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August 01, 2022

Talking About Jobs & Routine Tasks

Talking About Jobs
alking about jobs and professions or occupations is very common in social interactions, especially when we want to know more about a person that we have just met. Small talks on jobs or professions is one of the safest topic to talk about in initial meetings. You can build a light and comfortable conversations by talking or asking about jobs or professions, for example discussing the type of job you do and where you work.
Tips: In talking about jobs or routine tasks, we mainly use the simple present tense.

Here are some gambits and expressions that you can use in talking about jobs or professions.

A. Asking about jobs / professions.
  • Do you have a job?
  • Do you work full-time or part-time?
  • Where do you work?
  • What are you?
  • What is he?
  • What is your job?
  • What is his job?
  • What is your father's job?
  • What is your occupation?
  • What is your profession?
  • What do you do?
  • What type of job do you do?
  • What does he do?
  • What does your father do?
  • What does he do for a living?
  • How does he earn a living?
  • What do you do to make a living?
B. Telling about jobs / professions.
  • I am a student / a teacher / a bank clerk, etc.
  • He is a soldier / a teacher / a doctor, etc.
  • I work as a teacher in a vocational school.
  • He works as a consultant.
  • I work for a foreign company.
  • He works in a garment manufacturer and exporter.
  • My job is selling computers online.
  • Her job is handling telephone calls.
  • He is in charge of the front office department.
  • Her job mainly deals with customers' complaints.
C. Showing interest
  • Are you?
  • Wow! That must be interesting.
  • How interesting!
  • It must be a well-paid job.
  • That sounds like a lot of hard work.
  • That must be a lot of work.
  • That must be a rewarding job.
D. Example Dialogue
Read the following conversation and practice it.
Anne :Hi, Jim. I heard that you've got a new job now.
Jim :Yes. I resigned from my old job two months ago, and moved to an exporting company.
Anne :How do you travel to work now?
Jim :By city bus. I usually take the A17 bus at 6:45 every morning.
Anne :What time do you start work?
Jim :At 8 sharp.
Anne :And how do you spend the day in your new job?
Jim :Well, in the morning I usually type letters to customers.
Anne :What time is your lunch break?
Jim :We have a one-hour break from 12 pm until 1 pm.
Anne :And what do you do in the afternoon?
Jim :I usually make telephone calls, and check incoming emails.
Anne :Sounds interesting! What time do you finish work?
Jim :I usually leave the office at 4.30 pm.
Anne :I hope you like your new job, Jim. See you!
Jim :Thanks, Anne. See you!
I. Guess what profession is being talked about.
II. Answer these questions by referring to the example dialogue between Anne and Jim above.
  1. Where does Jim work?
  2. How long has he been working there?
  3. How does he go to work?
  4. What time does he catch the bus to work?
  5. What time does he start work?
  6. What does he usually do in the morning?
  7. What time does he have lunch?
  8. What does he usually do after lunch?
  9. What time does he leave work?
  10. What can you infer about the relationship between the speakers?
III. Explain these occupations. Use the Simple Present to tell about the places of work and what he or she usually does.
A policeman : He usually works in the police station, but sometimes on the street. He controls the traffic and keeps situation in order.
  1. A bell boy : ....
  2. A receptionist : ....
  3. A teacher : ....
  4. A waitress : ....
  5. A farmer : ....
  6. A nurse : ....
  7. A firefighter : ....
  8. A front desk clerk : ....
  9. A carpenter : ....
  10. An architect : ....
  11. A shopkeeper : ....
  12. A tailor : ....
  13. A lawyer : ....
  14. A chef : ....
  15. A room boy : ....

January 01, 2022

Report Text With Exercises For Elementary - Intermediate Learners

ead the text below and do the exercises.
You may look at your dictionary while doing the exercises.

Things Around Us

There are many things around us. They can be different in size, shape, color, smell or texture. They can also be made from different materials. Things are different because they have different properties.

Things are similar in some ways too. Let's take a look at how things can be similar.

Reading Text For Elementary
Things have weight
The weight of a book tells us how heavy that book is. Every thing, be it big or small, has weight. We often use 'heavy' or 'light' to describe the weight of something.

Some things, such as a pencil or a feather, are light. We can lift them easily. Some things, such as a cupboard or a desk, are heavy. We cannot lift them easily.

It is easy to lift an empty pail, but when the pail is full of water, it is harder to lift it. This shows that water has weight.

What about air? Does it have weight? Air, like water, and all the things around us, has weight too.

Things occupy space
Look at this cupboard. Only one shelf is filled with books.

The books occupy half the space in the cupboard. There is still space for some more books.

The glass is filled with colored water. The water occupies all the space in the glass. What do you think will happen if you put a few pieces of ice into the glass of water?

Air occupies space too. When we blow air into a balloon, the air fills the space inside the balloon.

In science, anything that has weight and occupies space is called matter.

I. Match each word with its synonym.
II. State whether these sentences are "TRUE" or "FALSE"
III. Complete this crossword puzzle.

April 06, 2020

Quiz For English Learners: Carbon Dioxide And Climate Change

Carbon Dioxide And Climate Change Quiz for English Learners

n many parts of the world, Coronavirus lockdown means all factories, markets, schools, and other public places are closed. On the other hand, lockdown means our beloved mother earth is healing itself.

As most of the public transports and industries are suspended, many cities in the world have recorded much lower levels of air pollution caused by vehicles and power plants. Lower air pollution means much to us and our planet. How is that so?

Learn more by watching this VOA's video, and test your understanding by answering the questions in the quiz below.

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April 05, 2020

Social Distancing Quiz For English Learners

Social Distancing Quiz For English Learners

ear English learners and students.

Have you ever heard the word "Social Distancing"? With this Covid-19 going around, the word "Social Distancing" is becoming more and more popular and I bet you have heard about it, too. Social distancing is exactly what the government has strongly urged us to do to slow down and even cut the spread of Covid-19. Schools, offices, shopping centers, and all other public places are closed and we are advised to stay at home.

To find out more about "Social Distancing", let's check out this video, and then test your understanding and your English vocabulary power by doing the quiz below. Let's see what score you can hit. Good luck.

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March 31, 2020

Quiz for Intermediate Learners: Do I Have Corona Virus?

English Quiz about Corona Virus
ear, English learners and students.
Staying at home due to this Corona virus outbreak doesn't mean you stop learning. Here's a quiz containing a video material about Corona virus or Covid-19. With this quiz, you can test your English vocabulary and comprehension skill as well as knowledge about Corona virus (Covid-19). Watch the following video carefully and then answer the questions in the exercise below. If you'd like to know your score, do it in one of Google form links at the bottom of this test.

I. Comprehension Questions
Test your knowledge about Corona virus based on the above video
  1. What is the video mainly about?
    1. The symptoms of Corona virus disease
    2. How Corona virus is transmitted
    3. The causes of Corona virus outbreak
    4. Corona virus fevers and cures
  2. According to the video, what are the main symptoms of Corona virus?
    1. Fever and phlegmy cough
    2. Loss of the senses of smell and taste
    3. Common cold and cough
    4. Dry cough and fever
  3. Which of the following is NOT explained in the video?
    1. The characteristics of dry cough caused by Corona virus
    2. The difference of common cold and Corona virus symptoms
    3. Treatment for breathing problems caused by Corona virus
    4. What one should do when having Corona virus symptoms
  4. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of cough caused by Corona virus?
    1. Phlegm free cough
    2. Continuous cough
    3. Cough with no mucus
    4. Cough with phlegm
  5. Which is NOT true about the cough caused by Corona virus?
    1. It may cause respiratory or breathing problems.
    2. The continuous cough can last more than an hour.
    3. It is accompanied with inability to smell and taste.
    4. There is no phlegm or mucus when coughing.
  6. What does the video say about the loss of senses of smell and taste due to Corona virus?
    1. It is not supported by scientific studies yet.
    2. Some scientists are still carrying out a study.
    3. Some people have studied such symptoms.
    4. It is confirmed as one of Covid-19 symptoms.
  7. Measured with a thermometer, how high is a Covid-9 fever?
    1. Less than 37.8 degree Celsius
    2. More than 37.8 degree Fahrenheit
    3. Less than 100 degree Fahrenheit
    4. More than 37.8 degree Celsius
  8. The following parts of our body would feel hot during Covid-19 fever, EXCEPT ....
    1. chest
    2. back
    3. head
    4. nose
  9. What should you NOT do if you have one of the Covid-19 symptoms?
    1. Stay at home for seven days
    2. Live abroad with your family
    3. Isolate the house for two weeks
    4. Contact local healthcare provider
  10. What is the main purpose of the video?
    1. To educate people on the symptoms of a disease
    2. To inform people of how dangerous Covid-19 is
    3. To explain how to cure Corona virus disease
    4. To tell people how to prevent a dangerous disease
II. Vocabulary Quiz
Test your vocabulary power with the words and phrases used in the above video
  1. What is the synonym of "symptom"?
    1. Phase
    2. Indication
    3. Medication
    4. Risk
  2. The phrase "look out" in the sentence "The two main symptoms of Corona virus to look out for are ..." is closest in meaning to ....
    1. Beware
    2. Search
    3. Find
    4. See
  3. The word "continuous" is similar in meaning to ....
    1. increasing
    2. ending
    3. interrupted
    4. constant
  4. The word "common" in "... common cold ...." can be replaced by ....
    1. public
    2. normal
    3. new
    4. natural
  5. What does the word "fever" mean?
    1. A rise in the temperature of the body
    2. The occurrence of cough and phlegm
    3. The shivering of the body during illness
    4. Body temperature measured with a thermometer
  6. The word "lead to" in "... can also lead to breathing problems ...." means ....
    1. Show
    2. Prevent
    3. Cause
    4. Change
  7. The word "advice" is closest in meaning to ....
    1. Invitation
    2. Alteration
    3. Regulation
    4. Recommendaton
  8. The word "worse" in the video means ....
    1. More serious
    2. More likely
    3. More fatal
    4. More general
  9. What is the synonym of "abroad"?
    1. Aboard
    2. Domestic
    3. International
    4. Overseas
  10. The word "directions" is closest in meaning to ....
    1. Way
    2. Destination
    3. Guidance
    4. Method
Want to know your score? Do the exercise on one of the links below.
  • If you are a student of SMKN 1 Probolinggo and wish to do this quiz as a school assignment, click HERE.
  • If you would like to do the quiz but are not a student of SMKN 1 Probolinggo, click HERE.
Good luck, and stay home.
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October 30, 2011

Which is Right? In Front of, In the Front of, or At the Front of?

When using English, especially in conversation, English learners usually make mistakes when they describe places. This is because there are different "rules" in their native language and when they use English, the "rules" are still applied by mistake.

In talking about specific locations, English learners often confuse the use of "in front of", "in the front of", and "at the front of". Probably, it is because those three phrases have one meaning in their native language. For example, "in front of", "in the front of", and "at the front of" in the Indonesian language have the same meaning, that is "di depan". There will be a confusion in saying "di depan" in English if we don't know the correct use of "in front of", "in the front of", and "at the front of".

To avoid such mistakes, let's learn how to use "in front of", "in the front of", and "at the front of" correctly. It can also help us in TOEIC test, especially in the Listening Section" Analying Pictures, in which we often have to identify the specific location of things in a picture.

Common Mistakes in using "in front of"

The most common mistakes in using "in front of" happens when people talk about things which are on opposite sides of a road, street, river, room, etc. "Opposite" or "facing" should be used instead.

In Indonesia, when people want to say "Dia tinggal didepan rumah saya" or "Rumahnya berada di depan rumah saya", they usually say:
  • He lives in front of my house.
  • His house is in front of mine.
The above sentences are incorrect. Remember, in front of is not used to talk about things which are on opposite sides of a road, street, river, room, etc. Instead, we should use opposite or facing.

These are the correct sentences to describe the picture:
  • He lives opposite my house.
  • His house is opposite mine.
  • There is a truck parked in front of the house.
  • A car is parked in front of the house.

"In front of"

Which is Right? In Front of, In the Front of, or At the Front of?"In front of" is the antonym / opposite of "behind".
  • There was a flagpole in front of the building.
  • We were delayed by a slow heavy truck in front of us for about thirty minutes until we overtook it.
  • Although she sits in front of me, I don't know much about her.
  • He couldn't enjoy the movie since the couple in front of him kept talking loudly.
  • An old lady was standing in front of me in the queue.
  • Shy students always get nervous when they speak in front of the class.

"In the front of"

Which is Right? In Front of, In the Front of, or At the Front of?"In the front" is the antonym / opposite of "in the back".
  • My father and grandfather were sitting in the front of the car, while the rest of us were sitting in the back.
  • The new student sat in the front of the class. (in the front row)

"At the front of"

"At the front of" is the antonym / opposite of "at the back of".
  • There's a big advertisement board at the front of the building.
  • The car has a distinguished trademark at the front.
  • The boy is standing at the front of the queue.


Fill in the blanks with "in front of", "opposite", "in the front of", or "at the front of".
  1. She was very surprised and stood there ... him for a moment.
  2. You will be able to find the office easily. There's a big billboard ... it.
  3. I can't see the writing on the board clearly. I think I'll sit ... the class.
  4. Walk along this street. The office is ... the museum.
  5. Watch out. The car ... us is swaying in and out carelessly.
  6. When traveling, my daughter prefers sitting ... the car.
  7. I enjoyed watching the sunset from the balcony ... my room.
  8. He lives in a big old house ... a vocational school.
  9. Who is the young girl sitting ... Anna? I've never seen her before.
  10. A police car was ... the convoy.

Reference: Swan, M. Practical English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980.

October 10, 2011

English Biology Quiz: Plants

Choose the best answer; A, B, C, or D to each question.
  1. Which of the following is true about all living things?
    1. They can make food.
    2. They breathe in air.
    3. They need sleep.
    4. They can think.
  2. Plants take in ... during photosynthesis.English Biology Quiz - Plants and photosynthesis
    1. carbon dioxide
    2. hydrogen
    3. nitrogen
    4. oxygen
  3. Photosynthesis happens ....
    1. only in sunlight
    2. only in the dark
    3. only part of the time
    4. all of the time
  4. Green plants can only make food ....
    1. in the day time
    2. in the night time
    3. in the morning
    4. in the evening
  5. Which of the following groups of living things can make their own food?
    1. Bird
    2. Plant
    3. Man
    4. Fish
  6. Green leaves can absorb ... from the sun.
    1. water
    2. carbon dioxide
    3. light energy
    4. oxygen
  7. Which of the following plants cannot make its own food?
    1. Hibiscus plant
    2. Papaya tree
    3. Mushroom
    4. Water lily plant
  8. The food found in the leaves of green plants is ....
    1. salt
    2. flour
    3. water
    4. starch
  9. What do you use to show that a food substance contains starch?
    1. Lime water
    2. Salt solution
    3. Iodine solution
    4. Sugar solution
  10. When a few drops of iodine solution are dropped into some starch solution, the starch turns ....
    1. blue
    2. yellow
    3. brown
    4. green
  11. In strong sunlight, green plants need water and ... to make food.
    1. good soil
    2. carbon dioxide
    3. mineral salts
    4. oxygen
  12. Plants with no green coloring in their leaves cannot ....
    1. breathe air
    2. absorb water
    3. grow well
    4. make food
  13. Green plants help to remove ... from the atmosphere.
    1. oxygen
    2. water
    3. sunlight
    4. carbon dioxide
  14. Water plants are usually put in an aquarium. This is because in strong sunlight, they supply ... to the fishes.
    1. food
    2. water
    3. energy
    4. oxygen
  15. When green plants make food during the day, they give off ....
    1. light energy
    2. oxygen
    3. carbon dioxide
    4. heat energy
  16. Green plants are planted everywhere because they help to ... the air in the atmosphere.
    1. dirty
    2. clean
    3. spoil
    4. pollute
  17. Water helps to keep a plant ....
    1. weak
    2. limp
    3. green
    4. firm
  18. Plants lose water to their surroundings mainly through the ....
    1. roots
    2. stems
    3. leaves
    4. fruits
  19. A balsam plant takes in water from ....
    1. the air
    2. the pot
    3. the soil
    4. the rocks
  20. Plants give out water as ....
    1. smoke
    2. rain
    3. ice
    4. water vapor

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August 27, 2011

Vocabulary Exercise: How Much Do You Know About Computer?

Vocabulary Exercise: How Much Do You Know About Computer?Type of Test: Matching Vocabulary Test
Subject: Computer Vocabulary
No. of Test Items: 15 (Fifteen)
Directions: How Much Do You Know About Computer?" Match each word on the left column to the correct definition on the right. Good luck.

English for Computer Students
ComputerA semiconductor device used to build the hardware of a computer
HardwareThe part of a visual display unit (VDU) on which the program, data, and graphics may be seen
Input DeviceA device which transmits or displays processed data, e.g. a printer, disk drive, or VDU screen
MicrochipA list of instructions used by the computer to perform user’s requirements
Program A device that allows data to be passed into the computer
Mouse An automatic electronic medium to store, collect and process data
Central Processing UnitInformation that has been prepared for a specific purpose
DataA memory device consisting of a flat disk covered with a magnetic coating on which information is stored
MonitorA system of interconnected components or circuits
Output DeviceMain component of a computer, that executes individual program instructions and controls the operation of other parts
ExtensionA device moved by hand used to point at a location on a computer screen
NetworkThe computer equipment and its peripherals (the physical components of a computer system)
MenuA worldwide network of computer networks using the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
DiskA string of characters beginning with a period and followed by one or more letters which is a part of a computer filename
InternetA list of options available to a computer user

August 23, 2011

Vocabulary Exercise for Intermediate English Olympiads

English Vocabulary multiple choice exercise for Intermediate Level

Latihan soal ini bisa digunakan sebagai bahan pengayaan atau persiapan Olimpiade bahasa Inggris untuk siswa SMP/MTs, ditujukan untuk menambah kekayaan kosa kata (vocabulary) bahasa Inggris mereka. Mari kita coba mengerjakan quiz atau latihan soal Bahasa Inggris pilihan ganda ini.

Start of Vocabulary Quiz
  1. The animal is not tame, so don’t ... it.
    1. greet
    2. quicken
    3. operate
    4. provoke
  2. In some countries, employers are accused of ... their workers by paying them low wages.
    1. exploding
    2. exploiting
    3. exposing
    4. exploring
  3. Rupiah is Indonesian ....
    1. currency
    2. fund
    3. cash
    4. dollar
  4. The air was very hot and still, but then came a few gentle ... of wind, followed by a good breeze.
    1. gales
    2. blows
    3. puffs
    4. blasts
  5. It’s no good hiring someone who’s never taught in high school before. We need an ... teacher.
    1. experimented
    2. exploited
    3. experienced
    4. explored
  6. I am sure the debate contest can be held next month, but I can’t ... it yet.
    1. convey
    2. confine
    3. condemn
    4. confirm
  7. The weather forecast ... that it would rain this evening.
    1. asked
    2. spoke
    3. prevented
    4. predicted
  8. The house has become very cold. Maybe something’s wrong with the central ....
    1. heat
    2. heating
    3. hotter
    4. hot
  9. Microsoft is a huge, international ....
    1. competitor
    2. corporation
    3. conference
    4. companion
  10. Most cars are fitted with a ... for locking the steering-wheel to prevent theft.
    1. cable
    2. tool
    3. device
    4. window
  11. Remember this ... - “Think Before You Speak”.
    1. principle
    2. prejudice
    3. prospect
    4. principal
  12. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong with Dad, so they decided to do an ... of his blood.
    1. amendment
    2. artificial
    3. analysis
    4. acknowledgement
  13. There’s a lot of ... in the school laboratory.
    1. applicable
    2. apology
    3. apparatus
    4. apparel
  14. Please send that letter by express. It’s very ....
    1. urgent
    2. earnest
    3. great
    4. hurried
  15. Your heart makes your blood ... around your body.
    1. circumstance
    2. cynical
    3. cleared
    4. circulate
  16. Some people believe that if a person dies violently in a house, his ghost may come back to ... it.
    1. haunt
    2. bother
    3. visit
    4. disturb
  17. The ... of the examination depends on how many subjects you take.
    1. ticket
    2. fee
    3. coast
    4. salary
  18. Please don’t pass this information on to anyone else. It’s ....
    1. confidential
    2. secretion
    3. confident
    4. believable
  19. There’s a very interesting ... about Lapindo in today’s newspaper.
    1. annual
    2. appendix
    3. articulation
    4. article
  20. The rich lady owns a lot of ... in the middle of our town.
    1. prosperity
    2. preparation
    3. properly
    4. property
  21. The rooms on this floor connect.
    Which is closest in meaning to "connect"?
    1. beat
    2. fight
    3. persuade
    4. join
  22. She suffered from a deadly disease.
    Which is closest in meaning to "deadly"?
    1. fatal
    2. death
    3. alive
    4. hell
  23. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door.
    Which is closest in meaning to "opportunity"?
    1. chance
    2. entry
    3. change
    4. leave
  24. We must preserve our natural resources.
    Which is closest in meaning to "preserve"?
    1. keep
    2. serve
    3. offer
    4. prepare
  25. We refuse to talk to terrorists.
    Which is closest in meaning to "refuse"?
    1. reject
    2. fresh
    3. diffuse
    4. confuse
  26. Water can be made pure by distilling it.
    Which is the antonym of "pure"?
    1. empty
    2. true
    3. impure
    4. push
  27. The patient made a rapid recovery.
    Which is the antonym of "rapid"?
    1. hit
    2. smart
    3. slow
    4. jump
  28. His political ideas are rather extreme.
    Which is the antonym of "extreme"?
    1. extra
    2. terrible
    3. moderate
    4. horrific
  29. False friends are worse than open enemies.
    Which is the antonym of "false"?
    1. true
    2. rises
    3. wrong
    4. gentle
  30. A comfortable working environment will increase productivity.
    Which is the antonym of "increase"?
    1. include
    2. conclude
    3. reduce
    4. induce
  31. A: "Did Jenny say anything about her sister?"
    B: "No, she didn't ... her at all.
    1. mend
    2. amend
    3. remind
    4. mention
  32. Africa used to be called the Dark ... because so little of it was known to Europeans.
    1. Contingent
    2. Continent
    3. Container
    4. Country
  33. After eating all those green apples, Jim got a bad ....
    1. ache stomach
    2. stomachache
    3. middle pain
    4. stumble ache
  34. After Jane's wedding, her father made a few polite ... about her new husband's family.
    1. remarks
    2. marks
    3. repents
    4. remakes
  35. After the accident, the driver managed to ... to the nearest house and call an ambulance.
    1. flatter
    2. flutter
    3. stage
    4. stagger
  36. After no rain for several years, there was ... in parts of northeast India.
    1. fame
    2. famous
    3. famine
    4. former
  37. Keeping our hands clean helps us avoid getting sick and ... germs to other people.
    1. spreading
    2. staying
    3. standing
    4. spraying
  38. Antibodies help ... the body against infectious organisms such as bacteria and viruses .
    1. depend
    2. differ
    3. defy
    4. defend
  39. COVID-19 is a new, infectious ... caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
    1. decrease
    2. decease
    3. degrade
    4. disease
  40. If you’re going out in public, you have to wear a ... to protect you from breathing in or spreading germs to others.
    1. musk
    2. mask
    3. moustache
    4. mass
End of Vocabulary Quiz.

August 04, 2010

Learn Personality Adjectives through Zodiac

Aries - The Liar (March 21 – April 20)
Keywords: Daring, Risk-taker, Energetic, Friendly, Careless, Impulsive, Childish.
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and associated with fresh vigor and new beginnings. It is said to have an enthusiastic, adventurous, aggressive, humorous, passionate, and pioneering character but one which is also prone to selfishness, boastfulness, intolerance, impulsiveness, and impatience. Outgoing. Lovable. Spontaneous. Not one to mess with. Funny. Excellent kisser. Extremely adorable. Loves relationships, Addictive. Loud.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Red and white.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Head and face.
Complaints: Headaches, black eyes, nose bleeds, and insect bites.
Birthstone: Diamond.
Flowers: Poppy (red), geraniums, honeysuckle, and hollyhocks.
Positive: Adventurous, Energetic, Pioneering, Courageous, Enthusiastic, Confident, Dynamic, Quick-witted
Negative: Selfish, Quick-tempered, Impulsive, Impatient, Foolhardy, Daredevil, Careless, Childish

Taurus - The Tramp (April 21 - May 20)
Keywords: Stubborn, Stable, Cautious, Comfort-seeker, Deliberate, Slow
Taurus is the second sign of the Zodiac and associated with material pleasure. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a calm, patient, reliable, loyal, affectionate, sensuous, ambitious, and determined character, but one which is also prone to hedonism, laziness, inflexibility, jealousy, and antipathy. Aggressive. Loves being in long relationships. Likes to give a good fight for what they want. Extremely outgoing. Loves to help people in times of need. Good kisser. Good personality. Stubborn. A caring person. One of a kind. Not one to mess with. They are the most attractive people on earth!
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Brown, russet, and turquoise. 
Vulnerable parts of the body: Neck, throat, shoulders, and upper torso.
Complaints: Stiff necks, sore throats, and earaches.
Birthstone: Emerald.
Flowers: Rose (red), daisy, lily, and daffodil.
Positive: Patient, Reliable, Warmhearted, Loving, Persistent, Determined, Placid, Security-loving
Negative: Jealous, Possessive, Resentful, Inflexible, Self-indulgent, Greedy, Slow, Stubborn

Gemini - The Irresistible (May 21 – June 21)
Keywords: Alert, Adaptable, Friendly, Superficial, Curious, Restless, Talkative
Gemini is the third sign of the Zodiac and associated with youth and versatility. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a sociable, fun-loving, versatile, lively, communicative, liberal, intelligent, mentally active and friendly character but one which is also prone to moodiness, inconsistency, superficiality, restlessness and laziness. Nice. Love is one of a kind. Great listeners. Very good in the you know where... Lover not a fighter, but will still knock you out. Trustworthy. Always happy. Loud. Talkative. Outgoing, very forgiving. Loves to make out. Has a beautiful smile. Generous. Strong. The most irresistible.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Yellow and light blue.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Arms, hands, fingers, lungs, and nervous system.
Complaints: Respiratory problems and various nervous conditions.
Birthstones: Agates.
Flowers: Lilac, azalea, and lily-of-the-valley.
Positive: Adaptable, Versatile, Communicative, Witty, Intellectual, Eloquent, Youthful, Lively
Negative: Nervous, Tense, Superficial, Inconsistent, Cunning, Inquisitive, Restless, Talkative

Cancer - The Cutie (June 22 - July 22)
Keywords: Moody, Nurturing, Sensitive, Shy, Possessive, Family-oriented
Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and associated with family and domesticity. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a kind, emotional, romantic, imaginative, sympathetic, nurturing, and intuitive character, but one which is also prone to changeability, moodiness, hypersensitivity, depression, and clinginess. The Most Amazing Kisser. Very high appeal. Love is one of a kind. Very romantic. Most caring person you will ever meet! Entirely creative. Extremely random and proud of it. Freak. Spontaneous. Great in telling stories. Not a fighter, but will knock your lights out if it comes down to it. Someone you should hold on to.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: White, silver, and pale yellow.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Breasts and stomach.
Complaints: Stomach aches, food allergies, and hysterics.
Birthstones: Ruby and pearl. These gems uniquely illustrate the two contrasting sides of the Cancerian personality; hard and determined as well as soft and vulnerable.
Flowers: Water lily (lotus), iris, poppy (white), carnation (white) and southern magnolia.
Positive: Emotional, Loving, Intuitive, Imaginative, Shrewd, Cautious, Protective, Sympathetic
Negative: Changeable, Moody, Overemotional, Touchy, Clinging, Unable to let go, Shy, Possessive

Leo - The Lion (July 23 – August 22)
Keywords: Creative, Generous, Flamboyant, Egotistical, Selfish, Attention-seeker, Optimistic
Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac and is associated with the keywords magnanimous, generous, hospitable, caring, warm, authoritative, active and open. Leos are typically pictured as very dignified and regal. They are hardworking, ambitious and enthusiastic; however they are prone to laziness and can often take "the easy way out." They are known to be exuberant, extroverted, generous with a natural dramatic flair and very creative. They are typically very self-assured, and love taking center-stage in whatever arena they are in. Great talker. Attractive and passionate. Laid back. Knows how to have fun. Is really good at almost anything. Great kisser. Unpredictable. Outgoing. Down to earth. Addictive. Attractive. Loud. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Not one to mess with. Rare to find. Good when found.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Gold, royal blue, purple, and red.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Back and heart.
Complaints: Overexertion, heart murmur, and various types of back pains.
Birthstone: Sardonyx.
Flowers: Dahlia, yellow lily, poppy (red), marigold, sunflower, and heliotrope.
Positive: Generous, Warmhearted, Creative, Enthusiastic, Broad-minded, Expansive, Faithful, Loving
Negative: Pompous, Patronizing, Bossy, Interfering, Dogmatic, Intolerant, Selfish, Egotistical

Virgo - The One that Waits (August 23 – September 22)
Keywords: Helpful, Practical, Analytical, Timid, Skeptical, Finicky, Hypocritical
Virgo is the sixth sign of the Zodiac and associated with purity and service. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a diligent, analytical, self-sufficient, controlled, orderly, and modest character but one which is also prone to fussiness, perfectionism, harsh criticism, coldness, and hypochondria. Dominant in relationships. Someone loves them right now. Always wants the last word. Caring. Smart. Loud. Loyal. Easy to talk to. Everything you ever wanted. Easy to please. The one and only.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Blue, yellow, gray, tan, navy, and lilac.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Sinuses, respiratory system, and bowels.
Complaints: Colds, flu, allergies, and constipation.
Birthstone: Sapphire.
Flowers and plants: Aster, chrysanthemum, ivy, and fern.
Positive: Modest, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Intelligent, Analytical
Negative: Shy, Fussy, A worrier, Overcritical, Harsh, Perfectionist, Conservative, Skeptical

Libra - The Lame One (September 23 – October 22)
Keywords: Tactful, Objective, Lazy, Avoids conflict, Indecisive, Cultural, Strategist
Libra is the seventh sign of the Zodiac and associated with justice. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a pleasant, articulate, charming, charismatic, fair, artistic, social, refined, diplomatic, even-tempered and selfsufficient character, but on the negative side, also thought to be indecisive, flirtatious, extravagant, lazy, analytical, frivolous, impatient, envious, shallow, aloof, and quarrelsome. Nice to everyone they meet. Their love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! however not the kind of person you wanna mess with... you might end up crying....
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Ivory, pink (or rose), turquoise, and blue.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Kidneys, lumbar region of the back, and ovaries.
Complaints: Lower back pain, and the problems caused by too much sugar or rich food
Birthstone: Opal.
Flowers: Roses (white or pink), daisies, violets, asters, and orchids.
Positive: Diplomatic, Urbane, Romantic, Charming, Easygoing, Sociable, Idealistic, Peaceable
Negative: Lazy, Indecisive, Changeable, Gullible, Easily influenced, Flirtatious, Self-indulgent

Scorpio - The Addict (October 23 - November 21)
Keywords: Strong-willed, Secretive, Possessive, Vengeful, Investigator, Passionate
Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac and associated with intensity, passion, and power. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a complex, analytical, patient, keenly perceptive, inquisitive, focused, determined, hypnotic, and self-contained character, but one which is also prone to extremity, jealousy, envy, secretiveness, possessiveness, cruelty and cunning. Extremely adorable. Intelligent. Loves to joke. Very good sense of humor. Energetic. Predict future. Great kisser. Always get what they want. Attractive. Easy going. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Caring.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Red, black, midnight blue, and emerald green.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Reproductive organs and excretory system.
Complaints: Headaches, infections, and fevers.
Birthstone: Topaz.
Flowers: Anemone, heather, and gardenia.
Positive: Determined, Forceful, Emotional, Intuitive, Powerful, Passionate, Exciting, Magnetic.
Negative: Jealous, Resentful, Compulsive, Obsessive, Secretive, Obstinate, Vengeful, Investigator

Sagittarius - The Promiscuous One (November 22 – December 21)
Keywords: Independent, Truth-seeker, Traveler, Talkative, Theatrical, Athletic, Tactless, Over- confident.
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac and associated with travel and expansion. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a straightforward, dynamic, highly intelligent, extremely clever, ethical, humorous, generous, open-hearted, compassionate, and energetic character, but one which is also prone to restlessness, impulsiveness, impatience, recklessness, and kiddishness. Spontaneous. High appeal. Rare to find. Great when found. Loves being in long relationships. So much love to give. Not one to mess with. Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone they meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in the you know where..!!! Not the kind of person you wanna mess with, you might end up crying.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Maroon, tan, navy, orange, and cobalt blue.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Thighs, hips, and, to some extent, the feet.
Complaints: Effects of unrestricted diets or an overly indulgent pursuit of other pleasures.
Birthstone: Ruby and turquoise.
Flowers: Huge mums, hydrangeas, dahlias, and peonies.
Positive: Optimistic, Freedom-loving, Jovial, Good-humored, Honest, Straightforward, Intellectual, Philosophical
Negative: Blindly optimistic, Careless, Irresponsible, Superficial, Tactless, Restless, Talkative, Over-confident

Capricorn - The Passionate Lover (December 22 - January 19)
Keywords: Mature, Ambitious, Responsible, Designing, Patient, Goal-seeker, Traditional.
Capricorn is the tenth sign of the Zodiac and associated with hard work and business affairs. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have an ambitious, modest, patient, responsible, stable, trustworthy, powerful, intellectual, perspicacious and persistent character but one which is also prone to coldness, conservatism, rigidity, materialism, and dullness. Love to bust. Nice. Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Predict future. Irresistible. Loves being in long relationships. Great talker. Always gets what he or she wants. Cool. Loves to own Gemini's in sports. Extremely fun. Loves to joke. Smart.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Chocolate brown, royal and navy blue, dark green, charcoal gray, and red.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Bones and joints (especially the knees), teeth, and skin.
Complaints: Sensitive skin, allergies, broken bones, worrying too much can also result in physical problems.
Birthstone: Garnet.
Flowers: Camellia, orange blossom, carnation (red), baby's breath, and magnolia.
Positive: Practical, Prudent, Ambitious, Disciplined, Patient, Careful, Humorous, Reserved
Negative: Pessimistic, Fatalistic, Miserly, Grudging

Aquarius - Does It in the Water (January 20 – February 18)
Keywords: Stubborn, Societal, Mental poise, Opinionated, Unconventional, Musical, Rebellious
Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the Zodiac and associated with future ideas and the unusual. Individuals born under this sign are thought to have a modest, creative, challenging, inquisitive, entertaining, progressive, stimulating, nocturnal, and independent character, but one which is also prone to rebelliousness, coldness, erraticism, indecisive, and impracticality. Trustworthy. Attractive. Great kisser. One of a kind. Loves being in long-term relationships. Extremely energetic. Unpredictable. Will exceed your expectations. Not a fighter, but will knock your lights out.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Silver, aqua, and purple and the more electric shades of pink and blue.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Shins, ankles, and circulatory system.
Complaints: Cramps, allergies, sudden illness, freak accidents, and various nervous disorders.
Birthstone: Amethyst.
Flowers: Gladioli, tiger lily, trillium, bird of paradise, and jack-in-the-pulpit.
Positive: Friendly, Humanitarian, Honest, Loyal, Original, Inventive, Independent, Intellectual
Negative: Intractable, Contrary, Perverse, Unpredictable, Unemotional, Detached, Rebellious, Sttuborn

Pisces - The Partner for Life (February 19 – March 20)
Keywords: Vulnerable, Shy, Unrealistic, Compassionate, Unstable, Theatrical, Risk-taker, Self-pitying
Pisces is the twelfth and last sign of the Zodiac and associated with human emotions. Individuals born under this sign are thought to be tolerant, modest, dreamy, romantic, humorous, generous, emotional, receptive, affectionate, and have an honest character, but are also prone to exaggeration, fickleness, passiveness, hypersensitivity, and paranoia. Caring and kind. Smart. Center of attention. High appeal. Has the last word. Good to find, hard to keep. Fun to be around. Extremely weird but in a good way. Good Sense of Humor. Thoughtful. Always gets what he or she wants. Loves to joke. Very popular. Silly, fun and sweet.
Learn Personality Adjectives through ZodiacColors: Pale green, purple, rose, and gray-blue.
Vulnerable parts of the body: Feet and lymphatic system.
Complaints: Swelling, allergic reaction to drugs, sore feet, and psychosomatic illness.
Birthstone: Aquamarine.
Flowers: Orchid, lilac, wisteria, water lily (lotus), poppy (white), and pansy.
Positive: Imaginative, Sensitive, Compassionate, Kind, Selfless, Unworldly, Intuitive, Sympathetic
Negative: Escapist, Idealistic, Secretive, Vague, Weak-willed, Easily led


July 20, 2010

Matching Exercise: Vocabulary Power - 1b

Do this exercise and test your vocabulary power.
The words and phrases on the left can be found in the story "The Spell of Longing - An Elegy for Rose (republished)". Match those words or phrases on the left to the correct definition or meaning on the right.

  1. Carry on (verb)
  2. Drizzling, drizzle (verb)
  3. Cheerful (adjective)
  4. Demanded, demand (verb)
  5. Strolled, stroll (verb)
  6. Loosely (adverb)
  7. Glistened, glisten (verb)
  8. Dim (adjective)
  9. Reticent (adjective)
  10. Clammy (adjective)
  11. Curiosity (noun)
  12. Figure out (verb)
  13. Stared, stare (verb)
  14. Paraphrased, paraphrase (verb)
  15. Throbbed, throb (verb)
  16. Trembling, tremble (verb)
  17. Teasing, tease (verb)
  18. Shatter (verb)
  19. Scent (noun)
  20. Pledged, pledge (verb)
  21. Sight (noun)
  22. Adored, adore (verb)
  23. Ripping, rip (verb)
  24. Beneath (preposition)
  25. Hollow (noun)
  1. Pulsate or pound with abnormal force
  2. Temperamentally disinclined to talk; Cool and formal in manner
  3. In a relaxed manner; not rigid
  4. Express the same message in different words
  5. Vibrate slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold
  6. Request urgently and forcefully
  7. Break into many pieces
  8. Arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
  9. Rain lightly
  10. Love intensely
  11. Lacking in light; not bright or harsh
  12. A distinctive odor that is pleasant
  13. Being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
  14. Tear or be torn violently
  15. Unpleasantly cool and humid
  16. Keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
  17. Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  18. At a position directly lower than
  19. Promise solemnly
  20. Walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
  21. A state in which you want to learn more about something
  22. A cavity or space in something
  23. Be shiny, as if wet
  24. Look at with fixed eyes
  25. An instance of visual perception; Anything that is seen

* End of Exercise*

July 07, 2010

Matching Exercise: Vocabulary Power - 1a

Do this exercise and test your vocabulary power. The words and phrases on the left can be found in the story "The Spell of Longing - An Elegy for Rose (republished)". Match those words or phrases on the left to the correct definition or meaning on the right.


  1. Nodded, nod (verb)
  2. Forcing, force (verb)
  3. Digest (verb)
  4. Instead (adverb)
  5. Distraction (noun)
  6. Isolate (verb)
  7. Distance (noun)
  8. Fondness (noun)
  9. In common (adverb)
  10. Avoid (verb)
  11. Skip (verb)
  12. Sparkling (adjective)
  13. Blessed (adjective)
  14. Pretended, pretend (verb)
  15. Get over (verb)
  16. Chance (noun)
  17. Weeping, weep (verb)
  18. Shape (noun)
  19. Sighed, sigh (verb)
  20. Stabbed, stab (verb)
  21. Shelter (noun)
  22. Bitter (adjective)
  23. Comfort (verb)
  24. Wounded, wound (verb)
  25. Tight (adverb)
  1. Shining with brilliant points of light like stars.
  2. A possibility; A risk involving danger.
  3. The visual appearance of something or someone.
  4. The property created by the space between two objects or points
  5. In place of, or as an alternative to; On the contrary.
  6. Intentionally fail to attend; Bypass.
  7. Having or sharing equally with another or others.
  8. Stay clear from; Prevent the occurrence of.
  9. Give moral or emotional strength to; Lessen pain; Alleviate.
  10. Forget; To overcome; To deal with successfully.
  11. Make believe with the intent to deceive.
  12. Inflict an injury; Hurt.
  13. A structure that provides privacy and protection; The condition of being protected.
  14. Mental turmoil; An obstacle to attention.
  15. Set apart from others.
  16. Firmly or closely
  17. Breathe deeply and heavily.
  18. Expressive of severe grief or regret.
  19. Lower and raise the head, as to indicate assent or agreement or confirmation.
  20. Arrange and integrate in the mind.
  21. Cry; Shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain.
  22. A predisposition to like something.
  23. Urge (a person) to an action; Constrain or motivate.
  24. Highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)
  25. Poke or thrust abruptly.

End of Exercise