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ESL Word of the Day – Influence

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

Influence

(noun) - the power to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks without using direct force or orders.  Example: The Council had influence over many government decisions / Gayle's mother said I was a bad influence on her daughter.

(verb) - to affect the way someone or something develops, behaves, thinks etc without directly forcing or ordering them. Example: Several factors are likely to influence this decision.

Did you know...? The word 'influence' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 150 most-viewed words last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Poverty

Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 08:01 AM
posted by Jo

Poverty

The situation or experience of being poor.

Example: Millions of elderly people live in poverty; We need an effective strategy to fight poverty.

Did you know...?  The word 'proverty' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 350 most-viewed words last year.

Australian Word of the Day – Battler

Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 10:01 AM
posted by Jo

In recognition of Australia Day, which is held on 26th January every year, today's word of the day is specifically an Australian word.

Battler

The literal meaning of 'battler' is someone who battles or fights, but the word is usually used to mean a person who fights against the odds or does not give up easily.

Example:  David's house was damaged by the floods but he has been working every day to clean it up and repair the damage, he is a real battler.

ESL Word of the Day – Implement

Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

Implement

(Verb) - to take action or make changes that you have officially decided should happen.

Example: We have decided to implement the committee's recommendations;  It is time to implement our plan.

Did you know...? The word 'implement' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 200 most-viewed words last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Strategy

Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

Strategy

(Noun) - A planned series of actions for achieving something; skillful planning.

Example:  The police force needs a new strategy for dealing with crime;  The company developed a new business strategy.

Did you know...?  The word 'strategy' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 200 most-viewed words last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Challenge

Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:01 AM
posted by Jo

Challenge

(Noun) Something that tests strength, skill, or ability, especially in a way that is interesting.

Example: John now faces the biggest challenge of his career / I decided to take up the challenge to climb Mount Olympus.

Did you know...?  The word 'challenge' was in the Oxford Dictionary's top 250 most-viewed words last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Culture

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by Jo

Culture

(Noun) - the beliefs, way of life, art, and customs that are shared and accepted by people in a particular society.

Example Usage:  I love working abroad and meeting people from different cultures;  We speak Danish at home so that the boys don't lose touch with their language and culture.

Did you know...?  The word 'culture' was the Oxford Dictionary's 3rd most-viewed word last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Success

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
posted by Jo

Success

When you achieve what you want or intend.  The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

Example Usage:  The experiment was a big success.  Did you have any success in persuading Alan to come?

Did you know...?  The word 'success' was the Oxford Dictionary's 103rd most viewed word last year.

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