суббота, 25 марта 2017 г.

Emotions make us human. Denying them makes us beasts

It goes without saying that emotions and feelings is an inevitable part of our existence. Every single day bring enormous moods for us, as now we jump for joy, but after an hour somebody fills us with dread or makes us feel apprehensive. Wearing your heart on your sleeve is much more better than bottling up your emotions that may lead to feeling down in the dumps. Lets be honest-nobody wants to feel depressed because of the lack of emotions in your everyday routine. In order not to make it homogeneous but versatile, we need to derive pleasure from being emotional. We must be grateful that we have such a splendid opportunity to express our feeling and emotions whenever and wherever we want. Such a priceless gift. 
Here are some pics of my life that display various feelings and emotion the face could ever "produce". Enjoy:)

There are so few songs in the world I get goose bumps from. And this song is actually that one-of-a-kind. In fact, I feel truly ecstatic listening to all of the compositions by Coldplay, and I'm in high spirits listening to this one. What's more, the video itself urges everyone to be in a state of euphoria as it provokes so many thoughts in your head. In love with this masterpiece.

суббота, 11 марта 2017 г.

суббота, 4 марта 2017 г.

Word Families. Word formation

Upstream Upper-Intermediate B2+ Unit 5 

Word families representation



It may sound a bit weird but words also need love, that is why they form word families. And it doesn't come as quite as surprise that many of them trace back to the ancient times. In fact, we must give credits to those Roman and Latin guys who actually contributed greatly to the lexicon of the English language we have now. 
Why do we need to know all that roots? Well, if you come across some article, for example, and see unknown word but the prefix is truly familiar, then you can generate some ideas about what that word could theoretically mean.
What's more, such prefixes may help you in the learning process, as you can automatically recognize the word if you know what its root means. Thus, you dispose all your words in the groups with the same root and similar meanings that decreases your suppression. The advantage of learning these roots is transparent because it gives you many opportunities to build up your vocabulary.

суббота, 25 февраля 2017 г.

English is boring? Ne, ne slyshal!

Dear Mr Who, 
I understand it's quite strange you receive an e-mail from the girl living in the XXI century, but you need to deal with it because I'm here to make your English learning process much easier instead of everyday struggle. Are you sick and tired of looking the words up in the paper dictionaries? Is the learning of English a frustrating activity for you? Do you think you're out of practice in expanding your vocabulary? I have an alternative option that will help you to make the most of learning the language with remarkable ease. So I have prepared a complex of online tools so that you could brush up on your English.


If you want to explore the word in the context this tool will definitely work for you. It is an effective way of building up your vocabulary as the context always helps to clarify unknown meaning.


The tool provides you with a wide range of collocations to a particular word. It's a terrible thing to waste if you want to make progress in the learning process.

 It is obvious that finding synonyms to different words is an essential part of expanding your lexicon. That is why SYNONYM FINDER will become a good friend of you.

Games will always be the funniest and the easiest way of studying. You just concentrate your mind on one particular goal and not being disturbed by other factors.

Another extremely useful game which helps you to recall the words you already know. 

Now you see that sticking to paper dictionaries only isn't a viable option. So many opportunities are waiting for you in the future, so don't hesitate to use them. See you soon! 


суббота, 18 февраля 2017 г.

Dazed But Not Confused

Dictionaries in use

     Using a dictionary turns out to be not that easy thing we all expected. Previously we didn't take it seriously when we looked up a word in a dictionary because that was just the usual process. However, now I know it was only the tip of the iceberg as dictionaries hide a lot of secrets that may come in handy. To make the most of using the dictionary here are some useful pieces of advice that will help you to build your vocabulary
  1. KNOW YOUR DICTIONARY. Prior to this tip it's essential to understand what your level of English is. If you learn ESL descriptive dictionary will effectively improve your knowledge. However, advanced learners more get down to the prescriptive ones as they speak the language fluently. 
  2. MONOLINGUAL VS BILINGUAL. Using monolingual dictionary will definitely work for everyone who wants to expand his/her vocabulary. It makes the language fluent and more natural in comparison with the bilingual one that contains only a word and its translation. 
  3. GIVE A REST TO THE DICTIONARY. You mustn't concentrate your mind only on what that word means. You can omit the word by guessing the meaning from the context. Depending on your dictionary all the time makes no sense. 
  4. DICTIONARY IS NOT A TEACHER. It is obvious that a dictionary is not a teacher, it only provides you with what a particular word means but not with the usage of the word. 
  5. NOT EVERYTHING CAN BE TRANSLATED. There are some phrases in different languages that cannot be accurately translated so to make yourself understood you need to use monolingual dictionary that will clarify the word or phrase. 
The word I regularly mispronounce is 
COOPERATIVE /kəʊˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv/ - willing to help or do what people ask. 
The words I often confuse: 
MANAGE /ˈmæn.ɪdʒ/ : 

  1. to succeed in doing or dealing with something, especially something difficult: I only just managed to finish on time. 
  2. to succeed in living on a small amount of money: After she lost her job, they had to manage on his salary. 
AMBIGUOUS /æmˈbɪɡ.ju.əs/ - having or expressing more than one possible meaning, sometimes intentionally: His reply to my question was somewhat ambiguous. 
The words that entered the dictionary in 2016: 
FINGERTIP - the end of a finger. 
TROUT POUT - very big lips that women get if they have too much collagen put in their lips in an operation to make them look bigger. 
ANTE - an amount of money that each person must risk in order to be part of a game that involves gambling.

How to build a friendship with your vocabulary

     All the avid English learners know for sure that memorizing new words can be extremely hard and tiring task. But at least you don't need to learn those Nile-long words the German language can sometimes surprise you with(actually I do need to, but this story is not about that). It comes as quiet as surprise that the English language is also mischievous enough to make you feel baffled. Still, only the real cowards give up on the way of progress, but the real enthusiasts(like me, of course) work out the best ways to learn the language and make this process enjoyable. 
     It goes without saying that the ways of comprehending English are truly individual and there are no universal ones that will be suitable for everyone. What's more, there is an enormous amount of tips to choose from. As I have my own demons inside my head, here are some tips which I basically use in organizing my vocabulary.

  • Writing down definitions to all the unfamiliar words doesn't work. If the translation of the word is clear enough I just don't have to cram the information I don't actually need. Another thing is when you have an idiom, collocation, or the word that cannot be understood just with the help of translation. In this case the

    definition is a terrible thing to waste. 
  • Finding the synonyms can also be beneficial as your vocabulary will be much more colorful.
  • Dividing your notebook into sections:words, phrasals, collocations, idioms. In this case you won't be puzzled with what you learn.
  • Supporting your definitions with the relevant examples. Sometimes the definition doesn't express the whole meaning but examples can clarify the situation.
     Now it's time to show you how my tips actually work in practice.