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Komentarji tečajnikov 003

October 18th, 2013

Lani sem obiskoval priprave na maturo. V skupini nas je bilo pet. Ker nas je bilo tako malo smo vsi vedno prišli na vrsto, ko smo vadili branje, morali odgovarjati na vprašanja ali sestavljati pisati esej. Tukaj se ne moreš skriti kot v šoli kjer je 30 ljudi v razredu.
Včasih sem imel vsega vrh glave, pa tudi domačo nalogo nisem redno delal, vendar mi učitelj tega ni zameril, ampak mi je skušal dopovedati, da domača naloga koristi samo meni, njemu nič ne pomaga.
Včasih sem celo dobil 20 minut časa na začetku tečaja, da sem jo naredil in potem mi je popravil vaje medtem ko smo vadili slušno razumevanje. Bil je edini učitelj, ki sem ga imel v srednji šoli, ki se ni jezil name zaradi domačih nalog. Maturo iz angleščine sem naredil z oceno 4, kar me je zelo presenetilo. Očitno domače naloge niso tako pomembne. Angleščine sedaj ne sovražim več ampak jo sprejemam kot nekaj kar bom v življenju potreboval, kot nujno zlo.


Poslovna angleščina – Did the Supreme Court Just Gut Habeas Rights?

June 13th, 2012

Did the Supreme Court Just Gut Habeas Rights?

—By Adam Serwer

| Mon Jun. 11, 2012 10:30 AM PDT

The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday not to hear appeals from a group of Gitmo detainees leaves the remaining 169 detainees at the facility with little chance of securing their freedom through US courts.

In the 2008 case Boumediene v. Bush, the Supreme Court ruled detainees at Gitmo could challenge their detention in US courts. That decision was seen as effectively ending the Bush administration’s attempt to carve out a legal black hole for suspected terror detainees. Shortly thereafter, Gitmo detainees began appealing their detentions—and frequently winning in court. But in the years since the decision, conservative judges on the DC Circuit have interpreted the law in a way that assumes many of the government’s claims are true and don’t have to be proven in court. By not taking any of these cases, the Supreme Court has ensured these stricter rules will prevail. Civil-libertarian groups say that essentially leaves detainees at Gitmo with habeas rights in name only, since the rules make it virtually impossible for detainees to win in court. A Seton Hall University School of Law report from May found that, prior to the DC Circuit’s reinterpretation of the rules, detainees won 56 percent of cases. Afterwards, they won 8 percent.

Others, such as the Brookings Institution’s Benjamin Wittes, have argued that more detainee losses don’t mean the new standards are unfair. In May, Wittes wrote, “I don’t think one can simply assume that a world in which detainees aren’t winning is a world in which review is meaningless either. Maybe, just maybe, it’s a world in which a lot of detainees are more likely than not—based on the available materials—’part of’ enemy forces.”

It only takes four votes to ensure a case gets heard. That means one of the four Democratic appointees on the court voted not to hear the detainee cases. As the American Prospect‘s Scott Lemieux notes, why that happened will remain a subject of speculation: Either one of the four Democratic appointees fears that the Supreme Court might make the situation worse, or they concur with what the DC Circuit has done. Some other configuration of six “no votes” is also possible. The result is the same regardless: The decision means that the DC Circuit’s de facto reversal of Boumediene will stand, leaving Gitmo detainees with very slim chances of securing their freedom by challenging their detention in court.

The Obama administration shares some of the blame for this result. As a presidential candidate in 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama praised the Boumediene decision. Earlier this year, his administration urged the Supreme Court not to take the Gitmo detainees’ appeal, leaving in place legal standards that civil libertarians argue render Boumediene almost meaningless.

Gitmo detainees have now lost virtually every avenue—other than dying in detention—for leaving the detention camp. Congress has curtailed transfers to other countries by making the restrictions on them nearly impossible to meet. Gitmo detainees can’t be brought to the United States for trial in federal court. And the Supreme Court has now effectively blessed legal standards that make success in court almost impossible. There are now 169 detainees left at Gitmo, and like the facility itself, they aren’t going anywhere.

Poslovna angleščina – Refinancing Mortgage Loans

March 23rd, 2010

Refinancing Mortgage Loans

For many homeowners, refinancing their home mortgages can provide numerous financial benefits over the long run.

For one, you can lower your monthly mortgage payments by taking advantage of lower interest rates. This amount can be significant depending on the market rates.

Second, refinancing your mortgage can provide you with additional funds to finance other home improvements, like repairing that leaky roof, adding a garage, or building an addition on to your home.

Furthermore, by refinancing, you can greatly reduce the length of your loan. After several years into your mortgage, people often earn more money than when they first purchased their home, and thus, have a surplus to pay their off loans quicker.

However, for some people, refinancing their mortgages just makes sense, providing a cushion in case of a financial crisis due to loss of employment or a medical crisis.

Whatever you do, be sure to gather all the facts about refinancing to make the best, informed decision that will meet your current and future needs.

Key Vocabulary
  • refinance (verb): provide money again to take care of financial dealings
    - My father wants to refinance his home to save money in the long run.
  • mortgage (noun): an agreement allowing you to borrow money from a bank to buy a house
    - I really want to pay off our mortgage within the next ten years.
  • funds (noun): assets in the form of money
    - Raising sufficient funds for a down payment for a house sometimes takes time.
  • surplus (noun): more than is needed
    - He is only a junior, so he has another year to graduate.

Angleščina matura – Bralno razumevanje – Space – Rešitve

March 17th, 2010

Comprehension test:  SPACE : rešitve

  1. He was worried because an asteroid was headed for Earth.
  2. The asteroid will pass as close as 48.000 km in the year 2028.
  3. The name of the asteroid is XF11.
  4. It was discovered by a 77-year-old telescope.

Angleščina matura – Bralno razumevanje – My Office – Rešitve

March 15th, 2010

Reading Comprehension – My Office – Rešitve












Angleščina matura – Bralno razumevanje – Space

March 10th, 2010

Comprehension test:


“It scares me,” said Jack Hills, an astronomer at New Mexico‘s Los Alamos National Laboratory. “It really does.” He and the rest of the world had good reason to be worried. Astronomer Brian Marsden, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics had just announced that a newly discovered asteroid 1.6 km wide was headed for Earth and might pass as close as 48,000km in the year 2028. “The chance of an actual collision is small,” Marsden reported, “but not entirely out of the question.”

An actual collision? With an asteroid of that size? It sounded like the stuff of science fiction and grade-B movies. But front-page stories and TV newscasts around the world soon made clear that the possibility of a direct hit and a global catastrophe well within the lifetime of most people on Earth today was all too real.

Then suddenly, the danger was gone. Barely a day later, new data and new calculations showed that the asteroid, dubbed 1997 XF11, presented no threat at all. It would miss Earth by 1 million Km – closer than any previously observed asteroid of that size but a comfortable distance. Still, the incident focused attention once and for all on the largely ignored danger that asteroids and comets pose to life on Earth.

XF11 was discovered last Dec. 6 by astronomer Jim Scotti, a member of the University of Arizona’s Spacewatch group, which scans the skies for undiscovered comets and asteroids. Using a 77-year-old telescope equipped with an electronic camera, he had recorded three sets of images. The digitized images, fed into a computer programmed to look for objects moving against the background of fixed stars, revealed an asteroid that Scotti, in an e-mail to Marsden, described as standing out “like a sore thumb.”

1. Answer the following questions:

1. Why was Jack Hills worried?

2. After additional analysis, how close to Earth will the asteroid come?

3. What is the name of the asteroid?

4. How was the asteroid discovered?

Angleščina matura – Bralno razumevanje – My Office

March 8th, 2010

Reading Comprehension – My Office

Like most offices, my office is a place where I can concentrate on my work and feel comfortable at the same time. Of course, I have all the necessary equipment on my desk. I have the telephone next to the fax machine on the right side of my desk. My computer is in the center of my desk with the monitor directly in front of me. I have a comfortable office chair to sit on and some pictures of my family between the computer and the telephone. In order to help me read, I also have a lamp near my computer which I use in the evening if I work late. There is plenty of paper in one of the cabinet drawers. There are also staples and a stapler, paper clips, highlighters, pens and erasers in the other drawer. In the room, there is a comfortable armchair and a sofa to sit on. I also have a low table in front of the sofa on which there are some industry magazines.

Multiple-Choice Comprehension Check Questions

Choose the correct answer based on the reading.

  1. What do I need to do in my office?

A) relax B) concentrate C) study D) read magazines

2. Which piece of equipment do I NOT have on my desk?

A) fax B) computer C) lamp D) photocopier

3. Where are the pictures of my family located?

A) on the wall B) next to the lamp C) between the computer and the telephone D) near the fax

4. I use the lamp to read:

A) all day B) never C) in the morning D) in the evening

5. Where do I keep the paperclips?

A) on the desk B) next to the lamp C) in a cabinet drawer D) next to the telephone

6. What do I keep on the table in front of the sofa?

A) company reports B) fashion magazines C) books D) industry magazines

True Or False – Decide if the statements are ‘true’ or ‘false’ based on the reading.

  1. I work late every night.
  2. I use highlighters to help me remember important information.
  3. I keep reading materials that are not related to my job in the office. It is important to me to feel comfortable at work.