понедельник, 6 марта 2017 г.

Exploring Origin of Words:
Greek and Latin Roots

Some say that there is no need in studying languages which lost their phonic system and which are not audible. They are rich in archaisms, the spectrum of their usage is minimal, and teachers shouldn’t pressurize students and put them in ‘manacles’ of science. Well, neither a scribbler nor a famed scriptwriter, geographer or an ordinary person are pushed to study Latin or Greek. It’s all voluntary, but dead languages have transcendent vocab that exerts and meanwhile broadens your mind. Latin and Greek roots are used in old-fashioned words that’ve stood the test of time: duchy, scriptures, chronicles and so forth. We use them in words that describe up-to-date phenomena, e.g. poser, mismatch, vocalist, graph, tractable, porter, podium, vac… They influenced science and remained in such fascinating names as bicep, synthesis, supernova, autocracy, antibody, microscope and the like. I cannot foresee whether you'll be convinced to learn ancient languages, but I always have a sense of elation when explore the world of words. I hope you have the same feeling!


The text I chose for my table is ‘One Man’s Music is Another Man’s Noise’ (Workbook, the 5th Unit, p. 48).


воскресенье, 26 февраля 2017 г.

About Online Tools

Dear Sharon,
How are things? Hope you're well.
I thought I'd write to tell you something you'd be really enthusiastic to find out. At last I bought a new laptop (I explained you what it's lately) and now there is no need in concentrating my mind on the immence asset of dictionary entries or a wide range of books that only do harm for my studying. Now I can expand my vocabulary on the Internet with remarcable ease.
First and foremost, there's a nice tool for finding synonyms. It's 'Synonym Finder'. I've got the hang of this programme and understood that I knew only odds and ends, the tip of the iceberg.
Then I took time and went through courses in 'Memrise'. I even found Korean alphabet but I'm not going to take learning it seriously.
'Corpus of Contemporary American English' ('CoCa') is a tool that helps me see collocations in their context. I can guess the meaning of unknown words reading for a gist.
'Lingro'  has become part and parcel of my life. On and off I need to take in a new word, and this website gives me a definition in any language I select.
Sometimes in peace and quiet I play games to make progress. Luckily, there's 'Wordschake' that enables me not to be out of practice.
And, what's more, I've got a good head for creating English courses on 'Quizlet'. I wish you could give it a try https://quizlet.com/190801514/appearance-character-relationship-flash-cards/?new
Well, that's all for now. Write back soon.
                                                                                                                                              Lot's of love,
                                                                                                                                                           Vita

понедельник, 20 февраля 2017 г.

Working with Dictionaries

Using a dictionary is part and parcel of expanding your vocabulary. If you get hang of it, you’ll be able to find words with remarkable ease. One should know that there’re do’s and dont’s you should remember to make the most of your dictionary and select information you really need.
Let’s begin with dont’s:
1.            To keep being enthusiastic on learning, try to avoid looking every unknown word up. It’d be better if you used context and read for a gist. Rack your brains and try to guess the meaning, then check if you were right;
2.     An entry of any word can have an immense asset of definitions, so go through them to find the one you need. You don’t have to know everything in detail;
3.            A dictionary is not an alternative to a grammar book, so do not use only it to learn languages.
Do’s are as follows:
1.                 Use a monolingual (descriptive) dictionary. Being an advanced learner, you should know shades of meaning like the back of your hand. Of course, prescriptive dictionaries don’t provide you with it;
2.                 Get acquainted with the structure of the dictionary. Know where you can find  transcription, collocations, idioms, etc.
A word I tend to mispronounce:
Bother /ˈbɒðǝ/ to make someone feel slightly worried, upset, or concerned;
Words which I confuse:
1.     Wander – to walk slowly across or around an area, usually without a clear direction or purpose (‘I’ll wander around the mall for half an hour’);
2.     Wonder – to think about sth that you are not sure about and try to guess what is true, what will happen, etc (‘I wonder how James is getting on’);
3.     Close – the end of an activity or of a period of time (Finally the meeting was brought to a close);
4.  Completion – the state of being finished (‘The house is nearing completion’);
5.     Shimmer – to shine with a soft light that looks as if it shakes slightly (‘The lake shimmered in the moonlight’);
6.     Glimmer – to shine with a light that is not very bright (‘The lamp spreads a weak glimmering light’).
Words that entered the dictionary in 2016:
1.     starter marriage -  a short-lived first marriage, typically when viewed as a form of preparation for a subsequent, more long-lasting one;
2.     starchitect -  a famous architect, esp. (depreciative) one whose designs are considered extravagant, outlandish, or incompatible with their existing surroundings;
3.     glamping – a form of camping that involves accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.



понедельник, 13 февраля 2017 г.

Getting Prepared to Learning Vocabulary

To work out the easiest way of organizing my notebook I went through some pieces of information and adopted a few new methods. According to them, my vocabulary will be divided into several sections, each one with a title, e. g. ‘Going Places’. Further, I’ll select and write down the most important information: a word/collocation itself, transcription (if needed), relevant definition, translation and an example phrase/sentence. To find different groups of words (phrasal verbs, idioms, etc) with remarkable ease I would use different highlighters.

To know words like the back of my hand, I’ll have to make an effort to be motivated and keep my mind on the process of learning. I’d better break my task down and deal with small manageable chunks. The method of visualizing and creating a story will help me memorize complex words. Together with this, I’ll try to use a wide range of vocabulary in everyday life. Several times a week I’ll do revision so that the words don’t slip my mind and try to brush up on words I already know after a while (e.g. each fortnight or month), too. 

For my 1st blogpost I've chosen an article called '36 Hours in Brooklyn'
                      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/09/travel/
          Here is the selected from the article vocabulary:
1) bring changes to (collocation);
2) take a ferry (collocation);
3) skirt the waterfront (collocation);
4) year round (collocation);
5) take a spin on (idiom);
6) undergo renovations (collocation);
7) plush toys (collocation);
8) novelty items (collocation);
9) deep in the heart (idiom);
10) sweat out (phrasal verb);
11) a scene unto itself (idiom);
12) pay homage to (idiom);
13) vinyl (individual word);
14) reminiscent (individual word);
15) lantern (individual word);
16) Uzbekistan (individual word);
17) flamboyant (individual word);
18) boisterous (individual word);
19) seek out (phrasal verb);
20) ostentatious (individual word).