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ESL Word of the Day – Catastrophe

Friday, March 18, 2011 @ 11:03 AM
posted by Jo

Catastrophe

(Noun) - A terrible event in which there is a lot of destruction, suffering, or death.

Example: The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been a catastrophe.

Similar word: Disaster

ESL Word of the Day – Compassion

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 @ 08:03 AM
posted by Jo

Compassion

A strong feeling of sympathy for someone who is suffering, and a desire to help them

Examples:  The Doctor felt compassion for his patient with cancer / The criminal had no compassion for his victim.

Similar word: empathy

ESL Word of the Day – Confess

Monday, March 7, 2011 @ 10:03 AM
posted by Jo

Confess

(Verb) – to admit, especially to the police, that you have done something wrong or illegal. Example: Edward confessed to being a spy.

To admit something that you feel embarrassed about. Example: I must confess I don’t visit my parents as often as I should.

Similar word: Admit

ESL Word of the Day – Vacancy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 @ 07:03 AM
posted by Jo

Vacancy

1. A job that is available for someone to start doing.  Example: We have no vacancies for photographers at the moment.

2. A room in a hotel or building that is not being used and is available for someone to stay in. Example: Let me see if we have a vacancy for tonight.

ESL Word of the Day – Graduation

Friday, February 25, 2011 @ 09:02 AM
posted by Jo

Graduation

(Noun) – the time when you complete your education or a university degree course. Example: After graduation, Neil moved to Ohio to become an accountant.

(Noun) – a ceremony at which you receive a university degree or diploma. Example: I am looking forward to my graduation day.

ESL Word of the Day – Adventure

Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

Adventure

(Noun) – An exciting experience in which dangerous, unusual or fun things happen. Example: We had a great adventure in the jungle today;  Are there any adventure movies on at the cinema?

Willingness to try new things and take risks. Example: Come on – where’s your sense of adventure?

ESL Word of the Day – Commute

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

Commute

(Verb) To make a journey between home and work. Example: Jim commutes to Manhattan every day.

(Noun) The journey to work each day. Example: My morning commute takes 45-minutes.

ESL Word of the Day – Promotion

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

Promotion

1. A move to a more important job or position in a company or organization. Example: Your promotion to Senior Editor is now official.

2. An activity intended to help sell a product, or the product that is being promoted. Example: We are going to hold a Winter sales promotion.

3. The activity of persuading people to support something. Example: Next month will be the promotion our Summer range of clothes.