The sweet adventure of the English language. Being a linguist, or an advanced student of linguistics, is a privilege in a lot of respects. As you analyze language and everyday speech you start to realize that there is an astonishing amount of wonder in this system that we take for granted. Linguists question the obvious, which is language, and got answers that forever changed mankind’s understanding of Language and human nature. They also made us aware of many issues related to language and the attitudes we hold towards them. In this article, you will see what linguists know that is not so evident to, or not accepted by, other people. So let's see what we've got.
Why is English Spelling So Strange? - Video Lesson 1. Why Is There a ‘gh’ in Night? So, first question: why is there a ‘gh’ in night? Intonation – Simple Conversation in Different Voices – The Canswedian English Teacher Right now, I am enrolled in an English Grammar course at a Swedish university. Teacher’s license in Sweden = more English. Go figure… There is this one professor that pre-records all the lessons so we can listen to them before the seminar.
Improve Your Writing by Studying Critical Thinking In the Education Tips series, education experts offer suggestions about how you can improve your English skills. This week, Babi Kruchin, a lecturer at the American Language Program at Columbia University in New York City, talks about writing and critical thinking. For VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report. 12 songs to practice the pronunciation of -ED endings - Luiz Otávio Barros As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse. Click here for an overview of the rules. Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound:
How much input do you need to speak English fluently? by Tomasz P. Szynalski © Tomasz P. Szynalski, Antimoon.com How to Improve Your English Pronunciation to Talk Like a Native “What?” “Can you say that again?” How many times do you hear this when you’re speaking? cn u txt? – About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog by Colin McIntosh The advent of social media has seen a huge increase in the use of informal abbreviations, many recently added to the Cambridge Dictionary. We have always had abbreviations, of course. Well-known examples include IOU (for “I owe you”), used to give an informal written guarantee that you will pay back a sum of money, and x for a kiss, for example at the end of a letter. The fact of using a small screen or keyboard to write means that we look for even more efficiency in how we write.
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.