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Biscriptal juxtaposition in Chinese, part 3

Christopher Alderton saw this flyer on his way to work a few days ago: The big, bold characters at the top exhort: Qiǎng fáng la 抢房啦! (“Grab a house!”) What’s most arresting is this line: nín yǐjīng refinance ma? 您已经refinance了吗? “Have you already refinanced? Christopher rightly points out that the meaning of the construction “已refinance了”…

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3 Ways to Learn Any Language By Taking it Easy

Learning a foreign language is arguably one of the most rewarding things that people can do in their lifetime. Language learners stay healthy for longer, they’re more attractive, they earn more money. There are over 6900 languages spoken in the world today, and in fact the World Economic Forum recently cited research showing that languages…

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3 Ways to Learn Any Language By Taking it Easy

Learning a foreign language is arguably one of the most rewarding things that people can do in their lifetime. Language learners stay healthy for longer, they’re more attractive, they earn more money. There are over 6900 languages spoken in the world today, and in fact the World Economic Forum recently cited research showing that languages…

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3 Ways to Learn Any Language By Taking it Easy

Learning a foreign language is arguably one of the most rewarding things that people can do in their lifetime. Language learners stay healthy for longer, they’re more attractive, they earn more money. There are over 6900 languages spoken in the world today, and in fact the World Economic Forum recently cited research showing that languages…

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12 Fun Grammar Games to Help You Learn a Language

Grammar. To many people, the word is almost synonymous with “boredom”. Does that make “grammar games” a contradiction? I’m going to say not. More on that in a moment. True, the average grammar book is more useful as a cure for insomnia than it is as a tool for language learning. And in school you…

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12 Fun Grammar Games to Help You Learn a Language

Grammar. To many people, the word is almost synonymous with “boredom”. Does that make “grammar games” a contradiction? I’m going to say not. More on that in a moment. True, the average grammar book is more useful as a cure for insomnia than it is as a tool for language learning. And in school you…

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IWTYAL 183: Don’t let other people’s agendas control your learning

In this episode, I react to a comment in my Facebook community about feeling overwhelmed. Episode Summary: There’s a lot of advice, it can be difficult to know what to do It’s important to interact with others, but only when it adds value Texting and language exchanges (free) – you still have to follow social graces Teachers…

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PR push for "Voice Stress Analysis" products?

A Craigslist ad posted 20 days ago — “Seeking a Blog Writer for Voice Stress Analysis Technology“: We are looking for someone to ghostwrite blog posts and articles for a large company that specializes in computer-aided voice stress analysis technology or CVSA. We want you to primarily discuss the scientific research backing it up and…

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How Learning a Language Is Like Driving a Car

Are you a master of the roads but not a master of the rolled rs? Then today’s post is for you. I’ve noticed in the past that getting behind the wheel of a car is a lot like learning a language. Here’s a few reasons how… You won’t pick it up straight away Driving and…

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Annals of incompetent spam: the weeding ceremony

A spam email I received this morning (addressed to me and three other addresses, no subject; the sender was “david mark” at davidmark0066@gmail.com) had the following text: Hello this is david i will like to know if you can handle my weeding ceremony  and do you own the service ?? I actually never realized people had…

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