‘Mad Libs Madness’

Scrabble. Crossword puzzle. 4 Pics 1 word. Text Twist. Sure, you have heard about these. How about Mad Libs?

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Mad Libs (originated in 1953) is a kind of word game where one player fills out blank spaces of a story which he/she doesn’t have any idea about. Player 2 would ask Player 1 to supply the words needed such as noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb and so on. After completing, Player 2 would read the whole story to Player 1. This game is usually humorous and nonsensical and is played during parties or past time.

Templates are available online or you could also make your own customized Mad Libs template. To give a twist on your learning experience, you could play this game with your friends and use the vocabularies that you have learned from your classes. This would help practice the lessons and improve comprehension skills in an entertaining way.

Whats’s your favorite word game? Share on the comments section below.

*Featured image from https://icebreakerideas.com/mad-libs/

Top 10 Picks from the Newly Added Words in Dictionaries

Learning a language or anything for that matter is a never ending process. And so as any other things that undergo evolution, modification, and innovation, words also sprout from something that there already is, that has Latin etymology (as per 30% of words in the English language), Greek, German and all others. It is  known that words’ meaning change over time, giving credit to the connotation and denotations as well as combined and borrowed words.

Although some of the words are being used in some areas, these words were considered as slang till this year when it was accepted by some credible dictionaries (we’re talking ’bout Oxford and Merriam). Some of these words are not necessarily new, but has some other meaning added to it. To keep you updated with the new vocabularies, we compiled some newly accepted words in the English language.

From Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary:

Weak sauce
n.
US slang
:  something inferior, ineffective, or unimpressive :  something weak
“She is pretty, yes. But her personality is a weak sauce.”

Macaron
n.
:  a light, often brightly colored sandwich cookie consisting of two rounded disks made from a batter of egg whites, sugar, and almond flour surrounding a sweet filling (as of ganache, buttercream, or jam)

‘That store makes really good macarons. Do you want to try it?”

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Photobomb
v.
:  to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank

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“We don’t have a single descent family picture. Bob photobombed every single one.”

Woo-woo
adj.
:  dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific.
“She kept on saying that she saw a ghost. I don’t believe her woo-woo stories anymore.”

Ginger
v.
:  to make lively :  pep up
“Do you have any idea how to ginger this boring party?”

From Oxford Dictionary

Yas
informal
:  expressing great pleasure or excitement.
“I got accepted for the job position. Yas!”

beer o’ clock
n.
humorous
:  an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer.
“It’s beer o’ clock. Time to go to the bar!”

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Biatch
US
informal
:  used as an affectionate or disparaging form of address.
“See you later, biatch.”

hangry
adj.
informal
:  bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.
“We better rush before the customers get hangry.

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sausage fest
n.
informal
:  an event or group in which the majority of participants are male.
“Are you sure you want to hangout with them? It’s a sausage fest.”

What’s the most recent word you’ve learned? Let us know in the comments below.

*featured image from http://cf.ydcdn.net/1.0.1.71/images/wordfinder-background

The Cafe You Should Probably Visit Today

Eat. Study. Talk. These are the things that most students do at a café after class hours or on weekends. Luckily for us, there is café in Baguio that has just changed the game. By game, we mean literally.

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Raduno Café and Resto offers almost all other cafes has to offer — good food, relaxing ambiance, and good service — plus one. They also incorporate desk games such as Jenga, chess and card games that you can enjoy alongside the food and a good company. Apart from these, the menu’s price range is quite affordable and the serving size would surely fill you up. So if you’re burnt out after class and wants to break free, luck is on your side ’cause you just found the right place to secure study-life balance.

Raduno Café and Resto is located at 2nd Floor Lachica Bldg. #111, Jungletown Rd, Baguio City. This café opens at 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, right in time for Monol’s curfew.

How to Effectively Incorporate Social Media into Learning a Language

Multiple sites, blogs, and even teachers here in Monol International Education Institute would tell you the same thing in different words about learning a language: EXPOSE YOURSELF TO THE TARGET LANGUAGE.

This is an intimate and direct interaction that enables us to receive and deliver information, a similar way we learn our mother tongue and being able to communicate even before attending school. With the advent of modern technology and the internet, language exposure has become more accessible and effortless. In that event, we listed some apps and sites that you can use for a more effective “live and learn” experience.

  1. YouTube Channels

English with Lucy

Lucy is an English teacher based in United Kingdom. She teaches various types of lessons from pronunciation and idioms to grammar. It is a plus that her voice is soothing, making the words sound clear and comprehensible. This youtuber apparently uses British English, but no worries because she differentiates British English from American English especially when it comes to pronunciation.

TED

TED is a non-profit organization that aims to spread ideas through short, but powerful talks that tackle the best ideas from TED Conferences all over the world. Icons, geniuses, and mavericks share their ideas in less than 18 minutes. This channel is one of the best sources of inspiration and insights about certain topics especially when you are into public speaking and developing listening skills.

  1. Mobile Application

HelloTalk Learn Languages

Using HelloTalk is like hitting two (or more) birds in one stone.

HelloTalk is the first global language and culture exchange community that connects you with native speakers of other languages. Users of this app are very willing to teach their native language and be taught in return.

This app features more than 100 languages and matches you to the native speakers whom you can interact with depending on your target language and level. It has inbuilt translator, grammar correction, text to voice, and voice recognition to improve your writing/speaking skills.

  1. Instagram

Instagram is one of the most acknowledged applications all over the world when it comes to audience involvement and interaction. If you have this app, you might have been bombarded with selfies, food snaps, and all other things under the sun. Fortunately, there are a few  accounts that you could follow to learn some expressions and vocabulary. Three of these are @english_vocabulary@bbclearningenglish, and @grammar_tips that post just what matter— vocabulary, expressions, grammar lessons, and sample sentence.

And oh, don’t forget to follow our very own Instagram account, @baguio_monol for more!

Summer Itinerary: A Glance at the Aesthetics of Baguio City

We, here in Monol live by the maxim, “live and learn”. That is exactly why students, despite the hours of studying, still maintain enthralling lifestyle that stimulates the active practice of the lessons learned during the class hours.

This summer season is no exception. Sure, summer is all about the tan, the waves, and the beautiful beaches. However, if you’re not the beach babe or dude type, you might just want to remain here in Baguio, stay cool, and appreciate the culture and the arts this city has to offer. The following are some of the museums you can visit:

General Emilio Aguinaldo Museum

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Aguinaldo museum is the only lights and sound museum in the north. It is named after the first president of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo, in hopes of restoring the artifacts and promoting nationalism within the Filipino people. Savor the walk through history with realistic landscapes, paintings, and sounds that make the experience more surreal. Tour guides will assist and explain each section so you could ask questions along the way. The guides will also instruct you to remove your jacket as the body heat contributes to deterioration of the artifacts, most specifically, the first ever Philippine flag.

Where: Happy Glen Loop Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Museum hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 12:00 nn and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Entrance Fee: P115
P75 for Students/ Senior Citizen

Museo Kordilyera

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Museo Kordilyera has just opened this year and it is yet another reason to love Baguio City. Years of research, ethnographic photographs, and eccentric displays could be found in this museum. If you’re up for a genuine experience of the Cordilleran Culture, this place is perfect for you.

Where:  30 Gov. Pack Rd, Baguio (Inside the University of the Philippines Baguio)
Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9: 00 am to 5:00 pm
Entrance Fee: P30 for non-UP students with valid ID
P60 for adults.
20% discount for Senior citizens and PWDs with valid ID.

Ben Cab Museum

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BenCab Museum is probably one of the most infamous hubs for art enthusiasts in Baguio City. It is named after the National Artist, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (hence the museum name). Aside from the artworks, you can also stroll around the farm and the garden, souvenir shops, and grab a bite at Café Sabel.

Where: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9 am – 6:00 pm
Entrance fee: P100
P80 for students and senior citizens.

BAGUIO IN A DAY

Can you explore Baguio City’s main tourist spots in a day? Of course, you can!

Despite being tagged as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is rather a small city with an area of 49 square kilometers. It was first built for a capacity of 25,000 people but the population in Baguio City had skyrocketed to more than 300,000. Despite that, Baguio City still remains to be the top escape of Filipinos and tourists from the southern part of the country.

Among the places that tourists flock to in Baguio, the famous ones are Mines View Park, the Mansion House, Wright Park, Botanical Garden and Burnham Park. These are quite a few, right? But you can actually visit all these in one day.

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Burnham Park: Baguio’s classic tourist spot

Every month, MONOL welcomes two batches of new students to experience the “Live and Learn” culture of the academy. And since MONOL is true to its slogan, it doesn’t only offer luxurious facilities to its students but it also gives them opportunities to explore the city on their own – to decide what restaurant to visit, to go places they haven’t been before or to just stroll around the city and interact with Baguio locals.

For the students who just arrived and will be arriving, you might want to start your where-to list with Baguio’s famous Burnham Park. Continue reading