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Idiom of the Day – A Dream Come True

Thursday, January 6, 2011 @ 12:01 PM
posted by English with Jo

A Dream Come True

A wish or dream that has become reality.

Example Usage: Our vacation to Hawaii was like a dream come true.

ESL Word of the Day – Freedom

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 @ 08:01 AM
posted by Jo

Freedom

The power or right to act , speak, or think as one wants; the state of not being subject to imprisonment or enslavement.

Example Usage: We do have some freedom of choice;  The slave fought his way to freedom.

Did you know…? ‘Freedom’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s 145th most-viewed word last year.

ESL Word of the Day – Communication

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

Communication

The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.

Example Usage: In order to be a good teacher, I must develop good communication skills.

 Did you know... ? Communication was Oxford Dictionary's 14th most-viewed word last year.

Idiom of the Day – Break the Ice

Monday, January 3, 2011 @ 09:01 PM
posted by Jo

Break the Ice

To establish a relaxed atmosphere in socially awkward situations; to break down a tense or unduly formal atmosphere.

Example Usage: It was an awkward situation until Mary came along and broke the ice.

Alternative wording: Ice-breaker - The teacher introduced a fun activity as an ice-breaker.

Did you know..?  The idiom ‘break the ice’ originated from the use of old ships, known as ice-breakers, which were used to break through ice in polar regions to become aquainted with new areas.  It was later applied to social initiatives which were intended to get strangers aquainted with one another.

A Brilliant Update to Dictionary.Com iPhone App

Monday, January 3, 2011 @ 09:01 AM
posted by Jo

The free dictionary.com iPhone app has already been rising up the rankings with its high quality features including a database of nearly 1 million words and definitions, audio pronunciations, and popular word of the day.  It also works without internet connection.  Now, the app has released a new update which is brilliant for ESL learners…

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Top 25 Adjectives and Their Meaning

Sunday, January 2, 2011 @ 07:01 PM
posted by Jo

Top 25 Adjectives

Adjectives describe an attribute of a noun, for example, long hair, new car, old house.  There are estimated to be more than 100,000 adjectives in the English language - far too many to learn of course, but here is a good list to get you started...

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