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"Far beyond unconventional levels of dishonesty"

For the Washington Post opinion blog The Plum Line, Greg Sargent wrote: “The events of this week are revealing with a new level of clarity that President Trump and the White House have ventured far beyond unconventional levels of dishonesty.” Obligatory screenshot: On Twitter, Jonathan Zittrain wondered if Sargent actually meant “far beyond conventional levels…

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Japanese Particle MONONO: The Definitive Guide

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How to Speak English Like the English

Two of my favourite articles on Fluent in 3 Months are Benny’s classics How to Speak English Like the Irish and its sequel Advanced Hiberno English. So, being from England, I’d like to share some thoughts on how to speak English like the English. Let’s start with a story you might hear from a mate down the pub…

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Irish "would"

Below is an email from Eoin Ryan (with added audio): Last week on Language Log you posted about a “tentative would” as used by Mike Pence, which reminded me of a use of “would” which I find interesting and may be similar, but I think it is different. Also, last week I had no clear examples…

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IWTYAL 173: How many hours a week do you study?

Selman asks: “How many hours a week do you study?” Episode Summary: Here’s what I aim for: Focused study every weekday morning (1 hour), sporadic flashcards + listening during the day (0-60 mins), at least 3 speaking sessions a week (30-60 minutes) A rough total is around 5 hours study + 3 hours speaking Add on top…

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How To Create The Best Vocabulary Learning Technique In Any Language

How can you make sure that your memory is always sharp – even when you’re learning important vocabulary? Here are a few important points that will help you set up your language learning routine. The concept always remains the same: You need to acquire, memorize and review your words until they go in. Follow The…

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The Great Vowel Shift: One Reason Why English Spelling is Weird

Whether you’re an English native speaker or just learning the language, you must’ve noticed that English spelling is absolutely mad at times. Why doesn’t meat rhyme with great, for example? One reason for this is something known as the Great Vowel Shift, which took place between the mid-14th century until the end of the 15th century….

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"Made Beaver" and more

As of March 17 2017, DCHP-2 went live: the Second Edition of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles. The Project History, by Stefan Dollinger and Margery Fee, is worth reading — it includes this interesting variation on James Murray’s Reading Programme: Because funding was slow to materialize, we adapted our data collection methods to…

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Beyond fluff

Video from this article by Anthony Kuhn on the NPR Parallels blog: “For Years, I’ve Been A Correspondent In China. This Month, I Became A Viral Star” (3/18/17) https://ondemand.npr.org/npr-mp4/npr/nprvid/2017/03/20170315_nprvid_kuhnchinacctv-n-600000.mp4 Also available on Weibo here. After speaking in Mandarin, Kuhn at first hands the microphone over to a Chinese interpreter who was going to translate his remarks…

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Two-child policy

Under the one-child policy, which was in effect in China from 1979 till just recently, the following exhortation posted on the wall of a village house in China would have been unthinkable: So unthinkable would such a poster have been during the last three decades and more that I scarcely could believe my eyes when…

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