More Gooder Relations with the English

Anyone living here for any amount of time knows that Romania is a comedy of errors, where even the most routine things get cocked up (as British people say). A case in point is a screencap I took of the welcome message of the official website of the Romanian embassy in Britain: Seriously, you’d think…

Murder in Piata Unirii

On a bitterly cold and dark morning last week, long after the last club goers had staggered home and before the commuters began heading to work, I saw a murder right in the center of Piata Unirii, the main square in downtown Cluj-Napoca. It was a brazen thing, committed right in the center of the…

Answers to Pop Quiz #2

These are the answers to Pop Quiz #2 so if you haven’t taken the quiz yet and don’t want the “spoilers”, do not read the rest of what follows! Answers Question 1 Correct response: A The story begins “so the next morning…” Question 2 Correct response: C The Narrator states several times that his sister…

Pop Quiz #2

It’s easy enough to understand a movie or TV show when there are subtitles or people are speaking slow, clear English. But the real world isn’t always like that, is it? Listen to the audio story below as many times as you like (click here if the embedded player doesn’t work for you) and then…

E4R: Answers to Pop Quiz #1

If you haven’t taken the Pop Quiz already, then go ahead and do so before reading further because what follows are the ANSWERS. Yay! Three cheers for answers. Ready? If you’re a highly educated person you probably missed that I mischievously put an “extra” question on the test. I deliberately embed all kinds of textual…