Jan 17th

migrate, emigrate, immigrate

By sam re
migrate:  means to make such a move either once or repeatedly;  it is applied to both people and animals:

-The family migrated from Ireland to the United States.

- Ducks migrate every fall


emigrate:  used of persons only,  generally means to leave one's native country and take up permanent residence in another:

-Many people had to emigrate from Europe during the Nazi period.

-Each year many people emigrate from Europe.

immigrate:  used of persons only,  generally means to enter and settle in a country that is not one's own:

-They decided to immigrate to Australia.

-After the discovery of America, many people immigrated (went into America) in search of a better life.

 

Nov 1st

Conversation Group

By Teacher AijaMarta
Learning English and don't have anyone to practice with? As a teacher online I'm offering help. I'm going to create special practice group :) Inerested? Leave your comment about yourself :) 

Also you can join Google+ group https://plus.google.com/communities/118402857778582279283 and add me into circles google.com/+TeacherAija  
Apr 5th

House and Home

By sam re

Take care not to say "my house," "his house," or "your house" when you should rather say "home."

house" is any building used for dwelling in, and "home" is the particular house in which one is living.

Don't say: Many new homes have been built.

Say: Many new houses have been built.

Don't say: You should go to your house now.

Say: You should go home now.

NOTE. "Home" may also denote one's own country. When an Egyptian man says "I am going home this summer" he means going to Egypt.

Feb 22nd

Confusing words & False friends (B, C)

By sam re
1- Beside/besides

Beside ( next to) / besides (in addition to)

The office is just beside the railway station.

Besides their regular daytime job, many people do extra work in the evening.

2- Briefly/shortly

Briefly (for short duration)/ shortly (soon)

The two concluding volumes will appear shortly.

The minister spoke briefly about the need for political reform.

3- Channel/canal

The television channel received a formal complaint about the programme.

The Suez Canal was built in the second half of the nineteenth century.

4- Conscientious/ conscious

Conscious (aware of)/ Conscientious ( wishing to do right)

Most people are conscious of the need to protect the environment.

Conscientious workers should be rewarded for their hard work.

5- Continual/continuous

Continual (frequently occurring) / continuous (without interruption)

Due to frequent upgrades, continual price cuts are necessary to shift electronic products.

There has been continuous increase in oil and fuel prices.

 6- Criticism(s)/objection(s)

Criticism ( expressing disapproval) / objection (disagreeing)

They didn’t raise any objections when we insisted on inspecting the figures.

The government’s plan was met with severe criticism.


7- Damage/injury/harm

It was a severe injury which needed immediate hospital treatment.

A lot of damage was caused to the buildings along the coast during the storm.

There is no harm in taking a break from your job now and then.


8- Discover/invent

When did he invent the telephone?

Did Alexander Fleming discover penicillin?

9- During/for/while

The fire alarm went off during the ceremony.

The phone rang while I was doing the dishes.

Wewaited for 30 minutes outside the house.

Nov 9th

American Text Acronyms and Shortcuts III

By Jane Doe
<3--Heart (love, etc)HAGD--have a good/great day
HAGN--have a good/great night
 ICD--I don't care
JK--just kidding
E1--everyone
EZ--easy
F2F--face to face
FB--Facebook
X <3--cross my heart (it means, I promise)
 FYI--for your information
GL--good luck
GL2u--good luck to you
GNE1--good night everyone
GR8--great
HB--hurry back
RX--medication
SD--sweet dreams
IC--i see
IKR--I know, right?
 L8R--later
SOK--it's ok
SOL--out of luck (out of good luck anyway)
 MYOB--mind your own business
 NE 1--anyone
N1--nice one
NM--nothing much/not much
 NVM--never mind
NW--no way
O4U--only for you
OIC--Oh, I see
STFU--shut the F up
SWAK--sent with a kiss
NP--no problem
OMW--on my way
OTW--off to work
PIC--picture
PDA--personal display of affection/public display of affection
QQ--quick question
QT--cutie
WC--welcome
URWC--you're welcome
WB--welcome back
W/E--whatever
SUP--what's up?
WWUD--what would you do?
XYZ--mind your own business
YTB--you're the best
Zs--sleep
RU--are you?
TY--thank you
THX--thanks
UOK--are you ok?
TYVM--thank you very much
 
Oct 18th

Always Study and Review Phrases, Not Individual Word

By David McCann
Hello.I'm David mcCann,  How are you doing today.

When Reading Phrases, Always Study and Review Phrases, Not Individual Word 

Never study a single, individual word in a phrase. Never.

When you find a new word, always write down The Phrase it is in.  Always.  When you review, always review all of the phrase,.. not the word.


Collect phrases.  Your speaking and grammar will improve 4-5 times faster.  Always write the complete phrase.

Never again study a single word in a phrase.   Never write a single word in your notebook without writin
g the entire phrase.  Words change meanings in phrases. 
Learn Phrases Only.

Have a great day :)

   Cheers, 

David McCann 

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