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English For Kids. Games to Learn English - For Students. Speaking. Speaking. Subscene - Passionate about good commentaries. Charts Show Influential Languages. Many of most-spoken languages in the world — like Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic — are far from being the most influential.

Charts Show Influential Languages

As new MIT-led research suggests, those languages live in relative isolation, while a few tiny tongues are hugely influential. "A language like Dutch — spoken by 27 million people — can be a disproportionately large conduit, compared with a language like Arabic, which has a whopping 530 million native and second-language speakers," Science reports. "This is because the Dutch are very multilingual and very online. " To find out which languages are the most influential around the world, MIT researchers Shahar Ronen, César Hidalgo, and their co-authors tracked book translations, multiple language editions of Wikipedia, and multilingual Twitter users to see how languages interact with one another.

The below graphs show the connections different languages have with one another through these online platforms, forming what the authors call "Global Language Networks. " 26 Fresh ESL Conversation Starters to Get Students Talking! 10 Oct I love teaching conversation in the ESL classroom.

26 Fresh ESL Conversation Starters to Get Students Talking!

Part of it must be that because the students able to “converse” in English are better able to demonstrate their personalities, preferences, thoughts… and therefore, I get to know them better. Often it is simply hilarious to see the range of answers students feel free to share in a comfortable environment. 72 Great Speaking and Listening Activities for your ESL / EFL Students. Podcasts. I believe that podcasts (done properly) are a great way to learn English.

Podcasts

One of my favourite podcasts was EnglishPod and I was disappointed when it went offline a few months ago. The good news is that it's back in a revamped form. The bad news is that they're starting from scratch and the old episodes are no longer available. Currently there are just three lessons at Elementary level on offer but 3 other channels are listed: Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced and I imagine more lessons will be added soon.

The lessons follow the same format as before. If you sign up, you get free access to all areas of the site until February 1st 2009 and this includes transcripts, pronunciation and vocabulary exercises. I do have a couple of quibbles, however. Eventually vs. ultimately – The Correct Way to Use Each – English Learning. How to Teach English Conversation Class (ESL/EFL) - English Current English Current. Thailand Bali and Other Beaches and Islands. Tigerline Hi-Speed Ferry, Fast & Best Ferries from Phuket to Phi Phi, Lanta, Lipe and Langkawi. Kick Ass ESL Game: Sentence Showdown - Monkey Abroad. The best part about being an English teacher is creating and implementing ESL games to use in the classroom.

Kick Ass ESL Game: Sentence Showdown - Monkey Abroad

27 Proven ESL Games for Large Classes (40-50 students) - Monkey Abroad. I work at a high school in Thailand and my job is to teach obscenely large classes.

27 Proven ESL Games for Large Classes (40-50 students) - Monkey Abroad

One thing I’ve learned: handling a hoard of 40-50 students in a single classroom requires games. A whole mess of games. Unless you’ve got a few activities in your back pocket at all times, the classroom might turn into a scene from Lord of the Flies. Games & Activities for the ESL/EFL Classroom - Page 2(I-TESL-J) Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom Page 2 Return to iteslj.org/games.

Games & Activities for the ESL/EFL Classroom - Page 2(I-TESL-J)

Word Grab with Songs Level: Any Level This is a wonderful activity if you think your class needs waking up a little. Is Your Conversation Style Feminine or Masculine? Level: Medium. Encyclopedia Britannica Popular Topics. Smart, Fearless Journalism. 30 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages Illustrated By Anjana Iyer.

When something is “lost in translation,” it could have been due to a simple mistake or due to the fact that one language was not quite able to capture the essence of a word’s meaning in another language.

30 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages Illustrated By Anjana Iyer

[Read more...] This conflict is the idea behind New Zealand-based designer Anjana Iyer’s “Found in Translation” series of images, which try to explain the meaning behind words in other languages that have no direct equivalent in English. There’s no word for the German schadenfreude or the Inuit iktsuarpok in English, so the best we can hope for is to approximate or explain these words’ meanings.

Iyer created the images as part of the “100 Days Project,” a website that invited and encourages artists to spend 100 days straight doing and creating what they love. Iyer is roughly half-way done with her project, so be sure to follow her and see what else she comes up with if you like her work! Source: 100daysproject.co.nz | Behance (h/t) 1. 2. 3.

Continued below. Seven Wacky Words Born in the USA by Dictionary.com. Slideshow Seven Wacky Words Born in the USA [lol-uh-puh-loo-zuh] The US may have won independence from Britain, but the English can gloat that Americans still speak a language named after them.

Seven Wacky Words Born in the USA by Dictionary.com

American English, however, has spawned more than a few amazing words including lollapalooza, "an extraordinary thing, person, or event. " Seven Wacky Words Born in the USA by Dictionary.com. Slideshow Seven Wacky Words Born in the USA.

Seven Wacky Words Born in the USA by Dictionary.com

30 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages Illustrated By Anjana Iyer. Better Than English: Untranslatable Words. Wordstuck: Archive. Hi!

Wordstuck: Archive

I was wondering if there's a word to describe the feeling of being out of place/not belonging to where you are? ^^; Thank you! Dépaysement is a French word for the feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country. It is the unsteady feeling you get when you are away from your home country, a disorientation due to experience of unfamiliar surroundings, a sense in which one is “a fish out of water”. Google for Teachers: 100+ Tricks. It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it.

Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google for teachers has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google for teachers tools to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these Google for teacherstricks will surely save you some precious time when using technology in the classroom. Google for Teachers Search Tricks. Learning English pronunciation. © Tomasz P. Szynalski, Antimoon.com Why should you study English pronunciation? English Listening. Listening Links. Sounds of English. Sounds of English. Latest news, sport and comment from the Guardian. Printable grammar Learn! sheets for kids learning English. iSLCollective.com - Free ESL worksheets made by teachers for teachers.

ESL-Kids - Flashcards, Worksheets, Games and Songs. ESL Activities, Using English Songs, Music Activities for TEFL Teachers. Fun Games For ESL - ESL Printable, Interactive Fun Games Pronunciation & Intonation: Teach English pronunciation using printable worksheets, IPA Charts, and more>> Worksheets / Search / Grammar Focus: Present simple. English Remove this ad. Sounds of English. The purpose of this section is to help learners of English with the pronunciation of specific sounds. On these pages you will find: Pictures of how your mouth looks when you say sounds.

A description of how to make the sound. Sounds of English. Grammar. How To Learn A Language In 3 Months. Preface by Tim Ferriss I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments with German, Indonesian, Arabic, Norwegian, Turkish, and perhaps a dozen others. There are only few language learners who dazzle me, and Benny Lewis is one of them. TeachHUB. Pricing Experiments You Might Not Know, But Can Learn From. 1,443inShareinShare Lots of entrepreneurs struggle with pricing.

How much to charge? It’s clear that the right price can make all the difference – too low and you miss out on profit; too high and you miss out on sales. Don’t ask, can’t tell Asking people what they’d pay for and how much rarely works. When it comes to money, people are unable to predict accurately whether they’d pay or not. Also it’s worth remembering that people really don’t know how much things are worth, what’s a fair price (which is the reason TV-shows like “The Price is Right” can actually exist).

William Poundstone, the author Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value says this: “People tend to be clueless about prices. People are weird and irrational, and there’s much we don’t understand. Cink. 444. Index. WIRED. Vice.cm. Business Insider. Play online, learn online and feed the hungry. Lifehacker - Tips and downloads for getting things done.