Monthly Archives: May 2013

Netymology: Internet English

“Is internet English debasing the language?” Guardian journalist Steven Poole asked in a recent article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/may/28/internet-english-debasing-language-steven-poole Is it really? Steven Poole certainly does not think so. How about you? Do you know your memes from your LOLs? Check out this very … Continue reading

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Conquering the Comma – English Punctuation

By popular request, this post will be dedicated to punctuation. We already have an entry on the use of the Oxford comma, remember? …and those two punctuation marks should be familiar to you as well: …so let’s talk about the … Continue reading

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Dinosaur jokes

“The art of making jokes in a second language needs careful nurturing” is what this Guardian article claims: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jun/19/english-language-humour We think that’s definitely true! First up in our series of jokes that are infinitely funnier in English than in German: Dinosaur … Continue reading

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Writing your CV in English

Technically, this isn’t LC1/LC2 territory, but if you need help writing a job application in English (and you haven’t taken Written Expression yet), the Purdue Online Writing Lab (or the OWL, as we language nerds like to call it) is … Continue reading

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It’s all in the comma

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Grammar Tests

As far as your English grammar goes, can you compete with 11-year-old British pupils? Of course you can: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9750148/New-11-year-old-grammar-test-the-questions.html If that one was too easy, how about this one? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationquestions/9987757/Good-grammar-test-can-you-pass.html

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