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Party Rules

When I was growing up everyone liked coming to my flat. My friends really enjoyed
themselves hanging out. They looked forward to parties at my flat. During weekends there
were gatherings which involved my friends from school and neighbourhood. My parents
knew that I had a lot of friends and that I enjoyed parties. They did not have anything
against parties but they set some rules.

They wanted my friends to feel comfortable and have fun but we lived in a small town and
everyone was looking out for possible scandals to talk about. If there was only a hint of
someone behaving in an inappropriate way at my party, my parents would call and ask
about what was happening.

These are some of the rules my parents set for my teenage parties:

• Rules must be followed. My parents set the rules because their purpose was to
protect me. Discussing rules before putting them into force was important. My
friends knew the rules in my home and also the consequences if we broke them.

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• Go through rules with guests. While people were gathering, my parents would be
present at the flat. When everyone was there they would read the rules to people
and they wanted to make sure that the rules were understood. Breaking them meant
calling the other parents and asking guests to leave.
• The rules were simple - no cursing, no illegal drugs and alcohol, no inappropriate
displays of affection, no closed doors and the music was at a reasonable volume.
• Respect. My mother and father wanted to respect my privacy and they wanted me to
respect myself. The atmosphere they provided made it easy to make the right
choices that avoided embarrassing situations. If there was an incident, we agreed to
deal with it in private. Luckily, I was dealing with minor problems and it was never
necessary to settle things after the party.

When I look back at the things I was doing when I was a teenager, I think that my parents
were right. Hosting parties was a great opportunity for me to practice my social skills. It
was always possible for something to go wrong and having rules was important.

Prevod:

Pravila na žurci

Dok sam rastao svi su voleli da dolaze u moj stan. Moji prijatelji su uživali dok su „visili“ kod
mene. Jedva su čekali žurke u mom stanu. Za vreme vikenda bilo je okupljanja koja su
uključivala moje prijatelje iz škole i kraja. Moji roditelji su znali da imam mnogo prijatelja i
da uživam u žurkama. Oni nisu imali ništa protiv žurki, ali su postavili neka pravila.

Želeli su da se moji prijatelji osećaju prijatno i da se provode, ali živeli smo u malom gradu i
svako je čekao da uoči potencijalne skandale o kojima će da priča. Ako je postojao samo
nagoveštaj da će neko da se ponaša na neodgovarajući način na mojoj žurci, moji roditelji
bi nazvali i pitali šta se dogaña.

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Ovo su neka od pravila koja su moji roditelji postavili za moje tinejdžerske žurke:

• Pravila se moraju poštovati. Moji roditelji su postavili pravila jer je njihova svrha bila
da me zaštite. Bilo je važno diskutovati o pravilima pre njihovog stupanja na snagu.
Moji prijatelji su znali pravila u kući, a takoñe i posledice ako ih pekršimo.
• Pravila se prelaze sa gostima. Dok su se ljudi okupljali, moji roditelji bi bili prisutni u
stanu. Kada su svi bili tu, oni bi pročitali pravila ljudima i hteli su da se uvere da ih
svi razumeli. Njihovo kršenje bi značilo pozivanje ostalih roditelja i gosti bi bili
zamoljeni da odu.
• Pravila su bila jednostavna - nema psovanja, nema nedozvoljenih droga i alkohola,
nema neprikladnih iskazivanja naklonosti, nema zatvorenih vrata, a muzika je bila
razumne jačine.
• Poštovanje. Moja majka i otac su poštovali moju privatnost i želeli su da poštujem
sam sebe. Atmosfera koju su obezbedili činila je da se lako donesu prave odluke koje
su uklanjale pojavu neprijatnih situacija. Ako bi došlo do incidenta, složili bismo se
da ga rešimo nasamo. Srećom, imao sam posla sa manjim problemima i nikad nije
bilo potrebno da rešavam stvari posle žurke.

Kada se prisetim stvari koje sam radio kada sam bio tinejdžer , mislim da su moji roditelji
bili u pravu. Biti domaćin žurke je bila odlična prilika da vežbam društene veštine. Uvek je
bilo moguće da nešto krene naopako i bilo je važno imati pravila.

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Vocabulary

Nouns (imenice): Verbs (glagoli):


flat-stan hang out-“visiti”, družiti se
gathering-okupljanje look forward-jedva čekati
neighbourhood-susedstvo involve-uključivati
rule-pravilo look out-pripravno gledati, paziti
scandal-skandal protect-zaštititi
hint-nagoveštaj put into force-staviti na snagu
purpose-svrha respect-poštovati
consequence-posledica provide-obezbediti
cursing-psovanje settle-rešiti, razrešiti
display-iskazivanje
affection-naklonost, nežnost
respect-poštovanje
privacy-privatnost
atmosphere-atmosfera
incident-incident
opportunity-prilika
skill-veština
hosting-voñenje

Adjectives and adverbs Prepositions and conjunctions


(pridevi i prilozi): (predlozi i veznici):
comfortable-ugodan, prijatan -
inappropriate-neprikladan,
neodgovarajući
simple-jednostavan
illegal-ilegalan
right-pravi, u pravu
embarrassing-neprijatni
luckily-srećom
minor-manji
social-društveni, socijalni
wrong-pogrešno, naopako

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Synonyms

Nouns (imenice): Verbs (glagoli):


flat - apartment hang out - get together
gathering - assemblage involve - include
neighbourhood - district, community look out - to be watchful or careful;
rule - regulation, concept take care
scandal -disgrace, shame protect - defend
hint - clue respect - honour
purpose - intention provide - determine, supply
consequence - effect, result settle - resolve, work out
cursing - swearing
display -show, demonstration
affection - fondness, liking
respect - appreciation
privacy - privateness
atmosphere - ambiance
incident - scene
opportunity - chance, possibility
skill - ability
Adjectives and adverbs Prepositions and conjunctions
(pridevi i prilozi): (predlozi i veznici):
comfortable - pleasant
inappropriate - improper, unsuitable
simple - uncomplicated
illegal - unlawful, forbidden, prohibited
right - correct
embarrassing - humiliating
luckily - fortunately
minor - small
wrong - incorrect, faulty

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