пʼятниця, 17 березня 2017 р.

Word families. Word formation

I've chosen a text ''Where are you?'' ( Unit 7, p. 128-129)

To decide
To fly
To fascinate
To form
To succeed
To explain
to receive
To deliberate


   Many years ago people spoke Greek and Latin. You may think they are dead languages and there is no point in studying them. However you theory mat be wrong. So let’s take everything in a chronological order and you’ll see that they are extinct languages, which bring enormous benefit to those who study foreign languages. Latin is a mother language for medicine and biology. Besides, the first works in history, philosophy, geography and mythology were written in it as well. It’s not superhard’ to read it for bilingual or multilingual people, especially for philologist as 60 % of English words have Latin and Greek roots.One more beneficial thing is that you’ll omit misunderstanding or mistranslating words in your native language, as it helps you to derive origin some of them.

Finally, it may sound incredible but in Western countries, especially in Germany, it’s very attractive when a person knows this excellent antique language. It describes her as a confident, multi-cultural person. So, if you want to be such a kind of person- just learn Latin.

четвер, 16 березня 2017 р.

Online tools and resources for vocabulary building

Dear Jenny,
I know you were learning English 30 years ago. It took the time to find a definition to a word in a paper dictionary. However, nowadays it’s possible to expand your vocabulary without all these books. Instead of using paper dictionaries you can use a wide range of online ones. Maybe it will unusual for you at the beginning but sooner or later you’ll make progress. Besides, it’s a good opportunity to recall idioms and fix phrases. I picked and chose online dictionaries and tools for you so I will describe some of the most effective in detail.
First and foremost, it’s the Cambridge Online Dictionary, as it contains clear and simple definitions and synonyms of the word. Also, it provides a number of examples.

 As an alternative, you might also like The Free Dictionary. There are definitions to every expression you look for! What's more, you can study the word including its origin, different forms and so on.
Another interesting dictionary is Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary. Its special feature is that it has a lot of variants of the meaning of abbreviation you should an appropriate one according to a context.
 Apart from using online dictionaries, you can explore other different ways to learn the word. A very useful online tool is Just the Word. It provides different collocations so that you don't make mistakes when using some word in context!  This tool is a viable option for vocabulary building, so give it a try.
One more useful tool is Lingro because it provides a definition for any word on the website on which you click.

Hope these tools will help you to make your studying easier.
Best wishes,

Quizlet set:

субота, 25 лютого 2017 р.

Using dictionaries effectively

We can’t imagine learning a language without using a dictionary. As we know it’s one the most convenient and effective tools to build your vocabulary. Here are some main tips that will help you use your dictionary with remarkable ease:
First and foremost is very important to pick and choose the right dictionary for you from a wide range of dictionaries.  If you learn English as the second language do your best to choose monolingual dictionary and use it as much as possible instead of a bilingual dictionary. It helps to learn English through English. Slowly but surely you'll make a progress. Also, you should be aware that not everything can be translated that’s why it is better to use the monolingual dictionary.
 Besides, you shouldn't use a dictionary all the time, as you can’t learn a language just by using it. Very often it is possible to guess a meaning according to a context of the sentence instead of looking them up in the dictionary.  It may be sink or swim but it’ll be your own experience.
Try to use this tips and you won’t be sick and tired of the learning prosses. After a while, your English will be more natural and fluent.  As a result, you’ll achieve a goal – English without making mistakes.

1.  Some words I misspell or mispronounce:
Priesta person who is qualified to perform religious duties and ceremonies in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Churches
Dictionary -a book that gives a list of the words of a language in alphabetical order and explains what they mean, or gives a word for them in a foreign language
2. Some words I often confuse:
Furiousvery angry
She was absolutely furious at having been deceived.
 Frustrated feeling annoyed and impatient because you cannot do or achieve what you want
It's very easy to get frustrated in this job.
Principalmost important; main
The principal reason for this omission is a lack of time.
Principle a moral rule or a strong belief that influences your actions
Stick to your principles and tell him you won't do it.
Exercisephysical or mental activity that you do to stay healthy or become stronger
The mind needs exercise as well as the body.
Exorciseto make an evil spirit leave a place or somebody’s body by special prayers or magic
The ghost was exorcised from the house.
3. Words that entered the dictionary in 2016:
Beach cruisera type of bicycle with large tyres and long handlebars which is ridden in an upright sitting position, frequently associated with surf culture.
Glam-ma -a glamorous grandmother, esp. one who is relatively young or fashion-conscious. Also used as a form of address.
Tombstone a person who baptizes (used as an epithet of John the Baptist).
Verklempt- overwhelmed by emotion.

My word cloud:

A quote about dictionaries:

четвер, 16 лютого 2017 р.

Techniques and strategies of vocabulary building

Learning words, phrases, idioms and collocations is a very important issue to enrich your vocabulary and make your English more colourful and fluent. Some people think it’s quite difficult or boring. However, there are many different methods to make your learning fun and easy. Here are some of them:
1)    Use your dictionary properly. Read a definition and transcription carefully. It will help you to pronounce a word correctly and better understand its meaning. Also, try to find or make visualisation. In this way, your memory will work faster and you’ll learn words easier.
2)    Association. It is easier to memorise a word or phrase when you create an association. If you can’t remember a meaning of it, you’ll remember an association and then a word or phrase. This method is very useful, as it allows to learn words quicker than you expect. I use it quite often as it is one of my favourites.
3)    Make cards. As you know, learning is easier when you play. Make cards with unknown words and write a definition on one side and a word- on another. It’s very convenient way of learning, as you can stick cars on a mirror or wardrobe or somewhere else, what you use very often. Besides, you can take cards with you and use them any time. As well as, play with friends.
Try these methods and find one that suits you the most.


There are some words I have learned from this article:

Gold Rush    
Lace Something With Something 
Call Out  
Pair Off 
Split Up 
Pin Somebody/Something ↔ Down 
Vice Versa 
Humming Bird