Have An Excellent Day!!!
Have An Excellent Day!!!
For those of you out there who are following things here at TOEFL Excellence, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything for a little while.
This is simply from being a bit overwhelmed with bureaucracy and with doing a lot of “Spring Cleaning” between all of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Websites.
But luckily, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The technical problems with the software for the TOEFL Excellence Training System is finished, and now I have been able to get back on track with content.
It’s hard to give an “accurate” estimate on when the first downloadable package will be ready, and making promises on the internet that one can not or does not deliver is much more of an “un-forgiveable act” than in “real” life, but the first two parts of the three-part package are basically finished. This package will be aimed at those people who are completely new to the TOEFL iBT Exam and need to know what the first steps that they need to take will be. It will be for a free download, and I will keep you all updated as to it’s development.
In the mean-time, don’t forget to check out the other posts about The TOEFL iBT Exam, and about lots of other useful and entertaining subjects pertaining to learning English.
P.S. I almost forgot… If you haven’t already, do not forget to sign up for a discount on the TOEFL Excellence Training courses, when they do come out. You can sign up Here.
Have An Excellent Day!
A few weeks back, I started The TOEFL Excellence YouTube Channel. Much of The TOEFL Excellence Training System will be done with videos, so it only makes sense that TOEFL Excellence should also have its YouTube Channel as well.
The reason that I did not want to promote this video earlier is that – until a couple days ago – it was the only video created, and I didn’t want to shoot myself in the foot by promoting something for-which the follow-up was not even conceived yet.
But since that has now happened… Well, here it is. 😉
“Campus” – (/KæM-pihs/ – /ˈkæm.pə(ɪ)s/) [concrete & abstract noun]…
“The grounds, buildings, facilities, of a college, university, and/or institue of education.”
The word “Base”, and it’s various transformation is our first in the way of “Unique Word Transformation” TOEFL Vocabulary. For more of an description about that, you can read the blog post I wrote on that subject here.
The root form “Base” may or may not show up on the exam, but the other forms could very-well be in and of the Reading Passages or Listening Section recordings, or can be used in the reading or listening portions of any of the Speaking or Writing Sections of the exam – and most certainly can be used in one’s answers in the Speaking or Writing Sections of The TOEFL iBT Exam.
Therefore, to find out more…
“Ability” – (uh-BIH-lə-dee / ə(ʌ).ˈbɪ.lə.ɾiː) | [abstract noun]…
“The quality or state of being able; the capacity to do or be (something); the capacity of doing something; having the necessary power/skills/capacity to do and/or be something.
Yes, yes, I know… there IS no such thing as “TOEFL Vocabulary”. But I have some very good reasons for creating the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! & TOEFL Excellence TOEFL Database…
(Because I do not wish to publicly slander anyone, I will not state his name but if anyone asks me, I will gladly give a clue as to which Youtube channel to avoid… I’m sure he is a decent person and actually wants to help, but so does the drunk guy at your party who breaks your mother’s most prized lamp while trying to “help” you clean up after the party.)
However, the way in-which most books and so-called “teachers” go about doing this really freakin’ pisses me off…
But, alas… my anger and frustration becomes your benefit…
I am still working on the post which will detail how to best use this database in a systematic way, but I literally just “finished” the database a few hours ago.
Now, I’m enjoying a well-deserved Gin&Tonic and wanted to let you all know, because this is EXACTLY the reason why there have not been any posts here for a bit longer than I would like.
I put the word “finished” in quotation marks because there will definitely be additions made to the database, but for the most part, it is “finished”.
The database contains, a lot more words than you will see on the exam, but there is a very good reason for this.
The database contains a few different classifications of enteries
Functional Vocabulary: These are words that will be used within the directions and questions in the Exam. These words have nothing to do with the topic matters being presented, but rather are “Functional” because the test-taker will absolutely NEED to know these words to be able to “Functionally” navigate his or her way through the exam.
Grammatical Vocabulary: These words will probably not be on the exam, but if you are going to be taking the exam, or if you are going to be taking any of the TOEFL Excellence training courses, then you will most-definitely need to know, or learn these words.
Useful Adjectives: This is the only area which may contain “new” words, which very likely will not be on the exam, but can definitely be very helpful in the test-taker’s Speaking and Writing tasks (besides just being good vocabulary practice.)
Unique Word Transformations: What I mean by “Unique Transformation” is to refer to when the transformation of a word from one form to another – Noun > Verb, Verb > Adverb, Adverb > Adjective, etc. – may actually contain different meanings than the words literally imply.
“Level-Checking” Vocabulary: These words are added to the list because they are common words, which may or may not appear on the list, but are part of The 3000 most-used words in the English language (both American and British), and are expected to be known at a University / TOEFL Exam level. These words are here so that one can simply “check” his or here own “level” before taking the exam.
So… If there is ANY word in the entire list that you do not know… look it up!!! 😉
All words in the database are linked directly to their respective entries on the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Pronunciation Portal, and each entry there, is linked to the word’s respective entry on Wiktionary.org. – just as with The 3000 Most-Used Words List
Also, on The Pronunciation Portal, besides having the pronunciation of the word, clearly described, with both phonetic and IPA spellings, you can also highlight any word or phrase on the page and hear the word pronounced for you.
I will be systematically, making posts about all words in the “Functional” & “Unique” categories. The “Useful Adjectives” I leave to you to learn on your own (because if you don’t take some initiative, then your time and the money that you spend on the exam will be wasted.) And the Grammatical Vocabulary will also be systematically added to The Grammar Portal (which has been in some serious need of attention for quite some time.) Updates to The Grammar Portal will, of course be converted into blog posts…
So There You Go!!!
(You can start throwing flowers now)
Remember: If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up. Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know. Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain… look it up. I suggest Wikitionary.com
And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.