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  1. Hi Liceo Cervantino students, this forum is for you to tell us the activities you did during your summer vacation. Please use at least 50 words. You also have to comment at least 15 posts of your classmate to complete your activity.
  2. Better English Issue #1 Wins Kirill participated in, and finished, his first half marathon on September 15, 2019. Kirill is a full time lawyer, father, husband and more! And yet, he managed to squeeze running into his hectic schedule. Read more about the race here. Kirill is pictured above with his family. (You can see the images on your laptop, if not on your phone!) Let me know of recent wins in your life, big or small, that you’re proud of! Write to me here, teacher.nia.online@gmail.com Send pictures! Vocabulary Expansion Did you know that in English we don’t eat coffee? We drink coffee. We have coffee. We imbibe coffee. We sip coffee. But we don’t eat it. Eating involves mastication, involves chewing. What about ice cream? We don’t eat ice cream, either. We don’t chew it. However, we don’t simply swallow ice cream, either, as if it were a liquid! We have ice cream. We don’t eat ice cream. We don’t imbibe ice cream. We don’t sip ice cream. We just have ice cream. That’s it! When speaking of consuming any solid food, semi-solid food, soft food or liquid, the safest, and always correct, verb to use is “to have”. Recently, I had eggs cooked in butter with sliced tomatoes and hot peppers. I also had milk with two tablespoons of Nescafe Clasico stirred in. What did you have recently for one of your meals? Did you see any new vocabulary? Read the above short text on Readlang! To Eat, To Drink, or To Have That is the Question Resources Readlang is a great tool for vocabulary expansion and review. Check out this series of short tutorials and get started! Getting Started with Readlang Video Download Helper is a Firefox extension that allows me to download and save, offline, most of the videos I want to save for further study offline. You;ll know you’re in the right place because of the easily recognizable yellow, red and blue ball logo. Recommended Reading Outliers is a series of true stories and observations. I listened to the audiobook and you can, too. Interview Grant Cardone interviews Joe DeSena. Enjoy the conversation. If desired, adjust the speed to 0.75 by clicking on the settings button on the right side of the video toolbar. Listening Comprehension Challenge Secrets of Success in 8 Words, 3 Minutes What was this person saying and what made understanding them so challenging? What could this person have done to make it easier for his audience to understand him? How can you make your English easier for your audience to understand? Gems from Class interested vs interesting Both interested and interesting are adjectives. interested says something about how the subject feels For example: I am interested in travel. In this sentence, “I” is the subject. This sentence talks about how “I” feel. interesting says something about the power of the subject to make other people feel a certain way. For example: Travel is interesting. In this sentence, “Travel” is the subject. This sentence talks about the fact that “travel” has the power of making people feel a certain way. For more practice and to subconsciously learn the rules, do some online exercises. Here is a link. Repeat the exercise many times until you get 100% correct repeatedly. Pronunciation & Intonation met SOUNDS LIKE set, bet debt, jet, let, net, pet met is the simple past affirmative form of the verb “to meet” meet SOUNDS LIKE meat, seat, neat, feet, feat, Crete meet is one of the simple present affirmative forms of the verb “to meet” the other simple present affirmative form of the verb “to meet” is meets Tip: When reading and writing, use your voice! When you use your voice, you’ll be less likely to write “met” when you mean “meet”. You’ll be less likely to write one word, when you really mean another one. Poll Here is the question: What is your BIGGEST problem with English? The Sharing Economy Enjoying this Better English newsletter? It just takes a moment to share useful and inspiring content with a friend or a business colleague. Do you believe you need better English? We are committed to serving adults who are non-native speakers of English. Those adults--out of necessity--use English at work, and they have an intermediate or advanced level of English. Does this describe you? Do you have have access to 30 minutes per day, technology and the determination to get better at English now? Contact us today. Niamaat aka “Nia” +52 33 2235 2989 teacher.nia.online@gmail.com Get Better English Now Copyright © 2019 Get Better English Now All rights reserved.
  3. Please, could you recommend me some good textbooks on learning and practising my English vocabulary for either mathematics, physics, pharmacology, or chemistry? (Something like both "Macmillan Vocabulary Practice Series: Geography" and "Oxford English For Careers".)
  4. Here, I want to recommend a good Android App to learn and memorize Japanese vocabulary. Japanese Vocabulary (N1~N5) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digi.japanesevocabulary&hl=en I found that it contains many vocabulary (cover JLPT N5 up to N1) with awesome text UI, and pronunciation is supported. The mini game inside the app also helps me in memorizing the newly learned vocabulary. No additional money is needed. All the content are completely free!!! Please try it if you are free.
  5. I look for bilingual wordlists in an excel, access database, notepad or other form. I prefer more than 30000 entries in many langauge pairs(English-Hungarian, English-Hindi, English-Danish and many other)
  6. Hey guys, I wanted to share this great directory of free language learning resources. The site is specific to Spanish, but many of the apps and resources are available in all languages. Hope this helps! www.learningspanishforfree.net
  7. Hi everyone, We've recently launched a beta version of our Language learning web site. Check it out at: http://language.tech We're starting with those three main tools: SpeakUP (phrasebooks) LanguageParallels (parallel stories) LatteChat (Language learning chat). The site is in beta so we welcome any feedback. SpeakUP is also available on Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=LanguageTech&hl=en and iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/belvek-ltd./id1072684083 We're working on Android and iOS mobile apps for LatteChat and LanguageParallels. And... we're only getting started! One of our the coming products is called VocabSmasher and will make vocabulary learning fun! Lots of new features to the existing products and our flagship product are yet to be released. Also, we're constantly working on adding more language material (More SpeakUP languages, more LanguageParallels stories). Check our blog and social pages: http://blog.language.tech/ https://www.facebook.com/speakupphrasebooks/ If you have any feedback or just want to say Hi you can contact us at contact@language.tech Best, LanguageTech
  8. Love learning new words? Want to use those you know now more accurately and confidently? Then give The Word of the Day Podcast a listen! Among language podcasts, it's one-of-a-kind. Includes: - Words you can really use. - Explanations that make sense. - Fascinating word origins. - Usage examples from everyday life and classic literature. - Fun bonus segments. - Plenty of humor and the occasional pun. - Punchy, action-packed episodes--most between 5-10 minutes. Does NOT include: - Jargon, boring words, excessively fancy or pretentious words, random slang. - Someone just reading stuff out of a dictionary and expecting the meaning to be obvious. - Long-winded etymologies where roots are parsed in nine different languages. - Anything except the excitement of discovering and discussing the best language has to offer. Every episode, we do our best to live up to our credo: "useful words, pleasantly explained." Season 1 (on iTunes!) just finished--language fans, have at it! Jamie Silva Host of The Word of the Day Podcast iTunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/podcasts-wotdpodcast/id1193108780 Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-934588746-565122450 Word of the Day Podcast Website: https://www.wotdpodcast.com
  9. Check it out on the Google Play store This mini app lets you listen and learn fun words. These words are English fantasy words from films, books and games like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Clash of Clans. More themes, accents, languages and formats are on the way. Enjoy Check it out on the Google Play store
  10. Hola, ¿ qué tal ? I propose something. Can we share some vocabularies about the theme : "Introduce oneself" like for instance : "My name is etc." "I am a student", "I am aworker", "My family is", I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters" etc. I will keep this topic update: it means that as soon as I have new vocabularies I will edit this message. So that people who want to learn Spanish on this forum could learn this theme by watching directly to the first message of this topic. What do you think ? Is it a good idea ? ¿ Una buena idea es ? Muchas gracias ! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SHEET OF WORDS LINKED TO THIS THEMA : Me llamo ... : My name is/I call myself Soy De ... : I am from/I come from ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ People who contributes to the writing of this sheet : Mereloshn ! A big thank you to you
  11. I found two study guide for hsk level one and two. Chinese Characters and Vocabulary For Beginners: A Study Guide For The HSK Exam; Level 1 Puzzles (Volume 1) Chinese Characters and Vocabulary For Beginners: A Study Guide For The HSK Exam; Level 2 Puzzles (Volume 2) The character searches in these books are organized thematically (greeting, restaurant, work, school etc) and will help people learn by presenting the material for different learning styles. you can search the words with Sherlock Holmes.. I like the idea of having Holmes helping you find the words.. Marta
  12. The application world has yet to see something as unique as Tapxicon. Although there are many dictionary and English learning apps available, none delivers like Tapxicon; both in terms of content and use. With the ease of browsing words on the go, Tapxicon changes what was once a tiresome and boring task into an effortless review by allowing phone users to comprehend the word that they see on that LCD, in a manner that hardly takes effort and most definitely doesn’t feel like a textbook being shoved in their faces. Let’s face it, improving your vocabulary whilst browsing Facebook is more enjoyable than reading a dictionary. But if you prefer that, we won't judge (or would we?). Tapxicon is the companion you never had. The companion who tells you all the tasty goodness of a word. This includes: • Definitions • Audio Pronunciation • Phonetic Notation • Synonyms • Antonyms • Usage • Derivation • Hierarchical Information such as- type, part, substance. Other features include: • Verb Conjugation- four subcategories of conjugation: indicative, subjunctive, conditional and imperative. • Part of Speech Tagger- input a sentence and find the part of speech for each word in that sentence. Please try it out and leave feedback. We're always happy to hear from you (unless it's something negative...just kidding)! LINK --> Grab it here! Thanks!
  13. I wonder if anyone here has an English word (or maybe even many words!) that you not can only remember as such, but also you remember the time/day/moment/ when you acquired it? If you do, please share your words with me! It's so interesting that some words really do stay with you, and do it so well that you can even memorise how they did it I'll share some of mine. "drawback" - I remember I saw this word first when I was in my 7th school year, in the school English textbook. I was so amazed that I hadn't found such a useful word before. Stayed with me ever since. "point of view" - this one came from Unit 1 in Blueprint Upper Intermediate Student's Book when I was in my 10th year "brocade" - came across this one 4 years ago while reading some Agatha Christie. It seemed so rich and decadent, both in meaning and sound, that somehow I remembered it immediately. "to lurk" - first saw it in "Good Omens" (a very funny book, by the way). Imagined someone "lurking" very vividly. Added it to my vocabulary. Do you have words like that too?
  14. Hello Everyone, My name is Emmanuel Skourtis and I am the author of a new line of lexicons about English - Spanish business communicating. Whether you are confident with your use of English and are just looking to add the finishing touches or have some anxieties about expressing yourself on key occasions, this book can be your safety net or your guardian angel. It is in your hands. By carefully studying the contents page, you can match your need with a particular set of phrases and expressions, tailor-made for very specific situations down to the very last detail. You can come back to it time and time again; it will never let you down.. Meetings, presentations, closing deals and pretty much everything else are situations covered by our books. What makes these business English books different? It deals with a series of subjects and scenarios straight from the authentic working environment. It is full of real and relevant everyday situations; Given that many of you might want to get a taste of our books here is a 89 pages free ebook covering materials from all the series, and figure out for yourself if it fits your needs. I would greatly appreciate your feedback and anything else for that matter. Don't forget to drop by Businessenglishbook.com and check the whole book collection.
  15. Hello everyone! First off, I'm new to the forum! In my 7 or 8 years of studying languages, I never knew there was a forum like this. But I mean, nowadays you can find a forum for anything on the internet, so I can't say I'm surprised. So my question is about a particular study method. Now I know everyone has their own style, and I'm a fan of the "whatever works for you" idea. For me, I'm native in english, and I have a high C1 in Spanish. I've used a number of different methods to help get me this far, but one tool to supplement has always been learning from reading, then pulling vocabulary and doing flashcards. I am a big fan of Lingq. It has never been my main tool of study, but it has always helped me improved my reading comprehension. That said, I've run into a little issue that annoys me a little, and I wanted to see if any of you have run into this issue with other languages, and what you've done to help out.... I am currently reading a book in Spanish called "La Sombra del Viento". It's a really popular book in quite a few languages. The truth is it's a pretty easy read for me, but there are some words I've come across so far that I didn't know. Luckily I'm reading it in iBooks, and when I run into those words, I can define them right in the app. However, while I look them up, I can never remember them. I like using flashcards for this purpose, but I can't figure out how to get these words to flash cards without doing them manually one by one. From this, I have two questions: 1st, has anyone else had this issue? And if so, what have you done to go around it? 2nd, does anyone else have any other methods for going about learning vocabulary in text? Thanks everyone for your help!
  16. I'm surprised nobody has listed this app yet. I use it mostly for learning Japanese but from time to time I also use it for brushing up on my Spanish. I guess you can say it is kind of like Duolingo except you get to choose which course you would like to learn. There are points and you can share your progress on social networks as well. You can register online first (recommended) and then sync up the app on your mobile device. My favorite thing about Memrise is that there is more to learn than just languages, you really just need to see it for yourself. Oh and the courses are written by other users so you get a chance to learn slang and other things. Seriously, go and check it out! www.memrise.com
  17. Hi all, I'd like to introduce a new app called MemoLingo. It's an addictive game but whilst playing we hope you will also learn new words in a new language. (or test out a language you vaguely know). Please give it a go and provide some feedback. We are actively looking to improve based on the responses we are getting. We think our app is less boring that the other language apps out there and are on a mission to make the most fun and effective language learning app! There are 10 language to choose from Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and more will be added soon. Please help us out. You can find more information here: http://www.memolingoapp.com available for IPad, IPhone, iPod: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1055010946 available on Android play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trianglecarrot.memolingo actually free on Android Amazon app store: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Triangle-Carrot-Ltd-MemoLingo-Languages/dp/B018BTCHGQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1449827244&sr=1-1&keywords=memolingo
  18. I recently discovered this app while looking for an offline translator and something to expand my vocabulary in either language. Let me tell you, it has a VERY nicely done design and aesthetic. Not only that, but it has quick games and quizzes that are incredibly helpful if your vocabulary quantity is lacking in either language (though it is mainly targeting English learners who speak Spanish I believe). Its games are quick and challenging, and I'm pretty sure it all works offline as well. Here's the Google Play download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nglish.spanish.english.translator&hl=es_419
  19. Are you learning a language? On our website you can find useful information on languages, on destinations (language learning should be fun!), on exams like the CAE, CPE, CFE, TOEFL etc. and on grammar and vocabulary study. Our blog is in German, there is also an Italian, English, French, Spanisch, Polish and Portuguese section. Interested? Then go to: http://coursefinders.com/de/studentlibrary We are happy to see you there!
  20. Hi guys, I am officially studying dutch again My grammar is ok, now I need to learn more words! I need to do that so I start using the language more and start understanding more of what I read and what people say. I'm not sure what to do about this though, can anyone give me some advice on this one? I was using Memrise, but it gets kind of boring after a while and I got stuck building my own list. Any kind of advice, tips or sites that might be helpful will be greatly appreciated
  21. I wonder if any one you know a (more or less) plausible test to roughly evaluate how many words you know in a given language? Have you ever tried such tests for English or other languages? If you know any sites or books that you can recommend, I'd be very grateful. I'd love to know a (very) approximate amount of words I know in several languages but I don't know which source can be reliable in this respect. Thanks in advance!
  22. Hi guys A friend and I came up with an awesome idea on how to increase and practice Spanish vocabulary. What if some of the words in the text we already read on the internet, were translated to their Spanish translation? So we'll read them in context? So we built it! Lynonym.com - Feel free to try us out and let me know what you think!
  23. Hello,so I started studying Swedish this year and wanted to use my smartphone to learn my vocabulary. Therefor I wrote an app for me, that asks me words I entered in the app frequently over the day via simple notifications. I look at my smartphone all day, anyway, so why shouldn't I use it for this purpose, too?It worked out really well and I uploaded it in the android app store, because I thought some people might want to use it, too. It does not cost anything and there is no advertisement. I just hope it helps someone. If you have any ideas how i could improve it, please tell me!Here is the link:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.natzer.jonas.whatmeansCheers,Jonas
  24. I've never intentionally invented a single word in my life, but some just kind "happened" along the way. Often those are pet names for members of my family, they sound more special when I know probably no one has made them up in the same way that I did. I have a special word for "thank you" when I talk to my sister. Both of us are studying French, so one day someone mixed up Russian and French by accident, and mersibo just stayed with us. A couple of others appeared because I couldn't find the right word for them in Russian (like, feeling cold, hungry and miserable at the same time ) so I've made them up on the go once and well, they also stayed. Of course, I only ever use such words with people who are close and know what they mean. I wonder if anybody here also has their own words? If so, what is the reason for their creation?
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