суббота, 13 мая 2017 г.

Creating a Company

Are you looking for lucrative and  permanent job? Are you a good team player open to offers? Our company offers you a job as a photographer or a journalist. 

Our publishing company specializes in ecological and health issues. As our employees work closely with people of different social level, you have to be a people person. You also have to be able to meet a tight deadlines and work well in a team

You'll definitely be shortlisted if you have a good knowledge of foreign languages (at least B2 in French/Spanish/German).

We offer you a demanding but fulfilling job with a high salary and bonuses for working overtime (you'll work flexitime, but there is always a possibility to do some voluntary work and if you do it, you'd get a bonus). Our employees have a good career prospects and perks such as car and free meals in company's canteen. 

It's better if you are available to start work immediately. If you still have some questions, visit our site GreenEarth.com and read more about our company. You can also find many feedbacks about working with us from our real employees. 

So, if you are ready to embark on a career in journalism or photography, please, attend an interview on Saturday, 20th of May in our main office. 

среда, 26 апреля 2017 г.

Word formation

I had to found some examples for Greek and Latin prefixes. I found a lot of them and I realised how important Latin and Greek are for our everyday communication. Actually, they are like a prologue to modern european languages. Speaking about English itself, have you ever noticed how many Latin or Greek words it has? No? Well, it seems like something supernatural, but we use them everyday!

On Saturday evening you are so tired and overworked that you are not sure if driving your automobile is a good idea: you can easily make a mistake! At home you mispronounce some words and that makes your children smile. Next in your "Evening list" is watching semifinal of the tennis championship with your older son. He imagines what pseudonym he would choose if he were a player. Your little son enteres a room and sais that his favourite superhero is Superman and tennis players are boring because they have any superpower! On Sunday you play in "Monopolist" and listen to monologue of your President on the radio...

See? The truth is that Greek and Latin roots and prefixes are multilingual. It means that they are in many languages: English, French, German, Ukrainian etc. You can use them and don't even notice it! That is why we all should be familiar with such prefixes etc., expecially if we are languages learners!

These words can be found on p.100-101 of Upstream Student Book (Unit 6, "Guilt-free Holidays").

понедельник, 24 апреля 2017 г.

Communication in pictures

Here you can see 3 photos from Les Mis. I used not only words and expressions from my wordlist, but also some lines from songs "Red and Black" and "In my life\Heart full of love".

I LOVE this musical and every song in it! I hope you'll like it too.

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.