Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here is a great application from the BBC Learning English website. It is a pronunciation chart that says the sounds when you click on them. You can download a PC or a Mac version.
But there is something strange about the chart. What are these weird symbols? You may have noticed them in a dictionary. e.g. Cat=
You should learn how these symbols represent a sound in English. Here is a good description from antimoon.com
A good dictionary must give phonetic transcription for every word. Phonetic transcription tells you how to pronounce a word. Ideally, the transcription should be based on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which is the standard phonetic alphabet used by linguists all over the world. Here is what IPA-based phonetic transcription looks like:
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
To be an efficient university student, you must be able to read quickly. This will give you more time to do other things.
Try this exercise to practice your speed reading.
Press Start and read the passage.
Press Stop to find out your reading speed.
Then press Yes to take a short quiz on the text.
You can find out the answers by clicking Submit at the bottom of the page.
How long did it take you to read this?