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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

LIST OF VOCABULARY



DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE
Activist
Takes an active part in social causes or politics
Agnostic
Believes that nothing can be known about God or life after death
Atheist
Does not believe in the existence of God
Cynic
Thinks that people tend to act only in their won interest
Disciplinarian
Believes in firm discipline and can make people obey orders
Fanatic
Shows great and unreasonable interest for some religious or political belief
Fatalist
Believes that events are decided by fate and are outside human control
Idealists
Tries to live according to high principles, often is a way that is impractical
Nationalist
Believes strongly in one’s own country; wants national independence or government
Non-conformist
Does not follow generally accepted way(s) of living, thinking etc.
Optimist
Thinks that whatever happens will be good
Patriot
Loves one’s country fiercely and is willing to defend it
Perfectionist
Will not be satisfied until something is perfect
Pessimist
Thinks that whatever happens will be bad
Racist
Believes that his or her own race is the best
Realist
Accepts life as it is and deals with its problems in a practical way
WORDS DESCRIBING CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY
Ambitious
Wants to be better or the best
Boisterous
Noisy and has a lot of energy
Candid
Frank, truthful
Carefree, easy-going
Has no worries or problems
Competitive
Hates to lose
Considerate, thoughtful
Caring
Critical
Enjoys finding fault with others
Dedicated, devoted, loyal
Faithful
Demanding
Expects high standards from others
Dominant
Likes to be the boss
Forgetful
Forgets things easily
Humble, modest
Not proud
Impressionable
Easily influenced by others
Light-hearted
Cheerful and not worried about anything
Malicious
Cruel
Materialistic
Loves to have things
Mercenary
Helps others with the aim of getting something in return
Narrow-minded
Unwilling to accept new or different ideas
Outgoing, extroverted
Friendly, mixes easily with others
Passionate
Emotional, impulsive
Proud, pompous, snobbish
Thinks highly of oneself
Rebellious
Likes to go against authority or rules
Self-assured
Full of confidence
Sensible, level-headed,
rational, logical
Well-balanced
Shy
Timid, reserved
Strong-willed, determined
Knows what he wants and usually gets it
Stubborn, obstinate
Determined to do something even though unreasonable
Tolerant
Compliant, easy-going, kind-hearted, unprejudiced
Unreliable
Doesn’t keep promises
Unscrupulous
Dishonest, unethical
Unpredictable, changeable, indecisive
Can’t be sure what he or she will be up to
WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH BOOKS
Appendix
A section added after the main part of a book
Bibliography
A list of other books referred to in a book; useful for finding other sources for further information
Blurb
The description of a book usually found on the back cover
Foreword
An introduction usually written by a person other than the writer
Glossary
A list of terms and their meanings, usually at the back of book; it is useful if you come across a word you do not know
Index
List of topics and pages where they can be found; given at the back of a book
Introduction
Explains how information is organized in a book and how the book should be used
Preface
Explains the purpose of a book and the background to its writing
Summary
A summary of main points given at the end of each section or chapter of academic books
Table of contents
A list of chapter headings, tables, diagrams etc.
EDUCATION
2+1
Two years of study are done locally while the final year is done overseas
3+0
All three years of a programme are done locally
Correspondence course
A set of lessons received by mail
Counseling
A service set up to give advice to potential students
Course preview
A short description of a course or subject
Distance learning
The study of a subject by students who do not attend classes but use computers or television
Duration
The time allotted for the course of study
Entry qualification
The necessary qualification to enroll n an institute of education
Equivalent
The same or equal
Full-time
Studying for the number of hours that work is usually done
Higher diploma
A diploma which is acquired at a tertiary level or university
Homestudy
Studying one or more subjects at home and not in an institute of education
Intake
The number of students allowed to enroll in a course
MBA
Master of Business Administration
Online Learning
Learning via electronic mail
Part-time
Studying not on a full-time basis
Prospectus
A printed statement describing the advantages of an institution
Twinning programme
A joint academic programme between two institution of education
HOTELS AND HOLIDAYS
Bed and breakfast
A private house or small hotel where you can spend the night and have breakfast
Budget/ traveller
A traveler/tourist who carefully plans and controls his spending
Business traveller
A person who often travels for business purposes
Cruise
A journey by boat/ship for pleasure
Departure
An act of leaving a place
Destination
The place that someone is going to
Food and lodging
Meals and accommodation
Nett
The amount that needs to be paid after all deductions have been made
Package
A set of related services or things offered together
Quad sharing
A room for four people
Residential seminar package
A package where groups of employees from companies stay in a hotel and have training sessions or seminars
Return ticket
A ticket to a destination and back again
Single occupancy
A room for one person
Star rating
A system for judging the quality of hotels and restaurants
Subject
Dependent or conditional
Subject to availability
Depending on whether a certain facility is in use or not
Suite
A set of rooms, especially expensive ones, in a hotel
Twin sharing
A room where two beds are provided
MEALS AND RESTAURANTS
Ala carte
Each dish has a separate price
Appetizer
A small dish at the beginning of the meal
Brunch
A combination of breakfast and lunch
Buffet
A variety of dishes spread out on a table where people server themselves and move away to eat
Cappuccino
Italian coffee made with hot milk and chocolate powder on top
Dessert
Sweet food served after the main meal
Dim sum
Chinese dumplings
Entrée or Main course
The main dish of a meal
Fast food
Food, such as burgers and French fries, which is prepared quickly
Set lunch/dinner
A combination of food suggested by the restaurant and has a fixed price
Steamboat
A variety of food that is dipped into boiling hot soup
Tiramisu
A type of rich chocolate cake of Italian origin
Value meal
A value-for- money set meal, usually sold at fast food restaurants
CONTESTS
Accompanied by
Entry must be submitted along with specified items, such as receipts, or proof of purchase
Disqualified
Considered unfit or unsuitable
Eligible/ineligible
Suitable to be chosen/not suitable to be chosen
Entitled
The right to have or receive something like prizes
Exchangeable
A prize won can be exchanged for cash or something of the same value
Illegible
Difficult or impossible to read
Incomplete
Not complete
No correspondence will be
entertained
Inquiries made through the mail will not be answered
Proof of posting
There is proof that something has been sent through the mail
JOB VACANCIES
Added advantage
An advantage over other candidates
Commensurate with 
experience
Suited according to the experience
Essential
Required or important
Fringe benefits
Extra perks given to the right candidate such as allowances, company car, insurance coverage etc.
Preferable
A candidate will be seen as preferable if he or she has extra qualifications or abilities than the others
Proficient
Skilled in a particular area or field, such as languages etc.
Qualification
An ability, quality or record experience that makes a person suitable for a job
Remuneration
Payment for work or services
Shortlisted candidates
The most suitable people for a job, chosen from a first list
Walk-in interview
An interview in which candidates come without having to make any appointments
SALE/OFFERS
Clearance sale
A sale where goods are sold cheaply in order to get rid of them fast
Closing down sale
A final clearance sale before a company stops operating
Discount
Bought or sold for less than the normal price
Down payment
Deposit
Excellent/Tip-top/Mint condition
Looking new and in perfect condition
Guarantee
Warranty or assurance
Negotiable
Can be discussed
On nearest offer
Last or best offer
Stock-taking sale
An inventory sale
Warranty
A written promise made by a company to replace or fix a product if it breaks down or is faulty

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