Conversation#3 – Difficulties Reading!

Difficulties reading

L: I do not know why I face insurmountable difficulties when reading!

M: Do you mean you find it hard to read books?

L: Yes! I even start to think that reading is my Achilles Heel!

M: Relax. Let us tackle the wellspring of the challenge. Can you tell me what do you find difficult exactly?

L: Reading itself is difficult.

M: The truth is otherwise. Reading is meant to be enjoyable and should add more to your knowledge loam. What you are missing is addressing the lacuna of the problem.

L: What do you mean?

M: You do not have an issue with reading; you have a problem while reading, but you cannot find it with pinpoint accuracy.

L: What should I do?

M: Do not worry. The onus is on me to find the solution. Let’s start with few questions. What books do you read?

L: The last book I have read was about Internet Marketing.

M: Great! I did not know you luxuriate in reading about Internet Marketing!

L: I actually do not. I like other types of books.

M: There you are! If you want to find reading easy and enjoyable, you need to read about something that actually interests you!

L: Got it! You are right! That has just dawned on me and I think I have found the cradle of the problem!

ExpressionMeaning
Insurmountable difficulties Great difficulties that are hard to deal with successfully
Achilles HeelA problem or weakness in a person or system that will cause failure. For example, math was my Achilles Heel at high school
The Wellspring of the challenge The source of the challenge
The truth is otherwise The truth is different
Knowledge loam Loam is a high quality earth mixed with sand, clay and other decaying material. Knowledge loam basically refers to the richness of the knowledge (rich knowledge). You can also use it to mean other things like: leadership loam
Addressing the Lacuna The lacuna is an absent part of something (especially a book). Here it refers to the absent thing that once you know it, it will give a better idea of the problem
Pinpoint accuracy To pinpoint means to find the exact position of something. To find something with pinpoint 100% accuracy is to locate its exact position
The onus is on meThe responsibility is on me.
To luxuriate in somethingTo enjoy or have a great pleasure doing it
Dawned on me If something dawns on you, you realize or understand it after a period of not realizing or understanding it.
The cradle of the problem The source of the problem

 

MouhcineWitty Advice:

The generality of students memorizes single words when learning new vocabulary. This is counter-productive, as this method does not allow them to learn effectively. If you want to learn new words and still remember them in the course of time, you have to memorize the expression or the sentence the word comes in. This will make learning and remembering words within the realms of possibility.

 

We hope you have enjoyed today’s conversation. More importantly, we hope you have learned some good expressions and understood their meaning and usage. To ensure you do not forget any of the aforementioned expressions, write 5 sentences using any of the expressions in this conversation. Post the sentences in the comment section of the blog so we can all learn from each other. I will also review and offer suggestions on how to improve them.

Please continue to visit www.SmartWritables.com to learn more smart expressions and elevate your writing skills!

Mouhcine

Conversation#2 – Billions in Change

Billions In Change

L: Have you seen the official film of Billions in Change on YouTube?

M: No, I have not yet. What is the crux of the film?

L: Manoj Bhargave presents it, an entrepreneur widely-recognized in the public eye. His Billion in Change project is currently in the limelight.

M: My understanding from the name of the project is that it’s an about-face initiative, right?

L: Yeah, exactly. He has generated about $4K Billion from his famous 5-hour Energy drink and decided to give 99% of it away to help others as he is moved by the plight of people in dire need.

M: In the same vein, Bill Gates is also donating his wealth to several charity causes.

L: That’s true. However, Manoj is only focusing on energy and water, as they are the mainstay of life.

M: Yeah, right. I admire the idea and strongly believe it should be highly eulogized.

L: More importantly, it should be supported as we all need to give a point d’appui to this.

M: That’s my contention as well.

L: Since we are in the same wavelength, why don’t we join the initiative?

M: I would love to join and help have the water and energy problems jettisoned from people lives.

L: The feeling is mutual. Let’s visit the website and join!

 

ExpressionMeaning
The crux ofThe crux of something is the most important part, problem or question of it.
To give a point d’appuiThis expression might be complicated to some as it originated from the French language. It basically means support. Giving a point d’appui to the project means support the project.
Widely-recognized in the public eyeFamous, known and seen in media.
My contentionMy opinion.
About-face Initiative An about-face is a complete change in the way of thinking or in the direction. An about-face initiative is one that promotes a new way of thinking about certain things.
Jettisoned from To Jettison something is to get rid of it. It also means not using a certain plan or idea. As well, it can mean throwing stuff from a ship or aircraft to make it lighter. In this conversation, it has been used literary to mean getting rid of the problems and make lives better.
By the plight ofPlight refers to a bad situation or condition that people are in. The plight of the poor/homeless/refugees refers to the bad conditions they are living in.
The feeling is mutual The feeling is the same.
In dire need Dire means very serious and extreme. In dire need of help refers to an extreme need for help and assistance.
In the limelight If someone is in the limelight, he or she is under the public eye, attention or interests. We often read that celebrities try to avoid the limelight.
In the same vein In the same vein means on the same subject. You might also come across “in a similar vein.” It also means the same.
The mainstay of The mainstay of something is the most important part of it that gives support to the other parts.
Highly eulogized Highly praised.
Be on the same wavelengthTo think the same way and understand something the same way.

 

MouhcineWitty Advice:

The generality of students memorizes single words when learning new vocabulary. This is counter-productive, as this method does not allow them to learn effectively. If you want to learn new words and still remember them in the course of time, you have to memorize the expression or the sentence the word comes in. This will make learning and remembering words within the realms of possibility.

We hope you have enjoyed today’s conversation. More importantly, we hope you have learned some good expressions and understood their meaning and usage. To ensure you do not forget any of the aforementioned expressions, write 5 sentences using any of the expressions in this conversation. Post the sentences in the comment section of the blog so we can all learn from each other. I will also review and offer suggestions on how to improve them.

Please continue to visit www.SmartWritables.com to learn more smart expressions and elevate your writing skills!

Mouhcine