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TOEIC Lecture 5

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  Many students of English as a Second Language or ESL do not just learn speaking. They also want to take English exams. The most popular English exam among employees in Korea and in Japan is the TOEIC exam, or Test of English for International Communication . Here is TOEIC Lesson 5! Enjoy reading!  With the election over, the new candidate could now ____________ her attention toward solving the unemployment problem. a. turn b. held c. change d. alter   Okay, this is another vocabulary question. The answer is A, Turn.   There is no rule here because of Word Collocations. What does this mean? It means, there are many words that just go naturally with other words. We always say “ turn one’s attention to” something/somebody.  It’s a set. To turn one’s attention to something or someone simply means move or transfer our attention to something else or someone else, to shift our focus to something or someone else.    Example sentences: 1. We are polluting the

TOEIC Lecture Part 4

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  Many students of English as a Second Language or ESL do not just learn speaking. They also want to take English exams . The most popular English exam among employees in Korea and in Japan is the TOEIC exam, or Test of English for International Communication. Starting today, we will post sample questions from different sources so that we can give tips on how to spot the correct answer immediately. Here is the Part 4 of our TOEIC     questions lecture series! ~  Library and information science majors should be reminded of the seminar beginning ___________ at 6:00 pm in room 212-B. A.      Promptly B.      Prompts C.      Prompter D.     Prompted   All of the choices are derived from the root word prompt . This is an easy question to answer.   Something (the seminar) will begin at 6:00. We will modify or describe the word begin. Begin is a Verb. What part of speech describes or modifies a Verb ? It’s an Adverb. Which among the choices is an Adverb? You are right,

TOEIC Lecture 3

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Many students of English as a Second Language   (ESL) do not just learn speaking. They also want to take English exams. The most popular English exam among employees in Korea and in Japan is the TOEIC exam, or Test of English for International Communication. Here is another sample of a TOEIC question.  Customers with concerns about the safety of the product are advised to call the ________ as soon as possible. A.      Manufacture B.      Manufacturing C.      Manufacturer D.     Manufactured Again, this is a vocabulary test but this is much easier than the vocabulary question in TOEIC Lecture 2 because all of the choices (words from A-D) here are related. Let’s dissect the question. The blank that needs to be filled in with the appropriate word is contained in this phrase:   “to call the __________ as soon as possible.   Disregard the phrase    as soon as possible --- it’s an adverb, and it does not affect the blank that needs to be filled in. So, we are left w

TOEIC Lecture Part 2

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  Many students of English as a Second Language or ESL do not just learn speaking. They also want to take English exams. The most popular English exam  among employees in Korea and in Japan is the TOEIC exam, or Test of English for International Communication. Read our blog posts to know more about these lessons!       CRI Inc. __________ all employees to wear identification badges at all times when inside the plant. A.      Suggests B.      Wishes C.      Needs D.     Requires   This is a vocabulary question. For some test-takers, maybe the word choices are familiar, so let’s “attack” (I love the word attack, hahaha) this question from the point of view of the test-takers who are not so familiar with the words, and those test-takers who are not so familiar yet with the structure of the English sentences.   To begin with, let’s look for some clues, and here they are:   CSI Inc. – This is a name of a company, and it’s the subject of the sentence. The other clu

TOEIC LECTURE PART 1

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Many students of English as a Second Language do not just learn speaking. They also want to take English exams. The most popular English exam  among employees in Korea and in Japan is the TOEIC exam, or Test of English for International Communication.   Starting today, we will post sample questions from different sources so that we can give tips on how to spot the correct answer immediately. Enjoy learning TOEIC with us!        In order for __________ to provide the necessary benefits, dentists associated with the university’s insurance policies must be shown a valid student ID card. A.     Those B.      Them C.      Their D.     That   Choice B,  t hem,   is the right answer because: FOR is a preposition, we need the Objective Case of Pronoun Them= Dentists If we substitute the pronoun them with the noun, it would be like this:   In order for the dentists to provide the necessary benefits, …..   More examples: In order for the farmer s to produce good

Days Gone By

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  Staedtler mechanical pencil and the equally nice black one whose name/brand has become too faded to read                                                                     the many lead holders still  full of lead                                                                       I lived in a time when owning a mechanical pencil, even the most affordable one, was really cool. As a university student, I really wanted to have a mechanical pencil but my then-antagonist pockets never allowed me to.   When I got my very first serious job I wanted to have them, for at that time my pockets were already a little friendly to me, but I deemed it impractical to buy one. I had bills to pay and some people to support.   Now I have two mechanical pencils. One is Staedtler and the other’s name/brand has become too faded to read (apologies to the company that made the black one), but both pencils were given to me by my Japanese friend, so I am sure that the black one is of a very high quality me

My Writing Pad

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                                                    Yes, this is  how keep track of my activities for the day!  I love writing on a piece of paper, I love being old school. If there was an Olympic competition for being the most old school, I’d be a gold medalist. Despite all these advanced, modern ways to keep track of meetings and other reminders, I still love to write my reminders and tasks on this pad paper for third graders. I still love the “feel” of a real piece of paper. I love the sound it makes when I flip the pages. I love the smell of my Pilot marker. I love pasting pieces of paper on my wall. They are very mentally stimulating for me. Also, this pad paper reminds me of my life when I myself was a third-grader, with pigtails and scars. Talk about growing up in late 80s into the 90s. There are some things I just can’t let go, things that I keep in my heart, no matter how technologically advanced the world will become.