Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Online Dictionaries

When I worked with the last blog post where I wrote about news, we were also supposed to test different online dictionaries. I tested some of the dictionaries from this link http://www.eoioviedo.org/webteca/recursos%20ingles/dictionaries.htm . I only tested the dictionaries who was English- English. Here are the dictionaries I tried out and what I thought about them.

http://www.onelook.com - This dictionary was not the one I liked the most. When I searched for a word I got suggestions on other different online dictionaries I could use, which I thought would take more time than using one of the others where I could just get the meaning of the word immediately.

 http://nhd.heinle.com/home.aspx  - This was one of the dictionaries I like most. When I searched for a word I got the meaning of the word immediately, and in addition to this there was some examples of how I could use the word in sentences.

http://thesaurus.reference.com - This was the dictionary I liked least. When I searched for a word I did not get a very good description or meaning of the word, and I think the whole layout was a bit messy.

 http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ - I thought this dictionary was quite good. If I searched for a word I got the main meaning of the word with three options or explanaitions of the word. Then if I scrolled down at the page, there were more suggestions of what the word could mean. So this dictionary was also very good.

The dictionary I would prefer is this http://nhd.heinle.com/home.aspx - it is very clear and easy to use, and you get good explanations.

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano

This picture is taken from this site http://lightbox.time.com/2012/08/24/pictures-of-the-week-august-17-august-24/#39, and is on of the week news in pictures. It is taken in Ecuador, from the Tungurahua volcano which is one of South Africas biggest volcanoes. The volcano has been erupting intermittently since 1999, and in 2006 the activity increased and it came violent eruptions who killed at least four people, and left to missing.

Lately there has been more agressive activity there. The volcano has been spewing out rocks, ash and pyroclastic flows. Pyroclastic flow is a fast moving cloud of hot ashes and other material thrown out from an erupting volcano. The authorities in Ecuador has raised the security, and more than hundred families has ben evacuated from the vicinity of Tungurahua. Half a dozen villages are also being showered in ash. According to BBC, the volcano is not showing any signs of calming down.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Living in Norway

This picture contains some of the things I associate with Norway. The nature is very typical Norwegian for me with the mountains, the fjords, and the small cabins or houses in the mountain. In the mountain to the right there is also a waterfall, which is very usual in Norway, and often seen in steep mountains. There is also many trees and forests in this picture, which Norway has a lot of. Eventhough I am not surrounded by this kind of nature in my daily life, this is something that I associate with Norway. The snow on top of some of the mountains in the background is also very typical Norway for me. In the winter we have lots of snow, and we therefore often go skiing.

In this picture the weather is very nice, but it can change really quickly from being hot and sunny to suddenly start raining, and lots of Norwegian likes to discuss and complain about the weather. For me, the weather in Norway is not that bad. I think we have a good mix of sun, rain, and snow. Although, sometimes it can be a bit to much rain or cold weather I think.

Besides the nature, I think Norway is a very nice place to live in. Its a safe country with good education offer, jobs, and good economics. I think Norway is a good country to live in.