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Pronunciation – Final ‘d’

Saturday, May 7, 2011 @ 04:05 PM
posted by Jo

How to pronounce the 'd' sound

To pronounce /d/, we have our mouth slighly open; we put our tongue behind our top teeth and then move it to release a small puff of air.  We make the exact same movement to make the /t/ sound. The difference is that with /d/ we use our voice (vocal cords are vibrating) and with /t/ we do not.

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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?

English Idiom of the Day – Cloud Nine

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

Cloud Nine

To be on 'cloud nine' means you are extremely happy or blissful.

Example: For a few days after I heard I'd got the job, I was on cloud nine.

Did you know...?  This idiom originates in the fact that weather experts classify cloud nine as a particular type of cloud that is white and fluffy and very high up in the sky. To be up high in the sky is likened to paradise or being happy.

Idiom with similar meaning: To be 'over the moon'

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