Nima Ibrahim Ali

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The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

Most educators who learn to use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved …

The Origins of 9 Great British Insults

For as long as people have been speaking the English language, they’ve been deploying it to poke fun at one another. Let's dig a little deeper into …

Language

British/American English. Vocabulary Differences. - learn English,words,communication

American English is the form of English used in the United States. British English is the form of English used in the United Kingdom.

Language Learning

Word order in English sentences - learn English,grammar,words

Generally, the word order and the structure of the sentence can be described in the strict form. Use this table to construct sentences in English:<p><b>The</b> …

Language Learning

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?

Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong<p>Imagine a world in which biology was taught using no textbooks written later than 1795; a world in which the advances of the …

Linguistics

Does English still borrow words from other languages?

<b>English language has "borrowed" words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking, asks Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.</b><p>English speakers may not be famous for being au fait with foreign languages, but all of us use words taken from other languages …

Language

This Map Shows How Americans Speak 24 Different English Dialects

Despite the fact that most of America speaks one language, there are distinctive sayings that are nearly incomprehensible to people from different parts of the country. In the South, there are phrases like "he's as drunk as Cooter Brown." In the Midwest, you have the multipurpose "You betcha!"<p>A …

Linguistics

David Crystal: the story of English spelling

The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people – some well-known, most totally unknown – who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography. It's a story whose events cover the best part of 1,500 years. And, of course, it's not over yet.<p>The story starts with the …

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing "awry" wrong all through her …

As forests are cleared and species vanish, there's one other loss: a world of languages

Benny Wenda from the highlands of West Papua speaks only nine languages these days. In his village of Pyramid in the Baliem valley, he converses in Lani, the language of his tribe, as well as Dani, Yali, Mee and Walak. Elsewhere, he speaks Indonesian, Papua New Guinean Pidgin, coastal Bayak and …