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Disability – бессилие, инвалидность
Abilities – способность, возможность
Wheelchair – инвалидная коляска
Blind – слепой
Familiar – хорошо знакомый, легко узнаваемый
Unsure – неуверенный
Intrusive – навязчивый, назойливый
Offensive – обидный, оскорбительный

To react – реагировать, отзываться
To treat people – обращаться, обходиться c людьми
To stare at – пристально глядеть, вглядываться; уставиться
To snicker – хихикать, посмеиваться
To hint – намекать
To accept your help – принять помощь
To take an oath – принять присягу

To beat around the bush – ходить вокруг да около
To be used to something – быть привыкшим, иметь привычку
To give someone a hand – предложить руку помощи
To bad-mouth someone – чернить, обливать грязью
To pay the piper – поплатиться

1. Bad-mouth someone – criticize someone or something.
2. Blind – unable to see.
3. Familiar – well known from long or close association.
4. Offensive – causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry.
5. To stare at – look fixedly or vacantly at someone or something with one's eyes wide open.
6. To hint – suggest or indicate something indirectly or covertly.
7. To beat around the bush – discuss a matter without coming to the point.


Hello, my name is Cari and I'm a teacher with the online English school, EnglishDom.com. Today, I'd like to talk to you about disabilities.

What is a disability? Typically, that means lacking the ability to do something "normally"; but what is "normal" and who decides?

When you meet someone with a disability, how do you react? What do you say? What do you do? Sometimes we're familiar with a person, maybe in a wheelchair, but we’re not sure what to do with someone who's blind. Sometimes we're familiar with one disability, but not another and that can still make us uncomfortable and unsure of ourselves.

Here's a few tips for what to do if you come across someone with a disability and you’re not sure what to do…

First of all, as my mother always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." It’s better to just keep quiet 'n walk away. Secondly, act naturally. Treat people the way you want to be treated. That's always a good rule. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Most people with disabilities don't mind answering questions. They prefer that than having people just staring at them or snickering behind their hand (like that). Just make sure your questions are polite and not too intrusive. Look for the abilities that the person has. Maybe someone doesn't have legs, but they could be an excellent painter. Or maybe someone is blind but they're very intelligent. Try to find the good in others and look for their abilities. And, most of all, please, don't use insensitive language or actions or gestures that are offensive to other people. Whether the person has a disability or not, that's just rude!

Here's some phrases that you can use when you're talking about disabilities.

To beat around the bush. To beat around the bush means you hint or make suggestions about something you want to know or say. You don't come directly to the point.

To be used to something. That means you're accustomed to something; the way that people are, the way people treat you, the way people act… You might be used to something, but that doesn't mean you like it. 

To give someone a hand means to offer them help. If you want to offer help to a person with a disability, ask first. It's very possible that they just might say, "No thank you, I'm fine. I don't need your help today." Or, they might gladly accept your help. The key is to ask first.

To bad-mouth someone. To bad-mouth someone means that you say negative things about another person. Maybe they're true, maybe they're not, but they're definitely negative. If you do that, one day you're sure to pay the piper. When you pay the piper, that means you have to answer for your actions; you have to face the consequences of what you've done, both good and bad.

The Special Olympics is a great organization for people with disabilities. It's not for everyone, but it certainly is, for many people, a great organization that helps athletes and families. And, if you're interested, you certainly can look for more information on the internet. What I'd like to tell you about is their oath. All of the athletes take an oath before every event. It says, "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." I think that's a great lesson for everybody whether you have a disability or not.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about disabilities today. Join us to discuss this topic in our discussion club or in our forum on our Facebook page.

Feel English and feel free! Good bye for now.




Women have a better sense of smell than men.


Health is not valued till sickness comes.


The beginning of health is sleep. (Irish Proverb)


Blonde is overweight, so her doctor puts her on a diet.
"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat the procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds."
When the blonde returns, she's lost nearly 20 pounds.
"Why, that's amazing!" the doctor says. "Did you follow my instructions?"
The blonde nods. "I'll tell you, though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day." "From hunger, you mean?" said the doctor.
"No, from skipping," replied the blonde.

List of questions for discussion

1. What comes to mind when you hear the word "disability"?
2. What kinds of disability do you know of?
3. Some people prefer to use the term "physically challenged" instead of "disabled". What do you think about this?
4. What problems do people with disabilities face in your country?
5. Do you think it would be harder to live with a physical disability or an intellectual disability?
6. Do you always try to help people who are disabled?
7. Do you tend to think that disabled people always need your help?
8. What message do you think disabled people would like to tell those without a disability?
9. What misunderstandings do people have about disability?
10. What can disabled people teach those without disabilities?
11. What tax breaks or financial aid should people with disabilities get?
12. Do you think science will be able to end disability one day?
13. How many disabled people do you know? Are they happy?
14. How would your life change if you had some disabilities?
15. Is life harder when you are not a healthy person?

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