неділя, 5 березня 2017 р.

№4 Word families. Word formation.

“There's no such thing as dead languages,

  only dormant minds.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, spanish novelist

Hi, dear audience.
I`ve started with this quotation, because I`m confident if a language is beneficial, it cannot be called "dead". And I`m going to tell you why.

Latin language(in combining with Greek)- is the language of biology, philosophy, theology and many other sciences. Multitude words in different languages are produced from these two. Moreover, after learning these brief roots and prefixes, Germanic languages would be much more evident. It`s very important, especially for philologies, because these "roots" can describe the meaning.
Also, don`t you think that reading the first works, biographies or even manuscripts in the original language is just incredible? You  would understand the culture of whole past generations as well as their history.

Finally, if someboby tells you again about "dead language", do not be credulous. This person just understimates its power.

"Where are you?" Unit 7 (SB)


неділя, 26 лютого 2017 р.

№3 Online tools and resources for vocabulary building.

Dear Itzell,
How are you? I`m really glad you decided to brush up on English again. You always had a good head for learning languages. Nevertheless, I would like to do you a little favour and keep your mind on online tools. You will make a great progress, if you keep up with a modern methods and make the most of them. I guarantee expanding your vocabulary with remarkable ease.
There is a wide range of tools I would like you to be aware of.
Let`s start with dictionaries, which are part and parcel of effective studying.

Firstly, I want to concentrate your mind on "Cambridge dictionary", which includes lots of definitions as well as examples and synonyms.

Sometimes it`s hard to make sense of an abbreviation and usual dictionaries cannot help you. In this case look at the "Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary". At first it provides you with all possible meanings and then you can look up both definitions and translations in several languages.

And last, but not least is "Urban dictionary". You can join studying and fun using this one. Maybe after learning in this humorous way new words will never slip your head. But be careful, cause some of the constructions could be a little bit offensive or just inappropriate.

Now have a look at some tools, which can help you not to be out of practice.
"Lingvo"- the website that allows you read any site and translate an unfamiliar word in any of 12 languages immediately. Just type a link on the "Lingvo" and enjoy. 

I couldn`t omit playing games is also a good opportunity to build your vocabulary. "Word games" - it`s a site, which contains not one, but diverse games: word grid, picture word, word snake and many other.

Here my a flashcard set in Quizlet  :

I hope these tools will work for you and help achieve your goalJust rack your brains and  do your best

понеділок, 20 лютого 2017 р.

№2: Using dictionaries effectively

      And hello again. If you`re reading my second post, you are really enthusiastic about learning English. Here I`m going to introduce to you one of my best friend (sooner or later your best one) - dictionary. If you want to get better, you should know how to make the most of it. Lucky you that I have some effective tips for you.

Foremostavoid looking up the definition of the word every time you do not understand it. Take your time and concentrate your mind on a context in order to guess the meaning of the word. If you continue to read a sentence or a paragraph till the end, a gist might become clear.

Furthermore, try to work with a monolingual dictionary as mush as possible or even on and off.  You`ll be more fluent, if you use English language to define the meaning of the English words.

Moreover, you also may exploit a dictionary to build your vocabulary. Just randomly choose 2-3 new words and make a sentence using them.

I want you to know that these tips are only the tip of the iceberg, However, they can help you to make sense of using the dictionaries appropriately during the first period of time.
Slowly but surely achieve your goal and do your best.

  • The word I tend to mispronounce on a regular basis and its definition:

Determine /dɪˈtɜː.mɪn/  - to control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen.

  • A pair of words that I often confuse, their definitions and example sentences:

Precede - to be or go before something or someone in time or space. For example: Did you see the clouds that preceded the rain?
Proceed to continue as planned. For example: I sit down and proceeded to write my post.

  • Some words that enterned the Oxford dictionary in 2016:

  1. Vlog - a record of your thoughts, opinions, or experiences that you film and publish on the internet.
  2. Bro-hug - a friendly embrace between two men.
  3. Starter marriage - a short-lived first marriage, typically when viewed as a form of preparation for a subsequent, more long-lasting one.

That is all for today. See you next time)

понеділок, 13 лютого 2017 р.

№1: Techniques and Strategies of Vocabulary Building

Hi there.

It`s not a secret that studying a language is impossible without learning new words. In this case, a notebook can help you a lot. However, how to organize it properly could be quite a puzzle. So, I`m going to tell you about the most advantageous techniques in my opinion.

  • First of all, you should write down the definition of the new word. Forget about putting ONLY a translation.
  • Secondly, note at least one synonym and antonym. Doing this, you will both understand a word better and learn some new ones.
  • Use an example. Create a sentence using a new word. And it will be much better, if you come up with an idea, which has a connection with your life.

But this isn`t the end. Use the new words all the time, read and listen a lot in order to remember them well and not to forget.
It was my way of organizing vocabulary, but you can find many other, which appeals to you the most.

Link to the article: http://www.thisamericangirl.com/2015/06/10/travel-with-no-money/

Here is the list and photos of my new words:

  • Lens
  • Nomadic
  • To sustain
  • Couchsurfing
  • Overwhelming
  • Initial
  • Consignment
  • Authentic
  • Precaution
  • Free lodging
  • Expatriate
  • Carpool
  • To rack up
  • Sustainable
  • Caveat
  • Desk job
  • To covet
  • Lucrative
  • To trim
  • Leverage

 Thanks you so much for your attention. I`d be glad, if this information helps you. See you later)