今週のWOTWは ‘old’ です。Since the year is coming to an end, we thought we’d talk about the word ‘old’. ’Old’ is an adjective that most of you are familiar with but, do you know all its nuances? It is also used in some phrases that you probably are not that familiar with. Incidentally, Old is also a surname.
今週のWOTWは ‘drop’ です。’Drop’ is an incredibly versatile word used as a noun, a verb, and in quite a few phrases. For that reason we will be posting this WOTW in several instalments starting with verb. So, drop whatever you’re doing and let’s get to it!
今週のWOTWは ‘star’ です。’Star’ is a noun and a verb. It is also used in a series of expressions that’s a good idea to know about because seeing stars is not nice, while looking at the stars is. Intrigued? No? Either way, let’s star-t!
今週のWord of the Weekは「marvel」です. “Marvel”, apart from being a little comic brand with quite a few minor film franchises, is also a verb and a noun. It’s one of those English words we got from the Normans, even though we were already using ‘wonder’, which means the same. Its adjective is ‘marvellous’ (or ‘marvelous’ if you’re American), just what this WOTW series is, right?
An app for this and an app for that. There is a smartphone or web-app for almost everything these days, and they are extremely popular and, in most cases, useful. Of course as learners of English, or any other language, we are looking for ways to make our learning easier and more effective, and there are many popular apps for learning languages. However, the question remains, can you actually learn English through an app? The answer is yes and no. Here’s why.
As adult language we can take advantage of some shortcuts to help speed up the learning process. One simple way is to find words that are almost the same in both languages. This is quite common among languages, such as Spanish and Italian, that have a common origin, but what about with English and Japanese? Of course, you already know the answer: katakana words.