Thank you 2014. Hello 2015!
Wishing everyone around the world an amazing new year filled with lots of love, laughter, and peace. A lot of work was created on The English Student this year but without all the support of my family, friends, and followers, I would be no where! Thanks to all who have looked at my work and shared my lessons on their websites, at seminars, and in the classrooms around the world. I've also received so many sweet messages this year and it's been hard getting back to everyone individually in a timely manner, but I do read all of them and will try to do better next year with replies! I am very grateful! You have all been a part of my 2014!
Thank you 2014. Hello 2015!
The weekend is finally upon us! Have you realized it's the last weekend before Christmas? Have you finished your Christmas shopping? We haven't, but thank God for Amazon Prime!
Did you know that word "weekend" is a compound word? As you may remember from a previous lesson, a compound word is made when two separate words are joined together to form one new word. The word "weekend" is formed by joining the word "week" and "end" together to mean, the end of the week.
Do you have any plans for this weekend?
Read more about compound words here.
Let me point out a couple of things. First, although A.S.A.P. is considered an abbreviation here, it is also commonly known as an acronym too. Some people just say ASAP instead of reading each letter out individually.
The acronym R.S.V.P. is commonly used on party invitations such as a wedding when the bride and groom wants you to respond back on whether or not you'll be attending. It basically means, please respond.
Are there any other abbreviations or acronyms that may be useful to know?
Abbreviations are everywhere. We use and see them more than we know. So what are they?
Abbreviations are shortened forms of a word or phrase by taking the first letter of each word and pronounced one word at a time (some call this Initialism). For example, we use "A.M." and "P.M" a lot when talking about time. These are known as abbreviations. Both of them actually stand for Latin words Ante Meridian (A.M) and Post Meridian (P.M), meaning before and after midday.
A lot of people ask what the difference is between an abbreviation and an acronym. An acronym is a form of abbreviation that can actually be read as a word, such as IKEA, NASA, NATO, AIDS. However, you can't read A.M. or P.M as a word, therefore these are not acronyms.
Below are some common abbreviations that would be quite helpful to understand.
Have you ever heard anyone say learning English is a waste of time? No! At least I've never and if someone ever says that to me, I'm ready to refute that! No matter how old you are or where you are in life, learning English is always a good idea. Most importantly learning is not just one-way but it's a collaborative effort. You learn from me, I learn from you, you may learn from other English learners and benefit from their questions. So stay motivated and help each other learn!
How many times have you wanted to achieve something or accomplish a goal but make excuses not to do it today? You may give yourself so many reasons why it's not a good time to do it: other things are more important, you're too tired, it's too difficult to do, you don't have the extra time or money. We've all had those moments of procrastination (noun: habit of putting off or delaying something).
A famous saying by Mark Twain is, "The Secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one."
I truly believe in this as we oftentimes get too overwhelmed or frustrated with how much work it takes to get ahead, but if we break things down into smaller things to focus on, we can achieve it step by step.
For the longest time, I've said that I wanted to learn Photoshop but kept making excuses not to do it: my computer is too slow to install the program, I don't have the time to learn it, I can do the same thing in other programs that are easier to understand. I made a lot of excuses! But once I got started step by step, I realized it opened up so many new opportunities for me.
If I hadn't started, I would never be where I am today, which allowed me to realize my potential for many other things. So don't make excuses. Get started with your dream or goal today!
What is something you've wanted to accomplish for a long time? Share it here and you'll be obligated to start on it!
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