• Inspirational English


Last week I got a ‘friendship book’ by Svetlana Kandybovich. It reminded me of my school years when we would give each other a beautifully-decorated notebook with some personal questions. We would share our first young love thrills and a favourite photo.

And here goes my “11 things Challenge” reply.

1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger

Thank you, Svetlana Kandybovich, for nominating me for this great challenge. I admire your creativity and good heart.

2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.

  • Teaching English is my vocation and I feel passionate about bringing POSITIVITY into the classroom.

  • I design a weekly magazine for English teachers and learners.

  • My heart “dances” when I am lost in the English countryside.

  • I love a “Mr Whippy”, even on a nice cold day.

  • I am an early riser and “having a lie-in” doesn’t exist in my dictionary.

  • I would love to learn Irish dancing.

  • I am one of these people who dance when they feel like doing it.

  • One of my dreams is to live in a thatched cottage.

  • I believe in LOVE.

  • I have some experience in radio presenting.

3. Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you

1. What’s your favourite thing you’ve written (ELT or otherwise)?

It has to be my brainchild- my magazine “Explore English with Russie”. It inspires me and challenges my creativity and teaching skills.

2. Do you have a favourite recipe you want to share?

I love cooking but unfortunately I don’t have much free time to do it. That’s why I want to share with you an easy recipe that I often make.

Bread & Butter Pudding


4-6 slices of bread/ a day old/

50 g butter/ margarine

60 ml sultanas

50 g sugar

600 ml milk


1. Preheat the oven 180°C.

2. Spread bread with butter or margarine and cut into four triangles.

3. Line a 2 pint dish with half the bread, sprinkle with half of the sugar and all the fruit.

4. Whisk the milk and the eggs in a bowl. Pour over the bread and leave for about 30 min.

5. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and put the pudding in the oven.

6. Bake for about an hour until it turns golden.

3. What’s the last photo you took?

The last photo I took was of a couple of ladies celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday on Saturday.

4. What tip would you offer to a new blogger?

Be patient.

5. What’s your memory of the best lesson you’ve taught?

Oh, that’s a tough question. Bearing in mind that I have been a teacher for 16 years, I have to admit that I have had many ” highs” …but I want to share with you what happened to me today.

One of my students, a lovely 8-year-old Chinese girl, told me she didn't like homework. Puzzled, I asked her why. Then she replied: "Because I have to say "bye" to you, Russie".

Her reply left me speechless.

(Giving homework signifies the end of the lesson)

6. What sound do you love?

The sound of waves

7. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?

The beautiful green rolling hills I see from my study window every day. The view reminds me how blessed I am.

8. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would love to overcome my fear of driving.

9. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I would love to meet Oprah Winfrey. She is definitely a great role model. I truly look up to her.

10. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

It would be great if I could travel back in time and witness a ball during the time of Jane Austen.

11. What question do you wish I’d asked you, and what’s the answer?

What is the most important lesson that I teach my students?

Answer: To believe they are unique.

4. List 11 bloggers

I’ll nominate: