source: Learn English with Let's Talk   2013年06月09日
You always take charge of doing something or the other either at work, college or even at home.The word onus basically means to perform One's duty or responsibility.
When you have to perform a task that is a part of your duty, it is your onus to complete it.You may have to do something that is really difficult or even unpleasant, but because it is an obligation, you are responsible to do it, so you take the onus for it.
Taking the onus to do something means you are completely in charge of doing it and it is your responsibility to fulfill it on time.
It also means to blame someone or to take the blame for something that has gone wrong. The word onus is a noun, its plural form is onuses.

For example, if you are unwell and unable to go to work, it is your onus to call and inform your office about your absenteeism. It means, it is your duty or responsibility to inform them.

Example 01 : While their parents were away on a business trip, the onus of taking care of her little brother was on Maria.

Example 02 : It is the onus of the pharmacist to check the expiry date of the medicines when he is selling to the customers.

Example 03 : Eric regretted the bad business decisions he had made and took full onus of the same.

Example 04 : Samantha is upset with her colleague James as he always passes the onus of all his mistakes onto Samantha

Example 05 : The swimming coach took full onus to ensure that all the children were safe while they were being trained by him.

Example 06 : The doctor has to take the onus of clearly disclosing all the risks involved during a surgery.

Example 07 :Due to their continuous arguments, Maria's and Peter's relationship went sour and none of them took the onus to work on their relationship.

Example 08 : Michelle never attended her lectures, though she was upset, she had no choice but to take the onus for her name appearing on the college blacklist.

Example 09 : Even after the Cricket match fixing scandal came into light, none of the sports administrators took the onus, to clear the muck , and only blamed the players.

Internet Slang & Jargon - English Vocabulary Lesson

source: Learn English with Let's Talk  2014年4月15日
1. 404 Error - 404 is "The website Page not found error" or "Clueless"

2. Adobe acrobat - Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format.

3. Cookie - A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while the user is browsing that website. Every time the user loads the website, the browser sends the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user's previous activity.

4. Domain Name - Domain names function on the Internet in a manner similar to a physical address in the physical world. Each part of the domain name provides specific information. These pieces of information enable web browsers to locate the web page. The naming system is closely regulated in order to prevent confusion or duplicate addresses.

5. DSL - Digital subscriber line (DSL, originally digital subscriber loop) is a family of technologies that provide Internet access by transmitting digital data over the wires of a local telephone network.

6. E-commerce - Electronic commerce, commonly known as E-commerce or eCommerce, is a type of industry where the buying and selling of products or services is conducted over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.

7. Emoticons - a representation of a facial expression such as a smile or frown, formed by various combinations of keyboard characters and used in electronic communications to convey the writer's feelings or intended tone.

8. Case-senstitive- (of a computer program or function) It differentiates between capital and lower-case letters on the key board. Passwords are case sesitive.

9. Lurker - In Internet culture, a lurker is typically a member of an online community who observes, but does not actively participate.The exact definition depends on context. Lurkers make up a large proportion of all users in online communities.

10. Mouse potato - a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer.

11. Spider(web) - A spider is a program that visits Web sites and reads their pages and other information in order to create entries for a search engine index. The major search engines on the Web all have such a program, which is also known as a "crawler" or a "bot." Spiders are typically programmed to visit sites that have been submitted by their owners as new or updated.

How to Look Approachable? - Free Personality Development & English Lesson

source: Learn English with Let's Talk   2014年6月12日
How to Look Approachable? - Free Personality Development & English Lesson
One of the first important steps to communicate effectively with other people is to look approachable. Whether you are trying to be a good a employee in the workplace or meet other singles at the social gathering, how friendly and acceptable you appear to be will determine the kind of people you will meet. Here are some tips to help you look approachable.

1 Smile to the eye.
When people catch your eye greet them with a friendly smile, just don't stare taht may send wrong signals to the person, may be you are not intrested to interact, or you are just into yourself.
If you are overly quiet, people can often interpret that as being sullen or antisocial. Make a point of saying hello to people, asking how they're doing or making conversation and interacting.

2 Learn to Network.
You will look more approachable no matter what social setting you
are in if more people know who you are and recognize you as an
acquaintance or an associate. A good way to establish these connections is by networking both socially and personally. Ask friends to introduce you to their other friends, get invitations to as many events as possible and expand your social circle whenever you have the opportunity.

3 Dress the part.
In order to be approachable, you have to look like someone
that another person would want to approach. Make sure that you are always dressed well and in appropriate attire for the given event - professional in a business setting, formal attire for a formal outing and so on. Make personal grooming a part of your daily routine and get haircuts and manicures on a regular basis. These small personal details will make you look well puttogether and worth meeting.

4 Improvise yourself.
A great way to make yourself approachable and get all types of people to approach you is to expand your horizons and constantly improve yourself. Whether it's taking an art class to expand your cultural realm or joining a gym to take up yoga and get yourself in shape, trying something new and getting yourself involved in a wide variety of things will allow you to meet new people and improve yourself at the same time.

5 Exude confidence.
You will be more approachable to people if you have the
self-confidence to believe that you are worth approaching. Believe in yourself and your self-worth, and the confidence you feel will make other people want to get to know all of the great things about you. Looking confident and strong will attract other people to you.

Grooming tips for a Job Interview - Job Interview skills lesson

source: Learn English with Let's Talk   2014年5月3日