Doç. Dr. Yalçın İzbul

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PRACTICAL ENGLISH FOR TURKS

Advanced Level Exercises

A Weekly Supplement Issued On Thursdays

04/04/02 - 0008

One day the Hodja asked the congregation if they knew what he was going to tell them. They said they didn't. Hodja says: "Well, it's just possible that you're not interested in hearing it anyway," and comes down the pulpit.... On another occasion he asks the same; and this time the answer is, "Yes, we do". So the Hodja says, "Well, since you all know it, then there is no need for me to repeat it." And he walks down the pulpit... You do know how the story ends, don't you?

 Well, of course, you do... The following week, the Hodja again climbs the pulpit and poses the very same question... This time, some in the congregation say "yes", and some say "no"... The Hodja's response is: "Well, let those who know the answer tell the ones who do not", and comes down the pulpit.... Judging by the "mixed" responses to my "devoutly religious puzzle" (in last week's issue -- erased since), I can only say (without being overly enigmatic) -- "Well,  Never Mind, Just Enjoy The Present Issue"... izbul
 

LET'S FACE IT -- ENGLISH IS A CRAZY LANGUAGE !!

PART ONE

They decided not to present the present at present.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

The dump was so full that they had to refuse more refuse.

Mean wages mean a lot to a mean man in a mean house on a mean street.

I must buy some polish to polish our Polish furniture.

On one side of the bass drum was painted a bass.

A bandage is carefully wound around the wound.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

We bought a farm to produce produce.

Do you object to this object?

[Your contribution to this list (or anywhere else) is most welcome]

 
 

 Fascinating Vocabulary 

 SOME NEOLOGISMS IN PRESENT-DAY ENGLISH 

 PART ONE 

 ARTSY  = adj. 1. Trying or pretending to be artistic; 2. Overly and self-consciously artistic. [Compound of arts + 'y' (adjectival ending meaning "having the characteristics of")]

 BACK STORY  = n. A recounting of the events which have led to the present state of affairs.

 BTW  = conj. S shorthand form for the expression "by the way", commonly used in office memorandums and email communications...
"BTW, a meeting will be held today at 3:30 in the conference room." (Memorandum at work)

 CARJACKING  = n. Used to describe a situation in which an assailant coerces a motorist to drive him to a given location or to give up his vehicle altogether [blend of car and hijacking ]. "A carjacking incident was reported just after midnight."

 EARWITNESS  = n. One who hears the incident and reports what he has heard later on... [modeled on the word "eyewitness" ] "Well, he didn't see the incident as such, just overheard their conversation and the later screams; We might call him an earwitness."

 EBONICS  = n. Black English Vernacular [= living speech, spoken language]

 EMOTICON  = n. A symbol, usually found in e-mail messages, made up of punctuation marks that resembles a human expression. [Blend of emotion and icon]

 FANTABULOUS  = adj. Excellent, superlative, both fabulous and fantastic, or far beyond being fabulous [blend of fantastic and fabulous] "Hey, That's fantabulous!" "This fantabulous poster can be yours for just five coupons..." (advertisement)

 F.I.N.E  = adj. An acronym standing for "F*cked up, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional". Mostly derogatory... "Well, he's obviously just as F.I.N.E. as those freaks he hangs out with."

(copyright: Practical English)

 
 
 Here Is An Advanced Level Vocabulary Test I have Prepared For You 

See If You Can Match The Word With Its Synonyms

(1)...alacrity    (2)...ardent    (3)...copious    (4)...disgrace    (5)...formidable    (6)...perpetual    (7)...rival    (8)...seclusion    (9)...turbulence    (10)...undecided

( ) (a) unresolved, uncertain, irresolute, hesitant...

( ) (b) promptness, responsiveness, quickness...

( ) (c) disorder, unrest, disturbance, violence...

( ) (d) abundant, plentiful, ample...

( ) (e) competitor, contender, antagonist, opponent...

( ) (f) tremendous, appalling, Herculean...

( ) (g) eternal, everlasting, never-ending...

( ) (h) dishonour, humiliation, disrepute...

( ) (i) privacy, retirement, solitude, withdrawal...

( ) (j) zealous, passionate, enthusiastic...

Answers A Little Down The Page

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TIPS AND CLUES

copious/abundant bleeding = (tıp) abondan kanama...

This is a public disgrace = Millete rezil olduk/oldunuz/oldular... He is a disgrace to his family/the nation/humanity = yüzkarası... to choose death before disgrace = onurunu yitirmektense ölümü tercih etmek (Herhalde bunun için İngilizce veya Japonca'da "yüzsüzler" diye bir deyim yoktur!!)... a fate worse than death = (Victoria dönemi anlayışına göre) losing one's virginity (only applicable to unmarried girls!!)

A formidable enemy/difficulty/task... Herculean efforts... perpetual struggle... endless/never-ending/everlasting love... eternal damnation... evergreen trees...

Business rivals... rivals/rivalry in love... No sport can rival soccer in excitement...

Protagonist X antagonist = The hero vs. the villain of a novel, play, etc... By the way, you're not confusing your "heroine" with your "heroin", are you?!

You can always mail me, should you have any doubts lingering on your mind.

 
   

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 Test Results :  1-b   2-j   3-d   4-h   5-f   6-g   7-e   8-i   9-c   10-a 

 

 

READING FOR FUN

This Is Hilarious !!  This Is A Real Killer !!

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Each year the Washington Post's "Style Invitational" asks readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter and supply a new definition.


Here are the winners for the year 2001


Intaxication : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.


Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.


Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.


Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.


Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit
and the person who doesn't get it.


Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.


Hipatitis : Terminal coolness.


Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit)


Glibido : All talk and no action.


Dopeler Effect : The tendency of stupid ideas to seem
smarter when they come at you rapidly.


And, the pick of the literature:


Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

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ANASAYFA  --  TESTLER  --  OKUMA  --  EĞLENCE

 

BU YAYINDA KULLANILAN FONETİK SİMGELERİ

æ = /a/ ve /e/ arası: cat /kæt/, black /blæk/, bad /bæd/, man /mæn/ ------  : /a/ ile /o/ arası... UK İngilizcesinde /o/ ya daha yakın; USA ingilizcesinde /a/ ya daha yakın: hot /ht/, fog /fg/, dock /dk/  -----  I : (Schwa) : İnternet ortamında /@/ veya başaşağı "e" ile temsil edenler var. İngilizce'de aşağı yukarı bütün ünlülerin vurgusuz hecelerde yuvarlandığı, orta damağın çeşitli yerlerinde oluşturulan seslik. Türkçe'de /ı/ ile /a/ arası bir ses. Hatta, "ğ" harfinin gırtlaksı olmadığı çoğu zaman bu sesi verdiğini söyleyebiliriz: ağlamak /a-ğı-lamak/  ------  Ø = thin /Øin/, thimble /Øim-bl/, thunder /Øan-dır/... "pelthek pelthek" konuşma...  ------ ð = this /ðis/, then /ðen/, those /ðouz/...  ses "telleri" titreşimsiz "Pelthek" kardeşin "badzi badzi" yürüyen titreşimli kardeşi...  -------- w "Dabılyu", /u/ nun katmerlisi. Hakkını veriyoruz. Dudaklar yuvarlak ve ileri uzatılmış. /v/ ile uzaktan yakından bir akrabalığı yok... /v/ sesi için konuşma organ ve boşlukları aynen /f/ sesi için olduğu gibidir ve /f/ sesinin titreşimli kardeşidir...  --------  N = "-ing"...  ---------  : İki nokta üstüste: önceki sesi uzat...  --------- /r/ BBC İngilizcesinde telaffuz edilmiyorsa, göstermiyoruz...

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