What does the word ‘boring’ mean ? A lot of my students get it mixed up and think it means ‘annoying’, a mis-translation from the French, ennuyant.
You can listen a bit to the word ‘boring’ on this week’s listen-to-english: http://www.listen-to-english.com/index.php?id=576
But that’s not the reason I’m posting today.
The point of today’s post is to talk about how learning some more ‘advanced’ words can reinforce the more basic ones. For example, if you learn a new word in context, like the following:
– swimming pool
– waiting room
– running shoes
– printing paper
– toilet paper
– can of coke
– music website
– running track
The above are all what we call in the jargon: collocations. Collocations are all words (verbs or nouns or adjectives) which go together well. For example, swimming pool goes together well, but so does to get a coffee, to have a coffee, to grab a coffee. But I digress.
The point of today’s post is to say that if you learn swimming pool in context, you will acquire the word swim, because you will probably remember better the word swim. The same with waiting room ==> wait, running shoes ==> run, etc.
If you listen to the listen-to-english podcast, you will hear about 2 towns, ‘dull’ and ‘boring’. One is in Scotland and one is in the U.S.
Someone has had the bright idea that these 2 towns should be twinned.
Twinned ? What does that mean ? It’s not a collocation but it is a more advanced meaning of the word ‘twin’.
A twin usually means brothers or sisters that were born on the same day. You can have identical twins or non-identitcal twins.
But if you were listening to the podcast carefully, and you figured that ‘twinned’ meant ‘jumelé’ in French, then perhaps you would understand that a twin was a ‘jumeau’.
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