Tag Archives: English

Will English Still Be The Lingua Franca In The EU? #Brexit

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Europe is still reeling from the effect of #brexit, but is the English Language in jeopardy? A few weeks ago, Britain held a referendum to decide whether it should remain within the EU or whether it should leave. In awe, 49% of the country woke up to the disappointing news that the other 51% voted(…)


Language Maestro: Dr. Seuss

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Oh, the places you’ll go!, Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, best known for the wealth of children’s books written under the name of Dr. Seuss. Over 600 million copies of his(…)


Things You Never Thought You’d Say: Are Dictionaries Dying?

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There is often much conflict about which words rightfully and wrongfully end up in the Oxford Dictionary each year. Recent areas of conflict have been the Word Of 2015, which was the winky face emoji, and a very new entry which is the questionable Chinese helicopter, already receiving complaints in the form of a petition(…)


The Most Popular Languages to Learn

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If you’re considering taking up a new language as a hobby, you’re in good company: with more apps than we can handle to aid us linguistically, and organizations such as our good selves who are here to help you learn, the range of sources to help you tackle a language is truly astonishing. Not surprisingly,(…)


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(…)


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(…)