I just came across this interesting quiz on grammar. It tests everything from subject- verb agreement to your knowledge of sentence structure. Quite interesting. Do check it out. Comment below what you found easy and what was a challenge. Let's see if we can help each other out. Do like, share, follow and comment if… Continue reading Test Your Smarts- Grammar Quiz 1
introspect (verb) examine one's own thoughts or feelings Sentence- The teacher told the student to introspect on his actions to find out how he could improve his behaviour and life. Question- Can you think of any synonyms of this word? Hint: You even have a corner in your classes to help you introspect. Do make… Continue reading Word of the Day- November 17, 2018
badinage i. (noun) conversation or remarks that are jokes and not serious ii. (noun) witty or humorous conversation Sentence- The President was in a good mood as he walked through the crowd and made several voters laugh with his witty badinage.
respite (noun) a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant Sentence- The refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering to the victims of the war.
sue (verb) to start a legal case against a person or an organization, in order to claim money from them because they have harmed you in some way Sentence- Siddharth decided to sue the manufacturing company for £2 million for the harm caused by the defect in their mobile phones. Special mention to Siddharth Gautam… Continue reading Word of the Day- November 14, 2018
abecedarian (adjective) arranged alphabetically Sentence- The girl decided to organize the files in an abecedarian manner so she could find what she was looking for by name more easily.
amusement i. (noun) the feeling that you have when you think something is funny Sentence- To my great amusement, the dog ran off with my father's slipper. ii. (noun) the pleasure that you get from being entertained or from doing something interesting Sentence- I play the piano for my own amusement, not for anyone else's.
Here's the audio to the story of "The Talkative Barber". Close your eyes and see if you can visualize the whole story in your mind. Do notice the voice modulation, diction and pauses of the reader. Also, do mention if you think of any connections or were able to visualize anything while listening to the… Continue reading The Talkative Barber- Audio
Learn new and better words to replace 'very'
aplomb (noun) self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation Sentence- During the bomb scare, the teacher managed the children with aplomb and kept everyone calm. Question- What visual comes to your mind when you see this word? I can visualize a child standing on the stage with bright lights all around. She is… Continue reading Word of the Day- November 11, 2018
adore i. (verb) love and respect someone deeply Sentence- Rohit adores his mother, so he helps her out with her work at home. ii. (verb) worship, venerate Sentence- Some people adore fire believing it to be a form of the divine.
proactive (adjective) creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened Sentence- The proactive student who worked on his weak areas with a plan in mind, scored better than his friend who idled away his time in video games and studied at the last moment.
frisson (noun) a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear, a thrill Sentence- As Amber walked to the podium to make her speech, a frisson of nervousness swept over her.
plausible i. (adjective) reasonable or probable, likely to be true Sentence- When Jason forgot to do his homework, he tried to come up with a plausible excuse his teacher would believe. ii. (adjective) a person skilled at producing persuasive arguments, especially ones intended to deceive Sentence- Derek is a plausible salesman who has made a… Continue reading Word of the Day- November 7, 2018
charlatan (noun) a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill Sentence- The charlatan pretended to be a doctor so he could go into the hospital and steal prescription drugs.
aficionado (noun) a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime Suntence- The crossword aficionado would spend hours solving crosswords so, he started winning many prizes.
forsake (verb) abandon or leave, renounce or give up something valued or pleasant Sentence- Jane has decided to forsake her participation in basketball until she improves her grades.
onerous (adjective) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty Sentence- Despite his rigid training, the athlete was unprepared to handle the onerous terrain.
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Does the picture in this dog remind you of someone? Well, it reminds me of many people, but most of all I can connect it to the chapter "Rip Van Winkle" and the poem "The Lazy Frog" (You know good readers are always 'connecting' in order to understand the text better). Here's a link to… Continue reading The Lazy Frog- Video
whine (verb) give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound Sentence- The dog whined and scratched at the back door, because it was too scared to go out with firecrackers burning all around.
clemency (noun) mercy, lenience Sentence -In their letter to the governor, the victim's family asked him not to give clemency to their son's murderer.
incessant (adjective) continuing without pause or interruption, generally used for something unpleasant Sentence- The incessant loud chitchat of the passengers in the stuffed metro, exasperated me.
hearsay (noun) information received from other people which cannot be substantiated, rumour Sentence- The evidence against the culprit was nothing concrete but all hearsay, so he was acquitted on all counts. Question: Does the word remind you of any idiom?
commotion i. (noun) a state of confused and noisy disturbance Sentence- Ria was unable to concentrate on her homework due a commotion in the street across her house.
foster i. (verb) encourage the development of something, especially something desirable Sentence- A teacher's task is to foster learning. ii. (verb) bring up a child that is not one's own by birth Sentence- A person who would foster John was found.
urge i. (verb) try earnestly or persistently to persuade (someone) to do something. Sentence- The teacher urged his students to follow the traffic rules everytime in order to avoid accidents. ii. (noun) a strong desire or impulse Sentence- As the two children were cracking jokes in the class, they had a strong urge to giggle… Continue reading Word of the Day- October 22, 2018
It is not just reading books that helps in enhancing language skills, but idioms on books do too.
corrigible (adjective) able to be fixed or corrected Sentence- The judge believed there was hope for the corrigible criminal after he accepted his fault.
culmination (noun) to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development, to end or arrive at a final stage Sentence- The amazing composition written by the students was a culmination of many classes spent on perfecting punctuation and sentence structure. Question: Does this word remind you of any incident where you would use it?
Find out how to use the apostrophe in the English language.
overwhelm i. (verb) have a strong emotional effect on Sentence- Rohan was overwhelmed with shame when his teacher caught him cheating during the exam. ii. (verb) bury or drown beneath a huge mass of something, especially water Sentence- Floodwaters overwhelmed hundreds of houses, so many people died. Questions: Should a comma be used after the… Continue reading Word of the Day- October 18, 2018
earnest (adjective) honest, sincere and determined Sentences: i.When the man made an earnest offer to pay for the groceries I could not afford, he overwhelmed me with his kindness. ii. When the boy saw his poor test scores, he thought that he should have studied in earnest for his tests. Questions: Do you think you… Continue reading Word of the Day- October 17, 2018
docile (adjective) calm in manner and easy to control Sentence- They have a big dog, but he is friendly and docile. Questions- Can you find any words above that can be used as contractions? Were you able to recall any incidents where you could have used the word of the day? Comment below!
dilemma (noun) a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable. Sentence- Dia faces the dilemma of disobeying her mother or staying at home to complete her pending homework.
indomitable (adjective) used to say that someone is strong, brave, determined and difficult to defeat or frighten Sentence- The indomitable Mrs. Furlong said that she would continue to fight for justice no matter how many hurdles she faces.
bonhomie i. (noun) cheerful friendliness, geniality Sentence- There was a lot of cheerful bonhomie amongst the people on the trip, so nobody wanted the trip to end.
Tenses are one of those parts of a sentence which most children fail to write correctly. Without correct tenses the reader doesn't get to know when the action happened. It all starts with the simple tenses. So here's a video which makes simple tenses simple to understand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NdSJ0Kc1iY Do like, share, follow and comment if… Continue reading Simple Tense: Past, Present and Future
guffaw i. (noun) a loud and hearty laugh Sentence- The girl's joke brought a great guffaw from the youth. ii. (verb) laugh loudly and heartily Sentence- Both men guffawed at the remark made by the boy.
Here's a video on the life of Helen Keller. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She really set a great example for future generations. Everyone person can take back something meaningful and inspirational from her life. So what did you learn? Comment below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6p282-QTNs Do like,… Continue reading The Life of Helen Keller- Video
eccentric i. (of a person or their behaviour) unconventional and slightly strange Sentence- Mr. Willy Wonka was an eccentric chocolate maker. ii. (technical) not placed centrally or not having its axis or other part placed centrally Sentence- A servo driving an eccentric cam.
taboo i. (noun) a social or religious custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. Sentence- In India there were many taboos around socialising with people from the lower castes. ii. (adjective) prohibited or restricted by social custom Sentence- Sending girls to school was a taboo… Continue reading Word of the Day- September 27, 2018