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Ivana Trump: Donald 'did not know how to speak the children's language'

Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, said that her ex-husband "did not know how to speak the children's language" while the couple …

Ivana Trump

Journalist lists all the words Ivanka Trump has used incorrectly — and it’s a big list

Twitter is ripping the entrepreneur and first daughter apart for her broken lexicon<p>It's definitely important use the right words when you're speaking, if you're a media personality. This is doubly true if you're the daughter of the president who claims to "have the best words" and wants to take on …

Donald Trump

7 Lessons I Learned When I Started Speaking Internationally

7 Ways to connect with the audience despite your cultural differences.<p>Getting up to speak in front of a live audience can be a nerve-wracking experience. Those nerves are heightened even more when the audience you're speaking to is a global one.<p>Today there are almost 7.5 billion people in the …

Public Speaking

Sentence Combining: An Alternative to Traditional Grammar Instruction

<b>Definition</b><p><i>Sentence combining</i> is the process of joining two or more short, simple sentences to make one longer sentence. Sentence combining activities …

Grammar

Trump: 'One of the greatest terms I've come up with is 'fake''

In a new interview, President Trump praised his use of the word "fake," saying he thinks it's "one of the greatest" terms he's used."I think one of …

Donald Trump

University of Michigan Uses Machine Learning to Improve Student Writing

By Meghan Bogardus CortezThanks to elements of artificial intelligence, writing a paper has gotten simpler.

Learning

Why does English put unnecessary words into sentences like 'did you hear him'?

In other Germanic languages, and in Old English, and even up to early modern English, the standard form would surely be something like, 'Heard you …

German Language

12 Slang Words About People

<b>BE CAREFUL!</b><p>Most of these words are not very complimentary. A lot of them have negative connotations, so it’s not a good idea to call a person these …

Issue Brief: Linguistics, Foreign Policy & National Security

<i>Note: This Issue Brief is also available as a printer-friendly PDF on LSA letterhead, suitable for distribution to policy-makers and other …

Linguistics

3 Accent Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Have you ever been happily watching a film or television show only to find yourself suddenly focusing on something strange about one of the actors’ …

Christian Bale

Is It Time to Change the Definition of “Woman”?

The Collins English Dictionary defines the word “woman” as “an adult female human being.” But this past August, a tempest began on Twitter when a …

Language

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Become an Expert In Using Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Prepositions are words (such as <i>in</i> and <i>out</i>, <i>above</i> and <i>below</i>, <i>to</i> and <i>from</i>) that show the relationship between other words and phrases in a sentence. …

Trump’s Horrific Spelling Reassures Nation That He Cannot Correctly Enter Nuclear Codes

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump’s demonstrable inability to spell even the simplest words has reassured many that he lacks the aptitude to correctly enter the nuclear launch codes entrusted to the President of the United States.<p>While millions of Americans have lost sleep over the …

Humor

Donald Trump struggled to spell 'heal'. Twitter mercilessly mocked him

<b>On Saturday, United States President Donald Trump held a rally in Boston, Massachusetts, allegedly to promote 'free-speech'.</b><p>An attack in …

Best Resources For Teaching Your Child A Second Language

<i>As you all know, my wife and I recently welcomed our son into the world (first child!) and I’m already talking with other polyglot parents to gain</i> …

Language Learning

Shocking figures: US academics find 'dramatic' growth of swearing in books

Textual analysis of more than 1m books by scholars shows startling proliferation of swearwords since the mid-1950s<p>Mark Twain wrote: “There ought to be a room in every house to swear in,” because “it’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that”. Today, the great American novelist might have …

Language

8 effective and creative ways to learn a new language as an adult

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There are a lot of excuses for not learning a second language, especially as an adult. Many of us know the oft-repeated adage that …

Language Learning

Voice Recognition Software Flunks Irish Visa Applicant’s English Proficiency Test

Australia uses five different tests to evaluate potential immigrants’ mastery of English, but only one of those tests uses computer-assisted voice …

Malcolm Turnbull

How the once-ridiculed word “finalize” slipped into mainstream American English

“I found the class really impactful.” “I have no bandwidth for this conversation.” “Can you ping me when you’re leaving the house?”<p>Lovers of the English language cringe when they hear corporate speak seep into everyday conversation. But the jargon-ization of language, it seems, is inevitable.<p>In the …

Language

Robots Gossiping in a Secret Language?

I returned from Konstanz to find a whole slew of newspapers, websites, and news magazines had revived a language technology story from two months ago …

Google Translate

German language officially gets 5,000 new words

"Emoji" is now a German word, as are "Darknet" and "Tablet." The official dictionary of the German language, the Duden, is getting an update, adding …

Language

Sports Direct 'English-only' note a 'misunderstanding'

<b>Sports Direct has apologised for issuing a notice that appeared to ban staff from speaking languages other than English in its Bangor store, saying it was a "misunderstanding".</b><p>It was understood to have been posted on a wall telling staff to only speak English for health and safety reasons.<p>A …

Language

Karnataka's battle against Hindi has national implications. But it's the wrong battle

As inter-state migration increases, Indians must accept more languages with pleasure, not reject them through chauvinism.<p>Mannu gela majhya kannut. …

India

Where speaking several languages is a given

<b>Are you the kind of person who points at menus to be understood while you're abroad? If so, you're not alone and you'd fit in well in the UK - research out this week suggested more than half of UK people do the same, and nearly as many are embarrassed by their lack of language skills.</b><p>Some 15% of …

Language

Beginner's Guide to Mandarin Chinese

A free beginner's guide to Mandarin Chinese, including 9 chapters of everyday vocabulary and basic grammar.

Vocabulary

Do you make decisions with your head or with your heart? Effects of metaphors on moral reasoning

In the novel and movie <i>Sophie’s Choice</i>, a Polish woman, Sophie Zawistowska, is arrested by the Nazis and sent to the Auschwitz death camp. On arrival, …