Jan 16th 2018

Improve Your Vocabulary

Nobody can communicate better without working hard to improve vocabulary. Improving one’s vocabulary has several benefits. For example, it improves self-confidence and self-esteem. It also enables the addition of sophistication to one’s spoken or written language. The following are some of the steps you can take to work on and improve your vocabulary.

Read More, Read Deeply
Reading has never killed anyone. Invest in several novels and read them to increase and enhance your vocabulary. It’s not only the simplest but also the best way to increase vocabulary. Read anything that you can find – including newspapers, magazines, and all types of literary works. Expose your brain to more words. Look up the meaning of new words from the dictionary. Try deciphering meaning from the context in which they are applied.

Use Dictionaries and Thesaurus
Another excellent way you can improve vocabulary is by keeping a dictionary nearby. A Thesaurus would also help massively. Feel free to use either an online, software based or printed dictionary or Thesaurus. Develop a habit of uncovering the meaning of new words by looking them up in the dictionary or Thesaurus. Doing so will help you to not only learn the meaning but also the pronunciation of each new word you learn.

Learn a New Word Every Day
Learning a new word every day is a good habit. Take time to develop your own list or schedule of daily words you wish to learn. There are several websites and calendars that you can use for this purpose. As long as you remain disciplined, you will soon begin reaping the benefits. If this method feels too rigid, feel free to complement it with other methods.

Study Word Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes
You will greatly succeed in improving your vocabulary by checking the roots of each new word you learn. Most English words have Greek and Latin roots. Learn these roots. Learning the roots enables you to decipher their meanings. The prefixes, suffixes, and roots are worth every minute you spend learning them. When a new word appears impossible to comprehend, trace it back to its roots.

Play Word Games
To many people, the best way to increase vocabulary involves playing word games. Play the sort of games that challenge your brain. The world is full of tools you can use for this purpose. You will never run short of games that you can play offline or online to improve vocabulary. Numerous websites are rife with games worth playing too. Some of the most commonly played word games include:

  1. Scrabble
  2. Word Jumble
  3. Anagrams
  4. Crossword Puzzles
  5. Boggle

There you go:  If you would like to improve your vocabulary, follow the above steps and you will see an enhancement in your  vocabulary  within a short time!


Nov 15th 2017




Modern slang today
Slang is an informal language or words that are used by a specific group of people. British slang, for example, is an unofficial adaptation of the English language in Britain. This informal way of speaking is acceptable in most informal and casual settings, although some British slang words have been used so often that they have been adapted into the formal way of speaking.

Over time, the words that are used in slang either die out because people have moved to other newer slang words or their use becomes so prevalent that they have to be incorporated into the common way of speaking.

Examples of slang from all over the world:

British slang
British slang is perhaps the most widely used and most documented slang in the world. British slang is used so widely that a dictionary dedicated to it was published in 1889. Since then, additional British slang dictionaries have also been published. Commonly used British slang includes:

  • Bang to rights- caught red handed
  • What a lot of Tosh- meaningless nonsense.
  • Trollied- stupidly drunk.
  • Don’t look so bait- Don’t look too suspicious.

Australian slang
Australian slang or Aussie slang is commonly referred to as strine by the locals. Not only can, the Aussie accent leave both English speakers and foreigners perplexed, but the Australian slang is also just as complex to understand.  Australian English is quite similar to British English; however, British slang and Aussie slang are two different entities. Aussie slang is all about making the words as short as possible. Here is a list of some of the most common slang expressions in Australia:

  • Barbie- barbecue.
  • Bottle-O: liquor store
  • Mozzie: mosquito
  • Root: sexual intercourse.

Teenage slang
The teenage slang of 2017 has evolved from the use of actual words to the use of abbreviations. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher teenage slang, principally because the shorthand meanings can be varied. Some of the most commonly used teenage slang words are:

  • PAP- post a picture.
  • Bad- bad means good (as bad as they come).
  • Bae- sweetheart, lover. Sometimes it means Before Anybody Else when used with all uppercase.

So, why do people use slang?
Slang words are typically used by people belonging to a certain group. Because of this, using slang is, above all, a great way of demonstrating your identity. By using terms and words that can only be understood by a specific group, it is also easier to make a connection with like-minded people who know exactly what each word means. Slang is often termed as cool- teenage slang is especially used by the younger generations who rely on it to separate themselves from the older generation.


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Oct 31st 2017

End of School holidays

The new school year has started, which puts an end to the stressful school holidays. The summer flew by and as a parent; you may or may not be grateful for the start of a new semester. If you have not already prepared for the end of the school holidays 2017-2018, you need to get started on the lengthy process of getting ready. You need to acquire school supplies, prepare school uniforms if necessary, as well as get the kids mentally prepared. If you are struggling to transition from school holidays 2017-2018 to the new school term dates, here are some tips to help you adjust:

Set a schedule

It is important to set a schedule for waking up and bedtime so that your children can get back into their normal school routine. Ideally, you should start adjusting the children’s schedule at least a week in advance so that they can get used to it by the first day of class. Resetting their sleeping patterns from what they were used to during the holiday will help them settle down in school better. It is also supposed to help with school performance.

Make studying a top priority

Transitioning from the school holidays 2017-2018 can be easier on the children when parents establish well defined academic goals for their kids. Of course, it is important to make these goals with a little input from your child so that you can hold them accountable. The path to achieving academic success is obvious; it must be characterized by regular study sessions, completed assignments and class participation throughout the year.

Meet the teachers

Most schools and principals generally urge parents to make a connection with their children’s teachers. This connection can be made during drop off on the first day of school or during the school’s open house. Most schools also host various back to school events before the end of the school holidays so that parents can acquaint themselves, especially with new teachers. Meeting your children’s teachers is important as it can help you children attain their full potential.

Don’t forget the extracurricular activities

It is essential for you as a parent to encourage your children to participate in extracurricular opportunities and activities that match their interests and preferences. There are many clubs, activities, and programs available in the modern school system to suit every child’s abilities and needs. Although extracurricular activities should be encouraged, parents should help their children with their time management skills so that their academic performance does not decline.

These tips, as well as continued support, should be able to help your child transition easily from the school holidays to the new semester. Until the next school holidays 2018, happy studying!

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Sep 25th 2017

Update on Ginger Keyboard for Android

With over 5 million Android users, the Ginger team is constantly trying to improve the users experience with our keyboard.

We have now added within our new Android release an emoji search function as part of the keyboard!

How does it work?

Download Ginger keyboard and tap on the smiley icon:


See the search button on the top left corner?


Now search the emotion you are looking for:


And enjoy the results!

The Ginger Team


Sep 17th 2017

Autumnal Equinox


What you need to know about the Autumnal Equinox:
The autumnal equinox 2017 is finally here! But, what exactly is an equinox?

The autumnal equinox definition is one that baffles many. To fully understand the autumnal equinox definition, it is essential to first understand that the earth experiences two equinoxes each year. During the two equinoxes, the earth’s surface is bathed with light evenly throughout, which means that the equinoxes happen at the same time and the same moment everywhere in the world. This transpires when the sun crosses the celestial equator, which is an imaginary line that correlates to the earth’s equator.

The two equinoxes, which take place each year are known as vernal and autumnal equinoxes. The term equinox is derived from a Latin word that means equal night and is the reason why the northern and southern hemispheres experience different seasons at different times.

A few interesting facts about the Autumnal Equinox:

It usually occurs on the same day
The autumnal equinox takes place every year on September 22nd, 23rd or 24th. In 1931, the autumnal equinox fell on September 24 because of a rare occurrence in the Gregorian calendar that pushed the Equinox back a day. This year, the fall equinox 2017 will take place on September 22.

Autumnal equinox celebration
Cultures all over the world have been taking part in Autumnal equinox celebrations for years. One noteworthy Autumnal equinox celebration takes place at the ancient Mayan step pyramid in El Castillo, Mexico. When the Autumn and spring equinoxes occur, the sunlight produces a mysterious snake-like shape that appears to slither along the length of the steep staircase. Thousands gather each year at the step to witness this amazing event.

Equinox and solstice are different
The Equinox is derived from Latin words “aequus” and “nox”, which means equal night while the term solstice is derived from two Latin words sol and sistere, which means that the sun reached a stand. As such, the summer and winter solstice refers to the day of the year that experiences the longest period of daylight (around June 21) while the winter solstice experiences the shortest period of sunlight.

You may have noticed by now that the nights are much longer now that the month of September has begun, and that the sun has been sinking earlier than usual. In the northern hemisphere, the changes point to the end of summer and the beginning of fall. This year the fall equinox is scheduled to arrive on September 22, 2017 to signal the start of autumn for countries located in the northern half of the world.

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

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