The English language is more than 1,000 years old, but new words are being added to the language all the time. The website for Merriam Webster Dictionary has a new feature called Time Traveler, where you can enter a year and find out words first used in that year.
You can enter the year you were born, or the year you immigrated to the U.S. to find new words for that year. For example, words first used in 1978 include: control key, eye candy, face time, frequent flyer, sticky note, and surrogate mother.
You can also look up the meaning of most words, and it will tell you the year the word was first used. For example: helicopter parent.
For fun, take the Time Traveler Quiz – to see if you can guess which of two words was used first.
Here’s a website – called bab.la – that will help show you all the forms of most common English verbs. For example, you can look up the conjugation of the verb EAT. (I eat, he eats…; I ate, he ate…; I have eaten; etc. )
You can also translate each verb into any of 27 different languages.
If you have been studying English for a while, go to bab.la, look up the conjugation for a verb, and see how many of the verb forms you know.
The “Grandparent Scam” – “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” That’s how the scammer starts their call. If the grandmother is fooled, the scammer continues and says that they have a big problem where they need some money quickly (for an accident, school, etc.)
A quotation, or quote, is something that a person says or writes, that is repeated by someone else. Quotes are often used as a piece of advice or inspiration – learning from someone else’s life experience.
You can find a quote about almost anything on websites such as Brainy Quote. For example, you can search for quotes about mothers. Here’s one: “God couldn’t be everywhere, so he created mothers.” Here are many more quotes about mothers.
How many English words can you find using only the letters in your name? For example, in the name JOHN F KENNEDY, you can finds words such as JOY, NO, KEY, NEED, and DONE. If there is only one K in the name, for example, you can use only one K in your word.
Try this on a piece of paper using your own name – and then go to the Wordplays website, type your name in, and see how many words they find. Many will be uncommon words you don’t know. But you can choose any of the words and see their meaning.
Wordplays also has many other ways to practice with words, such as Boggle.