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Sunday, September 04, 2011

ESL Student Blog: A Dog is... An ESL Student's Best Friend?

Wonder how having a dog can help you learn English? Dogs are known for their friendly affectionate nature and loyalty, but they also create lots of opportunities for social interactions.
 
As dogs are natural ice-breakers, they help connect - even to people who don’t seem very much alike. Your dog will give reason to people to stop and talk to you. When you’re out walking with a dog, you look much more approachable than just walking by yourself.
 
Dogs can help you network and increase the number of people you meet. You might have a better chance to expand your social circle. Be it in a dog park, an elevator, a puppy training class or at a city festival, dogs help initiate spontaneous conversations between strangers in public places.
 
Dogs are great listeners. You can practice your new words, pronunciation of a sound or even maintaining a direct eye contact with your furry friend. To improve your written English, why not join online dog-focused networking websites?
 
Many English learning students complain they have no one to speak English to in informal situations and look for ways to have a native English speaker conversation partner. If you share a common interest - a hobby, a goal, music preference or... love for dogs - it instantly gives you a reliable topic of conversation that over time can evolve to more personal topics.
 
Want a challenge? Decide to have an English speaking dog - teach him commands and tricks (sit, down, heel, stay, come, leave it, fetch, shake a paw, roll over) in English only. Taking care of your dog and socializing it with other dogs (while talking to the dog owners) will help you improve your general vocabulary, prepare you to speak on a variety of topics and make you a more confident speaker.
 
All this holds true if you’re a genuine dog lover. Are you a dog person?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:03 PM   1 Comments  Add Comment

Saturday, September 03, 2011

ESL Student Blog: Compound Words That End With the Noun ‘Line’

The noun ‘line’ is one of the most frequent in the English language. We draw different kinds of lines (e.g.: straight or dotted), ‘get in line’, ‘wait in line’, ‘write our name on the line’, ‘hold the line’ (wait on the phone). Our faces are covered in lines (wrinkles) as we get older. We ‘learn our lines (words)’ before performing in a play.
 
The noun ‘line’ is also commonly joined with another word to make a compound word (e.g.: air+line=airline).
 
Combine the words below with the noun ‘line’ to make 12 compound words. Then , match the definitions 1-12 to the corresponding words.
 
time    dead    hot    out    hair    sky    
coast   bee    neck    waist    head    clothes
 
1. the edge of a person’s hair

2. the shape made by the edge of a piece of clothing around your neck

3. the line at which the upper and lower pieces of clothing join

4. a plan that shows when something will happen and how long it’ll take

5. a shape made by buildings, mountains, etc. when seen against the sky

6. the land along a coast
 
7. a specific time by which something has to be done
 
8. a rope to hang wet clothes on so that they can dry
 
9. an explanation that provides main ideas, but not the details
 
10. a telephone connection that gives quick direct access to information or help

11. a main title of a story in a newspaper

12. the shortest possible route from one place to another
 
Which of these lines can you see and which ones are imaginary?
 
Answer Key:
 
1. hairline 2. neckline 3. waistline 4. timeline 5. skyline 6. coastline 7. deadline 8. clothesline 9. outline 10. hotline 11. headline 12. beeline
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 1:40 PM   0 Comments  Add Comment



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