Friday, 30 October 2015

Word Of The Week





Definition:  Every cloud has a silver  lining means that you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. Every bad situation has some good aspect to it.

Synonym: be optimistic, cheer up, forget it...

Example: 1 – I lost my job but every cloud has a silver lining and I will find something better.
2 – I have experienced difficult times, however, now I feel good, every cloud has a silver lining.

Link: http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/why-do-we-say-every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining.html

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Top 5 Free Apps for Learning English

Do you want to progress in the language of Shakespeare or simply refresh your memory on some English?
Here is a list of the best applications, a good way to improve your English ANYTIME, ANYWHERE and for FREE!


1 - Duolingo

This application is having great success by using the language of computers to teach you English. Thousands of teachers are even using it to enhance their lessons. Accumulate points with your correct answers, practice your mode against the clock and reach the next level. According to Duolingo's founder Von Ahn, getting to the end of the app corresponds roughly to level B2 ("Advanced User") in the European Framework of Reference for Languages. Funny and addictive!
https://en.duolingo.com/


2 - Memrise


Memrise allows you to learn languages and vocab with more 300,000 courses and over 200 languages available. Each course is presented in three stages: discovery of the subject, memory and revisions. Memorisation is performed also through "mems" - mnemonics offered by the Internet. The review phase is based on the skills acquired by the user or not: you review only uncompleted points. You can also customise your own courses with many multimedia flashcards and adapt the app to your personal learning style. In addition to being a complete solution, this application is really fun.
https://www.memrise.com/


3 - Learn to speak English


The official free TalkEnglish.com  app, “Learn to speak English” is a serious too for learning to speak English especially, with 8,000 audio files. This app will help you achieve your goal with many features and functionalities such as click, listen and repeat, or a record and play back tool. Different English categories are available: the basics, business, grammar, pronunciation, etc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learn-to-speak-english/id955106394?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=talkenglish.com.standard&hl=en



4 - LearnEnglish Podcasts


Learning by listening is what this app offers. With 40 episodes and over 20 hours of free listening about a large choice of themes, LearnEnglish Podcats offers an original way to learn everyday. Note that on the website, in addition to Podcasts, you will find some others topics including Listening, Learning tools, Games or a section for Kids.  A complete reference offer!
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps


5 - FluentU


FluentU is an innovative app offering online immersion using real-world video content that's entertaining and current. All captions are are subtitled and translated.  Handy: to learn an in-context definition along with example sentences, just click on the word! And as the icing on the cake, every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they're learning with the same video. On the program for you are music videos, commercials and TV Shows.
http://www.fluentu.com

Source
http://www.fluentu.com/english/blog/best-apps-learning-english-esl-students
http://busyteacher.org/12155-9-best-mobile-apps-for-esl-students.html
http://appadvice.com/appguides





Monday, 13 July 2015

WORD OF THE WEEK




Definition:   To force yourself to do something unpleasant or difficult, or to be brave in a difficult situation

Synonym: To try to deal with a problem or difficulty

Examples: I hate going to the dentist, but I'll just have to bite the bullet. 

The teacher knew I cheated so i had to bite the bullet and confess. 

Links: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/bite-the-bullethttp://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bite+the+bullethttp://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/bite-the-bullet


WORD OF THE WEEK:






Definition: to be waiting eagerly to hear about something.  You have my attention, so you should talk

Synonyms: Attentive. Listening at something carefully

Examples:  Bill: I guess I owe you an apology. Jane: I'm all ears.
I'm all ears - tell us what they had to say.

WORD OF THE WEEK:






Definition: A meeting at which people discuss what has happened since the last time that they met

Synonyms: Bring up to date

Examples: I'm seeing my boss for a catch-up next week
Links: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/catch-up_2

WORD OF THE WEEK



Definition:  If someone's jaw drops (open), they look very surprised:

Synonyms: Surprised


Examples: My jaw dropped when I heard she'd been admitted to Harvard.

Links: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/jaw+drops
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sb-s-jaw-drops-open

WORD OF THE WEEK:




Definition: to talk with someone in an informal and friendly way

Synonyms: Talk / Gossip

Examples: We sat in a bar most of the evening just chewing the fat.


Links: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/chew-the-fat
http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/chew+the+fat

WORD OF THE WEEK






Definition: If something knocks your socks off, you find it extremely exciting or good. To surprise someone thoroughly

Synonyms: amaze

Examples: I'm going to take you to a restaurant that'll knock your socks off.


http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/blow-knock-your-socks-off?q=blow%2Fknock++your++socks+off