Archive for September, 2009

Finally in Mu’tah: A Committe of Students for Drafting of lectures! Thanks to Dr. Student Hussam Saffo

Today, I heard on of the best piece of news in my experience in M’utah Uni. Today, Hussam Saffo announced that, finally, a committe will be formed aiming to draft lectures. Oh my God! How happy was I!

Now, it means that all of our batch will cooperate into drafting lectures.Why didn’t we start this a long time ago!

# I can say that I am almost successful in postponing my seminar till next semester. I will switch places with a school-colleague of mine. I am so happy. I will not only learn from the mistakes done by my colleagues, but also, will have the chance to buy a nice tuxido!

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Open Letter to Orange Telecom Jordan on their terrible service

Join Jordanian Blogger Nasseem Tarawneh, click on the link below. See how you can help:

 http://www.black-iris.com/2009/09/09/revisiting-that-open-letter-i-wrote-to-orange-telecom-jordan-on-their-terrible-service-call-to-action/

I like the following part of his post:

Consider it an experiment in Jordanian social media. People are constantly asking me whether Jordanian bloggers have an impact on politics in Jordan – and I always say probably not. But let’s see if we, as customers and as citizens, can use blogs and social media to impact the private sector.

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of just writing…

Improving my English Writing vs. Improving my English Pronunciation?

This morning, I woke up after a night full of bad dreams. An idea crossed my mind of stopping concentrating on writing. But why?

Yesterday’s afternoon and evening, my second Language-Exchange meeting took place. In it, I only had half an hour out of 2.30 meeting. Despite how short my turn was, I was furstrated how writing needs a lot of practice.

What is more, I thought that I must be concentrating on something that will help me in medicine. Surely, writing will have a very minor role in Medicine.

As a result, from now on, I want to practice reading and comprehension from a book which I recently bought from Irbid:

Medical Terminology A Living Language, Bonnie F. Fremgen and Suzanne S. Frught, 3rd edition.

Concentrating on Medicine, my specialty, or conecntrating on more than one thing (medicine and writing)? I should concentrate on the former.

If I am a good doctor, this will help me –somehow- in my writing.
If I am a good writer, will I be a good doctor? Impossible!

English-Arabic Language Exchange: Meeting 1

# Correct the following sentence:
– This has been going on since 6 years.
– If you specified the duration of an action, then you don’t use “since” but use “for”. The correct form is:
– “This has been going on for 6 years.” Or, “This has been going on since 2003”

 

#Do you pay attention to what is written on the clothes you buy? Some people wear clothes without paying attention to what is written on them. Sometimes, this can cause you a lot of embarrassment not to expect humiliation.

A friend of mine once saw a Syrian girl wearing a pair of jeans that had a two-word sentence written on them. The sentence read: “Spank Queen”!!!

Does the girl understand what that sentence means? In our conservative societies, I don’t think so. Nonetheless, there is a?? good news. How many people have good English enough to understand the meaning of this sentence? I don’t think there are many!

Are you one of the “few” or one of the “many”? In other words, did you use or will use a dictionary to find out the meaning of this sentence? What about me, I am one of the “many”. I had to be told the meaning of this sentence. It means,???:??? “Slap buttocks” with sexual connotations of course!

There could be an honor crime is on the way!

 

 

# [Itinerary]
– We didn’t worry what places to visit, the tourist guide had already prepared an ideal itinerary.

– When Mr. Smith read the itinerary of the journey, he didn’t only sign up, but also, invited some of his friends.

list of places to be visited: a plan for a journey listing different places in the order in which they are to be visited

– There is a famous publishing company that publishes itineraries. The name of this company is “Lonely Planet”. I love their itinerary of Jordan.

There is a famous publishing company that publishes itineraries. Its name is “Lonely Planet”.

 

 

# [Epiphany]

– I was watching TV when I had this unbelievable epiphany of what I wanted to accomplish in my life; to become a skillful physician.

– The physician claims that he was able to come up with this cancer drug in an epiphany!

– It came to Moabite in an epiphany that the post about Peace Corps Volunteers learning Arabic is offending.

sudden realization: a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through an ordinary but striking occurrence
It came to him in an epiphany what his life’s work was to be.

 

 

# [Epitome]

I will work hard to become an Epitome of a hardworking Medical student.

– Do you think that he deserves to be called “The Epitome of Honesty”! For God’s sake, he is as cunning as a fox.

– Peace Corps volunteers who taught me in Mu’tah University are the very epitome of selflessness!

typical example: a highly representative example of a type, class, or characteristic
Isn’t she just the epitome of elegance?

 

# [Irregular Plural]

The plural form of some nouns is not formed by adding “s”, “es” or “ies”… I can’t recall more! To be more precise, I don’t want to!

Example of irregular plural in English:

– Ox –> Oxen
– Goose –> Geese
– Tooth –> Teeth

 

# [Tangent]

– Can I bring up a tangent? There is a lot of time left!
– Can you explain more. I believe that you started a big tangent!
– I recommend this doctor, he spends all of the lecture time teaching. He never bring up tangents!

digression: a change of topic that is not relevant to the subject currently under consideration

 

# [Diagonal]

A diagonal is a line connecting two angles in a square or rectangle.

line joining angles: a line that joins two opposite or nonadjacent angles or corners of a straight-sided geometric figure

 

 

# [Elvish]

– The student said that he was advised not to study Arabic. He was told that Arabic is harder than Elvish language. This advice is the epitome of putting-off others!

– Just a J. R. R. Tolkien invented new languages, I want to invent new set of social duties. Just because a diagonal can’t connect two adjacent angles, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore your neighbors.

J. R. R. Tolkien invented two languages he referred to as “elvish.”

 

 

# [Nuance]

the nuance of using “care to learn Arabic” in the post talking about Peace Corps volunteers in Jordan brought me bad reputation!

subtle difference: a very slight difference in meaning, feeling, tone, or color