There are many components to a language. Some of them are easy to learn and some others may take a bit of time. Some of the things that you must keep in mind when you are trying to learn English are:
- Grammar and punctuation
- Vocabulary and the
- different ways in which different terms are used.
For instance, plenty of people can get confused whether they should be using a ‘,’ or ‘;’ or even ‘-‘ when they are writing. There can also be a lot of confusion between words such as “assume” and “presume” which actually come across as synonyms but have different contextual usage.
While grammar is a subject for another day, one of the most important ways in which you can enjoy and learn English really well is to talk about or focus on vocabulary. The term vocabulary is nothing but the collection of words that you know. But going a step beyond, it is not simply the knowledge of as many words as possible. It is also knowledge about how to use these words in different contexts and even be able to play around with them.
There are some extremely interesting ways to learn vocabulary. For instance, going online to learn about vocabulary games can make it an interactive and rewarding way to learn English.
Using online games
If you conduct a search for vocabulary games on the Internet, you will be deluged by a huge collection of some extremely interesting games. These games test you at various levels including spelling, synonyms and antonyms and meanings of several words. By paying attention to all these words, and playing as many games as you want, you are fairly certain to buildup massive vocabulary or a lexicon of words.
Using the dictionary
Another easy and interesting thing to do is to carry around a little notebook with you and note down words that you are coming across the first time. Look it up in the dictionary whenever you can. But, instead of sticking to learning only about that word in question, you could also look at one or two words above it and below it. For instance, if you are looking up the meaning of the word “Philharmonic”, then try and look up the word meanings of “Philemon” and “Philhellene” as well!
Nothing can take the place of reading
Try and read everything that comes your way – newspapers, novels, comics, books, billboards and even the labels of various food products. You will get to know a range of words from various angles and sources that stand you in good stead. Once your vocabulary improves and increases, you can take up the extremely interesting world of crossword puzzles. This will test your vocabulary like no other game can!
Another skill while you learn English is to concentrate on listening. While hearing other people talk, pay attention to the way they use words. For instance, using the words “by the skin of one’s teeth” can sound so very strange because teeth do not really have skin! But you will learn how to use this phrase when you want to illustrate something that was done with hardly any time to spare!
An article discussing how to make eating out more of an event and create experiences that stay in the memory forever.
Eating out should be more than just a treat; it should be an event. Widening your horizons to new experiences can create lasting memories and this is how.
The Great Outdoors.
Perhaps in reaction to our increasingly disappointing summers, a number of restaurants are embracing picnic themes as a way to entice diners. But don’t expect soggy sausage rolls and tuna sandwiches; these are certainly picnics with a difference. Customers receive the surprise of delicate fine dining presented in traditional hampers in addition to party games and summer themed drinks.
If the thought of dinner entertainment conjures up images of suffering through painful stand-up comedy or ear-splitting singing, do not fear. Things have moved on and now dinner entertainment is a true event. How about naughty afternoon tea at a cabaret themed club? Gin flavoured cups of tea and dainty sandwiches with exotic ingredients seems a far cry from the staid tradition of scones and jam. Or how about following in the footstep of Henry VIII by indulging in a spot of banqueting by torchlight? There’s nothing dainty about this arrangement; it’s all about big servings and hearty drinks.
Ever wondered what it would be like to eat in prison? Or on the toilet? How about under the sea or in a surgical theatre? Believe it or not, all of these are themed restaurants somewhere in the world. But if you want to sample something new without the fear of having your dinner served in a bedpan, how about active cooking? For experienced and novice chefs alike, there are places in cities like London that now provide the opportunity to prepare and cook your own restaurant standard food in a customised setting. And don’t worry; you will have a personal chef to guide you, so there’s no risk of burning the building down.
The trend for American kitsch is a growing one and it is lending its particular look to a range of eateries across the country. Most popular are the roadside diner style establishments that are popping up in the most unexpected of places. Bright lights and cold chrome create the iconic look and although the menus hold little in the way of surprises, they always deliver on taste. Pancake stacks, hot dogs and oversized burgers eaten in a booth or at the pass may not fit in with government dietary guidelines, but it is a treat nevertheless.
Chris Henderson is a food and travel writer. His recent experience at http://www.aveqia.co.uk inspired him to seek out other exciting dining opportunities and he is currently compiling a book on the subject.