IN DOING WE LEARN/SE APRENDE HACIENDO
CCIO’s North Region www.ccio.org met for an informal gathering last May at Panera in Fairlawn, Ohio. Here are three reasons why you might attend the next session: 1) learn how to develop a self-study plan to prepare for the exam www.sconet.state.oh.us/JCS/interpreterSvcs/certification/default.asp; 2) play word games with like-minded friends to improve vocabulary; and 3) network and just chat over a delectable treat.
THOSE PESKY IDIOMS
Let’s give a shout out to Justyna Smith who offered an idiom list An idiom is “an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements, as kick the bucket, hang one’s head, etc., or from the general grammatical rules of a language, as the table round for the round table, and which is not a constituent of a larger expression of like characteristics.” See the idiom list below.
Catherine Piña led a synonym exercise and you can access the link below. What’s a synonym? Why, every interpreter or translator serves as a walking thesaurus as she searches for an equivalent for XXX word. Our brains work that way naturally. See “synonyms” for Catherine’s contribution.
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Catherine also encouraged the group to check with local libraries for free online courses. The Cleveland Public Library offers a course on medical terminology. Learn about the body system and the combined forms of words with a goal to learn how to interpret medical notes. The next session starts 7/17/13. Visit www.ed2go.com/l-cpl/online_course/met/detail/Medical_Terminology%3a_A_Word_Association_Approach.html.
Visit www.ccio.org to learn of the next gathering in your area. Good words to you.
Sell someone short – underestimate someone.
Sitting pretty – be in a fortunate position.
Hit the ceiling – become very angry.
Pull someone’s leg – fool someone.
Wet blanket – a dull or boring person who spoils the happiness
Keep under one’s hat – keep something a secret.
Get off someone’s back – stop bothering someone.
Shape up or ship out – behave properly or leave.
Make ends meet – pay one’s bills.
Out of the woods – out of danger.
In stitches – laugh very hard.
Spill the beans – reveal a secret.
Tongue in cheek – not serious.
For the birds – uninteresting and meaningless.
Shake a leg – hurry.