понедельник, 17 апреля 2017 г.

Online tools and resources for vocabulary building

Hi mom!

You was learning English more than 20 years ago! I can't even imagine how it was difficult for you to study without Internet. I know you don`t like it, but it much easier to build your vocabulary by using online dictionaries instead of paper books. Just try to find something that works for you.

Online Dictionaries

Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary

Now, look at this picture:
You see Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary (Abbreviations.com), one of my favourite dictionary! As a freelancer, I work with articles which contain different acronyms and abbreviations, and I often rack my brains in order to make sense of some of them. It is impossible to know everything like the back of your hand, and that is why this dictionary is useful. 

Urban Dictionary

If you have problem with modern English, this site  could help you to deal with small chunks of unknown part of vocabulary with remarkable ease. Every new day - one new word! Just make a practice of visiting Urban Dictionary every day and, I promise, you will always keep up with modern words and slang.

Mnemonic Dictionary

I'm not sure if it can be useful for you, but you definitely should try it.
Here you can find not only a definition, but also a list of synonyms, examples and - the main thing in this online dictionary - "mnemonics (memory aids) for ...". There are a lot of different mnemonic techniques that are useful, and thousands of language learners use them every day. What is more, they are ready to help you to memorise the unknown words. Of course, sometimes there is no logic in their explanations, but it works for them! 

Online tools

There are other ways you can use in order to build your vocabulary.


It always takes a lot of time to look unknown words up in the dictionary and memorise them. But if you want to make progress without spending much time, you can always sign up for some English course on this site. Other languages are also available!

Synonym Finder

You can use this site for improving your writing and speaking skills: www.synonym-finder.com  

You must never forget about using synonims and antonyms, and "Synonim Finder" helps you to avoid repeating some word! It also provides every word with a definition and other information you may need. 

These online tools are only the tip of the iceberg! There are a great number of different sites you should really visit! You can start from this one: https://quizlet.com/_3awd5o 

четверг, 30 марта 2017 г.

Using dictionaries effectively

The first thing student learns - you should know where you can find the meaning of unknown word - just look a word up in the dictionary. But if you believe that it is enough - to know a word's meaning, you are wrong. Providing a definition is only the tip of the iceberg! My first post "Techniques and strategies of vocabulary building" contains information you really should recall if you don't understand what I'm talking about. 

What dictionary do I need?

Of course it is better to use a paper dictionary but it's up to you. If you want identify the word's meaning or, for instance, pronunciation quickly, it will be much more effectively to use online version of dictionaries such as:
  • Oxford Dictionary: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com
  • Cambridge Dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org
  • Your Dictionary: http://www.yourdictionary.com
There are a wide range of dictionaries. And every could help you to build your vocabulary if you only try. So just do this! Open your dictionary and find your first definition! 

I am here to help U

I`m a student too and I learn something new by trial and error all the time! For example, I often write "burocracy", not "Bureaucracy". And in many other words I always make a wrong choice between  "o" and "eau"! 

Bureaucracy - a system of government administration consisting of numerous bureaus or offices, especially one run according to inflexible and inefficiency, lots of rules, and red tape.

I also have a problem with a confusing words. Here are some examples and their explanations:
  • Advise/advice.
  1. Adviceguidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent action. Ex.: ‘My advice is to see your doctor’; ‘He should take advice from his accountant’.
  2. Advise - offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone. Ex.: ‘I advised him to go home’; ‘we advise against sending cash by post’.

  • Amount/number: use amount for things that cannot be counted and number for things that can be counted. Ex.: "This amount of water is enough to fill a number of bottles."

New words in the dictionaries

More than 500 new words, phrases, and senses have entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016. Here are some of them:
Brumation (n) - a state or condition of semi-dormancy exhibited by reptiles and amphibians in response to cold weather, characterized by lethargy and a decrease in metabolic activity.
Defang (v) - make something harmless or ineffectual.
 Full-fat (adj) - designating foods from which no fat has been removed.

воскресенье, 26 марта 2017 г.

Techniques and strategies of vocabulary building

Hello everybody ;) 

Once Nelson Mandela said: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart." But before you will be able to speak with native speaker easily, you have to learn many and many things. And memorising new words is as significant part of language learning as grammar or improving listening skills is.

Am I motivated?

As for me, the success of learning new words depends on my concentration and motivation: I find this process boring sometimes, and in these cases all I need is some motivational thought. I imagine myself walking somewhere in Italy or England and speaking with those amazing people. And in my dream I can speak with them freely, without any problems. And I think "It can be real! All I need is to be more attantive and concentrate my mind on learning new words." 

What does it mean: to learn new word?

To know a word means to be able provide correct definition and/or translation. But, in fact, you need to know much more information about word. It includes:

  • Spell;
  • Pronounce;
  • Collocation;
  • Part of speech;
  • Grammar facts.
So, you really shold have a lexical notebook where you will write down all information about word you need. In addition, it is very important to find an effective method that works for you. In this way, you will achieve a goal if you take it seriously

My lexical notebook 

I choose the A4 notebook  and decided to organise it this way:

The words from my Wordlist1:

  • Accurate;
  • Disorder;
  • Impaired;
  • Assumption;
  • Vulnerable;
  • Cortex;
  • Cerebral;
  • Percuption;
  • Phenotype;
  • Insight;
  • Limitation;
  • Sample;
  • Noticeable;
  • Distinguish;
  • Credibility;
  • Spectrum;
  • Pattern;
  • Assess;
  • Array;
  • Struggle.

I found them here: http://lingualeo.com/ru/jungle/brain-structure-might-explain-why-boys-are-5-times-more-likely-to-develop-autism-509416#/page/1