Monthly Archives: November 2015

“Juke Box”, a song by Fred Buscaglione in Italian

As soon as I got this CD, I fell in love with this song. It sounds exactly like the kind of song you would hear playing in a small italian cafe somewhere in Italy. But really, it is just a … Continue reading

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When you’re trying to reach the word count on your essay

The results of rephrasing things to increase word count can sometimes cause humorous results 😀 Because rephrasing things can cause an increase in word count which is often achieved by rephrasing things. And did I mention that writing more words … Continue reading

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How would you rate these irish accents? Some of them are really bad!

It is really tought trying out accents you don’t know well. Some people don’t put a lot of work into their accents and it shows. Make sure you don’t try accents you don’t know that well to native speakers of … Continue reading

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Beowulf vs Grendal – Old English

Obviously Beowulf is really important to the history of English and to understand how English came to be. But it probably shouldn’t be read with a lot of pomp and circumstance. It was just a story people would tell around … Continue reading

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How to Talk Like Shakespeare

Shakespeare lived during the late 1500s and early 1600s. This period is known as Early Modern English. For the most part people living today can understand Shakespeare’s work but some parts will need to be explained. But one thing that … Continue reading

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Emojis: a picture says a thousand words

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/29/instagram-ban-eggplant-emoji-sexters-fruity-alternatives I think emojis are an interesting development in communication. Having recently been aded to unicode, they are now even more widely available. Some have started using the eggplant emoji in a sexually suggestive way, which has lead instagram to … Continue reading

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Words for the evening meal in the United Kingdom

What do you call the evening meal? I normally call it supper, but sometimes I also call it dinner, although dinner sounds a bit more classy to me. Is there variation in the names of the evening meal where you … Continue reading

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How Did Languages Begin

  How language began is a question we have been asking ourselves for a very long time. And there are many proposed answers for it. In the video in this post, they present some possibilities. My idea is that language … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about “Uptalk”

Don’t criticise the way people talk in their native language. All languages change and evolve, and if this mode of speaking sticks around it will be because it serves some kind of purpose. People who don’t like “uptalk” are simply … Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch Can’t Say “Penguins”

It is so weird for such an accomplished actor to not be able to say such a simple word. I mean, it’s just penguins. Although, now that I think about it, it is not a word we say very often. … Continue reading

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