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Word Formations


From a base word we can often get a noun, a verb, an adjective or an adverb.  We do this by adding a prefix or suffix to a base word. 


Gentle becomes gentleness with the suffix ness.


Help becomes helper or helpful adding suffixes er or ful


We can change a word to the negative when we add the prefix, un


Helpful becomes unhelpful


The suffix, ly forms adverbs.


Gentle now becomes the adverb gently.





Vocabulary Word


APPEASE: VERB - (ə-pēz′) - to make peace with, to pacify


Example - ...When Tino cries his mom appeases him with chocolate.


How to learn English vocabulary


  • Learn it in a phrase or sentence. Words travel in groups.  Putting a word in its context will make it easier to remember.  Instead of learning simply "flock", learn "flock of sheep." For "occur" learn "if any problems occur..."

  • Write it in your notebook.  Use some sentences. Does it resemble a word from your first language? Pictures help too.  Make as many associations with the word that you can.  The sillier, the better.  These create contact points that help your brain hold on to the word.

  • Use it today.  Speak it many times in phrases or sentences. Spaced Repetition Software (SRS) like can be a help. Put the new phrase where you'll see it, such as on your desk, breakfast table, bathroom mirror, refridgerator, night stand.

  • Here's a link to an audio pronunciation site


Song of the Month - February
"Happy" by Pharrell Williams
This very happy song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack song has been highly successful, peaking at No. 1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries.
Click on the "CC" at the bottom right of the video screen to see the English lyrics.

Song of the Month - January

A fun way to learn English is by learning English songs.

"Wake  Me Up" by Avicii


This is a song by Swedish DJ and music producer Avicii.  It was released on 17 June 2013.  "Wake Me Up" reached number one in much of Europe and also did well in all of the English-speaking world.  You can see the lyrics to the left on the video as it plays.


Song of the month - November
A fun way to Learn English is by learning English songs.
Don't Stop Lyrics

If you wake up and don't want to smile
If it take just a little while
Open your eyes and look at the day
You'll see things in a different way

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow
Don't stop, it'll soon be here
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone - More

Song of the month - December

A fun way to learn English is by learning English songs.

"Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" by Don McClean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land - more

Song of the Month - September

A fun way to learn English is by learning English songs.

"Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young



"Our House" is a song written by British singer-songwriter Graham Nash and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on their 1970 album Déjà Vu. The single reached #30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song, "an ode to countercultural domestic bliss", was written while Nash was living with Joni Mitchell, recording both Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu.  You can see the lyrics to the left on the video as it plays.



Movie of the month

Movies are a great way to hear and learn the English language.  Certain movies offer a look into the lives, culture and language of the American people. I occasionally recommend some movies because


  •  The dialog contains a lot of useful, colloquial English.

  •  The movie reflects various aspects of modern American life.

  •  It is popular enough to be widely available on video.

  •  I liked it!


Castaway - starring Tom Hanks
Some information about the plot plus some words and expressions you may want to listen for are on this preparation sheet HERE.
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