Doç. Dr. Yalçın İzbul

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PRACTICAL ENGLISH FOR TURKS

Advanced Level Exercises

A Weekly Supplement Issued On Thursdays

04/11/02 - 0009

Dearest Members, I've had the toughest time of my life these past months: First, I got some immunodeficiency problems associated with arteriosclerosis and accompanying dysphagia and dyspnea and xerostomia... Just as I was recovering from those, I got tuberculosis, double pneumonia and phthisis complicated by appendicitis to be followed by tonsillectomy. Hemorrhoidectomy was indicated by hematopathological and scintigraphical... 

studies. Apparently I had Shwachman's syndrome and they used a sphygmomanometer on me in conjunction with transesophageal echocardiography. Labyrinthine hydrops called for total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, but this could not be performed on men. Then I completely lost my memory for a while as anorexia nervosa, schizophrenia and dementia followed one another while I developed rheumatism and gastritis on top of schistosomiasis.  Well, in the event, I just don't know how I pulled through it all...

 It was the hardest spelling test I've ever had !! 

(by courtesy of S.T., DEU, İzmir)

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

PART TWO

The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

After a number of injections my jaw got number.

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

[Your contribution to this list would be most welcome]

 
 

 Fascinating Vocabulary 

 SOME NEOLOGISMS IN PRESENT-DAY ENGLISH 

 PART TWO 

 GLOBOBOSS  = n. An executive who has the enviable ability to achieve success anywhere on the globe. We might say, "an executive who's at home anywhere in the world and sings the same tune -- that is, profits -- everywhere"...

 IMHO  = In My Humble Opinion = Naçiz Kanaatimce... [an acronym used esp. on the Internet]

 MALLRATS  = n. A collective name used for pre-teens and teenagers who spend their time hanging about in and around shopping malls... You might say to your children: "We don't really want you running around with that gang of mallrats." It is a compound word formed from the roots "mall" and "rat"...

 MEANDERTHAL  = n. The hateful person right before you, esp. when you are in a bit of a hurry on a crowded street, who is dragging his feet and walking aimlessly... The word is blended from "meander" and "Neanderthal"... The implication is that this person is a little "slow of thinking" or downright "dim-witted"...

 NETIZEN  = n. A person who spends a lot of time on and shares a genuine interest in the Internet... One who lives in the "Internet world", or a "frequent user", to say the least... The word is blended from "Internet" and "citizen"...

 POPAGANDA  = n. The kind of pop music that aims to give socio/political messages or to promote particular ideas... A blend of "pop" (popular) and "propaganda"...

 POSTAL  = adj.  Hostile, aggressive and belligerent... Inspired by an observed tendency among postal workers going insane and killing fellow co-workers... Mostly used in the expressions "go postal" or "get postal": Uncle Ben, unable to cope with the building pressure, got all postal in the end...

 PSYCHODRAMATIC  = adj. A blend of "psychotic" and "dramatic", the word means the same: acting in a very peculiar (or, crazy) and overly dramatic manner: "Oh, calm down, will you? Stop being so psychodramatic."

 RETAIL ELEPHANT  = n. A retail business that becomes so predominant in an area as to monopolize a whole neighbourhood...

 ROAD RAGE  = n. Aggressive driving habits often impervious to other drivers' rights and generally coupled with violent and insulting behaviour towards them: "Maybe as much as two thirds of all highway deaths are caused by road rage."

(copyright: Practical English; Please give proper reference if copied and used elsewhere)

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

See If You Can Match The Word With Its Synonyms

(1)...apathy    (2)...dilapidated    (3)...imperil    (4)...inquisitive    (5)...marvelous    (6)...stammer    (7)...sublime    (8)...tacit    (9)...tramp    (10)...uncommon

( ) (a) decayed, disintegrating, crumbling...

( ) (b) unconcern, aloofness, detachment...

( ) (c) questioning, curious, busybodyish...

( ) (d) endanger, jeopardize, risk...

( ) (e) vagabond, hobo, vagrant, bum...

( ) (f) wonderful, extraordinary, astonishing...

( ) (g) noble, elevated, exalted, magnificent...

( ) (h) unspoken, unexpressed, silent, implied...

( ) (i) unusual, rare, sporadic, exceptional...

( ) (j) stutter, hesitate, falter, lisp...

Answers A Little Down The Page

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TIPS AND CLUES

sympathy = eşduygular, paylaşma... antipathy = ters duygular, sevmeme... empathy = (kendini onun yerine koyarak) özdeşleşme... apathy = ilgisizlik, kayıtsızlık (herhangi bir "pathy" yokluğu)... DİKKAT: to empathize ve to emphasize (vurgulamak) fiillerini ve bunlardan yapılan sıfat biçimlerini karıştırmayınız: "empathic" (empati duyan) ve "emphatic" (vurgulu)...

The Inquisition = (özel ad) Engizisyon... Melahat the Inquisitive!!

The Sublime Porte = Bab-ı Ali (Yüce Kapı)... A'ların üzerine uzatma işaretlerini koyamıyorum, var sayınız...

attachment = bağlılık, sevgi ile bağlılık. detachment = uzak durma, duygularını karıştırmama... Ancak "detachment" birçok durumda gerekli bir tavırdır: Örneğin yazarın konuya, doktorun hastasına yaklaşımında...

stammer = stutter = kekelemek... lisp = örneğin, "r" leri söyleyememek: She lisps. She speaks with a lisp...

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

 
   

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

 

 

READING FOR FUN

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

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For Stress Management !!


Picture yourself near a stream.
Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air.
No one knows your secret place.
You are in total seclusion from that hectic place
called "the world."
The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
The water is crystal clear...

You can easily make out the face of the
person you're holding under the water...

There now.....feeling better?

 

How To Impress A Woman:


Compliment her, cuddle her, kiss her, caress her, love her, stroke her, tease her, comfort her, protect her, hug her, hold her, spend money on her, wine and dine her, buy things for her, listen to her, care for her, stand by her, support her, buy flowers for her, go to the ends of the earth for her...


How To Impress a Man:

Show up naked.
Bring beer.

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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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