Showing posts from October, 2018

Why Are Many People Obsessed with a High TOEIC Score?

o Photo credit: Freepik  These days, almost all companies require a    job applicant to have    a TOEIC score which is, as much as possible, higher than 900. As a result, many job seekers scurry to cram schools and spend countless of hours studying for the TOEIC exam. Many people    spend much time memorizing as many words as they can;    yet, on the day of the exam, they find themselves trying to recall all of the words they’ve memorized. Worse, most of the words they memorized don’t even appear in the actual exam. In reality, it’s impossible to memorize all English words. Prior to the invention of the internet, there were already more than a million English words. With the internet, more technical words have been added to the dictionary. And because it is pointless to memorize all English words, it is not good to just rely on memorizing English words. There are certain skills and techniques that will help a reader or a test taker determine the meaning of a

The Man, The Robber, and the Socks

Photo credit: freepik  A bus was being robbed at an isolated place. When the 3 highway robbers brandished their firearms and shouted "Holdup! Give us your money or you'll get shot!", the passengers fearfully but willingly gave all of their valuables to the men. One passenger managed to jump out of the bus and ran as fast as he could. He was immediately seized by one of the robbers.  At gunpoint, the man surrendered his wallet to the robber, which the latter greedily opened. "You have only P100.00 in your wallet and you ran as though you had a million in it?! Here, take back your wallet!" shouted the robber indignantly. "Ah, sir... I thought you would also take away the P100,000.00 hidden in my socks, that's why I tried to escape..."

I Taught My Student Grammar. She Used Her Grammar Knowledge to Teach Me About Life.

Photo credit: freepik                                                                                                My student and I were on our way to a buffet. It was dusk, and the evening star was already visible in the horizon. “Look at the star. It’s beautiful, but it’s alone.” I said with a sigh. “Teacher, you said that the adjective we want to emphasize must be placed after the conjunction but. I want to improve the focus of your sentence. The star is alone, but it’s beautiful.  I think it’s better that way. It sounds more positive.” JAPANESE TRANSLATION CREDIT: GOOGLE TRANSLATE 私の学生と私はビュッフェに行く途中でした。それは夕暮れで、夜の星はすでに水平線で見えていました。 "星を見てください。それは美しいですが、それは一人です。」私は一言で言った。 "先生、強調したい形容詞は結合詞の後に置かなければならないと言った。私はあなたの文の焦点を改善したい。星は一人ではあるが美しい。私はそれがより良いと思う。それはよりポジティブに聞こえる。