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Archive for February, 2006

The language adventure 1-6

Posted by shashi on February 28, 2006

If you want to improve your English you need a determination (firm decision) and willingness. It’s really fascinating that you can learn all aspects of language with the Linguist. The ultimate goal of language learning is to become fluent as native speakers; no matter whatever time it takes.

In my initial days of English learning, I would always emphasise more on watching TV programme and reading newspaper. These are good methods as you can learn new words but you can’t retain these learned words for further use. You just listen, partly understand and then the words are lost. You need some system that enables you to retain the words and The Linguist is the best recommendation. You can work on it regardless of your knowledge, age and your level. You save the words and phrases and then you try to use them deliberately in your writing. Soon you will not just relay on the translated meaning but you will take more initiative to use them in natural conversation.

Now you will enjoy the learning and you will put in the time necessary for it. If you want to be able to pronounce as a native, you have to work on pronunciation section. Once you find that you can learn, you will put more time into learning and you will soon find that you will be able to pronounce better than ever.


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Soft and untidy

Posted by shashi on February 28, 2006

Following are some words that may sometimes confuses me 

a messy kitchen

Producing or causing dirt and untidiness:
Eating spaghetti can be a messy business.
Vicky cooks really well but she’s rather messy

 Describes a situation that is confused and unpleasant:
A war will be a long and messy business

Smooth, soft or developed; not too sharp, bright, new or rough:
mellow flavours
mellow sounds
Relaxed and pleasant or not severe:
a mellow mood/atmosphere
after a few drinks, he became very mellow
Soft and having no firm shape:
Cook the lentils until they are mushy
Too emotional:
I hate those mushy love stories.

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Every cloud has a silver lining

Posted by shashi on February 27, 2006

This morning I rang my TV Company, as I wanted to pay this month’s TV bill. This was the first time I was going to talk with native speakers. The initial part of the conversation was good. I was able to understand what she was saying. She asked me some general information and I answered her quite well. At one moment, she had asked me something, which I didn’t understand. She was might be asking some security information but I really didn’t get it. I requested her to speak slowly. She asked me the same thing quite slowly, though I didn’t get it. She had asked me again and again and still, I was not getting her. At last I got frustrate and I gave up and hanged the phone helplessly.

This is my worst experience ever since I have been studying English. I accept that I was frustrated at that moment but I have not lost my confidence. I know that, one day, I will be able to speak fluently. That day is not far from me, as far as, I have right attitude, enough willingness and a right guider. I am working and will work hard with the Linguist and one day will definitely come when I will speak as a native speaker. Every cloud has a silver lining and I will try to focus on silver lining and not on the cloud.     

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About the Linguist

Posted by shashi on February 25, 2006

You should seek (ask) medical advise before the use of any medicine. I am seeking (try to find) a job, which is suitable for me. As, being at home I have a lot of time, I have decided to seek out (look for) some information on accommodation on the Internet.

If you choose realistic context, you will learn better. Sometimes, you couldn’t be able to understand the meaning of isolated word without its related context. You can improve the correct usage of words and phrases by seeking them in various contexts.

The explanations given by tutors are more persuasive than the English dictionaries.

When you write something, don’t get exaggerate. Instead, keep it as simple as possible.

When you study a new language, you require some incentives to keep you with it. You will find a lot of incentives within the linguist. Don’t bother or feel embarrassed when you come across a word that you can’t pronounce. Try to pretend as if you are native speaker. You can acquire a new vocabulary by reading various contents over and over again. Keep in touch with ‘measure’ section to see how much you have accomplished

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New linguist blog for writing submissions

Posted by shashi on February 25, 2006

It is great idea of creating a new Blog for learner’s writings. I think it really helps improving our writing. So and so, we can share our thoughts and our experiences on this blog. It also can help introduce us to newer subjects and various cultures. I was always wondering how other learners write and on what subject they would prefer to write. It will also introduce me to some now phrases and some strange words. If I find some writings interesting, I can import them and study them. As these writings are corrected by tutors, I can relay on their standards and can use in my day-to-day life. It will surely help to motivate us to write more and more natural.

I think that this blog should be kept as simple as possible. It should be place where learners can share their thoughts and found themselves motivated to write more.How do you feel about selecting ‘the best writing of the month’? It can be an incentive for other learners. 

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Get used to The Linguist

Posted by shashi on February 25, 2006

My English is quite improved since last month. I am working hard on all aspects of learning of English. One thing is quite obvious that if you want to succeed you have to immerse yourself in a new language. Now, I have created my own world, my own immersion world. I read and listen to the same content over and over again until I get used to it. Initially it was too difficult to read and to listen the same content repeatedly and I usually couldn’t able to stay with it. I decided to work on it and now I think I am starting to get used to listening. Whenever I get free time I usually try to listen to. I seek for various contents of language, either from radio show or from net or they may be from newspapers but they are of my interest. I do not try to force myself to read uninteresting content or the one, which are unknown to me. If the subject is unfamiliar to me, I couldn’t be able to concentrate on it. That is why I usually look for interesting contents.

When I find the content is interesting, I try to listen to it over and over again till I get used to it. Then I save the words and phrases which are unknown to me or which are known to me but I am not confidant using them. After saving the words and phrases, I again listen to it, now I can understand some words and phrases more clearly. I print out them and say them loudly. Now I turn to write section and I use these words and phrases in my new writing and submit it for correction. As I work more and more on these words and phrases, I get used to them and they become a part of mine

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Vancouver Board of Trade

Posted by shashi on February 24, 2006

If you want to become fluent, you have got to get over the fear and you should participate actively in group discussions, as it will bolster your confidence.

There are a lot of obstacles in life, which come in a way of success.

There is a big controversy regarding the issue of mercy death.

Acupuncture, homeopathy and reflexology are all forms of complementary medicine. I take it as a compliment when people say I look like my mother. I must compliment (express admiration) you on your success. Company gives a complimentary air ticket with a mobile phone.

His paintings depict the life of an ordinary person.

If you want that job your language have got to be impressive.

I work downtown, but I live in the poplars area that is two miles away.

I usually steer the car carefully around the potholes. I would like to steer our discussion back to our topic.

If you want to become a successful businessman, you should have some sort of mindsets. 


If I am not mistaken, this car cost you around thousand pound.

I will be back in a while till you guys carry on the show.

Don’t try to pull the handle otherwise it will come away.

In the linguist, it would be more beneficial if you started off with some introductory content.

I always saw him in the corner of the town centre handing out some sort of leaflets. The linguist has put on some discussions only for the beginner level students.

Write down the name, on your identity card, that you want to be called by.

You have to listen over and over again, and get into the habit of reading while listening

The film stars don’t want their affairs to get out in news. Don’t get out of the train till it stops. We usually don’t get out so much since we have been here in UK.

If you ever want to become fluent in English, you have got to get over the fear of making mistakes.

I think we have got on wrong bus. When I get on the train I usually keep the ticket by hand. I am getting on really well in the new house.

Take a look at the back page of newspaper: it is full of blood and gore.

I moved in our new house before the contract finished.

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More idioms

Posted by shashi on February 23, 2006

 4.get/lay your hands on smt
To succeed in obtaining something 
as a kid I read anything I could lay my hands on.
If you ever get your hands on a copy, I’d love to have a look.
5.By and large
generally or mostly 
The films they show are, by and large, American imports
6.loose ends
the last few details that need to be finished or explained in order for something to be complete 
The job’s nearly done. I’m just tying up one or two loose ends at the moment.
7.get the hang of sth
to learn how to do something, especially if it is not obvious or simple:
“I’ve never used a word processor before.” “Don’t worry – you’ll soon get the hang of it.”

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A short tour of Mars

Posted by shashi on February 23, 2006

I am really happy in my life as I have everything that I have ever wanted.

I don’t have that much money yet I am happy.

I found that it is really necessary to be in the habit of writing to improve your speaking. I have found that to practice speaking is more beneficial than just reading content.

Our scientists are more concern about exploring the universe. The process of oil and gas exploration goes on a long run as the world is always in need for them.

In the big libraries such as one at Stevenage, you will look at thousands of books. If you want a job, you should look at local newspapers.

Up until now, no human has been to Mars. Up until now, no one has won the world cup on three consecutive times in the history of cricket.

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SKY Group discussion 19 Feb

Posted by shashi on February 21, 2006

Sunday’s discussion topic

Topic: Busiest month of the year

Studied content:  ‘Busiest month of the year’ from ‘the linguist digest’

Time and date: Sunday 19 Feb. at 01:00 PM

Group member: Shashi, Kumiko, Yoko, Macuno

Hostess: Yoko

Tutor: Tracy  

My comments:     

 This was our debut discussion. The discussion was quite good and Yoko conducted it in a good way. When I think about the busiest month of the year, the November comes in front of me immediately. This is the month that every Hindu feels busy as Diwali the greatest festival of Hindu comes in this month.

Usually this festival starts in mid November but preparations goes on far earlier. We have to clean the house, paint the house, lightening and so on. Diwali is festival of food also. There are a lot of verities of food that is prepared and served to family members. There is a kind of family get together during the diwali. My sister and brother in low come to our house to celebrate it. During the festival we also used to do some fireworks.     

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