Resources for Writing Fiction UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections. Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? English Glossary of Grammar Terms A fully cross-referenced English glossary of linguistic and grammatical terms. Each grammar definition contains an explanation and cross-references to other relevant grammar terms. Usable for both native speakers interested in language and linguistics, and students of English as a second language (ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP)English grammar terms of all levels from beginner to advanced. Search the Glossary of English Grammar Terms Browse by Category:
American Idioms (A) - Popular Phrases in English - A About time: Nearly time, high time. ex. "It's about time you bought a new car!" Absence makes the heart grow fonder: Proverb that means that our feeling for those we love increases when we are apart from them. (To) act high and mighty: To act proudly and arrogantly. ex. "He has been acting all high and mighty ever since he chased away that burglar." How to give your opinion in English When we give our opinion, we say what we think, feel or believe about something or somebody. Below are some phrases that you can use to help express opinions. Some of these phrases are more appropriate for written English such as giving your opinion in an essay whereas some can also be used in spoken English.
8th Grade Test From 1912 Shows How Far American Education Has Been Dumbed Down; Can You Take It? By Kristan T. Harris A Kentucky 8th grade exam from 1912 was donated to the Bullitt County history museum. The questions feature the fundamental foundation of education that we seem to have lost due to the dumbing down of the American education system. Now with the common core epidemic we can see our youth transformed by a cookie cut education system and a near total loss of critical and independent thinking.
Action Verbs: Creative Writing Tips on Choosing Powerful Verbs to Grab Attention Grab Readers' Attention withVivid Verbs, Powerful Verbs! These creative writing tips show how to harness the tremendous power in action verbs: Creative Writing Tips on Action Verbs #1: Vivid Verbs Are Powerful Verbs Verbs energize. An action verb generates more drama and emotion than a noun, adjective or adverb of similar meaning. Compare: Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom If this is your first time here, then read the Teacher's Guide to Using These PagesIf you can think of a good question for any list, please send it to us. Home | Articles | Lessons | Techniques | Questions | Games | Jokes | Things for Teachers | Links | Activities for ESL Students Would you like to help? If you can think of a good question for any list, please send it to us. If you would like to suggest another topic, please send it and a set of questions to begin the topic. Copyright © 1997-2010 by The Internet TESL Journal Pages from this site should not be put online elsewhere.Permission is not required to link directly to any page on our site as long as you do not trap the page inside a frame.
The 7 Story Archetypes, and How They Can Dramatically Improve Your Marketing. Did you know that there are only 7 basic plotlines throughout all story telling? Christopher Booker author of The 7 basic plots distills all of story telling to 7 basic archetypes that make up all of storytelling throughout history. The 7 story archetypes are: Category:Conversation questions These are Teflpedia's conversation questions by subject for use in class. Our article "conversation questions" has further suggestions for using these in class, along with links to other sites on the web where ESL conversation questions and ESL conversation topics may be found. Although we have all types of ESL discussion topics at Teflpedia, many of our conversation questions will need quite advanced English skills. If you find the questions, or anything else on the site, useful or interesting, or if you disagree with something, please let us know at the teacher's room. You are encouraged to add your own questions and to correct any grammar or spelling gaffes that you spot; nobody's perfect and we're certainly not. If you are unsure about editing wikis there is information in the "help" box to the left, or read this article: Help:Editing
TolkienBooks.net - Languages and Alphabets What follows is a listing of articles that reproduce previously unpublished notes and essays by Tolkien concerning his invented languages and alphabets. They started to appear in significant numbers in the 1980s, and in recent years have formed the bulk of the newly published writings by Tolkien. Further details of the contents of the journals and can be found on the website of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship. Details of unpublished and "slightly published" manuscripts can be found on the website, although please be aware that this site has not been updated for several years. Tolkien Journal.