Monthly Archives: January 2014

“Bad” jokes

OK, we admit that there are quite a few jokes out there that make students groan…but they are indeed often of linguistic interest. Perhaps you’ve seen these before: The EFL SMARTblog: Why did the mushroom go to the party?.   … Continue reading

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How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk — Dialect Quiz

This quiz has been all over social media the last few weeks. Give it a try to see where your North American English falls, or just to see the variety y’all might encounter if you dig deep…or just to see … Continue reading

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Making our English more idiomatic…

Well, this is definitely on the easy side, but, hey, we see time and again that adding an idiom/fixed expression or two can give your English that extra edge. So it’s about time you pulled out that idioms dictionary and … Continue reading

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2013 in 10 words

“Word(s) of the year” are always a discussion topic in December. Here’s one of the many blog entries found on the Internet as the year came to an end: 2013 in 10 words | Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog.

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German terms used/known in English

There are many German words and phrases used in English. Here is a rather humo(u)rous way of finding out what some of them are: Rowan Atkinson singt Freude schöner Götterfunken.

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Roll, cob, bap or batch?

There are more dialects in England than you might think: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/the-great-english-dialect-quiz?bffb

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Are you a victim of social jetlag?

If you’re still in a state of semi-hibernation after the Christmas break and you’re finding it hard to get back to work, you might be suffering from social jetlag. Here’s your perfect excuse to never take an 8 a.m. class … Continue reading

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