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04:12 Apr 2, 2005
English to Russian translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / Expression
English term or phrase:left to his own devices.
You never know what kind of trouble a man will get into when he is left to his own devices. Musicians are particularly at risk in this area.
The show centered on a schoolteacher who receives a powerful costume from aliens, but he loses the instruction manual and is left to his own devices to harness the suit's abilities.
Many of them probably never did get it -- high-school graduation was a rare achievement in the early years of this century -- but the schools were often more concerned with assimilating children than with educating them.
Left to his own devices, Montauk's principal, a silver-haired veteran educator named James Hayden, would be teaching children pretty much this same way today. The school is a stubbornly old-fashioned institution that greets visitors with a big sign that reads, ''A Traditional School, and Proud of It.'' But Hayden is not left to his own devices. I.S. 223, like schools everywhere, is obliged to offer bilingual instruction to its nonnative speakers. What makes the Montauk school unusual is that it offers bilingual classes not only in Spanish but also in Russian and Chinese.