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12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted Just as there is nothing certain in this world but death and taxes, there is nothing certain in language but that it will change, and that people will react badly. One of the changes people find most offensive is the spread of professional jargon that has been coined to replace simpler, clearer words we already have. Anyone up for some collaborative incentivizing going forward?

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 6 Great Apps for Learning Vocabulary November 10, 2015 Building a rich and diverse vocabulary is an essential component in language learning. It helps students verbalize and communicate their thoughts in lucid and expressive ways. Constructing a solid lexicon base requires a lot of practice and memorization but thankfully technology has made it easier to learn vocabulary in fun and engaging ways. Today’s post features some very good examples of apps students can use on their iPads to develop their vocabulary. Besides mastering vocabulary words and phrases, the apps also provide practice in pronunciation, spelling and orthography through a variety of interactive games, lessons, tests and many other learning activities.

Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary Anger — enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden Angry — mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge Ask– — question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz

Computer Glossary Applet A small Java application that is downloaded by an ActiveX or Java-enabled web browser. Once it has been downloaded, the applet will run on the user's computer. Common applets include financial calculators and web drawing programs. WordLo: Free Online Terminology Tools (IT) Microsoft Language Portal: a bi-lingual search portal for finding translations of key Microsoft terms and general IT terminology. It contains approx. 25,000 defined terms, including English definitions, translated in up to 100 languages(Chemistry) Multilingual REACH and CLP terminology database ECHA-term: terminology of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection – (JRC-IHCP), European Commission.(Internet) Webopedia: is a free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology. Webopedia provides easy-to-understand definitions in plain language, avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible so that the site is accessible to users with a wide range of computer knowledge.

Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger Long writing activities are not very frequently done in class. I tend to think that my students are like me; I need the right kind of atmosphere. Writing requires time, silence and lots of inspiration. Ideally, at this time of the year, I would probably wish to be sitting next to a fireplace with the most perfect instagrammable snow falling outside my window while drinking a nice cup of coffee waiting for inspiration to strike. Unfortunately, there isn’t any snow where I live so I’ll have to make do with a bit of rain and some reddish trees. Note: you won’t find “instagrammable” in the dictionary

Sources And Methods: Top 10 Free Online Translation Services Ed. Note: Since last week's language learning resource blog post was so well-received, consider this a second linguistically-inspired and - hopefully - equally well-received post (of which, I have no doubt, there will be many more). The reality of the situation is that this is what the world looks like. We live in an increasingly multilingual society and, as analysts, this inarguably affects our jobs. English Slang Dictionary - L - Audio Download Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed (Right click on the “Download” link above and click “Save As” to download.) In Episode 17, I discuss the two main methods of language learning, the Wright Brothers’ “Glider Method” and the typical, ineffective “Engine Method.” Fast English fluency requires students to study the right learning material the right way in the right order. Listen to discover why how you learn English is more important than what English you learn if you want to become a confident, fluent English speaker quickly. Enjoy episode 17 and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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