Thursday, 24 November 2011

Nouns And Gender

Every nouns in English belongs to one of  four genders :
a. masculine
b. feminine
c. neuter
d.common

Masculine

The masculine gender is used when the noun refers to males ( persons and animals )

Examples :
man
bull
king

Feminine

The feminine gender is used when the noun refers to females ( persons and animals )

Examples :
woman
cow
queen

Neuter

The neuter gender refers to nouns that are neither masculine non feminine ; that is , they are inanimate

Examples :
book
water
table

Common

The common gender refers to nouns that are of either sex , masculine or feminine

Examples :
baby
bird
parent


Masculine                              Feminine
headmaster                            headmistress
prince                                    princess
bachelor                                spinster
peacock                                peahen
billy-goat                               nanny-goat
lion                                        lioness


Nouns

Kinds of nouns
a.Proper Nouns 
b.Common Nouns

Proper Nouns
Proper nouns refer to particular person, places or things.
Proper nouns are always capitalized.


Examples:
Iskandar
Malaysia
November

Common Nouns
Common nouns refer to any of  a  class or group of persons ,places or things.
The word 'common' really means ' shared by all'.
All nouns that are not 'proper' are 'common'.

Examples :
boy
book
pencil

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Why English is so important ?

English is spoken by more people than any other language, and is the native language of more than 350 million people. More people speak English than those who speak the Arabic and French languages combined.

Moreover, English is the international language of diplomacy, business, science, technology, banking, computing, medicine, aviation, UN & NATO armed forces, engineering, tourism, Hollywood films and arguably the best pop and rock music in the world.

English has plenty of words to choose from. In fact, an English speaker is offered the biggest vocabulary of any language with a choice of 500,000 to 1,000,000 words (including technical and scientific terms).

But don’t panic, most English speakers do very well with a vocabulary of around 20,000 words.

English can be fun too. For instance, the music of such stars as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson and Madonna has encouraged fans to speak the language of their idols, whilst others have enrolled in English classes to improve their understanding of the dialogue in films and TV shows.

Or perhaps they have embraced English to enjoy the writing of Stephen King, George Orwell or J.K. Rowling. They may even have an interest in speaking English just to converse with travelers from other countries, who communicate by using the English global interlingua while traveling abroad.

Finally, if you are studying English at school, college or university, remember that getting an ‘A’ grade in English is almost worthless, in terms of communication, if you cannot speak the language. Spoken English is used in the best careers, the best universities, and is increasingly being used at job interviews. So like it or not, English is a very important language to learn how to speak.

Everybody should learn and understand English.If not, everything could happens because of misscomunication.So enjoy this video and learn from it.


So if you don't want this incident happens to you, better learn English now and improve your English.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Phonics

What is phonic ?
  • “Phonics is a method of teaching people to read in which they are taught to recognise the sounds that letters make”
Longman Dictionary p. 1058 
Why do we teach phonics ?
 
  • Learning the alphabet and learning how to read are the usual objectives of nearly all syllabi for young children
  • Phonics forms the basis for understanding and decoding English as it is written
  • These characters, when arranged together in a certain way – as a word – become representative of something
                                     s u


  • These words, when arranged in a certain way – as a sentence – allow us to communicate
            The sun is hot.

How can we teach phonics ?
1.analytic
2.synthetic 
 
* Analytic approach
   An awareness of sounds is introduced after sight reading has begun. Letter sounds are taught   
   through alliteration. 
           
            blue, boy, ball, bag 
 
* Synthetic approach
   Letters and their sounds are taught before reading commences as preparation for teaching 
   reading through sounding out letters and blending sounds 
 
     b    b    b   b 
     u    u    u   u 
     s    s    s    s.....bus..bus 
 
-However, most teachers will combine the two approaches in order to teach phonetic and  
 non-phonetic words
-What approach do you use? How do you teach the alphabet and reading? 
 

 



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