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It is said that the English language has more words than any other language in the world and it seems it might be true .According to the editors of the Oxford Dictionary there are at the very least, a quarter of a million distinct English words, excluding inflections, and words from technical and regional vocabulary , but have you ever wondered how a word gets into a dictionary?
The British do not have a Real Academia de la Lengua to be proud of , so how do they choose the words they need to include in a dictionary? The answer is simple: people need to use it. Basically editors watch the word for several years to see how it is used in both spoken and written English. They check to see that the word is used to express an idea clearly, and that the idea is understood. Then when the word is seen in writing and speech regularly, it can go in the dictionary.
That was the way for new words such as “pescatarian” ( a person who eats fish but not meat) or “infinity pool” to refer to a type of swimming pool with an edge that makes the water appear to flow into the horizon.
The English language is constantly growing, developing and changing. Nowhere is this more true than on the Internet. There are new words phrases and acronyms being invented all of the time. Many of these disappear very quickly, but other stay and become part of the language, so it can be really useful to know some of them.
Have you ever tried reading the posts on My Space and had such a hard time understanding it that you had to stop after only a few sentences? Not anymore, just go to this site http://www.noslang.com/ and copy and paste  what  you cannot understand into No Slang.com and they’ll tell you what the heck they’re talking about.

Now, things such as f@ or n1 won’t be a mystery to you anymore.

Do you need to write a CV?

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
If you need a resume, why don’t you check this site?

I have tried it and it is fun and very visual. You only need to register but don’t worry, it’s free.
Go to http://www.visualcv.com/www/examples/
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Learn English watching videos

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
Today I want to show you this interesting site : ESL Video.com

How can this site help you improve? Easy question… by listening .
But How?  Watching  the video and Answering the questions below it or …Reading  the transcript (where available)and  then Checking  your answers.
There are four levels to choose from : beginner, lower-intermediate,Intermediate and High Intermediate. Recordings range from interviews with famous people, to documentaries about Facebook or even listening  to Rihanna’s songs.
Hope  you find it useful!!

Karaoke on line

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Listening, Resources
 Throughout all these years of teaching I have come to realise the importance of music when learning a language, especially when it comes to pronunciation matters. I have seen and heard students, not even  knowing the verb “to be” and with amazingly  good pronunciation. When asked , they , more often  than not, attribute it to music.
And yes, singing songs is an excellent way of improving your pronunciation. How could it be any other way when you sing your favourite songs over and over again.
So I have found this excellent karaoke site . It is called Karaoke Party
and the great thing is that if you register you can actually get a score for your singing when you hit the right notes.
No excuses . Get singing right now and start practising for our great karaoke party next 19th Feb.

Confusing Words

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
Here is a nice tool I have found which might help you when doing homework.

Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused ormisused.
Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused such as “affect/effect”

Resources: Fancy doing a dictation?

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
I want to show you this wonderful site to practise listening and spelling
How does it work?
1. Go to
http://www.listen-and-write.com/
2. Register: Don’t worry. It is free
3. Choose your level. I would say for advanced learners , start with level 14
4. And then it is fairly simple. .You just listen to parts of a sentence and then have to type in the words of the sentence to a text field which only allows the words if they are correct. You are able to listen over and over again and also get some help by setting the activity to auto complete the words as you type them in .

Hope you enjoy it !Laughing

Converting text into speech

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Type any word and choose either a male or female voice. The choice is all yours!!

The Paris Review

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
Probably one of the best literary magazines in time.
If you like reading ,this is the place to go if you want to read the best interviews with the cleverest questions made to authors . There is also a very interesting section where you’ll be able to practise your listening skills  by listening to the authors describing their work. Very interesting site if you are into books.

Meet the author

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
Do you like reading?  Have you read the best-seller “The historian” by  Elisabeth Kostova?  Here is a nice place to listen to the authors talking about their books.

 

Podcards

Posted by CRISTINA CABAL DIAZ under Resources
Surfing the Net I have found this interesting website I hope you find useful. Apart from the obvious fact that it ‘ll help you improve listening ,it also contains information about a particular town or city from different countries around the world or biographies of famous people or events that make these places famous.
The PodCards are divided into  two levels : Low level PodCards are aimed at students up to and including Pre-Intermediate level and   High level PodCards that contain more advanced structures and vocabulary and are for Intermediate students and above.
There is also a worksheet with every postcard. Here you will also find the tapescript.  Guess what you are not supposed to do…. exactly … do not read the tapescript  before listening.
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