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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. Oversight is the noun form of two verbs with contrary meanings, “oversee” and “overlook.”
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.)
63 Differences Between British And American English That Still Confuse Everyone The UK and the USA were once referred to by George Bernard Shaw as "two countries divided by a common language". To this day, Brits and Americans continue to misunderstand and confuse each other. Thankfully, Grammar Check has put together a handy infographic comparing 63 British words to their American counterparts, and it needs to go viral for the sake of communication. BusyTeacher.org It’s only natural. After all, they are trying to talk in a language they are still working on learning. Still, silence can be deadly in the ESL classroom for your students and you. 33 ways to speak better English If you’re reading this, I imagine you want to speak better English and communicate in a more confident and competent way. When we communicate effectively we are able to express our ideas and opinions, share experiences, and build relationships with others. When we struggle to express ourselves, we feel unvalued and insecure.
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.
Map of London Attractions Big Ben One of the main London landmarks. Clock Tower with 4 clock faces, a part of Westminster Palace. Buckingham Palace The majestic palace is the official residence of British monarchs. A must-see – do not miss the Changing the Guard ceremony! Tower Bridge This fascinating bridge is one of London's icons. The views from top are amazing and it's quite a sight to see the bridge open for ships, too. ESL conversation questions Are you finding these conversation questions useful? Our book 50 Conversation Classes features 50 themed sets of conversation cards. Each set is accompanied by a sheet of vocabulary, grammar and idiom activities to help prepare the ground. Keep it in your bag and you’ll always have a backup plan. Also available: