I have always wanted to be a perfect English teacher, and I had an unswerving belief that it is the language I should work on first and foremost. Well, at least it was like that until recently. I suddenly realised that I have been missing on something. On something really important- methodology. So, I am going to fill in this crack and this book is going to be the first in (hopefully) a series of other books on methodology.
UK /ˈvɔː.teks/ US /ˈvɔːr.t̬eks/ plural vortexes or vortices UK /-tɪ.siːz/ US /-t̬ə-/
/daɪˈkɒt.ə.məs/ /daɪˈkɑː.t̬ə.məs/ formal
attrition noun [ U ]
UK /əˈtrɪʃ.ən/ US /əˈtrɪʃ.ən/
UK /ɪˈnɜːt/ US /ˌɪnˈɝːt/
UK /ˈɒf.ən.taɪmz/ US /ˈɑːf.ən.taɪmz/ mainly us
attest verb [ I or T ]
UK /əˈtest/ US /əˈtest/ formal
UK /ˈsem.ɪ.nəl/ US /ˈsem.ə.nəl/
UK /ˌɒfˈhænd/ US /ˌɑːfˈhænd/ uk informal also offish
fledge verb [ I ]
jetty noun [ C ]
UK /ˈdʒet.i/ US /ˈdʒet̬.i/
efflorescence noun [ U ]
UK /ˌef.ləˈres.əns/ US /ˌef.ləˈres.əns/
lollverb [ I usually + adv/prep ]
UK /lɒl/ US /lɑːl/
swathe verb [ T ]
UK /sweɪð/ US /sweɪð/
enmity noun [ C or U ]
UK /ˈen.mə.ti/ US /ˈen.mə.t̬i/
ill-fated adjective [ before noun ]
UK /ˌɪlˈfeɪ.tɪd/ US /ˌɪlˈfeɪ.t̬ɪd/
fern noun [ C ]
UK /fɜːn/ US /fɝːn/
UK /ˈstraɪ.dənt/ US /ˈstraɪ.dənt/
uproot verb [ T ] (PERSON)
be part and parcel of sth
pester verb [ T ]
UK /ˈpes.tər/ US /ˈpes.tɚ/
tingle verb [ I ]
UK /ˈtɪŋ.ɡəl/ US /ˈtɪŋ.ɡəl/
get a jump on sb/sth
mainly us informal
in situ adjective, adverb
UK /ˌɪn ˈsɪtʃ.uː/ US /ˌɪn ˈsɪtʃ.uː/ formal
uk us checkered UK /ˈtʃek.əd/ US /ˈtʃek.ɚd/
chequered adjective (PATTERN)
UK /ˈsɪn.juː.i/ US /ˈsɪn.juː.i/
sublet verb [ T ]
UK /ˌsʌbˈlet/ US /ˈsʌb.let/ present participle subletting,past tense and past participle sublet
New words appear every day. Are you sure you are able to grasp their meaning immediately?=)
breadcrumber noun [C] UK /ˈbred.krʌməʳ/US /ˈbred.krʌmɚ/
someone who contacts another person very infrequently
For anyone who’s ever dated, or maintained any kind of relationship in the digital age, you have probably known a breadcrumber. They communicate via sporadic non-committal, but repeated messages – or breadcrumbs – that are just enough to keep you wondering but not enough to seal the deal (whatever that deal may be.)
[New York Times 10 July 2016]
taken from https: https://dictionaryblog.cambridge.org/2017/01/09/new-words-9-january-2016/
New Year is a time when we often take stock of our life (think about what is good or bad about it). We may feel that we should draw a line under the past (finish with it and forget about it) and make a fresh start. This post looks at idioms and other phrases connected with this phenomenon.
If we decide to stop doing something we consider to be bad and to start behaving in a better way, we can say that we are going to turn over a new leaf. We might decide to kick a habit such as smoking (stop doing it), have a crack at (try) a new hobby, or even leave adead-end job (one with no chance of promotion) or finish a relationship that isn’t going anywhere.
Of course, many of these things are difficult. You may have decided to give up sweets once and for all (definitely and for ever), but that’s easier said than done when you receive a birthday box of your favourite chocolates. If you have a bad day or two, it’s easy to feel that you are back to square one (have made no progress). However, people who advise on such things will tell you that it’s not all or nothing – if you break your resolution, it’s not the end of the world and you can soon be back on the straight and narrow (doing what you should be doing).
In order to stick to a resolution, there are some strategies you can use. First, you could put your money where your mouth is (pay money to show you are serious about something), for instance by taking out a gym membership to get fit. One common piece of advice is totake it one day at a time (not focus too much on the long-term goal). After all, as they say,Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Another is not to bite off more than you can chew (not try to do too much) – we all know someone whose New Year’s resolution to ‘renovate their house’ means that they and their family are still living in a building site ten years later. It’s also important to be realistic – with the best will in the world (even with a lot of effort), a chain-smoking couch potato (lazy person) isn’t likely to give up cigarettes and go running five times a week. It may be a good idea to get the ball rolling (start) with a more modest aim.
Some people are very successful in their resolutions. Once they’ve decided to bite the bullet(do something difficult), they get their act together (organize themselves effectively) andput their heart and soul into achieving what they want to achieve. If they manage to stay the course (not give up), they will see their efforts bear fruit.
And finally, I could not leave this topic without one well-known proverb: the road to hell is paved with good intentions, which means that although people often intend to be good, they often fail at it.
Happy New Year!
by Liz Walter taken from: