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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
December 25, 2013
New Words Courtesy Of 2013
The year 2013 has been quite a year in many ways.
All kinds of technologies and developments have, as usual, only increased our...
December 17, 2013
Yet Another Great ESL Blog
I love writing this blog, but I also know that for teachers, and presumably students, the more resources that are available, the easier, and sometimes...
December 11, 2013
Most of us assume that if we learn a language, we should be able to understand what people are saying in that language.
Unfortunately, that is not always true. In fact in a nation as geographically large as the USA and as mixed as the races, languages and cultures are in the USA it is amazing that we understand each other at all.
And of course, our language...
December 06, 2013
Children's Books? Rules And Messiness
In my previous blog, I explored the use of children's books and how I have found them useful (and enjoyable) as language learning tools.
They are, but how does one even define...
December 01, 2013
If You Want To Live A Long Time - Write For Children
Writing is good mental exercise, but did you know that people who write for children generally....
November 27, 2013
What Makes A Langage Difficult To Learn?
Learning a new language, to put it mildly, is a challenge. Some languages are inherently more difficult than others - but that depends on...
November 22, 2013
Telling Good Stories
Everybody seems to love a good story. Not everyone, unfortunately, can tell a good story.
Every story has a captivating opening, a few memorable details and...
November 17, 2013
History Of The English Language
Is language art or instinct? How do the twists and turns of history define, create and emphasize the inherent characteristics of any given culture and hence, its language?
Here is a super-summarized, and yes, a bit irreverent, overview of the major turning points...