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Have you ever watched a foreign language film and seen captions whizzing by along the bottom? They seem like such a good idea, but what if you were to turn them off? Why are the captions there in the first place? Captions allow non-native speakers to enjoy foreign language movies. They are not just aimed […]

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There are two types of English teachers in this world; a Native English Speaking Teacher (NEST) and a non-Native English Speaker Teacher (nNEST). The former speaks English as their mother tongue, while the latter learned it, overcoming the same learning challenges you’re struggling with now. So, today Marek from TEFL Equity Advocates is explaining the […]

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When you start learning a new language, it can seem like nothing makes sense. The nouns don’t go in the right place, verbs change in incomprehensible ways, and the sentence structure is just plain dumb. But, in fact, all languages share a remarkably similar structure. Comparing human languages to the honeybee’s dance, for example, it’s […]

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Trying to make sense of linguistic terms can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when the terms are very similar in both meaning and sound. Such is the case with homonyms, homophones, and homographs. If you add to that list “homomorphs”, the confusion level increases exponentially. As with many technical terms, the differences between them are […]

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English might be the most common second language on the planet, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s the easiest language to learn. The maddening number of homonyms in English is enough to create confusion in anyone, learner and native speaker alike. The Internet crime of mixing up “your” and “you’re”, which many seem to […]

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Italian is one of the most popular languages to learn in the world. Many people love Italy and its language because of the rich history, art, food, and music. However, that doesn’t mean that learning the language is completely problem-free. As with every language, Italian has a few features which you might struggle with. If […]

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2015 was a ground-breaking year. At least in the very narrow field of gender-neutral pronouns. It was 2015 that the American Dialect society picked the singular “they” as their word of the year. The use of “they” to denote a single person, without specifying their gender (as “he” and “she” do), has become under increased […]

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Words that resemble one another are common in all of the world’s languages. Through historical trade and relations with neighbouring countries, vocabulary elements have spread far and wide from their original locations. For example, “orange” comes to English from the Far East. The exact origin language is unknown, but it probably started in Telugu, Tamil, […]

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