Tag Archives: English

Gender Bias and Language

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When debating how men and women fit into certain work roles, none is more controversial than the gender bias often present in the teaching profession. In both the U.K. and the U.S., over 60% of teachers are women, unless you’re talking about university level professors, in which case most outside of language learning tend to(…)


Slang 2016: Just Where Are We?

Ever get the feeling that the people around you are speaking an entirely different language to you? We don’t mean that you’ve taken an impromptu holiday and found yourself surrounded by people speaking in a foreign tongue, although that doesn’t sound like the worst idea in the world really, now does it? No, what we’re(…)


Why We All Love A Happy Ending

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For all the would-be linguists out there, here’s a little something for you. Did you know that English is a West Germanic language brought over to our fair isle in the fifth or sixth century, by invaders from an area that is now geographically Germany and the Netherlands? Well, now you do! English: the mongrel(…)


What’s In A [Phrase]?

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Having a way with words is not a skill we’re all lucky to have. But think about it: there are so many hidden meanings, and such downright silliness in our idiomatic language, that technically we all have a way with words. Even if we don’t know it. We’re betting you might not know the origins(…)


6 Common Mistakes That English Language Learners Make

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With about a billion English language learners from all over the globe, English is the most popular second language worldwide. Indeed, millions of native speakers of all languages have acquired proficient English skills for business, family, or personal reasons. But achieving fluency in English doesn’t come without its fair share of difficulties. Below, we’ve compiled(…)


The Growing Presence of English in Latin American Spanish

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Perhaps one of the most attractive things about the Spanish language is just how far reaching it is. Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and more than 15 other countries recognize it as their official language, with some 350 million people around the world speaking it every day. Anyone with even the most elementary knowledge of Spanish knows(…)