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Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 6:43 pm
by Sergey Vakshul
Hello, everybody!
From the last book I read I picked up a lot of new words. Here are two of them:
nigh - syn. almost, near
tidings - syn. news
I am wondering are they frequently used nowadays? Is it worth of incorporating them into my vocabulary?


Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:19 am
by nikita
Hello Sergey,

Actually I am clueless. But I will either try to reach Paul by icq tonight or I will try to ask Dave or John at the International House.

All their comments will be published here.

PS Sometimes I could be fun to learn some wacky words that actually are pretty useless. :)

Best regards,




Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 5:53 pm
by Paul

I keep seeing my name and responding, as well as seeing your ICQ online, but never hear from you. Must be the new SR2 in Windows XP I put on my computer. What a bunch of crap Microsoft puts out...


Tidings and nigh are from the same time period as bowed. You are correct in their meaning. You hear these words most often in the North Yorkshire area of England, where they use a very old type of English mixed with a blend of Scottish. It's a beautiful lilting language which is very difficult for the average American to understand. If you want practice read:

Knight, Eric - The Flying Yorkshireman and Other Stories
Lassie Come Home

Both these books are rich with the language and wonderful stories as well. Lassie Come Home is a tear jerker!!!

Off to work today, first day of "real" school for my daughter and I have to "toe the line" now that she's up at the crack of dawn.


Posted: Fri Sep 10, 2004 6:38 pm
by Sergey Vakshul
Thank you, Paul.

difficult words

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2004 10:05 pm
by nikita

Talking about difficult words. A friend of mine has recently attended a lesson done by Igor Illyin who did a talk on how to memorize challenging and rarely used words.

I wrote them down and intend to have some kind of posting to the ESL Mailing List and Eclectic English board. I also hope to have other guys share the techniques they use to memorize words.

We might come up with some really nice ideas. But I plan to post it to the Learning English board, 'cos I think it is a bit more appropriate than English Grammar forum. :)

So watch out for a new posting!

Nikita Kovalyov