Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lego!

“Lego” can be used in a daily speech instead of “let go”. As you probably understand from this picture.

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The importance of commas

 

Comma

See what difference does one comma make?

  • Rachel finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
  • Rachel finds inspiration in cooking, her family and her dog.

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Languages around Europe

This interesting tool will show you what the same word looks like around Europe.

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To Do list

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To Do list (also spelled to-do list) is a basic productivity tool to help people keep track of what they need to do in order to be finished with their work.

As you proceed through your to-do list, you check off the things you have done. That is why it is sometimes called a “checklist”. While to-do list is usually very specific (you created it based on what you need to do), checklist can be quite general (as in: checklist of moving into a new house), designed to help you realize what you need to do in a certain situation.

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Could you repeat that, please?

imageSometimes, native speakers are hard to understand. They might speak too quickly, or use too difficult or colloquial expression. BritishCouncil.org has a great video presenting different ways of letting them know you did not understand, without being rude or appear ignorant.

  • I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that.
  • Could you say that again?
  • One more time?
  • I can’t hear a word you’re saying.

They also have some interactive tasks under the video so go ahead and check it out yourselves.

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Homophone, Homonym, Synonym

Do you know the difference between homophone, homonym and synonym?

In a nut shell:

  • synonym – a word with the same meaning
  • homonym – a word with the same spelling and different meaning
  • homophone – a word with the same pronunciation (can have different spelling and different meaning)

See more details in these diagrams:

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Sources: Wikimedia 1, 2

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Three little jokes in English

If English is not your first language, understanding jokes can be particularly difficult. They often use homophones (words that sound alike) or double meanings. Still, it’s good to practice, because practice makes perfect. So let’s look at three of them today, very simple ones.

Many of the jokes have a question-answer structure:

What is the longest word in the English language?
SMILES: there is a mile between the first and last letters!”

You might remember we talked about this type of jokes already.

Now let’s try a joke that has some double meanings:

Why couldn’t Cinderella be a good soccer player?
She lost her shoe, she ran away from the ball, and her coach was a pumpkin.

Remember, coach is both a horse-drawn carriage and a athletic instructor or trainer. And ball can refer to both the sport equipment and the dancing.

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This one I did not know Smile It’s good to know that when casually pronouncing, the H at the beginning of a word is often silent.

Q: What do you call a hippie’s wife?
A: Mississippi.

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