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Hacking Language Learning

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Benny Lewis at TEDxWarsaw

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Vocab@Large!

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Exams
• take an exam / sit an exam = do an exam
• pass an exam = get a good enough mark to succeed
• fail an exam = not pass
Studying

• take extra lessons / have private tuition / private coaching = pay for a • personal teacher to help you with the subject
Before the exam

• revise = go over everything you’ve studied
• swot up = an informal synonym for “revise”
• cram = try and force as much information into your head as possible
• learn by heart / memorise = try to remember facts etc, without necessarily • understanding them
• test yourself = try to test your knowledge of something so that you really • know it, rather than just learning it by heart
During the exam
• cheat / copy / use a crib sheet = use dishonest methods to try and pass the exam, such as copying someone else, or hiding notes so you can read them during the exam
• get a good / high mark = do well in the exam
• get a bad / low mark = do badly in the exam
• pass with flying colours = pass with high marks
• scrape a pass = only just pass
What kind of student are you?
• stellar = a star performer
• hard-working = someone who tries
• straight A = a student who always gets top marks
• plodder = someone who works consistently, but isn’t particularly brilliant
• mediocre = not bad, average
• abysmal = terrible
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You think English is easy?

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Think again!
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture..
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

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Tip of the day

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 What is an Interjection?

An interjection is a word added to a sentence to convey emotion. It is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence.

You usually follow an interjection with an exclamation mark. Interjections are uncommon in formal academic prose, except in direct quotations.

The highlighted words in the following sentences are interjections:

Ouch, that hurt!
Oh no, I forgot that the exam was today.
Hey! Put that down!
I heard one guy say to another guy, “He has a new car, eh?”
I don’t know about you but, good lord, I think taxes are too high!

Written by Heather MacFadyen

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An interesting article on ‘Interjections!‘ here