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Confusing Words and Homonyms Letter A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z Many words in English sound or look alike, causing confusion and not a few headaches. This section lists some of these words, and other troublemakers. a.m., p.m. Learn 35+ Languages for Free in iTunes I was just browsing iTunes for poignant Morrissey covers when I discovered nearly a thousand free language courses on iTunes. 926 courses to be exact. Holy Moleskine, Batman! The extensive library of courses span over 35 languages, from Arabic to Yiddish. Each course comes as a convenient podcast which you can subscribe and put on your iPod or iPhone. To get the entire list of language learning podcasts, hit the browse button on the lower-right corner of your iTunes window–it’s the icon that looks like an eye. Then browse to the Podcasts/Education/Language Courses directory.

Nonverbal Communication Skills: The Power of Body Language What is nonverbal communication and body language? When we interact with others, we continuously give and receive wordless signals. All of our nonverbal behaviors—the gestures we make, the way we sit, how fast or how loud we talk, how close we stand, how much eye contact we make—send strong messages. These messages don't stop when you stop speaking either. Even when you're silent, you're still communicating nonverbally. Oftentimes, what comes out of our mouths and what we communicate through our body language are two totally different things.

Standard Business Questions - Standard Questions asked about Business and Variations There are a number of standard business questions used when making general inquires into the nature of a company. The following dialogue covers a number of standard business questions. The reference section then provides variations and related business questions for a number of the standard business questions used in the dialogue. Business Reporter: Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. Manager: It's my pleasure Business Reporter: Who do you work for?

USC professor creates an entire alien language for 'Avatar' James Cameron has big aspirations for “Avatar,” and here at Hero Complex we’re stepping up with some epic coverage plans: a 30-day countdown. Today’s topic: The USC professor who found himself on an unexpected Hollywood adventure when he was hired to create the language spoken by aliens on Cameron’s distant planet of Pandora. This modern era of moviemaking has plenty of peculiar challenges for actors — on green-screen sets, for instance, they have to watch a ping-pong ball hanging from a string and convince the camera that they actually staring down some magical beastie — but for the actors auditioning for “Avatar” the biggest challenge may have been reading a sheet of paper with words invented by a USC professor named Paul R.

German German (Deutsch, [ˈdɔʏtʃ]) is a West Germanic language, thus related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 95 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers. Standard German is widely taught in schools, universities and Goethe Institutes worldwide. German is primarily spoken in Germany (where it is the first language for more than 95% of the population), Austria (89%), Switzerland (65%), the majority of Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein - the latter being the only state with German as the sole official and spoken language. Other European German-speaking communities are found in Northern Italy (in South Tyrol and in some municipalities in other provinces), in the East Cantons of Belgium, in the French regions of Alsace and Lorraine, and in some border villages of the former South Jutland County of Denmark.

Nonverbal communication Understanding each other; seen in a street near the bell tower of Xi'an, China. Nonverbal communication is the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless (mostly visual) cues between people. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as body language (kinesics), but nonverbal communication encompasses much more, such as use of voice (paralanguage), touch (haptics), distance (proxemics), and physical environments/appearance.[1] Typically overlooked in nonverbal communication are proxemics, or the informal space around the body and chronemics: the use of time. Not only considered eye contact, oculesics comprises the actions of looking while talking and listening, frequency of glances, patterns of fixation, pupil dilation, and blink rate. This subject is diverse in meaning, relative to culture and not limited to these definitions specifically.

Vocabulary Useful for Writing Business Letters By Kenneth Beare This sheet focuses on core vocabulary and phrases used when writing business letters or e-mails in English. This business writing reference can be used in English for specific purposes classes as a starting point for students who need to use English on an everyday basis for written business communications. Teachers are often not equipped with the exact English terminology required in very specific trade sectors. For this reason, core vocabulary sheets go a long way in helping teachers provide adequate materials for students with English for Specific Purposes needs. English for Specific Purposes Core Vocabulary Lists Tetragrammaton - encyclopedia article about Tetragrammaton. See also: Tetragrammaton and God in Abrahamic religions Yahweh (/ˈjɑːweɪ/ or /ˈjɑːhweɪ/; Hebrew: יהוה‎), was the national god of the Iron Age kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The name probably originated as an epithet of the god El, head of the Bronze Age Canaanite pantheon ("El who is present, who makes himself manifest"), and appears to have been unique to Israel and Judah, although a god Yahweh may have been worshiped south of the Dead Sea at least three centuries before the emergence of Israel (the Kenite hypothesis). In the oldest biblical literature (12th–11th centuries BCE) Yahweh is a typical ancient Near Eastern "divine warrior" who leads the heavenly army against Israel's enemies; he and Israel are bound by a covenant (a feature unique in ancient Near Eastern religion) under which Yahweh will protect Israel, and Israel in turn will not worship other gods. By early post-biblical times the name of Yahweh had ceased to be pronounced. Name

Using Word Clouds in EFL ESL I've just discovered Wordle, which is a really useful site for creating word clouds. The word clouds are created by entering either a text, URL or del.icio.us user name into a field. The site then generates a word cloud based on the frequency of key words in the text or webpage. Here's what a word cloud based on the URL of this blog looks like. Business English vocabulary reference lists for ESP (English for Special Purposes) classes and students, including over 2,500 key words and phrases for a variety of industries. Business English vocabulary reference lists for ESP (English for Special Purposes) classes and students. Vocabulary for advertising, banking and stocks, bookkeeping and financial administration, business and commercial letters, human resources, insturance, legal, logistics, marketing, production and manufacturing and sales and aquisitions. Food Service VocabularyList of 170 essential words for the food service industry for English language learners

Great websites for ELT "Can anyone suggest ideas on how to teach...?" Post-course, it's probably the most frequently asked question we get from trainees on our support group. Whether it's ideas on teaching tenses or business English or young learners - or literally anything else you care to name - there are several ELT sites I always head to. Searching around them often produces results. In alphabetical order BBC Language Assistants site Although it's intended for language assistants, not fully-qualified teachers, but there's a lot of interest there to anyone new to teaching. How to Write a Business Report Updated July 28, 2015. If you would like to learn how to write a business report in English follow these tips and use the example report as a template on which to base your own business report. First of all, business reports provide important information for management that is timely and factual.

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