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Sunday, July 13, 2008

ESL Student Blog: Récord or Recórd?

Depending on whether this is a noun or verb, the stress is placed differently. Compare:

ré-cord (noun, with stress on the first syllable), as in:
My driving record is clean this year so my car insurance didn’t go up.

re-córd (verb, with stress on the second syllable), as in:

I’m going on vacation until the end of the month and need to record the ‘out of office’ message on my voicemail.

Some other common examples of noun-verb pairs in English are: insult, conduct, produce, present, conflict, contrast, project. When one of the listed words is a noun, place the stress at the beginning; if a verb, stress the last part. Consider:
utter an insultinsult a friend
professional conduct - conduct an orchestra
fresh produceproduce cars
expensive presentpresent a product
a decade long conflictconflict someone’s view
sharp contrastcontrast his work with hers
do a projectproject confidence
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 3:57 PM   1 Comments  Add Comment

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

ESL Student Blog: Happy Birthday, Canada!

Canada is turning 141 today. Young, hey?
This day also marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Quebec City (province of Quebec, Central Canada) and 250th of the establishment of the parliamentary government in Nova Scotia (eastern province).

Whether you know much or little about Canada, try this vocabulary exercise to be able to describe that day’s highlights in English.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 6:32 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment


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