April 15, 2014

Learn Other Languages Quickly

Did you know that in English just 300 words make up 65% of all written material? This is almost certainly true in most other languages as well. If this is true...

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April 09, 2014

Is It Possible To Teach Writing?

Thinking about writing isn't writing, going to a class isn't writing, taking a workshop on writing isn't writing, only...

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April 04, 2014

Famous Writers On Writing

Whether you like - or hate - a particular writer, any writer that makes his or her way into the popular imagination certainly has something to tell us about the art, skill, and yes....

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March 30, 2014

Vague Words And Sloppy Grammar

Some words or sentences are technically correct but still clumsy, awkward or vague. Others are incoherent or grammatically wrong but still...

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March 25, 2014

Online Poetry Wall

If you don't already use or enjoy poetry, you should try it. Poetry is short, direct and usually...

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March 19, 2014

Travel For A Good Cause

Many ESL teachers go into teaching so they can travel. I love seeing new and interesting places and meeting people from all the distant corners of the world.

But I have always been bothered by the sense of being...

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March 14, 2014

Don't Use These Phrases!

I urge my students to avoid cliche's and slogans in their writing. But some phrases are even worse than...

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March 09, 2014

What We Make Visible

A key premise of communications is that our tone, attitude and body language convey much more than our words. In fact...

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March 04, 2014

The Tech World Needs Story Tellers

We all love (and sometimes hate) the technology we all use and depend on every day, but did you know that...

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February 26, 2014

Best (And Worst) Ways To Teach And Learn Grammar

Grammar in any language can be tricky - and sometimes tedious - to learn. Vocabulary in the English language can be difficult enough, but when you...

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February 21, 2014

Most Common English Grammar Errors

We all know that the English language has many tricky areas.. From inconsistent spelling rules to slang...

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February 15, 2014

Weird Word Origins

The English language is dense with common and shared word roots, suffixes and prefixes, but some words emerge out of...

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February 09, 2014

50th Anniversary Of The Beatles

It's quite rare for young people to take notice of the 50th anniversary of anything, let alone the debut of a musical group. But, love them or hate them, the Beatles are not your usual...

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February 04, 2014

OMG! The Web Has A Style Guide?

Everybody uses words, characters and acronyms on the internet, but do we agree at all about how to use or spell...

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January 29, 2014

Foreign Words And A Contest

The English language has always absorbed and adopted foreign phrases. Some become familiar, some become obsolete, and some just plain....

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January 23, 2014

Use Your Hands

We all know that our use of language and our vocabulary can be a powerful tool, but how many of us take into consideration...

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January 18, 2014

Where Words Come From

English words, perhaps to a degree never seen before in human history, come from almost anywhere; from technical jargon to lines from plays or films, real or misunderstood song lyrics, and of course....

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January 13, 2014

Amazing Maps Of The World

The beginning of a new year is a time to look back and a time to look forward, it's also a time to...

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January 08, 2014

Words To Abandon in 2014

The English language, perhaps too easily, adapts and absorbs all kinds of new words. And just as quickly, it seems, the English language turns and leaves some of its users...

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January 01, 2014

Talking To Children

Learning a language is a challenge for students and adults, but did you know how important it is to talk to your children?

According to several studies, the number of words a young child hears on a regular basis has a lot to do with...

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