ESL! ESL! ESL!
Since the moment we landed here we started to learn English.
First we started to take classes at night school at Jewish Vocational Center, then we moved up to a community college, then work (the best education – communication with real people!). For 20 years we never stopped.
I constantly learn something new. I also need to thank my two sons,
with their help I graduated from elementary school twice, I am now in a middle school for the second time and pretty soon will be moving on to high school. Those spelling practices really paid off!!
Recently I decided to improve my English skills, so I’ve signed up for
Word of the Day on dictionary.com.
It has been close to 2 months and so far, to my disappointment, I don’t know any of the words.
Here are some of them:
Imbroglio – A complicated and embarrassing state of things. (my state of mind now – embarrassed for not knowing what imbroglio means).
Doppelganger – A ghostly double or counterpart of a living person. (really?)
Rakish – Smart; jaunty; dashing, (who knew?!)
Gung-ho – Wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal; eager; zealous (I am very eager to memorize this word, but I am not sure I can pronounce it)
Paphian - Of or pertaining to love, esp. illicit physical love. (I am not even going to try..)
Lickerish (this is the only word I recognize, once again thanks to my boys).
Please don’t tell me you know all these words and English is really, really my second language.