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#change11: Technology vs Learning Technology: According to Dictionary.com the term technology means the following: The branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of techn...

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domingo, 2 de octubre de 2011

Big words

Intelligent Words
by Paulo P Sanchez

Long and exotic words (like defenestration or sesquipedalian) are often more fascinating than useful. By comparison, these words can enrich conversations without sounding ridiculous.

Paradigm

Definition: a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about

Words It Might Replace: idea, theory, concept

Example:

"Pessimists are bemoaning the end of U.S. human spaceflight, but optimists see the next few years as a transition to a new paradigm that will energize commercial ventures and get astronauts beyond Earth orbit for the first time since the Nixon administration." – Alan Boyle, MSNBC.com, July 13, 2011

Paradox

Definition: a statement that seems to be contradictory or opposed to common sense yet is perhaps true

Words It Might Replace: puzzle, surprise

Example:

"Withhold $800 million in military aid, let it go through, or double it – no matter what Washington does it can't escape the paradox that [Pakistan] is its most important ally in the war on terror." – Zachary Fillingham, Geopolitical Monitor, July 11, 2011

Nuance

Definition: a very small difference in color, tone, or meaning

Words It Might Replace: aspect, thing, detail

Example:

"...Research shows that our memory is strongest and lasts the longest when our emotions are heightened. This helps explain why we might remember every nuance of our wedding day or our valedictory speech in college." – Richard Zwolinski, Blogs.PsychCentral.com, July 11, 2011

Dilettante

Definition: a person whose interest in an art or in an area of knowledge is not very deep or serious

Words It Might Replace: dabbler, amateur, hack

Example:

"But compared with Matthew de Abaitua I am a complete dilettante. We camp perhaps once a year, and only in summer, and only in good weather (we cancel if it's wet)." – Tom Fort, Telegraph.co.uk, June 28, 2011

Serendipity

Definition: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for

Words It Might Replace: luck; chance; good fortune

Example:

"If there is one thing social networks and living in public have facilitated, it's serendipity. Serendipity is a good thing. It's been well documented that people who talk to strangers tend to be luckier, and this also applies to communicating with our existing networks..." – Kaila Colbin, MediaPost.com, July 15, 2011

Euphemism

Definition: a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used in place of one that is offensive or unpleasant

Words It Might Replace: alternative, "another way of saying"

Example:

"Anyone who's ever lived in a small apartment building full of quirky (usually a euphemism for 'extremely irritating') tenants has probably imagined one of them suddenly found dead or killing somebody else." – Steve Donoghue, Washington Post, July 8, 2011

Dichotomy

Definition: a division into two mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or things

Words It Might Replace: split, division, contrast

Example:

"But ballet, with its built-in dichotomy of gender roles (women alone rise on point, men alone may do the partnering), has a romantic tension that can seem poignant, even tragic." – Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, July 4, 2011

Non sequitur

Definition: a statement that doesn't logically follow from or is not clearly related to anything said before it (literally, 'it does not follow' in Latin)

Words It Might Replace: nonsense, stumper, "huh?"

Example:

"'Russia needs more successful young entrepreneurs, therefore, governors should have more children!' At first it may seem a non-sequitur. But in Russia the joke is obvious, cutting to the heart of a growing source of discontent among the young: routes to professional success are fewer and fewer, while the offspring of top provincial officials and the like do well." – Charles Clover, Financial Times.com, July 11, 2011

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sábado, 1 de octubre de 2011

English Pronunciation Workout & Mastering Intonation

English Pronunciation Workout & Mastering Intonation
Posted September 27th, 2011 by oggy
There are plenty of aspects of communication in the English language. For illustration we can be taught a good deal about a individual by observing their entire body language. To apply English pronunciation gives clarity to individual speech seems. Intonation refers to the rhythm and movement of the English language and consists of the ideas of stress and anxiety and speech fee.
It has been clearly stated by a large number of speech and linguistics scientists that at least 70% of our concept is conveyed to the listener by the intonation (the way we say it) we use. Many most people who speak English as a 2nd language don’t acknowledge how significant the rhythm and circulation of the English language is to that means. To know English accent is not only about pronunciation, it is also about utilizing correct intonation designs.
When appropriate intonation patterns are used although you apply English pronunciation, the listener understands the concept more quickly and can react substantially a lot more immediately. If the accurate pattern is not put to use, the listener wants a great deal additional time to figure out the concept. Communication can turn out to be irritating for both equally the speaker and listener.
An American accent training method will assist you outline and practice the most significant elements of intonation: pitch and emotional tension. American pronunciation teaching can support you hear the psychological highs and lows of pitch and anxiety and it will help to make improvements to English accent.
It usually requires time to fulling integrate all the parts of intonation, but it is really worth all your efforts as you apply English pronunciation. Plenty of college students take edge of understanding English pronunciation via the internet despite the fact that utilizing an accent coach. This is the most suitable scenario, mainly because the verbal feedback from your speech coach can support you acquire very good apply procedures to allow advance English speaking ability.
The accent coach initially presents an examination of the client’s speech. This examination reveals exactly how their pronunciation varies from common American English and also identifies particular parts for focus. The system is customized and has distinctive emphasis on:
. Pronunciation
. Comprehensive word manufacturing
. Voice projection
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Now for some Inglish - Hindustan Times

Now for some Inglish - Hindustan Times

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