アフタヌーン・セミナー第30回 HAVING FUN WITH WORDS

  • 2018.03.07 Wednesday
  • 13:18

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今回の記事は・・・
2018
年2月7日に実施したKatrina Larsenによるアフタヌーン・セミナーです。
ワードゲームを通して楽しみながら英語を学ぶ方法を紹介してくれました女

 


HAVING FUN WITH WORDS

 

For many years I would watch my sister complete cryptic crosswords and be totally in awe of how she could make sense of such seemingly indecipherable clues to get answers that made perfect sense to her.  When she would crack one she would say something like “of course!” or “that’s it!”.

What on earth was she doing? Or, more to the point, how on earth did she DO it? I was clueless (pardon the pun).

 

So, last year, after so many years of watching her successfully tackle these pesky crosswords, I finally asked her to show me how to do them. I was instantly hooked.  I couldn’t get enough of them.  She then bought me some books with advice on how to complete them and with actual crosswords to try.  Life hasn’t been the same since!

 

I have found since starting them I have learnt so much, not only in terms of vocabulary but actual knowledge.  Having to find answers to the clues forces you to look into things you normally wouldn’t.  And, when you crack a clue, it feels SO good!

 

I was keen to talk about cryptic crosswords in my recent afternoon seminar but soon realised it would be rather too challenging, especially in the time frame I had and the cultural references that would require understanding to really enjoy doing so.  However, my fascination with words was still enough of a prompt to explore the theme of “Having Fun With Words”.

 

Playing with words is a fun way to build your vocabulary.  Exploring the origins of words and phrases (look up the possible origin of the word “posh” for example), considering the different permutations words can take (palindromes are fun for this…you know, the old “Madam I’m Adam” or “taco cat”), and word games are all fun ways to explore words.

 

And, on a final note, speaking of origins or words and phrases, The Bard (if you are not sure who that is please do a quick Google check!), widely considered the greatest writer in the English language, coined many words and phrases that we commonly use today.  Some such phrases are “it’s Greek to me” (Julius Caesar), meaning that you don’t know or understand something, “all that glitters isn’t gold” (Merchant of Venice), meaning that something that may look splendid isn’t necessarily so, “a laughing stock” (The Merry Wives of Windsor), meaning to be considered a joke by many people and “in a pickle” (The Tempest), meaning to be in trouble or in a situation that you cannot easily extricate yourself from.

 

Isn’t it fun to play around with words and phrases?  By doing so, you will expand your knowledge, enrich your vocabulary and sound more and more like a native speaker!

 

Katrina Larsen

I really enjoy playing with words and in the last year have really gotten into cryptic crosswords.  This has helped expand both my vocabulary and knowledge and helped me to see words somewhat differently.  I hope this session helps you do the same.

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