Category Archives: Language and Literature

in love with my best friend

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In love with my best-friend

Riva Mendoza

You and I are best of friends

You always protect me since we were kid

I felt comfortable every time I’m with you

I wanted to be with you wherever you go

When we are in high school I felt this feeling

I can’ believe that I am in love with my best friend

I’m afraid because this will end our friendship

I decided to keep the feelings and loving you secretly

When you started to court someone

My heart started to broke into pieces

I want to tell to you that I am the best

I am the best and I know you very well

The time came and you don’t have enough time for me

The worst thing is she asks you to start avoiding me

She wants to end our friendship …

The good thing is you refuse to end the friendship

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characters in a short stories

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Do you still remember the short stories that you read when you are young or in grade school? Isn’t reading them makes us happy especially when we know that it ends happily. Isn’t it makes us imagine that we are the character in the story? My teacher in creative writing asks us to guess the name of the characters in the short stories. I want to share this one because I am aficionado of short stories, I don’t know it’s just that I really like reading short stories. When I play this one in Word Dynamo I got perfect score 🙂

My reference is dictionary.com

Humpty Dumpty

An egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme.

Sleeping beauty

A beautiful princess awakened from a charmed sleep by the kiss of the prince.

Raven

A queen wished her naughty daughter would fly away with the birds so she could get some rest. Her wish was granted.

Pied Piper

A musician who lured all the rats from a town was not paid for his services. He used the same method to lure all the children from the town.

Rumpelstiltskin

A dwarf spins flax into gold for a young woman to meet the demands of the prince she has married, on the condition that she give him her first child or guess his name.

Hansel and Gretel

A young brother and sister threatened by a cannibalistic witch who lives in a house made of cake deep in the forest.

Anansi the spider

A character in Caribbean folklore, a cunning trickster generally depicted as a spider with a human head.

Paul Bunyan

A legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States.

Cinderella

A heroine of a fairy tale who is maltreated by a malevolent stepmother but marries a prince with the help of magic and a slipper.

Rapunzel

Story of a girl with extraordinarily long hair who is locked away in a tower.

Little Red Riding Hood

A girl visits her grandmother in the forest only to find a wolf has eaten her grandmother.

Chang’e

Chinese goddess of the moon who, against her husband’s wishes, swallows an entire pill of immortality.

Little dutch boy

Upon passing a dike on his way to school, a young boy notices water trickling through a hole. He pokes his finger in the hole to prevent a disaster all night.

Jack and the beanstalk

Jack, a poor country boy, climbs the beanstalk and finds himself in the castle of an unfriendly giant. Jack soon retrieves items that were previously stolen from his family including an enchanted goose that lays golden eggs.

Pinocchio

A boy made of wood whose nose grows longer with each lie he tells.

Poem without title

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Poem without title

I didn’t put the title of this poem because I want my readers to know the title. If you read the poem you will easily know the title. Hope you enjoy it J

I like the way you stand,

It seems to me you’re strong

Even if we put heavy things on you

Still, you are strong!

Every time I look at you,

I always think if she’s coming

I really wonder why she seldom uses you

                        Then I realized that she can teach without you!

It’s called green, but means something different

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When we say green, what comes in to your mind? yeah i know what you are thinking! it’s either your favorite color, all about nature, and many more. I’ll just cite an example here in the Philippines when someone calls you green minded it means you are “horny” sorry for the term. anyway i want to share you these words, “it’s called green but have something meaning””. I’ll just got it from dictionary.com haha coz im trying to wide my vocabulary 🙂 also I often play the games here, you can also try if you want. thank you

It’s called green, but means something different

greenroom

n green-room, -room

a lounge in a theater, broadcasting studio, or the like, for use by performers when they are not onstage, on camera, etc.

green-light

authorization; approval; permission.

Greengrocer n green-groh-ser

a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit.

green line 

a demarcation line that divides predominantly Christian East Beirut and predominantly Moslem West Beirut in Lebanon.

green-eyed a green-ahyd

jealous; envious; distrustful.

Green Beret n

Special Forces.

Greenheart n green-hahrt

any of certain other timber trees of tropical America.

Mondegreen n mon-di-green

a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard.

green thumb 

an exceptional aptitude for gardening or for growing plants successfully.

greenhouse gas

any of the gases whose absorption of solar radiation is responsible for the greenhouse effect, including carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and the fluorocarbons.

Green Paper

a report presenting the policy proposals of the government, to be discussed in Parliament.

green revolution

nations, through the introduction of high-yield crop varieties and application of modern agricultural techniques.

Greenmail n green-meyl

the practice of buying a large block of a company’s stock in order to force a rise in stock prices or an offer by the company to repurchase that block of stock at an inflated price to thwart a possible takeover bid.

green fee

a fee paid by golfers in order to play on a golf course.

Greenhornn green-hawrn

an untrained or inexperienced person.

http://dynamo.dictionary.com/games/256723/its-called-green-but-means-something-different/flashcard/outcome/

Notable Greek gods and goddesses

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Knowing the god and goddesses is awesome because sometimes it helps us to become creativity or think outside the box especially what are they powers. Also how it affect the people. We need to know these people because they are Greeks especially what they contributed in the past.

I will give some list of them. I hope it will help you to know the famous Greeks.

My reference is dictionary.com  

Notable Greek gods and goddesses

Ares

air-eez

god of war, a son of Zeus and Hera, identified by the Romans with Mars.

Hestia

n hes-tee-uh

the ancient Greek goddess of the hearth.

Apollo

uhpol-oh

Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis.

Eros

n eer-os, er-os

the ancient Greek god of love, identified by the Romans with Cupid.

Zeus

zoos

the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, the god of the heavens.

Hermes

n hur-meez

the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.

Hephaestus

n hi-fes-tuh?s

the ancient Greek god of fire, metalworking, and handicrafts, identified by the Romans with Vulcan.

Demeter

dih-mee-ter

goddess of agriculture and the protector of marriage and the social order, identified by the Romans with Ceres.

Hades

n hey-deez

the god ruling the underworld; Pluto

Persephone

n per-sef-uh-nee

a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Pluto to be queen of Hades, but allowed to return to the surface of the earth for part of the year.

Hera

heeruh, her-uh

the queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.

Pan

pan

the ancient Greek god of forests, pastures, and shepherds, represented with the head, chest, and arms of a man and the legs, horns and ears of a goat.

Artemis

ahr-tuh-mis

goddess associated with the moon, virginity, and hunting, she is the sister of Apollo.

Poseidon

poh-sahyd-n, puh-

the ancient Greek god of the sea; identified by the Romans with Neptune.

Dionysus

n dahy-uh-nahy-suh?s

the god of fertility, wine, and drama; Bacchus.

Athena

uhthee-nuh

goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare.

Aphrodite

af-ruh-dahy-tee

deity of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.

Tips on Good Delivery

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Aristotle once said ” success in delivery is  of utmost importance to the effect of speech.” While it is emphasized that good delivery is natural and has conversational quality; there are some primary elements underlying good delivery. They are the following.

 1. Direct eye contact

This simply means  that the speaker looks at the audience squarely in the eyes. This may prove difficult in the case of the speaker reading the manuscript. Nonetheless, it is important that the speaker look up from the manuscript now and then and look directly at the audience. This must be done properly so that the quality of delivery will not suffer.

For small groups, eye contact is made with everyone but for only a few seconds at a time. Any longer than that may make some people feel self-conscious.

For larger groups, eye contact is made with one section of the audience at a time. Doing it in a mechanical left-to-right pattern should be avoided. it will appear more natural if it is done randomly.

2. Effective use of voice

 

In oral interaction, the tool used to transmit the verbal message from the source to the receiver is the human voice. For the effective use of one’s voice in oral communication, the following elements should be  considered:

a. Volume

The voice should be loud enough to be heard by the audience. The speaker should adjust his/her voice to the acoustics of the room, the size of the audience, and the level of background noise.

b. Rate of Speaking

This refers to the speed at which the person speaks. To achieve the correct rate of speaking the speaker should consider the following:

– the mood to be created

– the composition of the audience

– the nature of the occasion

c. Pitch

An effective speaker should also use pitch to clarify and emphasize the ideas in his/her message. Varying the pitch of voice in speaking makes the difference between a good and bad delivery of speech.

d. Articulation

To produce sounds distinctly,  the speaker should learn to manipulate his vocal apparatus: lips, tongue, jaw and soft palate properly. Good articulation considers all the sounds in a given word without overemphasizing any of them.

e. Pause

Pauses are usually made at the end, and not in middle of thought units except in the case of emphatic stress. It is very important for the speaker to make brief, momentary pauses in his/her speech to enable the audience to fully understand the meaning of the message and to follow the speaker’s trend of thought.

f. Fluency

A speech must flow smoothly. Repetitions or expressions like “uh” or “er” tend to interrupt the flow of the message and distract the attention of the audience.

 

 

 

 

Principles to Guide Vocabulary Instruction

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Principle 1: Select words in actual reading materials

  • Choose words which are essential to understanding the entire text.
  • Choose words without clues.
  • Choose words which are to be encountered even in other texts.

Recommended Words

  • Key words/ content specific words or those that appear in materials for basic reading
  • Useful words/ general academic vocabulary or those which almost always appear in texts
  • Interesting words or those that tickle the imagination or those with intriguing origins
  • Vocabulary- building words of those with clues

Priciple 2: Relate words with other words

  • Henry (1974) recommends word sorting or ” joining”. Joining allows comparing, classifying, and generalizing.

         Example:

  • Which four words are alike?

             red,orange,blue,paper,violet

  • He also recommends ” excluding”. It involves discrimination, negation, and rejection of words in a group.

        Example:

  • Which word does not belong to the group?

             AUF, FEU, UST, DOH

  • He also suggests ” selecting”. Selecting involves choosing and explaining reasons behind a choice. Knowledge on synonyms and antonyms helps ease this cognitive process.

         Example:

  • Rena’s quiet behavior was mistaken for ______.

         a. shyness b. modesty c. terror

         The answer is C.

  • He also emphasizes ” implying”. This involves making choices based in if then course and effect relationship.
  • E.g. Pedal is to bicycle as engine is to …

            a. driver b. car c. wheel d. road

Principle3: Relate words with schema

  • Use the words in sentences with clues regarding the meaning
  • The clues must be familiar among students
  • E.g. Sherlock Holmes is a famous sleuth.

            a. adventurer b. scientist c. detective d. criminal

  •     Loud is to sound as bright is to

             a. day b. music c. night d. light

Principle 4: Teach words in Pre-Reading and Post-Reading Activities

  • Do the traditional unlocking of difficulties
  • Use the new words learned during the post reading activities such as questions
  • Use the new words learned even in retelling

Principle 5: Teach words systematically and in-depth

  • Ask students to find an antonym for the world learned
  • Ask the students to fill in blanks with the new words learned
  • Ask students to restate definitions
  • Ask students to define the word based on their experience
  • Ask students to use the word in a meaningful sentence

Principle 6: Awake interest in and enthusiasm for word

  • Be enthusiastic in teaching
  • Use words in discussions even after the learning of a text with that word
  • Tell origins and derivation of words
  • Vary strategies in teaching vocabulary
  • Use gadgets such as computers, cameras, and even video games in teaching