Sore-throated and restless, our hero today discovers the root.   He moved to a new city last week, and has been learning the language. Technically, it’s an old city, old language, since his family is from here originally. For this, something tells him he has returned to the city, although […]

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Language and Speech Questions 353-370

In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”   353. “What Words Do You Hate?”   The Cambridge University Press textbook we use to teach English to intermediate students has a list of the top 500 most used words in the English language. […]

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For the polyglots and language lovers, enjoy: “40 Brilliant Idioms” by Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May (from TED Blog > Language)   My favorite from the list: From Russian translator Aliaksandr Autayeu: The idiom: Галопом по Европам Literal translation: “Galloping across Europe.” What it means: “To do something hastily, […]

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