Sunday, July 25, 2010

Getting Started with pumkin.com

So you have made the choice to sign up to pumkin.com. Now what?

Here is a brief guide to what to do when you start using pumkin.com.

1 - Go to http://pumkin.com/



2 - Watch the Video Introduction



The video introduction gives you a brief overview of our service. There are more in-depth tutorials on our service here.

3 - Go through the Guided Tour




The guided tour gives you an idea of how the lessons are organized on the worlds.

4 - Login



Type in the e-mail and password that you used to create the account.

We sent you your password to your e-mail address so please look in your inbox first (look in your spam folder too, just in case). If you did not receive any mail from us, please write to us at service@pumkin.com.

If you ever forget your password, you can click the 'Forgot your Password?' link on this login page and create a new one.



5 - Start Studying!



Click the "Next Lesson" button. This will be your first lesson if you have just started. This icon is on your toolbar so you can go to your next lesson whenever you like.

6 - Study hard and have fun!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

World Cup Final Aardvark vs Chocolate.




Sunday will see the crowning of a new World Cup winner. The South African World Cup has been full of thrills and spills (Green). It has been quite a ride for us here in Asia with many of the later stage games starting at 2.30 AM. While we will be glad to return to some more regular sleeping patterns we are sure to miss the World Cup as soon as it is over. Four years time till we do it all over again in Brazil.

So how can I make a blog post about learning English with the World Cup final? Simple, the two teams in the final have contributed many words to the English language so I will take a look at the words we have taken from Dutch and Spanish and use that information to work out who will win the final. Like Paul the Octopus. Neither the Dutch or the Spanish have won the World Cup so there will be a new name on the Cup.

Dutch



Aardvark - from both Afrikaans and Dutch, literally "earth-pig".
Beleaguer - from belegeren (="besiege, attack with an army")
Booze - from Middle Dutch busen (="to drink in excess")
Forlorn hope - from verloren hoop (literally "lost troop," figuratively "suicide mission,"
Luck - from Middle Dutch luc, shortening of gheluc
Skipper - from Middle Dutch scipper (now schipper, literally "shipper")
Split - from Middle Dutch splitten
Wiggle - from wiggelen (= "to wobble, to wiggle")

Spanish



Adiós - from Spanish "goodbye".
Barbecue - from the Chibcha word barbacoa.
Chocolate - from Spanish chocolate, from Nahuatl xocolatl meaning "hot water."
Desperado - from Spanish desesperado, desperate.
El Niño - from El Niño de la Navidad, literally, "the Christmas child" due to the warming of Pacific waters around Christmas.
Guerrilla - from Spanish "small war".
Loco - from loco, = mad, crazy.
Macho - from macho, brave, the property of being overtly masculine.
Olé - an interjection, an expression of approval or triumph, similar to the Italian bravo="capable", used by spectators of bull fights or football (soccer) matches.
Savvy - from Spanish or Portuguese sabe, "knows".

The task here is to make sentences out of the words to describe the final as you see it playing out.

Good gheluc to both teams.

Adiós