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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Slides From Hamilton 2010 LINC Learners’ Conference

The slides from today’s presentation “Hard Skills, Soft Skills: Two Sides of the Same Coin” are available to download here.
 
I hope I was able to get my main message across - soft skills are just as important as hard skills and shouldn't be undermined.
 
Highlight both sets of skills on your resume and prepare a plenty examples from your professional life to support your soft skills while getting ready for a job interview.
 
Many potential employees have the same hard skills (e.g.: a university degree), but it is the soft skills that make us stand out from the rest of the job applicants.
 
Thank you for your participation!
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 7:43 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

ESL Student Blog: Words with the Suffix -en

The -en suffix can be used to make verbs from adjectives. The verbs in bold below are followed by a direct object and have the meaning of ‘make + their corresponding adjective’:
 
sharpen a pencil/scissors/a knife (make sharp)
soften skin/fabric/water (make soft)
flatten a box/cars or trees (as by the storm) (make flat)
sweeten tea/coffee/a deal (make sweet)
brighten someone’s day/life/spirits (make bright=happy/hopeful)
tighten bolts/security/a tie (make tight)
 
Sometimes the -en verbs can be used with no object at all. The verbs in bold have the meaning of ‘become + the related adjective, showing that something has reached the necessary or higher degree’:
 
The tomatoes ripened. (became ripe)
The soup thickened. (became thick)
The screws loosened. (became loose)
His eyes widened. (became wider)
Her vision worsened. (became worse)
Their pace quickened. (became quicker)
 
Some -en verbs have pairs of antonyms:
 
weaken/strengthen
darken/lighten (whiten)
soften/harden
shorten/lengthen
tighten/loosen
 
The suffix -en can also be used to form adjectives from nouns (this list is quite limited):
 
wood-wooden
wool-woolen
gold-golden
molt-molten
maid-maiden
 
Another common adjective with the suffix -en is brazen (openly done, not hidden), such as in ‘a brazen daytime attack’. The adjective brazen may also mean ‘made of brass’.
 
Lastly, there are a lot past participle forms with the suffix -en associated with irregular verbs:
 
proven/driven/broken/given/mistaken/
stolen/spoken/woven/written/chosen/
forsaken/frozen/fallen/beaten/shaven
 
The past participle forms can also be used to create compound adjectives/common word combinations (adjective + adjective or adjective + adverb):
 
a clean-shaven man
a softly-spoken woman
a well-written essay
a recently stolen car
a carefully chosen location
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:51 PM   2 Comments  Add Comment



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