воскресенье, 19 марта 2017 г.

Not the place to talk rubbish

Wanna hear about business matters? Here you are! 

Here's a completely different case: two soldiers are having a small talk about their service.

Here we can clearly see a young HR manager inquiring his colleague about the new co-worker.

воскресенье, 12 марта 2017 г.

Omnia mea mecum porto

What's that? It is, first and foremost, a crucial proverb for philologists. And my favorite one, by the way. Not everyone can manage to remember and successfully use beneficial knowledge of  Latin or Greek in studying languages But we all should agree that underestimation of Latin or Greek prefixes may lead to involuntary disorientation in language system. It is a well known fact that lion's share of all languages consists of Greek and Latin roots that generate words and word combinations. In order not to misuse, we all have to conduct regular investigations on highly mentioned prefixes and repeated sets of exercises for better understanding the language, we are studying. Other extremely important skills, which are connected with studying Greek and Latin roots are multilinqual ones. Have you ever noticed  some words of your native language and the language, you are studying get messed up while talking at the front of an audience? It is a sheer sign of bilingualism. You may conclude that it is a nasty habit, but let me assure you - it is not. Being involved in studying a language one can not avoid unintentional rememberance of certain words in a particular context, it just happens  automatically. So, try to proceed in learning Greek and Latin roots, because they are often connected with your professional prospects.

The Moon and Sixpence (ex 1 p106 Unit 6)


суббота, 4 марта 2017 г.

Dear colleague of mine!

I know, our time frames are not the same, but there is no opportunity to work out the easiest way while studing a language, isn't it so? Speaking about modern approach to studying a language, first and foremost aspect is ..... creativity. It is not enough just to do your homework. Being a language learner, one has to do experiments, to pick and choose radically different methods of studying in order to make progress.I you had the possibility to use a laptop, I'd like to reccomend you some beneficial online tools,  which you could apply in studying a language with remerkable ease. Adopting the method of online tools, learners can concentrate their  minds on a word structure and the concept of a sentence.So, let me introduce you to some online tools. Make sure to make the most of them.
            The first tool is called "Just the Word". This tool is particularly helpful when you are determined to look up a certain collocation. It also gives a rate, according to which one can keep up with the latest popular phrases and keep track of frequency of a certain word's usage.


                 The next tool is a good deal helpful - "Netspeak". The name speaks for itself. this online tool has got a "good head for"  a word in different contexts. Sometimes, there are too much odds and ends, but if you are eager to find your context - you will definitely succeed.


                   The third tool is "WordSift". According to my experience, the first thing you have to do in order to get the hang of this tool is to get used to its interface. The tool helps to visualise words from a sentence by making them bigger on the main display. In my opinion, it is only appropriate for big text chunks.


                   I would not say that "Word machine"  is a tool that should be taken seriously, because it is no more than a game. But a pretty good one, I should admit. Playing "Word Machine" one can brush up on vocabulary. What is more, this game makes you mobilize your creativity, as a result - some previously unknown words may appear in your mind! Believe me, it's true.



                   Beware of "Wordshake" ! You get addicted to it slowly but surely! The interface and the concept are just perfect! Trying to recall a certain word having all the letters mixed up - it is one of those processes, you will never get sick and tired of!



                Using all of these tools you will definitely build up confidence in language. So, do not hesitate to write me whenever you want!

There's also "Quizlet", which is also helpful in studying. Here's a link to my card


воскресенье, 26 февраля 2017 г.

Today I've got the chance to observe some valuable sources (mainly videos) about the usage of dictionaries. It was a great surprise for me to get to know that all the ideas are quite applicable and worth trying on. I'd like to outline the material of the first video, which stands for illustration the differences between prescriptive and discriptive dictionaries : prescriptive may be used mainly by native speakers on purpose to get a distinct definition, while dicriptive is a good variant for language learners, since it explains a particular word by means of pictures and examples. For those, who use dictionaries once in a blue moon it will be crucial to know that prefixes and grammar appearance may influence the process of looking a certain word up. Referencing to other videos, your situation will start to improve if you realize that not all the words are presented in dictionaries: sooner or later, by trials and errors, a persistant english learner starts to understand the structure of words, what results in better understanding of a language. It definitely makes progress, doesn't it?
             The first and foremost idea, which is presented (in this or that way) in each video is: one does not need to  get sick and tired of using a dictionary all the time. It is quite possible to understand the meaning of a word by contest, or, in extreme case, you may try to guess the meaning. Moreover, sometimes it happens in such a way that seemingly widespread word can not be found in a dictionary. Why is it so? It doesn't mean that you're out of practice, because there are two basic reasons:

  • A word\word construction is new and your dictionary's edition simply does not contain it. It is a common problem, but the thing, you  need is just to rack your brains and look it up on the Internet;
  • Sometimes words (with quotation marks or in brackets) are general names. Can you imagine what would it be if dictionaries contain all the brand names and corporation titles? I can say for sure, it would be a dreadful time, because book sizes would be gigantic.
The best piece of advice,I can give you is: do not give up and explore different ways of practising your vocabulary. In such a way, you will succeed!

I'd like you to be aware of the next word, which I mispronounce:

Toward  \t(ə)ˈwôrd\  in the direction of;

Here's the list of words that I often confuse in my activity:

Applicable \ˈaplikəbəl\  possible for usage;

Adequate \ˈadikwit\  guite acceptable in quality;

Indistinct \ˈindisˈtiNGkt\ not quite visible or recognizable;

Inevitable \inˈevitəbəl\  totally unavoidable;

The peculiar list of new words (2016):

Defease - \difiz\ to defeat or annul (a contract, deed);

Defang \difen\  to become harmless or ineffectual;

Soft Key \soft ki:\ programmed button on a panel of a device;

Woady \woudi\ a female friend that is not close;

It was so fun  to work with Tagul service, so here's the result)

To conclude, I'd like to present one of my favorite quotes)

суббота, 11 февраля 2017 г.

A good word for everybody

First of all, it is necessary to outline what is vocabulary for an ordinary person. In my opinion, it is an opportunity to share ideas, to describe subjects, to speak one's mind. Those, who underestimate or don't consider vocabulary to be a necessary thing for language learners can rarely cope even with  basics of this or that language. Being a tutor, I could keep track of  language learners, who didn't actually care about key-words and vocabulary lists. Let me assure you: learning a vocabulary - it is an obligation for each person, who is somehow  involved in studying a language. Of course, I do not have the right to tell you what to do, but here are some tips, which are totally worth your attention:

  • Try to use different collors while writing unfamiliar words down or outlining them. Psychologists claim that it does help to memorize vocabulary by means of associations (a particular word is related to a certain color);
  • Use examples. How? After each uknown word in your list there should be a sentence, which has to contain a highly-mentioned word. This tip will help you not to be out of touch with new words;
  • Make sure that all the words are written at the left side of your notebook. Sounds insane? Not at all, making this arrangement will be extremely helpful in further revising: by closing left side you get just a definition, by which you should recognize a word ( and its spelling).
Hard? I don't think so. Nevertheless, don't you dare to forget about methods to memorize your wordlist. If you apply all your creativity it won't appear to be complicated. Have you heard of "self-adhesive papers method"? Probably, you have. Anyway, by surrounding yourself with "fresh" words you'll be gaining a vocabulary base at a good clip. Another method is a bit strange, but a good deal effective. Have you ever imagined yourself as a teacher? Try to be a teacher for yourself: organize quick-checks, revisions and even dictations. The result will not slow to arrive.

Some days ago I accidentally stumbled upon an interesting article, which has become the basis for this assignment: http://www.kiplinger.com/article/cars/T009-C000-S001-should-you-keep-your-old-car.html

What I do like about this one is a vocabulary, which is quite professional. Here's my vocabulary list:
  1. A clunker;
  2. Till it drops;
  3. Decently;
  4. Chariot;
  5. To eat up;
  6. Tipping point;
  7. Overriding;
  8. Stack the deck;
  9. To eliminate;
  10. A warranty;
  11. To anticipate;
  12. Pre-owned;
  13. To lease;
  14. Backed by;
  15. To overweight;
  16. A mileage;
  17. Prior;
  18. To extend beyond;
  19. An oil slick;
  20. To refurbish.