Friday, September 21, 2007

Verbal Prep I

Hey guys,

It has been a busy week for me and hence you have not seen many problems from my side. And I think I have covered most basics on probability. Every other problem would more or less be an extension of these. Of course I have not dealt heavily with Permutation and Combination in these problems since I think it should be learnt as a seperate set.

So here for the weekend is something light. 5 words that are good to learn but are usually not found in the verbal wordlists of CAT preparation material. These are supposed to be an addendum to your learning.

As I have always said, the best way to prepare for English is to read a lot.
Do read up the fundaes on how to crack English if you already havent - Click here

So here are the words
  1. Speakeasy
  2. Aperitif
  3. Tempest
  4. Canyon
  5. Holler


Blogger shubha said...

Hi Gyanee ,
I don't know whether this is the right place to post this ,but i am facing a dilemma , i am rather comfortable with English as a language , read a lot , and i also do tend to read good books , my problem is i do not perform exceedingly well in a few tests , and in most i do perform very well, its not a problem with understanding but i think an English paper is highly subjective and more or less intuitive .And thats the way i take it, i usually attempt any question i read , i also do not have any grammar fundamentals except i know what is used in normal speech and i apply that , i do badly very few times but that worries me too .
Is there anyway to plug something like this, or do i leave this on luck ?

9:30 PM, September 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aperitif - Is a kind of liquer
Holler - Is Hello in Spanish
Canyon - A big crater

Hey Gyanee when are you going to put the results. Or are we supposed to dig the net for this? It will be nice if it comes from you. really liked the probability fundaes


4:33 AM, September 27, 2007  
Blogger Gyan-ee said...

Hey Shubha,

Very sorry for the very late reply. Been into too many things and I have not been able to keep pace on the blog.

You cant leave such a big chunk for luck. Many people have faced this problem with English.

The idea is to dig deep into each question that you have answered wrong and understand the subtle difference between the choices for those questions. Over a time, you will see a pattern and understand the fine points. E.g., two words may have the same meaning but are used in different contexts.

One more thing you can do is write down such questions and make a set overtime and revise it at periodic intervals. This will also bring some clarity overtime.

Hope I have been of some help here

If I find time, i will put something up on the blog for English preperation

2:27 AM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger shubha said...

Hi Gyanee ,
No probs !Thanks a lot ,Thinking about what you said its true especially since it is my strongest section ,i must make it spike my score.Usually when i narrow down to two options its definitely one of the two.Will try some the writing down and revising part.

10:01 PM, October 10, 2007  
Blogger Gyan-ee said...

Here are the asnwers for the last time's verbal meanings. I would also suggest that you look up the net to get more on usage of the words.

1. Speakeasy - Restaurants that serve alcohol clandestinely during the prohibition period.
There is a nice history to the origin of the word. Read the article in NY times-
You can use the username/password of catfundae/catfundae

2. Aperitif - An alcoholic drink taken as appetizer before a meal.
As opposed to a digestif, which is an alcoholic drink taken after a meal to help in digestion. Both these are usually taken on the rocks and in small quantities and have a fruity flavour.

3. Tempest - A very strong windstorm.

4. Canyon - A very large chasm with steep sides. A valley with steep sides that you usually see in the wild-west movies.

5. Holler - to shout out loud. Probably came from holla or hello.

2:06 AM, October 11, 2007  
Blogger Gyan-ee said...


Some more thoughts

1. In an RC article, try and understand the difference between opinion, suggestion, fact and judgement. They could be very subtle and make the answers wrong.

2. If you are drilling down to the last two choices in most, then you shud be hitting right 50% of the time. If you are doing worse, then you are doing some wrong across the board which you need to figure out and correct.

3. Also note that many times the answers given in these tests are wrong or arbitrary :) So dont let them dent your confidence

4:50 AM, October 11, 2007  

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