Sunday, 19 March 2017

Hey, I have something for you 😇😍

Word Families and Word Formation
Upstream Upper-Intermediate B2+ Unit 7
"Where are you?"
Word families’ representation


Hey! :)
I think everyone has some moments when you see
an unknown word and can’t decide what it means, because it sounds familiar but in the same time you are unable to explain its meaning.
It is not an unbelievable thing – but only Greek and Latin roots and affixes :)
Over 60 percent of English words have Latin or Greek roots. So, if you decide to learn these words, it will be a very good solution of problem which develops your vocabulary.  If you notice, there is a wide range of roots which you see every day, for example:
1)      Chron – it means “time” – chronological.
2)      Gen – it means “birth, produce” – generation.
3)      Bio – it means “life” – biology.
So, when you don’t know the main roots you are a little bit helpless.
In my opinion, it’s more joyful to learn new words rather than to do it standard way. It will be more successful and creative because you can differ many words by their origin.
So, if you want to identify all this things easily, I advise you to create your own small vocabulary with all roots and affixes what you need and try to learn them  :)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dear friend!
Can you imagine a wide range of dictionaries with different definitions of the word which explain it in details? Of course you can. But now you can have one device which includes all them and use it everywhere. You didn’t have the opportunity to work out the easiest way, because it was some magic for your time. But now we can look a word up in the different dictionaries and choose the most suitable for your context. In another hand, we can use some online tools which help to build our vocabulary and make progress in learning new language in a very funny way.
So, I write you from 2017 and now I will show you how it is effectively.
When I started to improve my vocabulary I frequently used Cambridge Dictionary which provides British and American meaning.

The next is Mnemonic Dictionary which provides many synonyms and examples of sentences. It is really useful when you do your homework or some exercises.

An alternative variant is Urban Dictionary. You can use it instead of classical dictionaries because it contains the most modern definitions and slang.

Another method to use online tools – to play games for learning new words or reminding which you already know. For instance - “Know Word”.

And the last tool is Graph Words. It helps you find the meanings of words and all words what relate to it.

And of course I didn’t forget about Quizlet: :)

How tu use dictionary. 

Hey, guys!

You know, that English has nearly 1,5 million words? You can think it’s too much, but it’s true. Can you say that you know a definition for every word? I don’t think so. Everyone has a list of words in which he or she makes mistakes. So, to build our vocabulary we should use different dictionaries.  How you understand, today I will tell you how to use a dictionary effectively and become a guru of it. J
·          First and foremost take paper (it’s better than electronic) dictionary such as Longman or Oxford Dictionary.
·         Take a monolingual dictionary because it will help to make a progress in you speaking skills.
·         Find the right definition and make yourself understood what it means.
·         When you hear or see a new word, for instance, when you do your homework, make a note of them and try to understand it in context. After look a new word up in the dictionary.
·         Take a word and make a wide range of sentences with it. It is one of the mnemonic techniques.
Of course, it will take the time to understand how to do it in the best way. It can be any technique which you want, but it should improve your language and soon or later you will be a guru of English! :)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Hello everybody! :)
Today I read very an interesting article about camping. I’m a big fan of different kinds of tourist activities, so it was really useful for me. But during the reading I had one problem – I didn’t understand some words. Familiarly?
Everybody have some methods for remembering new words. So, I decided to tell you about my practice.
11.     Repeat, repeat, repeat. It helps to remember the word pronunciation.
22.     Use the dictionary. You may do your own dictionary where you write down unknown words with definitions, collocation variants, synonyms and translations.   
33.     Write the words and definitions on small cards.
44.      Make associations. It can be some pictures, memoirs or other words from English or your native language which are well-known for you.

So, I will show you how to do it on the text about camping. Hope, that it is helpful for you J

The article about camping: