четверг, 9 марта 2017 г.

The importance of being familiar with languages like Latin and Greek for language learning

Nowadays a huge number of language learners are thinking about the significance of learning Latin and Greek while learning a foreign language. How exactly can it be helpful and useful? Let’s have a look at reasons frequently offered for why learning Latin and Greek is a good idea.

The first important reason is the origin of Western concepts. Greek and Latin are the languages in which probably most of the concepts widely used in the Western intellectual tradition were generated. The second reason is that it is the language of the first works in history, philosophy. Greek and Latin were the languages in which the very first examples of Western philosophy, history, biography, and mythology were written. The most important reason actually is that it teaches the roots of English vocabulary. 60% of English words have Greek or Latin roots. For instance, volunteer benefits, conduct, graphic, microscope, credit, theology, pseudonym, metrical. And finally, it helps to be a multi-cultural person. It can help you to understand other multi-ethnic cultures.
 The text I have chosen is called "History Lessons" (Unit 7).
Study atmosphere
The table of my words

вторник, 28 февраля 2017 г.

Online tools and resources for vocabulary building

Dear Jess,
How are you? How are your expanding vocabulary methods going on? Today I want to tell you about a wide range of learning opportunities that have now become available with online tools and resources.  I know that it hard to believe that something like this is possible, but I want you to be aware of such tools. I hope that some of them will be relevant for you.

Firstly, I want to pay your attention on Fraze.it resource, it one of the best tools to find the words in the context. It includes a lot different sentences from different sources, and it helps you to understand accurately how the word in the sentence is used.  The next useful tool is Synonym Finder. It is obvious from its name that it is something related to looking synonyms up. Actually, this tool helps you to omit the usage of the same words all the time. Moving on to revision, a good source is Quizlet. For instance, you can create your own set of flashcards or select the one that already exists.

Secondly, there are a lot of online dictionaries, for example one of the most useful is Lingro, because it provides a definition to any word on the website on which you click. And finally, to make the most of building up your vocabulary, a brilliant tool is Rewordify. In detail, it helps you to simplify English and to make you understand difficult texts.

I hope that my pieces of advice were useful and you will give some of them a try in the future. It is also possible to make alternative things without the Internet, which can also be very helpful. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
                                                                                                  Best wishes,

My Quizlet set

понедельник, 27 февраля 2017 г.

Using dictionaries effectively
As a language learner you should devote a lot of time to do your best to enrich your vocabulary. But, sometimes people are confused how to do it effectively. So, now we will talk in detail about how to build your vocabulary getting a hang of different dictionaries. You may think that using a paper dictionary is old-fashioned, but if you want to make an improvement you should take it seriously.

The first thing, you should do is to know your dictionary like the back of your hand. You should know if your dictionary is prescriptive or descriptive. If English is your second language it would be beneficial for you to use descriptive dictionary to expand your vocabulary and your understanding of new words. Also, it is significant to know the accurate pronunciation of the words, so you should know which kind of transcribing is used in your dictionary to pronounce the word appropriately.

What is more, you should be aware of what part of speech the word is and how it can be transformed into other parts of speech.  Don’t forget to concentrate on collocations because they are not less important than other information included in your dictionary. So, if you want to make progress it is obvious that you should work with words all the time. For instance, you heard some new word, write it down and then when you are at home look it up in a dictionary. And sooner or later you will be a proficient user of paper dictionaries. Just remember that there are different dictionaries for different people, so it is up to you which one to choose.

1)  tomorrow -on or during the day after today

2) relevant - directly relating to the subject or problem being discussed or considered
 Relevant documents were presented in court.   
basque - a piece of underwear for a woman that covers her body from under her arms to the top of her legs
A gold basque worn by Madonna was sold for £9,000.
concerning -about or relating to
Calls from young children concerning lost pets.
cripple - old-fashioned to hurt someone badly so that they cannot walk properly
She was crippled in a car accident.

3)glam-ma  -A glamorous grandmother, esp. one who is relatively young or fashion-conscious. Also used as a form of address.
YouTuber - A frequent user of the video-sharing website YouTube, especially someone who produces and appears in videos on the site.
upˈstander - One of two upright posts on a sledge

вторник, 14 февраля 2017 г.

Organising and Learning Vocabulary

Nowadays a lot of people are learning foreign languages, but not all of them pay attention to the vocabulary. However, it is important to develop your vocabulary as well as  your grammar skills. There are, also people who want to enrich their vocabularies but they just have no idea how to this properly. So, here are some tips how to be successful while learning huge wordlists. You can find out which of them work for you.

So, how to expand your vocabulary, learn and remember new words? Actually, it is a lot more easier than it seems at the first sight. But you must take it seriously, because in the other way it would be just a waste of time. Firstly, it is significant to apply new words in your own senteтces. In this way, you will know the exact meaning of the word. In addition, you will be able to use words in the sentences in appropriate way. The context is really important while learning new words. Learning new words seperately won't be so effective. So, try to create your own sentences full of new word as many as possible. And sooner or later you will make progress.

Secondly, look for grammatical variations of these words. At first sight, it may seem to be a little bit boring, but as soon as you start you will be more enthusiastic about it. In details, you have to find different parts of speech of the one word. As a result, you will learn three or four words at one time. In fact, it saves a lot of time, what is really important for students with their hectic lifestyles. If you make an effort, slowly but surely you will enrich your vocabulary.

Thirdly, take the time to learn associations and connections. For instance, while learning a word find its synonyms and antonyms. It will also save your time greatly. Select words that have a lot of different synonyms. Do your best to learn as many words as possible.

To achieve your goal, it would be useful to carry a notepad with you everywhere. For example, when you hear a new word you can write it down into your notepad and then you can try to guess its meaning. After that, you may check if you were right. Obviously, you can look through new words while you are waiting for someone or while you are standing in a queue. It will save you a lot of time, as well.

Additionally, another way to build your vocabulary, is to watch videos or films without translation and with subtitles. Actually, it is my favourite way to enrich my vocabulary. Also, it is advisable to read books in original. It is obvious that you will learn a lot of new words.

A good method to do a revision is to make the flashcards. Actually, this method works for me the best. So, how to do this? Take the card and on the one side write the word and on the other its meaning or translation. Then it would be beneficial to go through these cards on daily basis. If you give it a try, you will see the result immediately. You will be surprised that you can learn words with remarkable ease.

Finally, learn the words again before you forget it. Revision is one of the most important things while working with your vocabulary. So, don't forget to devote sufficient amount of time for revision. There is a saying " use it, or lose it", so don't lose your opportunities and always be highly motivated. As it is said, practice makes perfect.

Link to the text: http://www.lifehack.org/484403/the-2-things-you-need-to-know-to-find-more-time-in-the-day

List of the words from the text:

  • efficient
  • focus on
  • makes the most sense
  • repertoire
  • mix and match
  • work out
  • drop-off
  • pick-up
  •  make it work
  • make the most of it. 
  • accomplish
  • daycare
  • come up
  • meaningful
  • intentional 
  • multi-tasking
  • distracted
  • prioritizing
  • be in charge of