Sunday, 28 May 2017

Basic English

Basic English

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Basic English

Basic English

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Dog

Dog

Word form
Verb / Noun

Meanings
Verb - To cause difficulties.
Verb - To follow someone closely and persistently.
Noun - An animal kept as a pet.

Examples
1. The knee injury dogged me for two years.
2. Poor health and poverty dogged his childhood.
3. He was dogged by the paparazzi.
4. Mark needed someone to walk his dog.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/dog
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dog

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Proofreading

Proofreading

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A drop in the ocean

A drop in the ocean

Meaning
A very small amount compared with what is expected.

Examples
1. The charity has raised some money for the poor but it is just a drop in the ocean.
2. Her support is just a drop in the ocean.
 

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-traditional/a-drop-in-the-ocean
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/a+drop+in+the+ocean
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/a_drop_in_the_ocean_(or_north_americanbucket)

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Quick Quiz

The charity has raised some money for the poor but it is just a drop in the (?).

( A drop in the (?) = A very small amount compared with what is expected.)

1. ocean 
2. orange juice 
3. oil 
4. blanket  

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Monday, 22 May 2017

WOTD - Unveil

Unveil

Word Form
Verb

Meaning
To announce something officially for the first time.

Examples
1. Apple may unveil new iPhone next week.
2. It has been three years since the first smart watch was unveiled.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/unveil?q=Unveil
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Unveil
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/unveil

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Basic English

Basic English

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Rail at

Rail at

Meaning
To complain loudly to someone.

Examples
1. He usually railed at me.
2. It’s not my fault. Don’t rail at me!

Reference
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/rail+at

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Proofreading



Proofreading

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Crux


























Crux

Word form
Noun

Meaning
The critical point of something.

Examples  
1. The crux of Greek economic problems is its huge foreign debt.
2. Mark finally told me the crux of his problems.

References  
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-traditional/the-crux?q=crux
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/crux
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/crux

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Quick Quiz



The (?) of Greek economic problems is its huge foreign debt.

(= The critical point of something.)

1. problems
2. coeducation
3. curse
4. crux

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Monday, 15 May 2017

WOTD - Lustre





























Lustre

Word Form
Noun

Meanings
1. A shiny appearance.
2. Something that is impressive.

Examples
1. This seashell has a silvery lustre.
2. His success added lustre to his family.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Phrasal Verb - Peter out



Phrasal Verb - Peter out

Meaning
To diminish gradually and disappear.

Examples
1. By midday the rain had petered out.
2. The noise got weaker and eventually petered out. 
3. Their romantic relationship petered out after seven years.

References
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/peter--out
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/peter-out
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/peter+out
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Hangman



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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Get the chair



Get the chair

Meaning
To be sentenced to death in the electric chair.

Examples
1. He found the guilty of murder and got the chair.
2. He didn’t get the chair when he was found innocent.

References
http://dictionary.infoplease.com/chair
http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/the-chair 

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Looker-on



Looker-on

Plural form
Lookers-on

Meaning
A spectator.

Examples
1. Peter didn’t join the workers’ parade; he was only a looker-on.
2. He didn’t enter the music contest; he was merely a looker-on.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/looker-on
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/looker-on
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/looker-on

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Quick Quiz



Peter didn’t join the workers’ parade; he was only a (?).

(= A spectator)

1. good-looker
2. man
3. looker-on
4. forward looker

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Monday, 8 May 2017

WOTD - Marijuana



Marijuana

Word Form
Noun

Meaning
A drug that is made from the hemp plant.

Examples
1. Recreational marijuana use is now legal in some states.
2. Do you want to legally grow marijuana?

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-traditional/marijuana?q=Marijuana
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Marijuana
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/marijuana

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Fun wih English - Coca-Cola


Fun with English - Coca-Cola

J: Ummm… Actually, I seldom drink Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola Wiki

Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company. Originally intended as a patent medicine, it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton and was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coca-Cola to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century. The drink's name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were kola nuts and coca leaves. The current formula of Coca-Cola remains a trade secret, although a variety of reported recipes and experimental recreations have been published.

The Coca-Cola Company produces concentrate, which is then sold to licensed Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the world. The bottlers, who hold exclusive territory contracts with the company, produce the finished product in cans and bottles from the concentrate, in combination with filtered water and sweeteners. A typical 12-US-fluid-ounce (350 ml) can contains 38 grams (1.3 oz) of sugar. The bottlers then sell, distribute, and merchandise Coca-Cola to retail stores, restaurants, and vending machines throughout the world. The Coca-Cola Company also sells concentrate for soda fountains of major restaurants and foodservice distributors.

1. Patent

Meaning:
(Noun) The official legal right to sell an invention for a period of time.
(Adj.) Protected by a patent.

Example
How much does it cost to get a patent?



2. Tactic

Meaning:
(Noun) A plan for achieving something.

Example
He used underhand tactics to ban me from race.



3. Dominance

Meaning:
(Noun) The situation in which someone or a company has more power than any other.

Example
China is on the path to global technology dominance.



4. Exclusive

Meaning:
(Adj.) Limited to a particular person or a group of people.

Example
The company has launched an exclusive mobile advertising service.



5. Vending machine

Meaning:
A machine that you can buy things.

Example
He bought a drink from a vending machine.




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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Behave yourself


























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Friday, 5 May 2017

Relish



Relish

Word Form
Verb / Noun

Meanings
Verb - To enjoy greatly.
Noun - Great enjoyment.
Noun - An appetising flavour.

Examples
1. They relished the moment after the first goal by Thiago.
2. Take each day as it comes and relish each moment. 

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/relish?q=Relish
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Relish
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/relish_1

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Reimburse



Reimburse

Meaning
1. To pay back or compensate for what you’ve lost.

Examples
1. Who will reimburse my loss in the accident?
2. The new law allows employers to reimburse employee medical expenses.


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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Test your vocabulary.



Test your vocabulary.

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Hangman



Hangman

Who will re__b___e my loss in the accident?

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Goings-on



Goings-on

Word Form
Plural noun

Meanings
1. Strange or unusual events.
2. Things that happen or occur.

Examples
1. The goings-on in the train were terrible.
2. There were lots of strange goings-on in that house.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/goings-on
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/goings-on
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/goings-on

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Quick Quiz


The (?) in the train were terrible. 
(= Strange or unusual events.)
1. going-on
2. goings-on
3. goofball
4. goofballs 

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Liberal


Liberal

Word Form
Adjective / Noun

Meanings
Adjective - Not restricted.
Adjective - Generous.
Noun - A open-minded person.

Examples
1. This newspaper is liberal in its opinions.
2. Is he a liberal?
3. Lots of Americans take a liberal view toward divorce and gay marriage.


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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Fun with English

























Fun with English

Qualcomm warns of profit gap after Apple tightens screws on royalties.

1. Tighten (v.)
(=To become tighter)

Example
China may tighten capital controls as yuan outflow continues.

2. Screw(n.)
(=A type of fastener)

Example
What is the best way to loosen a stuck screw?

3. Royalty (or royalty payment) (n.)
(=A payment to an owner for the use of patents, franchises, etc.)

Example
Apple plans to stop paying royalties to Qualcomm.
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Friday, 28 April 2017

Scramble

























Scramble

Word Form
Verb / Noun

Meaning
Verb - To move or climb quickly.
Verb - To hurry to get something.
Noun - The act of scrambling.

Examples
1. We scrambled over the rocks.
2. Some companies scrambled for lithium.
3. There was a scramble for young bankers.


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Test your vocabulary



Test your vocabulary.

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Proofreading



Proofreading

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Speed



Speed

Word Form
Verb / Noun

Meanings
Verb - To move along or to go quickly.
Noun - A rate of movement.

Examples
1. Mark got into the car and sped home.
2. The Nissan GT-R has a top speed of 195 miles per hour.
3. We tried to build a business network with amazing speed.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/speed?q=Speed
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Speed
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/speed_1

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Quick Quiz



Mark got into the car and (?) home.

(= To move along or to go quickly.)

1. spet
2. speed
3. speeds
4. sped

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Monday, 24 April 2017

WOTD - Walkaway



Walkaway

Word Form
Noun

Meaning
An easy victory.

Examples
1. It is a walkaway success.
2. Peter got a walkaway success in the singing contest.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/walkaway?q=Walkaway
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Walkaway
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/spellcheck/british/?q=Walkaway

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

You are right!



You are right!

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

WOTD - Perch



Perch

Word Form
Verb / Noun

Meanings
Verb - To place on.
Noun - A place where someone rests.

Examples
1. A baby was perched on her mother’s lap riding on the back of motorbike.
2. The big teddy bear was perched on an armchair.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/perch?q=Perch
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http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/perch_1

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Test your vocabulary



The big teddy bear was (?) on an armchair. (= To place on)

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Hangman



Hangman

The habour is sp_____ by litter.




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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hangman



Hangman

Please give me time to m___ your idea over.
(= To ponder or to think carefully about something.)

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Reputation



Reputation

Word Form
Noun

Meanings
1. A high opinion of something or someone. 
2. The judgement of people about something.

Examples
1. He has a good reputation for manners.
2. Mark has gained a reputation as a creative programmer.
3. I don’t think he can complete the project on time. He has a reputation for laziness.

References
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-traditional/reputation?q=Reputation
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Reputation
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/reputation

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Quick Quiz



Mark has gained a (?) as a creative programmer.
(= A high opinion of someone (or something))

1. rifts  
2. rift  
3. reputations  
4. reputation    


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Monday, 17 April 2017

WOTD- Contemporary



Contemporary

Word Form
Adjective / Noun

Meanings
Adjective - Modern or happening now.
Noun - The same period.

Examples
1. How to make a modern and contemporary living space?
2. He was just two months older than his contemporary William Shakespeare.
3. Peter is a contemporary of mine at university, but our daily lives are totally different.

References
http://www.yourdictionary.com/contemporary
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-traditional/contemporary?q=Contemporary
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/contemporary_1

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