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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

© 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web …

Language Learning

Does your accent make you sound smarter?

Some of us will speak with a posher voice if we think it will make the right impression, but is it worth it? Accents are more than just about how we speak, writes Chi Luu.<p>They say you should always dress for success, but should that extend to the way you speak?<p>We’re not adverse to dressing …

Language

Influence of the climate and geography on the phonemes

I would like to construct a language for a fictional world. From what I gathered in different places, the first element to consider are the phoneme …

Climate

The linguistics of colour names

The news website Vox has produced some good videos on linguistic topics, which can be found amidst their many other clips. Its latest one looks at …

Language

How Different Is Moroccan Arabic To The Other Dialects, Really?

<b>A while ago I mentioned my plan to drastically improve my Moroccan Arabic.</b>Regular readers of this blog know that my background for the last 12 or so …

Language

Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English

<b>There is little that irks British defenders of the English language more than Americanisms, which they see creeping insidiously into newspaper columns and everyday conversation. But bit by bit British English is invading America too.</b><p>"<b>Spot on</b> - it's just ludicrous!" snaps Geoffrey Nunberg, a …

Language

Everyday English Verbs: Housework Collocations

Question 1<p><b>Please remember to _________ the plants every day while I'm gone.</b><p>A<p>water<p>B<p>wet<p>C<p>wash<p>Question 2<p><b>My mother asked me to _________ the …

Grammar

3 Ways Learning A New Language Helps Your Brain–Even If You Never Get Fluent

Don’t worry if you never get those conjugations right. Language-learning can make you a more creative-problem solver.<p>Remember your seventh-grade Spanish class? Of course you do. But do you remember anything <i>from it?</i> You might’ve left off language-learning with decent proficiency at some point in …

Language Learning

Why You Should Definitely Be Watching TV for Language Learning

Have you ever spent an entire Sunday binge-watching your favorite Netflix shows, only to end the day feeling like a useless lump? Now imagine if you …

Language Learning

Armenian Alphabet Game

Have some fun with Armenian! No complex grammar, just learn to read it with no pressure whatsoever. A total of 61 levels are designed to help you …

Google

Busted: 6 Common Myths About Polyglots and Language Learners - Fluent in 3 months - Language Hacking and Travel Tips

There are plenty of language learning myths, especially about people who speak multiple languages (also known as polyglots).<p>You're probably familiar …

Words Ending in “-ly” Aren’t Always Adverbs

Ask anyone to name a distinguishing characteristic of an adverb, and the reply might be that such a word ends with -ly. Although that is often true, …

Grammar

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Inefficient words are ruining the English language

We all use inefficient words. I call them inefficient because they create more problems than they solve. One of worst is “robust.” For years “robust” referred to someone’s health or a food’s rich flavor or smell. This morning on the news I heard a member of the local zoo say, “We have a very robust …

Samuel L. Jackson

Why Different Cultures Invented Words for Colors in the Very Same Order With Each of Their Languages

Video producer Christophe Haubursin and graphic designer Amanda Northrop, both of Vox, explain the fascinating pattern of describing the order in …

Why do some accents sound better than others?

When a funeral planning business recently decided to open its new contact centre in Newport, South Wales, it said it was doing so because Welsh …

Linguistics

Nurse in care home used Google Translate because her English was so bad

A care home nurse used Google Translate because her grasp of English and Welsh was so poor, inspectors found.<p>Poor language skills caused problems …

How The Brain Learns To Read

Right now, you are reading these words without much thought or conscious effort. In lightning-fast bursts, your eyes are darting from left to right …

Language

Trump tells The Economist he invented the phrase 'priming the pump'

President Trump in an interview published Thursday said he invented the phrase “priming the pump,” a common saying used in economics.<p>“Have you heard …

Israeli ministers greenlight nation-state bill: Arabic isn't an official state language

A cabinet committee on Sunday gave its support to a new version of the nation-state bill, which revokes Arabic's "official language" status, holds …

Israel

The Fine Art of Teaching Language to Computers

After Caterina Balcells graduated from the University of Barcelona, she took a traditional career path as a language teacher. Today, she’s no longer …

Natural Language Processing

The CEO of language app Duolingo says too many people make the same mistake trying to learn a new language

There's one thing that separates the success stories from the failures when it comes to learning a new language.<p>That's consistency.<p>People who practice their language for 15 minutes before bed have a major edge on other Duolingo users, according to founder and CEO of the language learning app Luis …

Language Learning

10 Really Common Grammar Mistakes Millennials Make

Some people can be so annoying about grammar. But even some of the most diligent make these mistakes.<p>I often hear friends of my generation complain about the speech of young people. It seems to be the privilege of being 50+ to play the grammar police, always on alert for signs of slipping standards.<p>…

Grammar

Is there really a ‘grammatical error’ on the new five pound note?

<b>Have you heard about the ‘fury’ and ‘outrage’ over a grammar fail on the new £5 note?</b><p>Apparently, writers, general pedants and Churchill fans are …

Language

There's A Grammar Mistake On The New Five Pound Note

The Queen will not be amused<p>The Bank Of England has been accused of "dumbing down" the English language after choosing to remove punctuation from a …

Language

7 Interesting ESL Video Resources for All Learning Levels

Remember movie day in class when you were a student?<p>It used to make me dance at my desk.<p>For most students, it’s exciting to see that TV rolled in or …

Language Learning

Care to learn Spanish? Dodger broadcast legend Jaime Jarrin teaches almost nightly, and the course is free

One day in the locker room I overheard an Asian gent tell someone he learned English by listening to the radio as a kid. Namely, he tuned in to the late Chick Hearn calling Laker games and Vin Scully calling Dodger games.<p>“Where I grew up, I could only get certain stations,” he said, and the signals …

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means …

Ecology