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Scrabble for Advanced

How many words will you learn from this impressive Scrabble setup? Don’t forget to read in both horizontal and vertical directions.image


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Very useful list of adjectives

Have you noticed how often you use the word very in your speech? It’s easy, right? Very good, very old, very risky, very rude…

But if you want to expand your vocabulary, you should consider replacing these “very adjective” with some advanced words. Some are perhaps too advanced, but definitely read through the table to see what you can use. If nothing else, you’ll now know that feeble means very weak and jubilant means very happy. And that is very valuable, er, I mean, precious.



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


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32 words for various Emotions

We all know the basic words for emotions: joy, fear, surprise, anger… But what if you need to describe some more nuanced emotions? Luckily, there’s Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions with an easy-to-read list of various emotional states.

  1. optimism – optimismus
  2. serenity – vyrovnanost, klid
  3. joy – radost
  4. ecstasy – vytržení
  5. love – láska
  6. acceptance – přijetí, smíření
  7. trust – důvěra
  8. admiration – obdiv
  9. submission – poddání se, podlehnutí
  10. apprehension – obava, předtucha
  11. fear – strach
  12. terror – děs
  13. awe – úžas
  14. distraction – vyrušení
  15. surprise – překvapení
  16. amazement – nadšení
  17. disapproval – nesouhlas
  18. pensiveness – zadumání
  19. sadness – smutek
  20. grief – žal
  21. remorse – lítost
  22. boredom – nuda
  23. disgust – znechucení
  24. loathing – pohrdání
  25. contempt – opovržení
  26. annoyance – otrava
  27. anger – zlost
  28. rage – hněv
  29. aggressiveness – agrese
  30. interest – zájem
  31. anticipation – očekávání
  32. vigilance – bdělost

Another useful list of emotional words is on Simple English Wikipedia.

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Vernacular, jargon, dialect

Today I stumbled upon the word vernacular, which means:

  • the standard native language of a country or locality
  • the everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language (also see: dialect)

Read more about Vernacular on Wikipedia. You can use more similar words to describe specific style of language. Notice that many of them are similar in Czech; that’s mostly because they originated in Latin.

  • dialect – dialekt
  • slang – slang
  • patois – nářečí
  • colloquial – hovorový
  • jargon, lingo – žargon

Vernacular is a broad term that can refer to many different types of language, both locally specific or colloquial.

By the way, Google has a new feature where they show you dictionary definition of words. Just search define:vernacular, it’s pretty fast and neat. It even shows you the etymological origins in Latin or how this word is being used.


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Starting today, we want to revive our tradition of posting something interesting about English every day. So let’s look at the word resuscitation.

The British Heart Foundation released this funny video explaining that you don’t need to give mouth-to-mouth breathing when resuscitating someone. In fact, it is recommended to stick to the compression-only resuscitation. You’ll probably encounter the acronym CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation), which is one of the most commonly performed life-saving emergency procedures.

Funny video about CPR made by the British Heart Foundation

Both the British Heart Association and the American Heart Association created some videos featuring celebrities explaining that you should not worry about the mouth-to-mouth, just focus on the “Staying Alive” rhythm.


  • resuscitation – resuscitace
  • CPR – masáž srdce
  • compression – stlačování, komprese
  • life-saving – život zachraňující
  • emergency – nouze, nouzový
  • encounter – narazit na, potkat, setkat se s
  • mouth-to-mouth – dýchání z úst do úst

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Your mileage may vary

This is quite a new idiom, coined after wide use of this when describing the mileage – which is the distance a car can go on a full tank of gasoline. Because no test can precisely simulate all driving habits, the numbers are usually accompanied with “Your Mileage May Vary”, or YMMV for short.

You can, however, use it to relativize almost anything. Let’s say you’ve been to a restaurant that makes, in your own opinion, the best burger in town. But, because you know this is subjective, at the end you might add: Well, it was the best dinner I had this month. But your mileage may vary.

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