вівторок, 14 березня 2017 р.

Communication

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четвер, 9 березня 2017 р.

Word Families and Word Formation



Upstream Upper-Intermediate B2+

Unit 7

'History Lessons'


                             
NOUN
VERB
ADJECTIVE
ADVERB
presumption
presume
presumptive
presumably
actuality
actualize
actual
actually
object
objectify
objective
objectively
difference
differ
different
-
thought
think
thoughtful (-less)
-
history
-
historic/historical
-
truth
-
truthful
truthfully
length
lengthen
lengthy, long
long
extreme
-
extreme
extremely
belief
believe
believable
believably

     Hello there!
     We keep building our vocabulary and today I’d like to share the absorbing information with you. 
     First and foremost, I have to say that I’m a true history lover. Can you imagine my excitement when we started to learn the genesis of English words? You know, it was evident that our knowledge of Latin would be extremely beneficial. When I got the list of Greek and Latin roots, I briefly looked through it and realized I’m a true philologist:D  I didn’t expect I would know so many of them! There were many roots, which attracted my attention by its phonetics.
     I’m really grateful to our incredible respectful professor of Latin for teaching us without pressure. The language itself is pretty difficult but the audience liked it a lot. I remember I made many mistakes but thanks to them now I feel like a superior since I don’t mispronounce words and can easily define some of them.
     To sum up, we must give the knowledge of Latin and Greek a credit. This provides us not only with the chronology of words’ usage, but also helps generate new ideas. 

понеділок, 27 лютого 2017 р.

Easy and Entertaining Learning with Online Tools

 Dear Jack,
     How do you do? Hope everything’s OK. I’m sorry I haven’t written for a long time but I concentrated my mind on studying. You know, it takes the time. I’d like to know whether you make progress in learning English or are out of practice. I’d like to help you keep up with helpful updated recourses that will give you an immense asset in building your vocabulary.
      The thing is that I used traditional dictionaries but recently I’ve found an alternativeInstead of spending long hours looking for appropriate information related to a word, I adopted a method of using flashcards. I created them by myself and you can get the hang of it as well. Here’s the link to this wonderful source that provide mnemonic techniques: https://quizlet.com/191645717/online-tools-flash-cards/
      I can suggest that you get advantage of Macmillan Dictionary, since I find it quite effective. It gives a wide range of options: definitions, recent entries, related words, games and many more items. Here you can see it in detail:

        Another useful tool is Free Dictionary, where you can find separate words as well as idioms. Are you interested? Open this source and explore more ways of its usage.

         It’s clear that sometimes looking a word up can be tiring or even frustrating. Here’s the source that doesn’t require racking your brains all the time. You can use Devil’s Dictionary on and off when you become sick and tired of all the complex tasks you have to do.
        Well, that isn’t enough about dictionaries) There are many other interesting tools, which will keep you entertained. Have a look at this lovely Snappy Word source. It’s impossible to omit this multifunctional learning website.

         One more funny and useful thing is Knoword website. You can play a game and get better at the same timeJ

       Hope it’ll help. Let me know if you like the sound of it. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
Lots of kisses,
Diana

неділя, 19 лютого 2017 р.

Types of Dictionaries. Using dictionaries effectively.



Hi there! Since I’m a language learner, I’ll have to know the lexicology like the back of my hand. Therefore, the viable option for expanding our vocabulary is using the dictionary. Today I’d like to point out the most effective ways to do this.

Ø  First and foremost you should know your dictionary. If you know the author, the type of your dictionary etc, it won’t take a lot of time to look a word up.
Ø  There are two types of dictionaries: prescriptive and descriptive. A descriptive one is more suitable for ESL learners.
Ø  Concentrate your mind on whether the dictionary provides International Phonetic Alphabet or syllables.
Ø  In order to understand a word correctly, make a choice of what part of speech it is and make an effort to identify other possible forms, including collocations.
Ø  Additionally, you can get the hang of prefixes or give making a sentence of random words a try.
Ø  There are monolingual and bilingual dictionaries. They help you build your confidence when you use both. However, it would be better to rack your brains and use the monolingual one to understand language through the same language items.
Ø  Find the right learner dictionary that works for you.

Remember! You DON’T need to use a dictionary all the time. Sometimes you can guess the meaning with remarkable ease, just paying attention to the context.

1)      The word I tend to mispronounce on a regular basis: 
a genre /ˈʒɒnrə/ – a particular type of art, writing, music etc, which has certain features that all examples of this type share.

2)      A few pairs of words that I often confuse:
Advice – recommendation about what to do
Advise – to recommend something
I need some advice about my computer.
She needed someone to advise her.
Amoral – not concerned with right or wrong
Immoral – not following accepted moral standards
   Mr Black was a really amoral person.
   It’s immoral to be rich while people are starving and homeless.
Desert – a waterless, empty area
Dessert – the sweet course of a meal
    The plane crash-landed in the desert.
    What are we having for dessert?

3)      Words that entered the dictionary in 2016:

brujo, n.- wizard or witch doctor; a man who practices magic

sack-back, adj.- having a loose back failing from shoulder to hem without a  defined waistline.

verklempt, adj.- overcome with emotions
glam-ma, n.- a glamorous grandmother, especially one relatively young or fashion-conscious













неділя, 12 лютого 2017 р.

Techniques and Strategies of Vocabulary Building

        

     One of the most difficult problems for language learners is how to be aware of a wide range of new vocabulary. Personally, I used to think that I would never find a viable option, which could work for me.  After a while, I realized that everyone could cope with building his or her vocabulary with remarkable ease if he or she used various mnemonic techniques
     To me, I find it effective to concentrate the mind on breaking the task down. If I had a list of words, it would take the time to learn them. I explored different ways of memorizing vocabulary and worked out the easiest way, which contains dealing with small, manageable chunks and providing definitions. These help keep my mind on complex collocations, idioms etc. 
      It’s a pity sometimes we see only the tip of the iceberg, that’s why we must use many of learning techniques. Since I’m a visual learner, I’d like to do an experiment and give flashcards a try.  I’ll do my best in order to make progress.

Here is the link to the text:  http://fullspate.digitalcounterrevolution.co.uk/archive/heroes.html

Here is a list of vocabulary I worked with: 
a claim, prominent figure, to do deeds, a bold pioneer, to come to be dominated, an exposure, solely, a divine spark, a revulsion, to bend the knee, to kiss the hand, to have one's roots in, to stem from sth, to hang out, to emerge from, to collude, to keep one's name on everyone's lips, a household name, lucrative, to broaden one's horizons.