More Fun with Homonyms
I am always in awe of how well some non-native English speakers have mastered my language, especially the pronunciation. For every pronunciation “rule” there seem to be dozens of exceptions. … Continue reading
When a “Facebook” Was an Actual Book
Don’t forget “the face book”! When I arrived at the gates of my college in 2003, each incoming student received a “face book” including pictures and names of all of … Continue reading
Does the U.S. Have Dialects?
The article, “22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other” has gone viral, because who doesn’t like a good map collection? Ok. Fine. Americans love … Continue reading
Excuse me? Pardon? Sorry?
On the first day of a beginner class, I like to get the basics out of the way with a worksheet called “What People Say”. This covers the basic phrases … Continue reading
English Book Fair this Weekend in Graz
2013 Book Fair Flyer This Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, stop by the Heilandskirche on Kaiser-Josef-Platz in Graz to browse the IWA‘s English Book Fair! I … Continue reading
Disappearing Letters (or, Disapering Letrs?)
What do you like better: rhubarb, or rubarb? Receipt or receit? (And why not just “reseet,” while we’re at it?) David Crystal, one of Britain’s foremost linguists, predicts that silent … Continue reading