Words in the news – Loose ends

loose ends The expression loose ends refers to things with are not yet finished, discovered or understood.

loose ends

    “There are several loose ends: the explosives were not ready for use and the arrested officer doesn’t have any knowledge about bombs,” he said.

    The former prime minister said many loose ends must be tied up, particularly in the area of sponsorship.

    During the drug crackdown campaign the drug kingpins used the time to clear up all loose ends, leading to the killing of small dealers and talkative gang members.

    When I am offline, I immediately go to My Computer Properties, click on Disk Cleanup and erase all my temporary files and other loose ends.

    Click here for an explanation of what “words in the news” is all about.

    Source – http://readbangkokpost.com/wordoftheday/

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Animal sounds / Bunyi-bunyi haiwan

This is an updated vocabulary list for animals sound that I have gathered. I have also included the definition in bahasa Melayu based on the definition given by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. This is a very good vocabulary list for children learning English and bahasa Melayu at UPSR level.Do email me if you want to add to this list as this would help our children to master their English and bahasa Melayu at the same time.

 

Type of animals (Nouns)

The sound it makes. (verb)

Bahasa Melayu (kata kerja)

1.

Cats

Miaow

Mengiau

2.

Pigs

Grunt, oink, squeal

Mendengus

3.

Dogs

Bark , yelp, yip, yap

Menyalak , mendengking

4.

Snake

Hiss

Berdesis

5.

Lions

Roar

Mengaum

6.

Tiger

Roar

Mengaum

7.

Insects

Chirp

Mencicip, menciap, mencicit

8.

Hound

Howl

Melolong

9.

Wolf

Howl

Melolong

10.

Mice

Squeak, screech

Mendecit

11.

Bull

Bellow

Mendenguh, melenguh

12.

Monkeys

Chatter

Mengerih  

13.

Birds

Chirp, chatter, twirp, peep, chirrup (continuous chirps)

Mencicip, menciap, mencicit, berkicau

14.

Bee

Buzz

Berdengung

15.

Cow

Moo

Melenguh

16.

Elephant

Trumpet

Menderum   

17.

Goat

Bleat

Mengembek

18.

Horse

Neigh

Meringkik

19.

Frog

Croak

Menguak

20.

Wolf

Howl

Melolong

21.

Hen

Cluck

Berketak-ketak, berketuk-ketuk, berketuk-ketak

 

Examples :-

 

  1. The dog barked at me just now. (Simple past).
  2. The dog is barking right now. (Present progressive).
  3. Dogs bark. (Simple Present)

 

 

1.      Anjing itu menyalak tanpa henti malam tadi.

2.      Kucing saya mengiau kelaparan.

3.      Ayam peliharaan Pak Ali itu berketak-ketak setiap pagi.

4.      Saya terdengar bunyi ular berdesis ketika saya berjalan di tepi semak itu tadi.


Apa itu IETLS? / What is IELTS?

I have received a few inquiries on the IELTS and what is its syllabus.I have surfed the internet and here is some information that I have gathered about IELTS.

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About IELTS

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests the complete range of English language skills, which students will commonly encounter when studying or training in English.

Many professional organizations including the New Zealand Immigration Service, the Australian Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Australian Medical Council, the UK General Medical Council and the UK Ministry of Defense accept IELTS as also most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions. American academic institutions are increasingly accepting IELTS for admissions purposes.

IELTS for admissions purposes.

 

Who conducts the test?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) superseded the English Language Testing System (ELTS) in 1990. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. The IELTS test is conducted by the following educational bodies in partnership:

 

1. University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) is an internationally recognised body in the provision of academic and vocational examinations. In the field of English language alone, Cambridge ESOL examines more than one million candidates each year.

 

2. British Council has wide experience and knowledge of test administration. With a network of examinations offices in over 100 countries, British Council administers over 500,000 examinations overseas on behalf of British examining boards.

 

3. IDP Educational Body, Australia (it’s subsidiary is IELTS Australia Pvt.

Ltd.). IDP Education Australia is Australia’s international education organisation. It undertakes a broad range of activities from student advisory services and educational publications to project consultancy and English language teaching and testing.

 

Who can take the test?

>> Students applying to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.

>> Medical professionals planning to work or follow further study in the UK, Australia or the US.

>> People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

If I am under 16 years old, can I take the test?

You can take the test but IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.


Is IELTS accepted in the
US?

Yes! Around 700 American universities and institutions recognise IELTS,

Feminine gender in Nouns

When do we call people who take orders at the restaurant and serve us as waitress and not waiter?

What about Ali who got engaged to Aminah recently? Is Aminah his fiancée or his fiancé?

If Sofea is our sister’s or brother’s daughter, should we call her our nephew or niece?

A bit confusing, isn’t it? In English there are terms that we should use only for the feminine and masculine gender..

Here is a list of nouns used only for the feminine gender..

Vocabulary List – Feminine Gender – Digunakan untuk menamakan perempuan sahaja.

 

 

Bahasa Inggeris

Bahasa Melayu

1.

actress

pelakon wanita

2.

aunt / auntie

makcik / emak saudara

3.

businesswoman

ahli perniagaan wanita

4.

damsel

perempuan muda yang belum berkahwin

5.

daughter

anak perempuan

6.

dutchess

bangsawan (wanita)

7.

dressmaker

tukang jahit wanita

8.

empress

maharani /isteri maharaja

9.

fiancée

tunang wanita

10.

girl

budak perempuan

11.

girl scout

pegakap wanita

12.

girlfriend

teman wanita

13.

granddaughter

cucu perempuan

14.

grandmother

nenek

15.

great granddaughter

cicit perempuan

16.

great grandmother

moyang wanita

17.

bride

pengantin wanita

18.

headmistress

gurubesar wanita

19.

heiress

waris wanita

20.

heroine

srikandi /wirawati

21.

hostess

tuan rumah (wanita) / pengacara wanita

22.

lady

nama yang sopan untuk ‘woman’ terutamanya yang lebih tua. / gelaran ‘Lady’

23.

madam

puan

24.

manageress

pengurus perempuan

25.

mayoress

datuk bandar (wanita)

26.

mistress

tuan (wanita)

27.

mother

ibu

28.

niece

anak saudara wanita

29.

policewoman

polis wanita

30.

princess

puteri raja

31.

queen

ratu / permaisuri

32.

sister

kakak / adik perempuan

33.

stewardess

pramugari / pengelola

34.

waitress

pelayan wanita

35.

widower

balu

36.

wife

isteri

37.

woman

wanita

Words in the news – Woo

woo  The verb woo means to try to get the support of someone.

woo
Mr Surakiart will work to woo support from middle-class voters.

“Political parties and their candidates have held meetings of canvassers and given them money to organise activities to woo voters,” he said.

AT&T Inc, the owner of the biggest US mobile-phone service, plans to woo corporate customers away from Verizon Wireless with a new handset that uses its fastest internet network and can handle heavy e-mail use.

Cambodia is wooing overseas companies to invest in oil exploration and power plants to ease electricity shortages and ensure energy supplies.

Source – http://readbangkokpost.com/wordoftheday/

Idioms for the day…

ace: make an “A” on a test, homework assignment, project, etc.

“Somebody said you aced the test, Dave. That’s great!”

all right (1): expression of reluctant agreement.

A: “Come to the party with me. Please!”
B: “Oh, all right. I don’t want to, but I will.”

all right (2): fair; not particularly good.

A: “How’s your chemistry class?”
B: “It’s all right, I guess, but it’s not the best class I’ve ever had.”

all right (3): unharmed; in satisfactory condition.

A: “You don’t look normal. Are you all right?”
B: “Yes, but I have a headache.”

and then some: and much more besides.

A: “I’d guess your new computer cost about $2,000. ”
B: “It cost that much and then some because I also bought extra RAM and VRAM.”

antsy: restless; impatient and tired of waiting.

“I hope Katy calls soon. Just sitting around and waiting is making me antsy.”

as easy as pie: very easy.

“I thought you said this was a difficult problem. It isn’t. In fact, it’s as easy as pie.”

at the eleventh hour: at the last minute; almost too late.

“Yes, I got the work done in time. I finished it at the eleventh hour, but I wasn’t late.

Masculine gender Nouns.

This is a list of nouns for masculine gender that I can think of..The list might not be an exhaustive one so do email me if you know any other masculine gender nouns.

 

Bahasa Inggeris

Bahasa Melayu

1.

actor

pelakon lelaki

2.

boy

budak lelaki

3.

boy scout

pegakap lelaki

4.

boyfriend

teman lelaki

5.

brother

abang / adik lelaki

6.

businessman

Ahli perniagaan lelaki

7.

duke

bangsawan (lelaki)

8.

emperor

maharaja

9.

father

ayah

10.

fireman

ahli bomba lelaki

11.

gentleman

lelaki budiman

12.

grandfather

datuk

13.

grandson

cucu lelaki

14.

great grandfather

moyang lelaki

15.

great grandson

cicit lelaki

16.

groom

pengantin lelaki

17.

heir

waris lelaki

18.

hero

Hero lelaki

19.

host

tuan rumah (lelaki) / pengacara lelaki

20.

husband

suami

21.

king

raja lelaki

22.

man

lelaki

23.

mayor

datuk bandar (lelaki)

24.

nephew

anak saudara lelaki

25.

policeman

polis lelaki

26.

prince

putera raja

27.

son

anak lelaki

28.

steward

pramugara / pengelola

29.

uncle

pakcik / bapa saudara

30.

waiter

pelayan lelaki

31.

widower

duda

Adjectives ending in –ED or –ING

In my earlier posting at https://knowledgecentre.wordpress.com/2007/11/19/114/I have given example on some adjectives ending with -ing.

Another form of adjectives are the ones ending with -ed. A common error is thinking that any word ending with -ed is a Verb in its Simple Past or Past Participle form. You have to be careful here as some words that end in -ed are also adjectives.

Then there is also confusion in using the -ing and -ed ending adjectives as you might think it is interchangeable. For example the word disappointing and disappointed.

“The movie was disappointing.” This means that the movie you have watched has caused disappointment and therefore you are disappointed with the movie as it was not that good.

In the above sentence,disappointing, is used to describe the noun, movie. Even though disappointed is also an adjective but you can’t use it to describe the movie such as :-

“The movie was disappointed.” As movie is a thing, you cannot use disappointed to describe more about the movie. A movie or any other object cannot feel the disappointment.

You can however use –ing or –ed adjectives for people or animals, but be aware of what you are expressing.

You can say a person is interested which means that the person feels interest.

It is different if you say a person is interesting which means that the makes others to feel interested.

Try this out.

I. CHOOSE THE RIGHT ADJECTIVE.

1. I was really looking forward to seeing that movie, but unfortunately it was lousy. I was disappointed/disappointing with it because it was bored/boring.

2. It’s sometimes embarrassing/embarrassed when you have to ask people for money.

3. Are you interesting/interested in speaking English fluently?

4. I enjoyed going to the football game which ended in a draw. It was very excited/exciting.

5. It was an extremely terrifying/terrified mishap. Afterward every single person was shocking/shocked.

Answers.

1. A -disappointed -describe more how “I” feel

B -boring -describe more about “it” or the movie

2. embarrassing -describe more about “it” where it refers to the “situation” when you don’t have money and have to borrow money from others.

3. interested -describe more how “you” feel.

4. interesting -describe more about “it” where it refers to the “football game.”

5. A. terrifying -describe more about the “mishap”
B -shocked -describe more how “every person” felt after the incident.

I. OTHERS PAIRS OF ADJECTIVES ENDING IN –ING AND –ED ARE:

fascinating

exciting

amusing

amazing astonishing

shocking

disgusting

embarrassing

confusing

fascinated

excited

amused

amazed

astonished

shocked

disgusted

embarrassed

confused

horrifying

terrifying

frightening

depressing

worrying

annoying

exhausting

satisfying

horrified

terrified

frightened

depressed

worried

annoyed

exhausted

satisfied

Maximizing the use of your Savings Account

When I was a banker we would be happy to see if a customer put a lot of their money in the savings account. This is because the more money we have in the form of savings account, the more money we have in the category of “cheap money” where the bank can use this type of money to give out loans at a much higher rates. For example if the loan rate is 7% and the savings rate is a flat 1% then the bank is making a 6% gross profit! Imagine if there is a deposit of RM1 billion and therefore the bank will make a cool RM600 million gross profit from your deposits.

Therefore it is much wiser if you use your savings account just for your daily transactions and never ever use it for your investment purposes. As you should already know how much you are going to use for paying bills and expenses you can easily set aside an amount to put in FD or under investment assets such as ASB, unit trust or others.

As an example, just look at the rate that Maybank and CIMB are paying for Savings account.

Balance

Nominal Interest rate

Up to RM 1,000

0.20

Up to RM 5,000

0.40

Up to RM 25,000

0.50

Up to RM 50,000

0.85

Up to RM 100,000

1.50

Above RM 100,000

2.00

CIMB Bank’ Savings rates

 

 

Balance

Nominal Interest rate

Up to RM 2,000

0.20

Up to RM 10,000

0.30

Up to RM 50,000

0.80

Up to RM 100,000

1.10

Up to RM 100,000

1.20

Up to RM 500,000

1.30

Above RM 500,000

1.51

Maybank’s Savings rates.

Kursus Pra-UPSR Bahasa Inggeris 15 Disember ini!!!

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Anda inginkan kursus bahasa Inggeris pada harga yang berpatutan?

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Saya akan mengadakan Kursus Pra-UPSR Bahasa Inggeris pada cuti sekolah ini 15 Disember nanti.Penyertaan adalah berdasarkan first-come-first-served dan keutamaan diberikan kepada mereka yang membuat pembayaran awal.

Butir-butir adalah seperti berikut:-

 

1. Tarikh – 15 Disember 2007 (Sabtu)

2. Tempat – Rumah saya di Saujana Puchong (berdekatan dengan Puchong Utama n Bukit Puchong). Bilik latihan adalah berhawa dingin.

3. Yuran – Cuma RM50 untuk kursus setengah hari dan termasuk minum dan makanan ringan (snack).

4. Masa – Pukul 9.00 pagi – 1.30 petang

5. Jumlah pesertaterhad kepada 10 orang sahaja! Tinggal beberapa kekosongan sahaja!

6. Syllabus – Merangkumi aspek-aspek asas bahasa Inggeris bahasa Inggeris merangkumi Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives dan Adverb.

7. Peserta -Sesuai untuk mereka yang akan masuk Tahun 4-6 tahun hadapan.

 

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