terça-feira, 12 de abril de 2011

Vocabulary.com : Vocabulary.com

Are you looking to improve your vocabulary in English? Here is a great tool to help you learn new words quickly and efficiently in English.

Just look at the word and choose what you think is the right meaning. If you are correct...you get 100 points.

The site also shows you words in context so you can learn what they mean and how they are used.

If you choose the wrong answer...then you can try again...and get extra explanations about what the word means.

There are also small buttons on the side so you can look up the word and even hear how it is pronounced.

Vocabulary.com : Vocabulary.com

Enjoy it and warm regards,
David A. Bailey, Jr

If you want to learn more vocabulary words in context...take a look at http://EXLenglish.com/learn for vocabulary lessons and mini-story lessons in English.

segunda-feira, 11 de abril de 2011

Visual English Dictionaries To Learn English On Line

Hey Boys & Girls,

Here is a list of awesome English dictionaries that you can use to learn English on line that my buddy Tiago just told me about as we were chatting on Google Talk. They are really cool tools to help you improve your English vocabulary.

Visual Dictionary Online - Just take a quick glance at the index to connect words with images. There are 15 major themes you can explore with over 6,000 images so you can see words like never before.

The Visual Dictionary - This academic tool allows you to learn English by way of images which are separated clearly on themed dictionary pages. It's different from an encyclopedia or from a traditional online dictionaries, thesauri and glossaries because the images replace the words. Play around with it and have fun.

Visuawords Full-screen Dictionary - Just type in any English word you want to learn how to use. Many other words will pop-up with color-coding so you know exactly what part of speech it is and what category it falls under.

Check each of these visual English dictionaries out and leave your feedback about them in the comments below. Also, if you know of others that you can recommend...add them for other students to find. ;)


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terça-feira, 5 de abril de 2011

Learn English On YouTube

A great way to learn English is through online videos on Youtube. You can watch videos recorded by real English teachers...or just watch interesting videos about any subject that interests you...in English of course.

Here are some Youtube Channels recorded by English teachers:

Mr. Duncan In England - Mr Duncan provides some very informative videos on the English language.

English with Jennfer - A site for language learners

AudioESL English Mini-Stories - Mini-story videos with Question and Answer Mini-stories and other interesting English topics.

Enjoy them and learn lots of English. If you have any questions...please feel free to contact us. ;)

sábado, 2 de abril de 2011

Starting a Conversation - Beginning level English guide to Starting a Conversation

10 Great Questions to start speaking English.

Starting a Conversation - Beginning level English guide to Starting a Conversation

Ken posted these 10 starter questions...as well as some follow-up questions to help you get started on learning a new language.

Did I mention that it is a great resource. ;)

Use of English Prepositions At The End Of Sentences - Right Or Wrong?

Hey Boys & Girls,

I know a lot of you have questions about prepositions...especially the use of prepositions and why sentences end with prepositions in English if there not supposed to. Right?

Anyway...I got this email from my sister yesterday which was a rather humorous example of her experience in trying to find out more about the use of sentences ending with prepositions so that she could better explain it to her students.

So, I'm posting it here for you to learn more about the use of prepositions...with her permission of course:


yesterday...i was coming in the house and asked marmee...
'how long have you had that corn for?'

(she had brought it in from the village and it was sitting by the
door in the ice-chest (and it was not looking too appealing to eat))

papidos promptly let me know (grinnig) 'you never and
sentences with prepositions'

so i got to thinking about it...

i came up with the 'who is that for?' and we both kind of came to the
conclusion that it's 'ok' to use it with the interogative...

but started searching the 'all knowing google' to help me out and i found out
that it's...an old taboo do to latin similarities in our languages ect...

i had a fun time reading to papidos tonight all that i found along with this...


for some reason he didn't think it was as funny as i did...but my point is now clearly understood

i also thought this was interesting...(from the Yahoo Answers site)

QUESTION: Are there cases when English prepositions at the end of a sentence are not wrong? 

I saw a question about prepositions at the end of a sentence in the preschool section earlier today, and now I'm kind of stuck thinking about them, because I actually used one at the end of a sentence when saying something a moment ago.

I told my son (who was busy biting my desk): "Tables are not for eating: they are for eating at.".

I can't rephrase that in a way that would leave the general structure of the sentence the same. I mean, if I were to say "What are you getting at?" I could rephrase it as "At what are you getting?" which would be awkward because the former is used by everyone, but at least it would still make sense. But I can't say "Tables are for at eating." or "At tables are for eating." or any such thing...

So, would that make "Tables are for eating at." a grammatically correct sentence ending in a preposition? Don't worry about the failure of the schools system for not teaching me this: I'm foreign. I'm just curious.


It is never wrong to end a sentence with a preposition. That is a dopey rule made up long ago by misguided scholars who thought English should be more like Latin. The word "preposition" means "comes before"---"pre-" + "position", so it must be wrong for it to come after, right? Wrong.

There is a way of looking at the grammar that makes "at" in your example not even be a preposition at all. "To eat at" is a phrasal verb, and "they are for eating at" is equivalent to "they are for using". In the sentence "He is eating at the table", "table" becomes the direct object instead of being the object of the preposition "at"

 Asker's Comment:

Thanks everyone! Everyone had good answers. I had the intuitive feeling that it was a 'phrasal verb', except that I did not have the words to express that concept. Usually when learning foreign languages I totally ignore grammar - I just learn by doing what the natives do, which works great. :)


Well, that basically sums up the whole issue of English prepositions when ending your sentences. I'm sure there are others who could explain this a little more technically.

And I'm sure there are even those who would disagree with the technicalities of the answer above. But for the average English student...I think this answer will be more than sufficient. ;)