Mistake

mis·take (mĭ-stāk′ or mɪˈsteɪk) noun.   1. an error or fault in action, opinion, or judgment 2. a misconception or misunderstanding   er·ro what to do with mistakes?   I make a lot of mistakes. Everyday. Some are big, others huge, and some are smaller. All my mistakes have made me lose something, though – often money, time, […]

Overwhelmed vs Overwhelming

overwhelmed vs overwhelming

o·ver·whelmed (ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmd) adjective.   1. (of the thoughts, emotions, or senses) overpowered 2. overcome, as with an abundance or concentration of something   as·so·ber·ba·da     o·ver·whelm·ing (ˌəʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ) adjective.   1. overpowering in effect, number or strength 2. so great as to make resistance or opposition useless   es·ma·ga·dor   overwhelmed and overwhelming: untranslatable words?   I know very few words in English with the overwhelming strength of ‘overwhelmed’. Stronger than that, I […]

Mellow

mel·low (mĕl′ō, ˈmɛləʊ) adjective.   1. sweet and full-flavoured from ripeness (fruit) 2. soft and pleasant; suggesting softness or sweetness 3. made gentle and understanding by age, maturity or experience  4. relaxed and unhurried; free from tension; easygoing 5. slightly and pleasantly intoxicated   su·a·ve   Is being mellow good or bad?   Every time I hear the song “Row, row, row your boat” the word mellow […]

Embrace

embrace learn english words

em·brace (ĕm-brās′, ɛmˈbreɪs) verb.   1. to hold close with the arms, usually as an expression of affection 2. to surround or enclose; to include or contain as part of something 3. to adopt, support or accept (an opportunity, a challenge, etc) willingly   a·bra·çar   Why is ‘embrace’ so hard to translate?   Well, I guess it is because we never fully mean just the physical ‘hug’. And that’s […]