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How To : Use the word "being" correctly in English

Being is a word that can be hard to master for English as a Second Language speakers. It can be used as a gerund, or in present or past continuous tenses. In a present or past continuous tense, being says that it is happening now, or was happening before, in a continual manne ...more

How To : Score Big with Simple 2-Letter Words in Scrabble

No matter what word game you're playing, whether it's Scrabble or one of its near-homogeneous counterparts like Lexulous, Wordfeud or Words with Friends, one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your opponent is knowing all of the legal two-letter words you can play. You're n ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "alumni"

Today's word is "alumni". This is a noun and the plural form of "alumnus" which means a graduate of a specific school. For example, you can say, "The alumni of the school gathered at the reunion ceremony."

How To : Pronounce the English word "entrepreneur"

Today's word is "entrepreneur". This is a noun which means someone who owns and manages a business, taking on financial risks to do so. For example, you can say, "There are hundreds of successful technology entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley."

How To : Pronounce the English word "queue"

Today's word is "queue". This is both a verb and a noun. As a noun, it means a line of people waiting their turn. For example, you can say, "People waited for hours in a long queue to buy the latest video game console."

How To : Pronounce "faux pas"

Today's word is "faux pas". This is a noun of French origin which means a social slip in etiquette or manners. For example, you can say, "She didn't introduce herself to the host, a terrible faux pas, considering she'd never met her."

How To : Pronounce the English word "hyperbole"

Today's word is "hyperbole". This is a noun which means an exaggerated statement. For example, you can say, "Jane said to her sister, 'Your butt is as big as the State of Wisconsin.' She used hyperbole to emphasize her point that her sister is overweight."

News : How Controversy Changed SCRABBLE

OSPD1 In 1978, the first SCRABBLE Dictionary was conceived and published by Merriam-Webster, with the help of the National Scrabble Association (NSA). The idea was to include any word that was found in one of the five major dictionaries at the time: Merriam-Webster's Collegi ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "facade"

Today's word is "facade". This is a noun which means a face of a building or a superficial appearance. For example, you can say, "Under the tough facade of a streetwise teenager, Ricky is still a 13-year-old kid who loves Disneyland."

How To : Pronounce the English word "pause"

Today's word is "pause". This is both a noun and a verb. As a verb, it means to stop an action temporarily. For example, you can say, "Let's pause what we're doing for this special announcement." Pronunciation accent american accent american slang american teacher education e ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "aesthetic"

Today's word is "aesthetic". This is both a noun and an adjective. As an adjective, it means relating to a sense of beauty. For example, you can say, "Aesthetic salons are my mother's favorite place to be; she loves getting facial treatments and massages in beautiful salons."

News : SCRABBLE Now Allows Proper Nouns

If you've read my blog "How Controversy Changed SCRABBLE", then you know that the word JEW is not allowed in regular play, because it was deemed an offensive and obscene word. JEW v JEWED, JEWING, JEWS to bargain with—an offensive term But this coming July, it will no longer ...more

How To : Pronounce the word "bourgeois"

Today's word is "bourgeois". This is both a noun and an adjective. As an adjective, it means characteristic of the middle class, or materialistic. For example, you can say, "Bourgeois beliefs generally do not benefit the lower and working classes."

How To : Pronounce the English word "hierarchy"

Today's word is "hierarchy". This is a noun which means a system of people, organizations, or things that have ranks. For example, you can say, "The famous psychologist, Abraham Maslow demonstrated people have a hierarchy of needs."

How To : Understand English phrasal verbs & compound words

The presenter, Ms. Jennifer explains how compound words are formed from phrasal verbs. With examples she explains how the meaning and pronunciation differs when compound words are formed from phrasal verbs. She explains the difference between 'show' and 'show off' by showing h ...more

News Alert : Scrabble Makes You Smarter

Listen up Scrabblers... you finally have something to brag about besides knowing what MUZJIK is, and if you think it's elevator music, put those tiles back in the bag and pack up your Scrabble board because this doesn't apply to you. You see those brains below? Well, guess wh ...more

How To : Pronounce the word "panacea"

Today's word is "panacea". This is a noun which means a remedy to cure all diseases or a solution for all difficulties. For example, you can say, "Solar power is a promising alternative energy source; however, it's not a panacea. There are advantages and disadvantages to solar ...more

How To : Pronounce the word "lyrics" in English

Today's word is "lyrics". This is a noun in its plural form which means words to a song. For example, you can say, "My dad is a huge fan of the Beatles. He knows the lyrics to all of their songs."

How To : Describe problems in English

This video tutorial is in the Language category which will show you how to describe problems in English. When describing problems in English, many people use the word trouble. When you frame a question, you can frame it in the present or the present continuous tense. For examp ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "despot"

Today's word is "despot". This is a noun which means a tyrant or someone who abuses his power. For example, you can say, "Hitler was perhaps one of the most notorious despots in the 20th century."

How To : Learn to speak Dutch in this beginner lesson

Learn the Dutch alphabet, definite articles, noun plurals, personal pronouns and the verb "to walk" in this 4 part video series. Part 1 of 4 - How to Learn to speak Dutch in this beginner lesson. Part 2 of 4 - How to Learn to speak Dutch in this beginner lesson. Part 3 of 4 ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "endeavor"

Today's word is "endeavor". This is a noun as well as a verb. As a noun, it means an effort or attempt to accomplish something. As a verb, it means to strive or attempt. For example, you can say, "Beth made all endeavors to make her mother-in-law happy."

How To : Pronounce the English word "scenario"

Today's word is "scenario". This is a noun which means an imagined sequence of events. For example, you can say, "Jill and I discussed the scenario of what would happen if Jim asked her out on a date."

How To : Pronounce the English word "nuance"

Today's word is "nuance". This is a noun which means a subtle degree of difference in meaning and expression. For example, you can say, "To truly understand the nuances between synonyms, you often have to see how those similar words are used in various situations."

How To : Diagram gerunds & gerund phases

For those who don't know, a gerund is a noun whose root word is formed from a verb. Anyone interested in brushing up on their grammar skills should view this video by Yossarian on how to diagram gerunds and gerund phrases. Yossarian uses various sentence examples to break down ...more

How To : Pronounce the phrase "status quo"

Today's word is "status quo". This is a noun which means the existing state or condition. For example, you can say, "They were only concerned with the status quo, not changing anything for the better."

Scrabble Bingo of the Day : PHONEYS

PHONEYS 64 points (14 points without the bingo) Definition: to phony, i.e. alters so as to make appear genuine [v] Phoneys (or phonies) is a word for altering something to make it appear legit, like turning a cheap handbag into a Louis Vuitton. It also simply means not genui ...more

How To : Pronounce the word "incognito" in English

Today's word is "incognito". This is a noun, adjective and adverb. As an adverb it means without revealing one's identity. For example, you can say, "The movie star traveled incognito in Europe on her honeymoon."

How To : Pronounce the word "virtuoso"

Today's word is "virtuoso". This is a noun which means an expert, often in music. For example, you can say, "Few people would dispute that Itzhak Perlman is the reigning virtuoso of the violin today."

How To : Make Filipino-style chicken adobo

Adobo is a Spanish word for sauce, seasoning or marinade, mainly used in Latin American- and Southwest U.S.-style cooking as well as in the Philippines. The noun form "Adobo" generally describes a marinade or seasoning mix. Adobo is also a style of cooking used in Filipino cui ...more

How To : Properly Transcribe for ClariTrans

ClariTrans is a requester on MTurk (www.mturk.com) they pay very well for transcribing short snippets of audio. Here is how you can transcribe their audio snippets properly to ensure your text will be approved and you will be paid: ClariTrans Transcription Formatting Guide S ...more

How To : Pronounce the word "zenith" in English

Today's word is "zenith". This is a noun which means the highest point above the observer's horizon attained by a celestial body, or the peak. For example, you can say, "After becoming the chairman of the board, Michael felt he reached the zenith of his business career."

How To : Pronounce the English word "chicanery"

Today's word is "chicanery". This is a noun which means trickery or the act of deceiving someone. For example, you can say, "The new governor was accused of chicanery after raising sales tax despite his campaign promise of tax cuts."

How To : Use the 'stop' verb in the English language

The verb "stop" in the English language can be used with a gerund and an infinitive. The word "stop" has different meanings depending on how it's used. Look at the sentence, "I stopped eating fast food." Stopped is used in the past tense and eating is a gerund, or a word that ...more

How To : Pronounce the word "jacuzzi"

Today's word is "jacuzzi". This is a noun which means a bath tub with underwater jets. For example, you can say, "The house we recently bought came with a jacuzzi. Now we spend a lot of time in the hot tub, relaxing and having fun."

How To : Use Hindi verbs and prepositions

This is the tenth part of my video series on learning Hindi. We come to more verbs, simple present and present continuous and imperative, as well as postpositions (prepositions which come after the noun). Pronunciation and gender (masc or fem) is stressed and is in IPA.

How To : Pronounce the word "guffaw" in English

Today's word is "guffaw". This is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means a big burst of laughter. As a verb, it means to laugh loudly. For example, you can say, "When my teacher, Mr. Jones bent over to pick up his pen, the back of his pants split open. Everyone in the cla ...more

How To : Know when to use subject or object pronouns

It is easy to make grammatical mistakes when there are, what seems like, endless rules to memorize. Focusing on a few rules at a time is helpful and today’s lesson can be on how to use subject and object pronouns. If you don’t know whether to use “I” or “me,” it’s easy to lear ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "obesity"

Today's word is "obesity". This is a noun which means excessive fatness. For example, you can say, "During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States; about two-thirds of American adults were considered overweight in 2006."

How To : Use indirect objects & object pronouns in Spanish

In this video, we learn how to use indirect objects & object pronouns in Spanish. When you have a noun that is coming after a pronoun, you will have to change the first word that comes after it. If you are saying "yo compro", then you will use "las" after this, to describe the ...more

Scrabble Bingo of the Day : ZEPHYRS

ZEPHYRS n sing. ZEPHYR gentle breezes 74 points (24 points without the bingo) A few days ago, Cerek Tunca mentioned that a great seven-letter bingo word would be ZEPHYRS, because of the amount of points gained. He's definitely right, with it being more than 20 points by its ...more

How To : Pronounce the English word "paucity"

Today's word is "paucity". This is a noun which means scarcity or a lack of something. For example, you can say, "There is a paucity of computer savvy teachers in our school. We should offer computer training for the teachers."

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