25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, "Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression," or does it mean, "Because the agency was inattentive, they overlooked the misbehavior and gave it their approval by default"? We’ve stumbled into the looking-glass world of contronyms—words that are their own antonyms. 1. Sanction (via French, from Latin sanctio(n-), from sancire ‘ratify,’) can mean "give official permission or approval for (an action)" or conversely, "impose a penalty on." 2.
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Sounds Familiar? What you can hear You can listen to 71 sound recordings and over 600 short audio clips chosen from two collections of the British Library Sound Archive: the Survey of English Dialects and the Millennium Memory Bank. You’ll hear Londoners discussing marriage and working life, Welsh teenagers talking with pride about being bilingual and the Aristocracy chatting about country houses. You can explore the links between present-day Geordie and our Anglo-Saxon and Viking past or discover why Northern Irish accents are a rich blend of seventeenth century English and Scots.
10 tricky pronunciations Dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive, and if everybody started pronouncing space with a silent ‘p’ or genius with a hard ‘g’, then Oxford Dictionaries would reflect that fact. But there are some pronunciations, of course, which are more widely accepted than others. Some words – like scone and schedule – have two widely accepted pronunciations. But there are still quite a few words which many people feel unsure about… (FYI, clicking on any of these words will take you to the dictionary entry, which also includes an audio pronunciation. The pronunciations given below in the phonetic alphabet are British pronunciations.)
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Katherine Bilsborough: A simple idea - The Weekend Game A simple Idea For me, the best classroom activities are usually the most simple, requiring little or no preparation time and few or no materials. They are activities that can be adapted to use effectively with groups of different sizes, levels or ages and they can be used again and again even with the same students. The Weekend Game ‘The Weekend Game’ falls into all of those categories. It’s an activity I’ve been doing for decades. Introducing British accents On my first teaching day at IH Newcastle, at least three different students said this to me: My friend told me that if I can understand Geordie, I will be able to understand any English. While I don’t know if this is necessarily true, it started an interesting discussion about accents, and the students observed that my accent was not a local one* (many of them are staying with host families).
How to pronounce English place names – Jason Anderson – Teacher, teacher educator and author Download a free resource for teachers! A couple of weeks ago, my students requested a lesson on pronouncing place names in London and England because they were always having difficulty making themselves understood at train and coach stations. I didn’t find many resources on the Internet designed for language students, only more technical guides that often went into too much detail and didn’t provide any useful rules. So I did some research, and found the following, which includes some really useful rules that can make the pronunciation of English place names guessable upon first encounter. I created a worksheet that you can copy and use in class or provide the URL to students for self-study. It may also be useful for teachers outside the UK who need to use materials that refer to English place names.