wisher” into a world-class “doer.” A person with desire but no dedication will never achieve much. You must have the powerful combination of both.

Another important point is the beginning. Many people have a dream; they even have a plan, but they never begin. So, just start! The first step on the long journey is still just one step. If you have a dream and a plan, take a step in the right direction.

And finally, we have to persevere. Every road to every dream has a section that is hard to travel. Every great dream will come across difficulties. The question isn’t whether you will encounter trouble, but how you will respond to trouble. Will you quit when the going gets tough? or will you persevere? Every successful person has run into problems along the way and was tempted to give up; yet they persevered and achieved their dream.

So, remember the four key words – desire, dedication, begin and persevere – and take a step towards your goal for the rest of the year ...... maybe you can learn five new English vocabulary a day!

 

Vocabulary

is given the gift - beschenkt werden

to compete on a level playing field - unter einheitlichen Wettbewerbsbedingungen konkurrieren

mind-boggling - irre, verblüffend

accomplish - erreichen

great feats of skill - großartige Errungenschaften, großartige Leistungen

determination - Bestimmung, Entschlossenheit

bring s.b to the pinnacle - jemanden zu seinen Höchstleistungen bringen

significant lessons to learn - bedeutende Lektionen lernen

desire - Wunsch, Verlangen

dedication - Einsatz, Hingabe

to fail in practice - etwas nicht tun

the engine that drives sth - der Motor der etwas antreibt

persevere - bewahren, erhalten

encounter trouble - auf Schwierigkeiten stoßen

but how you will respond to trouble - wie wirst du auf Hindernisse reagieren

to quit sth. - etwas beenden

will you persevere - wirst du standhaft/beharrlich sein

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