🇺🇸 Learn English the Hard Way with “Mockingjay”

Chances are you are looking for improving your English language comprehension through reading books.

I know the drill. Take me right to the sentences.

Feel like upping your game and start catching the slightest subtleties of English?

Look no further.

However, there is a catch.


Who is this article intended for?

For English language learners, as they, all too often, tend to skip a lot of subtleties while reading books / reading stories / reading comics / watching movies /watching game movies, thus slowing down and negating their language progress. I

The catch has to do with the “THE HARD WAY” of learning English, right?

I can’t promise improving your English through this article will be easy, but I promise it will be worth it, provided you work through ALL THE SENTENCES down below. And by the way, to make it even more challenging for you, no answers are given and you are to find them on your own. There’s a reason this article is called “Learn English the Hard Way”, don’t you think?

Still no clue what I’m supposed to do…

If you’re still not really sure what’s going on here, I highly recommend you read the description of “Learn English the Hard Way” challenge.

russia-flag Для чего эта статья и что нужно здесь делать?

По своему опыту могу сказать, что когда в освоении английского приходишь на всё готовенькое, то интеллектуально расслабляешься и не особо вникаешь в детали и тонкости языка.

А вот когда, мы “пропускаем язык через себя”…

  1. внимательное чтение книг, просмотр фильмов, т.д… не знаем, что то или то означает, почему так написано, вообще не догоняем, что происходит, значит отмечаем находку
  2. анализ “любопытных” предложений, конструкций, выражений (грамматика и прагматика наши лучшие друзья)
  3. прогонка проработанного материала через правое полушарие
  4. задействование “освоенных” предложений, конструкций, выражений на письме, в устной речи (идеально, с носителями языка)
    …то результаты будут совершенно иными, нежели чем “со всем готовеньким”.

А именно, выработка силы воли, языковой интуиции, внимательности, любопытства и реальное улучшение навыка английского языка.

Ниже представлены предложения, которые заинтриговали меня при прочтении книги / прочтении рассказа / прочтении комикса / просмотре фильма / просмотре игрофильма. То есть, я сделал первый пункт из четырех выше и поделился результатами с Вами. За Вами остаются остальные три.


If you feel like up to the challenge, then below is my list of the cherry-picked sentences with curious grammar and vocabulary findings from the book “Mockingjay”.

Study hard!

I had to see it, though. So much so that I made it a condition of my cooperating with any of their plans.

threw up his hands. “Let her go.”

but he didn’t force the issue when I refused his company

Whatever the case, I’ve got someone to tell my secrets to again

«I mean, even Twelve had a black market, right?» «Yeah, the Hob,» says Gale. «It’s where we traded.» «There, you see?»

I remember all of the lies Haymitch told Peeta and me to get us to do what he wanted. What’s to keep the rebels from reneging on the deal?

In some ways, District is even more controlling than the Capitol.

«Katniss, why do you care so much about your prep team?» I open my eyes to see if he’s joking, but he’s frowning down at the rabbit he’s skinning. «Why shouldn’t I?» «Hm. Let’s see. Because they’ve spent the last year prettying you up for slaughter?»

«And Venia could barely say good-bye.» «I’ll try and keep that in mind as they…remake you,» says Gale. «Do,» I say.

«They’ve suffered a lot here,» she says. After this morning, I’m in no mood to feel sorry for . «No more than we did in Twelve,» I say.

Mine don’t fit right anyway, since in the spirit of waste-not-want-not that rules , I was issued a pair someone had outgrown

«So, it’d be easy for you? Using that on people?» I ask. «I didn’t say that.» Gale drops the bow to his side. «But if I’d had a weapon that could’ve stopped what I saw happen in Twelve»

even with the elaborate arsenal of products, tools, and gadgets Plutarch had the foresight to bring from the Capitol.

There’s no point in trying to dictate what Gale thinks. Which, if I’m honest, is one reason I trust him.

The idea of sending me into combat is controversial. But Haymitch has a pretty tight case. If I perform well only in real-life circumstances, then into them I should go.

But if it’s anything like my bow and arrows, you’re going to love it,

«I think it’s slightly better than leaving them to die,» says Paylor. «That’s not what I meant,» Gale tells her.

I try to be evasive without flat-out lying. «He knows where we are, all right.» Paylor laughs. «I bet he does. You been trained in these?» She slaps the stock of her gun.

«Yes, we’ve got our bows.» I hold mine up, then realize how decorative it must seem. «It’s more deadly than it looks.» «It would have to be

I glance back at the freak show that is my crew,

“You have to give yourself some credit for what you’ve done in the past,” says Boggs. “That’s a mixed bag.”

«Well, you’re not perfect by a long shot. But times being what they are, you’ll have to do,»

Not one to question a free pass, I take off into the street.

I want to tell people that if you think for one second the Capitol will treat us fairly if there’s a cease-fire

I want to walk, but that’s out, so I negotiate my way into a wheelchair.

What could they possibly have done to him in such a short time? Then it hits me.

«It is conceivable that, given our current alliance with the rebels, those would be viewed as acceptable risks.» «You think so?» says Haymitch. It’s a shade too sincere, but the subtleties of irony are often wasted in.

They’re beating him bloody while we speak. What more do you need? Katniss, help me out here!

«I should’ve drowned you when I had the chance

«It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.» Well, he must know.

But destroy it? No. Coin was right on that point. You don’t destroy what you want to acquire in the future.

before we were allies. Before I had any idea what made him tick.

I catch Gale watching me and Finnick unhappily. What now? Does he actually think

Not true. I had next to no friends because I wasn’t friendly. Leave it to Delly to spin me into something wonderful.

Delly always thinks the best of everyone,

“When he came out, the only thing he asked about was the goat.” “Right,” I say.

“Isn’t the honor of the thing enough?” he says. “You’d think,” I reply. “But word’s gotten out that mockingjays are hazardous to your health.”

Things stand as they did when I arrived two weeks ago. The outer villages are in rebel hands, the town divided.

“You’re cold,” says Boggs. “I’ll see if I can find a blanket.”

«I know. But someone blew up a mountain,» I answer. Instead of pulling back, he leans in closer, searching my face. «You think I’m heartless.» «I know you’re not. But I won’t tell you it’s okay,» I say.

«Actually, the whole country just sat by and watched.» «Well, that’s what they do best,» I say.

«And he didn’t go nuts?» «No. Pretty angry with me, but for all the right reasons

Only it isn’t an act, which makes you more unbearable. Please feel free to take this personally.

All right, she’s strange, but if Finnick loves her, that’s good enough for me.

The idea makes me nervous on about five different levels.

Like when Peeta announced he was in love with you or you did the trick with the berries. Makes for good television.

And not even remotely nice. To say that to me after all I’ve been through.

«Well, you’re a piece of work, aren’t you?»

«How many training sessions do you estimate you’ve attended?» None. That’s how many.

«If the Assignment Board deems you fit, possibly your case will be reviewed.» That’s it. That’s the most I can hope for.

«That’s real beef, from District Ten. Not any of your wild dog.» «Don’t remember you turning it down,» Gale tosses back.

«What’s with the fancy bracelets?» asks Johanna. «I’m not quite trustworthy yet,» says Peeta

«Good seeing you, Peeta.» «You be nice to her, Finnick. Or I might try and take her away from you.»

«I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself.» «What’s that?» asks Peeta. «You,» Gale answers. «You’ll have to be a little more specific,» says Peeta. «What about me?» «That they’ve replaced you with the evil-mutt version of yourself,» says Johanna.

You need me—I’m the best shot you’ve got!

«You don’t know the first thing about executing orders, and you’re not exactly at your physical peak.»

I find Johanna in the same circumstance and spitting mad.

That’s the one thing I think my head doctor might be right about. There’s no going back. So we might as well get on with things.

It’s something to see Finnick’s transformation since his marriage.

Don’t make me sorry I restarted your heart.

I shouldn’t rise to the bait, but I do.

you hear the explosion and have to pretend to fall over dead. But in other ways, it feels pretty real in there

My weaknesses? That’s a door I don’t even want to open

They could nail me to the wall on any number of things.

and take one of the white cotton bandages I brought from . Square. Sturdy. Just the thing.

«But it’s not all pretend, is it?» I ask. «That’d be a waste of talent

but my going off to war is awful enough on its own.

No luxury trains this time, but a cargo car packed to the limit with soldiers in their dark gray uniforms

Rebels pushed out the Peacekeepers, losing hundreds of lives in the process.

«It’s your own fault for being so camera-ready,» I tell Gale. If looks could kill.

It’s understood that we would all do this without hesitation.

«Well, us for starters. We’re your squad,» says Jackson. «You’re my guards,» he points out. «That, too,» she says. «But you saved a lot of lives in Thirteen»

It is a real, if small, goal to accomplish.

Then she gestures with her gun toward the closet. «And why is he here?» There she has me.

It’s still activated, but it might as well be dead for all the good that does me.

«If anyone needs to go back, for whatever reason, now is the time

«No questions asked, no hard feelings.»

Peeta called it right. Pollux turns out to be worth ten Holos.

And here I am again. With people dying because of me.

others emit evil-looking clouds of vapor. One look tells you that if you fall in, you’re never coming out.

«That’s because Plutarch doesn’t care who dies,» I say. «Not as long as his Games are a success»

I’m relieved when five o’clock rolls around and we can begin whatever this day holds for us.

«Haymitch,» I begin. «Listen to that. The Mockingjay found her voice»

I was consumed with a terror that felt as old as life itself.

Wow, it seems you’ve made it to the end of this new-vocabulary-grammar-intensive article… But did you actually work through all the findings?  No shirking? Sweet! That’s what I call being persistent at mastering English!


russia-flag Вы дочитали и проработали статью до конца? Так держать!

Если Вы дочитали до конца эту статью, то я уверен, что Вы узнали много нового про английский язык (при условии, что Вы действительно проработали предложения выше).

Проработать так много материала это совсем не шутки, а вполне серьёзный подход к делу.

Теперь же дело за малым: эффективно всё перенести в речевой актив и начать всласть применять новые знания на практике (пункт 3 и 4, соответсвенно).

Спасибо за то, что уделили время.

Удачи в Вашем языковом путешествии!


I am crazy enough to do the whole nine-yards over again. Please bring me to the beginning of the sentences. Yeah!

Did you know that you are more than encouraged to go ahead and tell me in the comments section below how the whole process went?

With that, thanks for taking your time accepting the challenge, reading and working through the article.

Until next time!


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