неділя, 2 квітня 2017 р.

Feelings, Emotions, Body Language

Frankly speaking, I have a wide range of songs that I derive a pleasure from, but there is only one I absolutely adore. It is Mahmut Orhan Ft. Sena Senar - Feel.
The reason why this song is my favorite is because no matter what situation I am in, I am like a bear with a sore head or I’m jumping for joy, listening to it I feel like on the cloud nine. Playing the violin just drives me into the wonderful world where I receive a burst of energy as well as the sense of purpose.

It’s a sheer bliss when just only one song can increase your  happiness and bring you sense of euphoriaJ

понеділок, 6 березня 2017 р.

Word famlies. Word formation.

(Upstream, Student's Book p.93)
First and foremost I would like to recall one incredible proverb that has attracted my attention while reading extra information about word families: “Happy is the man who knows causes of things”. You can ask me where is the connection between this expression and the discussed theme. I would like to manage to explaining.

We must understand that words don’t just drop out from the sky. Every of them is a “traveler” (e.g. travelling from Greece to France to England) and every of them has its own history. To be honest, I have already confessed that I should have developed sympathy for Latin words and made more effort while learning Latin on the 1st course. The thing is that half of English words are formed from a set of Latin and Greek roots with different prefixes and suffixes. Knowing these roots can facilitate the process of learning new words as well as give you the benefit of guessing a word’s meaning automatically. 

понеділок, 27 лютого 2017 р.

Online tools and resourses for vocabulary building

Dear, Alice.
 We haven’t seen for ages just  from our last meeting on English courses. How are you? Actually, I got to know that your English has been out of practice for about 20 years. I can’t believe it. You had got a head for learning English and cope with all the exercises with remarkable ease. I hope this letter finds you in the best of spirits.
To tell you the truth, I made a lot of efforts while exploring different ways to learn English better  using  a wide range of online tools. The thing is that I want you to be motivated by  achieving your old goal to become an interpreter , that’s why I would like to propose you some efficient learning opportunities that became the real alternatives for existing ones.
The first and foremost is the website Fraze.it  which will help you to find any word in its context.

As you are ESL student , online tool “Just a word” will show you all possible collocations with the word you type in. 

Another valuable website is “Synonym Finder” which is the part and parcel of the list of the best online tools for me as far as group synonyms in my head.

 If you want to learn English in entertaining way ”Word Shake” and “Word Buster” are relevant to you.
So, I am sure you will get the hang of it and gain your purpose in the near future. I’m really looking  forward to seeing you.
Best wishes,


Here is the link to my flashcard set.

понеділок, 20 лютого 2017 р.

Dictionary Daze

As I already have mentioned, I am on my way to become an interpreter and I’m motivated to reach my goal.  Building the vocabulary is a part and parcel of my job. Slowly but surely I go on exploring different ways of enriching it. Actually, a wide range of dictionaries help me to cope with it.
After viewing some videos I have made some conclusions concerning the dictionary choice and want to share them with you.
1.    It’s important to differentiate prescriptive and descriptive dictionaries. Prescriptive dictionary is like a doctor, he prescribes something to you, but doesn’t give you any kind of extra information. Actually, it is suitable for native speakers. As for descriptive ones, they are appropriate for us, the second-year-students ESL.
2.    You should use two dictionaries: a good monolingual dictionary (as much as possible) and  bilingual dictionary (as little as possible). The thing is that, the first one help you to learn English through English and gives an accurate and expanded explanation of a word or phrase thus it makes your English fluent and natural.
1.Queue / kjuː/ - a line of people waiting to enter a building, buy something etc, or a line of vehicles waiting to move.
Schedule/ ˈʃɛdjuːl/ - a plan of what someone is going to do and when they are going to do it
Chaos /ˈkeɪɒs / - a situation in which everything is happening in a confused way and nothing is organized or arranged in order.
2.Desert – a large area of land where it is always very dry, there few plants, and there is a lot of sand or rocks. F. e: We got lost in the desert and were so tired because of scarcity of  water.
Dessert – sweet food served after the main part of meal. F.e: You can’t have your dessert until you finish eating pizza.
Pour- to make liquid or other substance flow out of or into a container by holding it at an angle. F.e: He opened the wine and poured some into my glass.
Poor – having very little money and not many possessions. F.e:His family is so poor that he can’t afford to buy clothes for children.
3.Rag doll – a soft doll made of cloth.
 Findability - the quality of a particular object being locatable.
 Gob – a lump or muss, as of something soft.
 Truck - a small block or disk used as support to pull a flag or sail to the top of a pole.

неділя, 12 лютого 2017 р.

Techniques and strategies for vocabulary building

As I am on my way to become an interpter, I should enrich my vocabulary on a daily basis in order to develop my language proficiency. To be honest, I have never used special or creative techniques for organizing my vocabulary, but after viewing some videos I selected the most useful and efficient ones which I would like to share with you.
The first thing you should do is to keep a vocabulary notebook. To my mind, you can perceive it like your “best  friend”, because your vocabulary notebook must be by your side all the time:)
1.The first technique I would like to share is to use a new word in a sentence, but not just in any sentence. You must be sure that this sentence makes a sense and clearly shows that we understand the meaning of the word. Besides, you mustn’t limit yourself to the one new word, it will be better to find all forms of this word and put them into different columns.

2.Another  useful  technique that is similar to preciding is to divide your lists into types of words (nouns, adjectives, adverbs…), rubric (food, weather, clothes…) or group words with the same roots (unabridged,unfair,unfriendly). Futhermore, if you have visual mind you can create brainstorming diagrams. Here is an example:
To tell you the truth, the most appealing methods for me are: to group synonyms, that gives me opportunity to choose another appropriate word in case of necessity or to write a definition that explains the exact meaning of a word.

As for me, in order to bear in my mind all learned words I must manage to reviewing.  Sometimes I ask my sister to test me or make flashcards with the English word on one side and the word in Ukrainian language on the other side. Actually, I put them in my pocket and carry all the time. 

2. http://www.eslgold.com/personal_loan_for_you.html
 Here art new words:
standard of living, beyond reach, scarcity, loan application, clear off, lunp, hassle-free, borrower, lender, collateral, credibility, avail, profile, consolidate, relevant, nominal, installment.

Here you can see the usual technique of vocabulary organising. Actually, I began to use it at the beginning of the1-st course. Frankly speaking,I find it the most efficient so far as it includes transctiption, definition and translaton, thus you get an exect pronunciation and an accurate comprehesion of the new word. 
However, I intend to use all aforementioned techniques too and share my impessions with you:)