Saturday, March 7, 2009

What did he just say?

How fast a person talk? What about rap?

The next time you complain that listening in English is impossible, remember this guy.


Words of wisdom

From one of my students:


Words of wisdom for a happy weekend.

1- Dalai Lama

• Have only two days in the year that nothing could be done. The first
is yesterday, and the other is tomorrow, therefore today is the
correct day for love, believes, create and mainly live the life.

• If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be
able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you
are not able of developing compassion for others.

• Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no
value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all
have the power of thought - so what are you lacking? If you have
willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you
are your own master.

2- Ernest Hemingway
• Never mistake motion for action.

3- Benjamin Disaraeli
• Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness
without action

4- Gandhi
• You must be the change you want to see in the world.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Battle of the Sexes

This battle is as old as creation itself. But it is interesting to see how the lifelong questions still spark some interesting answers - not just in adults, but also in teens (overlooking the generalisations, of course):

WHY DON'T MEN IRON?

- Because the person who does this is the woman
- Because women have more skill
- Because women are more patient
- Because it's boring and men are lazy
- Because it's not as simple as making a baloney sandwich!

WHY ARE WOMEN BETTER WITH WORDS?

- Because they have more weapons at their disposal
- Because it's easier for them to express themselves
- Because women know how to get someone round to do what they want

WHY DO WOMEN GET LOST BUT ARE SAFER DRIVERS?

- Because they are more careful when driving, yet they have no sense of direction
- Men are more competitive, impulsive and aggressive
- Because women don’t multi-task; they focus on one task at a time

WHY DON’T WOMEN FLY PLANES?

- Because most of them are not interested
- Because men have a better sense of direction
- Because men believe they can fly

AND FINALLY,

WHY ARE MEN AND WOMEN SO DIFFERENT?

- Because of genetics and the way boys and girls are raised
- Because if they were the same, there would be no fun
- Because God wanted it that way
- Because men and women need to be able learn to live with their differences

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Independent Speaking

The TOEFL iBT is comprised of four parts: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking.

The Speaking section has two types of tasks: independent and integrated.

For the Independent tasks, candidates are required to answer a question based on general knowledge.

The most important things to remember when responding are:

- being economical: use objective concise sentences to explain your answer.

- using good opening and closing phrases/sentences to help organize your thoughts:

e.g. There are three reasons why the cellphone has become so popular.[OPENING]

e.g. It is because of these three reasons that the cellphone has become popular. [CLOSING]

- nominalizing instead of using long sentences, e.g. There are three reasons why the cellphone has become so popular: commercial, technological and social.