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How many words do you need to speak a language?

<b>Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?</b><p>That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, …

Language Learning

How does the brain process speech? We now know the answer, and it’s fascinating

NYU researchers may have finally put to rest the mystery of how speech is processed in the brain.<br>Read More

The Brain

Before and After: Two Masterful Kitchen Renovations by Case Design

An East Coast design-build firm shows us how it's done when it comes to chic kitchen overhauls.<p>Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, design-build firm Case Design/Remodeling Inc. has over 50 years of experience with home interior and renovation projects, including kitchen remodels.<p>The Case method …

Kitchens

Why Using People-First Language to Describe Disabled People Doesn’t Work

Why Using People-First Language to Describe Disabled People Doesn’t Work<p>Updated on December 16, 2017<p>OK, I know that I tend to break the people-first …

If Kilauea's lava lake falls below the water table, the results could be explosive

Here’s how that steam-powered boom could happen.<p>The Big Island of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has a lot going on.<p>Down one of its sides (or flanks), plumes of gas steam out of cracks, known as fissures, directly under Leilani Estates, an orderly residential area. Houses, cars, and beloved mailboxes …

BBC - GCSE Bitesize: Types of newspaper articles

• <b>News articles</b>: these are found at the front of a newspaper. They inform readers about things that are happening in the world or in the local area.• <b><br>Feature articles</b>: these explore news stories in more depth. They may be triggered by a story that has been in the news for a while. The purpose of a …

Moon, Kim Avoid Exchanging Lavish Gifts

President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are avoiding the exchange of lavish gifts at Friday's summit amid international sanctions …

ESL Teacher Picks Favorite Magazines for English Learners

For the past 26 years, I’ve been instructing adults, mainly business executives, helping them communicate better in English.<p>My instructional practice is student-centered, tailormade to meet my students’ needs and includes very few textbooks. My students speak a lot in class and co-create the …

“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …

Pedagogy

What makes a good apology?

For most people, apologising is a routine part of life. Unless you have taken a vow of silence or are a literal hermit, there's every chance you have …

This Common Word Makes You Sound More Negative Than You Want To

This tiny word is nearly unavoidable but frequently overused. Everything that follows it tends to make you sound like a downer.<p>The language you use shapes others’ impressions of you, but there’s a chance that some of your most common words don’t put you in the best light. In fact, I’ve already …

Self-help

Speaking is Natural Reading & Writing Needs to be Taught | Times Square Chronicles

Speaking is Natural Reading & Writing Needs to be Taught<p>Have you ever stressed or simply thought about a fact that a newborn baby learns to speak …

Time to end the academic arms race

THERE are plenty of good reasons for a young person to choose to go to university: intellectual growth, career opportunities, having fun. Around half …

Modern vs. Contemporary Design: What’s the Difference?

Many people think modern and contemporary design are the same. But there’s a world of difference. They may be synonyms when describing many things, …

There’s a reason using a period in a text message makes you sound angry

When it comes to texting, the period gets a lot of attention.<p>People have begun noticing slight changes to the way our smallest punctuation mark is deployed, from declarations that it’s going out of style to claims that it’s becoming angry.<p>What they’re actually noticing is written language becoming …

Language

The letter you always wanted to write<p>Years ago, I was travelling home on the bus from college with a group of friends. After the last of my friends had gone, I heard you and your friend, at the back of the vehicle, discussing how ugly you thought I looked.<p>You proclaimed loudly that I was possibly …

Sociology

Seoul's Trendy Areas Past and Present

A History of ‘Basic English’, A Language Economy That Limits Vocabulary to a Mere 850 Words

In a fascinating episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill …

Human Rights Watchdog Throws out Phone Ban in Schools

The National Human Rights Commission has ruled that banning cell phones in schools violates Article 18 of the Constitution, which stipulates that the …

How to set up voice dictation on your computer and save your aching fingers

Speak easy.<p>Typing can cause a serious health problem: Repetitive Strain Injury, or RSI, affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. Whether you're worried about damage or just want to give your fingers a break, voice dictation can help. Thanks to steady improvements in voice-recognition …

Software

Here Are 10 Lesser-Known Language Learning Apps To Watch

Apps to Watch is a bi-weekly series of the most innovative and remarkable mobile apps in the business.<p>Continuous self-improvement is essential to sustainable happiness. It boosts self-confidence and gives a sense of growth.<p>For me, one of the most useful and stimulating growth methods was learning …

[Editorial] Get tough on canine attacks

Calls for tough rules against pet owners are mounting after a recent high-profile death due to dog bites. The owner of a

Husband’s murder sparks pet vs human debate

A national debate over animal rights has been ignited after a woman stabbed her husband to death for yelling at their dog.<p>On Oct. 4, the day of …

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

Google Search

Become a Google Drive power user with these 20 tips and tricks

Boost your productivity<p>When Google Docs first appeared more than a decade ago, the idea of software running in a browser was still a strange and unusual one. Since then, the rebranded Google Drive has gone from strength to strength, with millions now relying on the free word processing, …

An argument over the evolution of language, with high stakes

SPEECH leaves no fossils, so palaeoanthropologists have no direct evidence for the emergence of the quintessential human trait: language. Many …

Linguistics

Double Plurals in English

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>A double plural is the plural form of a noun with an additional plural ending (usually <i>-s</i>) attached — for …

Understanding English Pronunciation Concepts

In order to improve your English pronunciation, it is important to understand a number of terms and concepts. This article introduces the most …

The Difference Between Voiced and Voiceless Consonants

Phoneticists, who study the sound of the human voice, divide consonants into two types: voiced and voiceless. Voiced consonants require the use of …

Linguistics

BBC Learning English - Course: lower intermediate / Unit 18 / Session 1 / Activity 2

Learning English<p>Inspiring language learning since 1943<p>English Change language<p>The Grammar GameshowCourses: The Grammar Gameshow<br>• The ExperimentCourses: The Experiment<br>• News ReviewCourses: News Review<br>• Go The DistanceCourses: Go The Distance<br>• English You NeedCourses: English You Need<br>• Towards AdvancedCourses: …