суббота, 22 апреля 2017 г.

Forewarned is Forearmed

  All of us make mistakes thinking that we can use dictionaries with remarkable ease because at any rate it will work for us. But it doesn’t come as quite as surprise that we tend to be mistaken. To avoid taking time to look one word up in the dictionary for ages and going through 1000over pages you need concentrate your mind on some pieces of advice here:
  Study your dictionary.  Identify the most appropriate one for yourself. If your English is on the ESL level descriptive dictionary will bring you enormous benefit. Nevertheless, for those who select it for their future and want to achieve their goal the prescriptive dictionary would be more beneficial.
  Expand your vocabulary. Don’t work out the easiest way – bilingual dictionary. Monolingual one contains more information about the word instead of translation (as in bilingual) and in detail makes in clear.
  See farther than your nose. Explore different ways of learning new word: try to guess the meaning and leave Longman out.
It is silent. Your dictionary includes definitions and transcriptions but it cannot teach you. So slowly but surely make progress by your own.

  The words I regularly mispronounce are 
 Vaudeville- /ˈvɔːdəvɪl $ ˈvɒː-/  a type of theatre entertainment, popular from the 1880s to the 1950s, in which there were many short performances of different kinds, including singing, dancing, jokes etc
 Meadow- /ˈmedəʊ $ -doʊ/  a field with wild grass and flowers.

  The words I usually confuse are
 Flavour - /ˈfleɪvə $ -ər/ 
1 the particular taste of a food or drink; 
2 the quality of tasting good I prefer this one because it has more flavour;
3 a substance used to give something a particular taste flavouring artificial flavours;
4 a quality or feature that makes something have a particular style or character.
 Deal -  /diːl/
1 an agreement or arrangement, especially in business or politics, that helps both sides involved 
2   treatment of a particular type that is given or received.

   
The words that entered the dictionary in 2016:

 Starchitect - /ˈstɑːktɛkt/ A famous architect, esp. (depreciative) one whose designs are considered extravagant, outlandish, or incompatible with their existing surroundings.

 Glamping /ˈɡlæmpɪŋ/- A form of camping that involves accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.

  Splendiferous - Brit. /splɛnˈdɪf(ə)rəs/ - Full of or  abounding in splendour; resplendent.

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