Reductions

When natives speak, they reduce the pronunciation of certain words and phrases. This can be confusing for non-native speakers who are often unfamiliar with these reductions. Learning some common English reductions will improve your comprehension and make you sound more natural to native speakers. English reductions are usually not taught in English language schools but you need to know reductions in order to understand conversations between native English speakers. Reductions are used extensively in TV, movies, music, literature, and in conversations among native English speakers. Here are some common reductions: Whassup: what is up Gimme: give me Lemme: let me Gonna: going to Gotta: got to Wanna: want to Dunno:… Read More

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Training the brain by reading

Reading: Training The Brain We regularly obsess over the best ways to exercise our bodies: how to trim them or strengthen them, what to feed them or what to keep away from them. But how often do we think about exercising our brains? The most complex organ and command center of the whole body, the small, internal three-pound biological structure is responsible for so many important functions, yet it tends to get ignored, even taken for granted. From relieving stress to improving brain function to increasing empathy, books are capable of doing a lot more than just entertaining the people who enjoy them. In fact, reading is the best workout… Read More

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Thrift Shoping

Thrift Shopping⁣ ⁣ Have you ever heard of the term ‘thrift shopping’ before? Thrift shopping is taken from the word ‘thrift shop’, which is a store that sells pre-loved or second-hand stuffs that are still decent and wearable.⁣ ⁣ For some people, the image of “buying second-hand” can be dreadful and unimaginable. Even so, thrift store itself has recently gained popularity and is considered as an alternative way to shop with its own benefits, especially in terms of the environment.⁣ ⁣ To illustrate, the textile and garment industry, specifically fast fashion, resulted in negative impacts towards the environment. Such impacts are namely water pollution, the use of dangerous chemicals, as… Read More

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Homograph

Homograph is a group (usually a pair) of words that are spelled the same way, and may or may not be pronounced the same way, although the difference in pronunciation is often just a shift in the accented syllable.⁣ Watch! To put it on the correct sentence, ok. Here are some words as the examples: ⁣ ⁣ I left my key on the left side of the table.⁣ ⁣ I park my car in the park. ⁣ ⁣ Fair (adil) x Fair (pameran) ⁣ Letter (surat) x Letter (huruf) ⁣ Bow (busur) x Bow (Membungkuk) ⁣ Block (merintangi) x Block (komplek) ⁣ Face (menghadapi) x Face (muka) ⁣ Ring (cincin)… Read More

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ESL or EFL

⁣ ⁣⁣ ESL or EFL or others.⁣ ⁣ The distinction between ESL and EFL comes from the native language of the country in which instruction is being given. An ESL classroom is one in which English is the primary national language. On the other hand, an EFL classroom is one in which English is not the native language, as is true of many European countries, where it is common to learn to speak more than one foreign language. For these reasons, ESL is typically the term used in the United States, an English-speaking nation, whereas EFL is more often the term of choice in countries where English is not the… Read More

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