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The GMAT

So you are thinking of business school and, of course, the GMAT. Since there are no high reputation GMAT center in Vietnam at this moment, I would say one of the safest way is to self-study and follow those who have already taken it.

I would recommend you first get used to the GMAT from their official website: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx. Then, for study plans, tips, tricks, book reviews, and many more useful information, you can follow these two forums, http://gmatclub.com/ and www.beatthegmat.com/.

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English v.s. Vietnamese

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Learning English through conversation samples

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We can improve our speaking and communicating skills in English by learning by heart sample sentences. I come across this website http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/conversation.html where you can find many sample conversations on situations you may encounter in everyday life.

Fun thought of the day

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Lessons learned from Tôn Ngộ Không:
1. With determination and hard work, you can do anything.
2. But without connection, no matter how great you are, the best job you can get is… “Bật mã ôn” 😉
Have a great day 🙂

Verbs

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A quick review for verbs.

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Two coworkers independently asked me this week about verbs, and in particular about understanding the various ways of past tense forms of verbs. I’ve written briefly about this before but thought I’d give a more thorough treatment.

Irregular Verbs

First we need a basic understanding of what an irregular verb is. Most verbs in English form their past tense by following a pattern whereby you add the “-ed” suffix to the end of the verb. These are called regular verbs because, well, they follow a regular pattern of conjugation. They’re predictable and easy to remember. So irregular verbs are the ones that follow different patterns, things like “swim,” which has “swam” for its past tense instead of “swimmed.” Others include “eat,” “run,” “lie” (as in to lie down — the homophone meaning “to say something untrue” is regular!), “sit,” and “bring.” If you think about how you would form the…

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Learning Words Efficiently Using Prefixes, Suffices, and Root Words

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We all know how a powerful vocabulary may improve our English proficiency. It makes us look smarter (seriously! 😉 ), helps us better explaining ourselves and understanding others. A common way to learn vocabulary for ESL students is to memorize words. However, I would say the best way is to invest some time in learning root words, prefixes and suffixes. These will help you guess the meaning of new words and memorize them easier (make sure you still look it up in a dictionary to get the precise meaning and any other implication it might have). They can even help you guess what a word you want might look like.

An excerpt from a post in VirtualSalt at http://www.virtualsalt.com/roots.htm will clarify my point:

Many words are made up of a root (or base word) and a prefix. Some words also have a suffix. For example, the root word port means to carry or to bear. Attach the prefix ex, meaning out or out of, and you have the word export, to carry out. Attach the prefix im, meaning in or into and you have import, to carry in. Attach the prefix trans, meaning across, and you have transport, meaning to carry across. Now let’s attach the suffix able, meaning able to be, and you have importable, exportable, and transportable.

This is a powerful tool which is more or less neglected from our learning process.

A quick search in google will show a number of interesting and fun websites which provides not only the list of prefaces and suffices, but also games to help us memorize those words. Here are some of them that I find most interesting:

Different lists of prefixes, suffixes and root words (all with examples) are

– Commonly used, with explanation on how words work: http://www.virtualsalt.com/roots.htm, http://www.readingrockets.org/article/40406/, http://www.englishleap.com/vocabulary/root-words

– Comprehensive list: http://www.learnthat.org/pages/view/roots.html, with sample words and their definitions

– Commonly used for GRE: https://www.msu.edu/~defores1/gre/roots/gre_rts_afx2.htm?….

– Simple teaching: http://www.betterendings.org/homeschool/words/root%20words.htm

Fun and interactive root words games can be found at http://www.vocabulary.co.il/root-words/ and http://www.funbrain.com/roots/index.html.

Have fun learning English 🙂

Can you Speel It?

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Most commonly misspelled words, even for native speaker.

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Courtesy, as pretty much always, of Bryan A. Garner, here’s a list of 25 of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language.

  • accommodate
  • committee
  • consensus
  • definitely
  • embarrass
  • expedite
  • grammar
  • harass
  • hors d’oeuvre
  • innovate
  • inoculate
  • lieu
  • millennium
  • minuscule
  • misspelling
  • noticeable
  • occurrence
  • pavilion
  • persevere
  • playwright
  • receive
  • restaurateur
  • separate
  • supersede
  • ukulele

Commit these to memory, and should you ever find yourself needing to accommodate a ukulele player who wishes to receive an inoculation from a playwright while persevering at his art in a pavilion, you’ll be spared the embarrassment of making any innovative misspellings, whether minuscule or easily noticeable.

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