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Vocabulary Builder 5 - from English Plus Podcast

What is this episode about?
In this episode from English Plus Podcast, you are going to build your vocabulary by adding 20 new words to your arsenal. We will start with the meaning of each word and then we will see how this word is used in an easy-to-understand example, and that’s not everything, we will add more to our vocabulary by mentioning the synonyms and antonyms of these 20 words.

After you listen to the episode, it is essential that you practice the words you learned or you will forget it as fast as you have learned them, but don’t worry, I got you covered. I have created a worksheet you can download for free as a PDF. In this worksheet, you will find a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a couple of more exercises that will help you nail the spelling and the meaning of these 20 new words. You can find the link to download below.

If you are not a fan of PDFs and printing exercises on paper and do them by hand, I have something for you as well. You will find below the li…

Vocabulary Builder 4 - from English Plus Podcast

What is this episode about? In this episode from English Plus Podcast, you are going to build your vocabulary by adding 20 new words to your arsenal. We will start with the meaning of each word and then we will see how this word is used in an easy-to-understand example, and that's not everything, we will add more to our vocabulary by mentioning the synonyms and antonyms of these 20 words.

After you listen to the episode, it is essential that you practice the words you learned or you will forget it as fast as you have learned them, but don't worry, I got you covered. I have created a worksheet you can download for free as a PDF. In this worksheet, you will find a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a couple of more exercises that will help you nail the spelling and the meaning of these 20 new words. You can find the link to download below.

If you are not a fan of PDFs and printing exercises on paper and do them by hand, I have something for you as well. You will find below t…

Identity Poetry | Frankenstein

The world is full of woe–
everybody knows who they want to be but nobody knows who's who; the world is full of hearts yet few are beating straight and true; the nose of Cruz the Kidman's arms, the Jolie's legs, somebody’s breast and butt and lips, someone else’s breath and words, some other’s tongue to swear at the world, to adopt and adapt and create a Frankenstein of the modern world.
everybody knows who they want to be but nobody knows who's who;
They all know which parts they want, but nobody knows whose body they do possess; that incessant mind blowing stepping on identity is slow but steady; who in the world I want to be? if not in a world I can be me– where I don't display myself everyday in that unstoppable show– in a soft smelting pool, I lose my only true ore– and mold myself in endless shapes not trying to learn to be a different man not learning to be, at all, and losing all my humanity.
trying to learn to be a different man not learning to be, at all,

The Sniper - A Short Story by Liam O'Flaherty

First let's start by listening to episode 61 from Perfect English Podcast. You will listen to The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty and we will have questions about the story that you can think about, try to answer, and check your answers with the sample answers provided below.
Episode 61 - Listening - The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty Audio Podcast


The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty Full Text

The long June twilight faded into night. Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds, casting a pale light as of approaching dawn over the streets and the dark waters of the Liffey. Around the beleaguered Four Courts the heavy guns roared. Here and there through the city, machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms. Republicans and Free Staters were waging civil war.

On a rooftop near O'Connell Bridge, a Republican sniper lay watching. Beside him lay his rifle and over his shoulder…

English Vocabulary Builder 02

Perfect English: English Vocabulary Builder 2
In this list, you will learn the following keywords:

sham | restrict | giddy | scant | titanic | responsive | prevail | ruffle | thrive | compliant | incomprehensible | taskmaster | revoke | scour | tally | crotchety | data | enigma | compact | misrepresent

The Learner's Guide (Flashcards)


Definitions (Spelling)


Synonyms (Matching)


Example Sentences (Learning)


Remember that all the different ways I have provided are meant for you to come back and re-study the words in different ways to consolidate what you have learned and to transform these words from passive knowledge into active vocabulary you can use in your speaking and writing. Don't do these exercises once and move on. When it comes to vocabulary, we all need repetition. I tried to make the exercises as fun and engaging as I can.

The vocabulary building activities is a weekly post, so tune in every week for a new list and twenty new words to add to your English vocabulary arsena…

PowerPoint Masterclass Online Course

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Most of us have been using PowerPoint for a long time. It is standard practice to teach it at schools and one of the most used applications in any workplace when it comes to presenting anything. However, since we learned the basics and developed some good practices and shortcuts from our own experience, we haven't improved much. That is the case I have seen with many co-workers and friends who are convinced that they are proficient at all office applications, especially PowerPoint, but the truth is that the majority have just scratched the surface and have no idea what this application can offer. Most people I have trained, or maybe I should say re-trained because all of them thought they knew everything there was to know about PowerPoint, were amazed at what PowerPoint could do. They had no idea that it is much more than just putting pictures and text together and adding a couple of cool transitions and animations. The usual response I would get after my training sessions was, &q…

English Vocabulary Builder 01

Perfect English: English Vocabulary Builder 1
In this list, you will learn the following keywords:

apparel | besiege | compress | denounce | dispatch | douse | expressly | famished | forsake | gainful | immense | inept | ingenious | instantaneous | irk | libel | misgiving | oaf | recede | repast

The Learner's Guide (Flashcards)


Definitions (Spelling)


Synonyms (Matching)


Example Sentences (Learning)


Remember that all the different ways I have provided are meant for you to come back and re-study the words in different ways to consolidate what you have learned and to transform these words from passive knowledge into active vocabulary you can use in your speaking and writing. Don't do these exercises once and move on. When it comes to vocabulary, we all need repetition. I tried to make the exercises as fun and engaging as I can.

The vocabulary building activities is a weekly post, so tune in every week for a new list and twenty new words to add to your English vocabulary arsenal.

This Rock Standing in the Way

There is this rock standing in the way, and I look all around and see all other ways are blocked. I come to think about it as the end of the road, of which I barely started the first few steps. What do I do now? Should I turn around and go back for there might be something wrong with my coming this way in the first place?
Should I try to climb the rock and get past? But this might be very dangerous, and it could lead to the end of the way, anyway. What should I do? I've been asking myself too many questions about whether this is really what I want for your life and if I can do without this path if I ever decide to turn back and let go this dream of mine.
Men came by me along the way, young men and old men, foolish and wise. Some took their chances and climbed and some turned back and were not seen anymore. What might happen to the men who tried to climb? Are they still alive? Have they reached their destination? Should I just follow them? None of them ever came back the same way …

Dialogue Techniques 01

Why should you learn dialogue techniques?
One of the most important skills any writer needs in his or her toolbox is dialogue. Characters and critical parts of the plot are usually revealed by dialogue. However, the poor use of dialogue can be counter-effective and lead the readers to become bored or take the oomph from the story. So here is the first set of dialogue techniques that have proven to be effective over the years to make your good story great. Do not be one of those writers who believe there is nothing left for them to learn, or learning itself will kill their creative sense. Writing is like anything else in life; it takes talent to start, passion to persevere, and knowledge to become a professional. However, let me remind you that all the techniques and tips and tricks cannot create a genuine writer; only you can. Don’t use the techniques and forget about your voice.

We will look at twelve different techniques writers use to write dialogue. And now for the Dialogue Techni…

Rudyard Kipling and If

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If by Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
How hard can this first set of conditions go, especially in the world we live in today? How can we take people who blame us all the time for their own mistakes, and they kind of climb on our shoulders as a shortcut to their success and our lingering in the darkness of being accused of what we have never done? Well, let’s ask ourselves if we want to go where they have gone in the first place. Are we even competing for the same spot? Sometimes, our goals transcend the workplace and the neighborhood, and at times, it might seem impossible for us to get out of all that, but think of people who did it who were less pow…