How is your English vocabulary? Are you ready for a really advanced test? If you think you’re ready for the challenge check out the link below.
The vocabulary test site links below has several vocabulary questions on each page and several pages of vocabulary questions. They are advanced level so good luck!

684 Vocabulary Questions | TOEIC

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Check this link for an advanced writing lesson about using colons and try the quiz at the bottom



Learning the English prefixes and suffixes is a small effort that will have a big benefit in your English comprehension. Prefixes and suffixes are small pieces of words that are added to the beginning (prefix) or to the end (suffixes) in order to modify the original word. Sometimes prefixes and suffixes can be used to change a word from one type of word to another. For example from a noun to a verb, or from a verb to an adjective.

Using a suffix or prefix table is one good way to learn the basic prefixes and suffixes in English. Here is a basic table of prefixes, and some links to much more in-depth prefix and suffix tables.




Prefix Meaning Examples
a- also an- not, without atheist, anaemic
a- to, towards aside, aback
in the process of, in a particular state a-hunting, aglow
a- of anew
completely abashed
ab- also abs- away, from abdicate, abstract
ad- also a-, ac-, af-, ag- al-, an-, ap-, at- as-, at- movement to, change into, addition or increase advance, adulterate, adjunct, ascend, affiliate, affirm, aggravate, alleviate, annotate, apprehend, arrive, assemble, attend
ante- before, preceding antecedent, ante-room
anti- also ant- opposing, against, the opposite anti-aircraft, antibiotic, anticlimax, Antarctic
be- all over, all around bespatter, beset
completely bewitch, bemuse
having, covered with bejewelled
affect with (added to nouns) befog
cause to be (added to adjectives) becalm
com- also co-, col-, con-, cor- with, jointly, completely combat, codriver, collude, confide, corrode
contra- against, opposite contraceptive
counter- opposition, opposite direction counter-attack, counteract
de- down, away descend, despair, depend, deduct
completely denude, denigrate
removal, reversal de-ice, decamp
dia- also di- through, across diagonal
dis- also di- negation, removal, expulsion disadvantage, dismount, disbud, disbar
en- also em- put into or on engulf, enmesh
bring into the condition of enlighten, embitter
intensification entangle, enrage
ex- also e-, ef- out exit, exclude, expand
upward exalt, extol
completely excruciate, exasperate
previous ex-wife
extra- outside, beyond extracurricular
hemi- half hemisphere
hyper- beyond, more than, more than normal hypersonic, hyperactive
hypo- under hypodermic, hypothermia
in- also il-, im- not, without infertile, inappropriate, impossible
also il-, im-, ir- in, into, towards, inside influence, influx, imbibe
infra- below infrared, infrastructure
inter- between, among interact, interchange
intra- inside, within intramural, intravenous
non- absence, negation non-smoker, non-alcoholic
ob- also oc-, of-, op- blocking, against, concealing obstruct, occult, offend, oppose
out- surpassing, exceeding outperform
external, away from outbuilding, outboard
over- excessively, completely overconfident, overburdened, overjoyed
upper, outer, over, above overcoat, overcast
peri- round, about perimeter
post- after in time or order postpone
pre- before in time, place, order or importance pre-adolescent, prelude, precondition
pro- favouring, in support of pro-African
acting for proconsul
motion forwards or away propulsion
before in time, place or order prologue
re- again repaint, reappraise, reawake
semi- half, partly semicircle, semi-conscious
sub- also suc-, suf-, sug-, sup-, sur-, sus- at a lower position submarine, subsoil
lower in rank sub-lieutenant
nearly, approximately sub-tropical
syn- also sym- in union, acting together synchronize, symmetry
trans- across, beyond transnational, transatlantic
into a different state translate
ultra- beyond ultraviolet, ultrasonic
extreme ultramicroscopic
un- not unacceptable, unreal, unhappy, unmanned
reversal or cancellation of action or state unplug, unmask
under- beneath, below underarm, undercarriage
lower in rank undersecretary
not enough underdeveloped

I recently watched a movie called “Blue Valentine”. It’s a new drama film from 2010. When I’m at home in Canada, I like to chat with my friends about the movie afterwards. We sometimes share our take on the characters, symbolism and message that the writer, producer, or director was trying to get across. After watching “Blue Valentine”, I had so many questions. It was a sad movie, and it was difficult to understand what was happening at some parts because film jumped through time to different events in a couple’s life together. No matter what kind of movies you like, if you enjoy talking about movies, reading about what other people think about the story and characters, then you could consider visiting a movie chat forum.

A movie chat forum is a great place to improve your reading comprehension, and perhaps even vocabulary and writing. You don’t have to write, you can just read if you are too shy. Below I have compiled a list of movie forums, and several links that can get you started to find people who are chatting in English about your favorite movies.

Movie Chat Forum Sites:
** you should find and use the search boxes to find posts about movies you are interested in.
** you should use ” ” around the name of the movie you are looking for (E.g. “blue valentine”)

The Movie Forum

Total Film

Preview for “Blue Valentine”

If you like whiskey, then you know how hard it is to read the names of the various brands. They have unorthodox spelling because they are often Scottish names.

This website will give you the pronunciations for most popular brands.

If you need to improve your pronunciation, you can do a few things.

1) Listen to an ESL magazine article (such as Global Voice) being read on CD, and repeat the pronunciation

2) Listen to a vocabulary list being read on CD and repeat the pronunciation

3) Try this website. Listen and repeat with the voice.

4) Search my blog for “pronunciation” to find other articles which have advice about pronunciation.

There are a two key elements to good intermediate pronunciation. The first, is the “emphasis” or “stress” of words. You need to know which part of the word to stress. Such as DOCtor, not docTOR. You can get this information from a dictionary if you are learning a new word and are unsure how to pronounce it. If you know KK pronunciation syntax then you can learn new words pronunciation easily. The second important element of good pronunciation is strong muscles in your mouth. Your muscles have memory. When you switch languages you need to retrain your jaw muscles and learn new movements. When you repeat the difficult word in the correct way, your muscles will develop new abilities.

That’s it!


Learn some beer tasting!

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