неділя, 26 березня 2017 р.

Feelings, emotions, body language

When people think about their feelings and emotions they are afaid of being vulnerable, they try to hide their innermost thoughts. But sometimes their body language speaks for them:)
Take Kate, for example.
On his photo she looks cheerful and happy. She is on cloud nine because, probably, she heard some exciting news. She is literally jumping for joy and due to this she has a burst of energy!

 Look at this picture. Kate has been hitting the gym for the last couple of months and she is as fit as a fiddle now. She looks, and feels on top form after every training at the gym.
 On the next picture we see Kate feeling quite miserable and discontented. Maybe she has been bottling up her emotions for a while and now feels down in the dumps.
 This picture shows Kate having a great sense of achievement because she has done all her homework and boasts about it. Now she feels ecstatic and inspired because from now she has a sense of purpose in her life, and that is to always do her homework!
 This picture speaks for itself. Kate just derives pleasure from food😁
 On the last picture Kate is rather frustrated and upset because she can't understand the material she has to learn for the class. She aslo feels mixed up because she doen't know what to do: to keep on studying or to go to sleep.

Here is the video I have choosen and I find very pleasant. While watching this video and listening to this song, I have an excessive feeling of inspiration because this beautiful song makes me feel grateful for what I have and, at the same time, excited for the things to come in my life. Moreover, I feel delighted and apprehensive simultaneously. The lyrics  make me feel enthusiastic and inspired. I definitely derive pleasure from this song and video as well. It is always such sheer bliss to watch it. Don't miss a chance to watch this video and it will make your day!

неділя, 12 березня 2017 р.

Word families. Word formation.

Here is the article I have chosen from Unit 10 (p.176) Upstream Upper Intermediate B2+

 As most of us are bilingual philologists, we should not underestimate the importance of Latin and Greek languages, as they have greatly contributed in English language. We should not exclude these lanuages from our learning process because it may lead to misunderstanding of some words and their origin. In order to benefit from these languages, we should learn the roots of the words and their meanings. It is very beneficial for us due to the fact that root of the word is a vital component of the word. Being familiar with Latin and Greek is important because it helps us to become more confident in the language and, besides, having some knowledge about these languages will describe you as well-educated person. Finally, knowing these languages will also help us to derive origin of the words in your native language!

субота, 25 лютого 2017 р.

Online tools and resources for vocabulary building

Hello, dear English learner,
I am writing to you from the year of technology and the year when computers invaded every aspect of our life. I am an English learner just like you, but as we live in different ages, we have different tools, resources and methods that help us learn and improve the language. Nowadays, with the help of the internet and computers we don't even need to leave our home to learn the language effectively. I would like to share with you some of the online tools and resources that I find helpful for vocabulary building.
The first online tool that I find useful is Fraze.it
I use this tool to explore the words in their contexts. This website provides sources where the word was used, different forms, tenses (for the verbs), rules and, of course, contexts.
Here is an example of how it works. I wanted to find sentences where the phrasal verb set up is used in present continuous and it found more than 1500 examples! So, this tool is very helpful in exploring examples of usage of words and phrases with the help of mnemonic technique.

Another tool for building vocabulary that works for me is http://www.just-the-word.com/
All you have to do is just type in a word or short phrase and it gives you all the possible collocations with this word or phrase. For instance, I typed in become and it showed me a wide range of collocations and phrases with this word.
The last but not least is http://www.synonym-finder.com/ which helps me to make my language more colorful and interesting.
It is a great tool to help you find synonym to a word in order not to be repetetive or to sound boring. It also gives definition to a word and some examples of its usage.
Learning new words through games is another viable option. One of my favourite is Word Shake

This game helps you recall the words you already know and learn new words by typing just random words.
WARNING!The game can be addictive!

One more game that helps to brush up on your vocabulary is Word Buster
In this game you are given first three letters of the word and you have to type as many words as you can.
Here is my flashcard set with the words related to healthy lifestyle: https://quizlet.com/191493282/healthy-lifestyle-flash-cards/https://quizlet.com/_360d5uhttps://quizlet.com/_360d5u

неділя, 19 лютого 2017 р.

Using dictionaries effectively

When building your vocabulary, you have to remember to get the hang of using your dictionary. Dictionary provides you with a wide range of information about a word and as soon as you start using it you will make the most of it!
Take the time to get to know your dictionary. There are two kinds of dictionaries: prescriptive and descriptive. If you are a native English speaker, a prescriptive dictionary will work for you. As we are English learners, descriptive dictionary will do you a favour as it gives an explanation of the word together with an example of its use in a speech. Moreover, you need to use a monolingual dictionary, which means there is no translation to the word, just a definition. It helps you learn English through English.
Look up words in the dictionary you hear every day and then look above and below the word to understand prefixes words. Another tip to expand your vocabulary is to randomly take 2 or three words and try to make sentences using the rules you find from the dictionary.
Not understanding things you read or hear is a normal part of learning another language so do not concentrate on the words you don't know but concentrate your mind on making a progress.
The word I tend to misspronounce is miscellaneous which means of varoious types or from various sources.
Here are the words that I often confuse:

My grandparents grow a lot of different fruit and vegetables and they have a very prolific garden.
Walking through the field I noticed a solitary tree on the horizon.

You can meet some people who are in a state of perpetual happiness.
The lyrics of the song penetrated his soul.
Her parents have always been indulgent.


Some people are impious towards other religions.
As English language is replenishing with new words very often, paper dictionaries cannot provide us with definitions to these words. In 2016 a lot of new words entered the Oxford English Dictionary. Here are a few of them:
bruck-is a word synonymous with "ugly" (or words pertaining to ugly). It is predominantly used to describe individuals (or other things) that are not at all aesthetically-pleasing (and usually, are quite repulsive looking)
findability-simply the ability to be found or discovered among other similar things
gobsmack-completely dumbfounded, shocked. From the Irish word "gob" meaning "mouth"
livity-a lifestyle, a way of living

   Here is my word cloud

неділя, 12 лютого 2017 р.

Techniques and strategies of vocabulary building

   Having read some information about techniques and strategies of expanding vocabulary, I have picked and chose some of the techniques that I find the most useful.
   Firstly, I have chosen journal style of the notebook as it is more comfortable for me to use it.

Secondly, I try to write out the words not on their own but combinations of words, so called collocations.
Thirdly, a good way of organising a vocabulary is to organize words by their meaning. You can divide the norebook into a large number of different topics and broad sections.
Lastly, I would like to give a try to using variuos types of diagrams. The words from different topics can be grouped under a heading or a more general word.
   As for the ways of learning and revising the vocabulary, I would like to practice mnemonics as this technique helps us remember words better. Also, the learning is more fun with games, so it is much easier to learn new words when you are having fun.
The article I have chosen:
In my first notation in the notebook I have put down individual words, phrasal verbs, collocations and an idiom. 

When learning a new vocabulary it all comes slowly but surely!