This is my first post here, after some years. I want to write in English about some non-technical topics, like the ones I wrote in my Spanish blog: science, philosophy, mathematics and more. But before that, I should improve English. So, I will write about English, too. Writing down a topic helps me to understand it. Let's start with some comments about reading English.
To learn more words and expression in English, I was reading "Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban" by J.K.Rowling, the third book in the series. (I have the first and second book in English, too, but there are stored in boxes, after my last move). The book starts with these paragraphs:
Interesting. The first time I read this part, I learnt some words and expressions. New vocabulary:
torch: A portable light produced by the flame of a stick of resinous wood or of a flammable material wound about the end of a stick of wood; a flambeau. See more definitions at: http://www.answers.com/topic/torch
leather-bound: covered in leather, as a book. See http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/leather-bound
propped: to support by placing something under or against —often used with up.
quill: Many definitions; the hollow horny shaft of a feather, and then, a pen. What does shaft means? the long handle of a spear or similar weapon. And spear? thrusting or throwing weapon with long shaft and sharp head or blade. See http://northkeep.ansteorra.org/graphics/spear.gif
likely-looking: seeming to be right or suited for a purpose. See http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/likely-looking
to shriek: To utter a shriek. And what is a shriek? A shrill, often frantic cry. A sound suggestive of such cry. See http://www.answers.com/topic/shriek What does shrill mean? High-pitched and piercing in tone or sound: the shrill wail of a siren See http://www.answers.com/topic/shrill
tickling: from to tickle: to excite or stir up agreeably, example: music … does more than tickle our sense of rhythm — Edward Sapir. See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tickling
disguises: disguise, cloak, mask mean to alter the dress or appearance of so as to conceal the identity or true nature. Example We disguised the fact that we were disappointed. See http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disguise
For one thing.... For another...
in the dead of night
he also happened to be...
It was nearly midnight
had no effect whatsover
and then pretend...
... she allowed herself..
I will write more about my readings, vocabulary discovery and new expressions.
English is a fascinating language, but its study can become an overwhelming task for an adult student. There are so many difference from Spanish, my mother tongue, that I must practice a lot to grasp the language. I want to write about some English particularities, and its origins and history, but now I'm in a middle of a moving, and I'm far from my English books.
Web is a great source of English resources, and I'm compulsive link collector (you can view my delicious cloud at http://www.ajlopez.com/en). Thanks to Mariano Szklanny (a good guy), I have a new link to explore and share:
I used to say "readen" instead of "read", influenced by "written" vs "write". Now, I can learn about irregular verbs:
Curiously, there are many kind of verbs:
There is a free dowload
I'm amazed that some verbs has no future tense ("can" is an example). Verbs with incomplete conjugation are called defective verbs, more info at:
I want to improve my English, starting from my "Anglish", Angel's English. This blog is dedicated to practice, keep tuned, and feel free to send suggestions, corrections and comments.
My collected links about English, at:
Angel "Java" Lopez