пʼятниця, 17 березня 2017 р.

Sherlock. Сomics. Communication.

Latin. Word families. Word formation.

   Hello, my audience
   Today I want to give you a chance to explore the importance of  Latin.

   First and foremost, you should take into consideration that Latin is a foremother of all languages. Therefore, we can see a lot of examples of Latin influence in every language. It is visible that English contains a lot of words which transformed from Latin. They have formed from Latin roots or prefixes.

    Secondly, I am sure you have heard that Latin is a dead language. So, it could impress you that in Germany's aristocratic circles are very popular to speak Latin. It means that to know Latin is very beneficial especially for young generations of people.

   In conclusion, do not consider learning Latin to be exhausing. Just respect it and you will be successful. Remember, you have the opportunity to help the dead language to revive.

    I've chosen a text from Upstream SB unit 7 p. 122-123

середа, 15 березня 2017 р.

Online tools and resources for vocabulary building

Dear Hanna,
   Thanks for your letter. It was really interesting for me to know which methods and mnemonic techniques you used when you were learning English 20 years ago. I know you can speak English fluently now but I think that it will be interesting for you to know about a wind range of new online methods to expand vocabulary.
Secondly, I would like to tell you which online dictionaries I usually use and I strongly recommend you to be aware of them. My favorite online dictionaries are Cambridge Dictionary, Macmillan Dictionary, and Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It will help you to select correct definition and build your vocabulary easily.

   First and foremost, I would like to make you sure that online tools and resources are more convenient for using. For instance, it is obvious that online dictionary contains a wide list of different definitions. So, you can pick and choose one that suits you the most. Moreover, online dictionaries usually have some extra functions. They provide some synonyms to the word, its etymology in detail and some examples how you can use the word properly in a context. Besides, you know that looking many words up in the paper dictionary is a bit frustrating and takes a lot of time. So, many people try to avoid doing it and prefer using online dictionaries. It happens because you can see an immense asset of definitions in online dictionaries just in a few second.

   Thirdly, I would like to say some words about other online tools that you can use. I usually use online tools such as Memrise and Fraze.it. These tools could help you with learning words in details.
   All in all, now you know about new methods of learning words. So, why not to do an experiment and give it to try

Best wishes,

Here is my flashcard set:

вівторок, 21 лютого 2017 р.

How to find a common language with the dictionary

Hello again!ツ

In this blogpost, I would like to talk about the part and parcel of building your vocabulary - dictionaries. Using dictionaries effectively is a problem with which each of us sometimes faced.  At first sight, dictionary seems to be complicated.  Therefore, a lot of learners avoid using it. Learners prefer guessing the meaning or understanding it from the context than looking up in the dictionary. However, if you take learning a language seriously, you will slowly but surely expand your vocabulary.

If you are a beginner dealing with the dictionary, first and foremost that you should do is to make a choice of dictionary. There is a wide range of dictionaries which have written for different people. Do not use the first! Give them to try and find the most appropriate for you.

It is better to use a monolingual dictionary because it contains everything from what you should be aware of. For instance, it provides a definition in detail, etymology, a few synonyms to the word and so on. While bilingual dictionary provides only translations. So, it is obvious that monolingual dictionary will faster help you to get better.

However, it is only the tip of the iceberg. You should make yourself understood that you must use the dictionary only to check not to learn. You can not learn a language completely using a dictionary. Do not depend on your dictionary too much. Dictionary does not have information how to use a word correctly. Besides, remember that not everything can be translated.

All in all, do not be afraid if you do not know the word, keep searching and you will understand. Do not give up, try to do your best and in the result, you will make progress by trial and errors.

P.S. 1)Here I present you the word I tend to mispronounce is "awry" which means: in the wrong position.

2)Two pairs of words that I often confuse.
Ex. Heavy curtains at the windows cut out draughts.
      The first draft of the party's manifesto.

Ex. He should take advice from his accountant. 
       I advised him to go home.

3) 3 words that entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016.

4) My Word Cloud.

вівторок, 14 лютого 2017 р.

Techniques and strategies of vocabulary building

   Dear readers and other who just accidentally got to my blog, please stay with me for a moment and read my blog, maybe it will be useful for you. Today I'd like to give you some advice how to build your vocabulary better.

   So, as English Learner student, I was faced with the challenge of learning words. It is clear that there is a wide range of words, their meanings, and synonyms in English. According to this, we can often see that beginners should look almost every word up in the dictionary. Of course, sometimes we can understand the meaning of the word from the context or even guess the meaning but it is much better when you have your own large lexicon.

  Maybe you noticed that for some people are very hard to learn new words while others can do it with remarkable ease. Even if you belong to the second group, don't be frustrating. It just means that you should make a choice which method of memorizing words is more appropriate for you. In order to identify the best method, you should explore different ways and techniques. Let's have a look at methods which I've chosen.

  1. The first method which helps me to get better is to write new words in stickers and stick them on the wall. It means that you will see and repeat the words very often.
  2. The next method is to divide words into categories. It means that your words should be divided into nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. This method is useful because it helps you to find the desired word in your list more easily. 
   All in all, the most important in learning languages is to be motivated. You should make yourself understand why and for what you want to study. Remember do your best and don't afraid to make mistakes!
   P.S. Here you can see the article I've chosen and pictures of my vocabulary. http://fullspate.digitalcounterrevolution.co.uk/archive/modern1.html