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July 19 [Mon], 2010, 9:39
 現在大卒後2年目のサラリーマンです。

 大学の頃は典型的な文系人間でしたが、英語が出来たわけではなく、とにかくこつこつとできないなりに勉強をすすめています。

 社内留学制度に応募するためにTOEFL、スキルアップ(シグナリング)のために証券アナリストの勉強をしています。

 数年たって、同じような境遇のひとが、ググってみて参考になればなあとおもます。
  ―― というか、参考になるような結果が残せればいいのですが。。。。

penetrating 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 15:48
penetrating / penɪtreɪtɪŋ /

* 1 ADJ A penetrating sound is loud and usually high-pitched. Mary heard the penetrating siren of an ambulance.
* 2 ADJ (usu ADJ n) If someone gives you a penetrating look, it makes you think that they know what you are thinking. He gazed at me with a sharp, penetrating look that made my heart pound.
* 3 ADJ (usu ADJ n) Someone who has a penetrating mind understands and recognizes things quickly and thoroughly. ...a thoughtful, penetrating mind.

deliberate 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 15:37
deliberate (deliberates, deliberating, deliberated)

*
The adjective is pronounced dɪlɪbərət . The verb is pronounced dɪlɪbəreɪt .
* 1 ADJ If you do something that is deliberate, you planned or decided to do it beforehand, and so it happens on purpose rather than by chance. Witnesses say the firing was deliberate and sustained.
deliberately ADV It looks as if the blaze was started deliberately.
Mr Christopher's answer was deliberately vague.
* 2 ADJ If a movement or action is deliberate, it is done slowly and carefully. ...stepping with deliberate slowness up the steep paths.
deliberately ADV The Japanese have acted calmly and deliberately.
* 3 VERB If you deliberate, you think about something carefully, especially before making a very important decision. (V + 'over/about') She deliberated over the decision for a long time before she made up her mind.
(V n) The Court of Criminal Appeals has been deliberating his case for almost two weeks.
* 4
* arrow See trial

plunge 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 15:20
plunge FrequencyFrequencyFrequency / plʌndʒ / (plunges, plunging, plunged)

* 1 VERB If something or someone plunges in a particular direction, especially into water, they fall, rush, or throw themselves in that direction. (V prep/adv) At least 50 people died when a bus plunged into a river.
N-COUNT Plunge is also a noun. ...a plunge into cold water.
* 2 VERB If you plunge an object into something, you push it quickly or violently into it. (V n into n) A soldier plunged a bayonet into his body.
(V n with 'in') I plunged in my knife and fork.
* 3 VERB If a person or thing is plungedinto a particular state or situation, or if they plungeinto it, they are suddenly in that state or situation. (V n + 'into') The government's political and economic reforms threaten to plunge the country into chaos.
(V-ed) Eddy finds himself plunged into a world of brutal violence.
(V + 'into') The economy is plunging into recession.
N-COUNT Plunge is also a noun. (+ 'into') That peace often looked like a brief truce before the next plunge into war.
* 4 VERB If you plunge into an activity or are plunged into it, you suddenly get very involved in it. (V + 'into') The two men plunged into discussion.
('be' V-ed + 'into') The prince should be plunged into work.
(V pron-refl + 'into') Take the opportunity to plunge yourself into your career.
N-COUNT Plunge is also a noun. (+ 'into') His sudden plunge into the field of international diplomacy is a major surprise.
* 5 VERB If an amount or rate plunges, it decreases quickly and suddenly. (V) His weight began to plunge.
(V + 'to') The Pound plunged to a new low on the foreign exchange markets yesterday.
(V + 'from/to') Shares have plunged from £17 to £7.55.
(V + 'by') The bank's profits plunged by 87 per cent.
(V amount) Its net profits plunged 73% last year.
N-COUNT Plunge is also a noun. Japan's banks are in trouble because of bad loans and the stock market plunge.
* 6 arrow See plunging
* 7 PHRASE If you take the plunge, you decide to do something that you consider difficult or risky. If you have been thinking about buying shares, now could be the time to take the plunge.

tremor 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 15:19
tremor / treməʳ / (tremors)

* 1 N-COUNT A tremor is a small earthquake.
* 2 N-COUNT If an event causes a tremor in a group or organization, it threatens to make the group or organization less strong or stable. News of 160 redundancies had sent tremors through the community.
* 3 N-COUNT A tremor is a shaking of your body or voice that you cannot control. (+ 'in') He felt a tremor in his arms.

~prone 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 15:11
COMB -prone combines with nouns to make adjectives that describe people who are frequently affected by something bad.
...the most injury-prone rider on the circuit.
By placing sensors in earthquake-prone areas, scientists can anticipate some tremors in time to warn the public.

last but not least 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 14:59
Something that you say before introducing the last person or thing on a list, meaning that they are equally important.
e.g. This is Jeremy, this is Kath, and, last but not least, this is Artie.
e.g. Right, I've got my money, my sunglasses and, last but not least, my lipstick.

last but not least

fond 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 14:53
fond / fɒnd / (fonder, fondest)

* 1 ADJ If you are fond of someone, you feel affection for them. (+ 'of') I am very fond of Michael.
(+ 'of') She was especially fond of a little girl named Betsy.
fondness N-UNCOUNT (+ 'for') ...a great fondness for children.
* 2 ADJ (ADJ n) You use fond to describe people or their behaviour when they show affection. ...a fond father.
He gave him a fond smile.
fondly ADV Liz saw their eyes meet fondly across the table.
* 3 ADJ If you are fond of something, you like it or you like doing it very much. (+ 'of') He was fond of marmalade.
(+ 'of') She is fond of collecting rare carpets.
fondness N-UNCOUNT (+ 'for') I've always had a fondness for jewels.
* 4 ADJ (ADJ n) If you have fond memories of someone or something, you remember them with pleasure. I have very fond memories of living in our village.
fondly ADV My dad took us there when I was about four and I remembered it fondly.
* 5 ADJ (ADJ n) You use fond to describe hopes, wishes, or beliefs which you think are foolish because they seem unlikely to be fulfilled. My fond hope is that we will be ready by Christmastime.
fondly ADV I fondly imagined that surgery meant a few stitches and an overnight stay in hospital.

affection 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 14:23
affection / əfekʃən / (affections)

* 1 N-UNCOUNT If you regard someone or something with affection, you like them and are fond of them. She thought of him with affection.
(+ 'for') She had developed quite an affection for the place.
* 2 N-PLURAL (with poss) Your affections are your feelings of love or fondness for someone. The distant object of his affections is Caroline.
* 3
* arrow See love

distortion 

May 04 [Tue], 2010, 14:10
distortion / dɪstɔːʳʃən / (distortions)

* 1 N-VAR Distortion is the changing of something into something that is not true or not acceptable. (disapproval) (+ 'of')
I think it would be a gross distortion of reality to say that they were motivated by self-interest.

* 2 N-VAR Distortion is the changing of the appearance or sound of something in a way that makes it seem strange or unclear.
Audio signals can be transmitted along cables without distortion.

>At every stage of memory formation, distortion can occur.
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