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California claims some phrases

When I think of California, I think sun, surf, beaches and fun times. I haven’t been there (yet!) but I can certainly image it as a place you’d have to invent new words for. And it seems my imagination is right – The Dictionary of American Regional English shows there are a few phrases Californians(…)

Chunking a language

A learning process called ‘chunking’ may help language learners to progress. Chunking is the process of learning a language by lexical ‘chunks’ rather than word-by-word, for example the phrase “Hi, how are you?” is learned in its whole form rather than the individual components. A native speaker picks up thousands of chunks like “heavy rain”(…)