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Monday, February 23, 2009

15+ Great Quizzes in English

Quizzes in English

Question-all-student: Games in English? What for?
Know-all-teacher: In order to learn English, without effort, while you have fun.
Question-all-student: I played games when I was 5, now I’m 20 and I don’t feel like playing anymore.
Know-all-teacher: I can’t force you to choose your method of learning English. I can help and guide you in what it’s better for you and games in English are a very effective method.
Question-all-student: It will certainly be boring. Anyway, I’ll try it – once.
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In the Learn English Online blog we also have decided to follow the tips from know-all teacher and we have looked for some Websites that provide us with entertaining games in English.

A very interesting one that we have found is Quizicon. We already know about its existence because of the 100 Most Common English Words, but today we want to share with you the full list of games on the site. These games are ideal for learning new vocabulary, expressions and improving our knowledge in general.

Some of the games that we have found especially attractive are:
  • 50 Largest Countries
  • The Constellations
  • Punctuation Symbols
  • Olympic Summer Sports
  • Olympic Winter Sports
  • Musical Symbols
  • Word Mix TOASTER
  • Authors of Classic Novels
  • Cockney Alphabet
  • Zodiac Signs
  • Roman Gods
  • World’s Largest Cities
  • Flags of Europe
  • Longest Rivers
  • Greek Gods
  • Most Common Phobias.
And, of course, the 100 Most Common English Words.

Visit the full list of games in order to play some of these enjoyable quizzes that will test your English and also your knowledge of general culture.

Note: if you decide to follow the tips from the know-all-teacher and you are looking for more games and quizzes in English have a look at the section of the blog dedicated to the quizzes where you’ll find very interesting online resources.
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Monday, February 16, 2009

VerbaLearn - Study Vocabulary Easily

VerbaLearn

Would you like to learn new vocabulary in English with a simple and easy method? In this post we present you a Webpage that will help you in the learning of words in a quickly and funny way.

The name of this Webpage is VerbaLearn and its learning method is based on the creation of study lists made of a collection of words. These study lists are based on four different English vocabulary tests: SAT, ACT, GRE and general vocabulary.

After selecting the type of study list and the size that you want, you should begin completing it with the new vocabulary in English. When you are creating your study list you choose the correct meaning from four different possibilities of a given word. If you miss when selecting the option or you are not sure about its meaning, the word will form part of your study list. Once you learn the word in English it will automatically disappear from your list.

A feature that we like about VerbaLearn is that for each word cited you are given the pronunciation, its definition and an example of use in context (very important in order to facilitate the learning of new vocabulary).

Oops! I failed in the meaning of the word “augur”:

Augur

Once your study list is completed, you can review it online or offline. The way of reviewing it online is by doing a series of activities (sentences) where you have to pick the correct word to complete the sentence. If you decide to review your list offline, you can do it either by subscribing to the podcasts or by directly downloading to your computer a file in .mp3 format with all the sentences from your study list. This is an original idea and pretty handy since you can save the file in your player and then listen to the new vocabulary in English when you are travelling, commuting, doing sport, etc.

Visit VerbaLearn

If you are interested in learning new English vocabulary in an easy way, we recommend you visiting the following online resources that we have mentioned in the blog as well:

FreeRice – learn new vocabulary in English while you donate rice that will help to palliate the hunger in the world.

Babbel – learn new words using the method of linking an image with the word in English (very entertaining!)

Mr Duncan – superb videos in YouTube from an English teacher that teaches you new words and expressions.

Looking for more? There are many other places to learn new vocabulary: social networks, dictionaries, pages with podcasts … have a look at our collection of free resources to learn vocabulary and you’ll probably find some that fit your needs.

Happy learning!
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

20+ Valentine's Day Quotes in English

Valentines

Saint Valentine’s, the day of love, is coming. Have you already thought what you are going to say/give to your loved one? Not yet? Hurry up; it’s not long till it comes!

From the Learn English Online blog we want to help you, so we’ve done a list with more than 20 romantic quotes that you can say to your loved one on that so important day.

But first we are going to start with a little bit of history, practising English of course. What about going to history.com and having a look at this video in English with the explanation of the history of Valentine’s Day? Very illuminating!

Now that we know more about Valentine’s Day, let’s have a look at those quotes that will light up the face of the person that you love:

For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
- Rosemonde Gerard

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.
- Anonymous

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
- Anonymous

Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred, then a thousand more.
- Catullus

Roses are red, my love
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet, my love
But not so sweet as you.
- Anonymous

Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
- Fredrich Halm

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
- Pablo Neruda, "Love Sonnet XVII"

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
- Albert Einstein

Love is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important.
- Lisa Hoffman

We two form a multitude.
- Ovid

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.
- Alexandria Penney

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.
- Anonymous

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
- Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

I love you like crazy, baby
'Cuz I'd go crazy without you.
- Pixie Foudre

Sometimes we make love with our eyes. Sometimes we make love with our hands. Sometimes we make love with our bodies. Always we make love with our hearts.
- Anonymous

I've fallen in love many times... always with you.
- Anonymous

Are we not like two volumes of one book?
- Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Love is a game that two can play and both win.
- Eva Gabor

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
- Anonymous

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
- Anonymous

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
- David Viscott

To conclude we’d like to share with you a video in YouTube with more quotes and thoughts for Valentine’s Day:



This post is dedicated to everyone I love, and yes, it’s also dedicated to all the readers and followers of the blog! :) Happy Valentine’s Day!
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