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The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
January 11, 2022
In 1998 a book came out that detailed the birth of the first English dictionary which began in 1857.  No joke, there was nothing quite like a “proper English dictionary” before that time. It would take me nearly two decades to discover this book. The book is called The Professor and the Madman: A Tale […] Read More
How Did English Become So…. Unique?
June 16, 2021
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, John McWhorter Rarely can I walk through a bookstore without something catching my eye unexpectedly.  I was not looking for this book in particular and had not even known of its existence when I came across it.  It was particularly serendipitous for me as an English teacher to find this book. […] Read More
Create An Immersion Environment, Wherever You Are…
March 24, 2021
It is well known that the best way to learn a language is to move overseas and work or study in the country where that language is spoken. To be around a language every day and all day is the best way to learn a language quickly and with possibly much less effort than if […] Read More
Studying from home?  How to make the best of it.
February 7, 2021
As is the case for many of us, this past year has kept us at home, locked in to our living spaces which have now become at the same time, home, school and office.  How can we make the best of it and still manage to succeed at our work and study while not being […] Read More
How to improve skills in your second language… Read!
January 17, 2021
Many of my students ask me what I think is the best way to improve their speaking skills in their second language.  Of course the simple answer is to practice speaking.  The language student should seek any and all opportunities to speak their target language, even if that means traveling overseas where the language is […] Read More