Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Learn, Relax and Enjoy

Busy - Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees "Congratulations," the boss said. "Go on that way!" Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. "I must be losing my strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. "When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked. "Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees..."

1) What 15-letter word contains the letter 'E' five times and no other vowels? Defencelessness.
2) What word ends with an S in its plural masculine form, but changes to singular feminine when another S is added to the end? Princes/Princess.
3)violent and heavy snowstorm is called a ___blizzard
4)When crops fail and livestock die through lack of water because of no rain there is a ___drought
5)The above situation could cause massive starvation through lack of food. This situation is called a ___famine
6)When the land violently moves or shakes especially around fault lines it's called an ___earthquake
7)When the above situation causes a huge body of seawater to move in towards the shore it is known as a ___tidal wave or tsunami
8)When there is a violent outbreak of lawlessness by people it's called a ___riot
9)A loud noise and sometimes huge force created by something like a bomb is known as an ___explosion
10)A violent wind that twist round and round and causes massive destruction is called a ___tornado
11)A disease that spreads rapidly amongst a lot of people in the same area is called an ___epidemic
12)Something that makes the air, rivers, or seas dirty is known as ___pollution

Characteristics of successful accent adapters
1)Knowledgeable about points and manners of articulation in mother tongue and target language.
2)Knowledgeable about how stress, rhythm, intonation and pausing contribute to comprehensibility and meaning.
3)Aware of and able to hear differences between own speech and the target form
4)Able to analyze, monitor and adjust own speech.
5)Motivated to adapt speech to communicate for specific purposes.
6)Willing to ‘play’ with language and accent. 

break even- have expenses equal to profits
After only three months the company was able to break even and start making profits.
budget squeeze/crunch-a situation where there is not enough money in the budget
We have been going through a severe budget squeeze at our company and must begin to stop spending money in a wasteful manner.
buy off- use a gift or money to divert someone from their duty or purpose
The land developer tried to buy off the politician but he was not successful.
buy out- buy the ownership or a decisive share of something
The company was bought out by another large company in the textile industry.
by a long shot- by a big difference, by far
The soap company was able to beat out the bids of the other companies by a long shot.

Target Practice - For each of the following activities, determine a statement of purpose and what could be the end of these endeavors.
Using Computers                 Walking on footpaths                      Eating oily foods
Wearing neat cloths                        Developing good handwriting

1)Many people called on the minister when he was ill.
a)helped        b)critised        c)visited        d)surrounded
2)A large number of small-scale industries have been set up in the rural areas
a)encouraged                       b)opened      c)demolished                        e)upgraded  
3)Seetha is little hard of hearing.
a)insensitive             b)deaf                        c)disinterested                      d)inaudible
4)The boss should not have called Arun names in front of the others.
a)summoned                        b)praised       c)scolded       d)abused
5)You need rest; you look a bit run down
a)ill                  b)sad              c)depressed              d)in poor health

Add charm to your language
Fantastic! That’s him. But for him nobody would speak in such a eloquent way.
How astonishing! Amazing isn’t it! We‘ve had a roaring business and our things are selling like hot cakes.
Good Lord! You have made everything into a mess.
Do you know what it’s like? 
Quitegood/fantastic/awful/quiteinteresting/wretched/wonderful/delightful/pleasant. etc.
How was the party? Excellent/awful/fairly good/ moderately good/atrocious/enjoyed it immensely/wonderful one.

1)The voters are required to be well informed and educated about their candidates so that they can elect the right aspirant by their own assessment.
2)Quality of life will greatly improve in the future
3)Teachers give too much homework
4)Flats are better than independent houses
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